It’s New Year’s Eve, the biggest party night of the year, so I thought I’d share one of my New Year’s Eve gig stories (and a cautionary tale). This particular event took place many years ago and although I’d already built up a fair amount of DJing experience, this was the first time that I’d taken on a New Year’s Eve party. Prior to the gig I’d carefully planned the all-important count down to the New Year. I knew which tracks I was going to play before the big moment and also how I was going to keep the floor afterwards; I’d got chimes and Auld Lang Syne lined up, and – most importantly – I knew exactly what I was going to say on the mic.
The first part of the gig went well. The venue was nicely busy, and I had no trouble in getting the dance-floor going and satisfying the requests from festive punters. As midnight approached I began my carefully planned ten minute build up right on time. The tracks I’d chosen worked perfectly and I was just about to start my countdown to the New Year patter when I realised that the dancers were all beginning to look around towards the bar with confused looks. The next minute a helpful punter filled me in, the TVs in the bar were showing the BBC’s New Year coverage of Big Ben and the fireworks in London and … midnight had already past! I panicked, pressed play on Auld Lang Syne and mumbled ‘Happy New Year’ into the mic. I’d blown it! No chimes, no countdown and no slick patter! I managed to salvage the night, keeping a good crowd on the dance-floor until my 2am finishing time, but my botched bringing in of the New Year really put a dampener on the gig, at least from my perspective.
It turned out that my watch was just that little bit slow. It could have been no more than 30 seconds, but enough to really mess things up at that crucial time. So my advice for anyone who will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party tonight – check that you know EXACTLY what time it is and start that important countdown at precisely 10 seconds to midnight!
Whether you’re working tonight, or enjoying a much-deserved night off with family and friends, let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year.
The new product we’re talking about this week is the American DJ Spherion Tri LED. Resembling the old mirror ball, this new DJ LED lighting effect from American DJ is looking to become a possible replacement. The American DJ Spherion Tri LED is available from our website now! See the video below, then click here.
In the old days, one of the most popular lighting effects was the double derby. It had a twin array of gleaming multi-coloured light – it was popular due to it’s ability to completely fill a room with moving light.
Enter the Kool Sound Daou! This stunning DJ lighting effect is a new age LED double derby drop-in replacement for the double derby. Room filling with beams of multi-coloured light make the Kool Sound Daou lighting effect ideal for use at parties and for professional use.
The American DJ PRO64B LED RC Par 64 Par Can has been a best seller in November and is likely to be a best seller over the Christmas period too! The American DJ PRO64B LED RC Par 64 Par Can sets it’s self apart from the competition with it’s amazing feature list including 7 DMX Channel modes, 6 Operational modes (Manual Color Mode; Color Change Mode; Color Fade Mode; Auto (Program Run) Mode; Sound Active Mode and DMX-512 Mode), Smooth RGB color mixing, Flicker-free operation, 32 built-in Color Macros and the list goes on! Ideal for stage lighting use and for DJ lighting use.
The Kool Sound Kub is an amazing 4 channel LED DJ lighting effect with an amazing array of 57 beams of light. Can be used in stand-alone mode or in master/slave mode using a DMX lead between each dj lighting effect fixture.
Today, I came accross one of the brightest and most exciting DJ lighting effects yet. Introducing the Chauvet Impulse 648DJ strobe lighting effect. The Chauvet Impulse 648 is asuper-bright strobe LED DJ lighting effect that has an amazing 648 LEDs that are so bright, they can light and entire medium sized room.
Chauvet Impulse™ 648 harnesses the power of 648 white SMD LEDs to deliver an astonishingly bright strobe light. A lightweight, sleek housing holds the LED array while 3 and 5-pin DMX connections make set up and installation a breeze. Silent, fan-free operation allows for use in noise-sensitive environments.
The Sennheiser E838 is a professional cardioid vocal microphone developed to cut through high on-stage levels.Rugged, durable construction, insensitive to handling noise.
The Sennheiser E838 efficiently suppresses sounds emanating from outside its pick-up angle, and is fitted with a hum compensating coil for reducing electromagnetic interference.
Features are Attractive Silver Finish, Professional Vocal Microphone, Rugged metal housing, Shock-mount capsule, Frequency-independent directivity, Highly insensitive to feedback, Excellent vocal projection, Hum compensating coil and the Sennheiser E838 includes Protective Pouch.
The Sennheiser E815 S-X is a general purpose cardioid microphone giving good quality at an affordable price. Sennheiser E815 S-X features a rugged metal body, high suppression of handling noise and excellent rejection of feedback and spillage.
Sennheiser E815 S-X features include Rugged metal housing, shock-mounted capsule, cardioid pick-up pattern, hum compensation coil, silent and lockable ON/OFF switch.
The Sennheiser E840 is a professional cardioid vocal microphone developed to cut through high on-stage levels. Rugged, durable construction, insensitive to handling noise. The Sennheiser E840 efficiently suppresses sounds emanating from outside its pick-up angle, and is fitted with a hum compensating coil for reducing electromagnetic interference.
Sennheiser E840 features rugged metal housing, shock-mount capsule, frequency-independent, directivity, highly insensitive to feedback, excellent vocal projection and hum compensating coil.
The Sennheiser Freeport features 4 switchable UHF frequencies for interference-free reception, absolutely safe transmission, diversity technology for highest reception quality, adjustable Squelch for undisturbed operation, receivers built in robust metal housing and dynamic processor for cristal-clear soun.
Overall, the Sennheiser Freeport system is ideal for anyone who wants a top brand radio microphone system at an amazingly affordable price!
Featuring a double bracket which makes it ideal for uplighting walls and ceilings or illuminating dance floors. The Mega 24PRO’s professional features include: 24, bright 1-Watt LED, 6 DMX Channels Modes, 6 Operational Modes (including: DMX-512, Master/Slave or Sound Active), 10˚ x 40˚ linear beam angle, 3-button LCD DMX menu and has 32 built-in Color Macros.
The American DJ PRO64B RC is high output black Par Can with twenty-four 1-Watt LEDs that is ideal for lighting up stages, dance floors and entertainment venues. The fixture’s RGB color mixing allows users to get a full spectrum of color from one Par Can. The American DJ PRO64B RC features an Infrared wireless remote to control what would normally require a DMX controller or adjustments made by hand on the rear panel. Aim the wireless remote at the unit and control features such as: Black Out, built-in programs, flash, DMX addressing and RGB color change.
This fixture uses LEDs rated at 50,000 hours with a maximum power draw of 30W. DMX addressing may also be changed by the unit’s 3-button LED display. The PRO64B RC has a dual hanging bracket that makes it easy to set on the floor, has a wide 40-degree beam angle and has IEC In/Out connectors so users can “daisy-chain” the power from one unit to the next.
The American DJ Mega Bar LED RC is a 40-inch (1-meter) LED lighting Bar that offers the power of RGB color mixing for stage or wall washing. The Mega Bar LED RC features an Infrared wireless remote to control what would normally require a DMX controller or adjustments made by hand on the rear panel. Aim the wireless remote at the unit and control features such as: Black Out, built-in programs, flash, DMX addressing and RGB color change. This LED lighting wash stage lighting effect uses LEDs rated at 100,00 hours with a maximum power draw of 30W. DMX addressing may also be changed by the unit’s 4-button LED display. There is no duty cycle on the American DJ Mega Bar LED RC, plus users can “daisy-chain” the power from one unit to the next with the built-in IEC power Ins/Outs.
Numarrk NS6 is a 4-channel Digital DJ controller with complete built-in mixer and four decks of software control. NS6 is the first truly pro-grade DJ controller and standalone 4-channel mixer with effects, allowing you to mix external sources with tracks on your computer. Simply put, there has never been this much versatility and control available for professional DJs. Numark NS6’s easy-to-use dual-platter system has been designed in collaboration with Serato to deliver powerful breakthrough performance to DJs of all kinds.
The Best Platters On the Planet
The NS6 platters are the most responsive, highest-resolution touch-activated platters ever produced in a DJ product, delivering an astounding 3,600 ticks of resolution per rotation. These are not “forced depression” platters that demand you press down every time you want to move the platter or scratch; the NS6 platters are ultra sensitive, responding to your touch, giving you extremely precise, high definition turntable control. With high-resolution 14-bit MIDI communication to your computer, NS6 keeps your mix super tight, erasing the line between hardware and software.
4 Decks of Crowd Control
With an all-new 4-deck version of Serato, NS6 gives you an unbelievable amount of options for performing. Serato’s interface lines up vertically or horizontally for optimal viewing of the waveform alignment; you’ll know exactly where you are and will easily be able to see how the tracks coincide. Layer selectors next to each platter are the keys to unlocking the 4-deck power of NS6. At the push of a button, you can switch between Decks 1 & 3 on the left side and Decks 2 & 4 on the right. Remix a track on the fly, layer effects, mix and match beats, bars and phrases from four different songs – NS6 is a true DJ’s dream.
Virtual Needle Drop – Improved
NS6 was designed to blur the line between you and your music, to give you ultimate control and a truly interactive experience. NS6 takes Strip Search, the virtual needle drop technology introduced with NS7, one step further by providing position-indicating LEDs that give you a visual representation of a track’s timeline, right in front of you. There’s nothing like using Strip Search to instantly locate a point in the track. Now, you’ll hardly have to look up.
Mix It All
At the heart of Numark NS6 is a premium-quality fully independent 4-channel mixer that can be used with or without a computer, making Numark NS6 perhaps the most versatile DJ controller and mixer combination in the world. Numark NS6’s four channels can easily transition between controlling Serato’s four decks and controlling your external sources. Control Serato one moment; mix in your turntable, CD decks, or a mic the next. At its heart, NS6 is a software controller, but it’s also ready to handle everything else you’ve got.
It Sounds as Good as it Looks
DJing is all about music, and music is all about sound. Numark
NS6’s audio interface has been engineered to sound authentic and full, retaining the integrity of your music. Numark NS6 is built around a genuine 24-bit mixer that sounds as good as you would expect from a professional audio interface. Pro-grade circuitry and premium inputs and outputs ensure your mix will sound punchy and strong night after night. As you would expect from a professional controller, Numark NS6 has locking XLR outputs for a balanced signal path that will relay your mix reliably even over long distances.
Simple. Seamless. Solid. Serato.
Serato has become synonymous with intuitive, stable, powerful DJ software. Designed for DJs and built for live performance, Serato has been developed and refined to deliver a fully integrated DJ experience that is solid and reliable. You shouldn’t need an instruction manual in the booth with you, so the interface of the 4-deck version of the software included with Numark NS6 is clean and straightforward. Not only is it built to look and feel like true DJing, it was designed specifically for Numark NS6 to ensure completely seamless performance. Free upgrades that constantly add new features and enhancements ensure that when Serato advances, you do too.
Dual FX. Limitless Possibilities.
Interacting with the music is what DJing is all about, and Numark NS6 opens creative doors in every direction. Two banks of assignable effects with parameters you can manipulate on the fly empower you to make the same track into a different track every time. Numark NS6 takes it even further by allowing you to layer and blend effects. Choose from Delay, Crusher, Braker, LPF, HPF, Repeater and more. Each bank has 12 effects ready to mangle, warp and shape your audio.
No Keyboard Required
Numark NS6 continues in the tradition of Numark NS7, Numark NS7FX and Numark V7 by giving you complete, tactile control and real-time visual feedback of your set. You’ll spend more time performing, less time looking at the computer screen. Numark NS6 provides instant crate control via a simple click knob and large, backlit buttons to navigate through your music library.
With the Numark NS6 you get three ways to loop. Manual Loop gives you full control to set the ins and outs wherever you want. Auto loop uses parameters you assign to create a perfect loop at the touch of a button. Both Manual and Auto looping are perfect for creating intros or outros, and either can be divided, multiplied or shifted left or right in the track. NS6’s third loop function, Loop Roll, enables dynamic stuttering effects while the track continues to play. Use it to build energy when you’re coming out of a breakdown or simply want to interact and have fun with a song. Numark NS6 is a DJ’s instrument allowing you to squeeze, stutter, or hammer away at your mix.
Slice and dice your tracks with Numark NS6’s assignable hot-cue buttons. This Numark NS6 feature can be the key to creating unique and electrifying mixes as you assign hot-cues that express your style. Hot-cue-assign buttons on each deck digitally mark your cues on the track and act like on-the-fly samplers, enabling you to jump to different parts of the song. Build an arsenal of cues, then mix and deploy them as you improvise, build the mix, tear it down and energize the crowd.
Search In Sync
The Skip button on Numark NS6 is an all-new feature you’ll have to hear to believe. By depressing the Skip button and turning the platter you can get to any point of your track in seconds while staying on the beat. Miss that part you wanted to loop or set a cue at? With this powerful feature, you can go back and no one will ever know. Plus, if you need to get out of a track quickly, this is your escape hatch. Your mix loses no energy and your audience hears no rushed transition. It’s like a musical time warp. You’re just there.
Never Miss a Beat
During a live show, anything can happen, and Numark NS6 was built to give you the tools necessary to respond. NS6’s Beat Grid function gives you the ability to manually adjust the beat grid of any song. If you have a track where the drums aren’t exactly perfect, like those with live drummers, the Beat Grid function enables you to go into the track and line up the beat perfectly. With the beat lined-up you can then use the Auto Loop, Beat Sync Effects, or Serato’s 4-layer deck sync on the track and everything will be seamless an tight.
In preparation for BPM Show 2011, which is now less than five months away, BPM show’s website, visitbpm.co.uk, has been given a facelift and been loaded up with photos and video clips from BPM Show 2010 to give you a flavour of what to expect at this year’s event.
The new look website is now ready to be updated with details of all the exhibitors, DJs, performers, speakers and panellists who will be appearing at the show as the line-up for the fifth BPM is confirmed over the next couple of months. Join their mailing list to get exclusive regular email updates to let you know as things are confirmed, but if you want to get breaking news join us on either their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for daily updates.
There’s no substitute for visiting BPM in person, but their online photo gallery will give you a taste of what to expect. If you were at last year’s event relive the highlights and look out for yourself in the group shots, if you didn’t make it to BPM 2010 see what you missed and whet your appetite for what to expect at the NEC this year at what is guaranteed to be the biggest, busiest and best BPM Show so far.
Since 1995, Fantasy Entertainment has become the largest manufacturer and operator of photo booths in all of North America and they exhibited at BPM Show 2010. Throughout the event visitors were invited to try out their booths and BPM have put up the photos in a dedicated gallery on visitbpm.co.uk. Were you at BPM Show 2010? Did you visit the Fantasy Entertainment photo booth? Did your photo make it to the gallery?
The only way to appreciate the scale and atmosphere of BPM is to be there in person, although the videos on the BPM website will give you an idea of what to expect. In the video section of the new BPM website you’ll find the official BPM 2010 promotional video along with a collection of the best clips from last year’s show that were filmed and edited by exhibitors and visitors.
There are a number of ways to network with BPM on Facebook. You can add BPM as your friend to see regular status updates about the show and access loads of photos and video clips from past events. There is also a BPM group for visitors past and present to get together, discuss the event and post pictures. Finally, let everyone know that you’ll be at BPM this year by confirming yourself as attending the BPM 2011 Event.
Follow BPM on Twitter for regular updates during the run up to event. Be the first to find out which DJs will be playing sets, which experts will be presenting seminars and which new gear will be on display. Then keep checking for tweets on your mobile during BPM for regular updates as each DJ set, seminar, performance, workshop, panel and master-class begins – making sure you don’t miss a beat.
These stackable and rollable multi-purpose bags from Arriba feature modular padded dividers, so you can configure them to protect a wide assortment of lighting and audio gear. Made of durable materials with heavy duty zips and quality wheels plus a pull up handle, the new Arriba rollable bags will make any DJs life easier when on the road.
“The perfect traveling companion companion for DJs on the move”
Arriba have opened a competition. You have to guess the contents of the bag in the image on the right. The choices of what could be in the bag are as follows:
A) American DJ Revo Burst
B) American DJ Micro Galaxian
C) American DJ Jelly Jewel
D) American DJ Micro Wash RGBW
Get the answer right and you will win the Arriba rollable bag and the American DJ lighting effect that’s inside.
Winners will be determined by a random drawing of all correct entries. Closing date is June 30th 2011.
What do you get when you match the razor sharp beams of a Jewel LED with the jelly sweet fun of a glowing transparent case? You get something that brings a smile to everyone’s face and instantly gets the party started! At least that’s American DJ’s answer – but hey, decide for yourself by taking a peek at the new American DJ Jelly Jewel in this special video below: