Sound Engineering for Mobile DJs

Articles on Sound Engineering for mobile DJs ranging from cable management to troubleshooting sound issues.

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Rane DJ—the industry leader—unleashes a Battle Ready salvo that hits the professional DJ market dead center!

January 20, 2018 by Mobile Beat
MUKILTEO, WA USA (January 23, 2018)—Rane DJ (Rane), the established innovator in the DJ industry, today announced the introduction of a new family of important and exciting Battle Ready products for the professional DJ market. These new models are a dramatic and impressive statement strengthening Rane DJ’s position at the forefront of the DJ Stage—and a strong recognition of the ever- growing importance and prominence that DJ gear holds in the NAMM community. The SEVENTY-TWO Battle Mixer Recognizing an unfulfilled need in the market for a bulletproof tabletop battle mixer, Rane DJ focused its unmatched Seattle-based engineering capability on the problem and created a new model of unrivaled performance and innovation. With incredibly high build quality in terms of component selection and its al... [read more]
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What Is the Best Turntable, Controller, Mixer, Etc?

January 4, 2018 by DJcity
What is the best turntable, controller, mixer, etc? DJ TLM discusses in the first episode of "Share the Knowledge" on DJcityTV. Check it out: (more…)... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Measure And Mark Off Your Speaker Stands.

January 4, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, speaker stands, we all have them, we all use them, but I took out this and then this, a silver sharpie today and decided I'm sick of these things, guess working where they're supposed to be. So I measured out where I would normally have them on my events and just put markings every foot. So I don't know if you can really make that one out, but there is -- yeah, there it is and then down here. And that way next time I do an event, I'll know that the stands are the exact same height, exact same size. Maybe your speaker stands come with sort of markings throughout, mine didn't and don't and I just want them to look the same. So DJ tips in under a minute, measure and mark out your stands every foot or so that you can always have them be the same height. In under a minute. ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #189 – DECEMBER 2017

December 30, 2017 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #189 - DECEMBER 2017 Raising Your Game In this issue, you'll find a bunch of great ideas for improving your DJ business and your personal performance in the coming year. Along with the "regular" articles there is the first in a multi-issue selection of material from our presenters for Mobile Beat Las Vegas in March - MBLV22. Each piece provides a key point drawn from what they’ll be sharing out at the Tropicana. Without a doubt, this event provides the best (and the first) opportunity professional mobile entertainers have each year to get new skills, gain knowledge to grow their businesses, enjoy topnotch entertainment, build new mutually be... [read more]
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iRig Mic HD2 Digital Microphone from IK Multimedia Quick Review

December 27, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Often manufacturers of DJ industry related gear send the Mobile Beat offices products that aren't right up the mobile DJ alley but are great for other usages.  This time we received the iRig Mic HD2 Digital Microphone from IK Multimedia and it's not getting DJ gig or even musical usage, we are testing it out for board meetings of a local condo association. Upon opening it, I could tell that it was a hhigh-quality piece of equipment from the way it was packaged and all the accessories that were included.  We are using the iRig HD2 for our association board meetings when out of town, previously just using the internal computer laptop microphone.  The iRig HD2 connects directly to the Lenovo laptop computer via a USB cord (included).   Additional accessories include a mic stand, tripod and lightning cabl... [read more]
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Ohms, Amps, Volts and Watts

December 13, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
Electricity is the lifeblood of the systems we run, so having a basic understanding of it can be very helpful for engineering and operating reliable systems. Moreso, it can be essential in troubleshooting them when things go wrong. While there are a great many electrical terms, four fundamentally important ones are Ohms, Volts, Amps and Watts. These are all units of measure and they are intertwined in electrical relationships known as Ohm’s Law and Watts Law. Ohms law tells us that Ohms are equal to volts divided by amps, while Watts law tells us that Watts are equal to Volts x Amps. Using these two basic formulas, we can c... [read more]
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AVANTE Audio Announces Chuck Green as Sales Manager

December 11, 2017 by Mobile Beat
To coincide with the release of its Achromic Series of high quality active loudspeaker cabinets, AVANTE Audio has announced the appointment of Chuck Green as its Sales Manager. Part of the ADJ Group of Companies, AVANTE Audio is a new professional audio brand born from a passion for audio excellence that is already generating worldwide acclaim.  Having spent most of his life playing music, Chuck Green started out as a sound engineer while still in High School. He provided PA services for live bands at a wide variety of venues and developed a love for the industry that eventually developed into a career. During his twenties, he worked in music stores, managing... [read more]
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The high cost of cheap cables

November 29, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
At the request of a reader I’m writing this article about the differences between cheap and quality cables. It might sound somewhat self-serving since I have designed a line of cables that is widely regarded as one of the best you can buy, so I want to get that out of the way right from the start. I’ll take an objective and factual look at both the technological and financial trade-offs. First, there’s the “something for nothing” equation. When you get a cheap cable, you certainly don’t get the same thing as a quality cable. Not in any example I’ve seen. I have seen some cheap cables marked up, but that just makes them highly priced cheap cables. It doesn’t make them a quality cable. Therefore, it’s important to look at the specs to know what you are getting. Most cheap cables will use... [read more]
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Live Audio Mixers for DJs

November 22, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
An increasing number of DJs are branching out into more live audio events which leads some into unfamiliar territory. DJ controllers and mixers are highly specialized for their purpose and not well suited at all for live audio applications. This leads many DJs to wonder what the right mixing console for them would be. I can’t think of a better time in the history of audio to be looking for one. Mixing boards are more powerful, better featured and less expensive than ever before. The plethora of tools available on a modern console can be a bit overwhelming to those just beginning their search. First, it’s important to determine how many channels will be necessary. Is it just a handful, maybe 8 to 12? Is it a bit larger, maybe a small band needing 16 to 24? Or is it a larger console of 32 and up? I th... [read more]
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Peavey® Set to Party Rock New York DJ Con as Exclusive Stage Sponsor

November 15, 2017 by Mobile Beat
NEW YORK — Peavey® Electronics is proud to be the exclusive stage sponsor for this year’s New York DJ Convention, Nov. 18, 2017 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square from 12:00-7:00 p.m. EST. Billed as the “Gold Standard” of DJ conventions, NY DJ Con unites the global DJ community for one day of networking, education, innovation, inspiration and partying. Attendees will not only get hands-on experience with professional audio equipment, but will also experience Peavey’s state-of-the-art speakers in a live setting. NY DJ Con is “everything DJ under one roof,” and Peavey will help DJs raise the roof during party-rocking sets. As part of the sponsorship, Peavey’s RBN™ Series, a line of ultra-reliable cabinets, will be used on stage during NY DJ Con’s exclusive artist... [read more]