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.
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!
What customer service can you expect when you rent silent disco?
We monitor the email and phone full time from 10am to 8pm EST for your questions.
I give out my personal cell phone and welcome your text or phone call.
Text messages get answered more quickly than voicemail. Email is preferred.
Because we get your rentals to you two days in advance of your party, you have plenty of time to reach us if you need technical help. Please do a full sound check two days before your party so that we have time to address any issues.
We monitor your rental shipping through the tracking number to make sure it gets to you on time.
We keep in touch via friendly and personal email messages throughout your rental process.
Is silent disco a good fit for your party?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
While silent disco is especially helpful in environments where the party needs to be quiet, if you haven’t tried it… OMG! You don’t know what you are missing! Even when there is no need to be quiet, silent disco parties rock like no other! Check out all these testimonials!
Is renting silent disco better than buying silent disco?
When you rent, we take care of the charging, the testing, the storage and the cleaning. But if you think you might want to purchase your own silent disco, we do that too. Check out our purchase prices here.
The short answer is that any device that will play music will suffice. You connect it to the transmitter and you are ready to go.
The long answer is that some devices will connect differently to your transmitter, others will offer better sound quality, and still others will be easier to use for manipulating your playlist during the event.
This blog post is dedicated to clarifying the long answer:
Note to self: If using my cell phone to play my Silent Disco music, remember to use “Do not disturb mode” to stop all but critical notifications.
Just wanted to throw that in. Now we can get started.
How different devices connect to the Silent Disco Transmitter:
The are two choices for connectivity are an audio cable or Bluetooth.
For the new iPhones, iPads, and even some of the new iOS laptops, Bluetooth is the option of choice for the typical user. It is wireless, ubiquitous, and easy.
When you sign up to rent from us, we ask you what you are going to use to supply the music so that we can provide you with the correct wires or Bluetooth capability.
When you need Bluetooth connectivity, we automatically send you the TX-60RF transmitter because that is maximized for Bluetooth connectivity.
The user presses the pairing button until the light flashes red and blue, it shows up on their Bluetooth device list, they select it, and they are ready to go.
Audio Cable Connection:
When you rent from us, we provide common connection adapters with the rental.
Renters who use a PC Laptop, Android phone, DJ Controller or Audio Mixer to provide the music to the transmitters have the option of using an Audio Cable to connect to the transmitter.
Many of the PCs and Androids still have a headphone/Aux out. In that case, you can simply take the audio cable that I provide and connect from the headphone/Aux out straight to the input of the transmitter.
We provide an Aux cables for you if you are one of these users.
Professional DJ controllers and Audio Mixers typically don’t have a BlueTooth audio output option. They have an RCA out as one of the master output options.
We provide an RCA cables for you if you are one of these users.
When you need Audio Cable connectivity, we automatically send you the TX-50RF transmitter because that is maximized for Audio Cable connectivity.
So, whether you need to connect with Bluetooth or with an audio cable, we have you covered!
How Sound Quality is affected by your connection/device
Bluetooth has been improving in quality and really sounds superb but an audio cable is slightly better.
The most obvious challenge with Bluetooth from a cell phone is that the user likes to keep it in her pocket for security (who wouldn’t?) and then accidentally walks farther that 30 feet away from the transmitter causing the music to drop out.
Do I need to mention that your phone’s notifications will come right through the transmitter if you don’t turn them off? (I recommend using the “Do not disturb mode” to stop all but critical notifications)
As mentioned above (and only the audiophiles will notice), the sound quality of an audio cable is slightly better than Bluetooth so if have the choice and you don’t mind leaving your device near the transmitter, you should use the Aux cable.
BTW-We don’t provide the dongle made by Apple that gives you a headphone jack from the lightning connector.
If you are using a DJ Controller or Audio Mixer, you won’t have Bluetooth, so you will use the RCA audio cables to go from your RCA master out (sometimes called “tape out”) to your transmitter.
Pro tip: For extra audio quality if you are using a laptop, consider using a USB digital to analogue audio converter. (USB to 3.5 mm/Aux) This gives you an added boost in quality. We don’t supply these but for those of you that really want to go the extra mile it is something you might want to invest in.
To summarize sound quality, the Bluetooth connection sounds superb, but the Aux cable or RCA cable sounds even better.
Ease of Use
If you are streaming a pre-made playlist, ease of use won’t matter because you just set-it-and-forget-it. You are not really ‘using’ the software. You are just letting it play.
If you are actively building or manipulating a playlist during the gig, then ease of use becomes a big deal.
Phones are readily available but are only as easy to use as the app that you are playing the music with. The same is true with tablets.
In general, you will get much more functionality and ease of use with a DJ program on a laptop. (Especially so if it is connected with your DJ controller. )
Obviously you will have more screen real-estate, but most importantly, DJ programs are easy to use and you can do so much more.
Most of our clients stream a ready-made playlist or make only minor adjustments to their list during the party. Doing this on a phone is easy and quick.
It is only if you are actively mixing music and/or making playlist adjustments after or during every song that you need DJ software on a laptop.
Actively mixing music in real time for a really hopping party is an exacting art and not something you want to consider doing on a phone or tablet.
Whichever device you use, our systems are plug-and-play
When you rent from us, we ask you what devices you are using to play music
We take that information and provide you with the correct connections
This post describes how we handle your rental security amount
You pay the security upfront with the rent. Both of them have to be paid along with your signing of the rental agreement before we ship your rentals to you.
You hold your Silent-Disco-Dance-Party and have more fun than you ever imagined! Your friends beg you to do another party as soon as you can!
Once you pack up your rentals and get them back into the hands of FedEx, you begin to wonder how soon you will get your security back.
In order to get your security back to you as quickly as possible, the first thing we do is check your package’s tracking numbers on the FedEx website.
Let’s say that your rentals are due to arrive back home on Friday.
Once your rentals come back to us, we have to “check them in.” -Basically we count them and check for damage.
If any headsets are missing or damaged beyond repair, We deduct $45 per headphone from your security.
Assuming they are all there, then we don’t deduct anything from the security.
Once your headphones are checked in, we return your security immediately.
When we return your security, we write you an email saying that we did it.
Also, you will get a notification from the transaction company. (PayPal, Venmo, Credit Card, etc) After that notification, it can take a few days for the money to cleardepending on the platform.
Typically we are able to check in your headphones the same day that they arrive back to us. (In your case that will be Friday)
On a rare occasion when it is during a particularly busy time of year, it may a few days to get your rentals checked in – especially for larger orders. But, I will definitely let you know what is going on by Friday Evening.
In the majority of cases, we are able to return your security on the same day your rentals come back