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 bothering me, even at a high volume. And if you can hear that, that’s the high and it’s not too harsh. This sound, however, at high volumes, bothers me. So this is what I do. I do a bit of a mid-cut on almost every track and it’s somewhere between noon and 9 o’clock depending on the track. If I bring this all the way down to 9 o’clock, it may be a little lacking. I might want to bring it up to 10 or 10:30 or 11 o’clock or something like that.

And I get a great result. People don’t complain about the music being too loud anymore because they’re hearing the sounds that they like, and the sounds that bother them are quiet. This is especially problematic when you have a budget system. Sometimes our budget systems produce mid-range very well, but they don’t produce our highs and lows too well, so if we bring that mid down, it definitely helps.

The speakers aren’t honking at them anymore. It’s kind of like if you stand in front of a car and the car honks, that’s painful, and that’s kind of what the mid-range is, or like a bullhorn when the police are yelling at you. Not that that happens, but if it did. Now, here’s another cool thing about doing this mid-cut. Now, I was at 0db right here, okay? A little over, actually. But if I do a mid-cut of like 10 o’clock on this, I’m hitting like -1, -2db now. I can actually bring my trim up and get more gain out of my highs and my lows without boosting them on the EQ. And that’s pretty cool.

Again, these are the sounds I want to hear, the lows and the highs. The mids, they might be a little exaggerated. And especially when we’re talking about pre-recorded music. This is made for phone use and car use and all that kind of stuff. We’re pouring it through DJ PA systems, so yeah, the mid might be a little overbearing. So if you cut it a little bit, it could help. And again, this is a personal preference thing. This is not a rule. This is not something that I suggest is going to work for everybody. But for me, I really like it. So this compared to that.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section. I hope this helps somebody, and if you’re ever in a situation where people are complaining about loud music, give this a try and see if it helps. This is probably where their pain threshold is lying, within that midrange. Practice and enjoy.


Filed Under: Event DJ Tips, Sound Engineering for Mobile DJs