Lighten your load (in)
The case for powered speakers...

We're here this month to talk powered speakers.

Whether on the road or in the club, powered speakers offer a number of advantages over their individual counterparts. Powered speakers free you from the tyranny of external amps and the extra connections required -- plug your mixer's outputs directly into the speaker inputs and you're ready to roll. But there are sonic advantages as well: Finding the optimum match between amps and speakers involves much more than simple impedance calculations, and can be a tall glass of confusing given the vast number of choices available. Today's powered speakers come to you prepackaged for premium portable sound.

Think easy button.

Yamaha MSR400 Yamaha MSR400
The MSR400 typifies the new breed of bi-amplified 2-way powered system. Frequency division is accomplished prior to the power amplifiers via a line-level active crossover, eliminating problems with loss, distortion, and phase that are virtually unavoidable in conventional passive crossover networks. Another advantage of powered speakers allows power to be assigned to the low-frequency and high-frequency units as needed for optimum efficiency as well as smooth, natural balance across the entire audio spectrum.

Perfect for small to medium venues, the MSR400 sends 400 watts maximum burst power to its 12" cone woofer and 1.75" V.C. compression driver to deliver crisp highs, well-defined mids and a respectable low end thump.

In true turnkey style, the 400 accepts input levels ranging from –36 dB to +4 dB, meaning that you can directly connect any source from microphones to professional line-level gear. Three parallel-connected connectors are provided – two balanced XLR-type connectors and one balanced phone jack – that can be used as either inputs or parallel outputs. The MSR400 also features an input level control for matching with the source signal. Low and high EQ controls can be used to adjust the respective bands over a plus-or-minus 3dB range.

Our take: At this price point, the 400 is hard to beat. Combine it with Yamaha's MSR800 sub woofer (available separately) and you're talking a total package that sounds – and looks – like a system that cost much more.

Priced at or around $499.00. For more info visit click here.

Mackie SRM450v2

The Mackie SRM450v2
How do you improve on an industry icon? If you're Greg Mackie, designer of the legendary SRM series, you deliver a bigger, badder sound in a lighter more efficient box. 

The SRM450v2 combines superior quality with innovative technology to bring ultimate performance and portability to Mackie's next generation SRM series. While the SRM450v2 doesn't stray too far from the best of the original SRM design, the welcome addition of a new ultra-efficient switching power supply, lighter-than-ever neodymium woofer and Class-D Fast Recovery amp (300W LF/100W HF), allows the SRM450v2 to pack way more power, punch and clarity than its predecessor – and to remain ultra cool while doing it.

Best of all, the v2 gives a whole new meaning to the word "portable" by weighing in at 11 pounds less than the original 450...

Our take: Live has never sounded so good. The 450v2's wide dispersion, outstanding bass extension and ultra-low distortion deliver studio monitor fidelity even at full-on, dance-dammit levels.

Priced at or around $599.00. For more info visit click here.


The JBL EON 515
Representing the next generation in its groundbreaking and industry-standard EON series, JBL significantly raises the bar with its new EON 515. From its industrial design to its sonic performance, robust utility and extreme portability, this is clearly a new breed of powered speaker.

Pop the hood and the 515 boasts a built-in, 450-watt Class-D power amplifier that provides ample power to its 15" differential drive woofer and 1" tweeter. Factor in the on-board integrated 3-channel mixer with its line level and direct microphone input capability, preset EQ settings for vocals, instruments, and speech, and handy mix/loop function for adding additional speakers or sending submixes, and you've got the makings of a true turnkey system perfect for small to medium venues.

In addition to its stellar sonics, the 515's light weight and balanced ergonomics make for true portability and ease of handling. We're not sure exactly what a copolymer is, but this enclosure reeks of rugged. A full steel grille offers additional protection for both the woofer and compression driver components.

Our take: The 5I5's simple, effective and professional plug-and-play architecture should appeal to anyone who has to set up quickly and deliver premium sound in a hurry.

Priced at or around $799.00.

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Promo Only 2005 vol 2

New On DVD & DFF - Best of 2005 Volume 2

You'll find lots more of the pop, hip-hop, dance and rock that made the '05 come alive on Best of 2005 Volume 2 – including some previously unavailable clean-edits and remixes that can only be called "must-haves."

Tracklistings include: Behind These Hazel Eyes, Kelly Clarkson; My Humps, The Black Eyed Peas; Rich Girl, Gwen Stefani f/Eve; Sugar, We're Goin' Down, Fall Out Boy; You're Beautiful, James Blunt; Axel F, Crazy Frog; Mr. Brightside, The Killers; and Gold Digger, Kanye West f/Jamie Foxx and more!

Best of 2005v2 is available on DVD and DFF (digital file format/MPEG4) data disc.

To order your copy today call 407-331-3600 or click

Got requests? Your feedback on what video content you need for your venue/events is not only appreciated but very important to our programmers. Please email us at to request older material and at for newer releases you feel are relevant.

For more information on our Hot Video Classics and Specialty dvds, call 407-331-3600 or click here to email Customer Service today!

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Numark Mixdeck Numark Mixdeck CD USB MP3 Player
All in one and one for all

Like most DJs, you have the option of pulling media from CDs and MP3 data CD-Rs, controlling it via DJ software on your laptop and juggling a rig that includes decks, mixers, cables, software, laptop, lots of patience and no small amount of dough. Or you could get yourself a Numark Mixdeck all-in-one DJ rig and be ready to stop, drop and rock on a dime – all for the price of most single CD decks.

The Players
Numark serves up Mixdeck with two large, touch-sensitive illuminated platters and controls for cueing and scratching, two smooth, slot-loading drives that work with both CDs and MP3 CDs, and the ability to connect a USB flash drive to each deck for access to that stash of MP3s without taking a computer or CDs to the gig.

Connect Mixdeck to your Mac, PC or iPod and you'll find yourself seamlessly mixing hard drive media with CD tracks. Kudos to Numark for making the MIDI mapping necessary to work with any DJ software such a breeze, and for providing an uber-easy universal dock and dedicated controls for iPod users.

The Mixer
No skimping here: Mixdecks's mixer section features a three-channel mixer with satisfying, replaceable faders and a three-band EQ section complete with kill-controls, as well as gain trim on every input, a full array of beat-synced DSP effects, and a cueing section complete with dual headphone outputs and a mini-crossfader. Outputs include both XLR and 1/4-inch balanced outs for a thoroughly satisfying connection to any house sound system or self-powered speakers.
The Lowdown
Mixdeck gives you the ability to perform, mix, remix, and record with virtually every music media available, and the future-friendly flexibility to add on and expand as needed.
That's no small thing at this price point.

Priced at or around $699.00

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Oh Snap! Artists to Watch...
Oh Snap!! is bringing the party record back

Like a lot of electro pop acts these days, Oh Snap!! promotes itself with a viral barrage of anti-establishment bluster and hip-hop swagger (think Holden Caulfield meets Beastie Boys) designed to amuse, intrigue and ultimately drive downloads.

Unlike other petulant pop acts vying for your attention, Oh Snap!! manages to deliver on the hype.
Consisting of old school hip-hop dynamo, Mickey Fortune and singer/songwriter/emcee John Neilson, Oh Snap!!'s blend of hip-hop, electro, pop and inspired goofiness has all the throw-your-hands-up, make-you-wanna-party ingredients necessary for truly great party tracks – and a live show that's opened for the likes of Jay Sean, Sean Paul, Lil Jon, LMFAO, B.o.B., and Far East Movement to prove it.

Currently the duo is riding the release of 5 AM (A Girl Like You) on Ultra Records with Tommie Sunshine,  and encouraging old and new fans alike to check out the many custom versions of their upcoming release, Single Girls Rock available (featuring drops for over 35 cities, including DC, LA, San Fran, NYC, and more) here!
Don't see your city on the list? Hit Oh Snap!! at to request a custom drop...

Making the mix-show rounds: Oh Snap!! remixes of Kanye West, Kevin Rudolf, Mike Posner, and Swedish House Mafia.
On the horizon: A new EP, Free w/Purchase to be released (Tuesday, October 5, 2010) featuring Single Girls Rock.

For booking info contact Moddswing360@

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  Wedding Intros The Art of the Intro

As any wedding DJ well knows, you get one shot at a positive first impression.  Success coach Stacy Zemons is here this month to show you and your staff how to make those Bridal Party Intros a bulls-eye every time.

"Through repetition and practice," says Zemons, "you can become expert at opening the night and always make a great first impression..." 

CLICK HERE for the full story on

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  Mixed in Key App Need the BPM now?   There's an app for that... Introducing DJ Tempo

Here's some good news -- Mixed In Key, makers of award-winning Harmonic Mixing software are now offering DJ Tempo, their first app for iPhone. DJ Tempo takes advantage of the same tempo-detection algorithm of their flagship product to enable those who spin to quickly find the tempo of any music played anywhere.

Cool-tech #1: This algorithm analyzes music in real-time and determines the tempo based on the time signature and downbeat location.

DJ Tempo packs this technology into a portable iPhone package for use in a live, real-time environment, so whether you're mapping out a playlist on the go, or simply checking out a set in a club or on a mix-show, DJ Tempo lets you nail it on the fly.

Cool-tech #2: DJ Tempo's singular focus and clean interface make it fast and easy to use. Simply select the amount of time you'd like it to analyze the music – 5, 10, or 20 seconds – and touch the Analyze Tempo button. Within seconds, the tempo, in beats per minute, appears on the screen.

DJ Tempo is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (2nd generation), and iPod touch (3rd generation).

Need it now? DJ Tempo is available for $4.99 on the iTunes App Store by searching for "Mixed In Key".

For more information, visit

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The Hitlist -- Find all the hottest top 40, hip-hop, country, rock, dance and Latin hits -- and where they appear on your Promo Only series --[click here]

**EDITORS NOTE** The current Hitlist may still be in the process of being compiled so please check back if the one shown is not the most current.

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Useless Information! - Fun facts, trivia, or just plain silly stuff!

  • An elephant's trunk can hold 2 gallons of water !
  • An adult lion's roar is so loud it can be heard up to 5 miles away.
  • A cow's only sweat glands are in its nose.
  • If you make a horned toad angry, don't be surprised to see him squirt blood from his eyes.
  • Male boars excite female boars by breathing on their faces.
  • Frogs don't drink water, they absorb it through their skin.
  • Bulls and crocodiles are color blind. (now how did they figure that out??)
  • Emus can't walk backwards.
  • Pigs can cover a mile in 7.5 minutes when running at top speed.
  • Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.
  • Gorillas sleep for up to 14 hours a day. Elephants sleep about 2 hours a day. Giraffes rarely sleep more than 20 minutes a day. Ants don't sleep at all.
  • A giraffe can't cough.
  • A woodchuck breathes only 10 times during hibernation.
  • Camels are born without humps.
  • Armadillos can be house trained.
  • Elephants are not afraid of mice.
  • The orangutan's warning signal to would-be aggressors is a loud belch.
  • Horses and rabbits can't vomit.
  • Human birth-control pills work on gorillas.
  • All cats step with both left legs, then both right legs, when they walk or run. The only other 4-legged animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel.
  • A grasshopper needs a minimum air temperature of 62 degrees Farenheit before it can hop.
  • Greyhounds have the best eye sight of any dog.
  • A rat can fall from a 5-story building without injury.
  • Hamsters blink one eye at a time.
  • The cheetah is the only cat that can't retract its claws.
  • The owl can't move its eyes, but its the only creature able to turn its head in a complete circle.
  • The Sand Tiger species of shark is so competitive that the babies fight each other in the womb, until only one is left to be born alive.
  • Five Piranha fish could chew up a horse and rider in about 7 minutes.
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
  • A snail can slide across a razor blade without injury because it excretes a protective slime.
  • Cockroaches can survive under water for 15 minutes!

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