Snapshot: Armin van Buuren In The Pool, Brooklyn NY


What’s both a park and a pool, and filled with 3,000 attendees in the middle of Brooklyn, N.Y.? Armin van Buuren’s July performance at McCarren Park Pool, produced by Made Events, of course. Previously a 50,000-square-foot pool, the historic Williamsburg venue was recently remade into a concert spot after 20 years of neglect. Armin’s Friday the 13th show was powered by an Integral Sound system, which complemented the venue’s open air acoustics. Rank 1, Susana, and Jennifer Rene performed live. Stellar Designs provided lasers and Gesture fed live video. After the show, van Buuren himself took to the floor, signing autographs and hanging out with his loyal followers. Made also will produce one of two N.Y. Chemical Brothers shows at McCarren in September.

CHAUVET ÈLAN HIGH BEAMS
LED Effect Light

LEDs are taking over the lighting market for their low heat, low energy consumption and high value. Chauvet (chauvetlighting.com) makes another contribution to the game with the Élan. Its 224 LEDs create beams that rotate and crisscross and, with a 70° beam angle, it provides wide room/floor coverage and mid-air effects. The fixture offers four channels of DMX control (RGB and strobe) with an abundance of prepro- grammed color changes and patterns. Separate knobs control sound sensitivity for movement and color. Dipswitch settings control color strobing and movement. Èlan also features master/slave settings and an additional power output that enables daisy chaining of up to 20 fixtures.

 
YOU DJ? SO DO I
Universal Dock

Getting tired of lugging all those “heavy” CDs around? Want to put them in storage with your vinyl? Numark (numark.com) lightens your load with the iDJ by combining a Universal Dock with a DJ mixer. From a single iPod, DJs can play two songs at once, with pitch control, seamless loop and full cueing. Any USB storage device, turntable, CD player or microphone also can be connected. The iDJ2’s intuitive graphic interface allows users to manage their music library with visual track profiling. To prove this is no toy, Numark came correct with XLR and RCA outputs.

 
EVERYBODY REMIX!
Production Software

DJs looking for an entry-level version of popular production software Live rejoice. Ableton (ableton.com) announces the release of Live 6 LE, which provides many of its pro features in a slimmed down package.

Live 6 LE hooks up 64 audio tracks, unlimited midi tracks, more than 20 effects, two software samplers, and, of course, Live’s time stretching of all major file formats for putting the beats together. Also included in this reasonably priced ($199 boxed/$149 download) version are samples, loops, effect presets, and tutorials to get you started.

 
SMOKE FOR THE ROAD
Portable Fogger

Designed with stage and touring shows in mind, the Antari M-5 by Elation (elationlighting.com) combines road-ready durability with a high-capacity tank and discreet case design. The M-5 boasts a large 10-liter tank that pumps out smoke at 20,000 cfm without need for a refill during long sets. Other useful features include the patented Unicore thermostat, which ensures even smoke distribution in any weather conditions and onboard DMX-512, which allows the M-5 to be controlled along with other intelligent fixtures. Optional accessories are a wireless remote and heavy-duty flight case.

 
LIGHT IT UP
LED Panels

Looking for a new way to light up a venue? Check out the Quad Color and Verti Color panels from American DJ (americandj.com). The Quad Color is a 12"x12" compact RGB color-changing LED panel that features four DMX daisy-chainable channels. It can also be run to pre-programmed patterns in Sound Active mode. The Verti Color is a vertical strip of eight of the aforementioned Quad Color panels. It can be operated in five DMX modes: six-, nine-, 15-, 24- and 27-channel. The Verti Color also features color strobing. Both units have 0-100% dimming.

 
IT SLICES, IT DICES
Live Controllers

These days, a DJ mixer needs to do more than just control the volume of decks and CD players. How about a combination of firewire audio interface, effects processor, MIDI controller and mixer all rolled into one device? Korg (korg.com) answers the prayers of the modern DJ/remixer with the Zero 4 and Zero 8 live controllers. Given the numbers “4” and “8” for the amount of channels they have, the Zero series offers the perfect tools for anyone who uses a variety of input sources in the studio and on stage. High quality mic preamps, instrument inputs, stereo line inputs, phono jacks, and I/O from a computer provide a versatile device that can replace several pieces of your kit. A long list of effects, MIDI capabilities, EQ configurations, and communication with your laptop continue the extensive features these mixers throw down. It is also a great front end for your recording rig.

 
I MAKE THE BEAT GO BOOM
Powerful Subwoofer

Every system deserves a great subwoofer to provide some bottom. American Audio (adjaudio.com) announces the release of its largest speaker, the PXW-18P. Housed in a solid wood chassis are an 18" cast frame aluminum woofer with a 4" voice coil and an 800 watt RMS built-in amp with crossover. It also features balanced left and right input and balanced full-range output. The unit has a frequency range of 38Hz to 120Hz and the max SPL is 128dB. The PXW-18P also has a various speed fan for cooling and overload, temperature and short circuit protection.

 
FIRE IT UP
Powered Mixer

Venues that need a mixer and amplification on stage or behind the scenes should check out the Europower PMP2000. This 10-channel (6 mono/4 stereo), 14-input powered mixer has nine exclusive Behringer (behringer.com) IMP mic preamps with phantom power, three-band EQ, stereo nine-band graphic EQ, internal 24-bit effects processor, and 800 watts of stereo power. Effects include reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter, and various multi-effects. There is a multitude of inputs and outputs, graphic master EQ and, at 30 lbs., it is very lightweight for its power and versatility.

 
RAINY DAY
Direct-Weather Speakers

Nashville, TN-based One Systems USA (onesystems.com) has released a line of direct-weather loudspeakers, consisting of a lightweight polymer enclosure made to withstand rain or snow. Vocal intelligibility is crucial to a good performance and speakers are artists’ transmitter to their audience. The 212CIM is a compact dual 12" system featuring a large format compression-based coaxial driver and a two-element direct radiator design that does not color sound as in conventional horn systems. Multiple mounting points and a wide array of rigging hardware round out the package to make the 212CIM an attractive solution to sound reinforcement engineers and system designers who want a high-quality outdoor speaker.

 
IT'S GRRREAT!
Lighting Console

Lighting designers and operators who want to have the moving light control of the Pearl in a streamlined 10 roller playback version should investigate Avolites’ (avolites. org.uk) Pearl Tiger. Still loaded with powerful features such as theatre playback, time code, MIDI triggers, and color VGA LCD screen, the Tiger comes with an attractive price tag. 2,048 channels are routed to 240 moving lights on four isolated DMX outputs. It ships with 10 playback submasters and is expandable to 15. Multiple shows can be saved to internal flash memory or external memory stick. It is compatible with any Pearl show and users of the original board will feel right at home with the new design. The Pearl Tiger fits into a variety of applications and is suited for small theatres, conferences, schools, tours, venues, and nightclubs.

 


Flash goes with Yamaha.

Blips and Beeps
Hard Facts, Informed Gossip, and Useless Information

Sched Alert: InfoComm International and NSCA are combining their trade shows, streamlining the show calendar for many a weary exhibitor (and attendee). The NSCA Systems Integration Expo will now take place during InfoComm’s Las Vegas show, on June 18-20, 2008. “This is simply a huge deal for our industry and one we have been discussing for at least ten years,” says Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director.

Food To Beats: Doug Bourjaily changed his upscale El Paso, Tex. grocery into a nightspot, without losing some of his original specialties. The new Bourjalais Nite Club Café features a cold kitchen and modest dancefloor with local DJs, as well as homemade pastries and a carefully selected wine list.

20/20 Goggles: Believe it or not, that advertising kiosk you decided to place in your space really does work, even better than a traditional billboard. Industry bible Advertising Age gave nightclub advert network Ecast a big vote of confidence, after an Arbitron study ranked its users’ brand recall (how well they remembered and identified the products being marketed to them) at a whopping 43%...alcohol intake and all. Ecast has interactive touchscreen kiosks, which function as ad-loaded jukeboxes, in more than 10,000 venues nationwide. Their clients include everyone from Absolut to AT&T.

Brick Flick: New Atlanta, Ga. lounge Noir lives up to its name with classic American films projected on the exposed brick walls, at Tuesday party Film Noir. Featured flicks have included “Casablanca” and “Citizen Kane.” The Castleberry Hill district nightspot’s artsiness doesn’t end there: It’s connected to the Wertz Contemporary Gallery, and features live jazz on Fridays.

Team Up: GE Consumer & Industrial is now Chauvet’s primary supplier of metal halide discharge lamps. GE Showbiz CSR lamps will now fit the majority of the company’s luminaires, including the Q-series and Legend moving yokes. GE engineers will also assist in the design of future Chauvet optics.

Forever On Sale: An omnipresent DJ booth tool will be less expensive as of September 1. Citing “recent improvements in material and production costs,” Michigan-based Littlite is reducing prices on its LED gooselight lamps by an average of 15%.

In a Flash: Industry pioneer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Grandmaster Flash is now mixing with a Yamaha 02R96V2 digital mixer on his Sirius Satellite Radio show. Flash likes the 02R96V2 because it’s “quite clean…no matter what knobs I move, I can hit a button and always return back to the song’s original settings. That’s the biggest part of replicating a mix, so that’s very cool. And the gates and compressors on every channel are incredible.”

 

The Club Where You Live

Our series devoted to the hard-working resident DJs of the world

This month: Sassmouth

Venue: Sonotheque in Chicago, Ill.

Party: Wake Up!, a techno-focused night every third Thursday of the month.

In Your Booth: Allen & Heath Xone:92 mixer, two Technics SL-1200 turntables, Rane Serato Scratch Live.

New Additions to Your Playlist:
Jason Patrick and Sassmouth - “Your Imagination” (Punisher’s Wild Imagination Remix) (white), False - “Fed on Youth” (M_nus).

Songs That Are Still Popular After Months:
Beck - “Cellphone’s Dead” (Ricardo Villalobos Entlebuch Remix) (white), Ghostland - “Kranken Zentrale” (Michael Forzza Remix) (Ghoststyle).

Overall Crowd Favorites:
Dirtybird - “Takowando,” Andre Crom - “Bodenturnen Dub” (Leftroom), Par Grindvik - “Casio” (Spectral Sound).

The Best Part of Your Residency: “Playing alongside some of my musical heroes, like John Tejada, for an always music-thirsty crowd. The Funktion-One sound system is also a plus!”

The Worst: “The fishbowl DJ booth makes it hard to connect with the crowd.”

www.djsassmouth.com

HEY DJS! Ever wonder why other guys get featured in this section and you don’t? The answer is, you’re a lazy ass. Email csi@testa.com and tell us why you’re worthy. Remember, this is for resident DJs with weekly parties that are still up and running. As Doctor Lecter said to Clarice, “Don’t lie or I’ll know.”

 


 

Night Grooves
The top five releases of the month (according to us)

Simian Mobile Disco, “Hustler” (Interscope)
We’re a bit late on this one but, even if you’re the tenth DJ in your town to drop it, it’s worth it. A rare record that blends ghetto-tech with trancey chords and a vocal hook that’ll stick in their heads until next weekend.

Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive” (Teddybears mix) (Rhino)
The Teddybears wisely don’t get too ballsy and hand in a neat little 3:22 mix that injects the classic with a lighter-flick here, some extra reverb there, and swelling synths that don’t overpower. Smart and fun.

Sander Van Doorn, “Grasshopper” (Ultra)
This sounds more like a sandstorm than a grasshopper (ahem), but Tiesto’s heir apparent does a good job stopping...um...traffic. Big trance in the mid-’90s face-melting spirit.

Fatboy Slim, “Praise You” (Mike D & Ad Rock mix) (Skint)
Not as cool as it seems, but we like that it exists. It’s slow, not really danceable (unless pitched up), and there’s a vocoder involved.

Chaka Khan, “Disrespectful” (Paulo & Dutkevitch Creative Mix)
Do we even need to tell you what this sounds like? A circuit party gallop around one of the biggest voices in music history. Fail-safe for a shirtless crowd.

 


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