2016

This selected articles from Mobile Beat issues in 2016

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Mixing, Remixing & More by Brad Feingold

January 18, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
DJ controllers: No matter what type you use, they’ve become the norm for the majority of DJs. Maybe not for vinyl DJs, but certainly for the wedding DJs and many others, the controller has become something that this industry can’t live without. But the question is, what do you really get? There are hundreds of different controllers to choose from, and new ones come out almost every month. So you have to choose between Pioneer, Numark and even American DJ, just to name a few. And when it comes down to choosing, the bells and whistles can make all the difference. Looking to another brand—one that’s not as well known to a lot of DJ—one controlle... [read more]
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Digital Security

January 17, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Odyssey Innovative Designs recently released their Remix Mk2 series of bags. It has started out as three different bags made for different levels of usage. DJs invest thousands of dollars in their laptops, controllers and other tools of the trade. So why do so many NOT invest in the best gear to carry their important tech from gig to gig—even when they aren’t gigging with a full DJ rig? I have always recom- mended strong, ATA cases for your gear, but if you are a DJ who wants a soft case just for your “cockpit” items of DJ hardware, or a traveling DJ who needs to put these expensive tools of the trade on an airplane, Odyssey has the gear... [read more]
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Applying Array Technology to Portable Sound, Part 3

January 16, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In this three-part series, we’re exploring the benefits of line array loudspeaker design—when applied to large arena concert PA systems as well as when it’s scaled down to fit in an average size vehicle or small SUV. Bose has been at the fore front of developing portable line array systems for DJs and live performers since 2003. As a case study, we focused first on the L1 system, which features multiple small drivers in a tall, vertical column with a separate sub-woofer. In this final installment on line arrays, we’ll look at the Bose F1 systems. With the F1, Bose has placed a 12” driver behind an eight speaker line array in the same cabine... [read more]
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Mobile Beat #177 – December 2017 – Prep for Success!

December 26, 2016 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #177 - DECEMBER 2016 Prep for Success in 2017... ...and one of the best ways to grow your skills, your business and your life in the new year is to attend Mobile Beat Las Vegas 21, March 13-16, 2017, at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. To whet your appetite for the big event, we're serving up a first course of material by our top-flight presenters. Look for the next helping in the January issue. We have a well-stocked buffet of actionable info, technical education, business acumen, and straight-up inspiration to help you make your life as a DJ the best it can be! Dan Walsh, Editor in Chief Click here to rea... [read more]
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Have Fun While Working for Yourself and Your Family

December 8, 2016 by DigiGames
Iam writing this article from the Carnival Conquest. My wife and I sail today for the next eight 175-10-11days. I have had a lot of conversations with my friends who have “real jobs” lately about holiday travel, vacation, days off, kids off from school, and all of the FUN things associated with the next few months. There is a common theme: Many of my friends are stressed out. They don’t have enough time off. They can’t visit all their family. They don’t have anyone to watch their kids during break. They don’t have enough money for the extra things that come with the holidays. No bonus this year and times are tough. You get the point. As we boarded the... [read more]
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The Photo Booth Phenomenon – Rob Savickis

December 7, 2016 by Mobile Beat
175-6-7The last 10 years have been an exciting time for the photo booth industry. In 2006 photo booths at weddings were a novelty, if not a rarity. Some people had them, but one did not expect to go to a wedding as a guest and walk away with a photo booth strip. Fast-forward to 2016 and by some reports, the majority of weddings now have photo booths. Photo booths are now an essential part of the whole wedding experience. Without them it would feel like something is missing. Some people say that photo booths are a fad, but that could not be farther from the truth. The continuing growth of the photo booth phenomena can be traced to four main factors that transform... [read more]
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Game Show Lowdown

December 5, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Back in 1999, I got my first game show system from Game Show Mania. It was amazing: I could be a game show host like all my favorites on TV, like Wink Martindale, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, Chuck Woolery and more. I had grown up watching game shows on TV, and when cable came around, caught even more on the likes of the Game Show Network. I jumped at the chance to add that kind of fun to my growing DJ company’s offerings.175-12-13 That first set of hardware looked the part (Game Show Mania’s GSS3). The buzzers had a lockout system that would allow only one person a chance to answer (like on a real TV game show), turn on their micro- phone and give them points for... [read more]
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The Non-Secret Formula that Makes a Great Salesperson

December 5, 2016 by Jeffrey Gitomer
• Why are salespeople great? 175-14-15 • What makes salespeople successful? • What characteristics make up a sales superstar? • Wouldn’t you like to know the answer to these questions? So would every salesperson. So would every sales leader. So would every person who hires a salesperson. By understanding what criteria sales managers and business owners look for in a salesperson, you may be able to determine how those characteristics fit into your own personal success formula. Everybody tells me they wanna hire a great salesperson. They go through the expensive gyrations of outsourcing, in- sourcing, testing, interviewing and finally hiring. T... [read more]
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Increasing Complexity: Help or Hindrance?

December 4, 2016 by Stu Chisholm
W hen I began my DJ career in 1979, things were much harder. In the realm of media, vinyl records were heavy and bulky, and both records and cassette tapes presented many technical problems. Those included: how one could cue a particular song on a tape; keeping dust and dirt off of the grooves of a record; mechanical shocks from bouncy dance floors that could cause the record to skip; cue burn (the damage to vinyl caused by back-cueing); and so on.175-16-17 Even when CDs became the norm, eliminating most of those issues, they had a few of their own. Early CD players didn’t have pitch controls, and they, too, could skip if mechanically jostled. Error correction ... [read more]
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Is Competition Always Good?

December 3, 2016 by Matt Martindale
175-20-21F irst, let me say that I’m an economics nerd. I have a degree in Business (Marketing), with a minor in Economics (basically, a fancy word for the “scientific study of decision making”). My wife, Tami, has her degree in Consumer Science (basically, buyer behavior). I L-O-V-E economics! I am continually reading and studying lots of different topics in economic theory. That being said, one particular topic has been of interest lately, especially with many venues “forcing” brides to use their in house DJ, or limiting her choice to one of three mediocre approved DJ companies. I’ve been immersed in a three-month study on the economic the... [read more]