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Networking Opportunities

April 26, 2017 by DigiGames
I am a veteran of many, many Mobile Beat conventions and countless other national, regional and local disc jockey and entertainment- related conferences. I dare say I have attended more than most. Each and every one of them brings something new to the table and allows me to learn and improve my bottom line. I recently met with an up-and-com-ing local DJ. This person has worked off and on in various types of DJ-related areas of the business for many years. He was asking my opinion on some things, and even referred to me as a “mentor,” which is a polite way of saying I am old. He just booked his airfare for Mobile Beat Las Vegas and is very excited. His company... [read more]
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The Power of Incentives

April 25, 2017 by JasonWeldon
Incentives drive behavior. When you have someone working for you, they need to have incentives to produce results. Most of the time, the incentive is nothing that big. Having flex time, giving them their birthday off, buying them lunch, can all be easy things that make an employee want to work harder for you and themselves.
But let’s be honest, there are only so many lunches that an employee will take before they might be looking for a larger incentive. From an employer point of view, you need t... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #180 – MARCH 2017 – ONLINE NOW

April 4, 2017 by DanWalsh
MOBILE BEAT #180 - MARCH 2017

SUMMER RECHARGE

What with magazines to produce, Vegas prep to work on, and the personal business of finalizing an adoption, this editor needs a “summer recharge,” just like many of you. Dive into this issue to find ideas for your own seasonal rejuvenation. ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief

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SUMMER RECHARGE Are You Summerized? - Stu Chisholm DJ Routines - DJ Dayna Summer: Half-Time Inspiration - Joe Bunn NEW SOCIAL MEDIA COLUMN... The 30-Day Twitter Challenge - Staci Nichols MBLV21: At Firs... [read more]
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Mixing, Remixing & More by Brad Feingold

January 18, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
DJ controllers: No matter what type you use, they’ve become the norm for the majority of DJs. Maybe not for vinyl DJs, but certainly for the wedding DJs and many others, the controller has become something that this industry can’t live without. But the question is, what do you really get? There are hundreds of different controllers to choose from, and new ones come out almost every month. So you have to choose between Pioneer, Numark and even American DJ, just to name a few. And when it comes down to choosing, the bells and whistles can make all the difference. Looking to another brand—one that’s not as well known to a lot of DJ—one controlle... [read more]
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Digital Security

January 17, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Odyssey Innovative Designs recently released their Remix Mk2 series of bags. It has started out as three different bags made for different levels of usage. DJs invest thousands of dollars in their laptops, controllers and other tools of the trade. So why do so many NOT invest in the best gear to carry their important tech from gig to gig—even when they aren’t gigging with a full DJ rig? I have always recom- mended strong, ATA cases for your gear, but if you are a DJ who wants a soft case just for your “cockpit” items of DJ hardware, or a traveling DJ who needs ... [read more]
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Applying Array Technology to Portable Sound, Part 3

January 16, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In this three-part series, we’re exploring the benefits of line array loudspeaker design—when applied to large arena concert PA systems as well as when it’s scaled down to fit in an average size vehicle or small SUV. Bose has been at the fore front of developing portable line array systems for DJs and live performers since 2003. As a case study, we focused first on the L1 system, which features multiple small drivers in a tall, vertical column with a separate sub-woofer. In this final installment on line arrays, we’ll look at the Bose F1 systems. With the F1, Bose has placed a 12” driver behind an eight speaker line array in the same cabine... [read more]
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Mobile Beat #177 – December 2017 – Prep for Success!

December 26, 2016 by DanWalsh
MOBILE BEAT #177 - DECEMBER 2016

Prep for Success in 2017...

...and one of the best ways to grow your skills, your business and your life in the new year is to attend Mobile Beat Las Vegas 21, March 13-16, 2017, at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. To whet your appetite for the big event, we're serving up a first course of material by our top-flight presenters. Look for the next helping in the January issue. We have a well-stocked buffet of actionable info, technical education, business acumen, and straight-up inspiration to help you make your life as a DJ the best it can be! Dan Walsh, Editor in Chief

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Have Fun While Working for Yourself and Your Family

December 8, 2016 by DigiGames
Iam writing this article from the Carnival Conquest. My wife and I sail today for the next eight 175-10-11days. I have had a lot of conversations with my friends who have “real jobs” lately about holiday travel, vacation, days off, kids off from school, and all of the FUN things associated with the next few months. There is a common theme: Many of my friends are stressed out. They don’t have enough time off. They can’t visit all their family. They don’t have anyone to watch their kids during break. They don’t have enough money for the extra things that come with the holidays. No bonus this year and times are tough. You get the point. As we boarded the... [read more]
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The Photo Booth Phenomenon – Rob Savickis

December 7, 2016 by Mobile Beat
175-6-7The last 10 years have been an exciting time for the photo booth industry. In 2006 photo booths at weddings were a novelty, if not a rarity. Some people had them, but one did not expect to go to a wedding as a guest and walk away with a photo booth strip. Fast-forward to 2016 and by some reports, the majority of weddings now have photo booths. Photo booths are now an essential part of the whole wedding experience. Without them it would feel like something is missing. Some people say that photo booths are a fad, but that could not be farther from the truth. The continuing growth of the photo booth phenomena can be traced to four main factors that transform... [read more]
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Game Show Lowdown

December 5, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Back in 1999, I got my first game show system from Game Show Mania. It was amazing: I could be a game show host like all my favorites on TV, like Wink Martindale, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, Chuck Woolery and more. I had grown up watching game shows on TV, and when cable came around, caught even more on the likes of the Game Show Network. I jumped at the chance to add that kind of fun to my growing DJ company’s offerings.175-12-13 That first set of hardware looked the part (Game Show Mania’s GSS3). The buzzers had a lockout system that would allow only one person a chance to answer (like on a real TV game show), turn on their micro- phone and give them points for... [read more]