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Old 5th May 2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Nightclub DJ and Sound System

I am opening a nightclub that all the sound and lighting equipment was taken out of the building. I know very little of what I need and need help deciding. I am not looking to go cheap for no reason. I want quality sound as this will be a high end nightclub/ lounge. The inside of the building is 5000 sq ft, there is a 5000 sq ft patio outside, and a 5000 sq ft rooftop balcony. I want equipment to be able to run a DJ inside as well as outside. The outside DJ would be mixing music for the patio and the rooftop. Normally the music on the rooftop will be quiet but want the ability to have it loud as well.

Not sure if anyone in here will know about lighting as well but needing ideas for that as well if someone knows somewhere I can go or has information for me.

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Old 5th May 2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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Old 5th May 2013, 09:31 PM   #3
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I am in Florida in the USA
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Old 5th May 2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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I would suggest looking up a local sound engineer for advice, preferably one that comes with a recomendation from others for doing a good job. Don't want to be ripped off!
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Old 5th May 2013, 09:42 PM   #5
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If you can afford Allen & Heath mixers with Crown amplifiers running JBL speakers, you won't go far wrong. As for lighting, there again, see a consultant and get some ideas of them.
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Old 7th May 2013, 01:53 PM   #6
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You're going to need a pro sound design/install company to come in and do this for you. Or, if you are going to have real DJ's and bands, you'll need at least a part time (maybe full time) sound engineer on an ongoing basis, so if you're looking to hire someone they may be interested in putting together the system.

Together with lighting.....you're probably looking at about $10k - $30k worth of gear (depending how serious you want to get) plus labor & consulting fees for a really nice system.

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Old 7th May 2013, 11:06 PM   #7
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Danley Sound Labs gets my vote. Yes it will be expensive, but Danley has some very compact cabinets which produce great output / sound. Coverage from small top speakers will also be excellent. They offer a variety of components as well. As well as install to complete the process.

Btw you can have the best components with terrible processing / tuning and they will sound terrible. Same goes for location. Don't set in stone where you want the speakers (because you know nothing about sound)
Take the advice of the professionals, tell them where you would like the best coverage / sound, and let them do the calculating and decide on placement of speakers!

Ohh and allow extra $ for this stuff, cuz it sure ain't cheap. Btw, which place in FL and what part? I frequent South FL, and the lounges / clubs in that area.
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Old 8th May 2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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Actually, I'm probably way off on my cost estimates. $10k would get you a very very basic setup for the spaces you're trying to cover. $30k would get you something reasonable. Looking at about $100K or more to get something that would make it a real venue and OK for a big name DJ.
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Old 9th May 2013, 01:06 PM   #9
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Nah $10k wouldn't even touch what he wants to do. Don't forget proper wiring adds up very quickly as well. And make sure there is adequate power coming into the place, if not, expect a service upgrade as well.
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