We’ve all had mobile DJ setups we’ve regretted — you have to start somewhere.
Bad DJ Setups on Facebook was started by DJ Bob Teagarden five years ago. Creating what some haters call a “troll” group can appear harsh, but the reality is this: Teagarden and the group have helped thousands of DJs improve their image and services.
We’ve curated the posts and created Good, Bad & Ugly DJ Setups. Here’s the second in the series.
Kenny Boyd: Needs scrims, cable ties, and some kind of facade for sure.
Gus Adolfo Sebastian Nunez: Who uses scanners anymore?
Joshua Foshee: Believe it or not, scanners have come back in. LED scanners are great for some people. Fewer moving parts to break.
Mike Hackett: Moving heads to a ceiling in a club — yes. Mobile discos – no. A moving head on a mobile disco really only covers the room one way, then add to that the DJ’s mounting them on 1 m and 1.5 m podiums makes even less sense. A scanner makes way more sense, I think — on that setup they could have been mounted the other way up and higher on the truss.
Douglas Mackie: Looks like the American DJ yard sale.
Aaron Carbajal: Holy speaker stacks Batman!
Tyler Wallace: There is nothing wrong with speaker stacks. It just needs to be used correctly. Coverage will be at all levels, and the top cabs will throw sound over the crowd to the back. There will definitely be some attenuation because of how they are set up, but I would likely do the same exact thing, with some major tweaks — coupling the horns, spacing the stacks out a bit more, angling the top cabs down about 5-degrees, etc.
Aaron Carbajal: For the type and size of the room that is not going to sound good. The reverberation will destroy sound quality. Bad positioning of the booth and wrong type of cabinets for this type of space.
Tyler Wallace: I agree in a gym the booth should definitely be in the middle. And no matter what you do here, there is going to be reverberations and attenuation. Cabinet-wise I’m not sure what you man by “the wrong type of cabinets.” Most DJs don’t utilize line array, and rectangle wood enclosures have been used since the invention of PA systems.
Chase Flores: Less is more.
Tyler Wallace: Not always true. There is a reason why concerts use 80,000 watts over 80 speakers and only use a fraction of the power. Coverage is king.
Chris Cloutier: It looks like an accident waiting to happen. I’ve sandbagged speaker stands, tied them down, etc when necessary. I think his concept is good but execution isn’t the greatest. Lol.
Frank Cook: He has hundreds of dollars of equipment above and below a table that’s worth $2.
Mark Hyman: He should have put the subs together in front to block the back of the amp case as well as having a 3db gain by coupling them together, put the monitor on the table above the legs (because that table looks weak) and used the stands on both sides for a cleaner, better more functional look.
Ben Olson: A pair of $75 speakers stands and you’re light years ahead.
Ace Smith: Heard good things about the GigBar 2. Never used one yet. How is it?
Ben Olson: It’s one of several pieces I use. It’s a no-nonsense simple approach to lighting. It’s great for upbeat sets…I added some simple moving heads and some wash lights to give me some more tools in the lighting drawer, for slow dances and such. The GigBar is great because of the ease of setup and zero messy DMX programming.
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