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.
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.
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
Question: I have recently opened a small group fitness studio. I am looking for ways to eliminate sound issues for other tenants in the building.Would Silent Disco Headphones be a viable option?
This post explores why our headphone equipment would be an excellent choice for fitness instructors in a variety of settings.
Let’s start with the transmitters that we offer.
We have two types of transmitters that send your audio to the wireless headphones.
The first requires a power cord for electricity and an additional audio mixer if you are using a microphone.
The second uses rechargeable batteries and is a belt-pack with an integrated microphone. No need for that additional audio mixer and need for a power cord.
Our battery powered transmitter clips onto the fitness instructor’s belt and is perfect for classes using silent disco headphones.
Being so portable and wireless, this particular transmitter allows the instructor to move freely among the participants during the class.
This transmitter comes with a lapel mic and on-board mic controls. This means that the instructor can control their mic volume from their belt.
The instructor will set the microphone volume using the control on their belt-pack. Then they will just tap the mute button on and off as needed during the routine.
The microphone jack is the standard 3.5 mm type which makes it easy to upgrade to a different microphone. Depending on your application, a headset mic may be more effective than the included lapel mic.
Headset mics tend to better for louder environments because they pick up less ambient noise. These can be found on Amazon or other audio stores online.
This particular transmitter also has a Bluetooth connectivity option which allows instructors to have their music on their phone and use Bluetooth to get the music to the transmitter. That, in turn, means the instructor doesn’t have to have an audio cable to their phone for music playback during the workout.
Bluetooth delivers the audio signal between the phone (or device playing the music) and the transmitter. The transmitter transmits to the headphones using a short-range FM signal.
With our battery powered transmitter, you can teach classes outdoors without needing an electrical outlet.
Our wireless headphones would also allow you to teach in public places because there would be no need for amplification. All the sound would be in the headphones.
Teaching in a public place in silence would also be an effective way to market your classes.
You could even allow passerby’s to join your class and charge them for the use of the headphones during the session.
The best way to get new members is to give people a chance to see your class and/or drop in on your class first. Teaching your class in public via silent disco headphones is a perfect way to make that happen.
How would we disinfect the headphones between classes?
Cleaning would similar to the system used by many gyms & health clubs where they ask users to wipe down equipment after they are done using it.
Most health club members are so accustomed to cleaning equipment before and they use it that they would do it without even thinking.
Have disinfectant wipes or spray available to users. Ask each participant to disinfect/spray/wipe down their own headphones after each class.
Cleaning would take less than a minute for participants and zero labor for your staff.
For the incoming class, again, have the disinfectant wipes and spray available. Ask them to wipe down/spray their headphones again before they put them on. With that double coverage, it is highly doubtful that any bugs or germs could survive the change-over.
The headphones are all man-made materials, so they respond well to frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning.
How well do the headphones stay on your head during energetic fitness routines?
These headphones are designed for hormonally-charged-Rave-Style dancing with leaping and moderate head-banging included. I’m not saying you can’t shake them off, but I am saying that fitness routines tend to be pretty mellow compared to modern rave shows.
Usually people do not attend fitness classes while drunk or tripping, so the level of abuse the headphones would get with exercise classes would be far less than at a dance party. Regardless, the build quality of these headphones is pretty good for staying on your head during either energetic dancing or athletic calisthenics .
How does the instructor balance the volume of their mic and music on the transmitter?
1) There is a separate mic volume wheel on the transmitter itself. The instructor is wearing the transmitter on their belt, so it is easy to reach.
2) There is also a mic mute button on the transmitter. – So the instructor would keep it on mute until they want to say something – They would have already adjusted the mic volume to be louder than the music – There is a bit of built-in compression that will allow the instructor’s voice to be heard over the music.
3) The music volume coming through the transmitter is controlled by your phone, tablet or laptop volume.
So, the instructor has full control over the ratio of the music volume to their voice volume.
The headphone wearers can only control their total volume. In other words, they can’t change the volume of the instructors voice without changing the music volume too.
The above image shows the location of the controls on the transmitter.
By using this transmitter, the instructor doesn’t need a separate DJ to control mic volume or music selection.
The music is coming from the instructor’s phone or laptop or tablet. Their phone, laptop or tablet is connected to the transmitter via Bluetooth. The music goes directly into the same transmitter as the instructor is wearing on their belt. The same transmitter that has their mic connected. The transmitter transmits the music and instructor’s voice to the headphones.
All of the headphone wearers would be on the same channel.All of them would be listening to the channel that has the instructor’s choice of music and the instructor’s voice. If they switch to a different channel on the headphones, they will only hear silence.
You would not use the multiple channel capacity for workout routines. Everyone would have to stay on the same channel.
If it was motivational music only, all three channels could be used. There could be different music on each channel.
But if a fitness instructor is going to be leading athletic routines using their voice, there would have no use for multiple channels.
With the transmitter and the techniques described in this post, you can only have a mic on one channel. Every participant would be on this channel.
Overall, this battery powered belt-pack transmitter helps to make Silent Disco headphones an excellent choice for fitness instructors of any discipline.
Anyone who has not tried Silent Disco thinks the headphones cut the dancers off from each other socially.
“What social aspects?” They snort, “Everyone is isolated in their headphones!”
The truth is quite the opposite.
With your headphones on, you suddenly join a social group that is far tighter than just being on a dance-floor.
The minute you put on the headphones, you enter a mysterious world that is magically achievable only to the headphone wearers.
Only you and the other headphone wearers are in the group. Anyone without the headphones is an outsider. With your headphones on, you are an insider. It feels great!
That is just one of many aspects that make Silent Disco overwhelmingly social.
Another social aspect is your friends trying to get you to listen to their favorite channel on the headphones and you trying to get them to listen to yours.
Remember that we rent three channel headphones to your silent party.
You are loving the song on your channel and wanting your friend to listen too! So you do all sorts of antics to show her how much fun you are having with your song, just to get her to change to your channel!
You exaggerate the dance moves and shout out the refrains to emphasize how much fun you are having!
At the same time, your friend is doing the same thing – trying to get you to listen to hers.
It is a self-perpetuating spiral of enthusiasm as friends each try to outdo the other!
Silent Disco is Socialization on Steroids!
It is really an incredible social experience – unlike any other. The headphone wearers literally socialize waay more than traditional dancers do.
That is what makes it so much fun. Anybody can listen to headphones but a Silent Disco is way more than that. – And Naysayers are shrugging and asking you why anyone would want to block out their friends by wearing headphones?
Anybody who thinks that partying in silent disco headphones is not a social experience has not tried it.
Yeah, at a silent party, you are INCLUDING your friends by wearing the headphones and you are being INCLUDED BY THEM when they put on their headphones.
Your guests will be astonished to find that headphones don’t remove the social aspects of Silent Disco. On the Contrary, The headphones cause the social aspects of Silent Disco.
The most obvious reason that silent disco headphones are more social is also the most overlooked reason.
You can take off the headphones at any time and converse without shouting over the loud music.
This is such a simple concept but it is a true game-changer.
At a dance party that uses loudspeakers, you have to yell over the music in order to converse. You literally can’t communicate in a conversational tone because the music is so loud.
With the music in headphones, you can take the headphones off and whisper to each other and hear exactly what the other person is saying!
Real isolation between dancers results from loudspeakers that prevent conversation.
Headphones enable conversation. They are the opposite of isolation!
If you want a truly “social” event. You want silent disco headphones!
Silent disco headphones are the only ‘loud music’ party format that actually allows guests to converse on the dance floor at a normal tone of voice.
So, passionately share with the unbelievers how “social” the event is once they experience those three channels of headphone heaven.
Just be aware that some of your friends won’t believe you until they have tried it themselves.
Maybe this is the perfect chance for you to convince them by daring them to come to your party.
Ready to rent our disinfected silent disco headphones for your upcoming party?