One-two punch to rig setup

August 2, 2011 by CHAUVET DJ

By Wallace Greenaway – product manager for CHAUVET® Club/DJ

Whether you’re setting up a rig for a club DJ event, or for a smaller house party of let’s say two lights with a T-stand, your job will be a piece of cake if you keep two things in mind.

Focus on planning
Know your floor plan.
Look at the floor plan or go to the venue to make sure there’s enough power.
Is there a fire alarm?

Check to see if there’s a fire alarm. You don’t want to show up with a fog machine and set off the alarm. There’s a $500 charge if the fire truck shows up and there’s no actual fire.
Take photos in advance.
Every DJ works differently. I like to plan and to build the entire show from home. I take photos in advance, and when I go to the venue, I know where everything has to go, which makes for a quick set up.

Choose lights wisely
Use lights with power linking.
Save time running power cords everywhere by linking multiple units together.
LEDs mean less worry when disassembling.
There are advantages of packing up LEDs vs. lamp fixtures. If you’ve used LEDs it’s much easier to disassemble, because they don’t have a cool rundown, you just unplug and go. If there’s a lamp fixture that got really hot you need to wait; you don’t want to shake it either.
Lighting for a daytime event?
If there’s a room with natural lighting I wouldn’t recommend using LEDs. LEDs don’t go with natural light. Go for the moving heads, such as a CHAUVET® Intimidator™ Spot 250, because it works with a lamp, and the punch of the light is 10 times greater.

Generally setting up your rig should take about 45 minutes, depending on the gig, and breaking it down about 30 minutes. And with these quick tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to beating my time.


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