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Outdoor Speaker Setup

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by SkyKast, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. SkyKast

    SkyKast New Member

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    Hellooo, I haz newbie questions and I didn't even google this first (this is not really a googleable question) so if that bothers you, here is your invitation to the back button.......



    Ok, you're still here, awesome...lets start by saying I have literally no DJ experience and my audio experience is limited to installing subs and an amp in my car.

    I plan to throw a huge party to celebrate all my friend's graduations at once as well as the beginning of summer. I have like 3 weeks to put this thing together and I want this to be big...planning on inviting ~250 to this thing with a 'bring your friends' tagline so I'm figuring ~300-500 will show. This is going to be on an open field and most likely powered by generators. I am charging $5 a head so my budget for this stuff is ~$1000.

    I need a setup that will:
    1) really kick with good bass. (cause we know that's what the kids love these days)
    2) can be easily controlled by my laptop without a DJ control board. (iTunes Playlist)
    3) be as mobile as possible.
    4) least power consumption as possible
    5) maybe even a simple light show setup?

    If anyone has some ideas to help this party happen please help me out.

    I know this is a fairly ridiculous idea but its in its very early stages and if I pulled it off it would be one hell of a night.

    Thanks for your time!!
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    your best bet is to ask on an audio forum.


    $1000 may not be enough for 200+ people, you will require some serious speakers for that.
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    SkyKast New Member

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    You're probably right but I thought I'd give it a try in the audio section of my favorite forum haha.
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    avsforum, head-fi, and avforums are great sites to ask questions regarding your particular setup. Sorry, I'm kind of limited to HT setups.
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    same :D


    im trying to work my way into outdoor stuff but this is a bit over my head.
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    SkyKast New Member

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    Thanks for the recommendations! Posted on all 3 forums hopfully this isn't too over my head technically!
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    Call some local DJ's and see what they charge for equipment rental or if they can direct you to a local place that rents pro audio gear.

    Have fun! :toast:
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    this is your best bet. unless you plan on doing many more outdoor music events.
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    avs forums helped me out a lot! thanks for the recommendation.

    if you're curious here is the link to the thread: HERE
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Dude, there shoudl be a local music shop that rents equipment out to students for school...they should also rent this equipment.


    You actually need far less than you think, IMHO. You can get self-contained PA setups that all plug into one another, and have a three-channel mixer, for a couple of mics, and to plug in an enternal audio source, like your laptop.

    I recently rented such a setup for a fund raising event, cost me less than $50 for the weekend.

    NO need to buy this stuff, proper medium-priced stuff will cost about $5000, and cheap stuff you want to avoid at all costs, so rental is probably best for you. I can provide a model number if ya like....

    That tip there about elevating your speakers is KEY!!! GET STANDS!!!
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    Hey if anyone is curious this is the setup I went with and it ROCKED!! I will be using this setup for parties all summer.

    Behringer iNuke 3000W Amp - AMAZON LINK

    Pair of 1200W Seismic Dual 12" Boxes - AMAZON LINK

    2x Strobers - AMAZON LINK

    People badmouth Seismic a lot but these thing CRANK with amazing bass and clear mids. The highs are a little shrill but I'm pretty sure that can be fixed by knowing how to tune a PA system.

    Total cost was ~$800.
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    Nice job! Looks like okay stuff for the price.

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