Sound Engineering for Mobile DJs

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

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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Another Reason To Attend A DJ Show, PRICES..

July 12, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. Just showing you kind of a DJ tips in under a minute, small speakers. These are tiny. That's my hand and that's the speaker and it's pulled on top of a 12-inch sub. And not only are the prices great, but I'm seeing more and more 8s and 10s with DJs and they all seem to love them and there's certainly a lot here at the show. So that's the setup, ZXA1 and ZXA17. People ask me if I saw anything, put it in the video, so I am. Very small footprint, looks very easy to move, probably two tops and one sub and you are in business. So another reason, DJ tip in under a minute, go to the shows. Pricing is ridiculous. A lot of blowout deals for the show. So if you need an excuse to come to the shows, there it is, cheap gear. DJ tips in under a minute.   ... [read more]
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Mobile DJ Thoughts – Mic Drop Deposits?

July 9, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
So have you seen the new Verizon commercial? I caught it last night during Walking Dead, and I saw it again today on CNN. This guy is standing in front of a bunch of people like he's doing a political speech on a microphone, and he's talking about, I don't know, coverage or something, and when he's done talking, he does a mike drop. Then he remembers he has something else to say, so he pulls another mike out of his jacket, says something else, does a mike drop. Then he remembers he has a third thing he has to say, so he pulls another microphone out of the back of his coat and says whatever he has to say for his last bit, does a mike drop, and says, yeah, now I'm all out of microphones. This is not a new phenomenon, the mike drop. Obama's done it. Chris Rock has done it for 25 years. And Eddie Murphy was doin... [read more]
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DJ Help – Why Use Different Speakers For Different Types of Events?

July 2, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
I did a video the other day where I was suggesting that if you were doing 150-person wedding receptions and 500-plus-kid school dances, one speaker system may not be enough for you. You may want to get a nice system for your wedding receptions and a nice system for your bigger events like school dances of 500-kids-plus. And somebody asked a really good question. Why don't I just get a big system and turn it down for my smaller events? Well, here's the thing. Speakers are designed to do certain things. Some speakers are designed for big events, some speakers are designed for small events. And we're talking about creating the best sound possible. I was trying to figure out a really good way to illustrate this and I decided that the best way to do it would be to call my friend Jay Brannan from Pioneer. DJ tips... [read more]
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How does Sound play a Role in Gaming?

June 25, 2018 by Mobile Beat
As DJ fans, we’re always thinking about how music can make us feel. From movies to games, music can seriously alter the way that we feel when we experience this content. We’re here to explore what this does within our favourite media.  Music and Gaming: Where did it all begin? Early games didn’t have any music at all, as it seemed like an additional strain on the system that just wasn’t warranted. From there, we started to see some games using rudimentary sound effects to enhance the game. Just as graphics have come a long way, these sound effects were incredibly basic too.  These didn’t have the capacity to create rich sounds like the consoles and speakers that we have today. This means that the sound effects that were created were simple bleeps, which would correspond with the simple gr... [read more]
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DJ Help – Wireless Microphone Zip Tie Hack

June 25, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Somebody shared this hack with me at Mobile Beat; I wanted to share it with you. We're talking about microphones and how sometimes they roll and a way to prevent this from happening. Here's a wired microphone. When I set this on the table, it doesn't really go anywhere, because the cable's stiff, it's preventing it from turning around in circles. But with a wireless microphone, you got a different story, because you set it down, and it could just roll, it could fall off the table. Here's a way you can prevent this from happening. I haven't tried this yet. We're going to go into the work bench and do a little mod to this microphone. Now, according to the person I talked to, all we need is a zip tie to make this happen. I'm going to go ahead and just start the zip tie right here. Now we have a loop. Forgive me... [read more]
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FAQ – My DJ Mixer Settings Expanded By Request

June 18, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
I did a video yesterday on how I set up my mixing board, because there were some questions that people were asking me. And I showed them the 0db rule, which is what I follow to try to get the cleanest signal possible out of my mixing board, which sends the cleanest signal to my speakers, achieving the best sound that I can get out of my system. A lot of questions came up, a lot of people had some concerns. So I'm going to do a more in-depth video today to try to help you out. The first thing I'm going to do is on my master volume. I'm going to set it to 8 -- or 3:00 o'clock on the dial -- and I'm not going to touch it. Now let's put a track on. Now, I'm going to put a record on. But this could be anything. This could be an MP3, a music video, a CD, it doesn't matter. And notice, right here, these lights jump... [read more]
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DJ Speaker Help – Stuff To Consider Before You Buy

June 11, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
I get a lot of questions on speakers. What do I think of this brand, what do I think of that brand, why do I recommend this model over that model? I always have to take people a step back, though, and figure out who they are as a DJ and a performer, and what type of events they're doing before I can even try to even give an opinion on this. So I thought it would be interesting to put together a list of some of the things that I ask people to try to help them make the right decision when it comes to buying new speakers. And this is not going to be a brand specific thing; I'm going to talk about the stuff in general the best I can. I may mention some brands and examples, but that's just from my experience. I have my opinions on what I like and I don't like, most of you know that. But yeah. Today is just kind of... [read more]
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DJing Wedding Ceremonies-What You Need to Know

June 7, 2018 by Joe Bunn
In my last blog post for MB, I talked about the gear that you needed to run sound for wedding ceremonies. In this edition, it's time to talk about what else you need to be asking your clients in your pre-planning meetings. First off, are you going to be indoors or outdoors? It's important to know. Are you under cover or out under the sun? You might want to consider bringing an umbrella for the gear if not under cover. You should also google how to switch your Serato screen to white if you can't see it due to the glare. Yes, you can do that! Next, how many mics are needed? You already know you're going to mic the officiant, but ask if the bride and groom are just repeating what the officiant says or are they actually reading written vows to each other. Also see if a reader or singer is coming. Side note-... [read more]
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Mobile DJ – When Should You Buy New Speakers?

June 4, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
A question that people ask me a lot is when should I buy a new speaker system? And that's a really good question. And there's more than one answer to it. But I think the first thing you have to ask yourself is, how is your current system serving you and your clients? If there's no problem, if everything sounds good, looks good, they're serving you well, they're serving your clients well, there's probably no reason to buy a new speaker system. Now, if your current system is not serving you or your clients well, yeah, you might want to think about upgrading. Now, why are some of the reasons you may do this? Too heavy to handle, transport, or too big to store. This happens a lot. Me, I had a stroke, I had to get a new speaker system, because my old system was too heavy for me. Now, storing it, this pretty much ... [read more]
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Smooth Transition: Meet the DDJ-SX3 – upgraded performance DJ controller for Serato DJ Pro with expanded connectivity

May 31, 2018 by Mobile Beat
(TORRANCE, CA) 31st May 2018: We’ve upgraded one of our popular DJ controllers to create the 4-channel DDJ-SX3. Designed for dedicated use with Serato DJ Pro (previously known as Serato DJ), the features and expanded connectivity of the new controller enable you to make smooth transitions between DJs, guest speakers, musical genres and individual tracks. With a familiar layout and a high-quality casing, the DDJ-SX3 improves on the DDJ-SX2, which earned a strong reputation with a wide range of people including professional mobile DJs. The new controller’s intuitive interface and professional features let you bring fresh creativity to your performa... [read more]