Our hire gear inventory and pricing can be viewed online here
Hire gear can be booked online in conjunction with a studio booking, and also added to an order after a booking has been created ( eg if a band arrives and also requires a guitar amp)
When it’s included in a studio booking, we move hire gear into studios in advance of the session start.
At the end of the session we also move all hire gear ( except drumkits ) back into the coordinator area
The most popular hire gear are drumkits, so let’s look at them first.
We have three drumkits which are each $20 to hire
They include the following bits:
- Drum Stool
- Kick Drum & Kick Pedal
- Snare Drum & Snare stand
- Hihat stand & clutch
- Rack Tom ( either 1 or 2 )
- Floor Tom
- Cymbal stands x 2
As cymbals are available to hire in-addition to a drumkit, if a customer wants to hire a drumkit it’s a good idea to clarify if they also need cymbals ( an extra $5)
Because drumkits are require a bit of energy to move, we leave them in the studios unless they aren’t needed.
When they do need to be moved, the Tama Rockstar and Pearl Export drumkits are stored on respective shelves in storage bay 2 ( between studios 2 and 3 ). The Gretsch Reknown is stored up the front of the recording studio, near the Bunker.
Where possible we set up drumkits in either studios 2 or 3 ( so they don’t need to be moved too far )
It’s important when they are stored that all the bits are kept together, so if we need to rapidly move a drumkit we don’t need to scrabble around looking for the bits.
It’s a good idea to always have a drumkit setup in a studio during the day incase we get a last minute solo drummer booking ( many of these bookings tend to be last minute )
We also have hire additional misc individual bits, in order of popularity.
- Cymbal packs ($5)
- Drum stools ($2)
- Kick Pedals($2)
- Grestch 12″ Snare drum ($5)
- Cymbal stands($2)
- Snare stands($2)
Additional drum bits are stored in the coordinator area.
Guitar and Bass Amps & Cabs
Except for the Fender Twin ( which is a ‘combo’ amp & cab ) all our amps & cabs are discrete equipments, meaning both and amp & a cab are required to sound.
Quite often when people call to book a studio and hire an ‘amp’ they may also need a cab – it’s a good idea to clarify.
All the amps and cabs are in the coordinator area. Each amp is stored with both an IEC ( jug cord, or power cord) and speaker cable plugged in to one of the outputs of the amp.
All our guitar amps are ‘tube amps’ – notably they are sensitive to vibration, especially when they are warm ie just after use. Unless you have too, it’s a good idea to let them cool down for a bit before moving them. When you do move them, they like to travel gently.
Are often booked individually – it’s not uncommon for a customer to bring their own amp but hire a cab .
They each have an ‘impedance’ ( briefly – a measure of resistance to energy flow which is represented by this symbol ) which is labelled on the back of the cab. Common impedance ratings are 4 ohms, 8ohms & 16 ohms.
Plugging in amps and cabs
There’s three quite important things to remember when plugging guitar amps into cabs.
1. Amps need to be plugged into cabs. If it’s not plugged into to a cab ( ‘unloaded’) and it’s power up and being played through, you will jeopardise the operation of the amp.
2. Amps need to be plugged into cabs using speaker cables. Although they sort of look the same, guitar leads are not the same as guitar leads and must not be used. Using a guitar lead instead of a speaker will jeopardise the operation of the amp.
3. When we plug a guitar amp* into a cab we need to match the output on the amp with the impedance of the cab. If not we will jeopardise the operation of the amp. Amps have multiple outputs, so just pick the one that matches the cab.
eg – 4 ohm output – 4 ohm input.
*Bass amps aren’t so fussy and thus tend to only have a single impedance output.??
Includes keyboard stands, DI’s, other mics ( for recording ), a headphone amp & a bass guitar .
Storing Hire Gear
At the end of the session, all hire gear (except for drumkits) should be moved back into it’s home the coordinator area so it’s easily available for the next coordinator.
The drumkits are either left in the studio or put into storage if not needed.
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