July 5, 2011

Tell us your “how we met” story

Filed under: Contests, Weddings — Tags: , , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 12:02 pm

Being in the sound equipment rental business has allowed us to be a part of many peoples lives and events. We have been able to witness the marriages of countless people and would like for you to share the origin of your loves story’s with us!

Share your “how we met” story as a comment on this blog post, on our Facebook page by @ mentioning us on twitter (http:twitter.com/@soundrentals) or by email and you could win 25% off of your spring sound and lighting rental package.

The winning story will be announced on March 31st.

October 14, 2010

Banff Springs Hotel – Serato and Thanksgiving

Filed under: Events, Weddings — Tags: , , , , — Kristoffer Benoit @ 6:46 pm

I loaded the element once again and headed out to Banff with a solid cube of sound equipment. What a familiar yet beautiful drive.
This time I made sure to pack the speaker and microphone stands on the passenger side. This way I could still have an open casket, in case something should happen.

I arrived at the palace that is the Banff springs hotel and couldn’t help but think of The Shining. The looming mountains made me feel tiny and alone in a city where I knew only the DJ I was there to meet, whom I had spoke to only through email.

After unloading the gear into one of the ballrooms for a wedding reception.. alas, the technics 1200’s I brought were not working properly with Serato!
Apparently they were not grounded correctly as Serato could not make any sense of the signal being sent from the turn tables to it’s inputs.

In case you are wondering what serato is, it is a piece of software that allows DJ’s to bring there entire music collection with them on a hard drive instead of in vinyl or cd’s. The software enables them to mix with real turntables (ideally) or cdj’s as if the tracks were on the tables themselves except the tracks are routed from the computer and are only manipulated with the turntables.

Luckily the in house audio visual company at the hotel had a set of tables for a ridiculous price. If I had known perhaps it would have been worth it to go back to Calgary for another pair.

After everything was sounding great I took to the streets along with a thousand other people who thought it would be a good idea to head out to Banff for the long thanksgiving weekend.
My goodness.
There were people everywhere and they were taking photo’s of the most ordinary things like, a Starbucks, a pumpkin, a time to cross signal etc.

I grabbed a bite at wild bills saloon. All their staff seemed to be from Australia. I imagine they come for the ski-ing/snowboarding and stay over the summer. (those ozzies and Kiwi’s and their extreme sports)

I purchased some salted licorice.
Checked out the social network for lack of a better option and crashed for a bit in the back of the car.

Another adventure. Complete.

August 12, 2010

Lee Taylor Band – Vulcan Alberta – Wedding Band

Filed under: Events, Weddings — Kristoffer Benoit @ 12:04 am

Well… we did it again.
I loaded up the element. It was a perfect tetris. A solid cube of pa equipment.
I headed out to Vulcan Alberta for what would prove to be one hell of a barn stomp.

When I arrived I found a workshop that had been converted into a ballroom. I have to say the wedding planner/event coordinator did an amazing job considering what she had to work with.
Wedding Planner work
I loaded up the stage (a flat bed semi truck.)
Rental sound system on a flat deck truck
The band hit the truck. The people hit the dance floor.
I brought out eight qsc hpr121i monitors, one qsc hpr181i sub and two racks of four par 56 lights.
The machine shop was a little tinny so I had to cut some of the high mid’s on the front of house graphic eq’s and made sure the bass was pumping. Not surprisingly the 18″ powered sub I rented out did the job perfectly. I love our QSC’s!
Lee Taylor Band
For the size of the room the rental equipment I brought out from Calgary was perfect. I think if there was anymore power in that room the reverberation off of the metal siding would have made the music a wash of high’s.
Lee Taylor Band - Live in Vulcan