Sound

Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about how to do sound at events, everything from speakers, amplifiers, mixers, eq’s and more. This is the location to find such articles.

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ADJ Road Tour Announces New Summer Dates

June 26, 2017 by Mobile Beat
ADJ Lighting have announced two summertime Road Tour dates to demonstrate their latest lighting and audio technologies that will be available third quarter of 2017. The companies will highlight the latest lighting technologies that debuted at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida earlier this June. The first tour stop will be on Wednesday, July 12th at SoundCheck Nashville, 750 Cowan Street, Nashville, TN 37207. The second stop will be on Thursday, July 27th at ADJ Lighting’s global headquarters in Los Angeles located at 6122. S. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90040. “We had such a great response on our new products at InfoComm,” said Alfred Gonzales, Na... [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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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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Elevate Your Sound with Avante Audio – new audio line from ADJ Group!

June 13, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Debuting this month at InfoComm, ADJ Group of Companies will launch AVANTE Audio – A new professional audio brand born from a passion for audio excellence. AVANTE believes in producing high quality products – that offer both sonic and aesthetic beauty – at attainable prices in order to provide the greatest possible audio experience for its users. AVANTE Audio is proud to launch with the Achromic Series, a complete range of active loudspeaker cabinets that offer powerful output, detailed audio clarity, built-in DSP, and sleek exterior designs. Created for musicians, bands, houses of worship, audio production companies and rental houses, the Achromic Series speakers are equally suited to permanent installation as they are to one-off and touring productions.read more]
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Why You Should Be Sub-Renting

June 12, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
In my last blog, I discussed how to identify which equipment is smart for you invest in and how sub-renting that equipment can help supplement your income. But what exactly is sub-renting and why do we talk about it so much? Today I will be breaking down what sub-renting is and how it can be beneficial to everyone, from beginning DJ’s to fully staffed production companies. Sub-renting is when one company rents equipment from a colleague or competitor company to facilitate a client's request. Why is it smart to sub-rent our equipment? Sub-renting makes a smart decision when you don’t have the upfront capital to invest in the necessary equipment needed to facilitate a client’s request.  Or, maybe you don’t have enough confirmed events or rentals on the books to justify spending the upfront ... [read more]
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Is It Sound or Is It Noise?

June 5, 2017 by Matt Martindale
More and more municipalities are enforcing strict “noise ordinances” against venues, levying fines, or simply shutting down wedding receptions due to unprofessional DJs. Every DJ should know the differences between sound and noise when it comes to their venues and their local laws. Nothing can dampen a fun party faster than a bad DJ who doesn’t respect nor know the difference between sound and noise. Most of us can hear just fine. It’s one of our primary senses, but it’s also a complex one too. Hearing is really our ears’ ability to detect sound (vibrations of air), and then our brain’s ability to give those sound vibrations a meaning. It ... [read more]
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Your Speakers: Your Voice

June 2, 2017 by Stu Chisholm
If you attended MBLV in 2015, you might recall my article, “Good Sound Doesn’t Happen By Magic,” being included in the special expo issue of Mobile Beat. In it, I wrote about the differences between active and passive speakers (powered vs. unpowered) and all of the various signal processors that are designed to help make them sound better. Since then, I have become concerned about the attitudes among some of my peers and colleagues, especially the entry-level DJs, about speakers. All too often, a DJ will research and pay a ton of money for the computer they use, their controller, their lighting, etc. and leave the remaining crumbs of their budget ... [read more]
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Tiesto goes Denon DJ Prime Series!

June 1, 2017 by Mobile Beat
World famous DJ/record producer is latest artist to come into the Denon DJ fold and embrace the innovation and standard-shattering performance of their all-new Prime Series gear. Prime Series SC5000 Media Player and X1800 Club Mixer are now shipping globally. Cumberland RI, USA (June 1, 2017)—Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced that world-renowned DJ, producer and industry influencer Tiësto has changed his rider to include the groundbreaking Prime Series SC5000 media player and X1800 club mixer. Recognizing a critical need in the professional DJ space for equipment that delivers unprecedented levels of performance, ease of use, musical file organization and complete system synergy, Denon DJ’s Prime Series units represent the fu... [read more]
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The Right Speakers for the Job

June 1, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I just got back from Mobile Beat Las Vegas a few weeks ago and I gotta say, there are a TON of speaker manufacturers in the game these days. Back when I was a kid, there were a couple; now there are dozens! I don’t want to get really into tech specs here, but I do want to try and help you choose your next set of speakers with a few pointers. The first thing you want to do is be honest with yourself about what types of events you are actually performing at. For example, you don’t need a line array system and a stack of sub-woofers if you are mostly doing private events and weddings for around 150 people. That’s insane. It’s not only going to kill ... [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]