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: New Pioneer Rekordbox App.

April 26, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. If you are using a Pioneer CDJ player, you're using Rekordbox, hopefully, an MP3 program that allows you to put loops and cue points and get your waves put together and set up beat grids and everything else. Well, because of the ex-DJ Arrow using a Wi-Fi off of a mobile device, there it is, it is a free app in the app store. You can load tracks, you can prepare tracks, you can do whatever you want. You go in, you find a track, I have two loaded in here now, put in Shapeshifter's and boom, playing. Once it's fully loaded the track, I'll start to get the wave form built and have that run across so I can do all sorts of cool stuff. So if you're using CDJs, if you want to get the ex-DJ Arrow or if you just want a cool free app to mess around with on your phone with music, thi... [read more]
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Deeper Connection: Meet the HDJ-S7 professional on-ear DJ headphones – Outstanding audio quality, superior durability and improved functionality for professional DJs

April 25, 2018 by Mobile Beat
24th April 2018: Following the launch of our HDJ-X10, HDJ-X7 and HDJ-X5 professional over-ear DJ headphone models in autumn 2017, we’re releasing the HDJ-S7 professional on-ear DJ headphones. The new model offers outstanding audio quality, superior durability and improved functionality for comfortable DJing. Available in black or white, the HDJ-S7 headphones are the world’s first on-ear DJ headphones to feature 40-mm HD1 drivers.2 This ensures the clear sound separation needed for monitoring during mixes, from rich and powerful bass to clear mid and high frequencies. Designed and built to be highly robust, they have cleared the US Military Standard MIL-STD-810G Shock test3, as well as our stringent in-house durability tests. The new model features a swivel mechanism, a flexible headband and a smalle... [read more]
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New Vocopro Hardware to check out!

April 17, 2018 by Mobile Beat
LOS ANGELES, Calif. April 12, 2018—For DJs, karaoke bars, karaoke hosts and enthusiasts seeking a pro-quality rack-mounted digital karaoke player with a built-in mic mixer, audio leader VocoPro delivers its new DKP-MIXTM system. The DKP-MIX by VocoPro is a necessary hardware piece for any karaoke installment and can play a wide variety of media file types. The unit can also combine multiple audio inputs for a custom mix. Solid integration of a mic mixer with a multitude of effects conveniently compacted into one solid player makes the DKP-MIX a must have for all karaoke bars or in-home entertainment centers. Features: NTSC/PAL Switch... [read more]
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ADJ goes on tour this spring!

April 3, 2018 by Mobile Beat
ADJ Lighting will be hitting the road this spring with six new ADJ Road Tour dates from April to June 2018, including dates at ADJ’s locations in Los Angeles and Miami, to demo their latest lighting, audio and video technologies. ADJ Lighting have announced six spring Road Tour dates to demonstrate their latest lighting, video and audio technologies. The companies will highlight the latest lighting technologies that were on display at NAMM 2018, plus new products that will debut at Prolight + Sound 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. Four of the six tour stops are open to ADJ dealers and end users. These locations are Los Angeles, Englewood, NJ... [read more]
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Start from Scratch: Meet the DDJ-SB3 – improved DJ controller designed for Serato DJ Lite

March 1, 2018 by Mobile Beat
TORRANCE, CA (1st March 2018): We’ve upgraded one of our popular Serato DJ controllers to create the 2-channel DDJ-SB3, designed for dedicated use with Serato DJ Lite (previously known as Serato DJ Intro). The new controller offers an intuitive interface for beginner DJs to craft professional performances and improve their skills. The DDJ-SB3 improves on the renowned DDJ-SB2, which gained a strong reputation with a wide range of DJs – from beginners to pros – thanks to its combination of professional features and easy portability. The interface of the DDJ-SB3 is even more intuitive to use than its predecessors, inheriting traits from the layo... [read more]
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BASSBOSS Ready to Rumble at Mobile Beat Las Vegas 2018

February 23, 2018 by Mobile Beat
DJs and attendees will take in the premium offerings from BASSBOSS through its popular ‘Demolition Room’ February 22, 2018, Las Vegas, NV — Loudspeaker manufacturer BASSBOSS has announced that it will showcase its industry-leading powered Subwoofers, Tops and MicroMains at this year’s Mobile Beat Las Vegas conference, which will be held at the Tropicana Las Vegas from March 12–15, 2018. The company will highlight the power and performance of its DJ112 and DV12 Powered MicroMains, AT212 Powered Tops, and ZV28, DJ18S and VS21 Powered Subwoofers throughout the conference and during its popular “Demolition Room” Experience, which will feature equipment... [read more]
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BassBoss DJ18S Profundo Powered Sub provides intense deep bass from a mobile-optimized cabinet

February 9, 2018 by Mobile Beat
Austin, TX, February 8, 2017 — Powered loudspeaker manufacturer BASSBOSS has announced the release of its DJ18S Powered Subwoofer, a compact, deep-bass sub that weighs only 110 lbs and delivers output that’s 3dB down at 27Hz. Perfect for mobile users who need deep, rich bass from a smaller cabinet, the DJ18S offers enough bottom-octave output to replace two similarly sized or similarly priced subwoofers. “The DJ18S subwoofer’s compact size and excellent output-to-price ratio is perfect for gigging DJs or venue owners with limited space,” said Lian Amber, CEO of BASSBOSS. “Thanks to its extraordinary capabilities, you really can do more with less. ... [read more]
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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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Bose Debuts S1 Pro PA System – Perfect for Ceremony Sound?

January 29, 2018 by Mobile Beat
The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 25, 2018 (Booth #18610) – Bose Professional is debuting the S1 Pro multi-position PA system – the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor, practice amplifier and primary music system, and the latest addition to the acclaimed Bose® portable professional product line. Designed for singer-songwriters, DJs, other musicians and general PA use, and drawing upon the award-winning technology developed for the lauded Bose L1® and F1 portable loudspeaker systems, the S1 Pro allows users to sound great anywhere. The S1 Pro truly delivers on the combination of performance, portability and versatility... [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]