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Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about Djs improving their performances and techniques to do such. This is the location to find such articles.

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Be In The Moment

June 22, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Be in the moment I went thru the McDonald's drive thru early this morning to get a mocha.  I'm greeted by the auto attendant in a cheerful voice saying " welcome to McDonald's would you like to try a hot mocha?".   I respond "Yes, can I have a large mocha please?" and the same voice comes back with "I'm sorry sir our mocha machine is broken".  I was a bit surprised but then again this is McDonalds we are talking about.   This person at the window was obviously not in the moment when he was taking my order and didn't try to offer a free beverage or an alternative to appease the customer.  He was just doing his job and going thro... [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]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Chris Cox Effects Tip!!

June 8, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ Jay here with tips in under a minute. There he is, DJ Chris Cox. Chris: What's up? How are you doing? Jay: Now we're going with our DJ tips in under a minute. One tip you think mobile DJs, wedding DJs, any DJ out there would benefit from. Chris: All right. This is having to do with effects and especially echo and delay effects. So all the [inaudible] mixers, a lot of mixers all have echo and delay. I see guys all the time, they'll have their track, they want to add echo in and they just turn the echo up and everything starts to over amplify and it sounds really, really bad on speakers. You get a lot of distortion. So one of the things I always do anytime I add the echo or a delay effect, I roll the bass off. So that way you can echo the mids and the highs and you'll still get the trippiness and that kin... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Mixing Tip From DJ Flip

June 1, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. There's my boy DJ Flip. It's DJ Jay, we're here in Vegas at Queen Victoria Pub, we're doing the takeover and we're doing a tip in under a minute from my boy DJ Flip. What do you got for us? Flip: Okay. The first thing I want to do is just a quick mixing tip. A lot of people have misconceptions that they constantly have to blend beats all the time, but if you're playing songs, especially in hip hop where you've got so much music going on in your intro, you don't necessarily have to blend anything, just drop it right in, it comes [inaudible], because once you blend too much music on top of music, it's just as busy as blending vocal on top of vocals and al the sudden people don't know where you're at at that point. So sometimes it's just better to drop it right in. Songs, for example, like DMX Party ... [read more]
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No Peaking – WHY to not crank it!

May 31, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
Most of us are familiar with the complimentary lightshow audio equipment like mixers, and amplifiers provide. How exciting and pleasing it is to see colored LEDs (typically a stoplight variety of green, amber and red, but sometimes more creatively colored) bouncing up and down as we rock the dancefloor. For those with vintage tastes, a needle on an analog VU meter serves the purpose. But besides pleasing our inner geek, what are those lights there for? It takes a little more inner geek to wrap our heads around it. Typically, these meters represent “VU” (Volume Units) or “dBU”, which is a voltage ratio reference. For those that want to toss and turn a little tonight, here’s the geekery. A value of “0” in VU is defined as one milliwatt (mW) of power cycling at 1000 Hz flowing across 600 ohms... [read more]
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StageSpot’s Online Custom Gobo Creator!

May 30, 2017 by Mobile Beat
  AUSTIN, TX (May 23, 2017) – For StageSpot, “gobo” is not just another four-letter word. Today, one of the industry-leading suppliers of theatrical and stage lighting, and other stage supply needs, announced the launch of its game-changing online custom gobo creator. The company created the advanced platform for industry professionals and their clients, allowing users the ability to choose from more than 75 pre-made templates or to upload custom images and artwork, making the process quicker and more flexible than ever. An acronym for the phrase “Goes Before Optics,” a gobo is a disc typically made from... [read more]
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Devil Is In The Details Mitch Taylor Taylored Sales

The Devil Is In The Details

May 30, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Devil Is In The Details Mitch Taylor Taylored SalesA long time ago I was working in Metro Detroit performing at weddings. I had a client who had a Friday night reception, and they hired a horse drawn carriage to bring them from the ceremony site to the reception. At the time, I thought that was an awesome touch.  The problem was is they didn't factor in the fact that they'd be traveling through the Detroit traffic to get to the country club and therefore arriving an hour and a half late. This caused dinner to be an hour and a half late that evening and guests were eating their rolls at the tables first.     They didn't ... [read more]
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The Thing about Forums

May 27, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Summer is almost here and wedding season is in full swing for most of the country. The majority of us have jam packed calendars between events and meetings. When DJ's get busy, forums get even busier. I belong to several forums (public and private) that cover all sorts of DJ related topics. For the most part, these forums provide a wealth of good info and tips. Unfortunately, some of us forget that the main purpose of forums is to share ideas and help each other get better at our craft. After a spending any amount of time reading posts, strands and threads on various forums a few main personality types quickly emerge over and over. Some a... [read more]
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The Profile Page – It’s Back!

May 22, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat is always thinking of new ways to bring you better content. We strive to be on the cutting edge of what is new, important and relevant to our industry. We cover the big topics of gear, music, performance and people. The first three topics are very well represented in Mobile Beat, but we felt that the "people" section needed some attention. So, resurrecting the Profile page to spotlight those impacting the DJ world in a positive and unique way was an easy decision. Each month Mobile Beat is going to interview a DJ, entertainer or artist that stands out in our industry. We need YOUR input. It's a big world. Tell us who you would li... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Start your RMX-1000 effects turned all the way up

May 20, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. Little RMX tip for you, normally gauge your effect and you do a build. Then bring the effect down. But try this new noise, first, bring the engager knob all the way over, then bring in the effect and then drag the effect backwards. So again, bring it all the way up, bring in echo, then tail the echo back. But again, you'd want to bring this all the way up first, then engage the effect and then bring the effect down. It could be a really cool feature on the RMX, a really cool way to add a nice little effect tail, in under a minute. ... [read more]