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Sound System Hire Checklist

Monday, July 12th, 2010

When you want to hire a sound system for your event, there are a number of things you need to check. The following is a basic checklist that you can use to get the best value for your money, and the best sound system to suit your needs.

1. Check the terms of hire

Before hiring a sound system from any provider, make sure that you understand and agree with the terms of hiring the equipment. This includes the specific equipment included in the package, the time you will be hiring it for, how much it will cost and who takes care of any damages to the sound system. If you agree with all these terms, you will get exactly what you paid for and avoid any losses.

2. Insurance for the sound system company

Depending on the venue at which your event will take place, you will need insurance for the sound system. It is important because the insurance will protect not only the equipment but also the audience and the venue. Make sure that the insurance coverage is suitable to the type of event you are planning.

3. Electrical safety

Sound systems are electrical equipment that require to be checked for safety standards. You should always check for a certificate that shows that the sound system has been tested and approved to operate without putting you at risk. You will need to present this certificate to the owners of the venue for your event, as they will need to verify the safety standards of the equipment.

4. Setting up is done by professionals

Your sound system should only be set up and uninstalled by qualified people who know how to handle the electrical equipment. The sound system hire company should provide personnel that are experienced in setting up sound systems to save you time and risks involved.

These 4 things are essential to sound system hire, so you should always check on them every time you have an event that requires hiring equipment. Should anything go wrong in your event, the above precautions will have you covered, so you will get the best equipment for your party.

Types of Equipment Needed For Music Festivals

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Sound and lighting are the hallmark of a great music festival. If you are in the music festivals business you will require these equipment. But the show is not all about lighting and sound, here are some of other things that you will need to have.

A Stage / Venue

The first thing you need to do is to choose a stage for your music festival. The ideal stage is determined mostly by the size of the venue. Check the height, width and length of the stage before hiring, so that you will be sure it can fit the venue and the rest of the performance equipment like instruments, lights and so on.

Lighting Equipment

Music festivals will definitely need amazing light displays both for the bands performing and the audience. You may need a lighting rig or trussing that will give your festival a professional feel to it, as well as a backdrop that keeps the light out of the back stage for the performers and organizers to prepare. The music festival hiring company you choose should have different packages suited for different types of festivals.

Sound System

The size of the event will dictate the sound system you choose for the festival. You should consider the venue, the expected turnout and the type of music played at the festival when choosing a sound system. You should ensure that the best sound is provided to make the festival experience even better, so select the best quality speakers, microphones and amplifiers for hire.

Laser Show Equipment

The ideal music festival comes with a laser show, which makes the event more memorable. Getting laser show equipment is quite cost effective, so you should always look for it as part of your music festival package hire. You can always ask about how the equipment works and the colors you can get for the lasers. Make your event special by including a laser show.

Inflatables

One more thing to add to your music festival is inflatable gear for the show. You can get all kinds of shapes and colors of inflatables to set up on stage and even throw into the audience during the show. These are very easy to use and make the festival more exciting.
Choose a hiring company that specializes in setting up music festivals to get great deals and ideas for your event.

Best Sound Equipment for Wedding Parties

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Wedding parties and receptions are joyous events full of music, dancing and entertainment. For the best wedding party for both the newlyweds and the guests, you need to hire the best sound equipment to complement your day.

There are sound hire companies that specialize in catering for weddings, and it is advisable to go for these rather than the general sound equipment hire companies. The obvious reason of doing this is these companies are experienced in their craft. But other than that, these companies will also afford you these other advantages:

  1. You will get a DJ and Emcee as part of the package

Nearly every other wedding sound hire company sweetens the deal by throwing in a dj or an emcee as part of the package. As the client, you stand to benefit greatly from such an arrangement as you will not to spend time and money looking for and hiring people for these jobs. Another advantage of such an arrangement is that you will be working with a team that have been together for a while and know each other well. They will be able to offer you tips on how to make the party livelier and come up with a unified script for entertaining the guests.

  1. All Activities Of The Wedding Party Are Covered

Once you get a wedding sound package deal, all the relevant details and activities will be catered for by the company. Some of the burdens that will be taken away from your shoulders include selecting the pre-dinner or cocktail hour music, dinner and dance music, along with announcements like the arrival of the bridal party, cutting the cake, and so on.

  1. Professional Quality Equipment And Staff

You will get the latest and best quality equipment for your wedding party, as well as professionals who will set up the gear properly for the event. You are assured of high quality sound for your wedding party.

  1. Huge Music Library

As part of the package, you get to select the music you want for your wedding party from a wide selection of popular wedding music. The dj will help you make the decision, and recommend some ideal choices for your event from their wide and vast music library.

  1. Competitive Rates

Hiring a sound system for your wedding function will be cheaper than buying a sound system. And even if you have a sound system, you will still have to hire a professional dj and emcee, if you want it professionally done.

Look for a wedding sound hire provider near you and make your wedding party memorable and fun.

Sound Equipment Hire is the Best Option

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

In many cases, people organizing events have to choose between buying their own sound equipment or hiring for their event. Sound equipment hire can be the best option for you, since there are several advantages to this.

Transportation Is Taken Care Of

Getting your sound equipment to the venue of your event can be very tedious. Some parts of the sound system are quite delicate and expensive to replace. The best thing is to hire the sound equipment from a supplier that will deliver the equipment directly to your venue.

You Do Not Have To Worry About Maintenance

If you buy your own sound equipment, you will need to consider things like storage, frequent use, risk of damage, and making repairs. All these things will be taken care of by sound equipment professionals if you choose to hire instead of purchasing. You will always get the best quality equipment through sound equipment hire.

If Yours Is A One-Time Event

You will definitely get good value for your money when you hire sound equipment for a one-time event such as a wedding or birthday party. Hire charges are usually per hour, and you can get a great deal if your event is during the off-peak seasons. Also, if you develop a good working relationship with the sound equipment hire service, you can get discounts for any future events.

It Can Be Set Up For You By Professionals

One more advantage of hiring sound equipment is that not only does the hire company deliver the equipment, but they also set them up according to your plans. This applies regardless of whether your event is indoors or outdoors.

With all these benefits of hiring sound equipment, you can be sure that all your events will be much easier to plan. Find the best sound equipment hire to experience these conveniences for yourself.

BUSC 2010 – Igoe Stage, Sound & Light

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

28/03/2010 – 01/04/2010

Igoe PA in association with Okoru & Shock Solutions produce another slamming week of sick parties – 2 miles in the sky!

 

BUSC is the British Universities snow sports Council.  Young ski and snowboard enthusiasts from many British Universities get together annually for this end of season bash. It’s a tough week as students compete at a high level by day and then party hard all night long.

This is the second year we have looked after BUSC. These events including production for the Varsity 2009 trip at Tignes have established Igoe PA as a competent production partner who can deliver world class results on budget in the most challenging of environments.

We put together an “A-Team” of the best Bristol has to offer in sound, lighting and rigging crew. Stage and sound equipment were supplied in house by Igoe PA and we are proud to team up, once again, with Shock Solutions for lighting and AV. 

Our lorry arrived in the resort on Friday morning after traversing the 20 plus hairpin bends that zig-zag up the side of the mountain. On arrival the heavens opened and over 6 inches of snow fell in under 2 hours. This set the theme for the week. At the end of March Alpe D’Huez normally receives little or no snow as the spring thaw sets in – not this year!  We suffered heavy snow and blizzard conditions throughout the week, practically unheard of for this time of year.

The event schedule for the week required an outdoor stage with sound and light for the opening night and then two further events with similar requirements inside a large sports hall. We set about unloading the truck in disbelief at the conditions, quickly realising that none of us had enough changes of clothes.

Once the lorry was unloaded we took a minute’s break and watched as our equipment gradually disappeared under a thick blanket of snow. We knew we had our work cut out, so we donned waterproofs, hats and gloves and set out through the storm to begin assembling of the skeleton of the outdoor stage.

The weather presented us with significant problems for the outdoor part of the event. Once we had three inches of snow underfoot the wheels on our flight cases jammed and became useless. We had over 75 rolling flight cases and speaker cabinets that became dead weights, each requiring a four man lift!

In the resort they have a team with heavy machinery whose full time job it is to clear away snow. The stage was situated in a large car park area. Snow clearing was impossible at the stage site as the structure itself was in the way. The snow just kept on pilling up until it was lying at 2-3 feet.  Once the stage was up and canopies attached we had to work in shifts throughout the night, dragging snow off the roof with extra long ratchet straps.

The snow was relentless during most of the build. We had big problems trying to plot lights on the night before with frozen kit and we lost several moving heads to snow damage. At one point snow drifts reached 5ft up against the speaker stacks, literally covering the speakon inputs on the back of the first row of subs. Outdoor concerts just aren’t meant to happen in Arctic conditions but I guess it will seem like a piece of cake when we do this in the UK this summer!  Stage spec: Milos self-climbing  MR1 with PA and AV wings / scrims; black and silver canopy with mesh back and side walls.

The undisputed highlights of the lighting specification were 6 stunning (1500 watt!) Clay Paki “Alphabeam” moving head spots. These looked utterly spectacular, bright as sky-roses but with colour mixing and changeable gobos. We had 18 x 575 moving spots and washes, Martin Atomics, 4 Cell Molephays, 8 Cell Howie battons, RGB LED battens, Source 4’s and other generics with Jem smoke and Unique haze. The lighting desk was the Jans Vista.

Headline act Urban Knights are VJ specialists, seamlessly mixing tunes with visuals. We supplied a video wall comprising 9 x High Definition LCD panels to go behind the DJ table and 2 x Sanyo XP57 projectors with screens either side of the stage all controlled via an Arkaos media server.

The on stage DJ table was far longer than the usual and looked like a technophile fantasy; featuring 2 x Pioneer CDJ2000 2 x Pioneer CDJ1000mk3, 2 x Technics MK5 G, Pioneer SVM1000, Pioneer DJM 800 mixer, Pioneer DJM909 mixer an Edirol V4 vision mixer with 3 preview video screens.

The PA system consisted of 8 x CV long throw folded horn subs. 8 x EAW SB850 bass bins, 4 x EAW AS422 bass/mid boxes and 4 x EAW AS490 tops. We also used 4 x Mackie s408 (passive) in fills across the stage. The main stacks were ridiculous, towering above the height of the stage roof.

In the amp rack we had 6 x Lab Gruppen fp6400, 2 x Lab Gruppen fp3400 with an Ashley Drive rack and separate delay unit.  We used a pair of EAW MK 5166 and EAW SB 330e as monitor stacks powered by Crown. Our Midas Venice 320 acted as a go between from the DJ mixers to the drive rack to ensure we could keep a lid on inevitable DJ clipping abuse.

Okoru’s DJ ASSASSIN, scratch champion DJ SWITCH and then Okoru’s VJ bad boys URBAN KNIGHTS rocked an audience that topped 4000 punters.

The second gig was indoors. Unfortunately for us this was 400 yards from the site of the outdoor stage so we had to “hand ball” everything through blizzard conditions; shovels and swearwords abounded!

Once inside our work got somewhat easier although we had issues with resort politics and were already behind schedule after our battle with the elements.

We reconfigured the stage layout to make it shallower to fit the room and used the wings for the rear of the structure instead of the front. We also flew a section of truss with curving ends half way down the room for source 4’s, movers and other generics. 

The LCD video wall was broken up and positioned across the stage in pairs attached to pre-rigged trussing and ground supports. We used one large projection at the back of the stage.

We used the same PA system but placed all subs in front of the stage and used time delays to eliminate comb filtering / phasing.

The acts in the sports hall were Okoru’s own DJ ASSASSIN, Dub Step master NERO and classic breaks act STANTON WARRIORS.

BUSC 2010 was a roaring success; DJ’s played storming sets that sent the crowds wild. The PA was insane with eyeball wobbling bass and mind shattering detail. The video looked awesome together with a jaw dropping light show this production really was as good as it gets. Our crew worked tirelessly throughout the week producing a world class event in spite of the difficulties we faced. Thanks to all the guys – you know who you are. 

It’s been a heavy winter season at Igoe PA. We’ve tapped a previously unknown market of Alpine festivities. Where most event companies shut up shop we have been busier than ever. Now we’re looking forward to a big summer calendar of parties, festivals and outdoor concerts.

Look out for us at some of the UK’s most prestigious music events.

Hiring DJ Equipment

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

DJ equipment include mixers, CD players, turntables, headphones, tables, stands, processors and many others, which are all available for hire. The quality of the equipment matters as much as the skill of the DJ, so you need a good combination of the two to have a great party.

Do some window shopping for DJ equipment

The first thing you need to do is to find out where you can hire DJ equipment and at what cost. DJ equipment has many components, which determine the cost of hiring. You can get a great deal if you do your research well.

Use Simple But Functional Equipment

If you are hiring for the first time, the best thing to do is to get the basic equipment for your DJ gig, instead of going all out and hiring items you may not use. This is especially if you are hired for events where many other activities are going on and people are not entirely focused on music and dancing.

Book The Equipment Early Enough Before The Gig

Most DJ equipment hiring companies require that you book in advance for the equipment. This means that you will need at least 10% of the total hiring charges to book your equipment. Do ask about discounts and other promotional offers that can help you cut costs and take full advantage of them.

Try Out The Equipment And The Different Styles Of Mixing

Once you have chosen the ideal DJ equipment that you need, test its quality yourself. Check the efficiency of the turntables, headphones and mixer, and do the same before the event begins. This ensures that you will be familiar with the equipment and be able to perform well using them.

Keeping these tips in mind will give you excellent results. You will have the best equipment, the best deal for your money, and ultimately the best party.

Speakers Hire Bristol, House Party

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

12/07/2008

We supplied a pair of double 15″ full range speaker boxes for a banging house party in Bristol.

We often find it makes sense to massively over spec. speakers for house parties because students like it so loud that our speakers often come back blown. The only thing that was going to get blown with this rig was the windows.

Sound System Hire Bristol

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

12/07/2008

Igoe PA hire provides a small pa system and lights for a party in Filton Bristol.

Sound Equipment Hire

Friday, March 5th, 2010

05/07/2008

Igoe PA have several experienced sound engineers available for freelance work.

On this occasion we provided live sound equipment hire and engineers for an event at Native night club in Bristol.

Event Lighting Hire Bristol

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Igoe provides lighting hire for a dance music event at the Trinity centre in Bristol.