Wednesday, 13 May 2015

What is pa hire?

What is pa hire?

Learn what the term PA hire actually means with the help of the experts at CVS.

PA, not ‘personal assistant’ in the events or sound industry, traditionally stands for ‘Public Address’ or ‘Professional Audio’. Whether you call it PA hire or sound hire it is usually one and the same. It is the art of sound reinforcement or amplifying audio significantly louder than its usual volume. Like Wikipedia’s definition ‘PA’: “A public address system (PA system) is an electronic and distribution system with a microphone, amplifier and loudspeakers, used to allow a person to address a large public, for example for announcements of movements at large and noisy air and rail terminals.” Most people think that PA equipment is quite niche or specialist to just a few of us, but almost everyone is exposed to PA at most times of the day, especially when we are out and about. Music being played in shops or announcements being made at work, in a supermarket, or on a train platform all use PA. You might not always be able to see the equipment due to clever installation, but it is definitely there.

However, in the world of events, people hire PA systems & Hire Sound equipment everyday to get their message heard at conferences, exhibitions, fashion shows, weddings and more, usually via speech or music. Hiring PA equipment is usually more economical for private clients, companies and venues. They do not have the need or budget to buy the various bits of equipment usually needed for a full PA system as well as maintenance, storage and insurance facilities. Several venues across London & the surrounding counties use CVS International for PA hire and Sound hire to meet the requirements of their various clients such as Holiday Inn who have used our PA hire for many years for different business meetings and conferences, networking receptions & all other events held at their hotels.

The factors that must be taken into consideration when putting together a PA Hire or Sound Hire package are:

  • Audience size
  • Venue size
  • Venue acoustics
  • Ambient noise levels
  • Number of microphones

Additional audio sources such as:

  • Laptops
  • iPods
  • DVD Players
  • Instruments


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