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"Powered or passive speakers?" It's a question you'll encounter early on in your search for a PA system, and one of the most important questions you'll need to answer. There are pros and cons to either choice, and depending on your application, the decision could be fairly straightforward. Understanding the differences between the two is key in putting together a system that does exactly what you need it to do.
There once was a time when stage monitors didn't exist, and musicians simply listened to their bandmates to stay in time with each other. This worked well in small spaces but when amplification came into the picture and allowed bands to play in front of much larger crowds, hearing each other on stage proved to be rather difficult. Enter in stage monitors, which solved that issue but created many of their own.
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The Intimidator Scan 305 IRC is a compact LED scanner with a 60 W light source that shines through any environment. Its crisp 3-facet prism allows you to cover larger areas when you split the beam and non-DMX operation is convenient and easy with the optional IRC-6 remote. Create eye-catching synchronized shows in automated, sound or master/slave modes with the Intimidator Barrel 305 IRC. Minimize programming time using the... read more.
There are few things in the world of A/V more eye-catching than an LED video wall. From just a few panels on the side of a DJ booth to massive screens in arenas and mega churches, video walls have spread throughout the performance world in a big way in recent years. You may have been hesitant to invest in a video wall up until now, possibly due to a lack of knowledge on the subject. Today, we’ll cover the basics of video wa... read more.
No matter what kind of events you put on or participate in, most have one thing in common: a stage. Performers depend on a stage of some sort to showcase themselves to the audience, and in many cases, they won't be able to be seen without one! There are many options to decide on when investing in a stage, every combination coming with its own pros and cons. Let's identify some of these crucial choices and figure out which opti... read more.
Truss is an indispensable, multi-purpose tool for anyone putting on a major event. From flying speakers to mounting lights to simply aiding the general stage aesthetic, there isn't much truss can't do! It can be seen at almost every concert, sporting event, and trade show; even most serious DJs nowadays are implementing truss to give an extra layer of professional flair to their setup. If you're ready to take your events to th... read more.
PSSL visits The NAMM Show every year to bring you the latest and best gear coming soon! Our NAMM videos feature a first look at all of 2015's new gear from your favorite brands. Stay tuned as we will constantly update this page with new videos from The NAMM Show 2015.
Stay connected to all of our NAMM 2015 news, releases and updates by following PSSL on Twitter, li... read more.
When ADJ first kicked off its Inno Pocket series with the release of the small but powerful Inno Pocket Spot, the company didn't quite realize just how well the fixture would go down with lighting enthusiasts across the globe. This first fixture in the Inno Pocket range soon built a solid reputation for being compact, highly flexible and totally affordable. The series was soon expanded with the addition of the Inno Pocket Spot... read more.
Thanks to the continued development of the CHAUVET DJ Freedom Series, DJs like me can enjoy all of the good things about uplighting without being burdened by cabling issues. CHAUVET DJ introduced the Freedom Series about two years ago; and since then the fixtures in this line have kept getting more feature rich, more powerful and simply more awesome. As if that weren't enough; now with the introduction of the new FlareCON Air... read more.
So you've decided you want to start making music at home but you don't know where to start? When entering into the world of recording, you're bound to come across a lot of new terms that will be totally foreign to you: preamp, condenser, DAW, compression, normalization...the list goes on. Today I'd like to identify what you'll need to get up and running with your very own home studio. read more.
Modern life is filled with technology that is both highly portable, adaptable, and instantly accessible; just look at our smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Well, American DJ has taken these important traits and customer needs on board in the design and features of its Dotz Par; creating a new era in wash lighting solutions that are versatile, portable, and cost effective. read more.
Remember the days when a DJ or band was just a DJ or a band? They're long gone. Today, DJs, MCs and Band Leaders should be called "Everything but the Kitchen Sink Special Event Hosts" because we're expected to render more services than ever before. Providing music has become just the tip of the iceberg. Among the ever-growing list of roles we're expected to fill are announcer, crowd motivator, schedule coordinator, music pro... read more.
When the team at American DJ created their extremely bright Inno Pocket Spot, it wasn't just compact power they were going for, but a totally affordable and highly flexible fixture too. The Inno Pocket Spot is a mini moving head which uses a powerful LED light engine at 12W, 7 colors + white, and 7 fixed GOBOs + spot to give mobile entertainers and small venues a range of lighting effects with which to dazzle audiences of all ... read more.
Years of being on stage and hundreds of gigs have given me valuable entertainment experience and taught me lessons I take with me to every show. One of those lessons is that the way you and your gear LOOK is just as important as the way you SOUND. As both a band singer and a DJ, I've found this to be true in both worlds. If your goal is to fill a dance floor, the visual excitement lighting and stage effects provide create a... read more.
Today we're going to be talking about wireless DMX solutions and some battery powered solutions. Wireless DMX is very different then infrared control, sometimes called IRC. Both of them share at the ability to transmit control wirelessly except they're very different. Infrared control will allow you to walk over to the light or be within 10 feet of it and control the various features that are proprietary to that light. This de... read more.
Create tight rhythms, harmonies and melodies in moments with MASCHINE - the groundbreaking instrument that combines a pattern-based sequencer, professional sampler, multi-effect unit and VST/AU plug-in host with tactile control.
Experience a fully creative workflow with the integrated hardware/software system, combining the flexibility of computer-based music production with straightforward, two-handed control for c... read more.
Born and raised in Rumford, Rhode Island, Cory Almeida has climbed the ranks of the DJ and Entertainment industries to become a part of the most successful shows on TV today. If you have had the elite pleasure of attending an audition, performance or taping of American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, America's Got Talent or So You Think You Can Dance you have likely met Cory. His success, however, didn't ... read more.
Most sound-reproducing systems include a circuit for boosting highs and lows, showing an accepted awareness of the loudspeaker's efficiency problem. The BBE system, however, provides dynamic, program-drives augmentation which combines with the phase compensation feature to restore the brilliance and clarity of the original live sound. The result is, as one professional journal phrased it," The most hearable advance in audio te... read more.
SlimPAR HEX 3 IRC is the mobile entertainment industry's first low-profile Par with 6-in-1 LED technology (RGBAW+UV). What's the big deal you say? With the combination of red, green, blue, amber, white and ultraviolet LEDs, this one compact fixture can create virtually any color requested. It includes three, 9-watt LEDs to pack a punch and cover large areas. Another one of my favorite features is the sleek, sit-flat housing de... read more.
If you grew up on the West Coast during the 80's, we're sure you've heard of Richard Blade. He's best known from his nearly two decades as a disc jockey for the "World Famous KROQ" radio station in Los Angeles. Richard was one of the instrumental DJs that turned KROQ into the ultimate New Wave station during that time period and pushing the genre into the lime light. These days you can find him on SiruisXM on channel 33's ... read more.
Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, have been around for the last fifty years but only became a viable lighting source in entertainment lighting in recent years. The first commercially available LEDs combined three base elements (gallium, arsenic, and phosphorus) to produce a dim red light when an electric current was passed through. It was not until the 1980's that the evolution of LED technology took off at a furious pace. Toda... read more.
The Intimidator Spot 100 IRC is powered by a 10-watt LED and includes separate color (seven plus white) and gobo (seven plus open) wheels which continuously scroll at various speeds and increase my overall lighting options. Being able to control this light with a remote is really what sold me. read more.
EZpar 64 RGBA and EZrail RGBA are powered by a lightweight rechargeable lithium-ion battery that takes about six hours to charge. They each provide up to 20 hours of illumination using a single charge, which works out perfectly since most gigs only run about 5 or 6 hours. The long-lasting battery gives me plenty of juice to turn them on well before the guests arrive and keep the party going into the night. read more.
The AKG by TIËSTO range of headphones features tuning and styling directed by legendary DJ and producer TIËSTO. Comprising three high-performance professional-grade headphones, the TIËSTO Series will appeal to a broad range of end users, from studio engineers, to artists, fans and TIËSTO himself - whether in the studio, at a show or on the go. read more.
Make a statement with Geyser RGB - a unique effect fogger that adds a touch of drama to any performance. This powerful fogger blasts a vertical stream of safe, water-based fog while simultaneously illuminating it with 21 high-power (3W) LEDs. A combination of red, green and blue LEDs allows you to easily mix the perfect color to illuminate the fog. read more.
The ADJ Mega Tripar Profile is a compact, low profile par designed for uplighting and stage lighting, and will bring color and excitement to any party. This fixture features an unique “sit-flat” design so that it may sit directly on the ground or inside truss without the scissor yoke because the power & DMX ins and outs are mounted on the side of the fixture, not on the rear. read more.
Pioneer hereby announces that it has jointly developed and released the "DDJ-SX" DJ controller with Serato, which allows full manipulation of all the features of the "Serato DJ" DJ Software for a truly unique DJing experience. The DDJ-SX with "Serato DJ" (bundled for free) enables unique DJ performances with "PERFORMANCE PADS" to arrange tracks with a characteristic flair using dynamic moves such as tapping or drum rolls, "BIG... read more.
If you're looking for an affordable way to get haunting low-lying fog, American DJ's Mister Kool is the answer. Now there is no longer any need for expensive fog chillers, bulky air conditioning units or dry ice to create the "hanging fog effect." Mister Kool uses standard fog fluid and ice cubes to create its low-lying fog. Just fill the fog fluid container and drop up to four pounds of ice in the chiller box and start pumpin... read more.
Chauvet's Nimbus Dry Ice Machine can be summed up in one word, incredible. If you've not had an opportunity to see this machine in action, check out the video below to get an idea of how much fog this machine is capable of producing. Chauvet's Nimbus is a great addition to any party or club element and can really take your DJ setup to the next level. With it's professional low lying fog look, this unit really is in a... read more.
The XDJ-AERO, the industry's first Wi-Fi DJ system that can wirelessly play music tracks from smart devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. The XDJ-AERO enables users to mix and arrange their favorite music tracks stored on their smart devices via Wi-Fi, as well as on USB memory devices and computers via included DJ software. As an added benefit and convenience, the XDJ-AERO can also create its own wirele... read more.
Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, have been around for the last fifty years but only became a viable lighting source in entertainment lighting in recent years. The first commercially available LEDs combined three base elements (gallium, arsenic, and phosphorus) to produce a dim red light when an electric current was passed through. read more.
Every year, I try and purchase at least two or three new lighting fixtures to keep my setup up-to-date, offer clients an extensive variety when it comes to lighting packages and create a stellar light show for my band. My setup consists of linear and PAR can-style wash lights, color-mixing lasers and eye-catching effect lights. However, it is missing a key component -moving heads. Every mobile performer dreams of integrating t... read more.
Shure Performance Packages are Tour Grade Microphone Packages designed for the serious working professional who demands superior quality, optimum performance and rugged durability at a truly affordable price point. Ideal for touring bands, clubs, bars, schools, music teachers, House Of Worship or large event organizers. read more.
System includes 16 wireless RGBA wireless wash lights, controller, wireless transmitter and lighting sconce covers to create a clean professional up-lighting effect. Freedom Par RGBA is a completely wireless system that combines a wireless battery powered RGBA LED wash fixture with the D-Fi wireless DMX transmitter and light controller. Controllable in up to four sections, the hinged LED array allows light to be focused whe... read more.
Today we're going to be talking about DMX. In fact, lets call this DMX 101. It doesn't matter if you're an old-school DJ that has been spinning records longer than I've been alive - lighting is something that you're still going to need these days. I'm sure you've had clients ask for it and I know it's intimidating because it was intimidating for me before I started working at PSSL. When I heard people talk about DMX, I thou... read more.
Based upon the popular Mixdeck controller, the Mixdeck Quad kicks it up a notch by adding support for core MIDI on the iPad, opening the world of Apps like Algoriddum's DJAY to your DJ rig. In addition we added a fully functional 4 channel digital/analog MIDI mixer, allowing total control of both the iPad and DJ software while mixing from CD, thumb drives, mics, or external sources. read more.
Here's a complete Avid Pro Tools recording package that won't break your budget. Take the guess work out of designing your recording system. This great package will have you recording hit music in no time, just add your talent. Just plug the Mbox 3 (included) into the USB 2.0 connector of your computer, install the industry standard Pro Tools Express (included) and mix away. Included industry standard powered studio monitor... read more.
The Flat Par TRI7X has 7 different DMX channel modes, and may also run in Sound Active or Master/Slave modes. Users can also go "wireless" with the ADJ LED RC wireless remote (sold separately). This LED Par Can also features: 32 Color Macros, Electronic Dimming (0-100%), IEC AC IN and OUT on rear to daisy chain power and a 40-degree beam angle. The Flat Par TRI7's LEDs are rated at 50,000 hours, and only draws 25-Watts of powe... read more.
Chauvet DJ caught my attention with the release of the completely wireless Freedom series. The series, which consists of Freedom Par and Freedom Strip Mini wash lights, boasts up to eight hours of battery power, a built-in D-Fi 2.4 GHz transceiver and optional infrared remote control. Every type of mobile entertainer can appreciate independence from messy and time consuming power cords and DMX cables. I was curious to see how... read more.
Arena 2100 Flex is a powerful fog machine with a variable output range of 180° and DMX capabilities. A built-in wired timer remote, a wireless remote control and an LCD screen are standard features. For added control options, 3 and 5-pin DMX connections are available. This water-based fogger produces an impressive 30,000 cfm of fog output after a short 8-minute heat up time. read more.
Controllable in up to four sections, the hinged LED array allows light to be focused where it's needed by angling the face of the unit. A lightweight, rechargeable Li Ion battery powers the unit for up to 8 hours. When wireless DMX isn't needed, easy "point and shoot" operation is achieved with the infrared remote control (IRC). read more.
Is your rig missing a striking effect? Don’t let other DJs "eclipse" you and try out these two awesome lasers from a Chauvet: Eclipse RGB and Scorpion Storm FXGB. From the moment I saw the boxes, I was eager to explore these fixtures. Eclipse RGB combines LED and laser technologies, while Scorpion Storm FXGB overwhelms with huge coverage and intense beams of blue and green. read more.
The DJX900USB features super-smooth channel faders and the infinium "contact- free" VCA-controlled optical crossfader for the ultimate in reliability and state- of- the- art audio performance. A dedicated CF Curve control allows you to custom-tailor the crossfader’s control characteristic, and you can even set the crossfader tension just the way you like it. read more.
The CDJ-350 will allow users to create DJ performances with various digital music files including MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files that are stored on different forms of media, including USB mass storage device class products or CD-R/RW discs. The media player also includes Pioneer’s proprietary music management software, rekordbox, making it possible to manage music files on a computer for quick song selection when played back on ... read more.
The Crown Truck has toured North America, performing demos and training sessions for both skilled and novice users of Crown Audio products. Logging nearly 50,000 miles a year, this "training school on wheels" has been seen at every major Audio Industry trade show and has made an appearance in nearly all of the lower 48 states and across Canada through its ten-year history. read more.
Cables can be confusing! We've created this glossary of commonly used cable terms to help you tell the difference between different types of cables, identify what cables you need and make it easier to find the cable that's right for you. read more.