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Pioneer DJ Delivers New Mutliplayer, the XDJ-1000MK2

August 27, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Torrance, CA (August 25, 2016): Pioneer DJ has just announced it has updated one of its popular USB-only multiplayers to create the XDJ-1000MK2. The newxdj-1000mk2-main player inherits even more features from the club-standard CDJ-2000NXS2, including its 7-inch full-color high-resolution touch screen, enhanced track browsing functionality, and support for playing high-quality FLAC and ALAC files. Quickly finding the perfect track to play next is easy thanks to Track Filter, which filters tracks by BPM and key, and the new Matching feature which displays suitable tracks you’ve previously tagged in rekordbox when they’re mixed with the track that’s currently playing. The XDJ-1000MK2 also retains key features from before ... [read more]
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The truth about YOU!

The Truth about YOU!

August 26, 2016 by Michael Cordeiro
Living in New England most of my life, I have to say fall is my favorite time of year. There is a certain freshness to the season filled with possibility. The sound of thtruth exite school bell beckoning the kids to resume their studies, the crisp air, the brilliant colors of the leaves and the transition into the Holiday season. Remember the first day of school each year? Sporting our new threads, seeing old friends, wondering what are classes will be like and noticing how cute some of our classmates got over the summer. The first day of school each year meant a clean slate. Everyone starts with an A+. You can maintain, excel or fall behind. The decision was yours. It was just a matter of continuing your good habits and eliminatin ... [read more]
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Making Use of Prize Rounds and Prizes

August 26, 2016 by DigiGames
What I am going to look at here is the use of prizes and prize rounds. This is something I am asked very often, more often than you would imagine. The problem is clear…..all trivia contests have stronger teams and it tends to be in most venues only one or two teams will ever win meaning they take away all the prizes. Now, don’t get me wrong here, there should always be a prize, and a decent prize, for the winner of the quiz, that goes without question but I am going to give you several other ideas on prizes to award and what else you can give.  I have written several articles about, and I highly recommend you read getting prizes, incorporating prizes, and prize and bonus questions.   Making Use of Prize Rounds and Prizes – Always reward the Top 3 Let me first make something clear…..in many ways I am old school and people turning up your trivia event are there fo ... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs Blog

Should You Price Match?

August 25, 2016 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to business, competition is good, since the customer wins, but we all know that the more competitive it is, the more "cut-throat" it can become! No matter which market you're in, the wedding and private event business is very competitive. In our market, Austin and Central Texas, there are well over 150 DJ companies, and just as many, solo DJs, who are all competing for the same events! For the average customer, this inevitably leads to price shopping. They may get several quotes, and if all the companies have a similar pitch and offer similar services, the customer will hire their company based on price. Again, this is great for customers, but not so great for us. Don't fall for the "I got another lower quote from another company for $___ , will you match their price?" Why? Well, think about it. If that customer got a lower quote, bu ... [read more]
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Peavey Sponsors 2016 DMC USA DJ Finals on August 28th

August 25, 2016 by Mobile Beat
OAKLAND — With DJ battle season underway, the prestigious DMC USA DJ Finals, sponsored by Peavey Electronics, is now being hosted in Oakland for the very first time! The 2016 DMC USA DJ Finals will take place this Sunday, August 28th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The New Parish on 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612.unnamed-4 For the USA Regional Battles, Peavey awarded each regional first place winner a pair of PVXp™ 15 speakers. These regional winners include: the DMC Bay Area champ, Traps; DMC Los Angeles champ, DJ Snake One; DMC NYC champ, DJ Perly; DMC Atlanta champ, DJ Jaycee; DMC Tampa champ, DJ J-Storm; DMC Denver champ, Etcha Skratch; DMC DC champ, DJ As-One; DMC Cincinnati champ, Ease; DMC Chicago champ, Toltech; DMC San Antonio ... [read more]
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10 Worst Wedding Photo Shoot Cliches

Top 10 Wedding Photo Shoot Clichés to Stay Away From

August 24, 2016 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani

10 Worst Wedding Photo Shoot Cliches

By Lacey Hauptman

With the value that couples (your potential clients) attach to their precious wedding photos, it is easy to get carried away when it comes to copying every tried-and-tested pose out there that other wedding photographers tend to stick to.

But while it’s perfectly understandable to want to take the same token wedding shots every time to play it safe, there are certain ones th ... [read more]

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The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour

August 24, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
smooth_jazz_imageIn our previous installment of this blog series, we selected songs from the "Giants of Jazz" - legends like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Bill Evans. In this 42nd episode, we focus on the more contemporary "smooth jazz." Smooth jazz is a genre of music that grew out of jazz fusion and is influenced by jazz, R&B, funk and other musical styles. Smooth, atmospheric and often romantic, smooth jazz is a perfect choice for a wedding cocktail hour. Our selected smooth jazz favorites are skewed towards instrumentals, but include a smattering of vocal versions. Popular artists from the smooth jazz category include Norman Brown, Grover Washington Jr., Ronny Jordan, Kenny G, Paul Hardcastle and Richar ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: More Kids

August 24, 2016 by Tony Barthel
A big difference between adults and children is the fact that adults have been WeddingHorrorwhacked or yelled at enough to realize that they have to wait for what they want. Smaller children, on the other hand, may not have that life lesson completely learned just yet. Take, for example, dessert. If you’re an adult one of the highlights of a wedding reception might be the beautiful wedding cake that looks and smells so good. It’s a tribute to bakers who perform such artistry for both the eyes and the palate and nothing is more tempting to some. As adults, we realize we have to sit through all sorts of formalities and dinner so that we can be rewarded with this wonderful dessert. In fact, many guests stay at a reception j ... [read more]
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Thud Rumble’s Intel-powered DJ mixer has a PC inside – From Engadget

August 24, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Roughly four years ago, Thud Rumble -- a company that's the brainchild of legendary DJ QBert (Richard Quitevis) and Yogafrog (Ritche Desuasido) -- was having an open 0815_thudrumble-17house. Developer and DJ Rich Johnson (aka DJ Hard Rich) wandered in to talk to the co-founders. During a conversation with Quitevis, Johnson said, "I want to make a mixer for you guys." Quitevis had long wanted a mixer with an embedded computer so he wouldn't have to drag a laptop and mixer to gigs. "Can you make something like this?" he asked. Johnson said he could. Finally they're showing it off. Read the rest at Engadget - https://www.engadg ... [read more]
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Portable Scratch with PT01 Scratch Turntable

August 24, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Cumberland, RI USA (August 15, 2016)— Numark (numark.com), the world’s leading innovator of DJ solutions, today announced the introduction at DJ Expo of their exciting new PT01 Scratch portable turntable with DJ scratch switch that enables DJ portable turntable enthusiasts (“portablists”) to play records with genuine scratch effects—anywhere!PT01Scratch_angle_10x8_media DJs love the sound they can get by scratching records, but until now, that effect was limited to indoor, traditionally-powered turntables that plug into the wall. However, with the rapidly-increasing popularity of portable battery-operated turntables, DJs are finally able to practice their art outdoors, away from the limitations of the electrical ... [read more]
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Shut Up Already! by Jim Cerone

August 23, 2016 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Y ou hear your own voice differently than other people do. You also miss the context added by your facial expressions, gestures and body language. Every weekend, every word you say gets fed through a microphone and amplified through loudspeakers into the ears of a crowd in a big room. Are you saying anything worth hearing? To find out, you MUST record yourself.172-0607 Hook a digital recorder up to your mixer, use an app on your phone or put a camera on a tripod and record all of your announcements. In radio, we call these “air checks.” A few days after your event, review your air check. Play it all the way through once and just listen. The hard part happens next. Play every announcement again, but TIME each one with the second ... [read more]