Sunday, 28 August 2011

Religious Event Outdoor PA

One of our bigger events that we cover in London, namely Eid which is the Islamic celebration of the end of Ramadan. A quagmire of a field in Fryent Park Kingsbury in North West London greeted us when we arrived to set up the PA Equipment for the 4 day hire. My son Barnaby was helping me.There had been a lot of rain that day and the van managed to get 'stuck in the mud' but after a few failed strategies  in trying to release it we finally were untethered from the mud and drove on up to the Marquee entrance where the hired PA was to be set up. The brother volunteers thankfully carried all the equipment in for us. We worked unshod as our boots were caked with mud and all the prayer mats had been laid down.The marquee had a dividing curtain in its centre as on prayer days Islamic tradition dictates that the women (Sisters) and men (Brothers)  are not congregated  in the same area as each other.There was a large stage where the nucleus of our equipment was to be placed.
We used a Konig and Mayer Ovation Pro stage lectern which has internal microphone connections . A small AKG C747 condenser mic was installed with  a cable running to our 16 channel Soundcraft mixing desk situated by the side of the stage. We were running 10 Electrovoice SX 300 speakers from
 2 x Crown Macro Tech Amps (1200 and 2400) The larger amp running 3 pair of speakers and the smaller one 2 pairs only.
We had the 2 pairs of EVs running on the stage both pairs placed next to each other. This increases the sound yield by about 3DB which is  almost the equivalent of having another speaker!
We also supplied a handheld Shure SM58 Radio microphone for general use and of course a back up cabled SM 58 microphone!
On the day of prayer itself (30th or 31st August) The Imam who leads the prayer will be kneeling and facing Mecca (which I think is South West from  London's direction). We will simply use a goose neck condenser microphone  mounted on its own floor base unit and positioned in front of the Imam to pick his voice up.
Back to the set up, Jalaal who is the leader of AL FITRAH and  runs these events was there running things!
Someone had left the industry sized generator on from the night before and consequently had flattened the battery (although it took a few of us to realize this at first). Luckily for Jalaal I had some jump leads and with my van in position we got the thing started and were able to sound check the system before departing. A gruelling set up which had taken us nearly 2 hours to complete partly due to the muddy conditions.
My son who had helped me all day and was starving so I treated us both to an 'Italian' in Kingston.
Kingsbury to Kingston!! 
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Monday, 22 August 2011

Wedding Disco Hampton Court

We are the resident disco service at the Hotel Mitre in Hampton Court. This is a beautiful venue situated by the river . The Pavilion (is where we put the disco equipment) runs parallel to the River Thames with a large patio/Terrace area between them
Our Surrey based DJ Rich Chubb did a 4 hour set for the lucky couple. We used a basic set up: (as there is not enough room for a larger roadshow). EV SX 300 speakers QSC amp Denon mixer and CD players . Intelligent light show complemented by the use of a cluster ray laser light
All the guests had great time and danced practically the whole night
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Karaoke Disco High Wycombe

We provided a great Karaoke Disco set up at a beautiful house for a 50th birthday in the High Wycombe area on Saturday 20th August. We arrived the previous day to set up the equipment in the celebrant's marquee. We used a Karaoke Twin CD player so that it could be used for disco purposes as well. 2 x EV SX 300 speakers, a Dynacord 600 Powermate mixer amp (used for its ability to take multiple microphones and possesses an excellent on board effects processor for reverb/echo etc. We used Audio Technica microphones ("Midnight Blues" as they are known). We left the customer  a spare channel on the mixing desk so that his kids could put their iPhones thru it to plat their own music before our Surrey based DJ Jon Henry arrived on Saturday night. The Karaoke was very successful Jon had a queue of wannabe pop stars for most of the evening!
The DJ had been booked from 7.30 -10.30 but as the evening was so successful, he carried on into the early hours before our client finally had had enough
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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Band PA Hackney August 2011

A lawyer celebrating his 40th birthday party in an East London terraced house. Our client had a 2 piece band performing in his own house with an expected crowd of 60 guests. We used a 10 channel Dynacord 600 powered mixing desk (has its own built in vocal effects which are of an excellent quality) Two EV Sx 300 speakers wre more than adequate for the small room that it was set up in. Our client wanted to play his own play list form his iPod  - so just a case of supplying a signal lead to facilitate this requirement.The musician needed a Shure SM58 microphone for vocals and a Shure SM57 mic for a saxophone. A guitar was DI'd thru the mixing desk. No room for any stage monitors but was not a problem. The client said the Musicians were more than happy with the sound quality and his praise of our delivery and collection service was of a very benign demeanour
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Friday, 12 August 2011

Karaoke for "Totally Be You"

Today we provided a complete Karaoke system for under priveledged children on an housing estate in South London. The event was in the afternoon running between 12 and 3 .00 p.m. To keep costs down we used a basic karaoke system which comprised of a Twin CD player, TV, 3 x microphones and 2 x 200 watt Speakers. Song books and request slips were also provided. The compere 'Julian' ran the event with the  help of the dedicated youth workers who were present at the event. Our catalogue of songs is bang up to date so the kids could sing all thier favourite new hits. To make the young singers more visible we used a small modular stage which was one foot high. The afternoon was a great sucess.
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