Lighting

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DJ Lighting Help – Why Most Fixtures Don’t Come On Right Away

August 21, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So I got a real good question on Facebook the other day. Somebody who is brand new to DJ'ing and lighting is asking me, how come my light fixtures don't come on right away when I power them up? So every fixture acts a little different. I'll try to give you a little explanation on this. For demonstration purposes today, we're going to use this 18J PS1000 [ph] controller, probably from the late '80s, early '90s, because it's a simple on and off switch. It's basically hit the switch. The outlet in the back powers up and the fixture comes on. I used one of these for quite a few years. So let me show you a fixture that comes on right away when you power it up. It's this little 80J effects beam [ph]. Oops, there we go. Look at that. I hit the switch, it comes on immediately. Now, this thing can strobe and do all ki... [read more]
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Over the Top!

August 21, 2017 by Arnoldo Offermann
You want big money? Seriously. Do you want to make big money as a DJ? You need big gear! So buy buy buy! Ok, I gotta be honest with you; that sounded like the worst sales pitch ever, but it's also the worst advice ever.. Kinda. Buying gear nonstop is a bad idea, especially without a business plan. However, gear really can be a big key to making more money. Sure, everyone's case is different, so I'll tell you my story and hopefully you can apply these principles to your business. When 4SchoolsOnly first started, we barely had any gear compared to now. Three 10' sticks of truss, some ADJ Pocket Scans, the ADJ Color Pod 250s and we had a badass show. We added two 5x7 video screens and we had a whole new market. Sure, there were other companies in Florida hitting schools with similar gear, but we h... [read more]
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The GARDEN STAR PRO White Star – Laserworld GS-400RGB-W

August 16, 2017 by Mobile Beat
The GARDEN STAR PRO White Star – Laserworld GS-400RGB-W is world's first optically generated white light star effect laser with color change and controllable rotation speed. This laser system is well suited for indoor and outdoor applications. Fine, clearly visible laser dots look like a real starry sky on walls or ceilings and create a very special atmosphere by projecting onto plants, bushes, or any other surfaces. Especially for mobile DJs, the Laserworld GS-400RGB-W is very well suited to enhance every event. Some of the features are: bright RGB whitelight laser sources powerful: up to 400mW output power controllable rotating laser dots starry sky effect waterproof housing incl. base, stake, and extensions for various application possibilities maintenance-free temperature ra... [read more]
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ADJ To “Light Up” Atlantic City!

August 15, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Building on the phenomenal success of the Inno Pocket Spot, DJ Expo will see the official launch of ADJ’s brand new Pocket Pro. Offering all the same features as its predecessor, this innovative new fixture adds the flexibility of replaceable GOBOs, and also offers brighter output, but without an increase in retail price. Powered by a potent 25W white-light LED (increased from 12W on the Inno Pocket Spot), the new Pocket Pro has a 15-degree beam angle and produces a vibrant output which is equally suited to creating mid-air effects as it is to projecting patterns onto walls, ceilings, dancefloors, and stages. Independent color and GOBO wheels provide complete creative control over the unit’s output, while this is taken to the next level by the fixture’s replaceable GOBO feature. The casing has a hinged... [read more]
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ADJ 18P Hex With a Dotz Par RF Remote – Room Wash, Blackout, Fades and Color Change

August 14, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
Now, I did a video awhile back on the 18P Hex and showed how you can increase the Beam Angle from 25 degrees to 60 degrees and basically create a room wash. I feel like this is a much better way to create something like a green room, in this case, than by putting 30 uplights around the room making it green. This is a lot easier; one light and done. But what I didn't show you is that this fixture is also compatible with the Dotz Par RC Remote, which is very cool. So we can do things like blackout. And this is RC, you don't have to be right next to it to do this. There's our light again. Let's say we want to do a fade. We just simply press the fade button and the light goes into a fade for something like a slow dance. We have sound active as well, which I can't show you, because I don't have any music on. But w... [read more]
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Building Your First Light Show Part Three (Moving Heads)

August 2, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
This article is part three in the author's mini series on building your first light show. Week one covered using wash lighting and week two covered effect lighting. Make sure to give those a read! Alright, so by now you've started to build up an effective and professional looking light show. You began by creating your rig around a solid base of wash/flood lighting and followed that up with an effect light or two to add some movement and excitement. For many DJs, this is the extent of the lighting they need or want. But what if you want more? Where do you go after  you've added wash and effect lighting to your light show? One way to greatly expand the capabilities and options available to you and your clients is to add moving head lights. Moving heads are, as their name implies, made up of some type of ... [read more]
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ADJ Introduces Flexible New Range Of Battery-Powered, Long Distance Wireless DMX Up-lighting Fixtures

August 2, 2017 by Mobile Beat
ADJ is proud to introduce the Element Series, a new collection of elegantly-designed battery powered, long distance wireless DMX (2,500ft/700M line of sight) par fixtures specifically created for up-lighting. Featuring models that utilize both quad color and hex color LEDs, as well as options with IP-rated weather-resistant construction, the Element Series covers every situation where up-lighting may be required. Vibrant output, advanced features, and a sleek design, not to mention affordable price tags, make the Element Series fixtures ideal for use by lighting professionals and mobile entertainers. Each sporting a stylish black finish, they will discre... [read more]
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Great Gobos Made Simple

August 1, 2017 by Mobile Beat
DJs are always on the lookout for new ways to raise the average dollar amount of their event contracts, while providing services that enhance their clients’ overall experiences. Along with uplighting, photo booths and other services, another great add-on is gobo projection, which has become a lucrative up-sell item, especially for wedding receptions, over the last ten years. However, one aspect of providing this service may keep some DJs from diving in: The toughest part of doing gobo projection has been simply getting the gobo properly designed. Well, this is really not an obstacle, with the debut of the latest Gobo Creator from StageSpot o... [read more]
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What to Do with Those Screens

July 31, 2017 by Steve Sharp
I find it sad that the heyday of music video (creatively and in popularity) happened LONG before it was relatively easy and practical to manipulate or even simply MIX music videos, as DJs do with music. Now that it IS possible, it's now RARE that music videos seem to generate the kind of excitement they once did. COMPUTERS HAVE CHANGED EVERYTHING The major software packages today for DJs using music video are: Serato, Virtual DJ, and Mix Emergency (which piggybacks off Serato). Each have their pluses and minuses. My advice: Find a combination of controls, computer, and software that you're most comfortable with. Get something good, learn to u... [read more]
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Building Your First Light Show Part Two (Effect Lighting)

July 26, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
This article is the second in that author's mini series on building a beginner light show. Make sure to check out last week's article on wash lighting if you haven't yet! Last week we dove into the subject of wash lighting as we began this mini series on building your first light show. We discussed how wash lighting forms a great base to build your light show on, choosing the right fixtures, and why starting your light show with quality wash lights will give you the most bang for your buck. So where do we go from there? To the DJ that is just starting out in lighting, I recommend adding an effect light or two to your show. So what are effect lights? Effect lights are fixtures that project an "effect" (such as colored dots, patterns, or shapes) onto a dance floor or other area and normally include multip... [read more]