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:second Laptop And Drive As An Aux Player

August 15, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. It's me, DJ Jay here, DJ tips in under a minute, going a little long today. We've got a situation here, we have laptop, we have hard drive, but while this is being used with the two USB ports, you have a controller, I realized I have another track and another hard drive. So I'm going to show you what I do to get around the issue of how do I hook up another hard drive to that laptop? Because for me, if I'm in the middle of mixing and playing music, I don't want to stop. So one of the best cables I've ever bought is that one, it's RCA's to mini. If you do not have this, you need this. So I'm going to plug it into the other computer here and what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the song, I'm going to bring it up to the player and then I'm going to play it from there. So there's the track. What'l... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute Class Time With DJ Hapa And Serato DJ

June 27, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. Quick DJ tips. I get this a lot, where can I go to learn more about Serato DJ? And of course, you have the Serato website with their forms, you have some of my videos and other videos, but my boy, DJ Hapa here at Skratch DJ Academy in L.A. has a four-part series right now that you can sign up for on learning Serato DJ. It's got everything from introduction to stuff a little bit more involved and it looks really cool. I know a lot of people are always asking, where can I go, where can I learn more, where can I buy something or get in a program? And Skratch DJ Academy here with my boy Hapa is a great place to look and a great place to start. So I'll put the URL down here, give you a little link, but seriously a great way to get going with Serato DJ outside of just the tutorial videos that myself and ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Using Your Headphones As A Microphone

April 11, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. These are headphones, this is your DJ tip in under 60 seconds. I have the headphones plugged in, but if you look, you'll see they're actually plugged into the microphone. So I'm going to go up here, I'm going to turn the microphone on, I'm going to turn the volume up, I'm going to take my headphones, check one, one, check, one, test, one, one. You can actually use your headphones as a microphone in an emergency. It will not sound as good, but you can use it as a microphone. So if you run into problems, your mike goes out, you don't have a mike, plug your headphones into your mike jack as long as it's quarter-inch or combo jack. So that's the tip of the day in under 60 seconds. Thank you for watching. ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Buy Speaker Covers To Protect Your Speakers.

March 14, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under 60 seconds. This is my speaker, trying to show you all the sides of it. Show you the shape it's in, because it looks absolutely brand new and it's not, it's two years old. If you look up close, you don't see any marks or anything. That's because I spent money on these. These are bags. They didn't have bags when I bought my speakers. So I had these made by a company called Tuki. They zip, they're water resistant, they're padded and the speakers go in them at every event. So they go from the garage to the van, out of the van, into the gig, out of the bag and back in the bag, back in the van, back in the garage. So if you don't have bags, get bags for speakers, they'll thank you for it, they will look good and new and people will be impressed with your appearance, under 60 seconds.... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use Gaff Tape Not Duct Tape.

March 7, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tip in under 60 seconds, one minute. This is duct tape. This is what you use when working on heating and cooling ducts, d-u-c-t. This is Gaff tape. It says right inside: Gaff. This is what you use when you're a professional DJ, because it doesn't leave residues, it won't mark up the floor, it won't markup marble, it won't markup wood and it won't stick or leave anything behind. I've probably done four weddings this year where I've been told before they saw the tape, we only allow Gaff tape, can't use duct tape, it sticks and leaves residue. When I was first starting out, yes, I used duct tape, then I became pro and I talked to the right people and they guided me and said, no, use Gaff tape, it's good for cables, won't leave residue. So DJ tips in under a minute, use real Gaff tape. Thank you. ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #203 – FEBRUARY 2019

February 26, 2019 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #203 - FEBRUARY 2019 MBLV23 in the Spotlight While we have been including material by or about Mobile Beat Las Vegas presenters in last few mags, this final issue before the event features an extra helping of MBLV23 goodness. Also, some gear news in the form of a NAMM report (part 1 of 2) and a look behind the scenes at the development of Denon DJ's Prime 4. See you in Las Vegas! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PLAYLIST: SPOTLIGHT ON MBLV23 How to Social Media in 2019 - Vanessa Joy Phil Morse of Digital DJ Tips - Ryan Burger and Dan Walsh The Truth About DJ Prices - Matt Martindale “Ask Ben Stowe... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: A Must Have Piece Of Gear

January 31, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. It's rare that I do brands, but you need to have a backup handheld mike and I've got to tell you, this is by far the best mike you can get your hands on for that. This is the Shure SM58. I'm going to go on record and say I don't use Shure mikes for my wireless. This mike is 10 years old, it has a couple of little scratches on it, no big deal. I've replaced this screen once, I think it was a $7.00 investment. These mikes are usually somewhere in the area of $50 to $100, but it's a quality mike, it won't go down. I think I said, if I didn't, this is about 10 years old, works great, sounds great and if you need to get a backup mike, just have this. It's what pros use, you see it on stage everywhere. If you deal with any singers at any events, they're not going to have an iss... [read more]
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Denon DJ introduces Prime 4, a 4-Channel Standalone DJ System with 10-inch Multi-Touch Display and Dedicated Zone Output

January 19, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Cumberland RI, USA (January 17, 2019) - Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced the introduction of their new Prime 4, 4-Deck Standalone DJ system with 10-inch multi-touch/ gesture display, dual-zone output, pro-mixer section, powerful performance pads, dual mic channels and a 2.5-inch built-in SATA drive bay. https://youtu.be/Sk8uIIPwOCw   From Touchscreen to Mainstage Prime 4 features a glorious 10-inch multi-touch/gesture display for the most advanced DJ music library interaction experience available. DJ’s can touch, feel, move and play their music with the elegant swipe of a finger for the ultimate, technology driven tactile experience. Prime 4 will deliver that Mainstage experience to any DJ, and in any venue or gig scena... [read more]
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Avante Expands Achromic Series With Launch Of New AS8 Column PA System

January 19, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Following the success of the Achromic full range speakers, Avante is pleased to announce the expansion of its Achromic Series with the introduction of its new AS8. Offering an impressive output from a very compact column system, it is the ideal choice for live PA, musicians, and mobile entertainers looking for an extremely portable PA setup. The fully-featured and easy to setup system comprises an active 8-inch neodymium subwoofer enclosure alongside two column units. One is loaded with six precision-aligned 2.75” neodymium drivers while the other serves as a spacer to lift the speaker column up to optimal height. Both feature Avante’s new SAM (Secure A... [read more]
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VocoPro Delivers New 15” Powered DJ/Karaoke Party Speaker With RGB Derby Light

December 17, 2018 by Mobile Beat
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Dec. 10, 2018—For karaoke singers and musicians seeking an all-in-one powered speaker with professional DJ light show, audio leader VocoPro today announced its new Thunder-1500. Billed as a total entertainment solution, Vocopro’s Thunder-1500 powered speaker combines a powered speaker with professional DJ lights adding vivid light shows effortlessly to any club or home setting. The audience will feel the music when the 15-inch woofer pumps out 1,000 watts of peak power* The built-in LED derby light flashes out professional light shows that dance to the sound of the music. All Thunder series models are battery powered and have both guitar ... [read more]