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Must-play Song Lists Aren’t Scary, I Promise

August 23, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
Success! You've just booked another wedding with a fun, energetic couple (let's call them Maggie and Joe) who are excited to start the planning process. After sending out planning forms and scheduling your first consultation, the bride sends you an email that goes a little something like this: "Hey ____! Joe and I have made these lists of all of our favorite songs we want to hear at our wedding, can you make sure to play them?" You dreadfully scroll down to the bottom of the email, open the attachment, and suddenly before your eyes are what appear to be 4 pages of obscure indie and folk songs you've never heard of before. You think to yourself "Oh no, here we go again. Another bride that wants a bunch of strange music that none of her guests will know and that will kill the party." You can stop that thinking now because the exact opposite is true. In fact, you have just been ... [read more]
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How to EQ a Room

August 23, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
It seems that I may have been in a select few that watched the adventures of Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) as he solved problems for people in the Equalizer. I was slightly vindicated when Denzel Washington picked up the character in the 2014 motion picture release of the same name and the rest of the world finally heard of it. For some reason, whenever I hear the term equalizer, even in an audio context, I think of that show. In essence, that’s what our audio equalizers do for us. They solve problems. Specifically, they address frequencies that might be building up in a room, or lacking in our system, etc. There are several types of EQs, but more often than not for main system tuning we are using a graphi ... [read more]
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Multifaceted Multifaceted Music Man

August 23, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
At some point a prospective client has asked you this question: "What makes you different from the other guys?" It's all about personality, right? Do clients really book you based on blinky lights and big speakers? To really define who is different and unique in our industry there have to be benchmarks; those entertainers who set standards and keep raising the bar. Curtis Whipple knows all about that. I first met Curtis at a convention about five years ago. He was quiet, but moved with swagger and had a big smile. Curtis has one of those magnetic personalities and styles that make you want to hang out with him. He just exudes old school cool. His approach to events and entertaining is just as interesting. He is a DJ with a mission: Saving souls one gig at a time. Mike C: What was your first experience as an entertainer? Curtis W: Back in 1979 my ... [read more]
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Wedding Ceremony Music – Modern Selections from Ambient DJ

August 22, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
From the Ground Up – Dan + Shay How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran Ribbon in the Sky – Stevie Wonder Fairytale – Enya River Flows in You – Yiruma (New Age) Nocturne – Secret Garden (New Age) Love Story – Luc Serra (New Age) First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes I’m Yours – Jason Mraz 1, 2, 3, 4 – Cover Version of Plain White Tees performed by Vitamin String Quartet Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley Halo – Beyonce A Thousand Years (piano instrumental) – The Piano Guys Bittersweet Symphony (instrumental only) – The Verve Bless the Broken Road (piano instrumental) – performed by The O’Neill Brothers Angels – Robin Thicke ... [read more]
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iRig Pro I/O – For the Singer/Songwriter in You! by Timothy Grant

August 22, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Recently, I was given the opportunity to test a new piece of gear designed to work with GarageBand. It's called the iRig Pro I/O Portable Audio/MIDI Interface for IOS and USB. Let me say right from the start … WOW! This is a compact system that packs a punch. Within minutes of setting it up, literally inserting two AA’s and choosing the connection cord you want, I had recorded a Beatles song within a 15 minute session using my iPhone version of GarageBand. The iRig Pro I/O comes with several cables that allow you to record guitars, bass, vocals and even my electric drums. Just that makes it awesome. The various drums available on GarageBand, though good, still slave you to the metronome. Which means if you have it off and ... [read more]
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Samson microphone for recording your brides and grooms?

August 22, 2017 by Mobile Beat
New York - August 21, 2017 – Samson, an industry pioneer in professional audio solutions, today announces the availability of the highly anticipated Go Mic Mobile, the first professional wireless microphone system that connects directly to smartphones without the need for cumbersome adaptors or interfaces. The new wireless system turns a phone into a pro-level video camera capable of capturing high definition audio anywhere, making it the ideal mobile mic for filmmaking, podcasting, vlogging, live streaming and YouTube production. Go Mic Mobile is available now for $249.99 at B&H, Fry’s and Amazon. Samson’s Go Mic Mobile captures audio via a compact, dual-channel receiver that mounts and connects directly to a smartphone or DSLR camera. The dual-channel receiver allows users to transmit and mix digital audio on two separate channels. The receiver’s rechargeable lithium-ion ... [read more]
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Wedding Marketing Help – How To Respond When Brides Ask The PRICE Question Too Soon.

August 22, 2017 by Terry Lewis
So why do brides ask for price too early? A lot frustrations are going on inside a brides head when planning a wedding for the very 1st time. A bride has to source and then make enquiries to around 20 separate suppliers to create her idea of the perfect wedding, and she is doing it all, more often than not, with minimal professional wedding planning experience. And when you factor in the average bride will reach out to a minimum of 3 suppliers in each category, that’s at least 60 initial enquiries (generating at least 60 responses) to simply get her wedding in motion - it’s no wonder brides suffer from overwhelm. And this is why quite often a bride will use price to shortlist s ... [read more]
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Perception: Small Changes Can Equal Big Results – Part 2: Printed Materials

August 22, 2017 by Justin Reid
Here we are, only a few months left before peak booking season is upon us. Great news! That means there’s still time to take a look at our marketing tools and make any necessary updates. Obviously, we could make a ton of changes or spend a lot of money on our printed marketing materials. With that said, I would like to encourage everyone to take a critical look at our current marketing pieces. What do they say about us or our company? Now that we’ve examined our web presence in Part 1, let’s go old school. Yes, print! Simply put, it’ ... [read more]
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T-E-A-M

August 22, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
This past Super Bowl was probably the most improbable and best comeback of all time in the NFL.  Myself being a Patriots fan it was an amazing experience.  Some have even called it the greatest Super Bowl of all time, which I don’t agree with frankly.  The outcome of the game isn’t what is important however.  It’s the message that is sent and lesson learned from the game.  I’d like to share with you three lessons that I took away from that cold night in February.  TEAM.  If you’ve followed my writings for a while you know that I’m a big fan of acronyms.  ROAR is my formula for life success.  Risk, Opportunity, Action, Reward. ... [read more]
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Are YOU as Glossy as Your Marketing Materials?

August 22, 2017 by Dave Ternier
You influence the public perception of your brand every moment, of every day, in so many ways it is impossible to count. If you are in business for yourself, who YOU are is tied to your brand as much as your glossy marketing materials. Are YOU as glossy as your marketing materials? When it comes to brand awareness for my company, Special Request Weddings, each and every little thing I do makes an impression on my company. Every time I come into contact with another human being, I add to my company’s brand. But the important thought to consider is, am I adding positive or negative influences to the public perception of my brand? I am adding to my brand all of the time and everywhere I go, regardless of: the time and day (morning, weekend, night, etc.) the location (at the shopping mall, on Facebook, stepping outside to pick up the mail, going to the ban ... [read more]
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How to Avoid Overkill

August 22, 2017 by Trevor West
Imagine standing next to a jet airplane with the engine running and trying to have a conversation with someone. Now imagine that’s how your clients and their guests feel when your music is too loud. Now imagine that you have to set up that plane by yourself, run the engines for a 100 people, then tear it all down and pack it away afterwards. If that’s how it feels at the end of the night once you’re done DJing a wedding, then it might be time to rethink your setup. Think of this scenario, you’re at a wedding and there are two tables three feet from your system. Who is going to complain the most that it’s too loud all night long? And worse, who do they always seem to put at those two tables? That’s right, grandma and grandpa. Don’t you think they’re going to feel that its like sitting next to a jet engine all night long? And yet the rest of the guests cant hear a thi ... [read more]