Research and Take Notes!

Seriously. You wouldn’t buy a car before you took it for a test drive, right? This is essentially an investment through which you’re expecting to see some sort of return, so do your research! This is a matter of preference and you should take notes of which DJ equipment setup you like and which you don’t like. Take note of the manufacturers. Take note of the specific models and research their specifications.

Especially take note of speaker placement, where in the room sounds good and bad, the size of the room, what the floors and walls are made of, and whether or not the music is distorting in some range or in the entire audible frequency spectrum. If the DJ’s doing it digitally, ask him/her what types of audio files they use. You might not hear it all the time, but there are big differences between CD and MP3 quality audio. If you don’t know the difference, look it up!

DJ SpeakersWhat is it for?

Are you aiming to be a small club DJ, a wedding DJ for hire, a big rave DJ, an internet DJ, or some other type? Keep your audience in mind as you’re taking note of SPL (loudness) ratings, RMS speaker wattage, amplifiers, not to mention controllers, CD players, vinyl decks, even the types of plugs on the speakers. Obviously, bigger budgets often yield better gear, not to mention wider selections. It’s certainly admirable to try and do a lot with a little, but if the money’s there, use it wisely.

Wattage

Look for RMS wattage; ignore any Peak ratings you encounter. RMS is an average rating and it’s the most pertinent to the actual usage of the speakers. Compare SPL ratings with RMS and determine which speakers are most efficient and capable of reaching the decibel level you need to fill the room. Small clubs will usually sound good with a 600W (2 x 300W RMS) system. Weddings and such sound fine with a 1000W (2 x 500W RMS) system, and larger halls will
probably require something around 1600W (2 x 800W RMS). Those are simply rules of thumb, though; you should still do your research.

Amplification

Match your amplifiers with your speakers such that your amplifiers have a slightly higher RMS wattage rating than your speakers to allow for headroom and to reduce levels of distortion. Remember that amplifiers work better when not pushed to their limits. Also, take note of the impedances (ohms) of both the amplifier and the speakers, as that will affect how much power the amplifier will deliver depending on how you hook them up.

Powered DJ Speakers

If you don’t want to mess around with matching amps to speakers, you can always look for active (or powered) speakers: ones that have amplifiers built-in. They can be considerably heavier, however, and if the built-in amp blows, you’re out of luck. There’s not much need to worry about what material the cabinets are made of, unless weight is a major consideration. Finally, keep an eye out for speakers with “Speakon” connections, as they’re often more reliable than other speaker connectors.

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DJ Lessons in Las Vegas

by admin on March 13, 2012

in DJ Tutorials


While Las Vegas is primarily known for those wanting to gamble at a game of poker and for Broadway style shows, night life in Vegas is a big business. Party goers from all around Vegas and around the world are always looking for the most happening clubs. The market is competitive and those looking to DJ need to stand out from the crowd. Professional training can give you that edge when competing for gigs in Vegas. If you are considering professional training, you should check out the DJ4Life Academy in Vegas.

DJ4Life Academy is a two part school for those looking to either learn how to DJ or take your DJ skills to the next level. Training is offered both online and with private one on one instruction. The online training essentially gives you some of the basics. It covers everything from what type of equipment you should have to beat matching and
equipment key functions.

After you complete the online training, you can begin a three part live one on one training session. In the first part, you work with a personal tutor who gives you the basics behind equipment setup, the proper use of EQ’s and Phasing, developing your own style, what works and what doesn’t in DJ’ing, and much more. The tutor will customize your training based on your needs and knowledge and skill level.

The second part of your training gives you advanced training like perfecting beat-matching, common tricks, using special effects, and more. In addition you will get training on how to land gigs and even help you make some demo mixes. The final part of the training brings it all together as you get the chance to become part of the night life in
Vegas. You will be given two opportunities to actually DJ in events setup by the DJ4Life Academy.

As you can see from above, aspiring DJ’s can learn a lot from the DJ4Life Academy. Very few course offer their students the chance to use those skills in a live setting prior to training. So if you want some professional training that not just teaches you the basics, but also allows you to put your new skills to the test, consider DJ4Life Academy.

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Dubstep Warfare

January 9, 2012

Mixing a new beat that will blow those stragglers off their barstools and onto the dance floor is the goal of any good DJ. Sometimes it takes some special tactics though. Here are a few ideas to get them up and freaking out: Start with a popular song and only slightly modify the lead-in. Almost […]

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DUBturbo Review: I Was Wrong!

October 30, 2011

I’m a bit embarrassed about this, so I’ll give it to you straight. A few months ago I told you guys about how to make beats with Sonic Producer, a beat maker software I’ve been using to make beats for my mixes. I wasn’t lying, I really do use it and I do think that it’s a good program for beginners to get started in making their own beats. Or, at least, I did. After I wrote that post, one of my readers (who shall remain unnamed) emailed me in an outrage. He couldn’t believe that I was using Sonice Producer when there was a much better beat making program out there, with higher quality sound samples and a ton more features. He was right. I’ve been using that program for the last 2 months and it’s awesome. I wanted to tell you about it earlier, but I’ve been too embarrassed to go back on what I had said just a few months ago. But now I’m finally ready to give you my DUBturbo review. If you’re still interested in making studio quality beats, read on…

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The Facts of Learning to DJ

October 23, 2011

When I was learning to DJ it was with a big bag of records that you’d have to lug
over your shoulder. Times have change but there are a few time-hardened facts that
remain the same when it comes to learning how to DJ.

Whats funny about “the facts of life” for DJing is that so many beginner DJs tend to
make the same mistakes as I did when I was starting out as a DJ. I wish that an older
veteran DJ showed me the ropes so I could become a great DJ that much quicker.

I didn’t have money for DJ Lessons but I wanted to learn how to DJ so I just sort of
stumbled my way through the learning process.

So to help you get ahead with your DJing and save you some time and pain through
mistakes, I’m going to share with you some of the time-hardened DJing facts:

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The New Era “Fly Your Own Flag” DJ Competition

October 4, 2011

Break out your turntables and get ready to mix a masterpiece because OurStage, Rolling Stone, New Era and DJ Irie have teamed up to host a great competition for DJs looking for their big break! The New Era “Fly Your Own Flag” DJ Competition, powered by OurStage, offers aspiring DJs from across the U.S. to guest DJ at a New Era sponsored party featuring DJ Irie. This is a great opportunity for up-and-coming DJs to launch their careers.

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How to Make Beats – Best Beat Making Software

August 8, 2011

I have been getting lots of emails and comments lately asking for a post on different kinds of DJ software. So today I will let you in on one of my personal secrets – the beat making software that will teach you how to make beats for your DJ mixes!

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The Mixing DJ is on Facebook & Twitter!

June 8, 2011

Hi everyone! As you all know, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are insanely popular these days. I’ve been aware of this too but have been too busy (or lazy) to get with the program. So today, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally joined the social media revolution. Better late than never, right? […]

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Another Awesome Mix by DJ Sohn

June 7, 2011

Hi everyone! I’m really late on this one but wanted to share it with you nonetheless. DJ Sohn has put out another awesome mix – actually he sent it to me over a month ago but I’ve just been super busy and it slipped my mind. Sorry man! Here it is for you all: DJ Sohn […]

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New Vocal House Mix by DJ Sohn

March 6, 2011

I have a special treat for you today. It’s our first post featuring a brand new mix from our guest DJ – DJ Sohn from BDThursday. He has put together this excellent, uplifting vocal house mix. Give it a listen. You can even download it for free. Uplifting Vocal House (BDT, Sloatbake Master) by d.j.sohn […]

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