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  1. Steve Saltzman

    Single-Tripod Lighting Setup Ideas (wedding/school)

    I'm looking to revamp our standard lighting setups, which get used mainly for weddings and small school dances. I haven't done a very good job of staying on top of the latest greatest gear the past few years, and am looking for advice on what's out there and what strategy would work best...
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    Anyone using WEDJ Insurance?

    I was just looking at the rider for my 2011-12 renewal... the deductible for the equipment coverage in the inland marine section shows $250--which I believe is what's it's always been. However, I just noticed there's a note at the very bottom--in the "special conditions" section--that says the...
  3. Steve Saltzman

    movie karaoke

    Are there any karaoke compliation discs out there that focus on movie music? I have a client who's having a movie-themed event and interested in our karaoke rental system. The rental system uses discs, and I'd prefer not to mess with finding songs, downloading them, burning them, etc.
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    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Proclaimers - Karaoke Version

    Does anyone know where I might be able to find the song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers on CDG? I have a client interested in booking our rental karaoke system who really wants this song. I've checked several karaoke retailers and manufacturers online and have come up empty.The...
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    Business Credit Cards

    Interested to know how many others are using small business credit cards, what you're using, and how satisfied you are. From 2005 through May of last year I was signed up with Advanta and was pretty happy with them. However, they abruptly ceased lending (basically went broke) at the end of...
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    Wireless Remote for ANY software

    A little over a year ago I had posted about wanting to achieve wireless control of my software tool of choice, Mixmeister. I got several suggestions, but nothing panned out to my liking. Tonight I finally figured out a good solution, and am stoked enough I wanted to share! The secret is a...
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    Source for locking hinges (like projection screens use)

    Hopefully the title is pretty self-explanatory... are these type of locking foldback hinges used in other applications that one can buy the components off-the-shelf? I have a couple potential projects that could benefit from a strong & lightweight folding frame. Either the snaplock style...
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    Entertainment Cost - Per Student

    We've got plenty of threads comparing equipment and the biggest shows we do. However, I know there are some of here that do higher-end shows and are successful selling them to small schools. So I'm curious--what's the most you've ever been paid for a school dance on a per-student basis? We...
  9. Steve Saltzman

    Irradiant LED vs Martin PR-1

    A few months ago I bought one of the LED gobo projectors from DJ Supply. I have an electrical engineering degree (still work part time in that capacity) and have thought for a while that an LED gobo projector would make a lot of sense. Unfortunately, I found the performance to be somewhat...
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    Compact Passive Subs

    Right now for our smaller school dances we normally use 2 EV Sx300 tops and 2 B-52 ACT-18s subs. This necessitates hauling the equipment in a van, and I'm interested in trying to find a more compact sub option that might allow us haul these with an SUV. The biggest problem with the B-52s...
  11. Steve Saltzman

    Getting voicemail as mp3/wav - international

    I have a wedding client whose fiance is from Australia... I suggested the possibility of allowing family/friends that weren't traveling to the states to leave a voicemail message of congratulations to be played at the reception. I had previously set up a toll-free number with kall8 specifically...
  12. Steve Saltzman

    Wireless Remote

    I would like to find a wireless remote to control some basic functionality of Mixmeister (Pro 6) from the dance floor. Based on my searching so far it seems like there are a lot of plug-and-play presentation remotes out there, however I believe I'm going to need a remote that I can map buttons...
  13. Steve Saltzman

    Should this rub me the wrong way?

    In exploring some new marketing possibilities for the coming year, I emailed a couple bridal show contacts this afternoon. This is message I sent and reply I got from one. The tone of her reply REALLY rubbed me the wrong way... am I tired and irritable or does the "oops" thing seem rather...
  14. Steve Saltzman

    Best Practices Re Alcohol & Dirty Dancing

    I know this is normally not something we deal with directly, however I'm curious what other DJs have seen schools do to deal with problems such as student alcohol use, dirty dancing, fights, etc. I'm moderating an open forum discussion for a student council conference next week and looking for...
  15. Steve Saltzman

    Iowa MAPDJ Sunday May 4 - Bill Hermann / Wireless Mics

    Not sure if this will reach anyone who hasn't already been notified by email/phone, but I figured it would be worth a shot. Reoly, PM, or email (steve@stevesmobilemusic.com) with any questions/etc. 2:30pm Sunday May 4 2010 SE Delaware Suite 260, Ankeny, IA (Just of I-35 1st St Exit)...
  16. Steve Saltzman

    4-5-08 Prom Playlist/Pics/Video

    We had our first prom Saturday night... not a huge one but probably 300-350 in attendance. They got our big sound and light show, but no music videos. Theme was "Every Girl's Crazy 'bout a Sharp Dreessed Man" which I thought was a welcome break from the constant Paris/Vegas/Casino prom...
  17. Steve Saltzman

    DMX Recorder/Players

    For most of our systems we currently run fairly traditional lighting--4 par cans, 2 effect lights, and a strobe (strobe is normally left in the tub for weddings). I'm interested in switching everything to a single-tripod DMX setup, however I'd ideally like something that requires less of a...
  18. Steve Saltzman

    2-15-08 playlist

    Playlist from a college party last night (bus party at bar in nearby small town). The bus was a little bit late so I got in some stuff that would appeal to the regulars at the beginning. The bus arrival is noted in the list below... after that about 90% of this was beatmixed. For the...
  19. Steve Saltzman

    Text Messaging Alternative to Text Live

    I LOVE the idea of live text messaging, however because I live in an area that doesn't have very good GSM coverage and do my video shows directly off a computer I see a lot of limitations with Text Live. If those two obstacles could be overcome by: 1) using either an internet connection...
  20. Steve Saltzman

    Encouraging venues/schools to require proof of insurance

    We put a lot of effort into improving the perception of the DJ industry by selling our standards and business practices to clients and other DJs. Has anyone (or any group) ever attempted a campaign directed at the locations their events take place--hotels, banquet halls, schools, etc? It...
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