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Friday, 3 October 2014

Sound System Hire Guide — What Are PA systems?

What Are PA Systems?
PA stands for Public Address, and a PA system is essentially just a microphone, amplifier and loudspeaker. However, when putting these three components together, it is important to make sure that they will all work well together, which is why sound system hire is such a good idea. Rather than trying to piece together the individual components yourself you can hire them as a complete package.

Different applications will require different systems, so let's look at some options.

Size Matters
A small venue such as a village hall will require a less powerful system than a large venue such as a theatre. Too powerful a system in a small room results in a distorted sound and a deafened audience. Too small a system in a large venue and the sound will be weak and won't fill the room.

Systems less powerful than 30W are usually classed as mini-PAs. 30W to 50W is a small PA, 50W to 150W is a medium system and those over 150W are generally called large PAs.

It isn't just the floor space that matters when choosing a system. It is the volume of the room. Therefore high-ceilinged venues generally need more powerful systems than low-ceilinged ones.

Indoors or Outdoors
Indoor venues will experience sound reflection, where sound bounces off walls, furniture and people and fills the room with a full sound. Outdoors, the sound is lost to the wind, so more power is needed.

Some venues, such as theatres, for example, are home to lots of soft materials such as seats and curtains. This has the effect of absorbing sound. More power is needed, but the result is a soft and warm sound. Relatively empty venues such as many municipal buildings tend to be very reflective, so some technical know-how is needed in order to use a system that won't result in a harsh, ringing sound — another reason to consider sound system hire.

What Are You Amplifying? And To Whom?
A PA for speeches doesn't need to be as powerful as one for amplifying recorded or live music. Again, your sound system hire expert will be able to advise you here.

A large audience will be very sound-absorbent, so more power will be needed. Generally, 1W per audience member is a good rule of thumb.

If you are considering sound system hire, then why not give us a call or drop us an email to discuss your needs?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

How to Get Your PA System Hire Right First Time

The first thing to consider is the size and nature of your venue. This will have the most impact on your choice of PA system hire. You should get as much information as possible about the venue. You will then be able to make an informed choice about the best system for your needs.

Your Resources
The next thing to think about is your own confidence, resources and level of expertise in setting up the system. If you are confident in your abilities and you have the time and expertise to handle all aspects of managing the PA system on your own, then a simple or ‘dry’ PA system hire may be right for you. If you have any doubts or limitations in any of these areas, then a fully engineered and managed system may be the better choice for your event.

Technical Considerations
The next thing to consider is the power rating of your PA system. Many systems give a rough idea of their capabilities by indicating the venue capacity that they are best suited to. Different acoustic characteristics and different styles of production will require different power. It's a good idea to consult an expert about this.

You also need to think about the type of input devices, such as microphones, that are best suited to your needs.

For musical performances, the musicians will need to hear themselves. This is achieved by the use of monitors, which are also called foldbacks or wedges. Hearing how they sound in real time helps musicians to give their best performance, and some consideration should be given to the best use of these components.

The Work of the Sound Engineer
For musical performances, a sound engineer can be a sensible addition to your PA system hire if you don’t have access to such resources yourself. A good sound engineer can make all the difference in the world to your sound. It is important, therefore, to discuss with the sound engineer the style and sound that you are looking for. You should also share information on the instruments being used.

You can discuss all of these aspects with our team to ensure that your PA system hire contributes to the best possible event. Visit our website for more information.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Make Use of Digital Projector Hire for a Special Wedding

Many couples strive to organise a wedding that stands out from the crowd. It's a very difficult task as every location, theme and style you can think of has probably been done somewhere by somebody. The key is to try to make things as personal as possible, and the digital age allows us to share the experience with guests better than ever. One way to make your wedding stand out is to consider the use of digital projector hire.

Let Everyone Enjoy the Speeches
Wedding speeches tend to go either one way or the other: an uncomfortable and rather tedious bore or an absolute master class in controlling the audience and giving everyone a great moment to remember. Whichever way it goes, the guests all want to share in those moments, whether it is to laugh, to cry or to cringe. By using professional projector hire and additional HD screens around the reception room, every guest will be able to see and hear exactly what goes on.

Create an Unforgettable First Dance
One option could be having an ultra-wide HD projector playing a montage of photographs and moments from the couple's past as they take their first dance after saying their vows. Of course, if that is a little too soft and romantic, you could just play the video to go along with your special choice of song. The great thing about using TV and projector hire is that you can choose to show anything you want, instantly creating a unique look and feel to the big day.

Allow Guest Who Couldn't Make It to Send Good Wishes
Another great way to make use of additional screens at a wedding is by arranging for friends and family who could not make it to the wedding to record video messages that can be played on the big screen. Overseas family and old friends can send their best wishes to the happy couple from anywhere in the world. Anyone with a smartphone can record a simple video message, and they could easily be put into a playlist to be used during the wedding reception.

Please feel free to contact us here at CVS International with any special requirements regarding HD displays and video projector hire for your wedding or special event. Why not see what you can use to bring your wedding into the digital age?

Welcome to the Conference Stage! Organising the Perfect Event

Organising a corporate event or conference is a significant project which requires good organisation and planning.

Get Your Project Plan in Place
If you've been tasked with the responsibility of organising an important event for your company, it is well worth developing a project plan and breaking down each activity or requirement into a series of detailed steps. Use strong project-management methodologies and assign start and finish dates and durations for each task, as well as an owner and a cost for each. Regularly monitor progress and flag up any areas of concern where tasks have slipped, making sure you have a contingency plan for each.

Ascertain Your Budget
Check that you are clear on the available budget before you commit to suppliers for the event. When planning, allow for a 10pc excess on spend at least, and ensure that you contact more than one supplier where possible for quotes to ensure that you are getting the best prices.

Plan Well in Advance
If you need to book a venue or high-profile speaker to appear on the conference stage, make sure you do these activities early on, as they may get booked up at busy periods.

Get Help
Conference organisation requires a great deal of work and a range of skills, whether you are ascertaining the creative and branding for the conference stage, planning logistics with caterers or organising VIP guests, so ascertain where you can get additional resources to help you with the job. A small team is ideal for such a task.

Dress the Stage
The conference stage is the focal point of your event, so make sure it will be appropriately branded and provide a superb visual effect. Good materials to include for the conference stage include pull-up stands, banners, audio-visual equipment, good lighting and a strong colour scheme. The conference organisers may be able to help you with the planning requirements for this space and help you to make the best use of it.

Send Invitations Early
Organise your invitee list early on and send out invitations as soon as possible — either contacting individuals directly and personally or sending an invitations, depending on the event and who they are.

An events agency can also help you to put on the ideal event if your budget allows you to outsource elements of the work involved.

Contact us if you need some more information or advice.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

From the conference stage to PA hire - how to organise a conference.

If you have been put in charge of organising a conference then you’d be forgiven for feeling a little daunted about all the things that there are to do. However, as long as you tick every box in the planning stage then not a lot can go wrong. In this article we will talk you through how to plan your conference, from the conference stage right through to PA hire. Read on to find out more.

Make a List
The first thing that you will need to do is to make a list of all of the things that you should think about. This list should include making a list of delegates, hiring the venue, event audio and visual hire, PA hire, making sure that all the facilities such as catering have been booked and booking any necessary accommodation. You will also need to ensure that all legalities have been adhered to so that your conference complies with health and safety law.

Book Everything Early
You will need to book the main things a long time in advance if you want to be sure of having the very best services available on the day. Speak to an event audio and visual hire company and ask them about hiring a PA for the event. They may also be able to help you out with conference stage hire, table and chair hire and even lighting hire. The sooner you make your enquiry the more likely you are to be able to book their services as the good ones get booked up very quickly.

Leave No Stone Unturned
If you want the event to go without a hiccup then you need to ensure that you are fully organised beforehand. This means making sure that everything has been checked and double checked a long time before the event starts. This will really help you enjoy the event without getting too stressed. Every detail down to the delegates’ name tags should be well-organised so that the conference flows smoothly. On the day itself, be there early so that you can be there to decide where to set up the conference stage and help the service providers set up in an orderly fashion.

As long as everything is organised beforehand you will find that the conference goes without hitch. If you’d like to find out more, then speak to the experienced and knowledgeable professionals at CVS International who can advise you on every aspect of event hire.

Use Audio Visual Hire Equipment When Launching Your Brand

If you are planning a launch event of any kind for a new company or a new product or service, you have the opportunity to showcase your company in an incredibly positive light. This is provided you get help in the areas that you need to ensure the event runs smoothly.

If, for example, you are launching a new fashion brand, your concerns should be with the actual product — the clothes, models, choreography and everything else that will sell your product. The actual “presentation” side of the event should be taken care of by professionals in the field of audio visual hire and operation.

Allow the Experts to Bring Your Idea to Life
By using a professional team to arrange and set up your audio visual hire equipment, you can be sure that everything that you need to create the event you want will be taken care of. Big-screen presentations, perhaps using a combination of LCD televisions and projectors, lighting rigs and multiple microphone set-ups, can all be arranged to your specification, allowing you to concentrate on everything else.

For larger events or indeed those of the most importance, you can even arrange for audio visual hire technicians to stay with you to assist in the smooth running of your event for the duration. This type of service means that even if the running order has to change at the last minute, or if a key speaker fails to arrive, your technician will be there to help smooth over the gaps and keep everything running to time.

With an event such as this you really do only have one opportunity to make a first impression. Products can live or die by how they are first presented to the masses, and something like the dreaded “technical difficulties” cropping up during your presentation would be an awful waste of your hard work. Don't take the risk of trying to do it all yourself when there are people who do this for a living. They will not only be able to create anything you want, but will also have lots of ideas and advice on how to improve your big event from a technical standpoint.

Whether you are selling a new product, pitching a charity project or re-branding your company, please speak to one of our experts here at CVS International for advice on the best options for your event. They are able to provide audio visual hire and a multitude of other equipment to ensure your event is taken to its optimum level.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Why audio visual hire could help increase revenue in your venue

When you run a venue you’ll constantly be looking for ways to increase profits and get more people through the door. Anyone that runs a venue will know just how competitive the market is, and just what effect a few less customers every month can have on a business. You’ll need to constantly on the lookout for new endeavours, and there is nothing like entertainment to attract people in. However, the main drawback that many venues have is that they simply do not have the money to pay for an in-house PA, and this is where audio visual hire comes in. We’ll tell you a little more about it in this article.

Get the Best Bands
Live music will always be in demand, and if you don’t have a quality in-house PA then you will never be able to match your competitors in this field. Many great bands just don’t have good enough equipment and the resulting sound can be bad at best and offensive at worst. Making sure that the sound is top quality is a primary concern – after all what is the point of going to see a band if you simply cannot hear them? PA hire is your answer – audio visual hire is a great way of getting access to the very best quality equipment without having to buy it outright.

Other Functions
Your venue is the perfect place to hold all sorts of other functions outside of the live music market. For example, you could be hosting corporate dinners or wedding receptions. Both of these rely heavily on having access to the best PA for speeches and other entertainment, so looking into audio visual hire could be your answer. Once you start putting regular work towards a PA hire company you will find that the load in and load out is very simple as they will know the layout of your building. And then you can get on with offering your venue up for the most ambitious of event. Audio visual hire is a great way of making sure your customers know that you value sound quality, and therefore you value their business.

How to Hire
Hiring a PA is really easy – simply give the experts at CVS International a call and they will explain every stage carefully to you. You’ll be amazed at the amount of extra functions you can offer once you have access to quality PA hire – so give us a call today!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Don’t forget drape hire when organising your important event!

If you are planning an important event then you will certainly have remembered to think about all of the obvious things – for example arranging PA hire and ordering in a conference stage. But as will all these things, the devil is in the detail – and if you want your event to stand out from the rest then you can’t afford not to think about drape hire. Drapes turn an average, functional room into something far more glamorous and they are an essential addition to any event. Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday party or a corporate event you’ll want to make sure that nothing has been forgotten. In this article we will tell you why drape hire is such an important consideration – read on to find out more about the many benefits:

Setting the Scene
A successful event organiser understands that it’s all about creating the perfect ambience for your guests to mingle in. Your dedicated room may be a little soulless but that is easily overcome when you consider drape hire. Drapes add an element of sophistication and glamour to any event and they can also hide a multitude of sins too! Because drapes are available in all manner of sizes, shapes and designs you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect type for your event’s needs.

Get the Acoustics Right
Anybody who has tried to host an event in a large function room will know all about the acoustic challenges that are presented. This is a particular problem in church halls and town halls where the wooden floors and walls can create loads of echoes. If you have a public speaker or a band playing then drapes are perfect for dampening the sound of the room so that they can be heard.

They Act as Dividers
Imagine for a minute that your event is undersubscribed – drape hire can help you out here too. Rather than half-filling a room with people, simply use the drapes to section off part of the room so that the whole thing feels cosier. Your event will look fully subscribed even if you don’t get the numbers you were hoping for.

Drape hire is an essential element when planning any big event. Call the experts at CVS International for help in planning your event.

Why you need audio visual hire when putting on a concert or event.

If you have been put in charge of organising a concert or other event, then you will have a very long list of things to do! You will have to find a venue, book the entertainment, sell the tickets and all whilst making sure that you cover your costs (and hopefully make a profit). There is no doubt that it is a very stressful job, but if you pull it off you will get an immense sense of satisfaction and loads of glory. One of the things that you need to think about quite early on in the organisation stages is the audio and visual hire, and we’re going to tell you why you need a quality service here – read on for more information.

The Band
The band that you book will certainly need some form of amplification, and this should be done through an audio visual hire company. If you book a local band and expect them to bring all of this equipment with you then you are in their hands and if their equipment is not up to scratch then the sound will be awful. The band will also need somebody to operate the mixing desk as they are playing, and if you don’t pay for a professional to do it then it may end up being done by one of their mates (who may or may not have had a drink!) If you want the music to come across in the best possible way then you really need to look into quality PA hire and get it booked in plenty of time.

The Announcements
Not only does the band have to be heard, but you do too! During the course of the event it will be necessary for somebody (if not you) to get up and say a few words of thanks in order to bring everybody together. Rather than trying to shout across a room full of people, you will be far better off using a microphone. Again, an audio visual hire company can provide you with everything that you need so that the evening can run smoothly. Whether your event needs audio or visual help, you are far better off in the hands of professionals. This way you can be sure that all of the electrical equipment is PAT tested and therefore safe for use in public. You will also save yourself loads of stress by having a dedicated person or team in charge of all of your audio and visual needs. If you’d like to find out more, give the experts at CVS International a call.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Utilise PA System Hire Experts to Boost Your Brand

Brand awareness is key to business growth no matter what size your company, and prime sponsorship opportunities can do a great deal to raise public awareness of your brand. Why not take the initiative yourself and organise a special event - with yourselves as main sponsor - to promote your services to the masses?

You can arrange things such as audio visual hire, projector hire and PA system hire, and you have the option of hiring a stylish hall or hotel assembly room. You could instead arrange to host the event at one of the universities if you are working on a tighter budget.

Working with schools and universities is a great way to promote an event. You could perhaps arrange a film or photography competition between universities or a business plan challenge for young students. Offer a few prizes, arrange an awards ceremony and use the entire event to promote your brand and get the word out.

If you work with a school or university with a strong background in media or television, you will probably be able to arrange work-experience with their media department, giving you a crew of eager production runners and stage-hands.

A large event of this type will bring lots of eyes to your brand, with applicants from all over bringing friends and relatives to the awards as well as having the full promotional support of the schools or universities that you work alongside.

Having an annual prize named after your brand or CEO as an Inter-University Trophy is a great way to build links into the local community and get your name out there. If the event takes off, you may end up with a national competition on your hands, and the event itself may even end up as a profitable project in its own right.

The key to giving a strong impression is, of course, to make sure the event goes off without a hitch and looks as professional as possible. Arrange for specialist projector hire, PA system hire, lighting rigs and other stage-production elements and blow the audience away with your awards show.

Please take a look at the many options for PA system hire and other event production equipment and feel free to contact the team at any time for more information.

Monday, 25 November 2013


Offering Audio Visual Equipment Hire including PA, Sound, Lighting, Stage, Projectors, and Large Screens.
CVS International have been trading for over 25 years and have one of the largest audio visual equipment hire stocks in the UK from all the industry leading manufacturers. We cater for all sizes of conferences and events from small business conference meetings to large scale award ceremonies and everything in between.

Our audio visual equipment hire stock covers everything you could possibly need, we have sound systems, lighting, staging, screens, projectors, plasma screens, cameras, drapes, PA microphones, amps and speakers, and interactive voting systems. No hire is too small or too large.

You will receive our first class audio visual equipment hire support, our efficient technicians who deliver and install can (if you require) operate the equipment or we can remain on call should you require assistance, our people are some of the best in the business. 

Our AV equipment hire department combines years of experience. Our friendly approach is to help and advise you from your first telephone call, informing and advising you on the correct equipment for your event ensuring you have the right equipment for the job. We endeavour to provide you with the best customer service ensuring that the equipment you have hires is at the right place at the right time. 

We have a specialist management team for all types of Live Shows, Events, Conferences, Road Shows and Award Ceremonies.   Having worked at almost every Hotel , Conference Venue and Hall in London and the South East  we have a wealth of knowledge , we have room cad plans and sizes on file this will ensure a smooth   get in for any Venue.

Over 80% of our work is Repeat or Recommendations.

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