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    Channel Audio is an event production and AV equipment rental provider based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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    Nashville, TN

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    Audiovisual, AV, Technology, Equipment, Live Sound

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    AV Technician

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  1. The art of DJing has come a very long way since its humble beginning in the 1950s. At that time, radio stations were just beginning to play music on the air as a way to break up the talking and it soon became clear that the disc jockey would need some specialized equipment. As the musical element of broadcasts became more popular with listeners, DJs needed more advanced equipment to allow one musical element to transition smoothly into another. Over the next few years, the technology quickly advanced, producing a completely new genre of musical expression. The following is a short history of the evolution of modern DJ equipment. 1877: Thomas Edison invents the phonograph. This could both record and play audio and was hailed as one of the greatest modern inventions of the time. Patented as the gramophone, this became its generic name over time. By the 1940s, however, the most common name for this type of turntable was the record player. 1964-1965: The World’s Fair in New York sees the debut of the world’s first stereophonic disco system which used two-channel sound and represented a huge advance in the musical experience for listeners. 1970: This year saw a major breakthrough for DJs and added a new dimension to the listening experience. Having looked at the sound systems used on Broadway, David Mancuso and Alex Ratner started to use similar systems at their infamous after-hours parties at “The Loft.” They used separate tweeter arrays and subwoofers which made the sound crisp and defined. This not only added to the party-goers’ experience but also provided a leap forward in DJ culture. 1971: Alex Rosner designs the first DJ mixer. The mixer, that Rosner called Rosie, was developed specifically for the Haven Club and gave the DJ the ability to mix two turntables for the first time. The mixer had a microphone input and a headphone output, all controllable by the DJ. 1974: Joseph Saddler develops a new way of cutting and mixing records. Better known as Grandmaster Flash, Saddler invents the “Quick Mix Theory,” which allows for the continual use of the same beat by cutting between two identical tracks on the turntable. 1975: “Scratching” is invented by Grand Wizzard Theodore. This took DJing to the next level, especially for party-goers. Using this technique, the discs could be manipulated and used to create new and original music. 1977: The advent of transition control. The GLI PMX 7000 Mixer was the first of its kind and revolutionized DJing. This US-made mixer was aimed at the ordinary DJ and the crossfader allowed for rapid transitions between records with one hand. It was made popular by hip-hop DJ s and was widely used in the late 70s. 1986: When the Rane MP 24 Club Mixer hit the market in 1986, it soon became a common sight in clubs, giving DJs access to studio-quality faders. 1995: As technological aN2IT introduces Final Scratch. By embedding digital timecode on a special vinyl, a computer now could read direction, tempo, and speed. This game-changing device hailed a new era for DJs who were now able to combine the control of the turntable with unprecedented ability to manipulate the audio. 2004: Scratch Live is introduced by New Zealand company, Serato. The company made its name with a Pitch N' Time plugin for Pro Tools and soon became a field leader. Pairing with Rane and other companies, Serato becomes the industry standard for software and hardware to enhance the DJ experience. 2008: Serato launches its Video-SL software plug-in for Scratch Live. For the first time, a DJ can mix and playback video files using a laptop and turntable mixer (TTM). 2010: Rane Sixty-Eight Mixer for Serato Scratch Live is launched this year. With two USB ports, it is the first mixer that allows two DJs to link their laptops, allowing them to handoff sets seamlessly. 2012: Rane Sixty-Two Mixer for Serato Scratch Live comes on the scene to replace the TTM 57SL. The new mixer offers dedicated buttons for cues, samples, loops, and onboard effects. Like the Rane Sixty-Eight Mixer, this offers two USB ports that allow DJs to share the mixer between their two laptops. Now they can run different software and experience the same seamless results. 2013: Enter the iPad. The DJing game changes again with the Native Instruments Traktor DJ App. By shrinking two 1200s into two linear waveforms, now anyone can mix tracks. Another new release this year is the Pioneer's XDJ-AERO which brought wireless technology into the world of the digital DJ. As we look back at the history of DJ equipment, it makes me wonder where we'll be 10 years from now!
  2. Live music can really set an event apart from others, especially if the music is carefully selected for the audience and the tempo that you want. The right band or DJ can help create an event something that people will talk about for years to come. Live music can be the soundtrack of an event, or it can take center stage. But how do you find the right act? How do you know that your guests will be entertained from the moment they arrive? We have provided several key factors to consider before making the final decision and booking a band or DJ for your event. THE EVENT ITSELF Different types of events need different musical styles. If you are hiring for a themed event, you need to choose appropriate music that creates the right atmosphere. If you want several musical styles for the event, you can hire more than one musician. Maybe you need a band for dancing in the evening but something more sedate as background during the day? If so, some larger bands are happy to break into smaller acts to provide different music for the day then join back together for a more upbeat performance in the evening. Whatever you choose—a pianist, string quartet or rock band—make sure to think about the appropriate musical style(s) before booking the musical talent. AUDIENCE Age is certainly something that makes a difference when it comes to musical taste because an audience should be able to relate to the music. If your audience is a specific age group, then booking an act is easier, but if you are expecting a mixture of ages, you will need to find something that has a broad appeal across the expected age range of your guests. VENUE SIZE Another factor to consider is how many people you expect to attend, as this will have a direct effect on the sort of band or DJ you want. As a general rule, bigger crowds need bigger bands which will require a larger sound set up. Make sure that the venue can accommodate the needs of both the audience and the musicians. You need to avoid overcrowding and also make sure that you do not swamp a small crowd in a massive venue. BUDGET Once you have narrowed down the number of bands or DJs that fit your criteria, you can start talking about cost. Think about talent price in relationship to the quality you require. The larger or better known a band or musician is, the more they are going to charge. If you have a limited budget, simply try talking to a band and seeing if they are willing to negotiate. Sometimes bands will reduce their fee to fill a gap in their schedule or last-minute cancellation. For instance, an up-and-coming band may be prepared to charge less in return for some extra promotion from you. So always keep your options open when negotiating the final fee. REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS If you are using the internet to discover potential acts, be sure to read the reviews from audience members at a band’s past performance. Online reviews tend to be honest and are essential if you are entirely unfamiliar with the band and their work. Industry colleagues and friends can also give valuable feedback on bands and musicians they have personally enjoyed at past events. ALWAYS AUDITION You should never hire a band or individual you have never seen or heard. Most musicians love showing off their musical prowess and will be happy to send you links to their music and videos of their previous performances. You will want to ensure that they have enough music in their repertoire to fill your time requirements without repetition. Whenever possible, the best way to find out if a band is suitable for your event is to go and see them live. The way they look and interact with an audience is as important as their music. TALK TO YOUR AV TEAM AV professionals know the industry. They understand how to work with different types of musicians, and often have experience with the prominent local bands. Most importantly, your AV team is likely to know who is easy (and not-so-easy) to work with. They also know if you are likely, with their referral, to be able to negotiate a little on fees. If you want to find the perfect music for your next event, contact Channel Audio! We can set you on the right course, so you choose a band that makes your event one to remember.
  3. Hey Guys, I am in the market for some wireless handheld microphones for AV hire use. Mostly corporate gigs at smaller venues and no more than (4) mics at a time. I've been doing some research and see a lot of negative comments from the pro community regarding Shure BLX. I don't know much about RF and was wondering if any of you all could help me understand if/why they are a poor option. Thanks!
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