Browsing Archive April, 2011

Lighting and Today’s Mobile DJ


Today’s mobile DJ has a plethora of equipment to sort through in order to put together the best show possible. It is imperative to know your media players, software, and sound systems inside and out for the best sounding show.  Not to be overlooked is the visual impact you can have on the crowd when using the best possible lighting and visual effects equipment.

Floods Fills and FunSlimpar 64

Commonly referred to as stage lighting or up lighting, depending on the orientation of the lights themselves, these lights are used to illuminate the room, stage, the crowd, and any points of focus you would like to direct a crowd to. These lights consist of washes and fill lights that are broad in spectrum and cover a large area. Typically these lights are used with color gels and other filters to evoke moods intermittently or maintain a consistent motif of the show.

Freakin’ LasersChauvet Cirrus

Referred to as effect lighting or aerials these led lights and lasers are used to make dazzling designs both on surfaces and in the air. New laser designs now enable anyone to safely perform amazing laser shows that once were deemed too dangerous to operate without a proper license. With the help of a good fog or haze machine each particle in the fog or haze’s  fine mist will catch light and illuminate in the air enabling the focused and defined beams of light we associate with a laser light show.

Take Control DMXAmerican DJ Affressor Tri LED

DMX512 (digital multiplexing with 512 bits of information) is the standard protocol for digital communication networks used to control stage lighting and effects. Simply meaning DMX is a way to control all of your DMX enabled lighting equipment using a manual controller such as the Chauvet Obey 40 or a software program and a DMX interface with a laptop.  Another way to automate and control a light is to use the programed patterns built into the light, or many lights today are equipped with sound sensitive triggers. This is particularly handy with strobe lights as a strategically placed sound sensitive strobe light can be really impressive in combination with proper stage lighting and other effects.

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JL Audio, Alpine and Rockford Fosgate’s Top Rated Car Subs

In the car audio industry of today, consumers have hundreds of choices when wanting to install a subwoofer into their vehicle. At times this can be a bit overwhelming when selecting a quality car subwoofer. So how exactly should one choose a subwoofer? For some it’s by manufacture or by cost, for others it’s by word of mouth or reviews that have been written by other consumers. For a select few it’s something that they have actually heard before and just want that same sound and performance in their vehicle. We will be discussing 3 of the best rated subwoofers in this industry. These car subwoofers provide unsurpassed quality and performance in any environment and in any vehicle. They are the staple and backbone of their respective companies and are what set the standard for any other company in order to compete at that level. A single of the mentioned subwoofers will give you more than enough bass to compliment any audio system.

JL Audio 12W3v3-4

JL Audio 12W3v3-4
JL Audio’s 12W3v3 12” W3 subwoofer is rated at 500 watts RMS of continuous power and is one of the best rated subwoofers in its category. True to JL Audio’s high standards this subwoofer provides tight and efficient bass. By delivering cool air directly to the voice coil, the thermal power handling is increased and compression effects are reduced. This is accomplished by the use of Elevated Frame Cooling technology, making the subwoofer more efficient and reliable. In order to increase sound resolution and reduce distortion a DMA Optimized Motor System is used, that delivers consistent motor force over a long range of stroke and input power. The JL Audio features many other technologies that increase performance and bass response; it is because of this that this subwoofer is rated above the rest.

Alpine SWR-1243D

Alpine SWR-1243D
Alpine’s SWR-1243D 12” Type R subwoofer is rated at 300-600 watts RMS of continuous power and is able to produce some booming bass. One of the most overlooked features is the one sided push terminals that make installation and wiring simple and clean. With the use of a double stacked strontium magnet the woofer is able to gain 20% more motor force which provides louder and cleaner bass. The use of a Compound Radius Curve motor structure, creates an even magnetic field which then decreases distortion and increases overall power handling. Along with an airflow management system that directs air across the heatsink to avoid overheating, Alpine’s Type R subwoofer delivers some of the best bass output for a subwoofer in its category.

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12
Rockford Fosgate’s P3D4-12 12” Punch P3 subwoofer is rated at 600 watts RMS of continuous power and is called the “Punch” series for a reason. Its Vertical Surround Technique (VAST) allows for a 25% increase in radiating cone area, which improves nominal efficiency and maximum output. The anodized aluminum voice coil former allows for efficient heat dissipation from the voice coil. This minimizes subwoofer failure and improves performance. By stitching tinsel leads directly to the spider, Rockford Fosgate is able to improve longevity and reliability by reducing fatigue and possible shorting within the subwoofer. As a CEA-2031 compliant subwoofer, the P3 is able to handle the RMS power rating without blowing, making it a much more accurate subwoofer that provides all the bass you can handle.

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Sony Media Receivers Feature High-Resolution Displays

Sony XAV-72BT

Establishing your niche in a market is something that can be hard. Attributing your name to “the best” can take a lifetime to achieve, and something that many try for. Sony is an extremely well-known name brand that has been attributed to their high ability to manufacturer high quality displays. For years they have helped pioneer new manufacturing techniques, and even are the creators of the new standard for high-resolution media, Bluray.

Sony’s hand in the Car Audio industry has brought along many exciting features and technologies, and some really great listening over the years. With the introduction of Audio/Video Multimedia Touchscreen Receivers, there have been many opportunities to carry over Sony’s extremely reputable name for quality video receivers to the car audio industry. The Sony XAV-62BT and Sony XAV-72BT, two brand new 2011 Audio/Video receivers released from Sony, feature extremely high resolution monitors.

With the ability to display 1,152,000 pixels, the stereos are capable of displaying pictures and video at a screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels! This is all taken out of a 7” in-dash monitor in your vehicle! This advancement by Sony opens the door for extremely high resolution monitors to continue being released. In-dash Car Stereos soon should have a standard of extremely high screen processing thanks to this exciting advancement from Sony. Coupling all of these features along with previous advancements such as Sony SensMe, a high quality sound processor, and large capacitors for deep bass makes for a high fidelity audio and video experience. Also found on both units are extensive equalization options for your audio, as well as plenty of video adjustments to help get the perfect picture along with the perfect sound.

High resolution audio isn’t the only thing you should get from your In-Dash DVD Player with a Monitor. This new breakthrough in car audio makes for some of the best listening and viewing experiences in mobile entertainment today.

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Scosche BT1200 Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit

Scosche BT1200 Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit

When the “No cell phone while driving” law was enforced, Bluetooth Handsfree Calling became a hot commodity with everybody needing or wanting one in their vehicle. Most new models of vehicles already come equipped with built-in Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling. However, if you don’t have a new car and want to keep your vehicles stock sound system intact, you can still integrate Bluetooth into your car. Manufacturers like Scosche have produced products that make adding Bluetooth to your ride very simple and convenient without changing a thing to your stock system.

One of those products is the Scosche BT1200 Bluetooth Handsfree & Streaming Audio Car Kit. This car kit is equipped with voice announce caller ID and will repeat the name of up to 1000 contacts, meaning you will never have to touch your phone when calling or receiving calls. All calls made or received play through the speakers of your vehicle and automatically mutes any source when a call is received. The BT1200 will automatically pair with your cell phone when the vehicle is turned on and provides one touch voice dialing for most compatible Bluetooth cell phones. Some Bluetooth kits in the past often sounded muffled as if you were in a tunnel or standing next to a waterfall. Scosche has addressed that problem by featuring DSP Echo Cancellation into the BT1200. The DSP Echo Cancellation feature provides a crystal clear conversation and eliminates that unwanted annoying background noise. The BT1200 Bluetooth Kit includes a handsfree microphone, control keypad, Bluetooth interface and all necessary mounting hardware.

OEM Bluetooth T-Harness

This Bluetooth Hands-free and Streaming Car Kit is universal, however, there is one more item you need to make this kit work for your vehicle. Scosche has manufactured vehicle specific OEM Bluetooth T-Harnesses that are compatible with the BT1200. These Bluetooth wiring harnesses are made for many different makes and models of vehicles so be sure to check out Sonic Electronix selection to choose the right one for your car.

Integrating Bluetooth to your vehicle has never been easier thanks to the Scosche BT1200 Car Kit & OEM Bluetooth T-Harnesses. Save money, keep your OEM factory system and add a much needed Bluetooth to your vehicle.

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StreetWires Releases Zero Noise Sound Dampening

StreetWires ZeroNoise Sound Dampening

No aftermarket car audio installation is complete without some good sound dampening. This industry has traditionally been led by sound dampening giants such as Dynamat, Hushmat, Stinger, and Ballistic. However, there is a new line of sound dampening that is going to give all the other brands a run for their money. Brand new for 2011, MTX Audio’s accessory line Streetwires has released a new type of sound dampening that is looking to revolutionize the industry.

While the purpose of all sound dampening material is the same, it doesn’t mean that all the products are the same. The new ZeroNoise Noise Killer Mat from StreetWires is entering the industry hoping to show the world that they are very different from the rest. Just like the rest of the sound dampening products, the Zero Noise mat will reduce the amount of road noise, engine noise, and vibrations in the vehicle. This will enhance the sound quality of the music, reduce the amount of outside noise, and make your Toyota sound like a Lexus.

The primary difference that separates the StreetWires Noise Killer Mat and its competitors is what it is made out of. Straying away from the traditional dampening material, Streetwires chose to use their own ZeroStain material that has incredible adhesion, but does not leave any stains on the installer’s hands or the car. For those that have every installed this material in their car, they will be able to appreciate a mess-free material that is easy to install, highly adhesive, and still has all the same sound dampening qualities as the highest end material. StreetWires is offering the material in two different thicknesses and a variety of different packages to match your application.

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