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The Big Set Up – By Ben Stowe, CTS

June 12, 2018 by Ben Stowe, CTS
These days computers are a core part of most DJ rigs, so smooth, reliable performance is essential. In most cases the computer is running a DJ application like Virtual DJ, Serato, rekordbox or the like, and is also the media source. Any glitch in the system can result in a stoppage of music...and the party! This article has been crafted after consultation with computer experts, as well as DJ hardware software manu- facturers. These tips are likely to ensure a stable, powerful system; however, neither I, Mobile Beat, nor these experts can guarantee performance and cannot be held liable for any issues you may encounter. We strongly recommended that you maintain a backup of all data.read more]
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Your Computer Is Not Your Friend—Don’t Trust It – By Robert Lindquist

June 11, 2018 by Robert Lindquist
Acouple of summers ago, I was asked to help out a local DJ who was running late getting to his assigned ceremony/reception. As it turned out, he really didn’t need any help, but I hung around for a bit. As the bridal party began assembling, he grabbed his laptop and headed for the ceremony site. Unable to locate a convenient AC outlet, I suggested he just run it off the battery. He couldn’t. There wasn’t one. Not only that, the hinge was broken to the point he had to prop up the screen. My guess was that it had been dropped—probably more than once. There was also a dis- gusting layer of grime on the keyboard and screen. Was this an extreme c... [read more]
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Before You Post THAT on Social Media… – By Matt Martindale

June 10, 2018 by Matt Martindale
This is the age of expressing one’s thoughts more freely than ever before, to the widest possible audience, all with the easy click of a “send” button. Yet, while you may think that your opinions deserve to be aired on social media, take a moment to think about your connections and consider: “Could this be costing me business?” More than likely, the answer is a resounding “yes!” Ever heard the phrase, “birds of a feather, flock together?” Sure you have. Seth Godin, in his book “Tribes” talks about how the internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost and time. Society has linked up to create groups, or tribes. A tribe is... [read more]
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The Essentials of Professionalism in One Word: PLEASE – By Jay Maxwell

June 9, 2018 by Jay Maxwell
Recently, my son’s high school robotics club asked me to speak on the essentials of professionalism. To help them remember the essentials, I told them to remember the acronym PLEASE. After delivering this talk to my son’s group, I realized that these essentials apply to many professions, including mobile DJs. PALM-IN-PALM P is a phrase to help a professional remember to shake hands. The handshake, where people connect their palms, is an essential of professionalism because it helps make a firm physical contact with another human. At many worship services, there is a time where the pastor invites the congregation to shake someone’s hand. Whethe... [read more]
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When Was Your Last Equipment “Fire Drill”? – By Staci Nichols

June 8, 2018 by Staci Nichols
A few weeks ago, the unthinkable happened: Yep, dead air during dancing at my client’s wedding reception. I could see it coming in slow motion like a train wreck...I could not get a song to load on either channel 1 or 2. I had switched to “auto-mix” while I was trying to resolve the problem, but auto-mix only bought me a minute or so. All of a sudden, 200 very disappointed eyes were looking over at me. I went quickly through the normal “check everything” protocol. Still dead air. OK, Plan B: Hook up my phone to the aux cable I’d plugged into the back of the mixer when I bought it a year and a half ago. But which channel had ... [read more]
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Making Your Controller Choice – By Arnoldo Offermann

June 7, 2018 by Arnoldo Offermann
Ironic, isn’t it? I spin with turnables and I was asked to do an article on choosing the right controller. Nah, it’s not ironic at all: I went from turntables to CDs to a DAC3, then controller, then back to turntables. I’ve learned a lot in my journey, and I’m going to help YOU pick the right controller for you. Here we go: Does it work? Do you like it? Does it have the features you need AND some to grow on? And that’s it—you’ve found your perfect controller! Unfortunately, my articles aren’t cheap and Mobile Beat expects actual CONTENT, so the rest of this article is filler. Many of you know that I am a gear snob, but I a... [read more]
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Thoughts on Hardware & Software – By Joe Bunn

June 6, 2018 by Joe Bunn
In this article, I want to talk about technology. It’s not my normal subject matter, but when you’ve been in the game for 30 years like myself, you’ve used it all. I remember the very first rig I bought from a DJ in my hometown who was getting out of the DJ business to become a golf pro. It consisted of two huge Peavey speakers with peeling vinyl on the sides. They sat on the floor and were powered by an amp that weighed more than my 13 year old self. I was using a combo of cassettes and really bad turntables to drop beats for the local “teen club,” which was really just a rented room in a country club where girls were on one side and boys on... [read more]
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Getting Control of the Situation – By Dan Walsh

June 5, 2018 by Dan Walsh
Hey young DJs, gather round for a story about long ago...Once upon a time, Mobile Beat was one of the few places where DJs could find info on the latest and greatest gear, to help them make purchase decisions. Then, a wondrous thing, called the World Wide Web, arrived. Soon this web became the primary source for every kind of information, for DJs, just like everyone else. Thus the need for Mobile Beat's “DJ Shopper” features faded. The magazine still discusses tech stuff, but not as the primary source of buying assistance for our readers. But that's ok. Thankfully, there are still plenty of gear-related topics to talk about on these pages. In th... [read more]
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The Pherein Principle by Stu Chisolm

June 4, 2018 by Stu Chisholm
I first heard the word “pherein” (pronounced “fair- in”) from my wife’s mentor and artistic collaborator, Joseph Wesner. A sculptor of some fame in art circles, he created a series of abstract sculptures he called the “Pherein Series.” As he described them (and the term), “pherein” is a Greek word that means to both support and carry forward. I stashed this factoid in the back of my brain until one day when I was at my favorite DJ toy store with some cash, but no real plan. (Sound familiar?) For some reason, “pherein” popped into my head, which led to the question... WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? When we conside... [read more]
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DJ Injury Report – By Mike “Dr. Frankenstand” Ryan

June 2, 2018 by Mike Ryan
After an evening of DJing at the Corvette Diner in San Diego, Ed Bia was walking out to his car and tripped on a parking block, falling and painfully shattering his wrist. At the same restaurant another jock, DJ Daryl, during a Halloween weekend, decided to dance like Michael Jackson in front of the restaurant’s patrons. All of a sudden one of his shoulders popped out of its socket. It was so painful he fell to his knees writhing in pain. EMTs were called and, in front of the whole dining area, took Daryl out on a stretcher. (I recently heard Daryl had a stroke – hang in there Daryl.) DJ equipment reviewer DJ Brian Redd also suffered a stroke leavin... [read more]