We use RCF 310A powered speakers. They recently stopped making them, so we bought the last two we could get our hands on, taking the total up to 6 now. Slightly obsessed. They retail for around $900 each, and are 350w. Sounding amazing at a low volume, the music is very clear so the dinner vibe while people are talking isn’t just background noise. The number of RCFs that we bring to an event depends on the size and layout of the room, and the number of guests.
Now we invest in QSC K10 active speakers, as the inputs are very handy! We could use this if you have a friend or family member playing guitar and singing. It was purchased because our clients sometime have someone from the church such as a priest – or celebrant without a PA system, and we can plug a microphone for them, along with having an input for an iPod available for the music.
If your wedding ceremony is near a power point, the QSC is great! However for a beach wedding you will need to hire a battery powered celebrant PA system such as a MIPRO, or organise a generator. Contact RockWest in Busselton on 9754 6623, Totally Sound in Bunbury 9725 4599 to hire a MIPRO.
However most celebrants worth employing for your wedding day, should have their own PA system.
These QSC speakers are a bit more bass heavy than the RCFs, so depending on your venue and whether we are also bringing a sub will determine if we bring the QSC or RCF speakers.
To bring bass, but importantly – richness, depth and warmth to your sound, we have a QSC KSub 1000w and a Yamaha DXS12 Sub 950w. We bring a sub to all outdoor events (not to annoy your grandparents), but as outdoor spaces are generally much less reflective than indoor. Whilst this is a good thing for sound quality and clarity, it means that the perceived sound levels can be lower, so a sub is a must to really get everyone pumped! Some venues also benefit from a sub but its not required, such as Aravina, Wise, Eagle Bay Brewing Co and Wills Domain. If you would like to include a sub for your party let us know so we can add it to your booking.
One of the most important things at a wedding we feel, is that people can sing along to the music without hearing themselves too clearly. Its off putting when you can hear your cousin next to you singing out of tune! We are big on surround sound on the dance floor, and bring many more speakers than your ‘average’ DJ with two speakers plugged in either side of their DJ table (lazy).
We have two Sennheiser Evolution Wireless G3 microphones available, they sound amazing and have very few feedback issues. If you would like us to bring two microphones (if you have two MCs, or you wish for an extra mic) just let us know beforehand, as we usually only require one. We have a microphone stand available for your speeches, which we recommend having set up for all persons delivering a speech, as they can then hold their notes and their drink. They can easily pull the mic from the stand if they are happier holding it.
Serato is excellent for weddings. It is a digital program we run on the MacBook allowing us to DJ using the entire music collection. Its having all the music on hand, while still being able to ‘DJ’, not just pressing play on a computer.
Serato integrates with the Pioneer DDJ-SX or my Technics turntables. Usually we work from the DDJ-SX, but if you prefer the look of turntables we can discuss this option. Must be set up so that dancing guests cannot knock anything over.
We do not use Behringer anything.
Effect lighting is used to add to the atmosphere. Water Waves give a nice warm colour to your event, without dominating or taking anything away from the theme or decorations in the venue. Moving lights on the dance floor are only turned on once the dance floor is full of people. Less is more in our opinion with lighting; too much and it can quickly make an event look cheap and nasty if not done correctly. One on the ceiling and one on the floor works well.
Lighting is only turned on after your first dance. Its important that there are not flashing lights on during dinner, we want to create atmosphere not destroy it!
We have a smoke machine available, but its only recommended for outdoor events, and we only bring it upon your request (as its tacky in the wrong situation). We do not use strobe lights or anyhing like that, but if you can convince us that it fits with your vibe, we can source anything you want. Your wish is our desire!
If your guests notice the volume, if its too loud or too quiet – then we haven’t done our job properly. We use visual cues such as if your guests need to lean into each other to talk, then the music is too loud. Once the dancing starts we do one or two laps of the d floor throughout the night, not only to have a quick boogie with you (especially to 90s hip hop or RnB), but to make sure the sound is just right.
It should be loud enough to comfortably belt out your lungs to the best songs ever, but not screetchy so that you can stand right next to the speakers without your ears hurting. Thats why we use top of the range equipment, as the sound from $300 Behringer speakers is shitty, compared to good quality speakers such as QSC or RCF that are around the $1000 mark.