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Tighter, Punchier Bass

February 7, 2018 by Ben Stowe, CTS
One of the biggest mistakes I see audio professionals of all walks making is that they have high-frequency boxes and subwoofers out of time-alignment. Their system is sabotaged against them and they don’t even realize it. To try compensate for the poor result they just continue to pump more power into their speakers and in many cases cause component failure. The solution is incredibly simple and the results may astound you. The problem that we have here is simply that frequencies around the crossover point are arriving at different times which is causing power alleys, nulls and phase shifts at those frequencies. To correct this, we simply need to time-align those loudspeakers. In plain English, we need to slow down the sound coming from some of them to match the sound coming from the others. We can’t s... [read more]
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Managing Audio Delay

January 24, 2018 by Ben Stowe, CTS
Sound travels fairly slow, with an approximate speed of 1128 feet per second (this speed changes with temperature and humidity, but not frequency). This can impact how we deploy our systems. One of the ways it impacts DJs the most is during events where additional speakers are needed for coverage. For example, if we deploy speakers into a fairly long room and have one set of speakers near the head table of a wedding and another set 100’ back in the room to provide adequate coverage for people back there to hear we have a serious delay problem. The sound from the speakers at the head table will arrive approximately 90 milliseconds after the sound from the speakers placed 100’ back. This will create a substantial echo, and will greatly decrease the intelligibility of speech. Speech clarity isn’t the... [read more]
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Ohms, Amps, Volts and Watts

December 13, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
Electricity is the lifeblood of the systems we run, so having a basic understanding of it can be very helpful for engineering and operating reliable systems. Moreso, it can be essential in troubleshooting them when things go wrong. While there are a great many electrical terms, four fundamentally important ones are Ohms, Volts, Amps and Watts. These are all units of measure and they are intertwined in electrical relationships known as Ohm’s Law and Watts Law. Ohms law tells us that Ohms are equal to volts divided by amps, while Watts law tells us that Watts are equal to Volts x Amps. Using these two basic formulas, we can ... [read more]
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The high cost of cheap cables

November 29, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
At the request of a reader I’m writing this article about the differences between cheap and quality cables. It might sound somewhat self-serving since I have designed a line of cables that is widely regarded as one of the best you can buy, so I want to get that out of the way right from the start. I’ll take an objective and factual look at both the technological and financial trade-offs. First, there’s the “something for nothing” equation. When you get a cheap cable, you certainly don’t get the same thing as a quality cable. Not in any example I’ve seen. I have seen some cheap cables marked up, but that just makes them highly priced cheap cables. It doesn’t make them a quality cable. Therefore, it’s important to look at the specs to know what you are getting. Most cheap cables will use... [read more]
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Live Audio Mixers for DJs

November 22, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
An increasing number of DJs are branching out into more live audio events which leads some into unfamiliar territory. DJ controllers and mixers are highly specialized for their purpose and not well suited at all for live audio applications. This leads many DJs to wonder what the right mixing console for them would be. I can’t think of a better time in the history of audio to be looking for one. Mixing boards are more powerful, better featured and less expensive than ever before. The plethora of tools available on a modern console can be a bit overwhelming to those just beginning their search. First, it’s important to determine how many channels will be necessary. Is it just a handful, maybe 8 to 12? Is it a bit larger, maybe a small band needing 16 to 24? Or is it a larger console of 32 and up? I th... [read more]
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Blizzard Lighting’s 8-Bit LDI Appearance

November 15, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Waukesha, WI. - PRESS START! LDI 2017 is here and Blizzard is back with another epic booth design. They’ve also “levelled up” with a load of new fixtures to match. Plus, it’s all wrapped in plenty of 8-bit nostalgia including an ENORMOUS 26-foot tall, video wall covered 3-D “Q-Bert” style pyramid! Get your game off to a great start with WINK™, a slick and powerful moving head with blazing fast 540°/270°+infinite pan and tilt! This mover comes loaded with a 60W 4-in-1 RGBW main LED with motorized 5-45° zoom. A four segment pixel-mappable LED ring with a total of 8x 0.5W RGB LEDs adds even more personality and flair, just like your favorite 8-bit console heroes. If you’ve got quarters left in your pocket, Blizzard’s brand new Aria™ Profile series deserves a look. ETL liste... [read more]
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MWM announces the release of its new Mixfader add-on: Mixfader ProLink

November 2, 2017 by Mobile Beat
MWM offers fresh possibilities to Mixfader with its new product: ProLink, available for pre-order from November 6th, on shop.themixfader.com. Thursday, November 2, 2017 — MWM, the world’s number 8 mobile music app publisher and creator of Mixfader - the first connected portable crossfader - continues to innovate in the scratching field, announcing today, the official release of Mixfader ProLink. ProLink: a unique way to scratch with Mixfader. With Mixfader, MWM  made the wager to create the first wireless connected crossfader. Two years after its first release, Mixfader has found its place in the scratching world, and has helped democratize the practice. Today, with ProLink, MWM offers a new scratching solution for portablists, more effective than ever. Mixfader ProLink possesses two analog input... [read more]
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Announcing Ableton Live 10

November 2, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Ableton has announced the much-anticipated next version of Live, the company’s software for music creation and performance. Live 10 introduces four new devices, a completely re-designed sound library, workflow-accelerating refinements and more. Improvements to Push allow more of the music creation process to happen away from the computer and a fully-integrated Max for Live means unlimited potential comes built into Live. See what’s new in Live 10 › Ableton is also promoting a special offer during the run-up to the release of Live 10. Users can save 20% on Live 9 and receive a free upgrade to Live 10 when it’s released—learn more at the Ableton shop. New devices, new sounds A new instrument and three new effects bring a broader, bolder palette of sound to Live. Wavetable is Ableton’s ... [read more]
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Naughty By Nature – Rocks it with Chauvet DJ Lighting!

October 16, 2017 by Mobile Beat
PHOENIX – (For Immediate Release) – When an event is billed as an “Old School House Party,” you can’t do much better than to book Naughty By Nature as your headliner.  The New Jersey threesome of Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee defined hip hop in the 1990s, with some of the earliest crossover hits like O.P.P. and Hip Hop Hooray. Setting an appropriately frenetic tone for The It Factor Ltd event in Arizona, the Grammy-winning trio got the crowd on its feet with their rapid-fire rap. Supporting them every pulsating step of the way was a John Garberson-designed lightshow that featured 12 Rogue R2 Washes from CHAUVET Professional.  ... [read more]
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Basic Uplighting FAQ – What Type of Fixtures Should I Start With?

October 16, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So in our third video on basic uplighting, I want to talk about which fixtures you should buy. Before we even get into that, please keep in mind these are only my thoughts, ideas and opinions. You can take it or leave it, it's up to you. So I'm going to break this down into two parts. The first part, I don't want to dwell on it too much, but what brand should you buy? It's my opinion, in this case, especially in this case, you should avoid the generics and go with the good name brand you trust. There are a couple of different reasons for this. The first reason is the build quality is typically better. The reason it's better is because the good name brand stuff comes with warranty. What these companies don't want to do is have you turn anything in for warranty work, because this costs them time and money, shi... [read more]