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About channelaudio

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  • Birthday 01/01/2017


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    Channel Audio is an event production and AV equipment rental provider based in Nashville, Tennessee.


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    Nashville, TN


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    Audiovisual, AV, Technology, Equipment, Live Sound


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    AV Technician

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  1. Live music can really set an event apart from others, especially if the music is carefully selected for the audience and the tempo that you want. The right band or DJ can help create an event something that people will talk about for years to come. Live music can be the soundtrack of an event, or it can take center stage. But how do you find the right act? How do you know that your guests will be entertained from the moment they arrive? We have provided several key factors to consider before making the final decision and booking a band or DJ for your event. THE EVENT ITSELF Different types of events need different musical styles. If you are hiring for a themed event, you need to choose appropriate music that creates the right atmosphere. If you want several musical styles for the event, you can hire more than one musician. Maybe you need a band for dancing in the evening but something more sedate as background during the day? If so, some larger bands are happy to break into smaller acts to provide different music for the day then join back together for a more upbeat performance in the evening. Whatever you choose—a pianist, string quartet or rock band—make sure to think about the appropriate musical style(s) before booking the musical talent. AUDIENCE Age is certainly something that makes a difference when it comes to musical taste because an audience should be able to relate to the music. If your audience is a specific age group, then booking an act is easier, but if you are expecting a mixture of ages, you will need to find something that has a broad appeal across the expected age range of your guests. VENUE SIZE Another factor to consider is how many people you expect to attend, as this will have a direct effect on the sort of band or DJ you want. As a general rule, bigger crowds need bigger bands which will require a larger sound set up. Make sure that the venue can accommodate the needs of both the audience and the musicians. You need to avoid overcrowding and also make sure that you do not swamp a small crowd in a massive venue. BUDGET Once you have narrowed down the number of bands or DJs that fit your criteria, you can start talking about cost. Think about talent price in relationship to the quality you require. The larger or better known a band or musician is, the more they are going to charge. If you have a limited budget, simply try talking to a band and seeing if they are willing to negotiate. Sometimes bands will reduce their fee to fill a gap in their schedule or last-minute cancellation. For instance, an up-and-coming band may be prepared to charge less in return for some extra promotion from you. So always keep your options open when negotiating the final fee. REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS If you are using the internet to discover potential acts, be sure to read the reviews from audience members at a band’s past performance. Online reviews tend to be honest and are essential if you are entirely unfamiliar with the band and their work. Industry colleagues and friends can also give valuable feedback on bands and musicians they have personally enjoyed at past events. ALWAYS AUDITION You should never hire a band or individual you have never seen or heard. Most musicians love showing off their musical prowess and will be happy to send you links to their music and videos of their previous performances. You will want to ensure that they have enough music in their repertoire to fill your time requirements without repetition. Whenever possible, the best way to find out if a band is suitable for your event is to go and see them live. The way they look and interact with an audience is as important as their music. TALK TO YOUR AV TEAM AV professionals know the industry. They understand how to work with different types of musicians, and often have experience with the prominent local bands. Most importantly, your AV team is likely to know who is easy (and not-so-easy) to work with. They also know if you are likely, with their referral, to be able to negotiate a little on fees. If you want to find the perfect music for your next event, contact Channel Audio! We can set you on the right course, so you choose a band that makes your event one to remember.
  2. Hey Guys, I am in the market for some wireless handheld microphones for AV hire use. Mostly corporate gigs at smaller venues and no more than (4) mics at a time. I've been doing some research and see a lot of negative comments from the pro community regarding Shure BLX. I don't know much about RF and was wondering if any of you all could help me understand if/why they are a poor option. Thanks!
  3. Hi Shaster, These would be run by my techs. We already have a few pairs of the EV ZLX series to send out for dry rentals. We are just starting out so this would be a new addition for us and with that being said we would only need one pair to start with. Ideally, I would want them paid in four months. Regarding repair facilities, we are located in Nashville and have access to some excellent facilities, but hopefully won't need them for a long while! The type of A/V hire we primarily do is corporate but occasionally will do bands and DJs for weddings. Preferred price point: $3k
  4. With an approaching event, you’ll undoubtedly have a lot on your mind from an audio-visual perspective. Whether you’ll have live music, slideshows/videos, guest speakers, or you’ll simply be streaming a playlist, there is an extensive amount of coordination with your AV provider (and other vendors) that is needed to ensure the event runs smoothly. With all of this, it is easy to overlook one of the more basic but important factors of the process - load in and load out. Typically, an event has many things going on beyond AV; from catering to decorators, to performers and lighting specialists. All of these vendors will need to load in and load out which can get messy if certain things aren’t kept in mind. In order to keep that process problem-free, there are some things you should be sure to be aware of ahead of time. 1. Know The Venue Every venue has different requirements and capabilities. Prior to load in you should be sure to have the following questions answered for your vendors: When will the space be available to begin the load in process? Is this a union venue? If it is, union members must be used to load and unload which can affect the timing and cost of the whole process. Is there a dock for loading in equipment? If not, where is the best place for load in? How many trucks can the dock (or load in area) accommodate at once? How far is the loading dock from the event space? Is there a space nearby for trucks to park if they need to hold while another vendor clears out? If timing is off and the dock is unavailable for a vendor upon arrival, they will have to circle back which can be costly and extremely inefficient. 2. Know What the Vendors Need Every vendor has different needs like load in time, venue capabilities, personnel and space. Be sure to ask each vendor what their specific requirements are to avoid running around at the last minute due to unforeseen issues. Most problems can be avoided with a simple phone call or email requesting their needs. An experienced and professional vendor should mention these right away, but in the event that there is no mention you should take it upon yourself to find out. In order to save time and money, you should be aware of: How much time their load in and load out will take What their load in process is like (commonly referred to as “show flow”) What else can be accomplished to get ahead while they are loading in. You’ll want to remain as efficient as possible with so much going on. Their trucking/space needs. If possible, you can ask a vendor if there is anything you can do prior to their arrival or during load in to facilitate their process. They often appreciate it, but it’s certainly not expected. 3. Schedule Your Load Ins As mentioned previously there are often limited load in capabilities with docks and venue space, and you’ll want to eliminate any inefficiencies that you can. The primary way to manage this is by having a detailed load in schedule. This comes with understanding the time and needs of your vendors to ensure that there won’t be any overlap. A backup at this phase can throw off the entire event and cause a lot of unneeded costs and stress for you and your vendors. Conclusion Organization is going to be the stronghold of your event. In so many instances the quality of preparation directly translates to the quality of the event and that preparation is often as simple as making sure you’re informed and communicating with your vendors. If you can take care of these steps we’ve laid out, you’re well on your way to a smooth and stress-free event! Learn more: Nashville Sound Rentals
  5. Hey Guys, I’m looking to purchase new high-quality speakers that can handle some abuse for AV hire use. Typically needed for smaller events up to 200-300 people. Any recommendations!?
  6. AV can be a confusing and overwhelming topic for someone with little or no experience in the area. Even if you hire professionals to handle your event’s Audio-Visual needs, without the basic industry language, there may be some confusion between you and the contracted company. In short, you may not end up getting exactly what you’re looking for. These common terms will help you rent or order the correct equipment and services as well as improving the effectiveness and efficiency of your communication with those who you’ve hired! Rental Terms Equipment Rental Rates An AV company will usually quote you using their standard day-rate for each piece of equipment needed for your event. If you need the equipment for 3 or more days, you will receive a “weekly rate” as three days is typically considered a week when it comes to equipment rentals. This is because the longer you have the equipment the longer they are unable to rent it out anywhere else; therefore they may have to turn away potential new clients. [img2=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","src":"https:\/\/static.wixstatic.com\/media\/bb85bc_9e7459a19902475e9e23f8cc7dceb307~mv2.jpg\/v1\/fill\/w_818,h_545,al_c,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01\/bb85bc_9e7459a19902475e9e23f8cc7dceb307~mv2.webp"}[/img2] It is important to communicate with your AV vendor about the length of your event when budgeting and planning so you are aware of any additional expenses that will be incurred for keeping the equipment over a more extended period. Loss of Equipment It’s also important to keep in mind that while you are renting the equipment, you are responsible for it. If you are storing it overnight, be sure to lock it up. If the weather isn’t looking favorable, it would be best to cover the speakers or make sure they stay inside as water damage is one of the easiest ways to ruin equipment. Load-In (Setup) & Load-Out (Strike) Load-in is the delivery of equipment, as the audiovisual company will arrive on location and make sure that everything is brought to the venue and placed where you need it. More commonly, if you need them also to set it up and get everything ready to function correctly, this would be simply referred to as “setup.” Load-out is the removal of the equipment after the rental period. Your A/V provider will come in after your event and take everything down, pack it up and leave with it. Most companies will refer to this as “strike.” Be sure to prepare enough time for the AV company to load everything in. Furthermore, keep in mind any other contractors that you will have setting up, where they’ll be and what time they’re scheduled to come, as you’ll want to ensure that you don’t have too many people setting up in the same area at once. Equipment Terms Video Connectors If you have video at your event, the source (laptop, DVD player, cable box, etc.) can be connected to many different pieces of equipment for various uses. These include TV screens, speakers, monitor displays, projectors, and more. Unfortunately, not all of these have the same ports, so there is not a universal connector that is needed. While there are many different options for video connectors, these are the 3 most common: HDMI HDMI is the most commonly known and used video connector. They do an excellent job providing high-definition video. Additionally, they can also carry audio, making them the most versatile and popular choice for many. Almost every TV and computer these days have an HDMI port. Remember, HDMI cannot be converted to VGA. DVI (Digital Visual Interface) DVI cables are used to connect a video’s source to its display such as a projector, computer monitor, or TV screen. Also, be sure to note that DVI cables cannot carry audio signals like HDMI. VGA (Video Graphics Array) VGA cables are used for projectors, laptops, computer monitors and some TVs. Because they are analog, they are not optimal for clear images. Be sure to note that HDMI cannot be changed to VGA, so you will need to have adapters on-hand at your event. Microphones Wired vs. Wireless - The phrases “wired” and “wireless” are pretty self-explanatory. What’s important to note before selecting one, though, is the way in which the microphone will be used. If the performer or speaker prefers to move around a lot and/or is very animated, it is probably best to use a wireless mic to avoid any cables getting in the way. If the microphone will be stationary during the event, wireless is not necessary, and a wired microphone will do the trick. Handheld - These are the most typical. Handheld mics are the most commonly used for singers and musicians, news reporters and often on podiums. Lavalier - Often referred to as a “lav mic” or “lapel mic,” the lavalier microphone is small and clips onto the user’s collar, tie, or shirt. It is hands-free which is why it is so often used to avoid any distractions for speakers and the audience. Countryman - Countryman microphones are often used for singers and performers who like to dance and sing at the same time, TED talk speakers, preachers and anyone else that wants extreme mobility or freedom while using it. Its over-ear design allows it to handle much more vigorous movements than a lavalier mic. It also has slightly better audio quality due to the way sits directly in front of the mouth. Click here to learn more about the Types of Wireless Microphones. Projectors Types of Projectors Rear - Rear projectors sit behind the projection screen and usually are ground-based. It’s important to note that space is needed between the projector and screen to allow enough room for the light to travel, so make sure you do not plan to have rear projection if your screen will be placed against a wall. Your AV provider should let you know how much space is needed, but be sure to ask if they don’t mention it. Front - Front projectors are placed on the same side of the screen as the audience. It is more common as not all projectors and screens have rear projection capabilities, but with this advantage comes the downside of it being visible, taking up floor space, and people can walk in front of it. These potential issues can be avoided by rigging it to hang from the ceiling, but this will, of course, raise the cost. If you have room in the budget, rigging is a very effective and popular method that may be well worth the investment if you plan to use a projector often. Conclusion We hope that this guide has cleared some things up. You don't need to be an AV expert when hiring a vendor, but it helps everyone involved be sure that you are 100% satisfied with the Audio-Visual at your event. Knowledge of these basic industry terms will ensure that you getting what you want, and confirm that you’re hiring an experienced, knowledgable and organized AV provider. We at Channel Audio wish you all the best in your next event, and are always available to answer any other questions you may have!
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