Frequently Asked Questions…

Candid answers to all of your burning questions about Thirtyfour Audio:

Who are you?

Allow me to peel back the curtain a little bit here. Thirtyfour Audio is a guy named Blaine who lives in Tinley Park, Illinois. He’s going to start talking in the first person now.

Where did the 34 come from?

Long story. I was in a band back in the day, and we all decided to have nicknames. I was Blaine-o-34-Hopper. It was random and meant nothing. Through the years, the name has evolved into just thirtyfour, which is what I named the company.

Why is thirtyfour audio not capitalized?

Aesthetic purposes, mostly. Legally, the company is Thirtyfour Audio, but I’ve always preferred the look of all lowercase.

How long have you been doing this?

While Thirtyfour Audio is a relatively new company, I have been in the sound industry professionally for about 10 years. I’ve got a lot of experience as a sound engineer, working extensively with some of the more recognizable names in the Chicago area. I’ve done sound for bands in some of the dingiest, weirdest clubs in Chicago, as well as some of the nicest theaters and festival stages the area has to offer.

What about weddings?

I’ve done a few hundred of those too. The difference is that most of my wedding experience also included wrangling a live band among all the chaos of a wedding. Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I’ve learned that proper planning is key to having a smooth night, which is why I created my own planning aids. Use them, even if you’re not booking me. It’ll make our lives easier.

Why do you keep saying “We” on your website?

That’s kind of a joke. It’s just me here. I like saying we because I feel like 5 different people. I’m the planner, the DJ, the sound guy, the web developer, the accountant, the stagehand, and the whatever else needs to happen.

Why are some of your rates not listed?

Weddings and DJ events are all different. I don’t want to charge the same for a 20 person party in your backyard as I would for a 500 person wedding reception on a yacht. Different events require different planning, equipment, and effort.

Will you mix my band?

Yeah. That’s kinda my thing.

Why do your social media feeds suck so much?

Alright, fair point. It’s just me, one guy, doing everything here. I’m not great at social media stuff. I accept this. I kind of find social media to be a little annoying, but a necessary evil to this line of work. Sorry.

How do you decide what to charge?

My rates are dictated by the amount of work required to fulfill your needs at a high level of professionalism. But you should know that my rates are pretty low. I don’t have a ton of overhead here, considering it’s just me doing everything.

Why are weddings more expensive than regular DJ services?

There is exponentially more planning involved in a wedding. You’re not just paying for me to show up and play some music. You’re paying for hours of meticulous planning, as well as years of experience to ensure that one of the best days of your life goes off without a hitch. That was probably a poor choice of words.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at a wedding?

This is a PG rated FAQ. No.

Do you do special requests for weddings?

Of course! No 2 weddings are the same. Why would the receptions be the same? I’m very flexible with this kind of thing. Whatever you want to happen, I’ll figure out a way to make it work.

Unless you are talking about requesting songs. That’s the bride and groom’s call. If they say no, then no.

What does your recording setup look like?

I run Logic Pro X, with various mics, through an X32R. It is a simple or as complex as it needs to be. As of now, I can pull in 16 tracks simultaneously, with future expansion up to 32. Click here to see my current gear list.

What do I need to give you for mixing?

Ask whoever recorded you to provide lossless tracks, preferably in WAV format. I’ll give you a Google Drive folder to drop the files into.

What about mastering?

Similar to mixing, I just need a mixdown of your song in a lossless format, preferably WAV. I’ll give you a Google Drive folder to drop the files into.

Whats the deal with that logo?

Yeah, I dunno. It’s kinda weird. But I like it. It’s a 3 and a 4. I drew it in Photoshop very quickly and just kind of ran with it.