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Stu-FromGroundUp

From The Ground Up: Progress (Baby Steps)

July 29, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
Tuesday, July 29th, 11:40 PM Got in touch with Chet over at NBC Truck last Wednesday and it turns out that the cost of the aluminum door is within $50 of the composite one. No brainer! On Thursday my pal Adam (Simplified Onsite Services LLC) came over in his mobile garage to take a look at Vanzilla's power steering and brake problems as well as the broken hinge on the rear door. We just need to limp the old door through the next few weeks while we wait for the new one to arrive. Adam ended up taking it to his shop and had it back the next day runnin' like a top.  That makes me happy, 'cause I didn't want the stomach acid that a Saturday morning pre-gig "will it arrive in time" session would produce.... [read more]
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Bill and Jason Show for July 28th, 2014

July 28, 2014 by Bill And Jason
Bill Hermann and Jason Jones discover a valet service for a Vegas hangover. Then special guest Mike Bounaccorso, Producer of Mobile Beat Las Vegas DJ show shares some memories starting the show way back. Talks about some of the changes over time and explains why this year will be such a "game changer.” Bill and Jason discuss pop culture, hang out with interesting guests, share interesting stories and have really funny reactions to all of it. They also talk about everything mobile DJ. It’s light and comfortable way to keep up with industry trends, find out what people are up to in the business and who is delivering the most value at premium rates. Bill Hermann is an actor and wedding entertainer and Jason Jones is a Performance Coach and Entertainer. Together they co-founded The Entertainment Ex... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: I Reach Out To THE DJ Equipment Guru!

July 28, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
And now, the final catch-up session so's we're up-to-date: Saturday, July 19th, 5:00 PM Just thought of one more DJ equipment genius to consult: none other than Ben Stowe, self-proclaimed sound and lighting "geek" from NLFX Professional known to all Mobile Beat readers and expo attendees. Sent him a message about what I've got in mind. Now off to my regularly scheduled Saturday night...
Sunday, July 20th, 7:58 PM Got Ben's one line reply: "Hmm, let me give this some thought." Breathlessly awaiting...
Stu-FromGroundUpMonday, July 21st, 9:21 PM Well, I finally reached a dealer for the Ranger... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: 2 Different Kinds of Rigs

July 25, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
Continuing with our catch up... Monday, July 14th, 11:30 PM Confirmed: my power steering is shot. I had to go to my buddy "Big John's" house to do my co-hosting stint on a podcast he produces ("The Glowing Dial," a show featuring old time radio broadcasts), and the power steering started whining again about halfway there. Before leaving his place, I tossed in another bottle that silenced it for the rest of the day. One more thing that needs to be fixed. Sent a text to my mechanic.
  Wednesday, July 16th, 9:00 PM Wanting to explore my options, with my former co-worker's "go to a DJ store" admonishment ringing in my ears, I trucked on over to my local Guitar Center which has a fairly decent sized DJ area. Once... [read more]
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The Naked Truth About Wedding Collectives and Referral Groups

July 24, 2014 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani

Wedding Vendor Showcase
Question: Are wedding collectives worth it?

“I have a question of the week for you - regarding ‘wedding collectives.’

[Wedding collectives are exclusive groups of wedding professionals who form a group to attract couples and usually offer some kind of discount for hiring members.]

My questions:

  • Are these useful to join?
  • Is it common for them to charge you to join?
  • Are there any in your area that you have joined? What has been your experience?<... [read more]
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From the Ground Up: Vehicle & Vendor Frustration

July 23, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
Okay, now that the blog is up and running, here's some catching up...Stuvan (Code Corrected) Friday, July 11th, 10:00 AM Today is the day I initiate my three-pronged business make-over: marketing, transportation and equipment upgrades. The most immediate, of course, is transportation. I've decided to refurbish my Ford E350 cube van/truck rather than replace it, and it needs just about everything. Although it's running well, the rear roll-up door has been repaired several times and the wood has rotted out to the point where it's just plain got to be replaced. So today I took Vanzilla over to NBC Truck in my "home base" city of Ros... [read more]
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Can this dance catch on at schools?

July 22, 2014 by Ric Hansen
Could this new dance "Super Selfie"  blaze a new dance craze going into the new school year.  It'd be great to put twerking and grinding in the dust with something a little more challenging and less ahhh suggestive.  Check out the Manoeuvres doing some hot moves to an MC Hammer classic.  Impressive. ... [read more]
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From the Ground Up: The Re-Invention of a DJ Business

July 22, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
reinventionSince I started my mobile DJ business in the late ‘70s, it had been on a continual growth track, setting higher and higher records in events performed and income, while staying current with the latest technology. Then it happened: the recession. For me, a “perfect storm” took place when the recession collided with my own efforts to reduce my workload. I never anticipated the full impact of the recession or how long it would last. Also, the DJs in my area almost universally lowered their rates and never sent me the memo. After a long, hard battle, implementing some hard cost-cutting measures and following a whole lot of advice from the... [read more]
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IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 2, the complete vocal performing/recording app now features a full editing studio

July 22, 2014 by Mobile Beat
Record, process and edit pro-quality vocals now with a full built-in DAW on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch unnamed-13 July 22, 2014 - IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce the new version of the highly acclaimed VocaLive™ app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which now adds a flexible new multitrack studio with digital audio workstation features. Now singers, songwriters and musicians of all kinds can benefit from advanced editing features like timeline audio editing, waveform visualization, touch-and-drag looping and more. When used with the IK Multimedia iRig® line of microphones and mic interfaces,... [read more]
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Serious Price Drop for the Mackie DL806™ Digital Mixer

July 21, 2014 by Mobile Beat
The power of digital wireless mixing is now more attainable than ever! The popular Mackie DL806 is now the lowest-priced professional digital mixer on the market. Proven at millions of live shows worldwide, DL Series mixers have an incredible reputation of intuitive, powerful performance. Combining the power of a full-featured digital mixer mixer with the unmatched ease-of-use of an iPad, the DL806 is ready for nearly any application. Perfect for an open mic night at the corner café, singer/songwriter performances or a corporate meeting, the 8-channel DL806 delivers a rich, digital feature set that is way more powerful than an analog mixer. Completely controlled using one or more iPad devices, the Mackie Master Fader™ control app provides intuitive control over tons of powerful processing and mixing ... [read more]
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Dawn Introduces Powered Speaker Line with Wide Dispersion

July 21, 2014 by Mobile Beat
Aiming to “redefine wide dispersion” in the performance of portable, powered loudspeakers, Dawn Acoustic Waveguide Speaker-grill removed-300dpiDawn Pro Audio today announced a new speaker line employing original acoustic waveguide technology to achieve notably even sound dispersion over a 180-degree listening area. The speakers use separate waveguides for directing mid and high frequency sound and a tri-amped Class D amplifier for optimal performance from all drivers. The new top-of-the-line Dawn AW4 features four drivers in 3-way configuration and 1000-watt Class D amp. A smaller, battery-powered version, the Dawn ... [read more]