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DJ Tip: The Importance of Backup DJ Equipment

Those of us who’ve been in the DJ business for a long time, understand the importance of having backup equipment available when it’s really needed. Also, from my experience as an engineer, I believe that Murphy’s Law will prevail whenever a DJ doesn’t have backup equipment ready. Things WILL go wrong; gear WILL malfunction.

There is no more embarrassing moment that a DJ can face than having an equipment failure during a performance. Your customer and audience don’t really care what the problem is, they only want your performance to continue. Equipment failures may be the result of bad connectors, spilled liquids, dropped...

DJ Usain Bolt rocks the Olympics After Party

Bolt celebrated his 100m and 200m title, as well as his 4x100m gold and world record performance, with his team-mate Yohan Blake.

The 25-year-old took to the stage at his sponsor’s event Puma Yard in Brick Lane before moving on to Movida nightclub in Soho with Blake.


The night out followed Jamaica’s stunning 4x100m relay race where they beat their previous world record they achieved at last year’s world championships.  The pair stayed out until 6am before calling it a night.

It is expected to be the first in a succession of celebratory nights in the capital and you can be sure that he is set to take the centre...

Replacing/Changing your RCA cables on the Technics 1200 Replacing/Changing your RCA cables on the Technics 1200

This is a good fix for people who have three turntables and have problems getting the RCA cables to reach around a 19" mixer. Please read each step in whole before following it, sometimes learning where you are going before you go, can help you get there easier.

Tools

#2 Phillips Screwdriver, Precision Screwdriver set, Soldering Iron, Solder wick, Solder.

Step One:

First remove the platter, secure the tonearm, and remove the 45 plug from your turntable. Always unplug your turntable before removing the platter. Flip it over and remove the 20 sum screws from the...

Replacing the Stylus Light on the Technics 1200 Replacing the Stylus Light on the Technics 1200

Unfortunately Technics did not make this an easy process. First of all, getting the light housing off is tricky, and second, they actual stylus light bulb has to be soldered back in place. Not nice, but it can be done.

Tools

#2 Phillips Screwdriver, Precision Screwdriver set, Soldering Iron, Solder wick, Solder.

 

Parts:

One 20VDC light bulb. Can be found at most electronics stores or can be ordered online. I could not find a 20VDC bulb so I used a 12VDC bulb and it seems to be working fine, and the bonus is it is a little brighter!!

 

Step One:

First...

Changing the Technics 1200 LEDS from Red to BlueChanging the Technics 1200 LEDS from Red to Blue

 

This job requires a number of tools, a medium amount of technical skill and lots of patience. Please remember not to force anything as this may cause damage to the parts that need to be removed.

Tools

#2 Phillips Screwdriver, Precision Screwdriver set, Soldering Iron, Solder wick, Solder.

 

Parts

6 BLUE Round LED's (5mm). The power/strobe light requires four and the 33/45 switch requires 2.

1 BLUE Square LED (2mm X 5mm). This is a hard part to find. Its a small sqaure LED that fits into the pitch control to indicate zero pitch.

Now...

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Technics 1200 FAQ and Hacks Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Of Technics SL-1200Mk2/SL-1210Mk2 Turntables.

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TOP TEN things you should not say to a DJ

TOP TEN things you should not say to a DJ

1. PLAY SOMETHING GOOD...SOMETHING WE CAN DANCE TO!
The DJ has to play for more than one person...so what you hate may be another's favorite song and EVERYTHING played here can be danced to one way or another.
 
2. WOULD YOU PLAY SOMETHING WITH A "BEAT"
BE SERIOUS! We know of NO songs played in a club that don't have some sort of BEAT!
 
3. I DON'T KNOW WHO SINGS IT AND I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG, BUT IT GOES LIKE THIS....
PLEASE don't sing for the DJ. They have to put up with smoke filled rooms and dangerous decibel levels all night long...Do them a favor and DON'T...

DJ Sound and Lighting Troubleshooting Tips

There’s no getting around Murphy’s Law, but here’s how to avoid paying dearly.

You remember Murphy. That pessimistic fellow who once said “…anything that can go wrong will.” Sometimes he’s all too right—like when a gremlin gets in your system and says “gotcha” right when the crowd is singing “The Bride Cuts The Cake.” How do you avoid being a victim? Here are some troubleshooting tips to keep Murphy from wreaking havoc on your next event.

TOOL TIME

A tool kit is a big help when things go awry. Include a pair of needle-nose pliers, wire snips, a couple of screwdrivers, fuses, vise grips, duct tape,...

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