I define DJ sound as medium to high power, high quality, extremely mobile professional sound systems for use at small to medium sized dance venues (up to about 400 people) such as bars, clubs, and halls. A setup is usually comprised of: One or two wired or wireless microphones, one for the DJ, and in the case of weddings and other special events, the other for the participants. They are connected directly to a DJ mixer. DJ mixers are specialty devices used to queue and fade pre recorded audio from various single ended sources such as Turntables, CD, MP3, Digital Audio players, USB devices and PC’s, etc. They also provide voice over capabilities for the DJ and PA announcement for such things as the toast at a wedding. Integral effects such as ‘scratch’ pads and digital sound effects are common. From here the configuration can vary widely, depending on the size of the venue and power and dissipation properties. It may have the minimum equalizer, crossover, main and subwoofer amps and speakers, or powered speakers and subwoofer. It may also rival a tour sound setup with pre and post processors, bi-amping or multiple high power amps with line arrays. In a minimal setup, the mixer output would proceed to an EQ, and an electronic crossover to create the low frequencies to drive the subwoofer amp (if not integral to the EQ). From there it’s off to the powered two way speakers (on stands) and subwoofer. The powered speakers should be able to provide 250 to 500 watts RMS each and the powered sub around 600 to 800 watts RMS. The powered speakers reduce the equipment footprint so the rig will more easily fit into a van or pickup. A better rig would be a 31 band EQ with active feedback detection. An electronic crossover to split the signal into high and low frequency components for bi-amping. A 300 watt RMS per channel power amp to power the high frequency transducers, an 800 watt RMS per channel power amp to power the low frequency woofers and another 1000 watt RMS power amp to power the subwoofer. The sub amp may be a 500 watt RMS per channel amp operating in true bridged mode. Speakers would be two way, set up for bi-amping, with a 200 watt RMS, 2 inch throat compression driver for high frequencies and a 600 watt RMS, 15 inch long throw woofer for the lower frequencies. The subwoofer would be an 18 inch variety able to handle 800+ Watts. As opposed to tour and installed sound, all the sound equipment used by a DJ is usually nestled into one area. DJ sound rigs are almost always the easiest of rigs to design and set up. Because of this, we are considering creating some standard ‘over the counter’ rigs in the near future. Options for these pre-configured rigs will be limited. We will however, continue to create custom designs to fit your needs. Please check back to see if the new 'standard' DJ rigs are available. Also, be sure to check out our lighting and effects products.
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