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Sound & PA Equipment Hire


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Sound Hire


Academy Audio have a wide range of audio equipment for hire that can cater for practically any type of event.

We can supply complete audio systems and even if you already have your own equipment and find that you need additional equipment for your event or performance we are more than happy to assist. Individual items of equipment can be hired on a dry hire basis and integrated into the existing system. We will of course deliver, set up the equipment, integrate and test this with your own equipment to ensure you are totally happy.

For band / live sound equipment, DJ equipment or equipment for meetings / corporate events please be sure to check out these sections on the website.

See our equipment guide for detail of our equipment hire.

If you are looking to hire equipment for an event or have any questions about any of our equipment or packages you can contact us online, email or call us on 01628 853212 and we'll get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

Our sound / audio equipment hire includes:


Speakers


LoudspeakersWe supply Turbosound and Volt Loudspeakers which are highly regarded within the pro audio industry for the quailty of their sound reproduction, as well as speakers from other well known manufacturers such as Proel and Celestion.

Turbosound speakers are recognised throughout the world for the quailty of their sound and have graced many a live stage. Volt Loudspeakers can be heard in some of the world's most prestigious recording studios and venues; Abbey Road, BBC Maida Vale and The Royal Opera House to name just a few.

Our smallest speakers start at 250W RMS (500W peak) per speaker going up to a massive 1000W RMS (1kW) per speaker on our larger speaker systems, more than enough for most venues / events!

Please also see our equipment guide for more detail and pricing on the speaker systems currently available. Our larger sound reinforcement speakers for bands / live sound hire are detailed on our live sound and on our band / live sound packages sections of the site.

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Mixing Consoles


Mackie

We supply high quality Mackie and Yamaha mixing consoles for stage, live and studio use and have large and small format mixers available for hire.

Mackie DFX6

Mackie DFX6The Mackie DFX6 small format stage console with 4 microphone / 4 line inputs (2 of which are stereo) is an ideal solution for a wide range of stage and live sound applications where you have to be in control of your own mix / performance. It is simple and easy to control.

You can plug microphones or mono line level sources such as guitars or bass into channels 1 and 2. and you can plug mono or stereo line level sources (keyboards, tone modules, etc.) into Channels 3/4, and 5/6. Mics can also be plugged into Channels 3 and 5.

On top of this the DFX6 has its own built in effects processing with reverb, delay, chorus and thirteen other effects. A separate 5 band EQ tops this off so there's no need for any additional outboard effects processors.

It's an ideal solution for the solo performer or small band who need to be in control of the performance.

Mackie ProFX

mackie_proFX12The Mackie ProFX consoles excel both as stage and live consoles. Like the smaller DFX6 the have their own built in 32-bit digital effects, with 16 effects parameters and a 7 band stereo graphic Equaliser.

They also feature a USB interface providing the ability to record the summed output directly into Cubase, Logic Pro or other DAW software. This can then be played back into the console through USB. If you don't require large external routing options or external processing then these are for you.

The ProFX12 is suitable for most applications although we do also have the ProFX16 available if you require a larger number of inputs. The ProFX16 also features built in compressors.

Mackie 24.8 Bus

mackie24_8The Mackie 24.8 Bus has been an industry standard mixing console for many years for both sound reinforcement and studio use and is still recognised as one of the leading analogue 8 bus consoles.

Made with high quality components it has a great EQ section and is recognised for its legendary headroom and low noise floor. It is packed with features and has extremely flexible send and return routing options (6 aux sends / returns), as well 24 return inputs for monitoring and mixing. All in all hard to beat!

This is supplied flight cased although we can also supply the Mackie console stand for this if required.

Other large format analogue mixing desks including Soundcraft and Allen and Heath analogue consoles and digital consoles such as the Yamaha LS9-32 are available upon request

Please refer to our equipment guide for details of our full range of mixing consoles and pricing information or contact us for a quotation.

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Amplifiers


Mackie Soundcraft

The Crown and QSC amplifiers we supply are renowned for their high quality build and performance and more importantly for their extremely low noise and distortion levels.

Crown XLS602
The Crown XLS602 is ideal for use with a range of full range, mid / top or bass cabinets and delivers almost 400W (maximum average power) at 8 ohms and 600W (maximum average power) per channel at 4 ohms.

  • both channels driven, 8 ohms (per ch.) 380W
  • both channels driven, 4 ohms (per ch.) 600W
  • Bridge-Mono, 8 ohms 1,200W

QSC GX3
The GX3 is ideal for use with 8 ohm (Ω) speakers in the 300 watt (program) range

  • both channels driven, 8 ohms (per ch.) 300W
  • single channel driven, 8 ohms 350W
  • both channels driven, 4 ohms (per ch.) 425W
  • single channel driven, 4 ohms 500W

QSC GX5
The GX5 is ideal for use with 8 ohm (Ω) speakers in the 600 watt (program) range

  • both channels driven, 8 ohms (per ch.) 500W
  • single channel driven, 8 ohms 60W
  • both channels driven, 4 ohms (per ch.) 700W
  • single channel driven, 4 ohms 850W

The QSC GX range of amplifiers also have a built in low frequency cut off at 100Hz allowing you to run a bass speaker on Channel 1 and a mid-top on channel 2 without any need for an additional crossover unit.

We have a range of amps of different power ratings which are matched for use with our passive speaker systems however these can also be supplied individually for use with your own PA equipment if required.

About Power Ratings
When choosing an amplifier it is important to differentiate between program and RMS power ratings. Typically, as a rule of thumb, loudspeaker manufacturers recommend an amplifier with power output equal to the speaker's "Program (Music) Power" rating or two times (2 x) the "Continuous (RMS )Power" rating.

For example; if your loudspeakers are rated at 100W RMS you should ideally use a 200W (per ch.) amplifier. If it states 250W program a 250W / 300W (per ch.) power amplifier can be used. You will sometimes see statements of 2 to 2.5 x RMS and even up to 4 x RMS being mentioned. .

This is all to do with short term peaks in material, which may potentially cause very short term clipping of the amplifier if it is running close to its full load, and some do like to factor this in to the equation to give plenty of headroom. If an amplifier of 3 to 4 times RMS is used this should be used cautiously as it is likely that you could easily be running the amplifier at half load/volume and the speakers are already close to peak. You can easily burn out the voice coil of a speaker by putting too much load through it.

Please see our equipment guide for more detail on our amplifiers and pricing and if you have any questions on our amplifiers or which amplifier you should use please contact us.

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Crossovers / System Controllers


active crossover unitCrossovers and system controllers / speaker management systems are available to hire and are supplied with speaker systems where required although for our smaller passive full range speaker systems or our mid/tops these already have crossovers built into the unit so none is required if no additional sub-bass speaker is needed.

2/3 way and 3/4/5 way (4/5 way mono) crossovers are available.

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Processors / FX / EQ


For outboard processing we have a range of processors, effects and EQ rack units for live sound / sound reinforcement use which is continually expanding.

Our range currently includes:

  • DBX 1066 dual channel Compressor / Limiter / Gate
  • Drawmer MX50 dual channel De-Esser
  • Behringer UltraDyne Pro 9024 multiband dynamics processor
  • BBE 362SW Sonic Maximizer
  • Behringer UltraCurve Pro 8024 digital EQ
  • SPL Stereo Vitalizer Jack
  • Behringer QEQ3102 Dual 31-band parametric EQ
  • Digitech Studio Quad 4 multi effects processor
  • Behringer Virtualizer Pro DSP1000P multi effects processor
  • Boss GX700 Guitar Effects Processor with Roland EV-5 footswitch

See our equipment guide for detail of all the outboard equipment available for hire.

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Recording / Playback


Tascam MD-301 MkIIWe supply Tascam Professional CD, DAT and Minidisk recorders

Dedicated variable speed 2U rack mountable MP3 CD/CD players are available should this capability be needed.

We also have Carillon AC1 audio PCs which can be supplied with Echo 24 bit, 96kHz 8 in/8 Out audio interfaces ifor multitrack recording into Cubase or Digidesign Digi001 for multitrack recording into ProTools.

iPod - we can supply all the cabling needed to connect your iPod to our equipment!

Please refer to our equipment guide.

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Microphones


Shure SM58Microphones are essentially the staple requirement of any live performance, whether on the road or in the studio. We have a range of microphones for vocals, instruments, drums as well as more specialised microphones for the studio.

We also have a range of wireless handheld microphones and lavaliere / lapel microphones for speeches / presentations. For the more energetic amongst you, or if these are to be used in a sporting environment, headsets are also available for use with the belt packs.

All of our microphones are detailed in our equipment guide with pricing.

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Cables / Stands


cables and standsWe only supply high quality cables and stands.

Cables

All of our cables are professionally made with Neutrik connectors and are tested before and after each event to ensure there are no faults. We supply a range of different lengths of microphone, instrument and speaker cable and also have multicore cables available.

Speaker Stands

We use Konig and Meyer (K&M) heavy duty steel speaker stands and poles for the majority of our speakers systems although for our smaller speakers <25kg and for ease of transportation / setup we do have lightweight aluminium speaker stands, available in silver or black

Microphone Stands

We supply Beyerdynamic telescopic microphone boom stands and also have a number of instrument drum, and table/desk stands available.

Please refer to our equipment guide and whatever your event / equipment requirements please call or contact us first to discuss your needs.

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