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Is It Sound or Is It Noise? Part 2

June 17, 2017 by Matt Martindale
Continuing our look at how to deal with the sound versus noise issue, it’s important to understand the factors that go into common venue sound compliance agreements. Remember, the word “noise” is really subjective, with the three ingredients that distinguish between sound and noise (the listener’s perception, their interpretation, and the circumstances in which the sound is heard). A competent wedding DJ will know the difference. He or she will repeatedly walk the room to monitor the sound. They’ll also know how to read the crowd and able to keep guests involved and engaged without the need to “crank up” the sound levels to get attention. They’ll know how to set a standard, and measure it, then work with the venue to maintain it. read more]
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Ready to Play, Come Rain or Come Shine

June 17, 2017 by Stu Chisholm
So, this happened: A banquet facility here in Michigan built a gorgeous, landscaped outdoor pavilion specifically for wedding ceremonies. When my helper and I arrived to provide PA, I was impressed by the thought that went into it. There was a bar-like area that served as a DJ booth for weddings, or an actual bar for, say, an evening outdoor patio party for the golfers at the club. With a pergola overhead and a two- circuit outdoor electrical box close by, it seemed like an ideal situation. But then the dark clouds rolled in. HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN...AND AGAIN Setting up my outdoor ceremony rig for the wedding scheduled in a half an hour, I ... [read more]
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Keep On Trucking?

June 16, 2017 by Mike Ryan
In the movie Forrest Gump the title character says (shortening the common phrase), “It happens!” Well, “it” happened to me back in March, while traveling to and from Las Vegas to exhibit at the Mobile Beat show with my company, Frankenstand. I rented a 24-foot Penske cargo truck, this being the “smallest” truck with a lift gate for moving pallets. After loading my show product, I headed to Los Angeles to pick up three pallets of Wade Novin’s speakers for his Novin Audio booth and continued my trip to Sin City and the Tropicana hotel-casino. Halfway through the Mojave Desert I stopped to fill up the truck’s fuel tank with diesel. ... [read more]
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Owners! Take The EGO out of your Playlist

June 15, 2017 by Randy Lehrman
For most DJs who run multi-ops, especially in Bar-Mitzvah land, you are selling a MC, DJ, and Dancers to your client.  Even with weddings, when you sell, you are selling the person who shows up as the DJ or MC as much as the actual company experience. As an owner of a company with 30 staff I can tell you how important it is to let go of your ego about who your client selects, even if it's not you.  I typically, as an MC, work roughly 95% of my Saturdays throughout the year.  My other MCs and DJs roughly 75%.  I, of course, want every client to book me, but I had an interesting experience to share regarding flexibility and keeping your ego in check as the owner. After doing Bar-Mitzvahs for 25 years you can imagine I have had my fair share of everything including badly behaved kids at parties.  When... [read more]
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Social, Mobile and You Part 2

June 15, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Last month we talked about how the vast majority of people have their smartphone or tablet within 3 feet of them at all times and the three important items to be sure you have on your mobile website and how mobile impacts your business. This month let's discuss the social side of social, mobile and you. First off if you haven't already done so you should create business accounts for each of the social networks i.e. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linked in, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc. For this months article we'll focus on the biggest of the social media platforms, Facebook. You may be wondering "I don't know... [read more]
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New MB210 Compact Subwoofer from Bose Professional

June 15, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
At InfoComm (Orlando, FL, June 14, 2017), Bose Professional introduced the new MB210 compact subwoofer, designed for background/foreground music and small sound-reinforcement systems that require low-frequency extension down to 37 Hz. The MB210 subwoofer features two 10-inch high-excursion woofers, derived from the award-winning Bose Professional F1 portable powered subwoofer, in a compact Baltic-birch plywood enclosure optimized for fixed-installations. Featuring outstanding performance-to-size ratio, the MB210 is designed to complement Bose Professional FreeSpace®, Panaray®, and RoomMatch® Utility loudspeaker models with additional ba... [read more]
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Stepping Out of the Box

June 15, 2017 by Jay Maxwell
People ask me what I find most rewarding about the mobile DJ business. My answer is knowing that the client was completely satisfied. How does one accomplish this? In one way it seems obvious: Simply meet their expectations that you’ll be playing music to keep people on the dance floor. However, the DJ, who often serves simultaneously as the master of ceremonies, may also be viewed by the client as the coordinator of the entire event. Thus, a client’s expectations of what the DJ will be doing often extend beyond his or her role as the entertainer, including situations that have nothing to do with music or entertainment. This is why the DJ must be wi... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Thank You!!!

June 15, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is video number 101, I believe, 102 maybe. So this is a thank you video. Back in June 2012 I had spoken to Christian BanKy, DJ Pulse and Brian S. Redd and said, I think true professionals try to give back, but I also am hungry and thirsty for knowledge. So if I post things on YouTube, I might get comments that I can learn from and I certainly have. So this is a big thank you. This was just going to be a few videos and it has turned into over 100 "DJ Tips in under a Minute" videos and I want to thank all my subscribers and viewers and everyone that has checked them out and I am just going to continue on. I think being a DJ, in my opinion, is something that you're constantly learning, you're constantly improving, you're finding new ways to do things, new ways to appro... [read more]
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Should I Make the Leap to DMX?

June 14, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
Spend any length of time in a DJ-related Facebook group and you're bound to quickly find a post in which some DJ says "I've wanted to learn DMX, I just haven't done it yet." At first, it would appear that procrastination has struck once again, but in reality it may simply be that this DJ (and many, many others like him) is unsure if he is willing to invest the time and expense in learning DMX programming. Have you wrestled with that question yourself? If so, you're not alone. DMX programming adds a whole new dimension to the services you are able to offer to your clients, but spending the time to learn how to program your lights may not be the best option for your business. DMX programming can be a great skill to acquire for the avid school dance or party DJ, but may not offer the same returns to the w... [read more]
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Selecting a microphone for the right reason…it’s pattern!

June 14, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
When selecting a microphone it’s important to understand the various pick-up patterns and how which will perform best in your application. Let’s look at the 3 most common for DJ use. Cardioid. So named for it’s “heart shaped” pattern, this pickup pattern is most sensitive on-axis, meaning looking straight down into the top of the microphone, and begins to taper off as you get off-axis, or moving towards the side. It has maximum rejection completely off-axis, which can be very useful in situations where you have monitors or other high ambient sound levels. This means the mic will pick up the person speaking or singing directly into... [read more]