November 12, 2012
We sat down with mix engineer Miles Walker at Parhelion Studios and we talked about everything from how he mixes tracks to the gear he uses in his studio. If you are not familiar with Miles, check out our interview with him.
In this video Miles goes over the reasons he uses the Yamaha NS10 studio monitors. For Miles, as well as most people that do studio production, its all about how well you know your monitors and how comfortable you feel when mixing. When using passive monitors like the NS10s, its often difficult to find a quality amplifier that can power passive monitors and many companies have abandoned passive studio monitor systems and replaced them with active studio monitors. The Yamaha HS80 studio monitors are a great example of an active studio monitor that works great for production.
What studio monitors are the best for your production? Which studio …
November 2, 2012
Joel Lonky, front of house engineer for Rob Zombie on the Twins of Evil Tour, gave us an exclusive look into how he integrates the extensive set of Waves Multirack Live Sound Host and Plugins when using the Midas Pro 9 Live Audio System. Joel has an extensive pedigree of doing front of house sound for some of the world’s biggest live acts including Rage Against The Machine, Maroon 5, Cypress Hill, and Collective Soul just to name a few. While working with Rob Zombie in 2010 Joel switched over to a Midas Pro 6 console mid tour and has never looked back. The Midas Pro series has been his go to mixing console throughout the touring years and he is currently using their biggest and baddest model, the Midas Pro 9 Live Audio System.
While the system Joel uses is as he says “truly plug and play,” there are a …
September 7, 2012
“Program” DJing is a relatively new, but successful phenomenon in the working DJ arena. It works something like this: The DJ loads a preset list of tunes they’d like to play next, and employ their DVS (usually Virtual DJ) to handle the typical 4 bar linear mix – leaving the DJ with little responsibility other than song selection and mix out effects.
Naturally, DJs of this form take heat from “mixing” DJs who put serious effort into the transitional phases of their set. To the “program” DJ, song selection and crowd interaction are their main focus – often leaving the booth to have a drink with the crowd or to dance on the floor with them.
Does “programming” deride the art of DJing? The polarization over this issue will not be going away any time soon.…
April 11, 2012
A few days ago Hercules stopped by the office to drop off a 4-MX and DJ Control AIR for us to review. The Hercules DJ Control AIR is a two deck DJ controller which stands for “Adjustment by InfraRed”. It retails for under $200, so aspiring DJs can pick one up and try it out without breaking the bank. At first, the AIR struck me as a DJ’s toy but I got to put my hands on it for a few days and dive in deep. When I came out on the other side, what I found was a controller that was actually quite delightful to play (with) and a knowledge of a DJ software that, until doing this review, I had no idea even existed.
Our resident DJ specialist, DJ MadfFlip, wrote up a summary of its performance to present to us at a pre-production meeting. Scott came with pretty …
April 4, 2012
The Hercules 4-MX is a four deck metal DJ controller that is meant to be used by computer based DJs. On the Hercules website they say that it is meant for mobile computer based DJs but I didn’t want to imply that only wedding DJs can buy this controller because that is not the case. I really wanted to do the blog because this is one of the controllers I learned how to DJ on.
Long before I picked up an S4 I started on a Hercules RMX that my friend owned. I borrowed it for gigs and used it until a cooler and geographically closer friend of mine picked up a 4-MX. I remember the way the jogs felt the first time I touched them. I was a beginner to the DJ scene at the time and this controller was the nicest I had ever seen. In this blog …