"Darren did the sound for our ceremony and the three different incarnations of live music we had at our wedding at Sheep Hill in Williamstown. Of all the people involved in our wedding, Darren was easily the MVP. He was calm, professional, and responsive throughout the entireprocess and he proved to be an integral part of what made our wedding day the best day of our lives.
The site presented some logistical challenges, including needing a battery powered PA on a windy hillside and setting up an 8-piece band in a tight space between two barns. Darren met with us at the site ahead of time and helped us brainstorm a Plan B in case of rain, he communicated with our coordinator and despite the challenge of pulling off live sound in 4 different locations over the course of the night, he really made it easy for us.
The bottom line is that everything sounded amazing, I could not believe how good the band sounded and neither could our guests. We put a lot of effort into writing our vows and we hand-picked our own all-star group for the band, it was important to us that our guests could hear and feel what we had to say. Darren delivered and exceeded all of our expectations. It's clear that this is more than just a job to him, he's a consummate professional who has invested a great deal of time and resources into perfecting his craft. On top of all that, he's got a lot of heart and we felt the whole time that he wanted our wedding to be a success just as much as we did. What more could you ask for?"
Outdoor Wedding at Sheep Hill, Williamstown, MA 2014
"Darren did all the sound and lighting for our wedding at Mass MoCA. I can not say enough good things about him and his company. He met with us several times and started to become more of a friend than a vendor! The attention to detail was amazing and he took our ideas and built upon them to put together something great. We had no worries at all that the sound and lighting would be perfect in all the museum spaces we used and we were not disappointed. I would highly recommend Darren and Encore Audio to anyone!"
Mike & Sarah Albano
Wedding at MASS MoCA Spring 2016
"Audio was perfect, especially during the ceremony - it seems as though there are always issues with the audio at wedding ceremonies I go to, but Encore Audio's hard work and great equipment made my ceremony flawless. The best audio service in the Berkshires/Hudson valley by far."
Outdoor Wedding Summer of 2015
"It was a pleasure to get to know Darren O'Brien through working with Encore Audio on my wedding ceremony and reception in Lenox, Massachusetts. Always professional and quick to return messages, Darren helped keep me organized on what types of audio equipment and services should to be rented and installed for the wedding. He offered great value for his time and the rentals, provided expert insights, and personally connected with my wedding venue and all the musicians to make sure regulations were met and they had everything they needed. When it unexpectedly poured rain the hour before my outdoor ceremony, Darren had everything moved and set-up at our indoor location within minutes. When we wanted to switch our music from a live band to an ipad playlist late in the evening, Darren was there to help and made it a seamless process. I never had to worry. Big thank you, Darren!"
Outdoor Wedding at The Mount Summer 2014
"Darren, Thank you so much for providing audio services, everything was even better than we hoped! I heard comments on how unobtrusive the amplification was and Matt was absolutely fabulous, he made sure everything was seamless and helped with some trouble shooting - really above and beyond his job description I think. Jared mentioned this several times. We are so grateful for everything the two of you did, and for all the work you put into making it less work for us. I'm sorry I never really met you in person - but I was glad to know you were there! I will certainly refer people to you if anyone is ever in need of audio services. Take care!"
Caitlin & Jared Newell
Outdoor Wedding Summer 2012
"We were living in Austin, TX and planning a long-distance wedding to take place in Western Massachusetts. Our event was going to occur at two different venues, both of which required us to bring in our own sound engineer and equipment. We were incredibly fortunate to come across Darren from an advertisement on the internet (The Knot), and couldn't have been happier with his service. Darren has a down-to-earth and fun personality while maintaining complete professionalism in all his communications. There were numerous times when we encountered changes and challenges to our event planning, and every time Darren was there to help us problem-solve and to reassure us that our needs would be met. He honestly went above and beyond what we expected from him, helping us to predict additional needs that we wouldn't have thought of on our own. He is reliable, responsible, and kind, and we can't thank and recommend Darren enough."
Karey Scheyd, Austin, TX
Outdoor Wedding 2011