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April 2015
Recognising excellence in the lighting industry, the Luminar Groups Lighting Technician of the Year competition is a chance for lighting designers from across the UK to prove their worth and be rewarded for their talents. This year, Luminar called on CHAUVET DJ and its sister company TRUSST to provide the lighting and trussing for the competitions final event.
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Issue 179 of the regular Pro Disc series from Mastermix, covering May 2015, is out today (Tuesday the 28th of April). Designed to give mobile DJs all of the latest current and forthcoming pop music, Pro Disc 179 features 21 tracks from artists including Clean Bandit, Carly Rae Jepsen, Madonna and Snoop Dogg.
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UDG has furthered its entry level range of Urbanite DJ/producer equipment bags with a new addition. The Urbanite MIDI Controller Backpack is a convenient one-bag solution for DJs that want to safely transport their DJ MIDI controller, laptop, hard drive and other accessories from gig to gig.
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Allen & Heath has announced the introduction of its Xone:43C DJ mixer. The new four-channel mixer, which is supported by the Serato DJ software, will act as a sister product to the recently launched Xone:43, with its range of new features providing mobile DJs with a gateway into digital DJing.
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The NADJ Conference & AGM 2015 will take place this weekend (Sunday the 26th of April) at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland (note the change of venue), giving both NADJ members and non-members the chance to enjoy educational content, networking opportunities and product demonstrations. The conference kicks off at 10:30am with free hot drinks before an official welcome at 11:00.
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Native Instruments has announced a series of exclusive preview events for its new TRAKTOR KONTROL D2, set to take place across stores in the UK and Ireland this evening (Thursday the 23rd of April). The free product demonstrations will offer mobile DJs the chance to see the brand new TRAKTOR controller up close ahead of its official release.
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Adding to its budget-conscious Startec Series, ADJ has released the Jelly Gressor, providing mobile DJs with an affordable, compact LED moonflower effect that utilises coloured beams and a glowing case to produce two-in-one effects.
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The sound and lighting equipment industry gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, this week for the annual Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound exhibition. A whole host of new products were unveiled at the show, many of which are of interest to mobile DJs.
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Following on from where the BeatPad left off, Reloop has announced the release of its BeatPad 2 controller, which allows DJs to mix with any device, whether laptop, tablet or smartphone. For mobile DJs, this means a professional cross-platform controller that utilises Algoriddims DJAY 2 mixing software and lets them do more with their mixing.
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Lighting supplier Chauvet has this week officially opened a full-service subsidiary in Ghent, Belgium. The company, which has its main headquarters in the USA, has expanded the newly-opened facility from the Chauvet branch in the UK, looking to further its reach on the European mainland.
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The EL-200G KeyTEX the latest offering from Laserworld is a laser system designed for text projection that also plays pre-set patterns and animations, allowing mobile DJs to enhance their events by easily adding laser visuals to their lightshows.
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DJ hardware and software manufacturer Native Instruments has announced the release of its TRAKTOR KONTROL D2, an advanced DJ performance deck designed for use with TRAKTOR PRO 2 that takes focus away from the laptop to give users a more creative feel.
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The new Inno Pocket Beam Q4 from ADJ is now available, offering mobile DJs a compact but powerful moving head fixture that boasts versatile movement and quad-colour beam effects. The fixture is ADJs latest addition to its Inno Pocket range, which provides affordable, portable solutions that are well-suited to mobile DJs.
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Mastermix has released the 29th instalment of its popular DJ Beats series featuring a selection of radio versions of classic floor-fillers but with added 8-bar intro and outro beats to help DJs mix quickly and seamlessly. DJ Beats Volume 29 features 14 tracks from across the decades and covering all musical genres including artists as diverse as ATB, the Bay City Rollers and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.
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After showcasing it at NAMM 2015 earlier this year, Numark has released the new Lightwave a loudspeaker with a built-in beat-synched lightshow, designed for mobile DJs that want the convenience of having a portable speaker equipped with a ready-set lightshow.
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The Xone:43 is the new four-channel, analogue mixer from Allen & Heath, designed for working DJs in need of a compact audio solution that still offers quality. The company has equipped the latest addition to its Xone Series with a range of enhanced features, including Xone filters, X:FX routing, three band EQ, VCA faders, and an adjustable crossfader.
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Chauvet, having teamed up with PLSN editor and noted lighting designer Nook Schoenfeld, is going blue in a bid to recognise today as World Autism Awareness Day and to help fight the disorder that affects an estimated 52 million people across the globe.
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The Zipper is ADJs latest barrel-mirror scanner, utilising four separate barrels and four powerful 8W LEDs to generate four-in-one effects, while remaining compact and portable enough for the needs of mobile DJs.
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