Whether it's a simple system for a corporate presentation or seminar, or a complex sound and light system for a 10-piece funk band - we can meet your needs (and budget). Our systems can handle any room from a large living room to a mid-size auditorium (or a high school gym). We can also amply handle many outdoor events. But if you're holding an event at Safeco Field, or the Gorge - you're out of our league.
We specialize in dances and concerts; weddings; private and corporate parties; conventions and seminars; special events; fund-raisers; school/church plays or events, yodeling contests, .. whatever.
Within that scope, you'll find our rates to be very competitive; considering that they include delivery, setup, soundcheck and operation (at your discretion). For that full service, I believe we are at least 40-50% below most retail rental rates.
Rates & Service Area:
The rates above are 'guesstimates'. Factors within each price range include equipment particulars, location and duration of event, "street-level-access", number of acts, lighting options, date/time, additional services - may affect the rate upwards or downwards.
The best way for me to give you a firm and accurate assessment is to:
So many knobs, so little time...
Thank you Gary!! You did an incredible job as usual
this year. I really appreciate working with you...you are both so friendly
and easy to work with, which I appreciate more than anything. Mark your
calendars for next year's Memorial Day weekend!!"
"It was a delight to have such ease and good sound!
As you know only too well-- when the sound is off everything is off! You
made it a real pleasure to play! Thank YOU!"....."Thank
you Gary!!! I am so glad I found you and recommended you to the group.
I will continue to refer you out to any gigs I can, and I am sure others
will do the same. You did a GREAT job, and thank you for all the microphones,
monitors, and the LIGHTS!"....."You were just incredible
- it wouldn't have been the same without your talent with the sound system
"Gary, you and your crew were a great asset to
SOBERFEST. Considering we hired you sight unseen, you were able to put
a professional sound and light show together for us that was beyond our
expectations. Having to mix for four completely different genres of bands
and make them all sound the best I've ever heard them was no small achievement.
I'll be happy to recommend your talents."
"Gary, The lighting made the show! I hope we can
do more of this. I very much appreciated how flexible you both were as
we had some unexpected delays. .... The way you complimented the songs
"Thank YOU for all your work to make this gig
happen for us - it was a challenging venue to sound good in."
"Very professional ........you will be the first
person I call for any AV needs."
"Gary - You were such a great part of Saturday
night. Thank you so much for making it so fun. You and your wife did such
a great job. We will be in touch about some karaoke/dance parties...everyone
has been talking.
So many knobs, so little time...
About me (us, I , we):
In the immortal words of Daffy Duck - "aha!
I have purchased, setup, and operated professional sound reinforcement systems for over 20 years. I have worked at small to mid-sized venues. I won't pretend to have set up or run systems for major touring acts at sports arenas. But I have setup and run sound for all manner of bands (rock, swing, world beat, country, gospel, classical .....); for musicals and plays; for concert bands and big bands; for choirs; and for "mixed" and commercial events (with speakers, music, etc.).
What sets me apart from the crowd?
To begin with, I am a performing musician, songwriter and composer, and recording engineer/producer. So - I not only know the equipment and technology - but I know music. I have run into far too many soundmen (and women) who know the technology down to the exact frequency response and pickup pattern of every mike they have, but actually mix the sound very poorly. I also take extra time and energy to make sure that each musician is comfortable and can hear what they need to hear.
I've been told by many people that I have a great innate sense of "musicality" in composing, arranging, and in sound production. I'm sensitive to a song as a whole entity; and I mix to make it sing. The background vocals aren't buried - but they don't overpower the lead. The drums drive the song, but don't bury other things. And so forth....
Another difference from a good handful of soundfolks I've worked with or seen/heard: Working sound for a performance is more than setting it all up and running a sound check, adjusting things during the first few songs and then walking away (mentally or physically). I am on top of the board for the entire set. Too many things change (even within a single song) to walk away. Suddenly, a backup vocalist becomes the lead vocalist for a song. The keyboard player switches to a different sound that needs to be mixed differently. An acoustic guitar player plays a solo that needs to be brought way up to be heard.
Should you require my services in consulting or training; I'll bring the same mix of technical knowledge and aesthetic sensibility.
I/We'd love to work with you!
- Gary, Daffy et al