My name is Dan Warner. I am
the owner and operator. I personally
operate the sound console at the concerts I am producing and am
DJ for all events. I started
Stage 1 Sound in February 1996.
Stage 1 Sound is not owned by or commissioned by any radio
station, bar, school or other organization. I freely accept or
decline to do business based on my values.
A professional service needs to justify itself with the weight
of the word "professional." For me, it has to be more
cost-effective to hire a service than to attempt renting the
same gear. I can tell you that you cannot rent the quality of
equipment that I offer with or without an operator. I do not use
"plug and play" PA in-a-box type equipment that a music store
would rent you. I come with my equipment and will personally set
it up and operate for you. Another area where cost would be
outrageous is the music I provide for the DJ shows. If you were
to get yourself more than 58,000 songs it would cost many
thousands of dollars. Think $1.00 per song. On top of that, a
playlist created on an iPod for your event will not and can not
take into account the hundreds of variables associated with
hundreds of guests at a wedding reception, or students requests
at a school dance.
A professional service needs to do what it takes to fulfill
their obligations to you. Really, if a friend of yours is going
to run your band's sound console in a non-professional capacity,
you can keep your cost down, but keep your expectations even
lower. Just remember that while cost is a big deal these days,
repeat business is very important and will pay for itself when
you hold on to it. Your band's reputation lies on how people
hear you. Don't take that to chance.
A professional service cannot resort to the same methods someone
could do privately. One of these is the method of
acquiring music. Read the disclosures and terms of some of the
music download sites out there and note that they don't allow
commercial usage of the files. Frankly, many in the
entertainment business are breaking the law and profiting at the
same time. I do not download (free or pay) any of the songs in
my library unless it is an emergency. All of my music is sourced
from either CD or vinyl and I use a program called Traktor Pro
to DJ with.
I am an avid music listener.
I love attending many concerts and mixing sound for bands. I
don't play any instruments myself, but I have great interest and
respect in those who can. I also have a full-time job. I am a licensed
electrician for CHS Inc.
My wife is Kim (Cossairt) Warner and she operates
Kim and I have a 5-year old son, Bennett, and a 4-year old
Please contact me directly
if you have any questions.
Owner, Stage 1 Sound