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: 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]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Favorite Piece Of Gear, Rock N Roller Cart.

August 16, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. People often ask me the best piece of gear I own, expecting me to say a CDJ or a DJM or something, but believe it or not, it's right there, that is my rock and rock cart. It is an older one, I think this is about four or five years old and as you can see, it's all folded up nice, it's a small footprint, but the handles come up and the whole things extends out to twice that length. I can carry my two JBL speakers, my coffin, two speaker stands and a bag and do an event in one trip. This has been a lifesaver, because it fits right in the front seat of the car, folds out, does its job. And I think at expo, I'm going to get a new one, because this is the older style with the actual tires that take air, the new ones are hard plastic. So save your back, save your agro, don't rely on hote... [read more]
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DJ Ideas – A Wedding Mic Drop Package

August 6, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
What I really love about the YouTube and DJ Facebook community is sometimes we can turn those negatives into positives and Howie Darkstar has done this and he's asked me to do a video on it, so I'm going to do it. Have you seen the mike drop commercials from Verizon? Mike drops are nothing new, but these commercials are in circulation. People are seeing these if they're watching TV. And something like a mike drop is maybe starting to look pretty normal. I was concerned that we're going to run into this problem come wedding season. Howie has a great solution and he's done it and he's sold it and it's working. What he's suggesting is, have a mike drop package as part of your services. When you're in the client meeting, just tell them, hey, I offer a mike drop package, and they might say, well, what's that? So ... [read more]
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Mobile DJs – What Are Your Audio Objectives

July 30, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Here's a question going out to all of you wedding DJs. But having said that, if you're doing school dances or corporate events or company parties or something else, you can chime in as well. When you're designing an audio system, what are the kind of things you're looking for? What do you want your audio system to do? What are you objectives? Because I think everybody has different objectives, and I don't know that they're right or wrong, they're just different. So if you're designing a system for, let's say, a wedding reception, what do you want it to do? How do you want it to perform? What types of characteristics should the system have that might be different than a system you'd use for another kind of event? Or is there a difference? Let me know in the comments section. Kind of doing a research video he... [read more]
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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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DJs Look at Music in Gaming

June 25, 2018 by Mobile Beat
As DJs, we’re always thinking about how music can make people feel. Likewise, 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 favorite 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. Soon, however, rudimentary sound effects were added to enhance games. Just as graphics have come a long way from those earliest days of video games, 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 corres... [read more]