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Should You Rent Or Buy Audio-Visual Equipment?

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Should You Rent Or Buy Audio-Visual Equipment?

audio-image-1We’ve talked about how renting audio-visual equipment can benefit you by saving you money, preventing transportation hassles and helping you avoid maintenance costs. If you still can’t decide whether you should rent or buy, there are a few other factors to consider. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether you should rent or purchase audio visual production equipment.

  1. Am I new to the business?

If you’re just starting up, you’re probably managing a tight cash flow. Investing in expensive equipment before you have many clients can leave you with a deficit. Why not spend the money on marketing that can get you high-paying clients? Rent the gear on an as-needed basis until you have the steady stream of income that can support the purchase of your own gear.

  1. Am I sure what equipment I need?

Trying out a variety of equipment can help you decide what to get when it’s time to purchase inventory. Instead of buying a bunch of equipment that may or may not work for your projects, test out the products by renting them. You’ll get more experience with different items at a fraction of the cost.

  1. Do I work from home?

If you don’t have a studio, finding a place in which to store your equipment at home can be cumbersome. Renting the items that you need for a particular project can help you save space.

  1. Am I having trouble setting my rates?

When you’re coming up with a fee schedule, you might need to increase your rates to cover significant up-front business expenses like the purchase of equipment. On the contrary, you can work the lower rental fee into a specific job. It’s easier to work the rate into your accounting when you’re just renting what you need for the project instead of purchasing a large quantity of tools based on the expectation of future business.

The decision to rent audio visual or lighting production equipment doesn’t necessarily come down to money. There are several things to consider when you’re making a business decision like this one. Convenience, variety, learning opportunities and space are major factors that play into the decision.

 

How To Choose the Right Space For Your Event

image-1Whether you’re hosting a professional retreat or managing a corporate training in Sacramento, Chico, Redding or Roseville, the room that you choose will affect the flow and success of the event. When you’re selecting a space for your gathering, consider the size of the room, the layout and the options for incorporating audio visual production equipment.

 

Size Of The Room

Find out how many people the room holds. Discuss different scenarios with the company from which you will be renting the space. The room will accommodate a different maximum number of participants for a yoga workshop than for an award ceremony.

In addition to your guests, take into account the other participants in your event. You may be hiring servers, performers and technicians. Do you need space for a registration table? A larger room can usually be blocked off to create a more intimate environment, but a smaller area can’t be enlarged if the crowd is too big.

Room Layout

Consider the layout within the space as well as the location of the room in relation to the other meeting rooms in the building. If you’ll be delivering a loud presentation with booming music, will you interfere with the meeting next door? Perhaps even more importantly, if there is a noisy gathering across the hall, will it hamper your quieter, more formal function?

Options For Lighting And Sound Equipment

Think about the electronic equipment that you’ll need for your meeting. If you need a projector, make sure that there is room to incorporate it into the seating arrangements so that everyone can see the screen. Check out the location of the stage and the traffic pattern so that guests won’t have to cross over wires. If the room is challenging to find within the building, you might want to rent video monitors or a jumbotron to guide participants to the right place.

Many different factors must work together to ensure that you have a productive event. Create a sound foundation by selecting the right space.

PLANNING AN UNFORGETTABLE FUNDRAISER

AVProductionAt Tolar AVL we have the audiovisual equipment you need for the ultimate benefit or fundraiser. Here are some of the services we can offer your organization.

 

Jumbotron

For very large events where you want to make a big impact, we have Jumbotrons. Our skilled techs can set up and display any images or videos you want your guests to see.

Karaoke Equipment

If you are planning an event where you want to have a variety of activities, then consider karaoke to get the party going. We have a full range of karaoke equipment. You can even have multiple sets so children can have their own karaoke competition!

Video

Sometimes it may be desirable to have a video of your event to review for future fundraisers or send out to potential donors to show more about your cause. We can create a professionally edited video that you will love.

Lighting

When you want to add contrast or emphasis, lighting is the answer. No matter what type of atmosphere you want to convey for your event, there is lighting that can achieve it. Tolar would be happy to consult with you to make sure that the lighting production is done exactly how you want it.

Full Sound Systems

It is critical that everyone be able to hear the music, speeches, and other sounds at an event. A professional sound system will ensure that no one is left out of the action.  From large concert fundraisers to ballrooms, Tolar has the equipment you need to have a stunning fundraiser and achieve your goals. Good sound production will make your event more memorable.

Setting Goals

All fundraisers have specific goals. At Tolar AVL we want to hear about your goals and help make them happen. Contact us today to get started planning your successful fundraiser.

Great Uses for a Jumbotron LED Screen

jumbotron sacramentoPeople everywhere are realizing the amazing benefits of utilizing the “Jumbotron” for video production. These video screens are being used more and more by event hosting companies and production companies that need to put on a great show. They are being made even more famous by people like Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, whose giant Jumbotron at Cowboys Stadium in Texas is one of the biggest video screens in the world.

These giant video production screens serve many purposes. They are used at churches, at concert venues, and at shows all across the country and for many different reasons.

Benefits of a Jumbotron

Enable Everyone to See

Those in the nose-bleed section at a production would not be able to see if it weren’t for the Jumbotron. The investment in these video screens enables all concert goers to have an up-close experience when watching the screen and hearing the sounds. At concerts, everyone is able to see up close as the camera pans across each musician, from the fingering of the guitarist to the rhythm of the drummer’s beat. Even churches are utilizing large video screens to enhance their audio/visual experience on Sunday mornings.

Instant Replay

Sporting events are realizing that a Jumbotron enables everyone to have a great experience with watching the screen, and it also enables everyone to witness the replays first hand. This is just one more benefits of the Jumbotron. They make attending a sporting event that much more fun, and events in California are made better by these wonderful screens.

Projectors vs. Jumbotrons

For years, projectors were the favorite of party planners and event officials who needed a way to put something up on a video screen. While projectors have their uses and are good for certain things, one benefit of the Jumbotron over the projector is that they do not need an unobstructed field of sight to be able to display the image on the screen.

For professional production services in Northern California, look no further than Tolar AVL. They are the premiere production and audio/video service in Redding, Chico, San Francisco and Sacramento. Give them a call today at 530-342-8860!

What Makes a Show so Amazing?

audio visual production company californiaGreat music is one of the best parts of life for many people. Most people remember the first concert they ever went to. “What kind of music do you listen to?” is a question many people ask when trying to get to know someone, and concert shows and venues make a great date when trying to impress someone. So what makes attending a concert or show so amazing? This really is a question worth asking.

Especially in California, concerts, shows, and productions are some of the most exciting events that there are out there. Many of the best bands in the world even started here. Production and lighting companies of California have been a big part of many of the most successful bands in history.

3 Reasons Productions Are Amazing

See the Best Musicians

The professional sound quality provided by the best production companies makes seeing your favorite musician one of the reasons that concert venues are so exciting. Everyone loves a good concert and many people are getting excited about the way that professional audio productions make their favorite musician sound. Sure, listening at home through headphones is a great way to listen to music. But nothing beats going and seeing someone in person.

Great Production Companies

One of the biggest reasons that events are so much fun to attend is the great production companies that put them on. The audio, video, and lighting work that goes into putting on a great production is the hard process of behind-the-scenes effort that goes into a production. This same kind of work is put into any event that requires lighting and audio, such as a state fair or a wedding. Many people don’t realize that it’s the professional production companies that have been putting on the events that they’ve been enjoying their whole lives.

A Great Way to Get Out

One of the best things to do in California is get out and see a production put on. Whether at a wedding, a concert, or a party, professional events and concerts are a great way to spend time with friends. There’s a reason that the Super Bowl has a half time show and that hundreds of thousands of people flock to concerts every year.

For professional audio, video, and lighting services in Northern California, Tolar AVL is the way to go. Their commitment to excellence and to putting on a great production has made them a favorite of event planners in the areas of Redding, Chico, and San Francisco. To book them for an event today, give them a call at 530-342-8860!

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