beeZwax are the sound system rental specialists and we have a whole range of systems available for hire in Ibiza; from a simple portable system for the beach right up to 10K of Funktion One speakers with a fully equipped DJ booth.
We also have a Funktion One rig with Martin Intelligent lighting available in the UK if you are planning a club night, warehouse party, or even an outdoor festival.
Our stock is huge; covering all the main DJ products including Pioneer CDJ2000, CDJ1000mk3, CDJ800mk2, CDJ400, DJM900, DJM800, Allen & Heath Xone:92, Xone 62, Xone 32, Technics SL1210mk2, SL1210mk5, SL1210M5G, Rane Serato Scratch Live, Traktor and much more......
Active Speakers vs. Passive Speakers
When people talk about Active Speakers, they generally mean ‘powered’ speakers that have amplifiers built into them. They also have the crossovers before the amplifier in the signal path, which saves any amplifier power being wasted on ‘passive’ electronic components before it gets to the speakers. This means that active speakers can squeeze every drop of power from lower quality amplifiers and makes them much cheaper to build.
The vast majority of low-end sound systems available for hire are based on active powered speakers to save money and also weight.
The most popular of our active speaker systems are based on one pair of Mackie SRM450’s or JBL EoN15G2/515. They are both described as 800w systems and the main difference between the two is that the JBL’s have a bigger bass driver (15” as opposed to 12”) so the bass response in better. We usually have stock of both systems and the hire price is the same.
Subwoofers are speakers designed solely to play bass frequencies. For some sound systems, a separate subwoofer is essential, as the main speakers are too small to produce bass frequencies or have had them filtered out. Most of the time though, a subwoofer is an optional extra that improves the sound of your system and gives you greater control of the bass – this can be especially useful if you want to use a system late at night without disturbing the neighbours for example.
As a general rule, for a proper party or wedding system, a subwoofer is pretty much essential if your main speakers have bass drivers that are smaller than 15”.
Most of our high-end sound systems are based around Martin Audio speakers. They have proper wooden cabinets rather than the plastic cabinets of the cheaper powered speakers and this makes a huge difference to the sound quality.
Martin Audio have an extremely good reputation within the sound hire industry and they have just scooped the coveted IDMA Best Club Sound System award for the second year in a row, beating the impressive Funktion One system installed in the main room at Space, amongst others.
Other Martin Audio systems of note are installed at Matter/O2 Arena in London, Eden in Ibiza, Clapham Grand, Rock Ness, Pacha London, Prodigy at V, Glastonbury Pyramid Stage, the list goes on…….
Weddings & Villa Party Systems
If you are planning a large (50+ persons) or important event then the minimum system that we recommend is a 3000w Martin Audio System.
It uses two Martin Audio F15 Blackline speakers http://www.martin-audio.com/products/f15+.asp with a 3000w amplifier and a separate controller for EQ and limiting.
We are experts at keeping noise disturbance to a minimum and we put together a system especially for problem venues last year. It has proved very popular as it retains the high end Martin Audio sound, but significantly reduces the potential disturbance to neighbours and other clients – please get in touch if you think that you may have noise problems at your villa or venue.
For larger events we recommend a 6000w system with separate subwoofers. This uses two Martin Audio F12 Blackline speakers http://www.martin-audio.com/products/F12+.asp and two Martin Audio subwoofers, with two 3000w amplifiers and a separate controller for crossover, EQ and limiting.
We also have smaller Martin Audio systems and all of them are far superior to the standard systems installed in bars, restaurants and wedding venues.
If the budget is tight, then we are happy to rent you our lower end systems from Bose, JBL or Mackie on request but all of our regular wedding partners (Ibiza Wedding, Boho Weddings etc.) specify the Martin Audio as the sound quality is far superior, even at lower volume levels.
For really large events, we recommend Funktion One speakers. The coverage and dispersion is excellent and the bass is quite frankly ridiculous when set up correctly. The main room at Space sounds fantastic and we feel that it would not have been possible to achieve those levels of quality and coverage without a custom designed Funktion One system – full credit to all those involved.
The downside is that it can be quite hard to contain the sound from a Funktion One sound system – there are not many villas or venues in Ibiza where you can get away with it these days!
One other problem is weight & size - it’s not easy to install a proper Funktion One system and this is reflected in the hire cost.
Many people just want the bare minimum for a villa party or weekly sound system, and we have lots of experience with this. Our active and passive JBL and Bose systems are very popular, as are the smaller active Mackie systems, such as the SRM450 / SRM450v2.
We even have systems for as little as €30 per day and they are all suitable for connecting a DJ setup to. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, whatever your budget.