Frequently Asked Questions

We have received wonderful feedback about the new website and our new services – thank you to everyone who has been in contact, and thank you for all of the interest and support!

There have been a few commonly asked questions, so what better way to address them than to post an entry on our newly minted blog?! So, without any further ado, here it goes:

Your site looks great so I’m guessing you’re out of my budget. What are your rates for a typical bar band playing a show here in Madison?
Thanks for the compliment, and contrary to what our fancy site may suggest, we are extremely reasonable and flexible when it comes to pricing. The answer regarding cost is…. “it really depends on the scenario.” That’s not a great answer, but there are so many factors to consider, we can’t easily provide a general price.

For example, will you need 2 subwoofers? 4? 6? 8? Each pair requires a dedicated amplifier and additional signal processing, so the more you add, the more the cost. They also take more space in our truck, which may require that we bring a bigger truck (also increasing the cost).

Rest assured, we are competitively priced, and we are eager to work with bands and venues in the area. We will do our best to keep the costs as low as possible, and we guarantee “no surprises” – you’ll know exactly what to expect, well in advance of your show.

What if my bar already has a PA? Can we hire you do do sound for a special event and not use your gear?

Absolutely! Although, we would prefer to have an opportunity to check out your system to see if it will suit the needs of the performer and your anticipated audience. We can make suggestions, and can supplement with our own equipment as appropriate.

We are a small [organization] and are hosting an outdoor fundraiser with a car show. Can you help us with PA, music, and announcements?

Of course! This is exactly what we love to do. We enjoy helping our community fellows and can easily provide your event with high quality, crystal clear sound. We have wireless microphones that you can use from nearly anywhere to announce events, direct people to certain areas, or share the latest and greatest information about your show. When you’re not talking through the PA system, we are happy to provide any type of background music that you’d like, or you can supply us with your own iPod (or whatever) and we’ll let it play for as long as we are on site.

My club is pretty small. Do I need to provide extra power for your stuff?

Not at all. In most instances, we can operate our entire system from two (2) 20-amp, 110-volt circuits. If your venue/club is bigger, or you want *a ton* of sound, we may need a little more power. We can discuss it in detail well in advance of your show or event!

I host [organized team events] at my place on a regular basis and thought it would be fun to have some music and basic announcements for the teams while they play. Can you do this?

We sure can, and we do! We’re currently providing quality sound for an outdoor summer volleyball league. The league has four sand courts, and our small, portable system delivers the perfect level of music and announcements for everyone. We run it all from a single 20-amp, 110-volt circuit, and we load-in and load-out in under 15 minutes. Let us know how we can help!

During the summer months, my bar has music on its patio. A lot of the artists don’t have great PA systems, or they run them too loud (or not loud enough). Can you help us out?

We would be more than happy to provide your patio with an appropriately sized, and professionally operated system, and we can easily work with any type of band or style of music. This is our forte – give us a call!


So there you have it – a few of the more common questions and inquiries that we’ve received. Keep the great questions and feedback coming! We hope to hear from you soon, and we’d really like to work with you!

-Steve & the 608 Sound & Light crew

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