Sound Engineering for Mobile DJs

Articles on Sound Engineering for mobile DJs ranging from cable management to troubleshooting sound issues.

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Peavey Electronics® Celebrates 2018 Ahhyeah AMPLIFY DJ Champions

November 13, 2018 by Mobile Beat
MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Electronics® celebrates the winners of the 2018 Ahhyeah AMPLIFY DJ Championships. The winners were crowned on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 in front of a packed house at GoldBar night club in Lower Manhattan. This year, Unkle Chip successfully defended his reign as DJ Champion, and walked away with a prize pack worth more than $3,000. Philadelphia’s DJ Domino came in second place and New York City Champion FIINEST placed third. Ahhyeah AMPLIFY gives highly skilled DJs a platform to showcase their skills, battle and gain notoriety. Unlike other DJ battles, Ahhyeah has a creative format that seeks to find the DJ that has pe... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use A Microphone Wind Screen, Especially Outdoors.

November 8, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, windscreen for the microphone. I have an outdoor ceremony, it gets a little windy and the mike can and will pick up some of the wind. So for an investment of about $6.00, I have this, not the most attractive thing, but people are not that put off by it. They're accustomed to seeing them on news' mikes and booms and all sorts of stuff. So if you need one, get one. It's only about $6.00 and again, it's a great little thing to have, goes right over your mike. If you don't want to use it inside, I completely understand, you can take it off, but fits over the mike real easily and the wind issue is gone. So for my outdoor ceremonies now, I'm using a wind sock, windshield, whatever the proper name is. I'm sure you'll figure it out when you go to buy one, but just get one as added security... [read more]
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DJ Mini Mix from ThumbsUp!

November 1, 2018 by Mobile Beat
Fancy yourself as a bit of a DJ or know someone that does? For beginners and pros alike, introducing the DJ Mini Mix from ThumbsUp! A truly nifty little music maker. The concept is simple, mix tracks from two separate music devices without the use of a PC or laptop. No need for complex technology, simply plug two MP3 devices into the mini mixer and let you inner DJ shine. The built-in control puts you completely in charge to crossfade between tracks giving your party a completely new vibe. Meanwhile the AUX output means you can play it through any AUX compatible headphones or home sound system. Offering great compatibility with most smartphone and audio ... [read more]
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SP 2P Powered Speakers by Peavey Announced!

October 24, 2018 by Mobile Beat
MERIDIAN, MS  — Peavey® proves that two are better than one in the new SP® 2P Powered Speaker System. Expanding on the popular SP® Series for rock-solid live audio performance, the SP 2P is comprised of two switching power amplifiers that provide a high level of technological sophistication, as well as professional grade speaker components that deliver clarity and impact beyond conventional powered enclosures. With the Peavey SP 2P,  users will find a reasonably priced loudspeaker system capable of up to 130 dB peak SPL, ideal for a variety of applications, including sound reinforcement, public address, side fill system, karaoke and music... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Microphone Placement For A Ceremony.

October 11, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. This is how I put my mics now at weddings. The mike is about five or six inches below the officiant, the bride and the groom, sits in the middle like this, as you can see, because once they're up here talking, I really can't intrude on them. But what ends up happening is everyone is clearly heard, it's not in their face and I don't have to sweat the bride and groom not being picked up. I've done it this way where I am today at Park Manor about nine times. If you go to some of my Park Manor videos, you can actually see and hear part of the ceremony and you'll see how clear it is. So if you've got to put a mike in the ceremony, not only having that bad boy to protect from wind if you're outside, but put it in the middle of the three of them and you'll find it works really, really well... [read more]
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Akai Professional FIRE released this week!

September 27, 2018 by Mobile Beat
Cumberland, RI USA (September 27, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced their newest product, the Akai Fire. Created in close collaboration with software manufacturer Image-Line, Fire finally gives FL Studio producers a dedicated hardware controller - designed to speed up the creative workflow and enhance the overall user experience. Released shortly after the successful launch of FL Studio 20, Fire celebrates the highly-anticipated arrival of FL Studio to the Mac OS platform, creating a completely new, hands-on way to interact with the popular DAW for PC and Mac users alike. Featuring plug-and-play integration, at the heart of Fire is a 4x16 velocity-sensitive RGB pad matrix. Quickly input patterns on the Step Sequencer or swit... [read more]
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NOW STREAMING: Electro-Voice adds Bluetooth audio streaming models to best-selling ZLX speaker series

September 24, 2018 by Mobile Beat
ZLX series expands with two new Bluetooth audio streaming models: ZLX-12BT and ZLX-15BT Wireless convenience with best-in-class Electro-Voice sound quality New models build on industry-leading ZLX feature set Burnsville, MN, September 2018: Electro-Voice has announced two new additions to its ZLX series -- the world's best-selling portable powered PA speakers: ZLX-12BT (12-inch 2-way) and ZLX-15BT (15-inch 2-way), both Bluetooth-equipped for audio streaming from any mobile device. The BT models combine the superior components, coverage and clarity of the standard ZLX models with the latest Bluetooth technology to deliver the lowest-noise, h... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Using RCA Cables For Digital Connections.

September 20, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. It's loud here at HARD Fest, but it's DJ tips in under a minute, today, digital hookups. You see right there it says digital. You see red and white coming out of orange. Over here I have two RCAs, but as you see, I'm not plugged in. I'm plugged into the digital. Over here same thing, that's a split RCA white and red cord. It is going to the digital out of the players to the in of the mixer. Why? Because that's what I use. Does it make a huge sound difference? Some will argue it does. Will it be noticeable on this setup? No. On your setup at a wedding? No. If you're in a huge, huge club with some 200,000-watt sound system, you could make an argument, but for the most part, if you have digitals, input/output on mixers and players use your RCA cables. In my own opinion, you do not need to spend $100 ... [read more]
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Yamaha now shipping new DZR and DXS-XLF powered speakers

September 4, 2018 by Mobile Beat
BUENA PARK, Calif. (August 31, 2018) — Yamaha today announced that the company has begun shipment of the new lines of powered (DZR/DXS-XLF) and passive (CZR/CXS-XLF) loudspeakers and subwoofers, offering enhanced performance and professional sound quality. The DZR line of powered speakers, along with the DXS-XLF powered subwoofers, use high-performance components and the latest DSP to provide superior audio quality. The digital processing in all powered models – both speakers and subwoofers – is all done at 96kHz. This exceptionally high speed, combined with the newly developed Advanced FIR-X tuning technology, minimizes latency and phase dis... [read more]
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Mobile DJ Ideas – Too Loud? Try a Midrange Adjustment

August 20, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
This video is going out by request. I mentioned this a couple of days ago and some people asked me to expand on it. This is something that I do. This is a personal preference. This is not a rule or anything else. But I found that it works. Let me explain. When you're at a gig and you're listening to music giving it low volume or you have your volume turned down and people are still complaining about the noise, they say, oh, it's too harsh or it hurts, they put their fingers in their ears, I think this has to do with a certain pain threshold that people experience. I definitely experienced it as well. I don't believe it's in the low or the high. For me, it's in the mid. Let me show you something. This Pioneer DJM-750 has great EQ isolation, so now we hear nothing. I'm going to bring the base up. That's not bo... [read more]