Aaron Burger


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From Design to Dancefloor By: Marc Andrews

November 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger
ColorMaker, which has been serving the DJ industry for years with a variety of LED uplights, now starting to hit the mainstream with their new PX250 and PX500 wireless LED fixtures. A few years back, I checked out an earlier generation of these lights that weren’t battery powered, and I was impressed with the brightness and remote control features, even back then. I had a chance to test out some of their PX250 units and found they provide a a nice upgrade from the previous iteration. They are sold with the companion D1210 battery system. They are built tough to handle the rigors of heavy use. I would still recommend that you case them up thoroughly, to maintain their exteriors; but these are definitely made for the long haul. The CMT-10 Pro Enhanced controller was sent along with the review units and ... [read more]
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Inside the Visuals

November 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger
For mobile DJs who use LCD or projection screens on their shows, and who are looking for new ways to engage the audience, Visikord is motion-controlled visual effects software for the dance floor. Guests see themselves inside the visuals on the big screen, and as they dance, they blow up colors, fire lasers and shoot lightnings to the beat of the music the DJ is playing. Visikord calls it a “visual effects synthesizer.”mb152_110 For motion control, Visikord software uses the standard $100 Microsoft Kinect videogame camera. The Kinect camera is connected to a laptop ... [read more]
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The Look Of Truss, Without The Bus

November 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger
Trussing is becoming a major addition to themb152_098 setups of many DJs. And, while plenty of other DJs would like the look of a nicely scrimmed truss for their event, many just don't have the space to transport and store full-sized truss. Now, Odyssey has come up with a solution to this dilemma, with the addition of Light Columns to their Scrim Werks line. Available in 1' to 10' sections, ScrimWerks Light Columns consist of a base plate, a top plate, four support poles (all polished aluminum), and of course, white scrim. I used them in many configurations, includin... [read more]
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Touch… And Go By: J. Richard Roberts

November 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger
Computerized lighting solutions are great for larger applications—but not necessarily for a wedding or a plug- and-go application. For those, you need something you can physically control with your fingertips. Think about it: Your client has paid big bucks to have you provide uplighting during their wedding; if your computerized lighting controller crashes, it leaves their wedding looking like a circus, with flashing colors and no control. Blizzard Lighting offers some new physical control options with their new Kontrol series of DMX controllers, including the SnoKontrol, the Kontrol 5, and the KlimateKontrol—all differently scaled controllers with different applications in mind. KLIMATEKONTROLread more]
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Pioneer Consolidates Control

November 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division has unveiled the Pioneer® DDJ-SR 2-channel DJ controller designed for use with Serato® DJ software.mb152_090 The smaller and more compact DDJ-SR inherits many of the same functionalities and controls of the larger DDJ-SX, offering large aluminum jog wheels, integrated performance pads, and a new PAD PLUS feature that adds four additional audio effects to the performance pads. The DDJ-SR takes advantage of Serato DJ’s full capability, ensuring its layout of knobs and buttons are exceptiona... [read more]
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Numark Unveils Next Gen NS

November 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger
Numark’s new NS7II 4-Channel Motorized DJ Controller and Mixer features four channels of mixing, a built-in 24-bit audio interface. real slip mats and vinyl, motorized turntables, and a full array of touch-activated knobs and filters and velocity-sensitive performance pads.mb152_089 Numark touts this controller as the most responsive DJ console ever created. Like NS7, NS7II has two genuine seven- inch motorized turntables. Both are supported by ultra-high-resolution MIDI—3600 ticks per rotation—and offer a choice of high or low- torque turntable settings. Akai P... [read more]
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Give Yourself A Hand

November 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger
Source Audio, innovative designers of the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller and Soundblox motion controlled effects, have released the Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller. The Hot Hand USB delivers an entirely new method of dynamic control to live-performance software like Ableton Live, Traktor, Serato DJ, and others. Hot Hand bypasses traditional knobs and faders, allowing users to manipulate software parameters with wireless motion-control. It also integrates perfectly with DAW controllers like Ableton Push, Livid Instruments' Base, or Native Instruments' S2/S4. Hot Hand USB consists of a wireless motion sensing ring and USB stick receiver.read more]
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On The Level By David Walley

November 13, 2013 by Aaron Burger
mb152_086As professional entertainers, we care about the quality of our work. We spend countless hours preparing for events, and invest thousands of dollars on lighting, equipment and music. It's important to have the right equipment, so our clients and their guests enjoy great music and want to dance at their celebrations. We take great care to select the right players, mixers, amps and speakers...but what if the original music is not a good as you expect it to be? Many seasoned DJs know that music was produced differently years ago. Today, it seems that every song is ... [read more]
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Tightly Focused Lighting Retailer By Ryan Burger

November 12, 2013 by Aaron Burger
mb152_070In each issue we focus on one of our advertisers to learn more about how they developed and how they are serving the DJ market. This time we spoke with Mike Spencer, president of Innovative LED Stage & DJ Lighting, near Peoria, IL, whose story parallels many DJs' stories about moving from a day job into their own business. Like many of you, Mike is moving closer and closer to making his passion the thing that completely pays the bills. Mobile Beat President Ryan Burger sat down for a quick chat with Mike... Ryan Burger: Mike, tell us a little bi... [read more]
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A Passion for Performing By James Craig

November 12, 2013 by Aaron Burger
mb152_062Three years ago, James Craig started a business called Envision Entertainment, the culmination of years of experience working independently, but for another company. We'll find out how he made the transition from working for someone else to working mainly for himself. James has a different story about his DJ origins than many of our ProDJFile subjects, who often describe "sliding" into DJing gradually. James simply answered a classified ad! James also shares a tragic experience that nonetheless reveals how he radiates a passion for doing what he lov... [read more]