Frequently Asked Questions
Bare Hill Sound is dedicated to providing the best quality sound for YOUR special event. Our motto is: “Your Day, Your Way!” To this end, we seek to help you achieve the best sounding event possible with the least amount of worry, or effort on your part.
How do I know that you will play good music?
Music is one of the most important elements of an event. That is why we leave nothing to chance - we consult with the world's formost expert on your musical tastes - You! You can have as much or as little control over the music selection as you like.
Of course we can make many recommendations, and are happy to consult with you to achieve the best selections for your special events, processionals, and dance hour playlists.
Do I even need a Sound System?
That depends on many factors. Will the Ceremony take place outdoors? Will you have more than 65 guests? Will you have more than 8 rows of chairs? Will you need pre-recorded music for your processionals and gathering music? Will you have live musicians needing amplification? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, a good quality Sound System is needed and will definitely improve your event.
How Big a Sound System do I need?
How good do you want your Wedding to sound? Having a powerful, Professional Sound System does not mean that everything will be louder. That is certainly possible, but it is definitely not the point (except, maybe during the dance hour). During the ceremony, a quality powerful system, that is properly operated, will offer CLARITY! Your guests will be able to CLEARLY, HEAR your vows, the toasts, announcements, and more.
During the Dance Hour, a powerful professional Sound System means you get the clear highs, and the heart thumping bass, that will really make your guests want to dance.
As a rule of thumb, your Sound System should be powerful enought to have at least 1 watt per person attending your event. Thus, a 40 watt system is good to handle a crowd size of 40 people. If you are having an outdoor event, the system should be even bigger.
Why couldn't I just rent a Sound System (P/A)?
Assuming you are willing to do the extra work required, this can be a more affordable option.
Generally the type of Sound Systems available in this type of arrangement are fairly low in power, which translates to lower clarity, impact, and volume. (Please refer to the "How Big A Sound System Do I Need" question.)
For your own sake, as a Bride or Groom, do not make the mistake of trying to run such a system yourself. You will have too much going on during your big day, however, if you have a knowledgeable friend who knows how to set up and operate a Sound System, and doesn't mind missing out on some of the festivities, this is a way to save some money.
Remember, most arrangements like this require that you pick up the equipment, you set it up, you operate it, you break it down, and you return it, and you are responsible for any damages.
We are delighted to work with:
Retreat Center and Wedding Venue
Why do I need a Sound Engineer or a DJ?
This is actually two questions.
A good Sound Engineer, operating good equipment, will provide clarity and impact of sound, without the need to make guests uncomfortable. Announcements, vows, and toasts are clear and understandable.
A good DJ not only plays great music, and livens up the party, but acts as a nerve center for the event by working with the Event Coordinator, Videographer, and Photographer, and helping to inform guests when certain events will occur.
Guests should hear clearly when the Wedding Party is introduced, toasts, Cake Cutting, First Dance and so much more.
Videographers, and Photographers need to know what is happening, and when, so that they can be in position to get the best shots.
Can you work with my Videographer?
Of course! If you have opted for Wedding Ceremony coverage, I can provide a digital audio file that can be synced with the video of the event by your videographer.