Robert Lindquist


Robert Lindquist

Robert Lindquist has been involved in the DJ profession since 1967, when he built a make-shift sound system from spare parts in order to provide music for a birthday party. From that point on, he supplemented his day-jobs in radio, TV and advertising by DJ’ing in clubs and for weddings and corporate events. In 1987, he was encouraged to share his DJ experience in writing, which led to the release of “Spinnin'” at the initial DJ Times Expo in Atlantic City.Recognizing the need for a publication dedicated to Mobile DJs, he created Mobile Beat "The DJ magazine" in 1990. In addition to still being a sound tech and DJ/MC for weddings, he is a producer of video content writes for several audio publications and blogs. He is also a partner in Las Vegas based Level 11 Media, which maintains several Web sites and digital publications for musicians and touring sound engineers and is an IMDb listed actor and voice talent.




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Beyond The Beat: From DJ To Expo Producer

August 18, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
While attending the Mobile Beat DJ Show in March, 2016, I had the pleasure of sharing some chat time with Mike Anthony Mireles, a Mobile DJ/MC/Entertainer from Houston, TX. Our conversation was essentially a volley of random thoughts about to how DJs can expand beyond operating a DJ service. At one point, Mike referred to DJ’ing as an “entrepreneurial playground.” How true. When I think of all the people I have met during the years that I’ve been associated with the international DJ community—I am consistently impressed by those who have taken a giant leap of faith and have landed in a position that they themselves may not have realized as possible.

The Force Behind The Photo Booth Expo

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An Organic Approach to Better Sound

May 30, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In a perfect world, these tips would be strictly for beginners. Novices. The newbies in the room. But this is not a perfect world and while most Mobiles have figured out how to get passible sound quality out of their travelin’ gear (most of the time), there are still those who wrestle with painful distortion, wompy bass, and needle sharp highs. So that’s why we’re having this little chat—I’m not here to be critical, but to help. I personally have no particular problems with processing or equalization—truth be told, I have a passion for compression that borders on insanity. But everything in moderation. I call this the organic approach becau... [read more]
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Exceeding Expectations?

May 22, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
Meaningless marketing expressions and phrases are everywhere, and the two I see to see the most lately are “jaw-dropping” and “We exceed your expectations.” The copywriters at Yahoo have had a steamy love-affair going with “jaw-dropping” for about the last year. It seems to show up in their cheesy click-bait headlines at least a dozen times a week. Then there’s this “Exceeding Expectations” thing—which appears not only online, but on the sides of vans, on business cards and in so many print ads that it’s well...jaw-dropping. It’s one of those marketing claims that just makes me cringe, whether it’s being used by a DJ, house pai... [read more]
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A Primer on Digital Signal Processing

May 14, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In the days of analog, loudspeaker cabinets contained two or three drivers, some baffles and a “carpet” covering. The amplifiers were mounted in a separate rack or built into the mixer, and the signal went straight from the outputs on the amp(s) to the inputs on the speakers. Signal processing was accomplished using separate, rackmounted EQs, compressor/limiters and other processing devices injected into the signal chain prior to the main amplification. It’s not like that anymore—at least not for most DJs. Coincident with the advent of powered speakers, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) has taken over the task of EQing or “tuning” loudspeakers to provi... [read more]
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Too Cool? Or 25 Years Too Late?

May 12, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
ELBOW is a minimalistic portable cassette player. While the audio cassette itself lacked the needed support to make it in into the new millennium, there apparently remains a niche audience addicted to wow, flutter and tape hiss. Well, actually, it’s more about missing the interaction between the medium and the device that brings it to life. If all you know is “Siri…Play such and such” then you really wouldn’t understand. fact is, the tactile intimacy of physical formats is dearly missed—just look at the resurgence of vinyl. We discovered ELBOW in a post at Level11Media.com/Snapshot... [read more]
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Headphone Comparison: Yamaha’s HPH-MT5 vs. HPH-MT7 vs. HPH-MT8. Which is better?

May 8, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
Am I wrong? It's always been my belief that over the ear and on ear (as opposed to in-ear) headphones are intended to be used in the deeper musical exploration and presentation of music. They provide the hard edge monitoring it takes to structure over the top segs on the job — and a pleasant and private listening environment in which to cool down at the end of the show.  What goes on inside one's head is not my beeswax, but IMHO headphones are for enjoying music - not making some tacky totemistic fashion statement. So now that you have a deeper understanding of my arrogant, out-dated attitude on headphones, let’s move on.

New Headphones

Yamaha recently se... [read more]
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The Financial Stages Of Life For The Career DJ

March 31, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
A few weeks back, I posted a short interview with “Mad” Joe Martin of Wichita Falls, TX. Joe is one of those guys who seems to know just about everybody. He is a career DJ who still performs, but at 66 years old, he has scaled back to choosing the jobs he takes. In the early days of the Mobile Beat Show (mid '90s), Joe was a regular presenter, adding his thoughts to the numerous topics being discussed. Time passed, and as fewer first generation DJs attended the show, Joe also took a hiatus. At the recent Mobile Beat show in Las Vegas (3/13-16), Joe was bac... [read more]
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It’s True – DJs Do Get Old(er)

March 9, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
Not long ago I saw a post in one of the countless DJ facebook groups asking if anyone knew of any DJs who where still out working in the 40s. Obviously, the individual who posted that has yet to grasp the fact that for many of us, being a DJ is life long career—no different than if someone choose to be a lawyer, financial planner, teacher or operate some other type of small business or franchise. It may come as a surprise to some that there are a lot of DJs still out performing in their 60s, 70s and even 80s—and the reason is simple: they do a good job and have such great reputations that people keep booking them. Among the many successful career DJs I know is “Mad” Joe Martin who lives in Wichita Falls, TX. Well-known among his peers, Joe has always been a positive force in the DJ industry, nev... [read more]
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All About Bluetooth Range and Reliability

January 25, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
It started with a whisper—initially as the technology that made it possible for millions to wander around in public appearing to be talking to themselves as if they had lost their minds. As we know now, these great hordes of apparent nit-wits were simply communicating with their BFFs by way of a Bluetooth wireless earpiece paired to the their mobile phones. Over the last half-dozen years, Bluetooth enabled products have begun showing up everywhere—including pro audio. First, there was Bluetooth equipped loud speaker, which touted the ability to receive audio wirelessly from a laptop. But there’s a problem with this. Most DJs use some type of processing gear (such as a multi-band EQ or Compressor/Limiter) or at least have a mixer between their computer and the speakers. Unless the mixer is equipped to... [read more]
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Applying Array Technology to Portable Sound, Part 3

January 16, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In this three-part series, we’re exploring the benefits of line array loudspeaker design—when applied to large arena concert PA systems as well as when it’s scaled down to fit in an average size vehicle or small SUV. Bose has been at the fore front of developing portable line array systems for DJs and live performers since 2003. As a case study, we focused first on the L1 system, which features multiple small drivers in a tall, vertical column with a separate sub-woofer. In this final installment on line arrays, we’ll look at the Bose F1 systems. With the F1, Bose has placed a 12” driver behind an eight speaker line array in the same cabine... [read more]