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Yamaha Tyros3 Arranger Workstation Keyboard

Yamaha Tyros3 Arranger Workstation Keyboard

The Yamaha Tyros3 is a music arranger workstation that features many different voice technologies using the most appropriate one to bring out the best in each voice. All new for Yamaha Tyros3 keyboard is Super Articulation 2 which gives you detailed control of the musical expression of each Super Articulation 2 Voice, including two Articulation (ART) buttons and direct control of the real vibrato of the original instrument.If you’re looking for a pro backing band to support your performance, Tyros3 has everything you could ask for—and more. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished professional, Styles follow your chord progressions smoothly and seamlessly, just like a live backing band. The Styles themselves are created by reputable programmers and mixed by studio engineers to produce top-quality covering vast musical genres.One of the best ways to check your musical progress is by recording your performance and listening back to it. With Yamaha Tyros3 this is a (more…)

The Immense Popularity of the Piano Continues To This Day

Every since about 1709 when Christofori announced that he had invented an instrument to upscale the harpsichord,the piano has been the premier musical instrument in terms of popularity and versatility.

The harpsichord played all at one volume level-no soft or loud. So when an instrument was invented that played both soft and loud it was appropriately named the “pianoforte” (which means “soft-loud”-later the name was shorted to just “piano”).

Most instruments are not solo instruments in the sense that they require an accompanianist, but not so with the piano. It can play alone as well as with combos, orchestras, or whatever. It’s unique sound qualities make it the first choice in musical instruments for millions of folks the world over.

Because of that fact, multitudes of people around the world have purchased pianos and continue to purchase pianos in hopes of mastering the “musical monster with 88 ivory teeth”. Some of the dominant manufacturers are Steinway, Yamaha, Baldwin, Kawaii, Bosendorfer and many others. Pianos come in various shapes and sizes, including:

Grand Pianos:

Parlor Grand. Size 4′5″ to 5′5″

Baby Grand. Size 5′0″ to 6′5″

Medium Studio Grand. Size 5′6″ to 6′5″

Semi-Concert Grand. Size 6′6″ to 8′0″.

Concert Grand. Most concert grands are 9′ in length

Upright Pianos:

Spinet. Size 35″ to 39″ tall.

Console. 40″ to 44″ tall.

Studio: 45″ to 47″ tall.

Professional. 48″ to 52″ tall.

Every since the invention of the piano, parents have signed their children up for piano lessons in hope they would become the next Mozart, or a least be able to entertain family and friends. But for every 100 kids that start piano lessons, probably less than 20% or so actually continue with the lessons long enough to play decently. Still, it is a good education in music, and certainly good for developing self-discipline and focus.

To really master piano playing, a beginning student must gradually learn many different disciplines and aspects of music including:

*Sight-reading sheet music (or the score of a classical piece);
*Fingering of scale passages and chord formations; *Keyboard chords, from major chords to minor chords to augmented chords to diminished chords to 7th chords and more;
*Music theory, including major scales, minor scales, whole-tone and chromatic scales, and the “church modes”, plus some specialty scales such as the Mediterranean scale, the blues scale, and so on;
*Key orientation including knowledge of the tonic note or tonic tone, triads, arpeggios, the concept of key (key of C, key of Eb, key of F#, etc.)
*Intervals including unisons, inversions, chords-both primary and secondary:
*Figured bass, chord symbols;
*Dynamics and dynamic markings such as sforzando, presto, largo, allegro, etc,
*Many other aspects including pedaling, body position, ear-training, music appreciation, a study of the great composers such as Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, etc., interpretation, arranging, and a host of related subjects in the harmony and music theory areas.

This often involves years of learning at home with a teacher ( sometimes supplemented by online music lessons) and numerous music books, chord charts, fingering diagrams and musical scores. Meanwhile the student learns to play songs and classical pieces galore that contribute to the warmth of the home and the enjoyment of the family.

And if the student fails to become another Brubeck or Garner, he or she has still benefited tremendously in terms of music education, appreciation, the ability to concentrate, and many other qualities that flow out of having taken piano lessons. Plus he or she has brought the sound of music into their parent’s home, and hopefully will continue with it when they form their own family.

Pianos: What to Look for When Purchasing One

The piano as we all know is a big and bulky musical instrument played through a keyboard; however what most of us may not know is how it produces sound; by striking steel strings with small hammers made out of felt and after a rebound of these hammers the strings continue to vibrate at peak amplitude and frequency (or their resonant frequency). The vibrations from the steel strings are then amplified by the soundboard through a bridge (a device which supports the steel strings) producing sound.

 

The piano is and has been increasingly used in various countries including Australia and other western countries as part of a solo performance, chamber music, accompanying other musical instruments or as a part of an ensemble. I am sure most if not all of us admire a sight of a pianist or even better a signing pianist sitting on a chair doing their magic on the piano. Piano is not only used as a musical instrument but many musicians over the past have talked about its versatility in composing and rehearsal of songs. However, due to its bulkiness and expenses, other musical instruments are usually used instead of the piano.

 

Therefore it is very important to seriously ponder what you are looking for when buying a piano, to ensure that you are buying one that suits you, your skills and even better your budget. As I have already mentioned a piano can cost from about $2000 to as much as $80 000 for those grand performance pianos, therefore buying a piano is a major investment on your part. But what do you look for when you want to purchase a piano, even more so if you can’t play yourself and hoping that your kids, whom you are sending for those expensive piano lessons, will one day be able to play at least as half as good as Oscar Peterson.

Firstly, make a criteria of what you are looking for, in terms of size, colour, and most importantly how much you willing to spend. Shop around, I know many of us can be wary of piano salespeople and you may feel that they are steering you in a certain direction, but piano sales company that have been in the market for a long time such as Hutchings Pianos in Sydney are quite reputable. If you are not sure it may be useful to hire someone who knows about pianos to accompany you when you are going to make the purchase especially in checking out the technical aspects of the piano and whether these fit with your other requirements.

The other important question is whether you buy used or new piano. This is eventually up to you, after weighing the pros and cons of each. New pianos are an attractive choice because not only are you getting a brand new piano, but you are getting one without any wear associated with use thus it will last for over half a century, that of course depends on how you take care of the piano after buying it.

Brands like Yamaha and Schimmel are familiar to most people as these companies have been producing pianos over a century in various pats of the world such as Japan, Germany and the US, furthermore these companies have deservingly earned this reputation by producing high quality pianos . However, cheaper brands like Beale and Alex Steinbach have risen in the past few years and if you shop around carefully you may get a good deal.

After settling on certain piano, very carefully investigate the seller’s warranty and if this warranty covers you in your location. Also think in the long term, how hard or easy is it going to be for you to trade in the piano if you want to buy a better one. And also check what is covered in the warranty, especially the conditions of return. Also look at the aesthetic quality of the piano and how it is going to fit in with your house, for example certain pianos will work well in rooms without carpets and vice versa, check with the seller and the technicians.

 

Used pianos also offer an attractive alternative option as they are relatively cheaper and with careful consideration one can buy not only affordable but also a good quality piano. Besides, if you buy a grand piano, for example one made prior to World War II you can always claim and rightly fully so to your friends and family, that your piano is an authentic antique. And we all know how everyone loves antique products. To find good quality used pianos, again check with reputable Piano dealers, negotiate for a better deal. Before making a used piano purchase it may prove useful to determine the age of the piano, through enquiring about the name and the serial number of the piano. Caution should be exercised for rebuilt pianos.

 

I hope I have given insight about purchase of pianos, remember you are making a lifetime investment when purchasing a piano therefore, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the piano that you want to buy. It is important for you to ensure that you get a piano suited to you tastes as much as possible. Books about purchase of pianos such as one by Larry Fine may prove useful in providing a more comprehensive insight into buying of pianos. Good luck!

 

 

 

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I am a thirty year old music technician; I also work part time in The University of Sydney in the faculty of creative and performing arts. I currently live in Bondi Junction in Sydney. Live with my family of four. My hobbies include, playing music, going to the beach, surfing and barbeques on weekends.

 

A Day in the Life of a Guitarist

Six o’clock, and with it comes a beautiful fall morning and a pretty nasty hangover. While the homecoming party last night was memorable, I have no time to reminisce. This figures to be a pretty busy day. I take an aspirin, drink an orange juice, and take my trusty old Yamaha acoustic guitar from my closet. I bought it online from Amazon two months ago, and because I used coupon codes it came with an aluminum pick and was shipped for free.

Eight-thirty: I have been practicing the tabs of this Rufus Wainwright song – as well as some original compositions – for over two hours now. My band mates haven’t yet called; we are all supposed to meet after lunch to rehearse for the gig tonight at a local bistro called The House of Blues. They’re probably all still asleep, with the exception of Andrew, who is the most diligent harmonica player I’ve ever known.

Ten-twenty: After my Communications Theory class, I pull out my cell phone to read the text message I’ve been waiting for. “Let’s meet at Tony’s house 1 pm. See you later.” Tony is our lead vocalist, he has a really powerful rock star voice, but I don’t think he realizes how good he is. Oh – he also has a neat house and a makeshift recording studio in his basement with a lot of awesome audio equipment and hi-tech effects pedals.

Twelve noon: I have just had lunch (a four-inch BLT sandwich), and before I drive all the way to Tony’s house, I first check in at the library to look up something on the Internet. Andrew had E-mailed me something he saw at the Guitar Center website; it was a combo amp that might work well with my guitar. I find out that if I use coupon codes I can slash down the price from $150 to $100 – a good deal, considering that it’s one of the most popular brands for musicians and audiophiles, Crate. Anyway, I also chat online briefly with my girlfriend Jenny, who I hope will show up to watch us tonight.

One-thirty: We’re feeling it. Tony is in his element, Andrew is showing off some new musical stylings, Richard at the keyboards is striking complicated but breathtakingly pretty chords, and I am plucking and twanging away like Johnny Lang who has drunk too much caffeine. I love making music, and it makes it even all the more worthwhile with a group of friends who are so dedicated to the craft – and who don’t worry too much about talent fees.

Five in the afternoon, and we are all headed to The House of Blues. I like the place not only because they serve some tasty barbecue, but also because they have an addictive pinball machine right by the cocktail bar and the owner lets performers like us play for free. But Jenny’s not yet here, I’m afraid. “Still in Starbucks, having coffee with girlfriends,” her text message reads. Well, that or she’s compulsively scouring the Internet again for Victoria’s Secret coupon codes.

Nine-thirty: Our one-hour set is almost over. For the first time we perform “Teasingly Hazel Eyes” – a song I wrote as a tribute to Jenny. Yes, she did show up, and she clapped louder than the rest of them. As I get off the stage with Tony, Richard, Andrew, and my beloved guitar, I immediately walk up towards my girl and give her a kiss.

BeamYourScreen Launches Cross-Platform Desktop Sharing Solution

Mannheim, GERMANY June 9, 2009 – BeamYourScreen has today announced the release of its official BeamYourScreen Mac version providing a cross-platform desktop sharing solution for online meetings with up to 200 participants. Thus not only can PC users benefit from an easy-to-use and fast desktop sharing solution, Mac users can now also harness the potential of professional desktop sharing.

Whether it be an online meeting, web presentation, webinar or remote support session, the BeamYourScreen Mac version enables Mac users to start a session within seconds and invite both PC and Mac users to view their screen over the Web in real-time. Furthermore Mac users are able to join any BeamYourScreen session that was started on a PC computer.

A great advantage of the BeamYourScreen design is that neither the firewall nor network settings need to be changed to allow a user to start or join a session. This makes it possible for Mac users to quickly and effortlessly start a session directly after downloading the software.

Upon starting a session the organizer receives a 9-digit session ID, which they pass on to their participants. Participants download a connection program, enter the session ID, and are then instantly able to view the screen of the session organizer. During the session, the presenter has numerous functions: switch presenter, remote keyboard and mouse control, file/clipboard transfer, pointer, pause session, close session, and audio conferencing system.

The security of all data transferred during a BeamYourScreen session is ensured via 256-bit AES encryption, unique user authentication and an optional session password. Recently, the BeamYourScreen security architecture received the TÜV SÜD attestation.

“With the BeamYourScreen Mac version, we have made another important step for our innovative desktop sharing solution. Not only is the popularity of the Apple Mac platform increasing amongst individuals, but there is a growing presence of Mac computers in workplaces, and consequently many companies will benefit from our software,” says Erik Boos, Co-Founder of BeamYourScreen. “We are very pleased to provide cross-platform functionality with BeamYourScreen and we are looking forward to the upcoming features in the BeamYourScreen Mac version.”

Given the current economic situation, BeamYourScreen provides an innovative solution to conduct meetings and presentations via the Internet and thereby reduce costs and increase productivity. Further information is available at http://www.BeamYourScreen.com.

Contact Person:

Bernadette Goetz

Sales & Marketing

Email: bgoetz@BeamYourScreen.com

Phone: +1-646-292-7142

Press Contact:

Andrew Donnelly

Email: adonnelly@BeamYourScreen.com

Phone: +49-621-7001-9987

Established in Germany in 2004 by Erik Boos and Mark Zondler, BeamYourScreen is a renowned provider of innovative web collaboration solutions, whose product range consists of software solutions for online meetings, online presentations, and remote support. At present, more than 1500 corporate customers in over 40 countries worldwide are using the BeamYourScreen technology and benefiting from significantly reduced travel time and travel expenses. The makeup of these customers ranges from small and medium sized enterprises to large global corporations such as Toshiba, Yamaha, and Roche.

Tori Amos concerts

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is a pianist and singer-songwriter. She is married to English sound engineer Mark Hawley, with whom she has one child, Natashya “Tash” Lórien Hawley, born on September 5, 2000.Amos was at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s and was noteworthy early in her career as one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. She is known for her emotionally intense songs that cover a wide range of subjects including sexuality, religion and personal tragedy. Some of her charting singles include “Crucify”, “Silent All These Years”, “Cornflake Girl”, “Caught a Lite Sneeze”, “Professional Widow”, “Spark”, and “A Sorta Fairytale,” her most commercially successful single in the U.S. to date.As of 2005, Amos had sold 12 million records worldwide. Having a history of making eccentric and at times ribald comments during concerts and interviews, she has earned a reputation for being highly idiosyncratic. As a social commentator and sometimes activist, some of the topics she has been most vocal about include feminism, religion, and sexuality.

Want to save on Tori Amos tickets? Use promo code PERTIX and save 6%! This is exclusive offer from http://www.performertickets.com for Tori Amos fans.After releasing two albums and embarking on two tours in rapid succession, Amos took a break from both touring and recording in 2000 to devote to another pregnancy. Amos became a mother, giving birth to her daughter, Natashya, in September 2000. Inspired by the songs she heard on the radio while looking after her daughter at her second home in Florida, Amos hatched the idea to produce a covers album, recording songs written by men about women and turning them around to suit the female perspective. That idea grew into the covers album Strange Little Girls, which was released in September 2001. The unique album garnered substantial press attention, as did the artwork featuring Amos photographed in character of the women portrayed in each song. Amos would later reveal in Piece by Piece that a stimulus for the album was to end her contract with Atlantic Records without giving them new original songs; Amos felt that since 1998, the label had not been properly promoting her and had trapped her in a contract by refusing to sell her to another label.In several interviews while promoting A Piano, Amos revealed details about her ninth studio album. The thematic nature of and the concepts behind the next album were revealed in an interview early in 2007, with Amos stating she was “jumping ship” from her previous work and that A Piano was the summation of her previous work and the end of an era. The album, recorded with new microphones, pianos, and a Yamaha CS80 synth keyboard, was released under the title American Doll Posse on May 1, 2007, in the US. The “Posse”, a group of girls who are used as a theme of alter-egos in the album, consists of Amos in five guises. In conjunction with the tour, Amos released the Legs & Boots series, complete shows from the North American leg of her American Doll Posse tour available for download. A total of 27 shows were recorded as part of the Legs & Boots series.

All About Piano

The mother of all instruments, piano is referred this way by most people. It is said to be the instrument that is extensively played all over the world. Piano and each of its sole features like the rich melody, tone, wide musical range and the elegant appearance makes it distinct among other instruments. Piano captivates the heart of every music lover which makes them play the instrument more than anything. Read on to know more remarkable details about this fantastic instrument that has captured the attention of music lovers from different ages and groups.
Keyboard, string and percussion music is what piano primarily creates. The great inventor of piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori is originally from Florence, Italy. Piano came form the Italian word – pianoforte which means piano and loud in English. This marks the difference between the piano instrument and the harpsichord during the early times. It was invented primarily with 85 keys which has 7 octaves (A0 – A7). But as the modern generation came, piano has been improved to have 88 keys with 7 1/3 octaves in all. In case you don’t know, an octave is the combination of 7 white keys an 5 black keys on the piano
Piano has 4 common types, they are classified to Upright piano, Baby Grand, Grand and Concert Grand Pianos. Upright Pianos are small in size and they are fitting for homes that have small space. Baby Grand Pianos are the simplest to learn and is suitable for beginners. Grand Pianos work best for home learners while Concert Grand Pianos are the traditional models which make piano playing a wonderful experience. These pianos with different styles, size and shape will accommodate the needs of pianists of different levels.
You can distinguish the difference of pianos through the type of wood being used, size, color, appearance, sound, price and dependability. Digital pianos like made of good brands like Yamaha, Korg and Roland are very popular to the modern pianists. But if you are looking for a pleasurable piano playing experience, acoustic pianos is the one that you are looking for. They are very costly, ranging from the price of $20,000 (a nice baby grand piano) – $40,000 (for a good-quality concert grand piano). You can find a lot of good and reputable acoustic pianos if you are willing enough to make a research.
Playing the piano will add spark to any family events and gathering that you will be attending. It will also create a wonderful learning environment for your whole family. It is awesome if another member of the family knows how to play other instruments like the violin or can sing very well. You will have happy moments playing and making delightful music together.
Purchasing a piano is such a great venture. Whatever type of piano you are handling right now, you need to be responsible for it, or you will end up losing what you have invested. A high quality piano will stay on for a very long time if proper care and maintenance is given to it. You can even pass it on to your grandchildren in the future as well as your great piano playing skills.

How To Make Quality Rap Beats

MAKE RAP BEATSHOW TO CREATE A GOOD SOUNDING BEAT USING A BEAT MAKER – THIS IS EASIER THAN YOU THINKBottom line is that your beat maker should and must be able to do whatever you want it to do. To make a good beat with your beat maker is now easier than it use to be, since almost all of the tools for making beats now come with a cheaper interface multi-track sequencer with a mp3 transfer option. There is a beat maker where you can create your beats a convert it into a mp3 format in minutes called the Sonic Producer. When a person begins to ask what does it takes for them to make a good beat using a beat maker, there’s actually no such thing as giving a simple answer. HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN RAP BEATS?There are many things that you can do to help bring your music to the next level and here are some tips to help you do so. When creating music its important that you possess attentive listening, so you can make quality sounding beats which is the general consensus from the best Hip Hop producers in the industry. SIMPLE STEPS IN MAKING A HIP HOP BEATWe guarantee that layering will surely make your beat sound better. The most important things that you need to know about when creating a melody are the major and minor notes or scales. To make your drum beats hit hard, you mustn’t use “pity pat” free kits that you download from the net. You have to layer your beat with some toms, cowbells, symbols, or layer your beat with any instrument that you want to use. Since most beat makers cannot play the keys, they have a difficult time trying to create their melodies. Many websites will not accept your 320kbps beats since that file size is just too big. Formatting your beat means formatting the intro, the chorus, the verse, the bridge, etc, and that is all there is to when formatting a beat. HOW TO MAKE HIP HOP BEATS USING HIP HOP BEATS MAKING SOFTWARE?With beat making software, you too can create professional sounding music just like the ones that you hear from the radio and on your CDs. There is an additional bonus to having beat making software where as you can easily edit the beats and track your changes as you move on with your recording. TIPS ON HOW TO BUY INSTRUMENTAL BEATS SOFTWARE ONLINEWhile a mix does not necessarily have to sound perfect in that instant, since a sound engineer will then have to make the final changes when you actually mix your own vocals into the beat making software, however you should make sure that the beat is clean and that it is not too muddy or even crowded. We all know, that there’s a lot of hungry scammers out there making instrumental beats. MAKE BEATS JUST LIKE A PROA keyboard or a synth workstations is just one of the hardware that you can choose to make your beats on. Another great tool for making beats is called Acid Pro. A synth workstations basically mimics a piano keys which helps you to make your beats. WHAT SOFTWARE TO USE IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN RAP BEATSMany user enjoys using the Motif ES8 Yamaha board since it produces a uniquely wide range of sounds which is known as the most used rap beat making machine in the world today. The Roland’s MV8800 is a amazing sampling machine that takes samplings to a new height. THE BEST AND MOST POPULAR SOFTWARE ONLINEThe Fruity Loops software is great for beginners due to its affordable rate and its easy to use functions.

Seleceting Your Home Recording Studio Equipment

Choosing the best music studio equipment for your home will take some research.To prevent buying something you don’t need, be sure to do your homework before you’re at the check out line of your favorite audio store. Take into consideration what you can afford and what kind of equipment you are looking for. You can find the different equipment in trade magazines, the web, or in your local music store. If the equipment is on display it would be wise to play with it and see if the feel suits you. Additionally, get the input of other artists and see what they think about the equipment.

One piece of equipment that has changed the recording world is the Digital Audio Workstation, or “DAW”. The Digital Audio Workstation is a computer based hardware system that offers numerous production features such as editing, mixdown capabilities, multitrack recording, midi and audio interfaces, support for plug-in virtual instruments, and much more. A great feature of the DAW is that it is usually very affordable! There are several things to keep in mind when picking a DAW. The first thing you would need to consider is if you have a MAC or PC. Some programs only work for Mac and some only for PC. There are also some programs that work for both. Make sure to also consider your requirements and preferences. Another thing you need to check is if you have enough ram and if your computer is fast and powerful enough for the tasks that you are going to take on.

One piece of equipment you might want to consider getting is called the “Studio in a Box” or SIAB. The Studio in a Box is affordable and easy to use. Fortunately, there’s no need to be a computer expert to use this system, just turn it on, get the basics down, and begin recording. The great thing is that this system is portable, so you are not limited to one location. These recorders use little power and run on a battery, or you can power them with a solar panel. There are many brands to choose from with the SIAB that are very affordable. SIABs can be purchased for under a grand. These machines have four, eight, or sixteen tracks for you to choose from, depending on model. Boss, Roland, Fostex, and Yamaha are some popular brands of SIAB systems.

The stand alone recorder, which can range from one to two grand is still preferred by some performers. If you go with the stand-alone option, you also need to buy a mixer and signal processor. Modern recorders have revolutionized the pc recording studio, and in the early 90’s many hits came from these devices. However, due to the extra equipment required with them, stand-alone units are becoming less popular in home studios.

Before you buy a recorder make sure to check out the demos of each brand as the sound can vary slightly from unit to unit. One way to make your recording experience even more exciting would be to have a midi-intensive studio.  Your midi-intensive studio can include a keyboard, synthesizer, sound module, or sampler. These can be nice to have because you can get drum sounds without having a live drum set or drummer.

Once you have the essential equipment taken care of, it’s time to setup your mics and instruments, and get ready to rock. Remember that there are endless possibilities in the types of equipment you can have, start with the basics and in time your little studio will grow with your needs.

Hearing is Believing- Hiring Your Disc Jockey

Many “How To Hire A Disc Jockey” articles overlook one of the
most important criteria for choosing entertainment. Your ears.

Forget checking for a business license (anyone can get one), or
endorsement by some far removed, “official” DJ association. Send
them their required fee and they will endorse you too.

Whether your entertainer is “certified” on paper or not, how his
or her system sounds is critical. Most DJs are not experts in
the technical realm of sound specifications. They may not even
know what signal to noise ratio, total harmonic distortion or
frequency response is. The truth is, DJs often put together a
sound system that is limited by how much they can afford to
spend. The resulting sound may turn out to be shrill (too many
highs), unclear or “muddy” and even distorted.

This is where your ears come in. Ask for a live audition so you
can gage for yourself how the DJ’s equipment looks and sounds.
We always offer a live listening experience to our clients. This
is the only way to know if you like it. If your DJ is not
willing to “audition” for you, it may be because he is
embarrassed by the look or audio quality of his rig. This is a
red flag.

Have your prospective DJ play a song you know. Think of one that
that incorporates bass, drums, keyboards and vocals so you get a
full range of sounds. Dance songs are usually good. Ask the DJ
to turn it up for a moment. Now close your eyes and listen.

You don’t have to be an acoustic expert to know if you like it.
Is it full and warm or hollow and “tinny”. Does it sound like an
AM radio or more like what you might hear in a movie theatre? Is
the base “punchy” but not overwhelming, allowing room for the
mids and highs? Are the highs too brassy, making dogs howl and
babys cry? Are the mid-range (vocals) present enough? Is the
overall sound flat or is there “depth”?

Remember, this is what you and your guests will be hearing all
night long.

While the sound can be enhanced by the use of equalizers and
sonic enhancers, the right speakers are key. Whether it’s JBL,
Yamaha, Mackie or others, speakers have their own sound
characteristics. And off-brand, budget speakers are often
lacking in sound quality.

Ask the DJ why he chose the speakers he has. Often great
sounding, name brand speakers are not much more expensive than
low-end, budget cabinets. If the DJ is scrimping here to save a
couple of bucks, what else is is he cutting corners on?

I personally dislike “hissing” brass or cymbal sounds (highs) or
too much bottom end (bass). For me, the midrange is where the
melody is and I like to hear it. Warm and full vocals, keyboards
and guitar with the highs and lows serving as complimentary
bookends. For example, I’d rather hear emphasis on Sinatra’s
voice over his bass player.

Now go find the sound YOU like. You’re already an expert as
you’ve been listening all your life. Do a little earwork and you
will feel confident as your event approaches, knowing your
guests will experience complete sonic satisfaction!

-DJ Craig

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