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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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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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Simple Steps for Superb Sound – EV Sponsored Seminar

March 25, 2017 by Digital Plus
Electro-Voice Marketing Manager Michael Doucot explains easy steps to take to make your sound amazing while DJ Jer (Jeremy Brech) explains how he has used these tips to benefit his clients. This educational session will leave you with easy to understand best practices that you can apply for almost any event! Topics to be discussed […]To access this post, you must purchase Digital Plus.... [read more]
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Bobby Morganstein Productions How To DVD’s

December 2, 2016 by Digital Plus
Bobby Morganstein Productions How To DVD’s   Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basic Production Contests   Bar/Bat Mitzvah Full Production   Party Dances   Creative Games     Creative Games 2   Party Dances 2   Party Dances 3   Party Moves   Party Dances 4   Party Moves 2   Creative Games 3   Party Dances 5To access this post, you must purchase Digital Plus.... [read more]
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Active Speaker Systems vs. Passive Speaker Systems Advantages and Disadvantages of Each to Help You Choose the Correct System

August 22, 2016 by Carvin Audio
I am frequently asked “which are better, active or passive speakers?” The short answer is “Neither.” The real answer is dependent on many variables. My production company currently has inventory of both active and passive speakers. We use both very frequently and often at the same events. Here are a few ideas that you might consider when choosing between active and passive speakers. Screen_Shot_2016-08-12_at_8.47.08_AM_large_2x Passive Speakers: Advantages Let’s first take a look at some of the benefits of passive speakers. The number one, biggest advantage of passive speakers is power and signal distribution. You ... [read more]
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REVIEW: HK AUDIO LUCAS NANO 608i Part 1

August 15, 2016 by Robert Lindquist
HK1080 As it so often happens when I receive a product for evaluation, an unexpected opportunity arises to put said product immediately to work. With the LUCAS NANA 608i, (from HK Audio) the original plan was to field test it as a “ceremony” sound system. As luck would have it, shortly after big brown brought the 608i to my doorstep, a group of friends, who play in a band, called requesting vocal reinforcement for a booking that evening. More accurately, they requested I bring my BOSE PS1 (I still have one of the original ones, with the big D-Shaped bottom) which has been my go-to solution whenever I get a call for this type of job. It’s... [read more]
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How to Videos For DJs – Dancing DJs

August 10, 2016 by Digital Plus
Follow Me’s/Line Dance & Groovin’ Moves In this dvd, your host Maria will instruct you on the hottest dance moves, as well as some of the newest and most requested group and line dances.  Step-by-step the Dancing Dj’s dancers teach the dance moves, then demonstrate each dance along with the music. Sales and Marketing Tips […]To access this post, you must purchase Digital Plus.... [read more]
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Mega Volume meets Micro Footprint with the MSPA5 Powered Micro Spot from Galaxy Audio

August 2, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Galaxy Audio introduces the Powered Micro Spot, model MSPA5. The MSPA5 incorporates design features of both the PA6S Powered Hot Spot & Powered Nano Spot, while maintaining a compact design. The Micro Spot Series is designed for a wide array of applications: churches, schools, courtrooms, fixed installations, or on stage. The MSPA5 is powered by a 100 watt amplifier, delivering quality sound through the specially designed 5" full range ceramic speaker, providing superior vocal clarity. The Powered Micro Spot will accept mic or line level with its XLR (+48V phantom power), 1/4", or 1/8" input.Galaxy-MSPA5 Volume and EQ controls are conveniently loca... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Digital Editions Downloadable

June 28, 2016 by Digital Plus
Available exclusively to Digital Plus subscribers who get the option of downloading the digital editions of Mobile Beat Magazine.  All other Djs have the option of seeing them within the Mobile Beat App (http://www.mobilebeat.com/app) or accessing them online in Digital Editions (http://www.mobilebeat.com/digital-edition).To access this post, you must purchase Digital Plus.... [read more]