Quick note to say a great big thank you to Lightsounds for helping with my daughters 14th birthday party. The guys at the Darlinghurst store me that exceptional customer services is still alive and kicking by taking my limited budget (and limited imagination) and worked out the best lighting combination for my solution, Brett the Manager, really took the time to listen to what I wanted and helped constructed a package that included a laser, smoke machine, ultra violet and a wonderful thing called a “quad phase” which (for those that can remember) produced an effect like a multi coloured old fashioned glitter ball, only 100 times better. The result was fantastic and really made the party one to remember. On behalf of my daughter, and her 50 friends, a big thanks Lightsounds. Regards, Paul Carter
Archive for February, 2012
Sure thing, Lightsounds have often thought of holding a fire sale, but this might have been taking it a bit too literally. Truth be told, while Lightsounds’ Sydney City store was offering our usual scorching prices, it was actually a nearby stockist of what we’ll politely describe as ‘marital aids’ that had the alarm bells vibrating – er, ringing. The crowds had gathered outside the Lightsounds outlet just off Darlinghurst’s Oxford St shopping strip – including a surprising number of guys dressed as firemen – but couldn’t take advantage of the smoking hot offers and flaming good range Lightsounds had on their hot little hands, as staff and customers were locked out, and left watching the not-quite-so-towering inferno being brought under control. Beside a bit of singe around the awning, it’s back to business as usual for Sydney City Lightsounds, but the deals are still smouldering.
Those awesome guys at inthemix.com.au have got the competition of the summer with a party on offer with dance demons Swedish House Mafia. You need to be an inthemix member to enter. Here’s the link: http://www.inthemix.com.au/news/aust/52264/Want_Swedish_House_Mafia_to_play_at_your_place
Make sure you check out the new single ‘Antidote’. The clip is killer. Nice one inthemix.com.au!!
It’s a new era for Lightsounds. The customer’s needs – in both equipment and service – have changed. And Lightsounds have changed. That famous landmark yellow building on Parramatta Road is no more. And now there’s a new flagship outlet that goes with the times.
Conveniently located at 459A Canterbury Road Campsie, the new Lightsounds superstore is a revelation. Across one level all your staging, lighting, DJ, and audio needs right there for you.
This new space is bigger, brighter. Expanded and new product lines will give you options and choices you never thought possible. The brands you know are still there:
Pioneer, Native Instruments, Ableton, AKAI, Numark, KRK, Mixvibes, Traktor, Wharfedale Pro, UDG, and more.
And it isn’t just about the products – beside simple advantages like on-site parking, the room to demonstrate everything from lasers to PA systems, karaoke jukeboxes to intelligent LED lighting at their best, and the ease of direct street-level loadout – there’s new services to make your Lightsounds experience that much better.
New production and installation departments will guide your needs. Onsite training facilities and even a DJ Academy, will have you making the best of the gear Lightsounds have got for you – whether beginner or pro, and whatever your budget. An expanded hire department will handle your one-off party and event requirements.
Some things won’t change. Lightsounds will still be offering the best value deals and prices, bar none. Guaranteed. The new superstore will offer trade-in services, and terms to suit – to get your business, and keep it. The superstore will have sales, and special offers. Clearance and ex-demo stock will be available at unbeatable cost.
It’s a whole new Lightsounds experience. Be part of it.
After a stint competing in a DJ comp, it dawned on us that meeting other DJ’s was more fun than competing against them. Where else could you talk shop, hear great tunes and share a beer with your fellow DJ’s and other dance music fans?
In a move to replicate ‘the love,’ felt while connecting with other producers in a DJ comp, KULTUR3 is launching an event aimed at discovering new DJs and producers, hearing other genres and expanding one’s own musical repertoire.
With the help of some supportive DJs and music fans, the first “KULTUR3” event is coming to you, aimed at fostering the same fun time, alcohol-fuelled networking you’re used, to minus the competition.
On board are a variety of performers, spinning a wide array of genres, from house and trance, to dirty electro, psy, and a touch of dubstep. Along for the ride are Smokin’ Joe Mekhael, Sexwax, DJ Sass, Ben4:20, DJ Buddha, Kobuki, Aztech, Smacktalk and Mark Hardacre+Kenneth Burnett, The Bilbies, Robust and Robes.
Sweeney’s Hotel at Town Hall, a typically laid back pub lends it’s self to a chilled out atmosphere on the roof top. Catch some sun, have some beers, meet up with friends and make some new ones, and all a few hours before the clubs even open!
There will also be a gold coin donation BBQ from 1.30pm on the roof top with funds raised going back into KULTUR3’s next event and for those who wanna get their dance on, the indoors room comes equipped with lasers, lighting effects and epic projection art on a blackened out dance floor.
$10 entry, cheap drinks, BBQ and tunes…How kultur3’d.
See you at Midday, Feb 11th, Sweeney’s Hotel, corner of Druitt St and Clarence St, Town Hall.
For those who aren’t familiar with The Mix Vibes Cross pack, it is a software/hardware package, designed to interface with your pre existing DJ equipment, which allows you to mix music from your computers music library. A lot of DJ’s these days are looking to integrate this software in to their set up’s as it saves on vinyl and CD purchases and allows downloaded tracks to be available to mix immediately.
The Mix Vibes Cross Pack comes with the software CD, audio interface hardware, cables, two control vinyl and two control CD’s.
Mix Vibes is only a recent addition to the Australian DJ market, only recently become available here after being on sale in Europe and championed by some big name DJ’s since 2003. In that time, software developers have spent time streamlining the program, adding features and improving the quality of the interface hardware to deliver the best quality sound.
Compared with the better known DJ’ing programs, the ‘Cross Pack’ does offer a value alternative while still delivering a professional standard features.
The software is compatible with Windows 7, XP, Vista and Mac OSX. It’s easy to install and works with just about any sound card. The installation process takes minutes and from there you can load in your music or iTunes library and start mixing right away.
The program does allow you to import play lists from a few other DJ’ing programs without losing cue points and loops created within those programs. Mix Vibes is also big on media organisation, enticing you to create and keep track of sets, flag tracks for future use, view the album covers and keep track of your performances with a history function.
Mix Vibes keeps you fairly busy with a variety of features built in the program – An FX bank, visual beat synchronization, easy to use loop functions and MIDI compatibility. These tools allow you to develop and improve your playing style over time and require some study to get the best out of them. Visually at first there seems to be a lot happening on screen with a variety of options and buttons. Floating the mouse over each of the icons tells what each button does. Sounds silly, but this actually quelled my frustration by telling me what I needed to know immediately as I was getting to know the program. The beat synchronisation is fairly accurate, sometimes seeming a little out, but I’m willing to forgive that as I have ears and I use them.
Part of the Mix Vibes mission statement is to be ‘open’ allowing DJ’s to interface there hardware with the program. This is good news for Producers, with a preset list as long as your arm of compatible MIDI controllers available on the MIX Vibes site. (www.mixvibes.com)
The program also comes equipped with a ‘learning function’ that allows you to add your MIDI controller if the program is unfamiliar with it.
Mix Vibes is compatible with both CDJ’s and turntables and comes with free control medium for both. I personally use control vinyl, as I prefer the hands on experience that only come from handing a record. The control vinyls are hardwearing and highly responsive. So far they have withstood my heavy handed scratching and adjustments during performances.
The hardware interface it’s self, known as U46MK2, has several inputs for your CDJ, turnies or MIDI as well as an input for a microphone if so desired. Mine has copped a fair amount of abuse, being dragged from gig to house party to Jam session and being unplugged and replugged. It has proven to be reliable and durable over time and *beer resistant over time.
(*Spilling alcoholic beverages on the U46MK2 is not recommended.)
So if you’re on the lookout for a new DJ’ing program to integrate with your equipment or just starting out I would seriously suggest taking a look at what they Cross Pack has to offer. It’s a value alternative to others DJ’ing programs on the market, boosts many useful features and handles to rough life of a performing DJ.
DJ KoBuki – BNKDj/ Kultur3 DJ/ Light Sounds DJ.
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Myself and Sasha went to LightSounds in Darlinghurst to check out the CDJ2000′s and the Pioneer DJM2000 Mixer that is available for use. The equipment was brand spanking new and the space was really comfortable. There were LED lights in the booth coupled with a really nice clear sound. Made the whole experience really good, nice and easy to get started and ended up coming out learning new skills on this equipment as well as honing existing skills.
All round thumbs up.
With CrossDJ Free, MixVibes gives you access to all essential DJing functions developed for CrossDJ, elected best DJing Software in 2010 and 2011. Enjoy free of charge, the professional quality which has made MixVibes products international DJing champions.
The software is totally free and usable as is, CrossDJ Free has no annoying master level fades, time limits, or updating constraints.
There are 2 high precision media players, direct iTunes integration in the Collection, 3 audio effects included in CrossDJ Free to mix more creatively. Audio Loops from 1/8 beat to 16 beats are included as well as our exceptionally precise BPM analysis tool. Thanks to this tool, you can perfectly match 2 tracks in one click.
With CrossDJ Free, MixVibes gives you free access to the best quality of DJing software there is. Try it out and join the great big family of Digital DJing!
✔ 2 High Precision Media Players
✔ CUE Point trigger
✔ 3-band equalizers
✔ Multiple pitch range (4%, 6%, 8%, 16%, 32%, 100%)
✔ Master Tempo, Hybrid or Speed modes
✔ Supports almost all existing audio format
CrossDJ Free is compatible with iOS applications:
✔ U-Mix Remote (iPad remote application)
✔ CrossDJ Remote (iPod and iPhone remote application)
With CrossDJ Free it’s easy to find and prepare your audio media, this allows you to keep focus on the dance floor.
✔ iTunes integration
✔ Album browser for visual search
✔ User definable smart lists with dynamic update whenever you add matching songs
✔ “Prepare” tab to organize and prepare your set
✔ Flag your tracks with color labels and find them back within seconds
✔ History node to keep record of all your played tracks/sessions
✔ Advanced ‘info’ tool to edit any tag field
✔ Automatic track quality indicator
CrossDJ Free includes top notch advanced features for better, more creative mixes.
✔ 3 High definition audio effects (Echo, Chopper and Bi-Filter)
✔ Locators & CUE points
✔ Ultra precise BPM analyzer
✔ Automatic and Manual loops, locators, auto beat matching
✔ Effect synchronization on music beat/tempo
✔ High-end master tempo & hybrid pitch allowing speed change while keeping the original tonal Key (note)
✔ Beatgrid and Visual Sync Meter