Tag: DJ Equipment

Tis The Season To Be Shopping

Sony MDR-ZX100

Sony MDR-ZX100

Gift shopping can always be a very difficult thing to do, especially when you have no clue what to get for your loved ones and friends. Waiting in long lines at stores, rushing from place to place to get different brands of gifts, and not to forget how heavy some of things get once carrying them around. Well at Sonic Electronix we say, why not just sit somewhere in the comfort of your home, get yourself some snacks and some to quench your thirst, and shop online with our awesome Black Friday Deals and Specials. This year Sonic Electronix has sales on hundreds of your favorite brands from amplifiers and speakers to guitars and headphones.

JVC HAFX1X

JVC HAFX1X

When shopping from all of those Pro Audio lovers you can definitely get the job done super easily right here on our website. For stocking stuffers or nice and inexpensive gifts, Sonic has some great deals on Sony MDR-ZX100/WHI On-Ear Headphones and JVC HAFX1X In-Ear Headphones. The Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones are lightweight and have a comfortable design that allows users to use them for an extended period of time with minimal fatigue. They also have thickly padded ear cups that isolate noise and deliver quality focused sounds. The JVC HAFX1X headphones feature a 10mm diaphragm with neodymium magnet and extreme deep bass ports the deliver great sound. Their superior sound isolation is achieved by including three different size silicone ear pieces to provide a comfortable fit for all users.

Marathon DCM-2000MKII

Marathon DCM-2000MKII

Looking for the ultimate gift that will put the biggest smile possible on any Pro Audio users face? Well you should definitely check out the Marathon DCM-2000MKII and the Beat Kangz Beat Thang. The Marathon DCM-2000MKII dual CD player and mixer with pre-amp is an all-in-one convenient, compact and rugged unit. Easy to read and well laid out controls; make this CD/mixer combination the perfect choice for the seasoned professional and novice alike. The Beat Kangz Beat Thang fuses sequencing, sampling, and a massive sound bank with a very user-friendly interface. It’s all packed in a rugged yet portable all-metal chassis, making it one of the most versatile music production instruments on the earth.

Beat Kangz Beat Thang

Beat Kangz Beat Thang

Make sure you check out all of the other awesome Black Friday deals and specials here at Sonic Electronix, and shop from the comfort at your home. There are tons of sales available on car audio, car security, DJ pro audio, musical instruments, headphones, and so much more. If you have an questions regarding our sales and products feel free to call our customer service line, and we will make sure to help you out on your purchases or any questions you may have on any products we have available.

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Sonic is Making it Rane!

Sonic Electronix has teamed up with Rane Pro Audio, and there are a ton of great new mixers that are going to be added to the catalog very soon that any DJ or musician would truly enjoy getting their hands on. Rane’s main marketplaces are DJ (performance, club, mobile & recording) and Commercial (room-combining, paging and associated systems) featuring advanced analog and digital audio gear for each category.  Their corporation is based in Mukilteo, WA, and all of their products are designed and manufactured entirely in the United States with worldwide product delivery. The company name was designated from an anagram generated from the joint letters of the first and last names of the founders.

Rane

Rane

Rane started out with four products targeted at small bands, intended to improve their live performances. At the lead was a distinctive 12-input, 6-output matrix mixer (MM 12) used to produce six different monitor mixes for driving stage monitor speakers. The notion was to help performers hear themselves better while performing. Till that time, small bands had no monitors at all, or they were all driven by the same mix.

What Rane delivered was new, efficiently designed, reasonably priced gears to aid solving the many problems of on-stage checking. Supplementing the matrix mixer was the industry’s first 6-channel power amplifier (MA 6), and a companion 6-channel headphone amplifier for practice (HC 6). The fourth primary product was an exclusive combo unit, comprising of a 1/3-octave graphic equalizer and a simple realtime analyzer (RE 27), intended to give the performing musician an easy-to-use device for refining their sound in all locations.

Dolphin Safe

Dolphin Safe

Rane also takes much pride in their product packaging, and have illustrated that they are dolphin safe. At Sonic, we are very excited about working with Rane and sharing all of it’s great products with you. Make sure to check out all of the new Rane products we have here at Sonic Electronix.

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Spin That DJ!

You’re set! You’ve got all the right DJ equipment, you’re motivated and inspired by your idols, and you are ready to set sail on your journey as a disk jockey. But wait, how do you use these turntables anyway? If this is where you are stuck at the moment, here is my attempt to help get you on the right track.

Audio Technica AT-LP60 Belt Drive Turntable

Audio Technica AT-LP60 Belt Drive Turntable

In general, there are two different types of turntables that DJs use. One set of turntables have a “belt drive.” Belt drive tables tend to be inexpensive and specifically for beginners, because there is only so much that you can due past the initial stages with a belt drive deck. The turntable plate on a belt drive component is connected to a motor with a flexible belt, so when you actually touch the record when mixing the belt slips and the platter stops. These types of turntables are reasonable for basic mixing, but are never going to be appropriate for scratching (where a DJ is handling the record constantly).

Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct Drive Turntable

Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct Drive Turntable

The second type of turntable has a direct drive deck that attaches the motor directly to the platter. This creates the drives strength, called torque, better. The quality of the turntable with a drive deck is going to be dependent to the price you pay for it. The price of the deck goes up as does the price of the motor and for that reason the torque gets higher. As a beginner you’ll most likely use a deck with a torque of about 1 kg/cm, a mid-range deck is between 1 and 2 kg/cm, and the top of the range model offer torque from 2 to 4.5 kg/cm.

Now if you are still looking to purchase some equipment and you are on a budget, you may want to keep in mind that it may be more effective if you place more of your budget towards a better deck and less on a mixer. It is very likely that as time goes by you will grow out of whatever mixer you first purchase and will soon upgrade to another. But, if you start out with a good set of turntables, you won’t have to worry much about any upgrades later on since they will most likely last for a good amount of time.

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What Type of DJ Mixer Should You Use?

Recently I’ve been able to have the awesome opportunity to work and learn about a lot of DJ equipment that we have available at Sonic Electronix. Throughout this time period I have definitely learned a thing or two about how certain levels of DJs should pick out the equipment they work with depending on the skill level they are currently at. When looking at mixers, you have to first consider what kind of DJ you would like to be, what kind of music you would like to play, and most importantly how far you see yourself going with it. There are tons of DJ mixers to choose from and at times it may be confusing to understand what exactly the right choice is for you.

Numark M101

Numark M101

As a DJ, you need to decide how many channels you want to mix. For most DJs starting out or even with a few years of experience, a two-channel mixer that has phono inputs, line inputs, and microphone inputs like the Numark M101 should be suffice. But once again, depending on the level you want to eventually become as a DJ should be highly considered when purchasing any mixer or equipment of the sort.

Things you also want to consider when look at mixers are for a high quality crossfader that can withstand lengthy usage. The crossfader is a sliding control on the mixing board that permits the DJ to transfer the audio output from one source to another, hence the term “mixing.”  Ideal crossfaders should be able to operate for a long time without losing their sound clarity. You can tell when a crossfader starts to not work so well because it will begin break up the sound when mixing.

Another important factor to look at are for the mixers line switches and EQ controls. The line switch of each channel on the mixer should be reliable and replaceable. You will want the switches to be 8-way adjustable, meaning that you will be able to move the switch in a way that is easy for you to control at your preference. The EQ controls on a mixer provide the DJ filtering of differing frequencies. When picking an EQ control, you want to make sure the controls are comfortable and compatible with the style you intend to mix as a DJ. There are two options to choose from, either an EQ knob or an EQ slider.

Last but not least, you also want to take a look at cue control. Cue control basically allows a DJ to listen to something they intend to mix into their music through their headphones before they actually mix it in, while playing something else through the sound system. As a DJ, you definitely make sure that the controls allow you to listen to your new mix in your headphones before it is displayed to the master output. There are many factors for this, but mainly good cue controls will get rid of any type of sound delay that is initiated by the distance between the speakers and yourself.

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Make Your Creative Voice Heard With Technical Pro’s PM-21 Podcast Mixer Kit

PM-21

The PM-21 comes with everything you need to get up and running, including a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that leads you all the way through to hosting your podcast on Podbean.com

This digital, social networking age in which we live has granted us the ability to communicate with each other through a broad variety of mediums. However, since nearly everyone has access to these mediums, now we’re faced with sifting through oceans of piffle to find worthwhile and/or intellectually stimulating content, especially on Twitter and Facebook. With Technical Pro’s PM-21, one faces the question “why not create your own?” Why not, indeed.

PM-21 Box

Now on sale at Sonic Electronix!

In this blogger’s opinion, one of the most thoroughly exciting things about being human, nay about being alive, is our boundless capacity to create. Unfortunately, it seems that many of us forget that due to a wide variety of reasons, but with this all-inclusive podcast mixer kit, you can rediscover your creative voice with greater ease than ever before. As stated in the picture caption above, Technical Pro’s PM-21 comes with a comprehensive, step-by-step guide that leads you from the installation of the software, to the connection and proper setup of all components, to the actual audio recording process and finally through to setting up a free podcast hosting account on Podbean.com

PM-21 Mixer

You'll find you won't need to compromise very much desk space at all with the PM-21's delightfully compact mixer.

If you’ll permit me to get a little “Technical,” I should mention here that this mixer has two gold-plated 1/4″ microphone inputs and two 1/8″ headphone outputs, making it an ideal solution for any talkshow podcast, or any podcast that might feature guests from time to time. The kit also includes a male-to-male 1/8″ cable and the mixer has a standard 1/8″ input, making it fantastically simple to connect in your iPod, iPad, iPhone or any other personal media device and add music to your podcast. You can even fine tune the bass and treble of each input to make your podcast as crisp and professional as possible.

Now, certainly there are countless ways to get yourself properly set up for podcasting. However, I dare say it would be quite difficult to find a collection of quality components like these at the price we’re offering right now. This kit spectacularly defies that negative old adage, “you get what you pay for,” also. If you have something important to say, the Technical Pro PM-21 Podcast Mixer Kit will help you say it well and will help you be heard by audiences all over the world. Inspiring all-in-one packages like these don’t come around very often, so be sure to pick yours up soon before they’re gone!

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