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DJ Bobcat

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... I am certainly not gonna bring ALL of my backup gear into the hall. There is no room under my table to hide it all!
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I know what you mean... imagine trying to hide stuff under a 30”x30” table like mine. Even worse with my Large System, which has NO space underneath. If the backup gear is not built into the rack, it usually sits out in the minivan. When I use my Large System, my Small System goes too, but it stays in the minivan, because there’s generally not a good place to hide it from view. It’s in a big black canvas roller case, so it’s not ugly exactly, but it’s a big black thing that takes up space and looks out of place. I’ve worked venues where they provided a small storage room, but I still don’t take backup gear inside that’s not built into the rack (mostly to minimize trips back and forth to the minivan). That can be risky if there’s a pretty critical failure, because running out to the minivan, bringing it inside, and getting it setup can take quite a bit of time... depends on how close you can park, which sometimes isn’t very close.

Having two computers built in (like I have in my Large System is good. It takes really no additional time to turn them on and have them running simultaneously. Problem is, There’s no backup for the Denon MC6000MK2 controller or the Denon DN-410X mixer. I can bypass the mixer if need be, but a controller failure would be pretty catastrophic.

Having a second controller/tablet setup like I have with my Small System (DDJ-WeGO3/Surface Pro) actually makes my Small System less of a risk. Now, have I ever had a controller failure???... Nope (knock on wood(en head), but it COULD happen. I worry about it. I could still play music from playlists on the backup computer (which is my current contingency plan for a controller failure), but actually mixing (without my controller) would be difficult.
 
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DJ Bobcat

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@djtaso, I’ve got a question for you and anyone else who’d like to chime in. I’m trying to figure out how/where to mount the antennas for my wireless mic system. Where do you mount yours?

On my Large System, I have a slider, and the four antennas pull out of the back panel on my rack, and are hidden by the Floating Facade...



... On my Small System, the two antennas are mounted on the front of the receiver...



If I built a podium style system, where should the antennas be installed?
 
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@djtaso, I’ve got a question for you and anyone else who’d like to chime in. I’m trying to figure out how/where to mount the antennas for my wireless mic system. Where do you mount yours?

On my Large System, I have a slider, and the four antennas pull out of the back panel on my rack, and are hidden by the Floating Facade...



... On my Small System, the two antennas are mounted on the front of the receiver...



If I built a podium style system, where should the antennas be installed?
I have my antennas connected to my receiver. My receivers (main and backup) are places on a shelf inside the podium. When not using a podium, I have them placed on top of my power rack underneath my table. Nothing special or scientific to it. Never had any coverage issues. I use shure qlx and ulx mics
 

DJ Bobcat

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I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, and I decided I DON’T want to disassemble or cannibalize either my Large or Small Systems in order to reuse components in a podium style system. I’ve also decided that instead of building a larger 4 foot system with all the bells and whistles, that I’ll initially build a smaller system to test out materials and concepts. I already have many of the components (audio gear) I’ll need to build a smaller system prototype without all the redundancy I’ve built into my current systems. I may have to purchase an item or two, but I’m sure I have enough to get started. So now it’s just a matter of drawing up a design.


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I have my antennas connected to my receiver. My receivers (main and backup) are places on a shelf inside the podium. When not using a podium, I have them placed on top of my power rack underneath my table. Nothing special or scientific to it. Never had any coverage issues. I use shure qlx and ulx mics
Thanks... That helps. I think the smaller Shure receivers work better in a podium style system, so I’m definitely going to get a QLX System for my first prototype/build.


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DJ Bobcat

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I guess I’ll start a new DIY thread for the new Podium System I’m planning to build. I’ll continue to post (in this thread) anything I see that looks like it may be the next trend in mobile DJ setups. I hope others will do the same.

Remember this???...

View: https://youtu.be/vaiRLpuwDZ0


Saw this a few years ago and thought it might be the next big thing, but never came across another DJ who uses such a setup. The original company, Smithson Martin, seems to have morphed into...

Touch Innovations - Cutting Edge Music Hardware And Software - (https://touchinnovations.com/)
 
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DJ Bobcat

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I’m not seeing how touch-screens are really very practical for DJing. In order to be effective for mixing, it has to have multi-touch capability (like the one in the video I posted). However, with multi-touch, you can easily make big mistakes by accidentally touching the screen in the wrong place with one hand while touching a Control with the other... or even allowing the palm of your hand to hit the screen unintentionally. Is anyone out there using touch-screens for DJing??? I’d really be interested to read about your experiences/opinions.
 
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I have a touchscreen laptop and I was doing a gig and someone came up to make a request. I showed the list of songs in the search and they went to adjust the screen but inadvertently hit a button that removed mp3s from my search. All of a sudden I couldn't find music and I didn't realize what had happened. Had to DJ the last 20 minutes using just my sidelist. I had recently updated to a new version of VDJ and the new skin exposed a control that had previously been hidden. After that experience, I thought there should be some sort of foot switch that one could use to enable/disable the touch screen and my controller. This would prevent such accidents in the future.
 

DJ Bobcat

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I have a touchscreen laptop and I was doing a gig and someone came up to make a request. I showed the list of songs in the search and they went to adjust the screen but inadvertently hit a button that removed mp3s from my search. All of a sudden I couldn't find music and I didn't realize what had happened. Had to DJ the last 20 minutes using just my sidelist. I had recently updated to a new version of VDJ and the new skin exposed a control that had previously been hidden. After that experience, I thought there should be some sort of foot switch that one could use to enable/disable the touch screen and my controller. This would prevent such accidents in the future.
I haven’t used it for a live event, but I practiced with DJay Pro on my Surface Pro tablet quite a bit, as I wanted it to be a viable backup system. I tried using the touchscreen, but the screen is so small and my finger is so fat, that I had trouble with precision. I tried using the mouse, but that didn’t work great either. I determined that the Surface Pro is just not a device for serious mixing. However, the addition of the WeGO3 changed everything. I could really use this combination for more than playing a short playlist. The interface is CRITICAL. Any controller would probably do. It’s just that I have to consider space and size as well.


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