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Smart DJ Tips: How Many Lights Should You Use?

August 17, 2019 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to DJ dance floor lighting, there are a wide variety of opinions on how much a DJ should bring. Some DJs say you should not bring a lot of lighting, while others may bring a ton of lighting. Yet others may bring no lighting at all unless the client pays for it. I've seen a variety of setups and there is no 100% correct answer, honestly. How much lighting you bring should be a decision for you and your client. You certainly need to ask your client what their expectations are, what their vision is, etc. One thing you don't want to do is assume you know what they want! Sure, you may bring the exact same setup to every gig, but should you? For our company, Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, we do not bring the same setup every time. Let me explain why. We always check in with our client and ask what their vision is. If they are looking for an elegant wedding, a ton of ... [read more]
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Do DJ’s Make Great Lawyers?

August 16, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
First, I would like to apologize to any disc jockeys that actually are lawyers. This blog isn't really about you, but it does pertain to you. There was a good discussion on one of the several thousand DJ forums I belong to about DJs offering legal advice or stating something is against the law without offering any proof. These strands start off innocently enough with someone posting a question about the rules on using a particular piece of gear at an event or about music, files, streaming or sharing. The strands quickly devolve into regional DJs stating how one can or can't do that in their market. A good example: cold sparklers. These things are really popular, but some towns and states outright forbid them indoors and other s ... [read more]
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Taffer’s Teachings Part 3

August 15, 2019 by Mitch Taylor
This is Part 3 of Taffer's Teachings focused on the 3rd of the 5 Musts For Business with Quality Service. Quality Service:  Do you send reviews out about your service? What is the feedback like? What’s your success ratio? If you have 1 or 2 negative reviews out of 100 events…you can probably live with that. Do you want it? No. Look at those areas of constructive feedback and see how they can be improved. I would STRONGLY recommend not just waiting until the end of the sales cycle with that specific client however. You need to have touch points with your client throughout their sales cycle with you to determine if you are meeting their needs or exceeding their expectations. You can do this via a quic ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute:second Laptop And Drive As An Aux Player

August 15, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. It's me, DJ Jay here, DJ tips in under a minute, going a little long today. We've got a situation here, we have laptop, we have hard drive, but while this is being used with the two USB ports, you have a controller, I realized I have another track and another hard drive. So I'm going to show you what I do to get around the issue of how do I hook up another hard drive to that laptop? Because for me, if I'm in the middle of mixing and playing music, I don't want to stop. So one of the best cables I've ever bought is that one, it's RCA's to mini. If you do not have this, you need this. So I'm going to plug it into the other computer here and what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the song, I'm going to bring it up to the player and then I'm going to play it from there. So there's the track. What'll happen is that'll then come up here to the channel and I'm able to play a trac ... [read more]
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Roland Reveals Versatile DJ-707M DJ Controller

August 13, 2019 by Dan Walsh
Los Angeles, CA, August 13, 2019 — Roland, a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, announces the DJ-707M DJ Controller — a four-channel, four-deck Serato DJ Pro controller engineered for the perfect balance of functionality and portability. DJs searching for more than song mixing now have tools to manage complex event audio requirements, all-in-one with the powerful benefits of a portable live sound audio console, loudspeaker management system, and fully-fledged performance DJ controller. The DJ-707M will be available in the U.S. in August 2019 for $999. Designed in consultation with leading event DJs, the DJ-707M is built to efficiently manage the ... [read more]
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Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-1000SRT: Designed for Serato DJ Pro

August 13, 2019 by Dan Walsh
(TORRANCE, CA) August 8th, 2019: If you’ve been eagerly anticipating a Serato-compatible version of our pro-grade DDJ-1000 controller, good news: The wait is over. The 4-channel DDJ-1000SRT inherits the layout of the DDJ-1000, which feels familiar to a CDJ+DJM club-standard set-up. All the same professional features are there too, including low-latency, full-size jog wheels from the CDJ-2000NXS2 and the slick MAGVEL FADER for tight scratching. Concentrate on the crowd, not your laptop, thanks to color On Jog Display, which gives you important track information in the center of each jog wheel. Build excitement on the dancefloor and create massive transitions with 4 Sound Color FX and 14 Beat FX. And with 16 Multicolo ... [read more]
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Be Flexible Part 2

August 13, 2019 by Mitch Taylor
We continue this week with the follow up to Be Flexible.  One time I showed up at an event to perform a speaking engagement and we were moved to a completely different room, it snowed the night before so everyone coming in for the event was delayed due to the weather and traffic.  I quickly realized that we would NOT be starting on time and that we’d just have to roll with it. If I had stayed in my head regarding everything working against me then I wouldn’t be able to live in the moment and truly deliver my presentation and content for that audience.   What’s a key for living in the moment and practicing patience?  Being prepared ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #208 – ONLINE NOW

August 8, 2019 by Dan Walsh
Eye Candy for Your Crowds: Lighting and More I'll cut to the chase (get it?)... This Lighting Issue contains an in-depth look at the evolution of DJ lighting by Kevin Freese, along with expert advice on building a new lighting setup or adding to what you already have. A lot of illuminating info packed into this one. Enjoy! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief PS: Hope you like the new logo. Look for more exciting changes to MB, coming soon... ... [read more]
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Teaching AI to DJ

August 8, 2019 by Dan Walsh
From Hercules: Teaching AI to DJ: How Algorithms Can Help Beginning DJs and Add Unexpected Creativity to Their Sets Creating a great set is about more than mastering the hardware and technique. It’s about something you can’t pick up quickly: musical knowledge. This knowledge goes deeper than finding awesome or popular tracks. A great DJ can gauge music’s danceability in a flash and define the next big sound. This deeply human and intuitive judgement call can be supported by AI, as a machine can analyze certain track parameters and suggest novel ideas for what to play next. It can alleviate a major pain point for all DJs, but particularly for those new to the practice. To make an effective AI ass ... [read more]
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Taffer’s Teachings Part 2

August 8, 2019 by Mitch Taylor
Taffer's Teachings Part 2. #2 on Jon Taffer's 5 Musts for Business is Cleanliness. While I wouldn’t say we are the BEST at this, we certainly project our image through what Jon calls “4 Walls Of Marketing”. Everything about your brand must be congruent with the image you portray. Are there opportunities for improvement in our cleanliness? Yes. Right now I know there are areas of our office that need touching up with new paint. We also just brought in my business partner and Certified Personality Trainer Vickie Musni in to conduct a workshop with our staff. Upon arrival Vickie liked our décor and how it matched our branding but she pointed out that our bathroom doesn’t match the rest of the s ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Protect Your Expensive Power Supply

August 8, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. Looking for new cool things that I can use, that you can use, especially if you are using MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, the Frayfix.com. There's the end of snapping off your power supply like that. Here's the cool thing, it covers up, keeps this protected, but this is the part that always gets messed up, that part of your power supply. Not anymore. Now you've got that and then at the other end, you've got another piece, as you can see right here, because it's early and things aren't open yet. So I'm improvising. And this protects the other end of the power supply. Really cool company, I just acquired one, I'll be using it. You'll see it in my videos from now on and it's the Frayfix.com. You've got to check them out. Simple, easy, economic fix for a problem that definitely happens, because if you want to replace this whole piece, it's a lot of mo ... [read more]