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Sound Limiters And How To Work With Them

Worried that your venue has a sound limiter in place and you might not be able to book a live band because of it? Don’t worry! We’re here to tell you that that’s not the case at all!

It’s true that a sound limiter may limit the style of band or live music you can book but this is not always the case. Even with the strictest of limiters there are still lots of great options available!

We’ve provided the following simple guide to make sense of what a sound limiter is and how it may affect your choice of band or live music.

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What is a sound limiter?

A sound limiter is an electrical device that measures the level of noise in a room. If the volume reaches a certain level the sound limiter can temporarily cut the power supply to the stage. Limiters are put in place mostly to reduce noise pollution and to help the venue avoid noise complaints from nearby residents. The levels can vary depending on your venue so it is always a good idea to check with the venue before planning your entertainment and even better, before booking the venue if the entertainment is going to be the priority.

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What to do if the venue has a sound limiter in place?

Finding out if the venue has a sound limiter is one of the most important questions to ask your wedding venue. If there is a sound limiter installed you should then ask the following questions:

  • What decibel level is the limiter set to?
  • Will the band need to plus into the venue’s system?
  • Will the band need to use electric drums?

Once we know the answers to these questions, we’ll be able to recommend you a great selection of bands who’ll be able to play without any danger of the power cutting out. Phew!

Which acts can work with sound limiters?

For particularly low levels, generally below 90db, we would recommend fully acoustic or roaming acts. These acts do not need to plug in to any power source and can use percussion such as a Cajon instead of drums. A silent disco can also be a great option here too.

Top Picks Below 90db: Silent Disco, Three To Stroll , Mariachi, The Broadsmen (roaming option) 

Check them out below!

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For mid level sound limiters around the 90db mark then many of our acts can offer electric drum kits, use brushes on the drums instead of sticks, or use high quality backing tracks for the drums to allow the volume to be adjusted within the limits specified. A DJ is also a great option for mid limits.

Top Picks for around 90db: Under The Sun, The Lionhearts, The MP3s, DJ Adrian

Click on the slides below to find out more about them!

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For anything 93db or higher many of our acts will be flexible and can ensure during the sound check that the sound will be kept within the limits set.

Top Picks for 93db or higher: Anthem, The Kickstarts, Kings of the Dancefloor, Ember Nights

Click on their thumbnails for more details!

It really is as simple as that. Now that you see how it works and how there are always options available, we hope that there is one less thing on your mind when planning your big day. If you do need any help or guidance then get in touch with Warble Entertainment and one of our coordinators can offer their advice and suggest some fab entertainment options to keep both you and your venue happy!

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