Sound Limitations.

Ever been at a house party where you just wish they had a louder sound system? Despite the good track selections and how well the music is mixed, it’s still going through a cheap $200 home PA system. It just doesn’t have that ‘oomph’ required to truly let yourself enjoy the moment. I think we’ve all been there.

The same principle should go for your wedding reception.

Background music is important to fill your reception with the required atmosphere early on in the night. However, when it comes to the dance music, guest enjoyment and your overall experience can be seriously limited and impacted on, if there are active sound restrictions placed upon you by your venue.

A 'traffic light' style sound limiter.

A ‘traffic light’ style sound limiter.

It’s not a particular large spread of venues that do have this situation pop up, but when you are researching venues, it’s definitely a question you you want to ask.

If there is an active limit? What is the exact limit? They should be able to give you a dB level that you will be able to play to. If it’s anything under 115-120dB or so, I would highly recommend going along to a busy night at the reception place and having a listen for yourself (it’s very important to listen to the sound system with a room FULL of people, rather than an empty room).

If the DJ or band exceed the dB level, what does the system do? Does it just warn you? Or does it shut-off the power to your entertainer? Your guests will find it extremely disjointing if all of a sudden there is silence on the dance floor. It’s a great way to kill the vibe of the night and clear off a dance floor.

I’ve been any many of these venues before, and even if you do your absolute best to have your music at a limit that is suitable for your sound limiter, sometimes the entertainer in you just might want to jump on the microphone to rev up your crowd. You’ll quickly find that your enthusiastic microphone gee-up will trip the system and all of a sudden there will be silence on a dark dance floor.

As an entertainer, that’s exactly how you have to play all night when playing at a venue with an active sound limit. With one eye on the dance floor and one eye on the sound meter. You’re scared to do anything. The last thing you want to do is kill the vibe for your client. You spend your night in complete fear.

These are all bad things if you are intending on creating a warm, loving, fun and friendly atmosphere at your wedding reception.

So please CHECK with your venue. Despite doing venue inspections with my own business, I find that venues still fail to tell you these things. If your venue is surrounded by residential housing, this will be of a particular concern.

I’ve even had one venue in Port Melbourne (a highly regulated area) which only allow me to play on their in-house PA system. This system was ‘hard-locked’ to a certain dB level – and honestly, it really wrecked¬†their night. All the fun that we planned for their introductions, speeches, cutting of the cake, first dance and all other formalities/activities that we organised – all of it was severely impacted. Simply, the sound system wasn’t loud enough to capture everyone’s attention and to make sure that the MC could hold control of the room when directing people through these activities and formalities – not to even mention the dance component of the night…

If you would like to know more about my services, I’m always available for a chat on a full-time basis. Please send me an email through my website; Peter Yacono Productions, Your Melbourne Wedding DJ.¬†