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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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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: A Great Ring Recomendation

June 13, 2019 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. We as DJs are asked to impart our professionalism, advice and knowledge of what goes on in weddings and this is something that just came across my desk. This is a company, Qalo, Q-a-l-o. That's Qalo.com and they sell medical grade silicone rings and these are for athletes, people running around outdoors, people who have a job where a precious metal ring may bother them, but more importantly, let's say somebody's an electrician and that ring makes contact with electricity and they get killed. So you don't want that. Also, people that work with heavy machinery, tools, equipment that could catch the ring and rip a finger off. So next time you get a client, especially if they're in a trade, just say, for a wedding band, you may want to consider this place. They're super not expensive, ... [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]
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DJ Price Quotes: A Guide for Brides

June 8, 2019 by Matt Martindale
You’re engaged. That’s great! So how much does a DJ charge? Well, it depends on you and your vision. It’s a lot like calling the doctor with a stomach ache. It could be a muscle strain, cramps, the stomach flu, serious appendicitis, or just a bad burrito. The treatment and prognosis is based on the process of a thorough diagnosis (discovery). It’s the same with your wedding. It takes time and effort to determine your vision for an accurate price quote according to that vision. Your wedding will (and should be) different than anyone else’s. (Unless you want your wedding to be “treated” with a “one cure for all” remedy above like some quack doctor might use. Yikes!)read more]
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Community & Craft in the Carolinas

June 7, 2019 by Dagan White
The first thing Troy Adams does when I meet him is apologize for the glitter on his sport coat. He’s just come from a networking event for wedding professionals where the festivities were capped off by a demonstration of glitter cannons. As the owner of Carolina DJ Professionals based in Charlotte, NC, Troy is accustomed to professional occasions such as this—glitter cannons and all. His involvement, however, goes beyond attending them. Troy also hosts his own series of Lunch & Learn events designed to engage DJs and other vendors with expert speakers and lively conversation. The Lunch & Learn series is just one example of the many ways that Troy seeks to highlight the importance of community within the wedding and events industry.read more]