Steps to set-up, plug-in and DJ your own Silent Disco Dance Party.
Read on to learn how to plug in your phone, tablet, or laptop into the transmitters that we include when your rent our headphones. Doing so allows you to DJ your own silent disco dance party with your own playlists.
#1) When your rentals arrive, do a sound check first thing.
Your rentals will arrive two days before your party, open the box(s) and locate the transmitter cases so you can do a sound check long before your event.
#2) Open up the transmitter cases and plug them into an electrical outlet.
They will turn on and already be on the correct channel. No need to adjust anything.
#3) Next, plug the supplied aux cord into the “Audio in” jack on the transmitter and the other end into the “Headphone” jack on your device.
#4) Or, use Bluetooth to connect/pair the transmitter with your device.
Use the Bluetooth if you don’t have a “headphone” jack on your device or if you need to have a wireless connection between the transmitter and your device -especially helpful if it is your cell phone.
#5) Repeat this with each of the three transmitters we supply. You will need any combination of three devices; one for each transmitter.
#6) Queue up your favorite playlist, grab a pair of headphones, turn them on and start your dance party!
If you are using a streaming account, remember that you will need three different accounts unless you have the family plan. You will use one account for each device.
If you do have the family plan, it allows you to use multiple devices on the same account simultaneously.
We like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music and Pandora best.
Which costs more? A regular DJ with loudspeakers or a Silent Disco DJ?
Obviously one sound system using loudspeakers can be heard by several hundred or a thousand people, but one headphone can only be heard by one person.
So with a small party, a silent disco system is going to cheaper to rent than the traditional loudspeakers but with a large party the number of headphones required will cause silent disco to me more expensive. Let’s look at some actual numbers
Regular DJ: $1000 -In my area, a DJ (using loudspeakers) that is considered professional quality is going to start around a $1000 and that price remains the same no matter how many guests are invited.
Silent Disco Rental: $541.50 to rent 100 headphones in 2021. That price includes shipping both ways and all three transmitters.
The price goes up or down as you add or subtract headphones. You can rent any exact number to correspond with your guest count.
When you hire a DJ with a sound system that uses loudspeakers, the price is the same no matter how many guests you have!
Silent Disco: If you want to rent silent disco headphones in 2021, it costs between $3 and $7 per headphone rental depending on how many you rent.
At www.silent-disco-rental.com, our price is as low as $3 per disinfected headphone for larger quantities but the price per unit is higher for rental of smaller numbers.
Here are some round number examples: (You can rent exact numbers of headphones for your party.)“Pricing”
What is your cost for renting our fully disinfected silent disco headphones in 2021?
Pricing depends on quantity.
Examples of current pricing:
Rental of 20 = $197.50 Rental of 30 = $242.50 Rental of 40 = $286.50 Rental of 50 = $329.00 Rental of 75 = $435.25 Rental of 100=$541.50 Rental of 150=$749.00 Rental of 200=$956.50 Rental of 300=$1364.00 Rental of 500=$2164.00
(We also charge a security deposit, but that get’s returned to you when the equipment comes back safely. Learn more about that on our pricing page.)
At my company, the DJ’s fee is an additional $197 per hour if we are supplying the music, the music players, the light show, our DJ skills and our master of ceremony skills.
The prices above don’t include the cost of a DJ, but with silent disco, you don’t need to hire a DJ.
Or to say it more accurately, our equipment makes it much easier to skip hiring and paying the professional DJ, again, saving you money.
We provide the professional equipment and all you need to supply is your cell phone streaming your favorite music playlist.
You don’t need a DJ because you connect your phone (or laptop or tablet) directly to the transmitters that we send you with the headphones. (Connect with either Bluetooth or an aux cord)
The transmitters broadcast your music to the headphones.
We send you three transmitters. One for each channel on the three channel headphones.
Three times as much musical value in silent disco headphones.
With three channels available to play three separate playlists, your guests have three options of music at any given time. (They can switch which channel their headphones are listening to with the flick of a switch on their headphones at any time during the event)
So silent disco offers three times more music to your guests than a traditional loudspeaker system. This adds to the perceived value of silent disco over traditional loudspeakers.
This three-channel increase in music options for your guests means less reliance on a professional DJ’s ability to choose the one unique song that should be played at any given time, which makes it quite a bit easier to justify saving the cost of hiring a DJ and using only automated playlists on your cell phone.
Again the increased value as a party format leans toward the silent disco headphones!
Yes, a professional DJ can add to the fun and three professional DJ’s can be even more fun than one! Each DJ broadcasts on their own channel (to their own transmitter).
With three channels to stream unattended-automated playlists, there is a much greater chance of at least one of them having a fantastic song playing at any given time.
If you are charging admission, guests are willing to pay a higher admission fees for Silent Disco Parties.
So you will bring in more money from a silent disco party versus a traditional party with loudspeakers.
The increased income from a silent disco can pay for the headphone rentals
Obviously, this doesn’t pertain to wedding receptions or parties where you are not trying to make money, but it is important to note that people a silent disco format to be more valuable.
Silent Disco is a hot and new trend that is easily three times the fun of a regular party!
How about you? Have you had the chance to compare the two? Which format is worth more to you? -Let us know in the comments.
We supply the wireless silent-disco headphones (fully disinfected) and the battery powered portable transmitters through our rental program.
We also supply a lapel mic that plugs into our portable transmitters so your class can hear you.
You supply your music using your cell phone, which connects to our transmitter via BlueTooth.
Silent disco? Why silent disco headphones instead of regular ones.
You connect your voice and music to our transmitter, which in turn, broadcasts to the wireless headphones worn by your students.
Silent disco headphones have a 300 meter range (328 yards) which allows your class to spread out more – social distance style!
They’re perfect for kickin’ some corona butt in the year of the pandemic!
Bluetooth headphones with their wimpy range of about 30 feet won’t work for this gig!
Your voice will reach your student’s ears directly through the headphones via the lapel mic connected to the transmitter we send. Your music is coming through the headphones too, and you can adjust the volume of each independently.
The headphones give you an easy way to charge admission when you are outdoors. Only those who pay admission will receive the headphones.
If you were simply using a PA or loudspeakers for your session, anybody could join in and they would not have to pay. With the headphones, you simply charge per headphone.
Boom! Who’s a money magnet? You are!
Headphones allow better focus and volume control!
Our over-the-ear headphones help your yoga class to focus because they block out ambient noises from crowds and traffic. No more distractions!
Each headphone has its own volume control, so your participants can adjust it to their own listening comfort.
Plot Twist! The headphones allow you to have multiple classes simultaneously in the same space!
These headphones are the three channel type with a channel switch for the user. This feature would only be used if you decide to have multiple classes being taught at the same time.
Can you imagine three different levels of yoga taught to an open-invitation outdoor audience? No more worrying about the advanced students being bored while the beginning students are being overwhelmed.
The teacher on channel one could be teaching at a beginner level, -channel two intermediate, and channel three would be advanced level.
Each teacher would have their own transmitter. (Each transmitter represents a channel) You could have up to three teachers or three classes being taught simultaneously in the same space.
Your participants would decide which teacher they want to follow with a flick of the channel switch.
When teaching only one class at a time, all students would stay on the same channel.
Wait! Are these Silent Disco Headphones fully disinfected and Covid 19 safe??
Shipping time also kills coronaviruses and it takes time for them to be shipped from our place to yours. Recent studies show that the viruses die off after 3-5 days from a hard surface and less than one day from a porous surface.
Depending on how far away from us you live, the shipping time alone will kill any coronavirus particles. We have your safety as #1!
You might want to have disinfectant wipes available on your end for your students, but we take care of the headphones.
What makes it all work?The magic of the portable silent disco transmitter
You can use an audio cable or Bluetooth to connect your music to the transmitter.
You probably don’t want to carry your phone around while teaching yoga. So instead of using the audio cable, we recommend using Bluetooth connectivity for your music.
With Bluetooth, you are not tied to your phone. But if you want to carry your phone around, you do have the option of using an audio-cable for your connection.
They hear you better!How the mic works.
As shown in the image above, the microphone is a wired lapel mic. The transmitter is a belt-pack. (It has a belt clip so you can wear it on your belt or fasten it to your pocket or waistline)
The transmitter has a mute button for the mic as well as a separate volume knob for the mic.
When you are not talking, you just tap the mute button to cut out any ambient noise. Then tap again when you need to be heard.
You would control your music volume using your phone.
Ready to get started? Prices and how to rent our headphones
What is a silent disco headphone party and what equipment is required?
The term “silent disco” refers to a party where you can’t hear the audio unless you are wearing the specialized silent disco wireless headphones. Because of this,it looks like people are dancing without any music.
The word “disco” in the term, refers to a silent disco being a ‘dance’ and does not refer to the disco genre. All types of music are used
What equipment do you need?
In order to put on a silent disco, you need the special headphones for each guest. You will also need silent disco transmitter(s) to broadcast the music to the headphones.
These days the headphones are rechargeable. They arrive fully charged and will operate ten hours on a single charge. So, unless you are doing multiple events, re-charging is not necessary.
The transmitters are about the the size of your hand and don’t require user adjustment. They are just plug-and-play and usually included with the headphones.
You will also need to supply the music. That could be your cell phone, tablet or laptop streaming a playlist from Spotify or Apple Music. It could also be a live DJ or even a band.
As of the year 2020, most of the silent parties in America use three channel headphones. The person wearing the headphones can change which channel they are listening to with a switch on the headphones.
Each channel on the headphones corresponds to a different transmitter. So, a three channel system would have three transmitters.
Ideally, the silent party host supplies three music sources. They can be cell phones, tablets, laptops, DJs, bands, etc. Each music source is connected to one of the three transmitters.
We’ll talk more about the equipment and the music requirements below, but first:
If you rent the headphones, rest assured that rental companies are bending over backwards to make sure the headphones are safe and germ-free. We were doing that long before the Covid-19 scare, but as you can imagine, we have doubled down our efforts.
If you rent your headphones, you will want to double check with your vendor regarding their disinfection standards, but here at Silent-Disco-Rental.com, your safety is first priority.
Is a silent party really silent?
When the party first starts up, they really are weirdly silent. It is a surreal and other-worldly oddity that has to be experienced in order to understand how absurd it feels.
But once the party heats up, headphone parties are definitely not silent.
While they are still eerily silent compared to listening to loudspeakers cranked up to ten, your dancers will be singing slightly off key to music that only they can hear.
They will also be laughing out-loud, talking to each other over the headphones and jumping up and down with their favorite dance moves.
Silent parties don’t have any noise from loud music, but the crowd noise can be significantly boisterous.
As you know, people who are having fun usually make noise, so ultimately the volume level will depend on the number of guests you invite.
What is the ideal space for a silent party? Should the range of the wireless headphones be a consideration?
The first thing that people ask me when they are trying to decide where to hold their silent headphone party is the range of the wireless headphones.
The headphones that we rent out have a range of 300 meters (or 328 yards). For reference, a football field is 100 yards. So, the headphones will still sound great more than 3 football fields away from the transmitters.
These are not the Bluetooth headphones that you are used to. They don’t drop out when you get thirty feet from your cell phone.
The type of wireless that silent disco headphones use is in the FM range and is therefore unaffected by walls and windows. This means that the headphones won’t lose any music quality or volume if you go upstairs, downstairs, outside or even around the block.
This means that the room size/orientation is less important for silent disco than it would be for a traditional music party. You don’t even need a specific party room because the headphones still work fine outside of the room or even outside of the building.
It is very important to have your silent party be ‘silent’ outside of the headphones.
Much of the motivation to wear the headphones is the silence outside of the headphones. That same silence is much of the appeal for wearing the headphones.
The best way to ruin a silent party is to have any audio available outside of the headphones because that gives people the option of not wearing the headphones.
If a TV is playing or background music is playing outside of the headphones, you are taking away much of the attraction of the headphones and some guest won’t wear them.
Where to get the equipment. (Should you rent or buy?)
If you are that person who is putting on parties every month, buying the headphones would be a great idea. We sell them for as little as $33.00 per headphone.
But if you are only putting on one or two parties a year, it is much easier to rent. The rental company takes care of the storage, the cleaning, the recharging and the disinfecting of the headphones for you.
Most of the rental companies will also take care of the repairs and make sure your are receiving the latest technology.
Rental companies like ours make sure that you receive the equipment several days before your party and are on hand for you to do a soundcheck and to help you with any set-up questions.
More about the equipment below, but you can find more details about our rental process here.
How to set up the equipment. (It is easier than you think)
When you rent the equipment, set-up instructions are included, but it is literally plug-and-play.
Live DJ vs Streamed Playlist. (Do you need a professional DJ?)
Before Spotify, Apple Music and the many music streaming platforms that are available these days, you needed a DJ to supply the music and the sound equipment.
These days you can make your own playlist(s) and you can find playlists that others have made including nearly any song that has ever been recorded. The music is digital quality and can be streamed on your phone, tablet or laptop at the press of a button.
So you don’t need a DJ to supply the music and when renting the silent disco headphones and associated transmitters, you don’t need a DJ for their equipment either.
You can connect your cell phone directly to the transmitter. No other equipment is required.
What about the DJ’s expertise at setting up the equipment? Well, as mentioned above, you already know how to use your cell phone, and the transmitters are just plug-and-play.
How to set the volume levels for maximum guest satisfaction.
As mentioned above, each headphone has three channels and the listener can switch from one channel to the other at any given time.
You will connect a music source to each of the transmitters which will, in turn, broadcast to the headphones.
For the example below, let’s assume that one of the music sources is your cell phone.
There are two very important volume-related tips/best-practices.
The first practice is how to make sure your wilder guests can turn up the music as loud as they want.
The solution is to set your source music loud enough so that it sounds really loud to you even when your silent disco headphones are turned down to the halfway point.
In other words, if you are using your cell phone for the music source, turn the headphones that you are wearing down to at least the halfway point and then start turning up your cell phone.
While wearing your silent disco headphones at their 50% volume, turn up your cell phone until the music is as loud as you can stand.
Leave your cell phone at that volume during the party so that your rowdiest guests can turn up their silent disco headphones way louder than you would ever want to turn up yours. That way, you’ll never get any complaints that your guests “couldn’t get the music loud enough.”
The second practice is how to assure that each channel is broadcasting at the same volume.
As we mentioned above, your guests will be switching channels on their headphones frequently. They don’t want to keep adjusting their volume each time they switch.
The solution is to make sure each of the music sources are set at the same output volume.
Don’t change the volume of the cell phone we just finished setting in the example above, and instead, match the other two devices to that one.
What type of music works best?
At silent disco parties, songs that participants know the lyrics to, can sing along with, songs with defined movements and songs that are in the ‘rave’ category with a powerful ‘bass drop’ work the best.
Silent disco is not particularly well suited for slow-dancing, serious songs, mid-tempo songs or relatively unfamiliar songs.
If it is a serious song, it needs to be one that everybody knows and can sing along with. Overall, the headphones work best with ‘fun’ party-style songs.
Obviously, what defines a ‘fun’ party-style song is your guests at your party. Choose your playlists accordingly.
We do not recommend having a different music genre on each channel.
In fact we highly discourage separating the channels by genre because in-turn, it separates your guests by genre and lowers their interaction with each other.
All three channels should have genre mixed playlists in order to maximize the fun and interactivity had by your guests.
Because the headphones show which channel they are picking up by the color of the LEDs on the earpieces, you can see which channel your friends are listening to and they can see the same of you.
This interactive element between your guests makes switching channels and encouraging your friends to do the same half of the fun! In order to maximize this amusing communication between your guests, you want all three channels to be equal in their appeal to everyone present.
How to keep the headphones from walking away.
Whether you rent or own the headphones, you don’t want people taking them home or losing them. Here are some ideas to help you hang on to them.
Obviously this is not going to be a problem with close family and friends.These ideas are for those instances when you may not know the guests.
Hold onto their driver’s license while they have the headphones. You can keep the licenses in alphabetical order for quick return after the party.
Have staff at the entrance and exits so that nobody enters without picking up a headphone and nobody leaves without relinquishing a headphone.
Some vendors have RFID tags on the headphones and scanners to keep track of who has which headphone. – Beware that this will be an extra fee and not all vendors offer it.
Number the headphones with a sticker and write down each guest’s name next to the number of the headphone they have.
Hold onto their student ID in exchange for the headphones if it is at a school.
Do you need a light show?
A light show is extremely optional because the headphones themselves provide a human light show that is far more interesting than a mechanical light show ever could be.
Not only are the dancers jumping up and down to the music, but as they switch the channel they are listening to, the color on the headphones changes too.
in 2020, most of the rental headphones available light up according to their selected channel.
The headphones that we supply light up in the colors blue, red, and green depending on which channel they are on.
In the rare event that you actually have three DJs and each DJ is covering one of the channel colors, it is nice to have their DJ station lit up with the color of their channel but the same effect could be achieved with color coded T-shirts on the DJs.
In cases where the music is supplied by streamed playlists on personal devices such as cell phones or laptops, a light show is really not needed.
How much will it cost?
Pricing for a live DJ, support staff or a band varies widely by location and name recognition, so I am only going to cover equipment costs in this post.
First the price to purchase and then the price to rent:
Purchasing smaller quantities can be as little as $33.00 per headphone and $129.00 per transmitter. The headphones use rechargeable batteries and require dedicated chargers. The chargers charge 16 headphones at a time and run $27.00 apiece.
“The headphones provide a surround sound experience that creates the close intimacy of laughter in the group setting of a comedy show without the concerns of the general public hearing jokes they didn’t sign up for.”
They call it “Inside Jokes – Outside Laughs.” Below is how it works:
The club started with 40 silent disco headphones with guests at tables on the sidewalk.
The show worked so well, that they went to 80 headphones in one week.
The city liked the silent comedy so well that they closed the street and invited the club to use the whole street!
The club charges admission on a per-headphone basis. Only the people wearing the headphones can hear the comedy.
The comedians are saying that the outdoor-silent-headphone-comedy works even better than comedy indoors because the headphones help audiences to pay attention.
The guests are less self-conscious and more focused while wearing the headphones and are therefore laughing harder.
They tell me that the audio going directly into their ears allows them to hear the jokes better, – even while they are laughing. This allows the comedians to build the jokes on top of each other faster and more effectively.
More laughter means more fun for both audiences and comedians!
An added benefit is for the guests that ‘don’t get it’ and then fall behind, -you know, -the ones who ask their friends for clarification and then miss the next joke? With the addition of the headphones, they don’t interrupt their friends as much and so both they and their friends are missing fewer jokes and laughing more often.
When guests do want to talk to each other, they simply remove the headphones, but because that takes effort, they do it less during the show. And if they do, it never disturbs the other guests.
So even if our disinfectant team misses a strand of Coranavirus RNA somewhere, the 3 or more days in the shipping box will assure that our headphones are virus-free and safe for you to handle.
Steps to planning your own silent social distancing party.
1) Map out which apartments or homes are within a 300 meter/328 yard radius or three football fields of your location. (Our transmitters will send the audio to a radius of 300 to 500 meters, but let’s err on the safe side. )
2) Create a flyer with the time and date of the party asking them to RSVP with the number of headphones they need and their contact info. (If there is a fee for your party, include your Venmo or PayPal payment info. Include your email for them to RSVP to.)
3) Leave the flyer note on their doors.
4) Once they RSVP, contact me with the number of headphones you need to rent.
5) Start creating your playlists. (This is assuming that you are the one supplying the music with phone/laptops/tablets etc)
6) When your rentals arrive two days before your event, do a full soundcheck.
7) The day of your event, use a separate bag for each apartment to deliver the headphones while maintaining safe social distancing. (Participants will put them back in that same bag for you to collect them again after the party.)
8) Have an amazing time dancing the night away!
9) Box up the headphones and use our pre-paid label to get free shipping back to us.
10) Enjoy your new-found ‘Hero’ status as you humbly acknowledge all of the Thank-You’s from your neighbors saying what a fantastic time they all had!