If you are a working professional in the A/V industry, then surely you must lend your expertise and services to various events once in a while. Precisely for this type of occasion, you will probably often find yourself in need of more professional equipment than your currently own, hence the need for DJ equipment rental services (and their popularity). This is all you need to know about this type of service, whether you are the DJ yourself, or the party owner, or the party planner.
Advantages of DJ equipment rental goods and services
A service provider specializing in DJ equipment rental offers everything needed for private events where the music and audio demands come with high standards. Service providers which specialize even further into pro territory can also offer the range of equipment necessary for more complex events, such as actual concerts. This is in a nutshell what you should expect from most such companies that hire out DJ equipment:
- Lighting equipment: LED displays, scanners, mirror balls, FOG juice, illuminated dance floors, moving heads, strobes, you name it. With special DJ lighting equipment, you can turn any event location into a regular rave-like or disco setting, or make your concert the greatest.
- Classic DJ equipment: you can find a huge variety of turntables, DJ headphones, DJ fog machines, controllers, battle mixers, cartridges, DJ laptop stands and professional DJ software already installed in the machines to be rented.
- PRO Audio equipment: from sound systems, speaker systems to the more common but necessary accessories such as cables or amplifiers, a party and DJ equipment rental service should have everything you need for a great event. This also includes stands and karaoke systems, microphones and mixing consoles etc.
- Recording equipment and video panels: this is usually something to keep in mind only when organizing a professional audio event, like a concert. For a party where speeches will also be held, you will need only a minimal microphone system and a stage (perhaps also a single, small video panel).
- Extras: cases for DJ equipment you already own, fitness audio systems, tables and stands or stage decorations, you name it. All of these can also be found and contracted from almost any DJ equipment place, usually if you’re already a customer for renting their other equipment systems (but not necessarily).
- Used gear for sale: If you’re a professional A/V specialist looking to upgrade your own gear but can’t really afford the price tags of new equipment, a rental service may sometimes offer second-hand gear in a more affordable regime. You just need to scan the main websites and hubs for DJ equipment rental services and keep up to date with the recent offers before they get sold out. In time, you will surely come across the thing you need.
Sometimes, buying everything you need for an even yourself isn’t a wise financial choice, no matter how hard you try to formulate it as an ‘investment’. The truth is that if you’re a single person service or even a small firm comprised on 3 or 4 individuals with a penchant for providing quality entertainment for parties, an investment like that will, simply put, not be worth it for a long time. It would make much more sense for you to rent out what you need for a short while, rather than invest a small fortune into buying it only to use it very rarely in the future, waiting for the money you invested to hopefully get back into your pocket at some point.
A much wiser decision is to notice if you start needing to rent a specific piece of DJ equipment more often, and then decide to buy it precisely to save up on the renting rates, but not as a wannabe decision in the hopes that enough orders will pour in at some point. Once you’re sure you have that type of orders regularly, then you can consider buying. Oh, and more often than not, you can do the buying from the same company you did the renting from up until that point: usually, DJ equipment rental services also allow their customers to buy a second-hand equipment should they wish to.
Things to Consider Before Renting DJ Equipment
The DJ equipment rental services can be contracted either by the person planning their own party ahead (if they also plan to hire a DJ for the event), or by the DJ already hired for such an event (who was told that they need to also indicate what equipment they will need to rent), or by the event planners (if the party owner also contracted a planning service).
The rates of a DJ equipment service are usually calculated for a daily basis, but in the case of a long-distance rental (when the equipment will also very likely spend a few days being shipped to and from the location where it will be used), you can work out a more advantageous final bill with the company. The rate will also include optional degrees of insurance for the equipment you get, in case of any accident or mishandling which happens while it is in your use.
Best DJ Equipment Rental Services:
- Soundhouse NYC: this super-popular service company is a go-to place for the fanciest of parties in New York and surroundings. It offers a wide range of A/V equipment for rent, as well as pro audio and DJ equipment (turning tables and beyond). They are also widely known for the support they offer their customers (including equipment repair for something you own). They cater to remote areas as well (by mail).
- Pro AV Rentals: also based in the NYC area, this service provider offers both the technical and the decorative side of DJ equipment rental business. Renting a speaker system or any other pro tool you may need has never been easier. They can also ship out their sound systems and they provide a generous variety of staging options as well. They;re a bit more expensive than Soundhouse, but as their name implies, their equipment is really for pro-level events and projects.
- AV Maxx: for truly professional events (like concerts), this hub has everything you need up for rent: lighting packs, staging options, video panels, recording systems, pro DJ equipment, sound tool packs, etc. Everything you can find on their website is available in special cumulative offer packages, and sometimes for sale as well.
Conclusion: if you’re an aspiring professional or a team of professionals striving to make a bigger name for themselves in the A/V industry, then you should definitely consider renting out the DJ equipment you need for the occasional fancy gig. It’s a much better financial decision than buying an equipment more advanced than your usual orders require, and if the need for it will prove to be constant, you can buy it later, preferably from the same place you rented it out from. Not to mention that it’s a safer bet to rent from a hazard point of view as well, since the insurance which comes with most equipment rentals protects you from financial disaster should something go wrong with the equipment during your use.