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10 Worst Wedding Photo Shoot Cliches

Top 10 Wedding Photo Shoot Clichés to Stay Away From

August 24, 2016 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani

10 Worst Wedding Photo Shoot Cliches

By Lacey Hauptman

With the value that couples (your potential clients) attach to their precious wedding photos, it is easy to get carried away when it comes to copying every tried-and-tested pose out there that other wedding photographers tend to stick to.

But while it’s perfectly understandable to want to take the same token wedding shots every time to play it safe, there are certain ones th ... [read more]

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The Smooth Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour

August 24, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
smooth_jazz_imageIn our previous installment of this blog series, we selected songs from the "Giants of Jazz" - legends like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Bill Evans. In this 42nd episode, we focus on the more contemporary "smooth jazz." Smooth jazz is a genre of music that grew out of jazz fusion and is influenced by jazz, R&B, funk and other musical styles. Smooth, atmospheric and often romantic, smooth jazz is a perfect choice for a wedding cocktail hour. Our selected smooth jazz favorites are skewed towards instrumentals, but include a smattering of vocal versions. Popular artists from the smooth jazz category include Norman Brown, Grover Washington Jr., Ronny Jordan, Kenny G, Paul Hardcastle and Richar ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: More Kids

August 24, 2016 by Tony Barthel
A big difference between adults and children is the fact that adults have been WeddingHorrorwhacked or yelled at enough to realize that they have to wait for what they want. Smaller children, on the other hand, may not have that life lesson completely learned just yet. Take, for example, dessert. If you’re an adult one of the highlights of a wedding reception might be the beautiful wedding cake that looks and smells so good. It’s a tribute to bakers who perform such artistry for both the eyes and the palate and nothing is more tempting to some. As adults, we realize we have to sit through all sorts of formalities and dinner so that we can be rewarded with this wonderful dessert. In fact, many guests stay at a reception j ... [read more]
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Thud Rumble’s Intel-powered DJ mixer has a PC inside – From Engadget

August 24, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Roughly four years ago, Thud Rumble -- a company that's the brainchild of legendary DJ QBert (Richard Quitevis) and Yogafrog (Ritche Desuasido) -- was having an open 0815_thudrumble-17house. Developer and DJ Rich Johnson (aka DJ Hard Rich) wandered in to talk to the co-founders. During a conversation with Quitevis, Johnson said, "I want to make a mixer for you guys." Quitevis had long wanted a mixer with an embedded computer so he wouldn't have to drag a laptop and mixer to gigs. "Can you make something like this?" he asked. Johnson said he could. Finally they're showing it off. Read the rest at Engadget - https://www.engadg ... [read more]
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Portable Scratch with PT01 Scratch Turntable

August 24, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Cumberland, RI USA (August 15, 2016)— Numark (numark.com), the world’s leading innovator of DJ solutions, today announced the introduction at DJ Expo of their exciting new PT01 Scratch portable turntable with DJ scratch switch that enables DJ portable turntable enthusiasts (“portablists”) to play records with genuine scratch effects—anywhere!PT01Scratch_angle_10x8_media DJs love the sound they can get by scratching records, but until now, that effect was limited to indoor, traditionally-powered turntables that plug into the wall. However, with the rapidly-increasing popularity of portable battery-operated turntables, DJs are finally able to practice their art outdoors, away from the limitations of the electrical ... [read more]
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Shut Up Already! by Jim Cerone

August 23, 2016 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Y ou hear your own voice differently than other people do. You also miss the context added by your facial expressions, gestures and body language. Every weekend, every word you say gets fed through a microphone and amplified through loudspeakers into the ears of a crowd in a big room. Are you saying anything worth hearing? To find out, you MUST record yourself.172-0607 Hook a digital recorder up to your mixer, use an app on your phone or put a camera on a tripod and record all of your announcements. In radio, we call these “air checks.” A few days after your event, review your air check. Play it all the way through once and just listen. The hard part happens next. Play every announcement again, but TIME each one with the second ... [read more]
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Alto Professional Demos Their All-New Line of Innovative Sound Products!

August 23, 2016 by Mobile Beat
New TS2 powered speakers, TS2W wireless speakers and TS2S subwoofers are among the latest trend-setting Alto Professional products that can be seen and heard at Show Cumberland, RI USA (August 15, 2016)—Alto Professional (altoprofessional.com), the world’s leading innovator for live performance sound reinforcement products, today announced that they will demonstrate their complete new line at DJ Expo in Atlantic City NJ, August 15-18, 2016. It’s the first time that all of Alto Professional’s recent introductions—which have become instant best-sellers—can be seen and heard together, making this a very unique opportunity to experience first-hand one of the most exciting and influential family of products in the professional sound industry today. TS2 Truesonic Powered Full Range Speakers When Alto Professional first introduced their TS2 Truesonic family of powered louds ... [read more]
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IK Multimedia releases SampleTank 2 for iOS – the full-featured, expandable, mobile sound and groove workstation

August 23, 2016 by Mobile Beat
With a new massive collection of high-quality sounds, new sound engine, expanded 8 parts and redesigned interface, SampleTank 2 for iPhone/iPad now rivals desktop virtual instruments August 23, 2016 - IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce the release of SampleTank 2 for iPhone and iPad, a major update to the flagship virtual instrument for mobile musicians. With SampleTank 2, iOS users now have the power of desktop virtual instruments - without compromise - with a massive number of over 1,900 high-quality instruments and the most advanced sound and groove workstation for the mobile platform. SampleTank 2 for iOS A world of sounds on your mobile device SampleTank 2 for iOS is a sample-based virtual instrument that allows users to have at their fingertips thousands of sounds from multiple categories of acoustic, electric and electronic instrum ... [read more]
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X-Laser USA’s new Mobile Beat Mirage laser system

August 23, 2016 by Mobile Beat
LAUREL, Md., — There’s a reason nobody uses floppy disks anymore. The technology is simply outdated. In the X-Laser Mobile Beat Mirage 5entertainment laser industry, units with bulky housings and basic optical components are a thing of the past, just like those floppies. With this in mind, X-Laser decided to completely redesign and re-engineer their most popular entry-level laser system, the Mobile Beat. The result is the all-new Mobile Beat Mirage. As X-Laser USA’s ninth generation of the Mobile Beat, the Mobile Beat Mirage presents a versatile yet accessible system for creating sharp graphics and vividly colorful beam shows. “We looked at the feedback we received from mobile entertainers using previous versions ... [read more]
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Cleaning Up Dance Floor Disasters

August 22, 2016 by Staci Nichols
After playing a song that kills the dance floor, we are faced with building up again what we just worked so hard to create...sigh! I take a few different approaches. 172-0809CLEANSE THE PALLET So, that country song the bride requested sent everyone but the bride to their seats? Just like after eating something with a bad taste, cleanse the pallet—switch up the vibe completely. If Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon” was the culprit, don’t follow it with Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl Shake It For Me.” Get out of there and drop a slow dance or something like “Party Rock Anthem.” (You might casually announce that the song in question is one o ... [read more]
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Active Speaker Systems vs. Passive Speaker Systems Advantages and Disadvantages of Each to Help You Choose the Correct System

August 22, 2016 by Carvin Audio
I am frequently asked “which are better, active or passive speakers?” The short answer is “Neither.” The real answer is dependent on many variables. My production company currently has inventory of both active and passive speakers. We use both very frequently and often at the same events. Here are a few ideas that you might consider when choosing between active and passive speakers. Screen_Shot_2016-08-12_at_8.47.08_AM_large_2x Passive Speakers: Advantages Let’s first take a look at some of the benefits of passive speakers. The number one, biggest advantage of passive speakers is power and signal distribution. You do not need to run power cables to each of the speakers, just a speaker cable. T ... [read more]