The time has come and your own event is just ahead?
No matter whether it is the prelude to a whole series of events or simply a first attempt to try your hand as a DJ in practice: To ensure that your event is a complete success, you should definitely not do without appropriate event technology, lighting and sound systems, either in whole or in part.
With our guide to event technology, you will be in the best possible position for your event.
Party, DJ & PA.
With the exception of flat-sharing or birthday parties, where you know all the guests more or less well, you should refrain from using your own equipment. This is only possible until an intoxicated visitor knocks over a tripod with boxes or something is stolen. Although you are not exempt from administrative tasks even with rented equipment, since the equipment is insured through the rental company of the music system, the entire evening is much more relaxed.
Choosing a PA system for a DJ:
If the venue is not yet equipped with a music system or if it does not suit your event, then it is necessary at the latest now to take a closer look at the sound reinforcement technology. Because a music system is not only about power and pressure in the low frequency range. Of course, the sound should also be of high quality and ideally also adapt to the room. A typical sound system essentially consists of two or more loudspeakers (satellites, tops), a subwoofer for the low frequencies and the power amplifier(s).
These ensure that the audio signal from the master output of the mixer is reproduced at the correct volume through the speakers. A crossover in the sound system ensures that the tweeters only receive signals above the crossover frequency, while the subwoofer only reproduces low-frequency music material. This results in better sound at higher volumes. In order not to be influenced by the delayed surround sound when mixing, it is recommended to use an active monitor box in the DJ Booth. Active operation means that no additional amplifier rack is needed and the volume of the box can be controlled individually – this is easy on the ears.
Hiring of event technology
A good knowledge of the premises is important when hiring event equipment. You can get this prior knowledge by visiting the premises beforehand and taking some notes. An incorrectly dimensioned sound system is a real drawback for your event and has turned many a party into a flop in the past.
You should be able to clarify the following questions with Puzzlepie:
- What size are the event rooms?
- Is the location very winding?
- How many people are expected?
- What kind of music will be played?
- How far is the first neighbour from the location?
In order to better assess and judge the dimensioning of the sound system, the size of the premises and the number of expected guests are decisive. Of course, a distinction is made whether it is a small rock concert or a minimal party. The Puzzlepie event technology rental company offers good complete packages that are designed for the number of people. The complete systems are usually also expandable and can be changed in configuration.
It is well advised to use a limiter at the end of the amplifier chain. The following systems can be selected as guidelines depending on the room size. For more detailed advice, please contact Puzzlepie:
Up to 100 people : 2x tops with 8″ woofer / 1″ tweeter (2x 250W/50W) 1x subwoofer with 12″ (300W).
Up to 200 people: 2x top speakers with e.g. 12″ woofer and 1″ tweeter (2x 400W) 2x subwoofers with 18″ (500W).
The satellite speakers can be used as single speakers or in combination with the subwoofer. Of course, several satellites can also be connected to the subwoofer.
Puzzlepie gives tips for space planning:
It can be useful to place several satellite speakers in different locations if the room conditions are very angular. This way, you can radiate the sound not only in the direction the DJ booth is facing on the dance floor, but also over a larger area. The only important thing is that the volume of the tops can be controlled separately. It is recommended to provide quiet zones at every event where guests can relax in between.
Sometimes the existing system can also be used for background music.
Regarding neighbours and noise pollution, the operator or owner of the location can certainly give you detailed information. For events in bars located in residential areas, it makes sense to bring one less bass box. A party that lasts late into the night is not only a pleasure for visitors and organisers, but also an opportunity for the organiser to sell more. Event technicians usually have a good idea of what equipment is needed if they know the size of the room and the number of visitors.
We recommend that you do not buy the music system at the last minute, because unfortunately something can always go wrong with the technology. Even if Puzzlepie checks the material again before delivery, it is always possible that something is still wrong. Such problems can be solved with enough time.
Like any good rental company, Puzzlepie has an emergency number for such cases.
The DJ booth:
There is nothing better than feeling comfortable behind the DJ’s desk at your own event and having the right technology in sight. Nevertheless, it makes sense to clarify the need for equipment behind the desk in advance with everyone involved. Nowadays, a lot can be controlled via CD or DJ controllers, a digital vinyl system is also often used and space for the laptop should also be planned for. In general, it should be noted that there should be enough space behind the console to change the DJ. A 4‑channel mixer also helps with switching, as it offers enough connections to connect a second playback device if needed.
Due to our experience, we can advise you individually and quickly in the area of party, DJ & PA and offer you fast concepts for the implementation according to your wishes.
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We can staff all major aspects of a party with competent personnel. Our network includes an array of freelancers that we have vetted.
An example of how to set up a DJ booth:
Here there are two turntables, a CD player, a 4‑channel mixer and enough space for the laptop. In addition, there is another table located directly in the DJ’s back. Here there is enough space to store the DJ’s record collection or other equipment.
The monitor box is often placed to the side. This way, the path of the sound to the ear is short and the view of the dancing crowd is not obstructed. This is one way of setting the pre-listening volume for the DJ (independent of the actual volume on the dance floor). So on the one hand you are not permanently bombarded with 100 dB at close range, on the other hand the time delay is minimal. It is very important and often forgotten: Behind the lectern, a small lamp works wonders. It helps to orientate oneself. This can also be a table lamp from home darkened with coloured foil.
Create the right mood:
At least as important as the right piece at the right time is to create the right mood with the available options. Besides the right placement of the DJ booth and speakers in the room, the lighting factor is often neglected. Light is a means of creating variety and stimulating the senses. It should not be too bright on the dance floor. But too dark is not desirable either. How is the chill-out zone lit and how loud is the music? These are important questions to clarify in advance. The following is primarily about the light and the lighting effect.
Great staging with the latest lighting technology.
Puzzlepie ▸ Lighting equipment for hire includes a huge range of products and applications and everything you need for a spectacular light show. Puzzlepie rents out lighting consoles, moving lights, daylights, LED spotlights and chasers. We have more than enough different lighting products for rent for every kind of event. Whether it’s a small party, trade fair, concert or large event, indoors or outdoors, staff party or TV show, live music or trade fair – we are guaranteed to have the right equipment and accessories.
Our lighting specialists will be happy to advise you on how best to stage the location of your event and which possible LED wall would be suitable for your audience.
Staging your stage with light:
Whether spotlights for the perfect illumination of stages, moving lights and lasers in different colour variations for use in bars and clubs or for the atmospheric lighting of decorations. With LED spotlights, stages and discotheques can be perfectly staged. Various outdoor spotlights bathe your open-air event in atmospheric light. Strobes and disco balls refine your party with brilliant lighting effects. Fog machines add a spatial dimension to the lighting design. Soap bubbles or confetti from the machine add to the fun. Puzzlepie also offers the right accessories for a successful show: stands, cables, illuminants and much more.
Of course, you want an optimal sound system and first-class sound for your stage show. But without the right lighting, a concert or event would not be possible. It stages a venue in such a way that your audience and visitors feel completely at ease. These are the most important basics for a successful stage evening.
No matter whether it is a light installation for a stage show, a light production for buildings & rooms, a classical concert or a theatre production: Puzzlepie’s many years of experience help us to find an optimal and budget-friendly lighting solution for your event. In many cases, it is possible to realise effective lighting with relatively low resources.
But we are also available with state-of-the-art technology for large productions and impressive shows.
The grandMA3 light is the powerhouse of the grandMA3 series and convinces with the perfect mix of power and size.
The grandMA3 light can be used for any type of application. It is also the right choice for demanding productions.
All this together makes the grandMA3 light probably the most versatile lighting console in this field.
Lighting technology & effects:
It is clear that DJs want to save costs, especially at the beginning, but hiring a certain basic equipment is still sensible in terms of the party experience. A party entirely without lighting effects is too sober and is characterised by obtrusive monotony. During the day, this may work for an open-air in summer, but at night, lighting is an important part of the event. Lighting is a very essential part of event technology that cannot be ignored.
For smaller budgets, rental companies offer floor spots, disco balls, LED effects and simple scanners for rent. Especially in the case of floor spots, there have been enormous technical improvements in recent years due to LED technology. Compared to conventional technology, the colour shades can be easily changed. Colour foils are not necessary. The new LED technology not only consumes less energy. It also generates significantly less waste heat. In some models, intelligent electronics or even a microphone are integrated. So the colour changes to match the music.
Little effort, great effect.
Even small lights have a big impact:
With just a few floor spots, walls or even the dance floor can be illuminated from a tripod. If you want to achieve something more, scanners are a good option that additionally react to the music and conjure up different colours and shapes on a surface or floor. However, they should definitely be mounted on tripods – at least well above head height. The devices can be programmed with different programmes and in most cases also have automatic operation. An alternative is to use black light. Objects can easily be sprayed with black light paint and leave a lasting impression. Always good and inexpensive to hire is, of course, the tried and tested disco ball. It is illuminated with one or more spots.
Event technology – the simplicity of resources:
In addition to sound and lighting, there is other equipment that can create even more atmosphere on the dance floor and at the party. This ranges from the confetti machine, which rains confetti from the ceiling at the push of a button, to the fog machine, which is equipped with a cooling system to create fog that stays on the floor. Fog machines are a part of atmospheric effects, but their use should be done with care. If a fog machine is combined with a strobe, the overall effect is very beautiful.
Conclusion and final thoughts on DJ event technology:
The right event technology is undoubtedly the cornerstone of a successful celebration. Poor sound and speakers that are too quiet don’t exactly help to encourage guests to stay long. Simple promotions for your celebration, such as a fog machine, or free rounds of drinks for your visitors, 3D glasses or other niceties, will remain in the event visitors’ pleasant memories. In terms of atmosphere: The DJ booth and speakers must be placed in a suitable location. The suitable place is not necessarily the place where the console is in use at other events. All this may seem trivial, but it is of great importance for the atmosphere of an event. Because only the combination of good event technology and the right setup creates the right feeling of space in which one can convince with one’s
DJ skills can be convincing.