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A New Year, a New Way to Think About Events

June 16, 2019 by Dagan White
It is so easy to get stuck in a rut, to keep doing things the way we have always done them—even if things are complicated, inefficient, or ineffective. Sometimes it seems easier to continue doing them the same way just because we are afraid of change, of something new. But what if you could make your business better, bigger; have more staff, a bigger office, more equipment; generate more business and more profit? But more than that, what if you could change the way you ran your whole business—from beginning to end, from sales to invoice to the event? What if you could do things more efficiently and more effectively, spending less time in the office doing paperwork and more time getting back to doing what you love: being an amazing DJ. My company, Releventful, has set out on a passionate pursuit to reinve... [read more]
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Five Shiny, New DJ Toys

June 15, 2019 by Staci Nichols
Wondering what you might get to play with on the MBLV exhibit floor this year? Let’s see what was new for DJs at the NAMM trade show this year to get a taste! #5 – ARMANDO CUSTOM CASES’ DJ BED When you’re “on the road again” and don’t want to pay for a hotel...why not just sleep in a flight case? Or how about some flight case chairs for your office or studio? For more info, scope out ArmandoCases. Read the rest of this article and check out the full issue at Mobilebeat.com ... [read more]
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Jack O’Donnell on the Prime 4 and the Future

June 14, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
I was curious as to how InMusic brought all these specific brands under one roof and the reason for it. Aren’t Denon DJ, Rane, and Numark competitors? Before I left Chris arranged for a Skype call with inMusic’s CEO Jack O’Donnell to get some insight on what he sees as the future of the DJ world and the electronics industry. MIKE CORDEIRO: What was your inspiration for the Prime 4? JACK O’DONNELL: To bring first rate technology to the DJ community. Choices haven’t been available. I think back to how everyone was happy with their flip phone or Blackberry and no one saw a need to change until Apple handed them an iPhone. After that, you ju... [read more]
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Denon DJ’s Prime 4 Takes “All- in-One” to a Whole New Level

June 13, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
It’s no secret that most DJs love two main things: rocking the crowd and great gear. We have one of the few jobs in the world where we can buy the coolest toys... and then write them off at the end of the year. One piece of equipment that has been rapidly evolving and changing, not only in form but the industry as a whole, is the controller. In the last several years controllers have been replacing mixers for many DJs; the next generation of controllers aims to eliminate the need for a laptop all together. Enter the Prime 4 from Denon DJ. The Prime 4 has more technology built into it than a space shuttle! Imagine taking the stability and construction ... [read more]
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“Ask Ben Stowe…”

June 13, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat Las Vegas is only a few weeks away. If you haven’t done so, get your passes now! In addition to the great lineup of presenters speaking on almost every DJ-related business, social media and performance topic you can think of, MBLV23 will once again feature the DJ Tech Institute, presented by Ben Stowe. The only thing Ben loves more than sound and lighting is Star Wars. He is literally the Jedi Master of gear. Along with maintaining a thriving online retail gear business, Ben and his company NFLX Professional travel the USA providing sound reinforcement and lighting in some of the biggest arenas in the country for sporting events and conce... [read more]
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Numark Scratch: Game-Changing Mixer Revealed

June 13, 2019 by Dan Walsh
CUMBERLAND, RI - Numark (www.numark.com), a world leader and innovator of DJ solutions, has announced the introduction of their new Scratch mixer, a game-changing unit with pro features and comprehensive software that is poised to dominate the scratch mixer category and establish a new standard for mixers at an affordable price point. The Numark Scratch offers a versatile array of features, including 6 direct access software FX buttons that deliver quick access to a comprehensive array of effects, with both timing and intensity controls. These effects are triggered by a pair of intuitive performance base toggle... [read more]
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How to Do Social Media in 2019

June 12, 2019 by Vanessa Joy
In the past six months my business has seen $65,000+ of bookings come directly from social media. That’s nothing to sneeze at. (I’m on a plane writing this, and as I typed “sneeze” someone sneezed. New superpower? Maybe!). So, I’ve decided to invest more of my efforts in social media. If you have too it’s hard to figure out where to start and what’s working. My friends over at Animoto let me in on their yearly social media survey of 500 marketers and 1,000 consumers. Let me tell you, this information is the perfect springboard to where I’m going to start my 2019 strategy. Here are the pieces of info that I found to be most important, and... [read more]
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Galaxy Audio’s “JACKS in the BOX” Hook You Up, Wirelessly

June 11, 2019 by Dan Walsh
Bluetooth® Goes Pro at InfoComm with Galaxy Audio’s New “JACKS in the BOX” Receivers Professional wireless audio is now as simple as connecting a single JIB/BT4R, dual system JIB/BT4RS, or stereo JIB/BT8R to your audio system and pairing it to a phone, tablet, or any other Bluetooth® audio player to stream high-quality Bluetooth audio to a mixer or powered speaker. (Add a Galaxy Audio® GPS-8 or LA4D powered line array, for a complete portable audio system.) The highly portable JIB/BT4R is a monophonic Bluetooth receiver with an XLR connector that plugs directly into an audio mixer or powered speaker. Simple controls allow Bl... [read more]
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Move Your Business with Animoto

June 10, 2019 by Mark Evans
For over 20 years I’ve been doing video editing and for several years I put together photo/ video montages for my clients, which I discussed in a recent issue of MB. I started out with the traditional photo and video editors, taking classes and going through a lot of trial and error to get to the point of putting together consistently high-quality presentations. But now, putting together a creative, professional looking photo slideshow or video presentation is very simple, with a new tool called Animoto. Animoto is an online video builder that is very easy to use and provides a variety of templates to help you quickly create good-looking videos. One o... [read more]
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Getting There: WHAT’S THE BEST MOBILE DJ VEHICLE…FOR YOU?

June 9, 2019 by Stu Chisholm
Back in the mid-90s, I caused a bit of a splash by buying a moving van and submitting photos for Mobile Beat’s round-up of DJ rigs. Letters and emails flooded in from as far as Australia! I bought the van (actually a box truck) after my regular van had mechanical trouble and I had to rent a moving van for a busy weekend. Having a ramp, enough headroom in which to stand up and space enough for hand trucks, a CSL Super Table, and other conveniences led me to buy my own. I still consider it the best purchase of my DJ career. MORE THAN JUST TRANSPORTATION You can have absolutely the best DJ show on the planet, yet if you can’t reliably get it to the ... [read more]