If you are planning a large event, you are likely already overwhelmed by the smallest details. When it comes to areas that require expertise, you are better off delegating it. Sound equipment rentals in Orange County, CA often fall under this category for schools, churches and businesses. It is unlikely you can afford your own top-quality sound equipment, and you would need an expert to set it up and test it in the first place—yet another cost. Here is what you need for your event, and why you should hire a rental company to provide it:
- Stage monitors: These are speakers that help performers hear themselves. If you are planning a Battle of the Bands or other musical performance, they are essential to good quality. They contain their own amplifier and equalizer systems and offer challenges for the amateur. Since they are independent from the rest of the system and must register a high degree of accuracy, proper setup and placement is vital for your event. However, if your event is more of a speaking engagement than a performance, these may not be required. Consult with your sound equipment rental company to make an informed decision.
- Microphones: It is amazing how many microphones you require to pull off a large event! Even if you feature just one speaker, you still require multiple microphones for question and answer sessions and panels. For musical performances, microphones must be available for all the performers, including lead and backup singers. Amplifying dialogue is also required, as you want the audience to hear your performers no matter where they are located on stage. If you do not consult with an expert on this matter, you risk poor sound quality and your audience seeing more than hearing the performance.
- Speakers: You need a good speaker system designed for the audience. Depending on the size of your auditorium and its acoustics, you may not require as many as you anticipate. Even a challenging space may depend more on speaker placement rather than the number of speakers. Also, quality is a big issue with speakers. If you decide to use a sound system that has been in service since 1979, that will not offer the same sound quality as modern equipment. You may suffer crackles and high-pitched rings. Rent this equipment and you get the latest and greatest in technology, which will be appreciated by your audience.
- Mixing desk: Also called a mixing console, this device controls volume, tone and dynamics of audio signals. It is the control tower of your sound system and it allows you to create the best sound experience possible. Even single speaking engagements use a sound desk to assure the clarity of a speaker’s voice. There is some training required to use this effectively, but a quick review of equipment usage is normally enough to master it for one event.
For sound equipment rentals in Orange County, CA, call Larson Lighting & Audio. We look forward to assisting you with quality sound at your event.