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What hardware do I need?

Posted: January 6, 2012

What hardware do I need to be a CTM host?

We’ve designed Catch The Mania Trivia to be simple and easily accesible.  Like with every great service base product there is an initial investment of time and money but you don’t need much; if you want to be able to a Catch The Mania Trivia night anywhere that has a TV you will need the following equipment.

Generic List

  • Self Powered Speaker
  • 3 Channel Mixer (1 mic and 2 line inputs)
  • Microphone and Cable
  • Assorted patch cords
  • HDMI cable or VGA cable
  • Computer
  • Adapters for your computer
  • Mp3 player, iPod or iPhone (if you aren’t going to use your computer to play music)
  • Bag for your computer, mixer, cords, pens, score sheets ++
  • Bag for speaker
  • Tripod to mount speaker

Check out this gallery with all the equipment I use (as listed above).  For a larger picture, click on the image.

Check out the pics to get a detailed feel for what the equipment looks like.  As with all technology you can really spend as much as you want on things but you also don’t have to spend a lot to be up and running.  In fact for a basic system (not including the computer) you can be up and running for between $500 and $750.  With one Catch The Mania gig paying you can be paid back in less than 8 weeks!

Keep in mind that you may want to start small and simple while you are getting your feet wet.  Once you get the feel for the program and people begin asking you to do Catch The Mania for them you will have time to upgrade your system.  One of the things I’ve found very useful is as I upgrade I sell my used and well taken care of equipment to the hosts I am training.

Also you are essentially purchasing the ability to play amplified and mixed music and there are other opportunities to make money with a set up like that.  For that reason some people like to invest a little more upfront and get a more solid system.  For between $1,000 and $1,500 you can be well equipped to handle just about any small event.

To see what Software you need, click here.

Have fun with this an as always if you have any questions let us know.

Equipment, What do I need?

Posted: December 30, 2011


Catch the Mania (CTM) is a very simple for such a high tech presentation.  You don’t need much but there are a few things:

1-A reliable computer:  The computer doesn’t have to be fancy or loaded with features or memory or anything.  It needs to be able to connect to the internet, play short videos and connect to an external monitor

2-TV’s:  CTM is an audio/visual experience.  All the questions are designed to be presented on a television or projector screen.  Ideally your TV or projector is new enough to receive a VGA or HDMI input but if not you can still make it work.

3-Microphone (Mic):  You need to be able to present the show on a mic.  You will also need a mic cable.

4-A Speaker (s):  Many times you can plug directly into the locations sound system and you should look for this when evaluating a location however it’s nice to be mobile and being mobile also increases your ability to make money in other venues that don’t have inhouse speakers.  Generally all you need is one speaker and it doesn’t have to be a big one.  We use QSC K8 self powered speakers (it’s top of the line but well worth it) but you can use any powered or unpowered speaker (if you use an unpowered speaker you will need some type of amp).

5-MP3 player or Music player:  If you have a computer with iTunes that’s all you need.  Some people like to use another player or their phone. 

6-A few cords and adapters:  You need a cord to go from your computer to the speaker, click here for different options, a cord to go from your computer to the TV, click here for options, a cord to go from your MP3 player or phone to the speaker

7-Mixer:  This is a more advanced piece of equipment but a great thing to have and you can get small, very affordable mixers almost anywhere – click here.

8-Some type of camera to document the fun