CHAUVET DJ Flarecon Air Debuts at DJ Expo!

We can’t wait for DJ Expo 2014 in Atlantic City because we’re introducing the new CHAUVET DJ Flarecon Air hardware interface that can turn any fixture into a wireless transmitter and transform your smartphone or tablet into a wireless DMX controller! Visit us at DJ Expo Booth #712 to learn more!

DJ Tutor Gets Creative with a Road Case for CHAUVET DJ Intimidators!

DJ Tutor Johnathan Lewis had a great road case in perfect condition and 2 new CHAUVET DJ Intimidator LED Spot 350′s.  He wanted to put them together to safely transport the lights. But there was a catch.  They didn’t fit. So what’s an enterprising DJ to do? Tear the case apart? Buy a whole different case? It’s funny how a challenge sometimes just needs to be turned around! Check out how looking at things just a bit differently saved the day!

Shop Time in the Great Outdoors with CHAUVET DJ IP Fixtures

CHAUVET DJ IP fixtures are water-resistant and great for outdoor use! DJ Jer spends a little Shop Time with the CHAUVET DJ SlimPANEL Tri-12 IP and COLORband Pix IP in the field. IP represents the Outdoor rating system and is used to signify that the Chauvet DJ fixture is safe to be in rainy or outdoor conditions. The weather-proof fixtures are safe to be in snowy or salt water conditions and will outlast any fixture that is not rated for outdoor use. These phenomenal lights will give you the advantage over your competition because you now have the power to do outdoor events safely.

CHAUVET DJ Launches Thursday Vids!

CHAUVET DJ is excited to announce a new feature partnership with Disc Jockey News!

THURSDAY VIDS!

Thursday Vids is a special e-newsletter highlighting great Lighting, DJ and Band videos produced throughout each month.  Disc Jockey News will bring its subscribers Thursday Vids on the third Thursday of every month.

Thursday Vids from CHAUVET DJ

In this first edition of Thursday Vids, CHAUVET DJ’s Geoff Short kicks things off by asking “what is your DJ cultural competency”? A knowledge of and respect for musical tastes and special event traditions of other cultures and races could improve your craft and your bottom line! But most importantly could make the world a better place.

A Closer Look at Newfound Freedom from CHAUVET DJ!

This video takes a closer look at  the new Freedom Par Tri-6 and Freedom Par Quad-4 – two of the new line of battery-powered fixtures by CHAUVET DJ.

The Freedom™ Par Tri-6 is the basic model in the next generation of the Freedom™ Par family. It is powerful, bright, and truly 100% wireless with a rechargeable battery and a built-in D-Fi™ transceiver. The Freedom™ Par Tri-6 has 18 watts of RGB color mixing for a variety of color effects and punchy light. It can be operated with the control panel, the included IRC-6 remote, or from any mobile device running the FlareCON™ mobile app. The Freedom™ Par Tri-6 fits perfectly inside TRUSST® and all other 12″ box truss, and travels stylishly in the CHAUVET® CHS-FR4 Gear Bag.

The Freedom™ Par Quad-4 is the next model up in the next generation of the Freedom™ Par family. It is powerful, bright and, truly 100% wireless with a rechargeable battery and a built-in D-Fi™ transceiver. The Freedom™ Par Tri-6 has 20 watts of RGBA color mixing for that extra richness and variety that amber adds to colors and effects. It can be operated with the control panel, the included IRC-6 remote, or from any mobile device running the FlareCON™ mobile app. The Freedom™ Par Quad-4 fits perfectly inside TRUSST® and all other 12″ box truss, and travels stylishly in the CHAUVET® CHS-FR4 Gear Bag.

Shop Time with DJ Jer: Mounting a TV to TRUSST Glo Totems!

In this edition of Shop Time, DJ Jer mounts a 50 inch Plasma TV on a Trusst Glo Totem 2.0. He added a Trusst .5m box truss for strength and stability so that the flat screen is over the top of guests on the dance floor, using the proper equipment for safety and stability. Jer discusses the proper aesthetics and equipment needed to pull off the Glo Totem setup.

Gig Lab: Discover Newfound FREEDOM from CHAUVET DJ!

Discover newfound FREEDOM with CHAUVET DJ‘s new line of totally wireless battery-powered fixtures. Product Manager Rick Peeples visits the Gig Lab to introduce us to these powerful new Freedom par fixtures. Freedom from cables in this edition of the Gig Lab!

CHAUVET DJ of the Month: DJ Ryan of Tah-Dah Productions

When Ryan Fabian volunteered to play the music for a friend’s wedding for free ten years  DSC_6246ago, he never could have dreamed that he could turn his love of music into a thriving Northern California-based DJ & special event business.  But that’s exactly what Fabian’s Tah-Dah Productions has become in just a few short years. Meet CHAUVET DJ‘s DJ of the Month, DJ Ryan.

Tell us about Tah-Dah Productions:
Tah-Dah Productions covers from the Bay area to the Oregon border.
We are based  out ofboth Chico and Ukiah Ca.  We’re only four years old.  Crazy how far we have come along ways in the past couple years. We’re more than just your average 1621779_465034433624368_1611876768_nwedding and event DJ service.  We offer cutting edge lighting and we are an FDA licensed laser production company. We can also help with the timeline planning details of any special event.

 

How did you get started Djing?
DSC_2723I have always been into music since I was a little kid. A little over ten years ago a good friend was getting married and asked me to DJ his wedding, since I was so into music and to help him out with the cost. So with some home stereo equipment, a rented microphone,  and a desktop computer I was able to put together a system to do my buddies wedding. During the course of the evening I noticed I was having more fun picking out the next track and keeping the dance floor full, then hanging out with my friends at the wedding. After doing a few more friends parties/ weddings(for free) over the next year, I quickly realized I had a gift for this DJ thing and I could actually make money doing something I really enjoyed. I spent the next couple years buying equipment when I could and working on my MC and DJ skills,  the rest is history…….I never would of imagined it would have  grown this fast and is still growing.

 

How has lighting helped your business?DSC_5170 (2)
Lighting has been a key to my success ever since I started Tah-Dah Productions. Lighting is something we use at every event from Proms/school dances, corporate events, weddings, community events,  you name it we light it up. We really try and use our lighting to help set the mood and tone for each event. With a combination of uplightng and dance floor lighting we have the tools to help bring our clients’ visions to life. Lighting is such a huge part of every event that I travel with my own lighting man, just to run my light show while I DJ. Lighting specialist Travis likes to mix it up and rarely duplicates a setup. Travis also has acquired his FDA variance license for our high powered laser shows. LED Uplighting has been the biggest game changer in the past couple years and is an easy add on for us. Once you show a client the before and after of any venue we have done uplighitng in they are sold. Oh and think about symmetry when you put up your lighting.  Try and keep things balanced it just looks better.

 

What kind of Chauvet DJ gear do you use?
Controllers:
Obey 70 - main lighting scenes
Obey 4 – for uplighting
Obey 3 - for Hazer 2D
Uplighting:
Dance lighting:
Vue 3.1 & 2.1
Line Dancer LED

 

What advice would you give other Djs?
2014-05-03-094547-XLDont be afraid to get involved with your crowd and guests. Far too often DJ’s more or less hide behind their turntables and just play the music. The best piece of advice I could give is to get out from behind the table and interact with your crowd. The more involved you are with the crowd the more they will enjoy your music. The Cha Cha slide is the perfect example. Next time you play this song for a large group,  grab your wireless mic and go do the slide with the crowd they will eat it up I promise you.

 

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