Here is a Manifest of the Equipment we use:
I own a 7m (16') Diesel Truck, which I drive to my events, and I don't think we could fit 10,000 CD cases into it if we took all the other equipment out. Imagine if I drove a regular van. Here's a song list of what I carry at all times. I carry much more overall. You may ask why I no longer use Mini Discs. The answer is simple: Mini discs can't be edited, therefore, beat-mixing isn't guaranteed. I mix my CDs with no gap before the sine wave starts (I use Deck 3 & Peak Software, and for the Laptop, I use DJ-1800 and good 'ol basic iTunes). DJ-1800, similar as CDs, assures exact start time, helping with smooth beat-mixing.
Concerning sound: My main system uses 2 Powersoft K-10 DIGAM amplifiers (3,000 watts each, at 6 ohms); my second system uses two 1,500-watt amplifiers. Speakers are Community, Imminence, Celestion, and EV (Electrovoice).
Our powerful 6,000-watt Sub AND Main amps - the Powersoft K-10 DIGAM Amps!
Our "modest" 1,500-Watt
spare Main Amps.
Our 1,500-Watt (satellite) Amps shown here.
ALL audio connections are low-impedance chassis-grounded mic (XLR) or balanced 6mm (1/4") Tip/Ring/Sleeve (TRS). ALL speaker connections are via Neutrick Speakon connectors.
- Ibanez Electric Guitar; Ovation Acoustic Guitar.
- Peavey FoundationŽ Bass Guitar
- Guardala, Selmer, Unison, Martin and Conn Saxophones
- Yamaha & Buescher Clarinets
- DaFord Open-Hole Flute, with Drelinger gold-inlay head joint.
- Pearl Drums with Ziljian Symbols, Roland MIDI Drums
- E-MU Proteus Plus Orchestral Keyboard
- See the complete listing of Instruments below.
All Reed instruments formerly repaired by C&L Music and Lee's Sax Werks; now repaired by St. John's Music, Edmonton, AB.
All loudspeakers are kept conditioned at Speaker Restoration.
PA / DJ Equipment
Powersoft K-10 amplifier (x2) (I use these with 240V outlets - when available!)
EV (Electrovoice) Powered Speakers and Yorkville Powered Sub [40cm] system w/Shure UHF wireless mic (for 2nd system)
Peavey DPC™ 1,400X stereo power amplifier (in 3rd system)
Community SBS-45 subwoofer systems (40cm [15"] x 4 in each cabinet)
Community XLT-46 (40cm [15"]) 3-way speakers (2 pairs of these = 4 total)
Custom-made (105 dB SPL @ 1 meter @ 1 watt) midrange cabinets: 5 drivers in each
Custom-made (102 dB SPL @ 1 meter @ 1 watt) midrange cabinets: 3 drivers in each
EV (Electrovoice) 45cm [18" x 2 in each cabinet] subwoofer systems
Custom-made (104 dB SPL @ 1 meter @ 1 watt) main loudspeakers - 30cm [12"] (x2) + horn
Peavey Production Mixer 1000 (PM-1000) DJ mixing consoles (x2)
Behringer (Eurorack Pro) RX1602 16-Input Mixer
Denon DN-D4500 Dual CD/MP3 CD Player (x2)
Newmark CDN 25 dual Karaoke player
Phiilips 50cm (19") color television (for karaoke monitor)
Optoma EP770 DLP projector & 1.5m (60") widescreen screen (for slide shows)
Denon DVD-2200 super audio CD player (for playing video disc (DVD) movie slide shows)
Rane Mojo MQ-302 31-band stereo equalizer/filter
Rane Mojo MX-22 stereo 2-way crossover
Rane SM-82 professional mixer
DigiTech Studio Quad V2 (4 in-4 out) multi-effects processor (x2)
dbx 166A compressor/limiter (x5)
dbx Project 1 - stereo 3-way crossover
EV (Electrovoice) mic
Shure XLS handheld w/beta-1 transmitter & WCM-16 headset.
Shure UC 16-channel UHF wireless receiver/transmitter
Shure BG-1 head for handheld wireless mic
Spare transmitter for above
Shure PG 1288 Wireless Combo System (2 units in 1 rack mount - [590.000-602.000 Mhz])
Shure LX UHF wireless handheld microphone
Shure MX418/S microflex gooseneck microphone
Shure SM-58 (x2) vocal/instrument microphones
Shure TG Guitar wireless - model T6-W (192.200 Mhz)
Shure LX wireless receiver & WM-98 microphone (171.905 Mhz)
Shure LX-1 Guitar wireless (190.600 Mhz)
Shure L-4 wireless receiver (169.445 Mhz)
Spare Shure transmitter for above
Shure TV58D-CE wireless microphone (182.200 Mhz)
Shure THS-CV headset wireless system (208.200 Mhz)
Shure WM-98 condeser microphone (3 [1 for each sax])
Shure TPD-CF lapel wireless system (183.600 Mhz)
SansAmp Rack mount Guitar distortion and speaker emulator
Sansamp Classic foot pedal
Rolls RFX MIDI Buddy foot controller (for MIDI patch changes)
AKG K-3000 headphones (for each DJ system)
Monster cable 8-guage (& 10-guage) speaker wire; 12-Guage for short parallel runs
Neutrick Speakon connectors on ALL speaker cable
Genz-Benz rollaway DJ case; Gator DJ case for extra systems
Apple MacBook ProŽ Laptops (x3) - running Unix (net BSD [OS-X]), iTunes, DJ-1800 and Peak & Deck music and mixing software.
NOTE: Our premises and vehicles are under monitored surveillance, and Police traceable!
We use microphones.
- Chauvet VUE-1 "Moonflower" LED DMX Lights (See video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooc-XVdOLl0)
- Chauvet "Eclipse" (See video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UtC3cbL3Dg)
- Martin Magnum 800 Fog Machine
- American DJ LC-100 light copilot & controller
- Sparkle (x2)
- Mirror ball (35cm)
- CC-500 par lights (x2) [see illustration on right]
- Strobe light
Photo before lights:
Photo after lights:
The entire effect - above the dance floor:
LED dance lights:
Par Lights (shown "all on" here) blink with the music
- Alto Sax - Guardala DG-400SP (on right)
- Alto Sax - Selmer Paris, Mark 7
- Alto Sax - Unison
- Alto Sax - Martin
- Soprano Sax - Jupiter
- Flute - DeFord thinwall, silver body open-hole with Drelinger 1012 MAX (gold inlay) headjoint.
- Clarinet - Buescher
Wagner (pronounced "VAG-ner", from Germany) Alto mouthpiece for all 4 altos. JodyJazz ESP Soprano Sax mouthpiece Jody Jazz ESP Clarinet mouthpiece
I continue to use FiberCell medium-soft reeds on all instruments (since 1986)
- Ibanez GSR 5-String Bass Guitar
- Zoom B3 Bass Emulator
- Ibanez RX-170 Electric Guitar
- Ovation acoustic/electric
- Beaver Creek acoustic (for Elvis telegrams
- Lotus Electric (for smoke)
- Ovation acoustic/electric (formerly owned by Pure Prarie League)
- E-MU Proteus Orchestral MPS Plus
- Korg P3 Piano module
- Pearl Drum set with Ziljian symbols
- Roland TD-7 MIDI Drum set
Guardala DG-400SP ALTO SAXOPHONE
This professional Eb Alto saxophone is fabricated and hand made from 72% formulated Copper alloy yellow brass with full rib post construction and hand hammered bell. All rods are solid nickel silver with stainless steel screws, springs are tempered blue steel and authentic Mother of Pearl key buttons are used throughout.
Upper and lower key stacks are ergonomically designed for smooth, accurate feel.
Invented by a Belgian manufacturer, Adolphe Sax, and exhibited to the world for the first time at the 1841 Brussels Exhibition, the saxophone is a relatively young instrument. It is classified along with the clarinet as a single-reed woodwind, but actually it's a hybrid, borrowing elements from both the clarinet and oboe.
Sax was an avid inventor, developing and refining many kinds of wind instruments, but the saxophone is his most enduring innovation. Originally, it was available in fourteen different sizes and keys. Currently, four sizes of saxophone have been standardized - the soprano, the alto, the tenor, and the baritone. Sax was also an effective entrepreneur; in 1845, he proposed a 'battle of the bands' between an ensemble using his new instruments and one made up of traditional French infantry band instruments. Sax won the contest, and the French government officially adopted his instruments into their military bands, which caused considerable resentment among other Parisian instrument manufacturers.
The versatile saxophone has been used effectively in many musical styles. Bizet included it in his opera L'Arlesienne , and Ravel in his famous orchestral work, Bolero. . In orchestral work, its use is primarily limited to distinctive solos. However, since 1890 the saxophone became familiar to American audiences through the band music of J.P. Sousa.
The full potential of the saxophone was not explored, however, until it was used by Jazz musicians. The saxophone became the most popular woodwind solo instrument among Jazz Performers and audiences.
The saxophone's individualized sound is possible because of the variety of mouthpiece materials and designs, the range of hardness in reeds, and the relatively loose mouth position that this instrument requires, which enables the player to vary the timbre and to "bend" pitches.
The Saxophone is a relative newcomer to the musical family, invented by Adolph Sax in 1840, it was designed as an improvement on the clarinet, with simpler fingering. Even though saxophones are made of brass, they are a woodwind which combines features of an oboe and a clarinet. A brass instrument is one in which the sound is made by the vibration of lips against a cup shaped mouthpiece. All other blown instruments are woodwinds.
The sax differs from most other woodwind instruments in that there are no open holes to cover. The holes are covered by pads when the player presses a key. Originally a military band instrument, the saxophone is rarely found in orchestras. Although both Debussy and Bizet wrote for the saxophone, it took the Jazz era of the 20's to propel it into a major solo and band instrument.
- Power Macintosh G5 workstation in our Studio
- Macbook Pro for events. We only use AIFF and AAC files (MP4)
- Rolls RFX MIDI Buddy Foot Controller (for MIDI patch changes)
Opcode MIDI Interface
- Anatek Pocket Merge
- MIDIMan MiniMacMan MIDI Interface
7m (16') Ford Econoline E-450 with 7.3-Liter Turbo-Diesel (International Power StrokeŽ) Engine. Custom-made shelving, Sleeping Quarters and 12-V LED lighting and 120-V A/C power provisions,
LED exterior lighting for safety, audible reverse back-up for safety.
We use Bio Diesel to protect our environment. Circa 2009: Canadian law requires BioDiesel at all pumps.