True Sound Hire Blog

In this area of the site we will be writing about useful tips for your event, recent events we have attended and provided equipment for, along with other interesting posts.

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Boxing Light Hire for a Fight to Remember?

Whether you’re planning on a daytime or a nighttime match, a boxing ring requires some serious lighting, and we should know; we’ve been in the stage and cage lighting business for many years. Here at True Sound Hire we believe in satisfying your guests and yourself with only the best lighting, sound, staging, and AV equipment, and we have plenty to choose from. One of the number one questions that we get from individuals and companies all over London, Surrey, Guildford, and surrounding regions such as Portsmouth and Farnham, who are interested in cage fighting lighting hire, is how much lighting they require to completely illuminate their ring. 

With multiple three minute rounds and a brutal force to endure, your boxing brutes deserve to be represented and respected in the ring. They already need to worry about having their hands wrapped, a mouth guard in and of course their gloves; they shouldn’t need to worry about the lights above their head as well.

Capturing Your Match in a Good Light

Boxing ring lighting hire must be placed carefully so that you don’t flood too much light in one area, which is why we usually suggest that you base your lighting on the size of the ring, as well as the number of viewers in attendance. It you’re playing to a big arena, for instance, you’re going to need some intense lighting equipment to brighten the match as it progresses. However, if you’re playing to a small crowd, then a few basic lights will do. Remember to cast a glow on each fighter’s corner, and to have a good view of the ref so that those in attendance can track the scoring. 

Lights for this type of activity are usually raised by using trusses so that they shine down on the match, rather than in the eyes of the boxers or the audience. Lighting is generally meant to make things easier to see, so we don’t want you to be blinded by them instead. We offer truss packages for hire along with the lighting equipment for boxing rings, which makes for an easy setup and disassembly, and means that you aren’t left with those in attendance asking for their money back. 

Getting the Equipment to Get You Started

Lighting equipment for boxing rings comes in many shapes and sizes, like our lighting hire packages which include items such as moving head lights, DMX controllers, smoke machines and truss plinths. Our website includes a pricing list, as well as an expected timeframe for setup and how many guests certain lighting packages will benefit. If you’re nervous about which kind of equipment to use, you can feel free to give us a call with any questions or concerns that you might have. There are many sites across the internet with information on boxing events and the type of lighting required, but many times this can be outdated or supplied by individuals who don’t interact with this equipment on a regular basis. 

For boxing you’ll want to invest in some architectural lighting with a soft glow and a high output. You can also consider something with different colours, and maybe even a smoke machine to increase energy as boxers are entering the ring. 

Selecting a Comfortable Price Point

Choosing boxing event equipment hire doesn’t have to be costly. In fact many of the products that we sell here at True Sound Hire are relatively cheap and will still supply you with the quality that you expect. One thing that many of our clients have trouble with is the assumption that hiring lighting for events like these will be too expensive, and while it’s true that some items cost more than others, there are lighting packages for every pocket book here. 

Creating a budget before you begin hunting for equipment can better help us serve you in finding items within your guidelines. If you plan on charging for the boxing match then you may be able to afford more lighting than if it’s a simple affair for fun. If you are collecting for tickets then adding more boxers to the card can often bring in a larger crowd, which may increase your need for lighting, but could also give a higher payout at the end of the event.

For pricing and mor info please see our lighting hire page here 

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Considering an AV Projector Hire For Your Next Event?

When you think of AV projectors, it often brings back thoughts of school or past business meetings, and while these are excellent devices for professional functions, a projector and screen hire can completely change the feel of an event, and add a little something extra that your guests will go home talking about happily. Here at True Sound Hire, we provide a multitude of AV equipment including screens and projectors with reasonable prices to suit any function or budget.

There are plenty of choices to be made when organizing an event of any kind including the placement of guests, the type of equipment you require, whether or not it’s worth it to include an AV projector setup, and the type of videos or photographs that you’ll be presenting on the projector screen. Taking some time out to go over your options before making a decision is key. 

Functions That Benefit From A Projector Setup

Possibly one of the most popular reasons to hire this type of equipment is a wedding; these celebrations are meant to be far more personal than other parties or gatherings, and a Surrey AV projector hire will give you the opportunity to run captioned photographs of the bride and groom, play slideshows, home videos, or even supply music with additional video footage. Another function that finds enhancement through this equipment is a fund raiser, where you can draw attention to the cause, display items that are up for bid, or use the screen during your speech to display photographs of benefactors and humanitarians who have helped your cause. We here at True Sound Hire also suggest giving this device a try even if you’re simply setting up a birthday party or family reunion to display videos and photos of family members or the birthday girl or boy during the festivities. 

Selecting The Right Equipment For Your Function

Okay, so you've decided on a projector hire in Surrey, but what equipment do you really need? Fortunately, we’ve got you covered on everything from a fast fold screen with both front and rear screen included for £70 measuring 8x6 feet. We also supply you with additional lenses, such as the InFocus short throw system 0.6 lens at 3500L for £70 or the Viewsonic pJD standard lens at 3000L for £40. While it can seem intimidating to pick out equipment without a strong background in cheap projection hire you can feel comfortable in contacting one of our representatives to answer questions and assist you in any way that we can. 

Once you have your lens and screen, you’ll need the projector and something to place it on during your event. For this reason we offer cables, stands, and even DVD players to help with your project, ranging in price from £1.50 to £10.

Look For Experience

No matter which equipment brand or model you choose to go with for your event, it’s important to choose a provider with experience in this field of products, especially if you aren’t familiar with setup and care. With 10 years of DLP/LCD hire under our belts, we are fully qualified and experienced to assist with any AV equipment hire in Surrey, as well as all surrounding areas like Guildford, London, Portsmouth, Woking, East Horsley and more. We offer lists of packages for hire, individual equipment, and a fully functioning pricing menu to browse while making your choices on which items you require for your event. 

Where To Setup Your System

The placement of your screen and projector are very important to the enjoyment that your guests will get out of this equipment. We recommend placing the screen at the front of the room, or in another easy to see area with a clear path to the projection unit. Obviously placing guests in front of your AV stand is going to be cause for problems when they cast shadows across the screen, so to avoid this leave an open area where passing people are sure not to interfere with your presentation or slideshow. Where you place your tables, chairs, or other seating areas around the room should also be taken into consideration so that you don’t have any pillars, columns, or other obstructions ruining the view of what you’ve clearly gone to the trouble of presenting to them.

We hope this blog post has been of use to you and if your looking for more info or pricing please see our projector hire page here 

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Setting Up Boxing Ring Lighting for the Best View of the Match

If you’re entertaining the idea of putting on a boxing match or mixed martial arts fight in the London, Surrey or Guildford area, it is common knowledge that you'll need a ring, but what many sporting enthusiasts don’t realize is that focusing on the lighting is just as important as the platform upon which the fighters appear. For this reason choosing the correct type of lighting can greatly improve the entire match for the viewing audience, while using the wrong lighting could spell disaster for ticket sales at the next fight night. We at True Sound Hire believe that every event deserves the right kind of lights, which is why we specialize in a large variety of different styles, colours, and brands for boxing ring lighting.

Why Lighting Is So Important In The Ring

Alright, so maybe you’re not going to be focusing on the lights if you’re at a match, but the lighting equipment for boxing rings is what gives you the ability to focus on the fighters and see all of the action without missing a beat. Think about the way that boxing is represented on television and how you can see every detail; if the lighting was poor you wouldn't see much of anything at all. This brings us back to an important point about boxing event equipment hire; how do you know where to place the lights and what kind of lighting to consider?

Selecting Your Ring Lights And Trusses

At True Sound Hire we have many options to choose from when it comes to lighting and special effects for any number of events, so when it comes to illuminating a fight event we have you covered. From the event trussing, which you’ll want to support your lighting all the way up and around the ring, you can invest in one of our packages which includes straight 1 meter long F34 pieces, 2 meter long F34 pieces, 4 meter long F34 pieces, base plates in sizes of 800mm x 800mm x 8mm and 300mm x 300mm x 8mm, as well as 3 way and 2 way 90 degree corners and 4 way F34 cross pieces. 

Once you have your truss section set up, you can focus on the cage fighting lighting hire with products like our lighting pixel bars, wireless LED uplighters, LED wash units, and of course lighting controllers such as the Transcension Commander 384 which rents for £15, the DMX splitter for £25 or one of the ChamSys controllers which run from  £15 to £75 depending on the model you require. 

Light Placement And Coverage

Although you will likely surround the ring in lights from every angle for viewers situated in different regions of the room, we here at True Sound Hire also suggest having corner lights for each fighter so that the audience really gets into the fight and can see their favourite even when he or she is breaking with their coaching team. Our boxing ring lighting hire gives you the opportunity to choose from packages or single products to best represent your vision and give those in attendance a show that they won’t soon forget. 

While you’re thinking about where to place the items you acquire through our boxing event equipment hire section you should also consider lighting the referee or judging table so that viewers feel more involved in the match and can better follow the possible scoring system and points being distributed.

Controlling Your Lights 

Whether you’re setting up for a night of many boxers, one particular match, or a fight night with more than one style of fighting, you need to have control over your lighting. As we mentioned above, there are several light control tools that can be rented for the purpose of better manipulating the illumination at your boxing match or any other event. This allows for dimming and brightening, and in some cases, moving a spotlight into better position. Our lighting packages are all listed on the True Sound Hire website with estimated time for setup, the number of people that the package will be able to serve properly, and all prices can be viewed from our price list, which can be found at the top of the site.

We hope you enjoyed reading our blog and we hope this was of some use to you, for more info about what lighting to use and for more pricing please see 

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Opt for a Catwalk Stage Hire Package to Make Your Event Shine

Whether you’re putting on a concert, or setting up for a fashion show in the Surrey or London area, adding a catwalk stage and lighting hire package to your event can go a long way. We, at True Sound Hire, offer a large selection of unique and useful equipment for nearly any event, including a stunning runway setup fit to suit a multitude of festivities and events, both indoor and outdoor. Of course, it is one thing to decide that you’re going to add a catwalk to your staging setup, and another thing entirely to select the right fit for your theme and event style.

Selecting The Right Equipment And Setup For Your Event

Before you go about making a decision on what kind of fashion show stage hire you’re interested in employing, you should first decide what type of show you’re putting on. Are you looking to embrace the modern chic style with clean lines and a black stage underfoot, or does the idea of a less stiff and more fun design with disco lights and a white catwalk stage seem more appealing? For a concert, an added catwalk at the front of a stage can help to include more of the fan base in the experience going on around them; it also gives performers a chance to get closer to their audiences. At a party or wedding, a catwalk can add a note of whimsy for those wanting to show off their ensembles and create lasting memories and opportunities for photography; these types of affairs allow for a more relaxed and casual feel to the runway, while a more formal fashion show might require a more classic tone.

Researching Your Options Before You Spend a Pound

While there are a few different companies in the Surrey and London area providing some staging options for your events, True Sound Hire is one of the only lighting and stage businesses offering the type of packages that offer true flexibility in all catwalk stage hire needs. In fact, some of the products offered include 2m x 1m black tour deck stage panels which can be leased for £20, with accompanying black stage skirting for £25. If you wish to hire a catwalk stage that has a more traditional appearance, then a 14m c 1m catwalk with a T piece is also available at £170. We also provide the option of a 10m x 8m fully covered outdoor stage system for £2000 with the ability to have It covered in stage carpet at a price to be determined based on the runway size. 

With so many varying catwalk sizes to choose from, it only makes sense that we also provide a selection of leg heights for you to consider as well. Legs for catwalk staging hire in Surrey and London area can be ordered in lengths of 40 cm, 50cm, and 60cm. 

Determining Location and Guest Type for Additional Equipment

Any fashion show or event requiring a catwalk will also need appropriate lighting and additional equipment to contain the show. For this reason we also offer a Global Truss F34 System package with a setup time of only one hour and a half with delivery costs being provided after the venue address has been given. A lighting truss system for a runway allows for the appropriate levels of light to be shed upon models or others walking the catwalk so that those in attendance can catch a glimpse of everything that they've come to enjoy. You will want to think about whether the event is going to be held during the day or night and whether or not it will be inside or outside before making a decision on which type of lighting accompaniment your catwalk hire in London needs. 

A large selection of handrails for runway siding, steps to enter and exit the catwalk, and even a Mojo barrier to create space between performers and audience can be included for safety and security purposes. Depending on the number of people in attendance at your event, and how many models you will have lining your catwalk we recommend that these items be considered, especially if safety is a concern for you.

Thank you for reading our blog on catwalks and staging, for more info and pricing please visit for main web page  

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Important Factors in Determining the Right Radio Mics for Conferences

Planning an event or conference requires a lot of attention to detail.  It is not enough to have the right amount of space, chairs, and tables; a good event planner will think about every possible need that might arise and develop a means of filling that need.  One detail that often gets overlooked (or not given enough attention) when planning conferences is choosing the right sound system.  Whether you’re hosting an event for 20 people or for several thousands, no matter how much preparation is involved, if the sound system is not adequate, all the effort will have gone to waste.  That is why audio experts at True Sound Hire are ready to help you to determine exactly what you need to ensure that your event will be a success.

When deciding on the right radio mics for conferences it is important for the planner to understand that each event has its own unique needs.  One wireless system may be very effective for one event but may not be the best choice for another.  To ensure that you get the right devices for your event, there are a number of factors that you should take into consideration.

How Will it be Used

There are many different types of conventions and they each may cater to an entirely different crowd.  If your convention will have an extensive amount of public speaking venues you may find that you need to hire radio mics with a handheld transmitter in order for their message to be audible to everyone.  Many vocalists also find a lapel radio mic hire can be very effective.  If you’re not sure of which one is best, think about the wired microphones you’ve used in the past that worked well for you and then try to find a wireless mike that matches that same quality.  

Consider the Location

True Sound Hire also considers the size of the location and the number of people in your venue.  If your conference will host a small number of attendees then chances are any system will fit your needs, but if you are anticipating larger numbers, you need to seriously think about multiple wireless microphones.  Each wireless system comes with a maximum number of channels it can access to deliver your sound.  Before you decide on a system, determine how many microphones you might need to ensure that you can deliver high quality sound throughout the entire location with your radio microphone hire.  It is essential that you avoid any “dead spots” in the audience where the attendees are straining to hear the message you want to deliver.

For example, if you’re planning a small event to be held on a small stage or conference room, any one of our radio mics for conferences could be suitable to meet your needs.  However, if you’re planning a larger stage event for a crowd of 100 people, the Shure Radio Mic Hire may be the package you need.  It comes complete with 2 ULX Handheld Radio Mics, 2 SRM 450 speakers, and a mixing desk so you can not only deliver the sound throughout the audience but also deliver the best quality.  

On the other hand, if you’re planning a conference larger than 100 people, you should take the time to consult directly with one of True Sound Hire's audio experts to help you to determine your exact needs for your venue.

The Content

Another factor that must be considered is the content that will be delivered through the mike.  If you plan to include more than a vocal message (music and singing for example) your microphones need to be able to adapt to the changes in content. Voice quality can also be a factor; those who have a lower voice may need a different system than one with a higher voice.  Getting a package with a mixer included can help to eliminate any disparity in voice quality when you’re using a number of different speakers.

Whether your conference needs a wireless microphone hire in Surrey or a wireless microphone hire in London, our audio experts can provide you with reliable, high quality radio mics that can make your event a success.  At True Sound Hire, we have everything available to meet whatever needs your conference may have and can ensure that it all comes together with the type of quality that your venue deserves.

For more info and pricing please see our radio mic hire page here 

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Tips on Choosing the Right Wedding LED Uplighters for Your Special Day

When you’re planning a wedding you want every detail to be perfect in every way.  You know better than anyone else how you want it all to be so it is very important that you enlist services like True Sound, so that you can take advantage of their special talents in delivering high quality lighting for your event.  

It’s About More Than Turning on the Lights

In deciding on your lighting needs you’ll need to understand more than just how much light you receive.  Determining if you need wedding LED uplighters will depend on many factors; whether you want to draw attention to a certain object or person, your personal color choices, and the specific mood you want to set.  It is always a smart choice to enlist the aid of a lighting specialist to work with you during the planning stages of your event.  Ideally for wedding venues, any one of the Wireless LED uplighting Hires can prove to be the ideal package.  With our 1m long uplighters you will be able to create a variety of special effects for the perfect atmosphere. Once you’ve answered all of your questions you’ll be able to choose the exact type of LED lighting you need. 

Your next step will be to factor in your particular site where the lights will be used. This will require you to take the time to walk through the area at the time you plan for your event to be held.  Find out if there is any lighting already in use that could detract from the view you want your guests to see.  In many rental facilities, there will be lighting to direct attention to their décor in some way.  And while that may be very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, it could detract from the affects you’re trying to achieve. If this is the case, ask the management if there are ways to turn down or turn off those lights that will cause a distraction. At a wedding venue, you want your guests to be looking at what’s most important to you.

Learn About LED Lighting Options

It will be very beneficial for you to know a little about LED lighting and how it works. The term LED refers to Light-Emitting Diodes, which are one of the most popular lighting options for a wedding mainly because they are more cost effective to use. Compared to other light-emitting agents, LED’s give off less heat and are a more economical choice overall. They can also come in wireless form so that they can be used almost anywhere.  So, whether you’re lighting up a rented hall for your special occasion or an outdoor park, you’ll know which choices will work best for your wedding setting.

Consider Your Guests

You also need to consider the number and personality of your guests. Soft mood lighting for a group in their 20’s may not inspire much, while flashy lighting in rapidly changing colors could turn off an older crowd. Remember, your LED lighting selection is designed to set a specific mood, and you know your guests better than anyone. Which type of lighting will set the right atmosphere for them to start celebrating your special day?  

For example, for an outdoor venue with a younger guest list, you might want to consider one of the wireless uplighters as an option. These will include a battery powered LED lights along with a wireless DMX, eliminating the need to run any cables throughout the venue. These packages also allow you to switch colors and change the atmosphere from a remote control device as you need to.  

Choosing the right LED Uplighting in London or the LED uplighting hire in Surrey for your venue requires more planning than most people otherwise think. Lighting is one of the best ways of creating the right mood for whatever event you plan to be a part of. However, in order for your lighting to be successful, it may be necessary for you to think more than just about how to flip the switch, you also need to think about your guests and the message you want to communicate to them. By doing this, you’ll soon realize that proper lighting involves far more than just picking what you want.

If your looking for even more info about what uplighters to hire and what our prices are please see our uplighting page here 

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We Make Outdoor Stage Hire in Surrey Very Easy

We pride ourselves in being one of the leaders in outdoor stage hire throughout Surrey, London and Hampshire. The reason for this is because True Sound Hire has all the equipment needed to set up any type of stage required for your event, and more importantly, we have the experience and knowledge in ensuring that everything is set up correctly and professionally. It doesn't matter if you need a basic stage set up for a public speaker, or maybe something a bit more elaborate such as a catwalk stage for your fashion show or live band for your major event. In fact, we go as far as specializing in two types of stages; indoors and outdoors, because we understand that both have their own type of requirements, even if they do use very similar equipment in the setup stage.

When it comes to any type of outdoor stage hire in Surrey or London, there are a few factors that you have to take into account. A few considerations would be the size of the stage you are looking to set up, the type of entertainment that will be taking place, and the type of weather you will be hosting your event in. All of these factors are important because it will help us to give you the right suggestions for your particular event.

For example, if you are hosting a small festival that will be catering to roughly 1500 people, then we will most likely suggest that you hire one of our 8m by 6m platforms, which is also fully covered. On the other hand, if you're looking for something bigger in order to host an event for roughly 5000 guests, then our 10m by 8m fully covered self-climbing truss system would be the better option. In terms of getting full protection from any type of weather, it is always a good idea to go for the festival stage hire - covered option.

Setting up a Decent Outdoor Stage Isn't Only about the Platform

One of the main differences between a memorable and regular event are the important accessories that should come with every outdoor stage. Of course, the type of extra equipment that you will be hiring will largely depend on the type of outdoor event you are hosting. Regardless, True Sound Hire has taken outdoor stage hire one step further by ensuring that we stock all of our own equipment so that you never have to shop anywhere else in order to get the complete package. For example, some companies only focus on the basic stage setup, which means that if you're looking for lighting and sound, you would have to go to another company. This approach can create a lot of headache, because not only do you have to waste extra time and money in finding another decent quality service to complete the package, but there is always the possibility that the equipment you hire might not be compatible with the actual stage setup from the previous company. 

Because we own all our own lighting and sound equipment, you can feel safe knowing that you will not only be getting a far more cost-effective package from our company, but that all of those other headaches will be prevented. So whether you need a high quality PA system that comes with the right type of mics for a public speaking event or live band, or excellent lighting effects, special effects, live mixing desks, loudspeakers, amplifiers and every other type of equipment that you can imagine that is specialized for these type of events, you will be able to easily hire them from us. We go one step further by ensuring that most of this equipment will be set up correctly so that you can focus all your time and energy on other aspects of organizing your event.

When it comes to safely setting up an outdoor stage, it is crucial that you have all the right expertise behind you to make this possible. In the end, you want people to remember the great times they had at your festival, and the only way that this can happen is by looking for an outdoor stage hire service that knows what they are doing.

Check out some of outdoor stage pictures and pricing on ur staging page 

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We Offer Various Options for Wedding Lighting

To create the right type of atmosphere for your wedding, you need to choose your lighting very carefully. This will largely depend on the theme of your wedding, as well as what type of crowd you will be catering to. Of course, it's your wedding, so you also have to make sure that you get the most out of it as well, because it is something you want to fondly remember for the rest of your life.

Because there are so many ways in which you can approach wedding lighting, True Sound Hire has developed various packages to help you easily create the type of atmosphere you are looking for. We've also taken into account other factors such as the size of your venue, the amount of guests that will be coming to your wedding and the type of guests that you will be entertaining. So when you come to us for any type of event lighting hire, we have what it takes to handle anything you throw at us just like we have for many other clients who have been looking for a good quality company that offers wedding lighting in London. Let us take a look at a few examples of how we can help you:

Example Wedding with Roughly 80 Guests That Are from the Younger Generation

Let's say that you need wedding lighting in Surrey, and that your wedding venue lighting requirements need to entertain around 80 young energetic guests. An excellent way to create the right vibe for your wedding party is by taking advantage of our Moving Head Hire package. In this package you will receive two iSolution iMove 7s, as well as the power and signal cables in order to get these units to function properly. These lighting fixtures work by utilizing a sophisticated music analysis system, which rather than moving around based by the music's beat only, will actually interpret the music so that the lighting effects look more alive. An excellent way to make these fixtures stand out more is by combining them with smoke machines, as this will allow you to see the light beams more clearly.

Once these iSolution fixtures are set up, they will have the ability to tilt up to 270 degrees and pan up to 540 degrees, so you will be seeing some very extravagant light shows once they begin dancing with the crowd!

Our UV lighting hire package could also work well with this combination and is able to be effective in venues that can cater to 100 guests. What makes them so exciting is that they create a "glow-in-the-dark" effect, and with the latest technology available today, these units have the ability to create a strobing effect which is based off the sound that is picked up from the party. This is possible because there is a small microphone built into the system.

Example Wedding for All Ages That Caters to Roughly 80 Guests

We understand that not every wedding lighting in London is for the younger crowd only. In most cases, there are going to be different generations of people mixing together, and so you need to find a way to cater to everybody while still creating the right type of atmosphere. If you're looking to hire a band, then our Band Lighting Hire package will likely be an excellent choice. The equipment that comes in this package is the following: 8 Showtech M800 Tourcan Uplighters, 2 Lighting stands and power & signal cables for your lighting hire. Once this equipment is set up, you will be able to easily light up a small stage, and because we utilize LED lights, you will be pleased to know that they require very little power consumption and emit low levels of heat.

Our Disco Lighting Hire package can also work well with the band lighting package. This package contains 1 20 cm Mirror Ball, 2 Lanta LED Saturn 6 Lighting Effect units and 1 Lighting Stand. What makes this package so effective is that it can easily create a party atmosphere, which is perfect for weddings, and is generally popular amongst all types of crowds.

Regardless of the type of wedding you want to organize, we have the expertise and experience in making the whole process extremely easy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, as we will be more than glad to help you out. We understand how important your wedding is to you, and when it comes to your wedding lighting needs, True Sound Hire will help you turn your wedding dream into a memorable reality.

Go to our lighting hire stock page for info more and advice about what to hire 

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Why You Should Choose Festival Sound Hire Experts for Your Next Event

One of the most important factors that will have a huge say in whether your festival or any other type of event is successful is the sound quality of the music. I can personally remember many occasions when I wanted to get as far away as I possibly could from the event only because the sound quality was so poor that it was hurting my ears. I'm not talking about the music itself, but rather, the unbalanced sound frequencies that were literally hurting my ears. The reason for this is usually because an organizer of an event doesn't take the sound seriously enough, and so when they begin searching for a festival sound system hire service, the only thing they are thinking about is price. And in many occasions, they will try to save more money by hiring the equipment only and then setting it up themselves. When this happens, you usually choose the wrong type of equipment, because either it is not adequate for the size of the event, or the PA systems that they have hired are too powerful. A lot of this can be avoided by simply utilizing the services of professional festival sound equipment rental companies, and of course, we at True Sound Hire have all the necessary credentials to make this happen.

Here are a few reasons why we stand out from the rest of our competitors:

We Own High Quality Audio Equipment

True Sound Hire is on the constant lookout for new technology that improves on the old, and we can proudly say that all of our audio equipment is less than three years old. In addition, we also have them regularly serviced, every six months, so you can be sure that when you hire any of our mixing desks, amps and DJ equipment, they will be able to perform exceptionally well at your event without any nasty surprises.

We Are Experts on Sound

Every festival is different. While one type of festival will be focusing on live entertainment, others might not. In addition, there are also different size festivals, and while the majority of them might be outdoors, others could have a mix of both. All of these factors need to be seriously considered when it comes to festival PA hire, and our engineers understand exactly what type of audio equipment would perform the best in a given situation. So you are not only hiring high-quality festival sound equipment, you are also hiring our expertise.

Our Festival Sound Hire Packages Are Flexible

We have designed our festival sound equipment rental packages to ensure that regardless of the event you will be hosting, you can feel confident that the sound entertainment will be exceptional. The way in which we have accomplished this is by setting up packages based off the size of the event. For example, if you are requiring sound for a large festival, then you might want to take a look at our 42kw Sound Package. The specific package is perfect for outdoor functions that will be hosting a very large audience; up to 5000 people. The package contains the following equipment: 16 OHM TRS 218s subs, 8 HD-MH OHM midtop speakers, 11 MC2 E90 amplifier and 1 XTA 448 controller. In fact, this would also be perfect for the main stage at your festival. 

If you are hosting a medium-sized event, for roughly 2000 people, then you will find that our 24kw Sound Package might be a better option. This particular package contains the following equipment: 8 OHM TRS 218 subwoofers, 6 HD-MH OHM midtop speakers, 8 MC2 E90 amplifier and 1 XTA 448 controller.

These are just two examples of the sound packages we are able to provide, and if you're unsure of what festival sound hire package you should choose, that won't be a problem, we can easily give you our recommendations once you give us enough information on the type of event you will be hosting. True Sound Hire understands how important good quality sound is to any event, and with the vast amount of knowledge that we have in this field plus all of the experience that we have gained over the years, you can be confident that the festival sound hire service we will be providing you will more than meet your expectations.

Check out our main sound system hire page here for more info and help 

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LED Dance Floors Add that Final Touch to Make your Wedding Shine

Okay, you have the sound set up correctly, all the lighting is in place, meticulous energy has been put into every aspect of your wedding to make sure that everybody has a great time; so why do you still feel there is something missing? Most likely it is because no matter how beautiful everything looks, it's pretty much what everyone else has at their wedding, and so you need to do something slightly more different to make it stand out and to be more memorable. A great way to do this is with LED dance floors. While you can usually set up one of these floors for any event, you will find that a white starlit dance floor hire is the best option for weddings.

The Advantages of Using LED Dance Floors

Unlike the incandescent lighting technology that was used in the past, LED lighting is by far more economical. They are not only famous for requiring very little maintenance to set up and operate, they also require very little wattage and heat. The best part is that nothing is sacrificed. These LED dance floors still have the ability to create vibrant colors, can last for hundreds and thousands of hours, and also very easy to operate. Because of this, we are able to offer LED starlit dance floor hire throughout London, Surrey and Hampshire at very competitive prices.

We Take It One Step Further and Make It Easier for You

Setting up an event, while exciting, can be very overwhelming when you don't have the right tools and know-how. The idea is there, and in most cases you generally know what the end goal should be; dazzle the crowd so they can't stop talking about your event for many months afterwards. True Sound Hire understands this predicament completely, and we believe that the best way for any organizer to get their event up and running without any delays or possible issues is by letting the experts handle certain aspects within an event that they have many years of experience in. For us, this is everything to do with sound and lighting.

What makes us different to our competitors is that we own all of the equipment, so when you are hiring our services, you know that you're getting very competitive prices, and more importantly, the quality of our service still remains very high. And this is no different when it comes to renting our LED dance floor.

First of all, we offer dance floor hire in London & Surrey as part of a package (venue lighting, dance floor and speaker system), or you can get a wedding dance floor rental as a standalone service. Regardless, we still offer you the same high quality service in getting it set up and dismantled once the event is over. When you hire one of our LED dance floors, we will make sure that they have been properly cleaned before we deliver them to your event, and we will then install the starlit floor and have it cleaned once a game once installation has been completed. This ensures that you never have to worry about whether you have set up the floor correctly or not, and instead, can utilize that extra time to focus on other important aspects to get your events up and running. The whole process usually takes around an hour and a half to set up from the time the floor has been unloaded and carried to the location where it will be installed. 

Basically, you can be confident knowing that you are hiring a company that has the correct tools and expertise to set up a high quality LED starlit dance floor, and then once it has been completely set up, you will be adding that extra bit of dazzle to your event in London, Surrey or Hampshire .

We understand that every event is different, and this means that one person might need a larger dance floor for their wedding while another might need something a bit smaller. This isn't a problem for True Sound Hire, because our LED starlit dance floors come in various sizes which are 10ft x 10ft, 12ft x 12ft 14ft x 14ft, 16ft x 16ft and our massive 22ft x 22ft

So what are you waiting for, let us help you add that finishing touch to make your wedding shine from above and below!

For LED dance floor hire prices see our main website page 

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M-Audio introduced their new Trigger Finger Pro at the NAMM 2014 Show, and it’s all everyone is talking about. Trigger Finger Pro is a portable, 16-pad (4×4 configured) instrument with on-board sequencing, which can be used as a controller for your DAW or as a standalone.

For those of you who don’t know, the Trigger Finger was a very simple MIDI pad controller which you could use for pretty much anything you wanted – it had minimal controls and worked well with almost every piece of drum software available. But in today’s modern age – with guys on YouTube playing entire tracks with just a Launchpad – we wanted more than a basic MIDI pad, and M-Audio has really provided with the new Trigger Finger Pro.

The new model is a completely different machine than its bare-basics predecessor. It has the familiar pads and faders, but pretty much everything else has changed – but when you’ve got a name as respected as Trigger Finger, you don’t just throw that away.

The USB controller still works with pretty much every bit of software out there, but the real story is what you get bundled with it – Arsenal, a virtual drum machine app to use within your desktop or standalone; AIR Drums and Hybrid-3 plugins, as well as 8GB of ready-to-play sounds, loops and one-shots to ensure you can start playing with your new toy straight out of the box. But you don’t use the Trigger Finger to control AIR Drums – instead, you use it to control Arsenal. It sounds a little weird at first, but when you see the controller in action it all starts to make sense.

Arsenal is effectively a virtual representation of the Trigger Finger, and you can load AIR Drums as a kind of VST inside of it to get access to sounds and map them to the pads. What’s especially cool is that you can do this with any VST – so you can effectively map any sound you want to the controller, giving the Trigger Finger Pro this compatible-with-all label we love to try and disprove. But honestly, you really will struggle to find something this controller doesn’t agree with!

At the top of the controller is a screen very reminiscent of the MPC Studio, giving you instant feedback of whatever mode you’re in, underneath the faders and pads you expect to see from the original Trigger Finger – but with the bonus of customisable RGB feedback on the pads (because who doesn’t like disco lights?), and at the bottom a step sequencer which you can use with Arsenal to create your beats right on the controller! There are 16 RGB pads in four available banks, 48 assignable controls between 4 faders, 4 knobs and 4 buttons across 4 banks, and also includes the Hybrid 3 synth that hasn’t even been released yet.

If you don’t feel like reading all of that (go back and read it!) here are the main features:


· USB-MIDI connection to a Mac or PC

· 16 ultra-responsive pads with illuminated RGB feedback

· Customizable, backlit controls with instant automapping

· High-resolution display lets you focus on the music, not the computer

· Detachable, 3-position rugged metal stand for angled use

· Extensive expression controls; pitch bend, modulation & more

· 16 custom drum kits from Black Anomaly (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown)

· Arsenal also includes 10 Prime Loops Expansion Packs

· Includes 5 ToolRoom Records artist sound packs

· Over 2000 combined artist patches and presets for Hybrid 3 and Prime Loops content

Overall a pretty cool piece of kit which I personally can’t wait to get my hands on. Trigger Finger Pro will be available Spring 2014 with a price of around £300 you can’t really go wrong for what you get with it!

only the best quality PA systems, music performance equipment and professional DJs across the North-West of England, so if Tim from True Sound Hire is too far out of your area, why not give Darren a call for a professional and affordable DJ in the North?

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We have been looking for a new DMX lighting desk for some time now and after testing both the Avolites Titan mobile, tiger touch and then the ChamSys MQ40 and MQ60 we felt the ChamSys desks had a little more to offer us but that’s not to say the Avolites desks werent good…. They were very nice and we had no problems but we had to pick one in the end.

The ChamSys is perfect for smaller hires and fits very well within our rental stock. At a day rate price of £90 ex VAT or £220 ex VAT a week it makes affable for smaller lighting productions where budgets are tight.
The ChamSys MQ range is fully packed with audio in, Art-Net, media server control lighting fixture morphing LED pixel mapping and even an In-built UPS just in case you lose power on. For a demo or to speak to us about the hire of one of the ChamSys lighting desks please drop us an email or give us a call.
We are based in Surrey about 25mins from London and don’t forget we stock a huge range of lighting effects as well from 5R beams, Sunstrips to LED washes to PARs and DPSS laser systems… annnnd oh course lots of PA.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.
James M
01483 564438
07908 732936
Below your find a little more info about the ChamSys lighting desks we have for hire:
The MagicQ MQ60 is that the 1st of a brand new generation of little and light-weight MagicQ consoles specifically designed for movement lighting designers. The MagicQ MQ60 fits at intervals the luggage restrictions of all the foremost budget airlines together with Ryanair, Easyjet and South West. The MQ60 could be a absolutely featured console together with each AN local area network switch ANd an in-built UPS, consideration in at around 6kg.
The MagicQ MQ60 options constant acquainted and versatile GUI lighting management, media server property choices and in-built constituent plotter found all told different MagicQ consoles. The MQ60 utilises constant software package and show formates, enabling  compatibility between all product within the MagicQ vary.
The MagicQ MQ60 supports twelve universes over local area network victimisation Art-Net I, II or III, Pathport, or Streaming ACN. additionally there ar four absolutely patchable direct DMX outputs on the rear panel.
The MagicQ MQ60 incorporates high dependableness parts, together with high sturdiness metal Neutrik Ethercon protection connectors for simple and reliable networking. like different MagicQ consoles, the local area network switch is protected by the UPS, so guaranteeing that each the console and also the network switch maintain operation even throughout an influence loss.
The MagicQ MQ60 options and in-built bit screen with constant resolution because the MagicQ MQ100 consoles, however in an exceedingly a lot of compact size. additionally, there\'s AN external monitor output for a separate show, which might be up to 1440x900 resolution, and might be a USB or serial bit screen.
The MagicQ MQ60 provides ANd vastly powerful complete management console in an extremist compact size. it\'s ideal for simple transport and fitting into little areas, and is that the console of alternative for dominant lighting, video and junction rectifier. The MagicQ MQ60 conjointly makes a perfect \"tech console\" for testing lighting on stage or within the warehouse.
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We have been on the look out for a large 50''+ LED screen with a ''punchy'' spec to keep up with today's demands.
We have found the screen we needed ! The SAMSUNG X55LED is a full HD LED screen built for the TV, media and conference market with a very impressive spec to say the least.
We currently stock four of these large LED screens and these are available to hire and to other AV rental companies for only £140 per day for £370 a week ! with Global truss F34 stand and base plate included for only £30
Delivery starts from only £50 within the Guildford to Heathrow area and only £85 into London. Don't forget we hire and stock all the AV and screen equipment your ever need for your conference event whether it be in an office or in the XL !
True Sound Hire is based in Guildford, Surrey but we have a smaller hire shop now based in the centre of London making it suppper easy for transporting these screens straight to your event or office.
Remember we rent staging, projectors and lighting as well so if your in need of any of this equipment just shout and we will do our best to help you.
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When Gary and Helen called True Sound Hire they had a very specific idea of what they wanted for their wedding celebration which was being held at the One Marylebone venue.....

Provide a Funktion One sound system, and full lighting set up, to bring the sound and feel of Ibiza’s top clubs to One Marylebone Road in central London.
But before the evening really took off the stage had to be set for the ceremony and reception itself. An early start saw the True Sound Hire team hard at work. Lighting for such a prestigious venue could never be an easy task, with wide open spaces, vaulted ceilings and wide archways, getting the balance right demanded no small amount of expertise, thankfully something we aren’t short on!
Seventy-seven LED 18 X 10W RGBWA uplighters provided a reliable source for coping with the demands of the venue. These exceptional lights have the output to cope with the space, while remaining unobtrusive to the guests, providing a beautiful ambience to the entrance, main hall and galleries. A further four LED wash lights placed high, over a hundred metres of drape and eight Source 4 projectors providing light patterns, gave the space tangible texture.
A beautiful ceremony went without a hitch, after which the guests went up to the galleries to enjoy good food and live music, giving time to prepare the main hall for the evening’s entertainment; a wedding celebration with a difference. . . Four Funktion One RES4 midtops stacked on six Funktion One F218 subs gave the Gary, Helen and thier guests the sound the wanted along with some of the freshest house music now playing in Ibiza, delivered DJs flwon in from Ibiza.
Looked after by our expert sound engineers this system delivered a crystal clear, tight thumping kick for the rest of the night, while our lighting engineers put on an incredible show using no less than eighteen 5R beam moving heads and two 7000mw full colour lasers.
Big spaces, great acoustics, trusting clients and a lively crowd made this event one to remember for the True Sound Hire team. For one cold, dark night in the beginnings of our UK winter; Ibiza came to London
If your looking for a company in London, Surrey or Hampshire to help with your events production please see our events pages -
Timothy Maysh
True Sound Hire Ltd
Office: 01483 564438
Out of hours: 07908 732936
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Versatility in the key to the success of True Sound Hire

Versatility is the key to True Sound Hire’s success to date. Over the years we have enjoyed repeated business from many satisfied customers. From live bands in need of fine tuned clarity for jazz vocals all the way down to filthy bass for dub step sets.

However, RedFest needed something a little different when they asked us at True Sound Hire to take control of their famous Hype Stage. They asked us to deliver a sound and light system for a weekend of pure, extreme rock: a mash up of metal, hardcore punk, thrash and melodic singing, known to its fans as Metalcore.

In dealing with Metalcore’s elite; veterans of Download Festival such as Bleed From Within, Bury Tomorrow and Freeze The Atlantic, the sound engineers of True Sound Hire had to deliver a system capable of dealing with the heaviest guitar distortions and vocals, to crystal clear harmonic breakdowns. All this for artists, organisers and fans, who when it comes to their music, will take no compromise.

And that is exactly what we did.

Four Ohm HDMH midtops coupled with four OHM Trs 212 midtops for outfill handled a demanding mid-range, complemented by six Ohm TRS218 to make sure every last note was felt and heard.

Meanwhile, ten of our MAX15 stage monitors kept the bands in the loop, delivering sharp sound to compete with the output of our incredible Ohm PA System

And all this finely tuned and kept under control by our expert sound engineers; perfect sound delivered to highly exacting standards.

A powerful sound system on its own though, is never enough. To set the mood for the event True Sound Hire took a selection from our wide range of available lighting systems.

The comprehensive lighting package included sixteen of our Xperior 5R beams, giving that awe-inspiring light show only high quality moving heads system can deliver. Add to that twenty-four of our hugely versatile LED, colour shifting, RGBWA parcans and eight of the larger than life Showtec Suntrips, our lighting engineers helped complete the True Sound Hire package and get the audience deep into the pulse of the music.

RedFest: a weekend of sun, loud music and a great atmosphere. We had the opportunity to work with artists passionate about their music, and deliver the sound and light system for them to share that passion.

Its why we get out of bed in the morning.

The True Sound Hire team

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The Day Of Portugal event has been held at Kennington park in London for over 10 years now and over this 10 year period they have used many different PA companies and for one reason or another haven't been able to settle with using the same company..... but 2013 was the year they asked us to be a part of such a huge cultural event and we were happy to oblige.

After providing productions for many outdoor events not too dissimilar to this, we were asked to supply the PA system and staging for this event.

Having visited the site to gain a better idea of the space being used, we were able to offer our expert advice on the best, most suitable PA system to cover the area effectively. We supplied our RCF line array system. made up of 20 RCF HDL20 line array midtops & just six RCF 8006 infra subs which distributed the sound sweetly throughout the site & all the way to the back @ 115 meters

We also supplied the outdoor stage system which was a fully covered Milos MR1 10m X 8m system which is our newest outdoor stage system (more info here outdoor stage hire page ). After hours of constructing the stage and assembling the PA to the Portuguese high health and safety standards we were able to enjoy the performances throughout the day such as the prayer groups and live bands and we were told on numerous occasions 'the coverage is perfect, we really like the sound thank you’’.

After a very successful day we were inundated with compliments and remarks of approval, which is such a huge compliment to our guys and production team. We have already been asked to return next year to provide the same service as this time round and the Day Of Portugal event is something we are more than happy to work on again.

A huge thank you to all involved including Luis, Barry, Tim, Adam and Paul !

We will see you all again at the 2015 Day Of Portugal event

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This blog post is all about speakers and a little about amps......

Every band has their own preferences when it comes to sound, and particularly tone, which is why most tend to spend their days trying out different amps, pickups and instruments. Most tend to forget just how much of an impact the right speakers can have on the tone, which is why we have set out these guidelines to help musicians find their sound before that next big performance.

What Exactly Do Speakers Do?

Without a sound knowledge of what speakers actually do, how can you go about picking the ones that will suit your own needs best? Basically, speakers are responsible for ensuring the instrument’s sounds are actually emitted into the world via sound waves.

Replacing Outdated Speakers

If you’re searching for the ultimate tone, you’ll need to replace your speakers within the cabinets or amps every now and again, especially if you want to benefit from what the more modern equipment has to offer. While some speakers have been designed to recreate the more classic tones, others are meant to do anything but; which is why you’ll want to take the time to determine what it is you are looking for before you start your search.

Power Considerations

Power isn’t the “be-all and end-all” of attributes when you are in the process of picking out your speakers, but it does come in handy if you are playing in a larger venue and you want your sound to carry. The RCF range that we carry comes in a few different sizes, with varying power capabilities, and so they tend to be very popular with performers. Ultimately, the more powerful your speakers are, the greater your projection will be, and you will benefit from a quicker break-up, so it’s worth investing in something just a bit more powerful every now and again.

Paper Cones

The cone within the speaker plays an important role in the tone that is produced, and the material from which it is manufactured will not only affect the tone, but also the magnetic properties of the speakers. When purchasing speakers, you’ll have a few different options to pick from in terms of the material of the cones, including polymers and other fibers. Keep in mind that the heavier the cone is, the less likely it will be to break up, and this makes it more difficult for the speaker to distort.


The wattage will have a big impact on the breakup. Higher wattages tend to require more power in order for breakups to occur, so if you are looking for a quicker breakup, you will want to make sure that the power rating of the amp is actually much higher than the speakers.

The Voice Coils

A speaker with a higher power rating will also have much larger voice-coil diameters; something that actually increases the bass and allows a much warmer sound to be produced by the speakers.

The Patterns On The Speakers

Speakers tend to have different patterns molded onto them, and these greatly affect the manner in which the frequencies are defined, as well as the distortion capabilities of the speakers. Cones that have circled molded onto them, for instance, tend to move much more freely, and so they are often able to define much higher frequencies.


Magnets have a big impact on the bass quality, as well as the clean tones produced by the speakers, and so many people tend to opt for heavier magnets, because of the higher quality sound that they produce. Most speakers tend to have ceramic, neodymium or alnico magnets within them, although ceramic options tend to be the cheapest ones available.

Factory-Fitted Ports

If you are looking to replace your speakers, you will want to make sure that the new one fits into the cabinet. Keep in mind that some speakers are fitted in the factory and so the cabinets might be built around them; this can be a big problem if you are trying to find a suitable replacement. Remember, if your speakers are going to support your performance, you’ll want to put some effort into getting your tone just right; make sure you put in the effort to do just that.

This blog post was written by Jamie Maysh

True Sound Hire
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Using LED Uplighting Hire to Make Your Event Really Stand Out

LED uplighting is currently one of the more popular lighting options on the market, whether it is for casual occasions or more formal events, such as weddings. One of the biggest advantages of this product is that it is so versatile that it can be used just about anywhere, for just about any occasion. When you know how to really put this lighting to good use, you can utilize it to really make your event memorable.

For Big and Small Parties

Due to the dramatic effect that LED uplighting can have on a venue, some people assume that it is just for large events, but this is certainly not the case. The flexible nature of this lighting option allows people the chance to use it whether they are throwing a discrete birthday party or organizing a festival; it is all about how you design your lighting.

Use It for Every Purpose

One of the more exciting things about this lighting option is that it isn’t restricted with regards to where it can be put to use. Some people prefer their lighting to be restricted to areas such as the dance floor, especially when it comes to moving lights. You should keep in mind, however, that you can use this lighting for decorative purposes, as well as practical, and this doesn’t only refer to lighting the venue so that you can see. Washing a room in uplighting allows you the chance to set a mood for the big event, and this can actually save you a lot of money in terms of decorations.

Outdoor and Indoor

When you think of LED uplighting hire, don’t just focus on what it can do for you inside the venue; make sure that you consider its uses for the exterior of the venue. Washing an exterior wall gives the building a very dramatic effect, preparing the visitors for what they can expect when they enter the building.


Certain venues have very unique features that could end up being overwhelmed by all of the décor and the mass of people attending the event. LED uplighting can go a long way in helping accent columns, walls and other special features, giving the unique facets of a place the chance to really stand out. In some instances, people might have picked a venue for these unique features, and this is precisely why they would want to use their lighting to help them stand out.

Lead the Way

In larger venues, you might want to lead people to certain areas of the building and keep them away from others, and believe it or not, you can actually use LED uplighting to help you with this. By lighting up specific areas and keeping others dark, you’ll actually be showing people where they should congregate while they are at a party, as well as which spaces are off limits.

Bring the Music to Life

LED lighting can also be used on the dance floor, moving in time with the music to add another level to the experience. The LED RGBWA 18 x 8W par cans are one of the products that True Sound Hire has made available to our clients because of the quality and the capabilities of this equipment.

Safety and Security

One of the most important things that a client needs to be aware of when making use of lighting, whether it is for decorative or practical purposes, is the safety of these products, because they can get very hot, and possibly even cause a fire. LED uplighting, however, doesn’t get hot enough to become a problem because it functions on about 10 watts, and so you can have it going throughout the night without any problems.

Get an Expert to Set It Up

Designing and setting up your LED uplighting is no small feat, which is why it is generally a good idea to turn to professionals when you’re having this job done. Our lighting experts at True Sound Hire have a lot of experience in designing lighting for an event and setting everything up on time for the big occasion, which is why we can tackle every job with such confidence. Don’t underestimate what LED uplighting can do for your event; you might just be surprised at how many ways you can put this equipment to use.

For more advice on what LED uplighters you should be looking at hiring please see
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Need To Hire A Catwalk Stage For Your Event ?

Great Tips for Setting up Stages for Catwalks

In just about every runway show, the catwalk is the center of attention. the place where models emerge to show off exciting new clothing designs and capture the hearts of fashion lovers around the world. If you want to start off your show on the right note, you simply cannot do without quality staging; in fact, this specific facet might make or break the big event. Our team at True Sound Hire knows what it takes to ensure your staging is set up to make your event look and feel perfect.

1. Choose The Length of The Stage Runway

When it comes to the length of the catwalk runway, there’s no set minimum or maximum, so you need to decide what works for you. Take into account the styles that are going to be adorning the models, the size of the event and the number of models that you have working in the show, as all these facets will determine whether something shorter or longer will work better. It’s a good rule of thumb to make your runway about 2/3 of the length of your venue, but once again, this will depend on your specific needs but to give you an idea to cost we can many fashion shows with our 32ft x 4ft catwalk stage set 2ft high which is available for hire from only £350

2. The Width of The Runway

Before you can make a decision about the width of the runway, you’ll need to keep a few facets in mind. Firstly, you will probably want to take the overall designs of the clothing into consideration; if the outfits are going to be quite wide and take over a big portion of the stage, you’ll need to ensure your runway can accommodate them. Remember, you’ll probably have two models on the runway at any given time, so keep this in mind as you go about determining the size of this feature.

3. The Shape of The Runway

Most runways tend to be rectangular in shape and jut out quite far into the crowd, but this is not always the case. If you are looking to be a bit different, you can opt for a t-shaped runway that allows models the chance to spend more time showing off their outfits at the end of the ramp. We can supply the above stage with a 12ft T section from £425. You can also opt for a circular runway that will give the models the chance to keep walking without having to stop, turn and walk back the way they came. Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine what type of look and feel you’d like your show to adopt, and use this to determine the style of the ramp. Keep in mind that there are no wrong answers here, so you can get as creative as you would like. Litedeck staging, for instance, is a high quality product that we stock, because it has proven itself time and time again; with a product like this, your stage design will be easier to implement.

4. The Height of The Platform

When it comes to choosing the height of the catwalk, you have a few different options to choose from, but remember that most of these stages can be adjusted to suit your needs. Some designers prefer to have their models walk ramps that are closer to the ground, since this allows the viewers a more personal experience of the event. Most, however, opt to have their ramps set a bit higher up so that guests actually have to look up to view the entire outfit of a particular model. Remember, when a garment is viewed from a slight angle, it does tend to look better, especially in the right lighting, and so a slightly elevated ramp might serve your needs best.

5. Smooth Surface

During the walk on the runway, models won’t be looking at their feet; this means that if the catwalk has even the slightest step, your models could end up falling. It is imperative that you opt for staging that is completely smooth, although has enough traction not to be slippery. Otherwise your models could be falling for a completely different reason. Keep in mind that any ridges or other protruding facets could end up snagging on the outfits and damaging them before they have been fully showcased to the public, and this could be disastrous.

6. Schedule a Dry Run

Just before the big event, you might want to schedule a rehearsal so that you can determine whether the design of the staging works well. Keep in mind that all of these facets will go a long way in determining whether your show is a success, and so it’s imperative that you take each one seriously.

You can find a lot more info on our staging by looking at our staging hire page
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Hire The Right Speakers For Your Party

Tips On Getting The Party Started With the Right Speakers

Speakers come in all different shapes and sizes, but choosing the right ones to hire requires more than just a quick comparison of their size. If you’re looking to host a party or festival, you’ll need to put a considerable amount of effort into picking out the right speakers for the job, and our team at True Sound Hire is happy to help you make the right choice.

1. Don’t Use a Hi-Fi

Some people assume that they can make hi-fi speakers work in place of quality equipment, but this is a big mistake; ultimately, the DJs mixer equalizer could quickly end up destroying it, especially when the performer turns up the volume. While quality is something that needs to be considered once you begin your search for the right equipment, hiring anything other than professional equipment is simply out of the question.

2. Determine Your Budget

Sound equipment ranges from expensive, branded devices to cheaper versions that can be purchased outright for a couple hundred quid. If you’re hosting an event, you’ll most likely want to hire the equipment, this will allow you the chance to opt for something of a higher quality at a lower price, and if you’re not going to use them again in the near future, there’s no harm in putting off a purchase. When looking for high quality, the RCF range of speakers we stock, is a worthwhile investment.

3. Improving the Bass

A solid bass is an important part of any song, especially when it comes to dance music, so make sure your speakers can handle this. If you’re interested in a very powerful system, particularly for festivals, you might be interested in PAs that come with a separate speaker that only deals with the bass, this won't set you back quite a lot, but it’s definitely worthwhile and if its a 18th or 21st birthday its a must in our books. Have a look at our medium Ipod sound system package to see what we mean -

4. The Size

Before you can make a choice about the size of your speakers, you’ll need to consider what you’ll be using them for. If you simply want something to listen to while hosting a luncheon, you might not need much more than a small Ipod / laptop speaker package, one like this

suits most -, but if you are going to be hosting a wedding party for 300 guests or need the PA system for a live band nothing less than this

- is what we would recommend.


5. Invest in Stands

It’s not only the performance of the speakers that you need to watch out for when you’re trying to locate the right sound equipment; it’s also important to consider how the speakers are going to be treated during the event. By hiring or purchasing speaker stands, you won’t have to worry about people using the speakers as makeshift beverage stands, and this will go a long way in protecting them from being damaged. Always remember to tape down your speaker cables and mark out clearly where your stands are placed with white gaffer tape unless its a nice floor and then your be needed some low tac tape.

6. So Do You Really Need a Subwoofer?

Subwoofers for dealing with low frequencies between the 25Hz - 90Hz band and they tend to remain on the floor, which is the best place for a sub due to a lot of reasons which we will cover in another blog post. These types of products are generally only opted for by individuals who are planning big parties or those that simply love bass, but it is not imperative to opt for this, especially since most modern speakers can now handle much more than they used to. Still, if you’re going to be hiring a DJ to perform, you’ll probably want to make sure you hire a PA system with a sub.

7. Opting For The Right Connectors

Once you have picked out all of the right speakers and supporting equipment, you’ll need to bring everything nicely together with the appropriate connectors. Connectors come in two different types; balanced and unbalanced, with the latter being better for connections between short distances. When longer distances need to be crossed with connectors, it’s important to make use of balanced options, especially when it comes to connecting the PA system and your mixing desk.

Speakers are worthwhile investments into a party because they affect the quality of the sound, and if the sound simply isn’t right, the entire mood of the event could be destroyed. You can turn to our team at True Sound Hire for a wide range of high quality rental options that work brilliantly for any type of event.
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