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    Pioneer DDJ-SX and Odyssey Case Review

    I've had the new Pioneer DDJ-SX controller for a little more than a month now. I spent the first three weeks learning what it could do, reading the manual and introducing myself to some of the new features previously unavailable on controller-style playback units. Let me say first that I am...
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    Sound City

    Has anyone else seen this yet? I bought it on iTunes and it's ridiculously good. If you listened to the radio in the 70's, 80's and 90's, you know the songs and albums recorded in this (admittedly) dumpy little studio in Van Nuys. Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) directed this cinematic love...
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    Way to go, Guitar Center!

    I just got an email from GC. But instead of immediately trashing it, I decided to take a look. I already find it hilarious that you can save up to $200 on NOTHING unless you like crappy GC house brands or need $1,000 worth of drumsticks. Anyhoo... The same ad burps "Special 18-Month Holiday...
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    Once Again, Bill Cronheim is the Man!

    I count on Bill for all my Gobos. His work is impeccable and his speed is unmatched. Since I purchased my Chauvet LFS 5 Framing Spot, I've been ordering Apollo's PrintScenic glass Gobos from Bill. This week, I screwed up and waited until Sunday night to order it. Usually, I always order my...
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    iRig Mobile Mixer

    I think I may have found my new ceremony/cocktail system. The iRig Mix Mobile Mixer. This tiny mixer is about the size of a classic paperback book. As you can see in the pic., it's not much bigger than my keys. It can be used to mix one or two iPhones or iPods/iPads using some very...
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    New Gear on the way! Chauvet LFS-5

    I've been looking at this little 23W framing spot for awhile now. And I guess lots of you have as well. It's been out-of-stock at most major online retailers on a consistent basis. But finally, idjnow had two in stock. Now they have one. I'm always looking for a lightweight, lower power draw...
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    DJ Toad on Four Weddings?

    I may have missed this if it was discussed elsewhere. I was home today for a late lunch with the Missus watching Four Weddings, and at one of the weddings in Texas, I'm almost positive I spied our own DJ Toad. Hair, White Oakley's and turntables. If it wasn't Toad, there's a Toad imposter...
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    RIP Levon Helm

    The fantastic drummer and singer for the Band has died. I remember him for his many great songs, As Loretta Lynn's father in "Coalminer's Daughter" and as the voiceover the opening for Phillip Kaufmann's "The Right Stuff". He will be missed.
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    Ay, Oh, Way to Go, OHIO!

    Anyone from this board lucky enough to be the DJ at this one? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/drunken-wedding-guest-arrested-slow-dances-with-groom-assaults-bride
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    New Mackie Passive Line

    Anyone seen this? http://www.mackie.com/products/s500/ I gave up on Mackie's powered speakers a few years back, but these look interesting. The ONLY thing I hate about their passives (as with past designs) is that the 525 and Sub models run at 8 Ohms, making them incredibly power hungry...
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    Bonnaroo Bound, Baby!

    My best friend of 40 years goes to the Bonnaroo festival every year in Tennessee. But since my June schedule is so crazy, I can never go with him. But finally, this year, when he called to ask, I actually had the ENTIRE weekend of June 9th & 10th free. I kept wondering why that weekend never...
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    New Vestax VCI-380

    Just happened to see this: http://youtu.be/URON8IB2acw This new Itch controller offers versatility for the Scratch, Sample and Mix-based DJ. Looks like it combines the best aspects of the Novation Twitch (Sample pads) with the DN-MC6000 (stand-alone mixer). Plus the ease of access to FX all...
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    My Fav Newer Band and Projection Mapping...

    Great article in Live Wire about my favorite newer band, Mute Math, and their projection mapped stage show for the "Odd Soul" tour. Since many of us are interested/ have fooled around (or in Kevin's case, actively work) with projection mapping, I thought I'd post a link...
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    Cue "Eye of the Tiger"

    Our friend Jason Weldon (JayFears), in addition to owning a kick-*** entertainment company, also works as a DJ business consultant. I remember when he spoke a few years back on the MB Summer Tour. He said, "The first thing I ask guys is if they belong to a gym." I belonged to a gym at the time...
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    Where in the world is Karmin, San Diego?

    Just received my new Prime Cuts disc and was checking out Karmin's new single, "Brokenhearted". Then I saw them perform live on SNL. I really think that song has a chance. It's the most straightforward piece of unapologetic pop I've heard in a long time. Perfect for middle school parties or...
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    New Names Mean New Friends!

    I've noticed lots of new screen names in the past month or two. And to all you new guys, I just wanted to say WELCOME. I know some of you have been lurking for a long time. Others truly are new. Either way, it's great to have your input. I hope you'll hang around, ask questions, get in...
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    TM Studios PrimeCuts does it again!!!!

    http://www.primecutsmusic.com/index.php/primecuts/pc-mp3/mp3-online-services.html Time to get happy! Way to go Jim and crew!
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    As I trip while running to the door to kiss someone...

    I've been speaking with a bride this week who will be having her reception in September at one of our downtown landmark locations. Before agreeing to hire me, she asked if I could email a sample of a contract for her fiance, a lawyer, to read. She called to say that she was hiring me and...
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    My Little Weekend Project...

    I do two bridal shows a year. This one from Sunday the 29th is the largest. I provide sound and DJ services and have a vendor booth. My local production company provides staging and lighting. Stage is dressed by the local florist and event company. We loaded in and set up on Friday. Sound...
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    The TTM57SL Killer...

    Rane is debuting the new Sixty-One at NAMM this week. Looks like this will be the new flagship for SSL DJ's using Turntables or CDJ's. USB 2.0 (FINALLY!!!!) 20 Channel Sound Card http://www.rane.com/sixtyone.html
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