Can I Have Dance Music Playing From Loudspeakers During A Silent Disco?

In general, this is a bad idea.

People usually suggest this idea because they want the non-headphone wearers to have fun too. They don’t realize how much fun Silent Disco is to watch. But, here is the thing: Silent Disco is only fun to watch in silence.

When there is only silence, it is incredible to watch the people dancing to (seemingly) no music. It is a crazy fun to be NOT wearing the headphones at a silent party because it LOOKS so weird!

But it only looks weird if you can’t hear music. The silence creates cognitive dissonance that is hilarious. By having audible music playing for your non-headphone wearing guests, you are depriving them of a really good time. 

Audible music coming from loudspeakers takes away from the headphone wearers because some of it bleeds through the headphones.

Don’t get me wrong; Our headphones do provide sound isolation (some call it noise cancellation) but it is only due to the headphones covering the ear. In other words it is not much.

The headphone wearers will only hear a little bit of the loudspeakers but it will be enough to diminish the experience.

Now there is nothing wrong with having a small speaker playing quiet background music while the headphones are being used.
The wearers won’t hear that and it won’t disturb them. . But if you are having a DJ with big speakers play music at any sort of volume that DJ’s usually play- that will ruin the headphone experience. 

There is nothing worse than hearing two songs at the same time.   -Also, remember that Big speakers used by DJ’s also provide knee shaking bass that people actually “Feel” in their body.  The headphones don’t have that. So, even if the headphone wearers don’t hear the high frequencies from the big loudspeakers, they will feel the low frequencies from the big loudspeakers and again that will cause a significant decrease in any pleasure the headphone wearers are feeling.  

Another important aspect of the Silence is that it motivates people to try the headphones.

They want to hear what everyone else is hearing. They don’t want to miss out. And if they have their own audible music from loudspeakers, that pressure to put on the headphones is taken away.

In closing: There is nothing wrong with a regular DJ just playing loudspeakers.  I do that for a living. There is nothing wrong with Silent Disco, but it does require silence. 

Loud and silent simply don’t mix.

There is definitely something wrong with trying mixing the two party formats.   It is all around a totally bad idea.

Do I Need to Hire a DJ When I Rent Silent Disco Equipment?

A DJ is not necessarily needed for the following five reasons.

Reasons to hire a DJ (Not):

  • A DJ brings the equipment: – Not needed for silent disco because you’ve rented the equipment from me.
  • A DJ supplies the music and the music player – Not needed because you can use your phone and a pre-made Spotify playlist (one device playing music for each of the three transmitters that I send you – maybe 1 phone, 1 laptop, and 1 tablet -each running three different streaming music accounts)
  • A DJ decides how loud it should be – Not needed because each headphone wearer has their own volume control to adjust at will.
  • A DJ decides what _ONE_ song to play that everyone has to listen to. – Not needed (as much) because you will be playing three different playlists simultaneously and your guests can choose which of those three songs they want to listen to. -Also, because of those three simultaneous choices, human nature chooses the best of the three songs instead of judging the one song.
  • The Last reason to hire a DJ is so that they can do announcements.  Unfortunately, I have to tell you that even with three DJ’s it can be difficult to do announcements effectively with silent disco. The reason is that unless all three DJ’s announce the same announcement at exactly the same time, guests are probably not listening to the channel that the DJ is announcing on and also, they may not even be wearing their headphones at all when the announcement is made.     For that reason, even with live DJ’s silent disco is not a good format to use when announcements must be made. 

But remember, without a DJ, You do need to supply music and a music player for each transmitter.-For example: Your phone streaming a Spotify playlist. (Or Apple Music or Tidal or Amazon music or YouTube Red or Pandora or music already on your device) Or your laptop or your tablet or your ipod or your mp3 player. If you are familiar with the premium version of streaming services, they offer really good playlists already made and they make it very easy to create your own playlist. Spotify even offers cross-fading between songs. (in the settings)

Tips to DJ a Silent Disco Party:

Set the source volume while wearing the headphones at 50% volume.

Some dancers want their music louder than you do.

If you set the source volume while your headphones are turned all the way up, your guests can’t make the music any louder in their headphones.

You want to set the source volume with your headphones only half-way up so that your guests will be able to turn up significantly farther than that.

Make sure the source volume is the same on each channel.

You want the source volumes the same on each channel so that dancers don’t have to readjust their volumes when the switch channels.

Set the source volumes while wearing the silent disco headphones.

Switch between all three channels. If one channel is quieter than another, adjust the volume on your phone, tablet, or computer until that channel matches the others.

Don’t split out the channels by genre.

You want to have fun songs from every genre on every channel.

Half the fun of silent disco is switching channels and the social interaction between the dancers trying to get each other to join with them in listening to their favorite song.

If you make each channel predictably different, you split your crowd and rob them of the fun of their interaction between each other.

Use mostly fast, fun and/or singable songs.

There is something about silent disco that makes people want to have fun, jump around, or sing-a-long.

Play songs that are fun, fast, and singable that lend themselves to that type of behavior.

This is not the time to play songs that are serious, sad and/or mid-tempo.

Use as many genres as possible.

This is not a night club atmosphere where you want to stick to just a few genres and keep the beat the same through the whole night.

With silent disco, guests want you to mix up the playlist.

As alluded to above, silent disco is not the place for serious dancers. It is the place for serious fun. The way you achieve that is by playing favorites songs from all over the map.

Learn more tips for putting on a silent disco party with this guide.

What is a silent party and why would I want one?

Let’s talk about what a silent party is (a.k.a. silent disco) and why you might want one.

A silent party/silent disco is where everyone is listening to the entertainment (or audio from any source) by wearing wireless silent disco headphones instead of by listening to loudspeakers.

There are many variations of audio that people might be listening to but the common denominator in all of these silent parties is that only the people wearing headphones can hear the entertainment.

Some of these headphones can pick up more than one channel of audio. If you have that type, it means your guests can choose from multiple audio entertainment sources.

The headphones that we rent are the three channel type.

Why would you want to host a silent party?

If you need to obey noise ordinances, but you still want to have audio entertainment at your party, then silent disco headphone systems are the best way to go about it.

Even if you want to have a party in your backyard, but you don’t want to annoy your neighbors, keeping the loud music in your guest’s headphones is a great idea!

We see the same type of thing in apartment building parties. You can’t have loud music without pissing off the people who live above you, below you and beside you.

Silent disco headphones are the perfect solution to keep your guests entertained and your neighbors happy at the same time.

Silent disco headphones are also a quiet solution for wedding receptions in quiet places.

Wedding receptions that are in parks, museums, on beaches, and in busy vacation spots often need to keep the noise down or quit early. Again, silent disco headphones are an ideal way to keep everyone happy!

Even weddings on hotels often have to end the loud music at a certain hour. Silent disco headphones can be the perfect way to keep the party going after-hours.

Headphones can be an ideal solution in a variety of other silent applications.

We have seen people use them to watch a movie in their backyard. If they use headphones with multiple channels, guests can have their choice of which movie they want to watch!

These work great at conferences. If your silent disco headphones have three channel options, you can host three separate breakout presentations in the same room. Guests can stay right in the main room and choose which presenter they want to listen to.

Exhibits at trade shows that use audio presentations can use them so that visitors of the exhibit can hear in spite of all the ambient noise around them.

They can be used by translators. Only the people that need the translation would wear the headphones.

And of course at music festivals in town, there could be three performance stages right next to each other. Visitors could choose which performance they want to listen to and onlookers without headphones on could enjoy relative quiet.

Here is an article from the New York Times describing their take.

Where do you rent or buy silent disco headphones?

That is where we come in. www.silent-disco-rental.com

We rent the headphones to you and we deliver the equipment you need right to your door two days before your event.

Each headphone is fully disinfected between rentals.

We include easy set-up instructions although the process is essentially plug-and-play.

Our shipping is free both ways for the 48 continental states of the US.

Ours are the three channel type, so you can offer your guests three sources of audio.

Finally! You can party where you want and as late as you want without disturbing anyone!

Three channels of crystal clear wireless dance music that you can turn up as loud as you want.

Plug and Play ease of use has never been more fun!

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