Dan’s main focus is to deliver a superior entertainment experience built around YOUR vision of YOUR event. As a professional entertainment director, disc jockey, and master of ceremonies, Dan is committed to assisting you in planning a celebration that exceeds the highest of expectations!
Dan Breslin is a Five Star Silver Sound DJ .
Check out one of Dan’s recent five-star reviews on WeddingWire.com!
Thank You Notes & Letters:
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Dan is third in a line of Silver Sound DJs, mentored by his brother and sister, both Silver Sound DJs before him. While Dan regularly entertains wedding receptions as a mainstay, he is well suited towards Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, School and College events. As a DJ of 11 years, Dan’s personal style is one of good humor and outgoing personality.
Being versatile and able to please many different audiences, to read the crowd and predict what music will work in a given situation is what sets DJ Dan Breslin apart from the competition. Dan is an expert in mixing with smooth transitions from any generation to the present. He is considerate of requests made and has the uncanny ability to spontaneously mix the song in the format provided, when appropriate.
Dan’s music library spans all time periods from Big Band to today’s Top 40, Dance & R&B. Dan will develop a music program and a timeline that works with your style and expectations for your event. If you’re not sure what you want for your event, feel confident that Dan’s experience and skills will give you a memorable party.
Four JBL EON self-powered speakers, Bose L1 Compact system for cocktail hour and ceremonies, Denon DN-MC6000 Mixer-Controller, MacBook Pro system, LaCie 500GB Firewire hard drive with a 75,000 song database, Shure PGX Digital Wireless Handheld Wireless microphones, Apple iPod Nano
Highlights from a Baywood Greens Wedding with DJ Dan Breslin
Highlights from a Spring Hill Manor Wedding with DJ Dan Breslin
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Dan’s customers experience non-stop dance floor action, hard hitting sounds, and musical talent. For younger audiences and parties, Dan is known to provide a fun and interactive performance with a great mix of music, making for a night all will remember.
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Michigan DJs and DJ Services
Looking just for Wedding DJs? Go to Michigan Wedding Slavin The Website. MWS lists disc jockeys for weddings by their Based In area. It's free to use, no logins, nothing to join.
Wedding DJs and Mobile DJs
Mobile means these Disc Jockeys bring their own DJ equipment and music to your event location, and can play popular dance music or a specific genre. DJ Entertainment for Weddings Dances Parties Graduations Proms Reunions Mitzvahs, Special Events.
All Wedding DJs are Mobile DJs. But not every Mobile DJ is a Wedding DJ. Most Mobile Disc Jockeys don’t do every type of event. Some only do weddings, others just parties. Some like to teach dance steps or sing karaoke while DJ'ing. Some just play music, no announcements or talking. Some offer related services and packages in addition to DJ. So take a look and see who is for right for your event.
based in Metro Detroit. phone 810-343-0194. Professional DJ, Over 15 Years Experience. weddings, other events.
DJ Matt Camron
serving Metro Detroit. From the Channel 955 Bomb Squad, a mobile DJ with radio broadcast experience. school dances, graduations, parties, weddings.
serving Southeast Michigan. DJ service featuring club style sound and light show. weddings, coporate, benefits, school dances, parties.
Best DJ Entertainment Service
serving Metro Detroit. features one flat rate with most everything included. weddings, school dances, reunions, etc.
Best Party DJ Productions
Professional Michigan DJ service for your wedding, party or special event. With over 15 years in the business, we provide entertaiment for the Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county areas.
Evening Star DJ/Karaoke
Serving Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula and surrounding areas. Weddings, Corporate Parties, School Dances, Holiday Parties, Class Reunions, Anniversary Parties, Graduation Parties, Birthday Parties, more. phone 906-475-7332.
E.S.P. DJ & Karaoke Service (Endicott Sound Productions)
serving Southeast Michigan. weddings, plus most other events and occasions.
Party It Up
DJ Service in Metro Detroit featuring DJ Keith and several other DJs for weddings, parties, bars. phone 248-361-2776.
First Class Entertainment
Entertainment for any occasion in Southeast Michigan. "We don’t just play music. We entertain!"
Phoenix Entertainment – based in metro Detroit, Mobile DJs for weddings, parties events. Can also supply uplighting, photo booths and more.
Beat Crazy DJ Entertainment
Based in Northville, serving the Metro-Detroit area for over 20 years. Weddings, class reunions, teen parties, more. 248-875-3137.
EPC Event Services – DJ Emcee Karaoke
based in Waterford, MI. Our systems range from the top of the line 3000 watt 4-way surround sound system for a concert quality sound. We also have the best and highly trained experieced Master of Ceremony Party Host to interact with your guests along woth DJ/VJ technicians to man audio and video for continuous music and video activity for a video montage. 2000 watt systems, 1000 watt systems and basic systems are available for smaller events. Handheld and wireless mics are available along with special effects, such as haze, fog, bubbles or special effect lighting. visit website or phone 248-618-1100.
Atlarge Sound & Lighting
We are a Professional DJ Service based in Metro Detroit with over 15 years experience specializing in Wedding Receptions, Cabaret Style Parties, Ballroom & Hustle Affairs, Birthday Parties, Reunions, Anniversaries and Corporate Events. We also have a large inventory of sound & lighting equipment that we rent out and provide technical support for stage plays, bands, speaking engagements, conferences, festivals, nightclubs, open mics, DJs, schools etc. phone 313-657-1283.
DJ Service serving the Metro Detroit Area since 2001. Music for all ages and all occasions?from the 50's through today's top dance hits. Lighting and fog available. Our playlist or yours. Backup equipment. No set up fees. 586-871-7302.
Celebration DJs has been providing energetic entertainment to countless weddings, company events, and family parties for over 19 years in the Southeast Michigan area. The owner of the company, Chris Donley, has built a solid reputation as a fun and professional DJ and Master of Ceremonies by using energy, personality, and great music to take your party to the next level and make it a true Celebration!
Memory Maker DJs
Full Service DJ and Video company specialize in weddings and corporate events. based in Troy, MI (Metro Detroit). phone 248-619-1790.
Encore Music (Encore DJ)
Grand Rapids DJ service covering lower Michigan. wedding receptions and parties.
DJ Chris Clark
serving Metro Detroit. weddings, mitzvahs, parties. also has karaoke & magic show. 248-877-4291. facebook
Office Party DJs
based in Metro Detroit. phone 248-707-0690. Specializing in large and small office events, block parties, class reunions, weddings and corporate functions.
Sound Dog Productions
DJ Entertainment Service based in Metro Detroit. Weddings (specialty), Bar and Bat Mitzvah's, corporate events, class reunions, proms and picnics.
Fuzion-Tech is a small start up company tailoring to your every entertainment need. Services include audio for bands/artists, Dj music for parties/clubs, and karaoke for bars/events. If you're looking for premium sound then Fuzion-Tech is for you.
Saturn’s Diamond Entertainment
DJ & Karaoke Service serving Metro Detroit. phone 586 709-9576 or 248 909-4084. Multiple DJs available for all types of events. Every DJ & Karaoke event includes special effect lights. Saturn is now also offering Balloon Twisting, Face Painting and Mascot Characters at your event. facebook
based in Romulus. Offering the finest Wedding DJ service at the best price. Complete Wedding packages under $600 includes special effects lighting and thousands of songs from yesterday & today! Over a decade of Wedding DJ experience.
Dance Pro DJ Service
A full service disc jockey company (including karaoke) based in Whitmore Lake, Southeast Michigan, and will travel to just about anywhere in Michigan. Weddings, parties and other events. toll free number 877-393-2623
Professional Disc Jockey Service based in Macomb. Weddings, corporate parties, school dances, anniversary parties, graduation parties, fundraisers, more. 586-907-4636.
Metro Detroit's premier soul DJ entertainment service. A unique alternative to the typical Top 40 DJ! Your guests will get down to our expansive collection of Original '60s & '70s Vinyl: Soul, Funk R&B, and more! facebook
"The Doo Wop DJ's" specializing in Classic CAR SHOWS and events. Serving all of Michigan, bringing you the very best in 50's & 60's DJ Entertainment. Authentic costumes, unique contests, top notch knowledge of the music and most of all an undying love for classic cars. "Professional DJ's providing real fun for over 12 years". Click our name to visit our website. 989-846-2618.
Bargain DJ Entertainment
based in the northern MI. Your engagement is a special time that you should enjoy to the fullest. Don't spend it stressing out about your wedding details. We'll discuss all your ideas at length, then design a plan with a variety of options for you to consider. Stress-Free Wedding Planning Begins Now!
DJ, MC and Karaoke service for Metro Detroit. weddings, parties, bars. phone 248-763-5428.
based in Fraser, serving Southeast Michigan. Disc Jockey & karaoke service for all occasions. phone 586-855-0138.
Mobile Sound Unlimited DJ Service and Karaoke
Phone 248-471-7065. "Your Entertainment Specialists since 1978" Serving YOU in Southeast Michigan as the longest working Disc Jockey Duo with customized service to your tastes for most occasions!
Donald Schuster Productions (DJ Shine)
Disc Jockey Service based in Metro Detroit, wedding receptions and parties.
Optimum Sound Productions
Mobile DJ Service based in Metro Detroit. weddings, proms, school dances, parties, special events. call 800-980-6211.
Music by Mark
Professional DJ Service featuring Mark Hudy, based in Metro Detroit. weddings, class reunions, parties, more. phone 313-736-0759.
DJ Poppy – info on facebook
based in Holland (West MI). I'll play your music at your volume, at your event for family and friends in a ballroom, local social center or at your home. I prefer Latin and Afro-Cuban music, with a bit of hip hop mashup, but I am happy to play your style. My reasonable rate starts at $200 for a 2-hour-party, including an interview to prepare the playlist and setting up my equipment. Call 616-558-2488.
Rusch Entertainment DJs
based in East MI. We provide DJ entertainment throughout Michigan specializing in weddings, corporate events and anything else that needs a fun DJ and great music! Please call us today at 800-439-5319 so we can discuss your musical needs!
In-Tune Music Worx
based in Rochester Hills, MI. Metro Detroit's premier wedding and special event mobile DJ service. phone 888-353-3399.
Metro Music Entertainment
Metro Music DJs have performed at over 10,000 events all over the state of Michigan and we understand that your wedding reception is the most important celebration of your life. We truly care about your special day and it is our goal to make it a "worry free, stress free" event. Metro Music owners Chris French and Rick Sadlowski have spent a combined 40 years turning "music into memories that last a life time." 248-246-2287.
Mike Staff Productions Wedding DJs
based in Metro Detroit, many DJs serving Southeast Michigan. Weddings only. Founded by radio personality Mike Staff.
Channel 955 DJs
based in Metro Detroit. school dances, graduations, family nights, radio parties, weddings, etc.
Night and Day Productions
based in Metro Detroit. weddings, parties, school dances, etc. very large music library.
Smok’n Musicn’ Light’n
Karaoke and DJ services in southeast lower Michigan.
Live Audio Entertainment
DJ & Karaoke Services based in Redford, MI. phone 313-520-5204. weddings, dances, parties and other events.
DJ Zack Daniels
based in Metro Detroit, available for special events such as weddings and as a dance club dj.
Flipside Entertainment featuring DJ Chris Lee
based in East-Mid Michigan. weddings, school dances, graduations, corporate and private parties, class reunions, etc.
Identification Confirmed (D.J. Classified 989 United Identification Confirmed)
Disc Jockey service in mid Michigan that provides quality service in entertainment that you can afford. We can accommodate all genres of music for all types of events, for more information visit our website or call us at 989.400.SHOW
J & J Entertainment
DJ & Karaoke service based in Metro Detroit serving Southeast Michigan, weddings to parties.
disc jockey service based in Clare, also has music videos. weddings, class reunions, proms, etc.
Soundblasters DJ/KJ Service
in Northeast Michigan. 20 years + professional wedding and private party DJ service. We use Bose L1 equipment. visit website ot call 989-724-7868.
Night Owl Entertainment
based in Brighton, MI. Provide quality service, entertainment, and music to accommodate all ages. Focus on quality and our customer's satisfaction. As a result a high percentage of our business is from repeat customer's and referrals. Serving all Michigan communities.
We are Mid-Michigan's only 5 star rated DJ Company through Wedding Wire. We provide a great show with top notch customer service & flexibility at a competitive price. Please call us anytime for a free consultation and estimate at 989-992-1001.
serving West Michigan. Over 86,000 tunes brought to every event. weddings, coporate, school.
DJ and Karaoke service for the greater Flint Area. "Both my libraries contain over 65,000 titles and growing." weddings, parties.
Prime Time Entertainment DJ Service
based in Metro Detroit, serving Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and St Clair County.
Ground Zero Productions
Full service Sound Reinforcement / Video Projection and DJ Services. Serving the Southeastern Michigan. (586) 322-9053.
Mitchell Girt Disc Jockey
DJ Service serving all of Michigan. Located in Northern Michigan. Will go anywhere!
Disc Jockey Ron Martinez has been serving the Metro Detroit area since 1986. 734-326-0728.
Pluister Entertainment, Inc.
Has been serving Northern Michigan, (including Beaver and Mackinac Islands) for nearly 30 years. Excellence in Custom Reception Entertainment.
Music Box Productions
based in Southeast Michigan. weddings, corporate and private events.
DJ Service in Metro Detroit. Wide range of music from house and dance to classic rock and cultural. outdoor concerts to weddings and lounges.
Ken Shelton Productions
The DJ that will move your crowd. Mid Michigan’s top wedding DJ service. all digital music.
Tim ‘DJ TJ’ Johnson – based in Metro Detroit. "Locally, I host, DJ (and sometimes teach) at West Coast Wednesday, co-hosting the monthly Second Saturday Swing. My experience also includes providing music editing services for contests, routines and performances."
DJ and VJ service based in Rochester Hills, available for all of Michigan, specializing in Teen Events. Mitzvahs, school dances, sweet sixteens and any other teen functions. Have music videos.
Disc Jockey and Video Service for Metro Detroit. 800-223-2401 or 586-468-9560. facebook
The Millennium Entertainment Group
Mid Michigan’s premier full time staff of wedding professionals. DJ's, photographer's, coordinator's, videography, and more.
Experience Electronica DJs
10+ years experience – Proudly serving all of Northern Michigan, and Mackinac Island.
Chris O’Brien Productions
Based in Grand Rapids area. “professional dj and karaoke service that covers all of mid and lower Michigan.” weddings, special events, parties.
serving all of northern Michigan and Mackinac Island. When the guests say "what a great party", and the bride and groom say "it was just what we wanted" you know you hired DJ’s North Disc Jockey Service for your wedding reception in Northern Michigan.
Jambalaya Sound and Light
Serving greater Ann Arbor area for weddings, parties, and other events. Reliable, professional, affordable, danceable, and fun.
serving Northwest Michigan. Disc Jockey services for just about any event such as but not limited to: Weddings, school dances, birthday parties, christmas parties, reunions and even small concerts.
D.J. & Music, Inc.
Specializing in Wedding Receptions and private parties. Serving the Metro-Detroit area since 1981. phone: 313-295-6810 and 734-658-8892.
Tony's DJ Services
Featuring Tony Arini, for Southeast Michigan. After an absence of almost 15 years, Tony’s DJ Services is back! We are ready to provide you with the best music and the best value for your special event. Tony says: "If you want a real dance party for your next event, book us today!"
Pro D.J. Services, Inc.
for Metro Detroit. Pro D.J. Services employs a team of professional & hard working entertainers. Call us today to schedule a free no obligation appointment to meet with one of our representatives.
Digital Music DJ Productions
serving the Mid-Michigan area for your music needs. Offering the latest in pro audio and lighting equipment with 1000s of songs to choose from.
All Venues, All occasions, over 15 years experience.
Enchanted Evenings DJ Service
serving Southeast Michigan. husband & wife team, specializing in weddings.
Mark Evans DJ Entertainment
serving Macomb & Oakland counties, specializing in weddings and family functions.
Electro System Pro DJ Service
We service the Northern Michigan area. Base out of Traverse City, MI. phone 231-276-6131.
Michigan DJ Service
We have rates from $350, offer Bose Audio and a great Light Show. weddings and events, based in Metro Detroit, ph# 586-446-8499.
DJ Sandbar (Cody Kimball)
Serving Port Huron (St. Clair County), Kalamazoo, and surrounding areas in Michigan. I am a DJ with over 5 years of experience, with weddings, parties, graduations, and even on the radio! Services include impressive light show, music, announcing / MC ing, and tuxedo for formal events Wide selection of music, everything from Dance to Pop to Techno to Rock Rap and Reggae.
Majestic Mobile Music
Based in Metro Detroit area, owner Barbara Betrus. Service area Mid-MI, Metro Detroit. weddings, mitzvahs, proms, outdoor and other events.
serving Detroit and surrounding areas.
Platinum Mix Productions
serving Metro Detroit. weddings, other events.
In Play Productions
based in Southeast Michigan. Saturdays only. weddings, school dances, corporate, parties.
Tunes By Rick
Wedding specialist for all of west Michigan. ph# 616-583-0556.
based in Lake Orion, MI. DJs, Photo Booth Rental, Uplighting and Videography for the Metro Detroit area. phone 248-990-2577. facebook
Tunes By T
Mobile DJ Service based in the Lansing, Mid-MI area. Wedding receptions, school dances, parties, sporting events.
for Southeast Michigan. parties, weddings, high school dances, college parties, etc.
based in Orleans, Michigan (between Belding & Ionia), available statewide. DJ Service, karaoke, event rental, event planning.
based in Ann Arbor. weddings and other events.
serving Metro Detroit. DJ and digital video service. weddings only.
Boogie Brothers Productions
serving Metro Detroit. DJs for weddings, corporate, parties, events.
DJ Rick "Go Ugly Early Mobile Entertainment"
We offer up-lighting, professional X-Laser RGB animation laser system (venue must fit FDA regulations), black light, stage lights to PA with wireless microphones for announcements. GoBo lighting available. Music by your schedule and selection: Cake cutting, dance with parent, first dance and so forth. We offer a formal contract; we’re insured and use licensed music only. Veteran Owed. visit website or call 734-344-9714 or 734-223-6327. facebook
based in Eaton Rapids, available to all of Mid-Michigan. weddings, other events.
Jack Brown DJ / Entertainment
based in Highland, available for Oakland County and Metro Detroit area. weddings.
based in Pinckney area. weddings, school dances, parties, etc.
serving West Michigan, Ann Arbor and surrounding communities. DJ entertainment service for weddings, mitzvah’s, reunions, corporate parties, school functions, etc.
for Southeast Michigan. DJs and karaoke services for all occasions including school dances.
DJ/MC music services for any occasion, based in Great Lakes Bay Region (Mid Michigan), serving all of Michigan. Also provides special events planning and coordination services, lighting, band rental, more. phone 989-781-5700.
based in Metro Detroit. weddings, coporate, school dances.
for Southeast Michigan. DJ service with over 9,000 cd’s.
Muckles Entertainment LLC
DJ Emmitt Muckles and other DJ’s to Rock Your Party in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan.
The Spin Doctor
based in Metro Detroit. weddings, etc.
A+ Digital DJs
based in Alpena and serves all of Northern Michigan. weddings, school dances & proms.
Pure Energy Productions
DJ/Karaoke service based in Sturgis, MI. insured, over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry. Weddings, school dances, parties, corporate.
Scottie Alexander Entertainment
based in Brighton. DJ and Karaoke service. Weddings, special events, bars, etc.
Jay Samborn Entertainment
based in Bay City. DJ and Karaoke service. Weddings, gameshows, bars.
J S Entertainment
Serving Southeastern Michigan. Mobile DJ and Karaoke services.
Mario&’s Music Company
based in Clinton Township. band and DJ, weddings.
Professional and Classy Disc Jockey Services for ANY event. Serving Southern Michigan and Northern Ohio for over a decade, Eschmann Entertainment personally works with each client to customize every aspect of their special day. based in Canton, MI. phone 248-259-1604.
Northern Michigan DJ.com
Serving the Traverse City, Ludington, and Petoskey areas with full-time professional service. Serving couples since 1979.
DJ ZAH (MyWiseGuys)
Davison area DJ/Karaoke Service for weddings and parties.
DJ Joey K
located in Allen Park, MI, provides services to the Detroit Metro surrounding areas. "I provide mobile DJ, lighting and emcee services for weddings, school dances, class reunions, birthday parties, holiday parties, graduation parties, retirement parties, corporate events and private parties."
Don Johnsons’ Music Madness
based in Algonac (East Michigan). Mobile DJ service for weddings, graduations, banquets, corporate parties, class reunions, etc.
Professional Disc Jockey providing Southeast Michigan with recorded music for all occasions.
Boes Mobile Sound
Mobile DJ service in Metro Detroit.
Music Time Tunes DJ service
serving all of Northern Michigan see us on our web page.
Metro Detroit. DJ for weddings, school dances, graduations, reunions, corporate, most occasions.
Epic Entertainment, Inc
based in Utica (Metro Detroit). DJ services, more.
Solid Gold Sound
based in Metro Detroit. professional disc jockey service. weddings.
Thomas & Thomas (Sound Entertainment, Inc.)
Professional Mobile Disc Jockey Service based in Metro Detroit serving Southeastern Michigan. weddings, corporate, events.
based in Metro Detroit. weddings, corporate, parties.
based in Lansing. DJ Service for weddings, other events.
based in Clinton Twp. music and lights for all occasions.
based in Macomb Township. weddings, school dances, parties, more. has video projection.
The Party Doctor
based in Eastpointe. weddings, private parties.
The DJ Guy
DJ & Karaoke Service based in Howell. weddings and other occasions.
An Ultimate Sound
based in Metro Detroit. weddings, school functions, graduations, etc.
mobile DJ company, Lansing and Metro Detroit, operates large sound and light shows, lasers.
Fine Edge Productions
based in Metro Detroit. DJ service for weddings and all types of events.
based in Clinton Twp. "strives to create a family-friendly atmosphere, plays only clean music".
Mobile Disc Jockey serving the Lansing area. weddings, parties, dances.
Digital Productions DJ Service
based in the 313 area code, serving southeast Michigan.
Mobile Rhythm DJ & Karaoke
based in the 734 area code. weddings, school, corporate, more.
in 313 area code. "mansion or a mosh pit, first class or primal bash".
D.J. Kurt Lewis
Mobile DJ based in Howell. weddings and parties.
A DJ Service serving Flint MI, Weddings, School Dances, Birthday’s, and any event requiring a DJ.
1, 2 Step Entertainment
DJ Service in Metro Detroit for Weddings, Corporate Events, Mitzvahs, Sweet 16's, Holiday Parties, Fundraisers, more.
Music Xpress DJ Entertainment
Based in Wixom, also has karaoke. Weddings, birthday parties, charity events, special occasions.
Joe Cornell Weddings
DJ Service based in Metro Detroit. weddings. phone 248-356-6000.
in 248 area code. weddings and parties.
in 313 area code. all occasions.
Mary Ann Productions
disc jockey entertainment in Metro Detroit.
Disc Jockey serving all of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
Loco Joe Entertainment (djdiscjockey.com)
DJ Entertainment based in Metro Detroit, available worldwide. weddings, parties, or any other event that requires music and fun.
Encore Event Group DJ – Encore Party DJs + Encore Wedding DJs
Serves Michigan & offers Modern DJs, MCs, & lighting packages for weddings, bars, parties, more. facebook
J and J DJ Service LLC
serving the thumb area of Michigan. full service mobile DJ providing music and lighting for your party needs, weddings, karaoke, holiday, birthday, school, etc.
H & J Entertainment
DJ and Karaoke for Mid-MI. parties, bars, weddings.
Masters of Ceremony Productions
Wedding DJ Entertainment Specialists based in Farmington Hills (Metro Detroit), serving all of Michigan.
John Correll Professional DJ Services
Serving Southwest Michigan over the past 25 years. wedding receptions, pageants, company events, more.
Harbor View Entertainment
DJ Service serving the Traverse City, Northern Michigan area.
Entertainment Solutions of Michigan
Full service DJ/MC service based in Mid Michigan. wedding, private party, school dance, corporate event.
based in Port Huron / Flint areas. weddings, private parties, corporate events, night clubs.
Your Special Night (Michael A Sinelli)
"offers professional Disc Jockey and Video services for weddings, corporate functions, seminars, graduation parties and anniversary parties."
Motor City HDJ
Metro Detroit's High Definition DJ Service.
All Night DJs (Sean McDonnell)
based in Metro Detroit.
DJ company based in Metro Detroit.
New Reaction Sound, Inc.
A complete DJ music and karaoke service based in Canton, MI. "Our company doesn't just play music, we entertain! We play the music you want, not just the music the DJ wants to play." phone 313-525-7878. weddings, special events, bars.
TnT Entertainment Karaoke & DJ Service
based in Port Huron, MI. phone 810-357-5775. "Let us put the BANG in your special event" facebook
Mobile DJ Service based in Coopersville, West Michigan. phone 616-384-DJ4U. weddings, school dances, graduation parties, birthday parties, other events.
DJ Emmo – based in Ann Arbor area, info on facebook
Phat Music Entertainment – info on facebook
DJ company based in Waterford (Metro Detroit).
based in Grand Rapids. DJs plus Full-Service Wedding, Event, and Party Package Provider.
An event services and planning company in the 248 area code has DJs/MCs, karaoke hosts.
epc – Entertainment Production Co.
based in Waterford (Metro Detroit). offers DJ, VJ, Karaoke services, more.
Latin Image Entertainment
DJ Service based in Metro Detroit. American and Latin music. weddings to parties & clubs. call George at 734-231-7973. call Salvador Sid at 734-231-5859.
Club DJs and House Music DJs
For Dance Clubs, Nightclubs, Party Bars, shows and festivals.
DJ Maestro – The Hustle and The Line Master from metro Detroit.
All Digital Club DJ Services – for southeast Lower Michigan. also has equipment rentals.
DJ Ace Franco (Franco Entertainment) – club and mix DJ based in Warren (Metro Detroit). hip-hop, rock, top 40.
DJ Chrome (Fadi Yousif) – Detroit. Top 40, House, Hip-Hop, Rock, Mashups & Electro. info on facebook
DJ Donovan Tate – from Metro Detroit. Live mix and remixes. Added producing tracks to his resumé along with doing shows nationally. facebook
Kenneth Thomas – Metro Detroit and national. progressive trance. profile
DJ CAPTN20 – Club DJ in Metro Detroit.
Dangerous Drew Productions – Club DJ and Mobile Night Club Experience in West Michigan.
DJ Ice – Detroit. info on facebook
DJ Jenna Brown – metro Detroit. info on facebook
DJ Jessi Kay – Detroit, info on facebook
DJ Lena (DJ Sir Lena) – based in Detroit. house music.
DJ Tish-Da-Ish ("Def-Kon III") – Detroit. DJ & producer. hip hop, pop, beats.
Dj Tom T – in Metro Detroit. versatile styles.
Ray DJTangaray Ridgeway – Detroit. DJ & producer. hip hop, r&b.
Detroit Deejays (Detroit DJ’s) – organizing and sharing music with other DJs. info on facebook
SpinUtopia Detroit – SpinUtopia is mostly electronic music and mixmasters. link is to the Detroit site. listen to music and check out list of Spinners, DJs, events, more.
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If you’re looking for a DJ in Michigan, check out many DJs and compare. If you’re a Disc Jockey or VJ with a web site, make it easy for people to go straight to your info.
INFORMATION ON MIKE'S SITE
Wow. What makes a good movie? What makes a good song?
People have different tastes in what is "good." In general, we can say a good DJ or KJ has an entertaining show, and if he or she is at a bar, gets a good crowd, which makes a lot of money for the bar.
How do you do that? I personally like to have high energy shows, where there is never dead air, people are encouraged to participate, and it just feels like something is always going on, never boring. I like to be a little vulgar, obnoxious, loud, insulting, and flirty. That may not be the best thing to bring to the old folks home, or a children’s party. It is aimed at 20 somethings.
One of the ways I make my show work is to have control of my sound and equipment at all times. A Good DJ with bad equipment can become a bad DJ very quickly.
Some KJ’s use props, like funny hats, some do trivia contests, or use any other number of gimmicks and games. Generally speaking, if the people come back week after week, you are doing a good job.
Since it is related, I also want to answer the question;
"What makes a good karaoke show?"
What kind of equipment do I need?
This is a very basic explanation of DJ equipment, and what each thing does.
I am going to break this down into five Audio groups and two Video groups. Audio – Sources, Mixing, Processing, Amplification, and Speakers. Video – Video Source Selector. and HDMI Scaler. Finally, we’ll briefly go over Media Controllers .
Sources – Sources are anything that creates a signal which can be turned into sound. A Computer (with a sound card) is a source for music and karaoke music. A Microphone is a source for voice. An iPod is a source of music. A CD Player is a source for music, a karaoke disc player is a source for karaoke (and usually can be used for regular music also). Turntables are sources of music. A DVD player is a source. A musical instrument, like a guitar, is a source. Sources create very weak electrical signals that if amplified, can be converted into sound.
Mixing – A Mixer takes inputs from different sources, and allows you to match the volumes so they sound pleasing to the human ear. Sometimes we also use a mixer to choose which source to listen to. Finally, a mixer will allow us to gradually reduce the signal from one source while increasing signal from another source, in a controlled fashion. That is part of the actual art of "mixing."
Processing – This is not usually necessary when DJ’ing, but is recommended for karaoke and most live sound systems. There are several different ways to process a signal, but the most common form for karaoke is adding reverb (or echo) to a voice signal. Reverb and Echo are commonly referred to as "effects." Sometimes you want to make sure that a sudden loud noise from a microphone can not damage your speakers or amps. Compressors and Limiters are used for that. They are also a form of signal processing. There is also a signal processor to help eliminate feedback. The only one you absolutely need for karaoke is reverb. Many mixers include what’s known as a send and return. This function "sends" the voice (or any) signal out to a processor unit, and allows for mixing in the amount of Reverb you want "returned" to the mix.
Amplification – Once your different signals have been mixed, matched, and processed, you need to increase the amount of energy from your weak signal so that it is ready to go to the speakers.
Speakers – Speakers take an electrical signal and turn it into sound. The bigger the electrical signal, the louder the sound.
Video Source Selector – This is a device that takes multiple Video inputs, usually S-Video or Component, and allows you to press a button to pick which one get’s sent out to the TV. You can buy these at Radio Shack and Best Buy. to name a few. If you use a PC for karaoke, and also want to be able to use a Karaoke Disk Player, you will need a Video Source Selector. Or you could find a TV that accepts multiple sources, run two wires, and then change the input on the TV. Not really feasible with multiple TVs though, in a bar for instance.
For a very good tutorial (with pictures) on the different types of Video connectors, Try http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/157.
HDMI Scaler – You may not need an HDMI Scaler. If you are not playing karaoke or any kind of video, you do not need an HDMI Scaler. If your computer does not have an HDMI output, (or has an HDMI output as well as other Video outputs) you may not need an HDMI scaler.
HDMI scalers convert HDMI graphics to S-Video and/or component graphics. If you have a newer Computer (Especially a laptop), the Video output is probably in HDMI. HDMI wires are very expensive, especially longer ones. (If you need them, however, try http://www.svideo.com/ ) To split HDMI to go to several TV’s is also very expensive. Most Video Selectors do not yet include HDMI as an input. Karaoke Graphics don’t really need to be in super High Definition. Many older TV’s (Like those found in bars) don’t have HDMI inputs at all, so will need a component video. For all these reasons, I recommend converting your HDMI to component, and saving yourself money and aggravation. I bought mine at http://www.svideo.com/
Media Controllers – Media Controllers connect to your computer, and control some aspect of your DJ software. At minimum they usually will include a play/pause button, a Cue button, pitch bend, loop controls, and a wheel for controlling the position of the virtual "needle" on the record. The advantage to using a media controller is you gain much more control over the way music is played. It is essential if you plan on mixing.
There are many different manufacturers of these controllers. They often include a "lite" version of some DJ software. Serato, which is DJ software, uses actual turntables along with special index vinyl records as a controller. If you are not going to be a club style DJ, you probably don’t need a media controller.
Simple enough, right? Now to confuse you even more, many pieces of equipment available on the market combine the functions of two or more of these things.
For instance, There are mixers which include built in Reverb effects. There are mixers that also amplify the signal so you can go straight to the speakers. Those are called "Powered Mixers". There are Powered Mixers which also include Reverb Effects! There are speakers with built in Amplifiers! There are also "karaoke amplifiers" that control microphones, effects, and amplify signal all in one. (I highly recommend staying away from those)
So how do you choose which way to go? You need to really think about what you are going to do with this equipment, and decide what is convenient for you! To help with that, I am listing some advantages and drawbacks below.
You should buy the best you can afford to invest! The sound is one of the 3 things that makes a great karaoke show. If you can’t hook up your home stereo and DVD player, just give up now. You need to be good at this, or there’s no point!
Speakers. I used to own nothing but JBL. A few years ago I started using B-52 three-ways. Samson, Mackie, Black Widow, Cerwin Vega, Bose, they all make some nice stuff too, there are lots of great speakers out there, but these below are the ones I personally have used in the past.
- JBL JRX112 or JRX115 Speakers really good for small rooms.
- B-52 SL-315 for medium sized rooms, your average bar. I bought these speakers because they were made in America, other DJ’s on the forums said the customer service was excellent, and they got great reviews for their sound. When I ordered them from a distributor, I was told there was a six year warranty! Six years! That’s unheard of! It is therefore sort of disappointing that I should warn you, I have had a problem with B-52 not supporting their Warranty. I ordered my speakers through an Authorized Dealer, and they were drop-shipped from the factory. There were no Serial Numbers on the Speakers, nor could I find a Serial Number on any of the paperwork. After a few months of use, a Dust cover came loose on one of the woofers, and had to be replaced. I called for an RMA, and B-52 directed me to an authorized service center. The Service Center (A Third Party) could not authenticate my speakers as being in warranty, even when calling the manufacturer directly. So I had to pay for the repair out of pocket. Calling the manufacturer’s customer service line did not get me anywhere. I ended up with a repair part that was not from the factory, which if they ever intended on honoring my warranty, would have voided it. I still find the sound quality to be excellent. I have no problem using these speakers, and even though I am using new speakers from QSC, I am keeping these as backups.
- JBL M-Pro for larger venues, outside venues. (M-Pro’s are Out of Production, but JBL is definitely a good speaker. See the website for new speaker lines.)
- JBL Eon G2 powered speakers for small to medium rooms, with built in amp! (EON G2 is out of Production, but there are new speakers in the EON series)
- I just bought a pair of QSC K-12’s (Powered speakers). I’ve been using them for about 4 Months now, and I love them! They are much lighter than the B-52s I was using, are powered, and rated at 1,000 Watts Each! Great sound, Good Low End Response, and I am very happy with them.
- I highly recommend the QSC PLX2 series. I own the QSC 3402 and used it without a problem for years.
- I have used and trust the Crown CE2000 (Discontinued)
- The Crown XLS602 is a pretty solid amp
I now use powered speakers, and no longer use a separate amplifier. I have kept my QSC 3402 just in case of emergency.
- Denon. I love the Denon DNX500. This is my main mixer. I had to replace my first one because I pressed some of the microphone on/off buttons too hard, and basically destroyed them. Once I learned to use a more gentle hand, this never happened again. Still, an expensive lesson. I highly recommend this Mixer.
- Rane MLM 42 is what I use for my microphone mixing. It is perfect for karaoke applications with up to 4 Microphones, and if you use the Denon Mixer above as your main mixer, you can use 5 Microphones total!
- Rane MP 44 Club Mixer. If I could afford it, this is what I would have. This is the top-end!
- Numark 200FX mixer with built in effects. (Out of Production) When I first started, this is the mixer I used. It was much less expensive than the other models listed above, and is very useful for Karaoke due to the fact that all 4 channels can be used with microphones, as well as line inputs. However, in my experience, they did not last as long before needing to be replaced. Numark has a new model, the C3FX which is very similar. I have no direct experience with this new model! (If anyone out there can give me some reviews, I’ll post them) If you decide to go with this mixer, I recommend keeping a spare on hand. It’s worth mentioning that at the time I write this, the Numark model is $299 and they are $150 less expensive than the DNX500 from Denon. It is also worth mentioning that even though I had to replace these mixers when they failed, I kept on buying them due to their being uniquely suited for Karaoke shows. In order to get the same functionality, I needed to combine a Denon DNX500 mixer, a Rane MLM 42 Mixer, and an external Effects unit. The combined cost of those three was more than triple the cost of the Numark. I personally go with reliability over convenience and cost.
- If you are going to be running karaoke and not DJ’ing at all, another possible solution is the Behringer UB1202FX Mixer with Built In Effects. This mixer is lightweight, will easily fit in most laptop bags alongside your laptop, has 4 mic inputs and a stereo input, and has the built in effects mentioned above. Paired with some powered speakers, this could be a very inexpensive and portable solution for a karaoke show.
- Behringer Virtualizer Pro – I like it a lot.
- A lot of people swear by the miniverb.
- I like the Shure Mics. They are relatively inexpensive, an SM58 is perfect for a show, it is directional, meaning you have to sing in to the top of the mic. That helps reduce feedback. The SM48 is a less expensive alternative.
- I used to run Gemini Wireless mics. but they changed the model I liked, and the replacement crackles when someone gets too loud.
- I now Use the VocoPro 4 set of wireless mics, which is cheap, but does the job. You can not select what channels are used, so if someone else is on your frequency, you are down a microphone. This has never happened to me yet, but in theory it is certainly possible.
- I also have a Shure PGX2 and PGX4 With an SM58 head on it. This was very expensive, so I only let sober people I know are responsible use this mic.
- When buying wireless mics, always go with UHF, never ever VHF!
- If I could afford it, I would get all my mics from Sennheiser .
- Monster makes a decent cable, HOSA did too. (Stay away from Monster’s Mic/XLR cables though.) The real reason you buy these two brands is that if you are fortunate enough to have a Guitar Center or even a Sam Ash around you, you can take a defective cable in, and walk out with a warranty replacement free!
- The industry standard was the JVC (or RSQ knock off) 3 drawer CDG player for a long time.
- I use a Numark CDN25+G dual player. (Out of Production) It works better for me. Allows you to mix using CDs as well as karaoke. This is not a top of the line unit, but it is functional. You have to learn about pitch to change the key, since there is not a standard step-down pitch control, but a slider. I have had to replace the LCD displays three times now, due to the LED backlights burning out. This is not necessarily a simple repair, but if you feel comfortable with it, is worth the hassle in my opinion.
- Vocopro makes a lot of karaoke players, my experience with the one wasting away in my closet is that it is too slow to load a disk. The CDG-8900 looks promising though (and very similar to the Numark unit). If anyone has experience with this unit, please let me know your experience with it.
- If you plan on DJ’ing a lot, the Denon Dual CD players are awesome, though they don’t play karaoke, there are several models that play mp3 disks as well as standard CDs. I almost always used one of these in the strip clubs.
- There are lots of MP3 smart media players out there, Some have their own internal hard drives, some connect using USB, it gets crazy. Since I already have the computer for karaoke, I run my DJ music on the computer as well. If you are thinking of getting a smart media player, make sure you can try it out first, as they are expensive, and can be complicated to use.
This isn’t a simple list. I built my own computer, using an Intel CPU, and motherboard. You will have to do what is best for you. I do have some recommendations though.
- Use separate hard drives for your operating system, karaoke collection, and DJ music. (Note: The exception here is if you need just a few hundred songs to use as filler when using the Karaoki software from PCDJ, you can safely store that on either your karaoke drive, or the system drive)
- Get a Sound Card that supports multiple stereo outputs, like internal:M-Audio, Echo Audio, or External: Traktor Audio 2, or ESI Gigaport Hd. (Note: The exception here is if you are using Karaoki software from PCDJ, you can safely use the built in audio output on a laptop)
- I stay away from the surround sound cards that say they can be used for multi stereo outs, like Creative Labs. I have never been able to make them work.
- Don’t forget you will need a secondary video output, HDMI is standard now.
- I have been playing Video on an HP Corei5 Intel Laptop for about two years now. I like it a lot, although a little rain got on it and wiped out my audio adapter (Beats Audio by Dre, go figure) everything else works fine, and of course I use the audio from my Denon Controller anyway, so it worked out. If I had $1,200 sitting around and I was only permitted to buy a laptop with it, I would buy the Asus i7 model with the backlit keyboard.
Update: S-Video is all but dead. If your computer only has HDMI output, you may need to convert that signal to Component to connect to other TV’s. I own an HDMI Scaler made by Atlona purchased at http://www.svideo.com/. HDMI is getting less expensive to work with, There are HDMI distributors on the svideo.com website for a reasonable price, and they have extra long wires available too. I would probably only use HDMI on multiple TVs if I knew I was going to be at that bar for a long time, and was allowed to install the wiring on a semi-permanent basis.
Update: So I just bought a new Asus Laptop. The two key features I love about it are that it has TWO internal Hard Drives, which means I can keep my karaoke collection separate from the Operating System, and it has a Backlit keyboard, which makes it easier to type in dark bars! I also spent the cash for one of the higher end machines with a Core i& and a 17 Inch screen. So far, it works great.
- Optional Equipment for Permanent Installations
- I strongly recommend a UPS. "UPS" stands for "uninteruptable power supply." These keep the power running to your computer and external hard drives in the case of a brief power outage. Not only will it prevent the need to reboot in the case of a power outage, it can also help protect your equipment from damage. You can find a decent one for under $100.
- Lighting. If you have a stage, some stage lighting goes a long way to make the performances seem more professional, and adds to the experience. If you have a dance floor, add some disco style lighting!
- Projector and Screen. If you have the space on a wall, there is nothing quite as nice as seeing the karaoke lyrics from all the way across the bar!
- Multiple TV’s throughout the bar.
- Monitor speaker. This is a small speaker that faces the singer so that they can hear themselves sing.
- Equipment Case or Cover. If you are keeping your equipment in the DJ booth permanently, and you do not have it in a DJ Case, you may want to cover it with a piece of vinyl or Even just a large towel, to keep dust from settling on your equipment over night.
- A Good Soft Paint Brush. There is no better way to clean between all the knobs and sliders and buttons than using a soft paint brush as a duster.
- Booth Lighting. Some small lights to illuminate your keyboard and mixer are invaluable.
- A Locking Cabinet. Store your microphones, spare cables, backup hard drive, etc.
- Mic Stands, including a Boom Mic for the DJ.
I have only used two karaoke players since I first began, and I have only recently found a reason to switch. Prices are all over the place for software too, so make certain you have a karaoke library ready to go and then use the trial versions whenever possible to figure out which software you like the best.
When it comes to DJ software, the two most popular titles are Virtual DJ and Serato.
I am using Virtual DJ for my gigs. (Only when I am DJ’ing, not to fill in karaoke’s dead-air), I started using it because it plays video, and in auto-mode, it can eliminate silence commonly found on the beginning and end of MP3’s. Virtual DJ will also play Karaoke files. I have heard from friends however that Virtual DJ is very picky about the karaoke files it plays. Virtual DJ is by far the less expensive of the two options.
Update: The reason Virtual DJ is picky about playing ZIPPED karaoke files is that there is a propreitary ZIP format out there, and some karaoke ZIPS seem to be in this format. If you simply unzip and re-zip any song that gives you problems, you can play them just like you could in any other program. A friend of mine recently used winrar to decompress and recompress his entire library. It took a solid week of the computer running around the clock, but he is far happier now. I think you could do the same thign with MP3+G Toolz, not sure if it would go any faster.
Serato. Serato is a very powerful piece of DJ software. The software itself is free, however there is a catch; Serato requires the use of special hardware (A Serato Box) which is the only way to get audio out, and the only way to fully unlock the software. Without the Serato box connected to your computer, the software is in a sort of "setup" mode where you can get prep work done, but it is not very useful for playing music. The Serato Box also allows you to connect Vinyl or CD Turntables in order to control your music. With the use of special records or CDs you can "scratch" an mp3 on your computer as if it were an old fashioned record. Serato is an industry standard, and many night clubs provide Turntables and Serato Boxes ready to go, so all you need to bring is your laptop and music. Serato, boxes are expensive, and if you choose to use Serato, you will need to buy one in order to practice using the software at home. There is no doubt the image of using Vinyl is very impressive, but the control of the music can be done for far less money, and with far less complication using a media controller.
I used to use Traktor DJ Studio. version 2 to fill the dead air during karaoke. At the time I write this, Version 3 is out, but I just don’t like it as much. Maybe I’m just resistant to change.
Sax and Dottys Karaoke Hoster. It is a homegrown program created by a karaoke host. It plays Mp3 + G files that have been zipped together. It costs about $68, and is well worth every penny! The program uses the winamp engine, and some free plugins, to play the karaoke.
PCDJ Karaoki software. I have Just started using this software for a show, I’ve only done two nights with it. However, it is a neat piece of software. Besides allowing you to play all your karaoke songs, if you have internet access, you can purchase karaoke tracks on the fly, and you can use it with the karaoke cloud pro subscription service. It also has great features like automatically playing regular music to fill in dead air between songs, rotation management, and it seems to automatically find your second screen. The reason I started looking into it though is because it is the necessary player to have if you want to use the Karaoke Cloud Pro subscription service.
To rip your Music CDs and Karaoke CDs to MP3 or MP3+G, I use and recommend Audio Grabber. It’s Free! Just make sure you go into the settings and deselect the Leading and Trailing Silence options. Otherwise your karaoke graphics will be all out of sync.
KJ Pro is software to create karaoke books, which is updated every month with new disks available from the different manufacturers. Not all inclusive, but really good. Good way to find what disks you want to buy as well, using the lookup feature. Some of the entries for what songs are on each disk are incorrect, which can lead to problems if you are using CD+G Autoname.
CD+G Autoname – Must have KJ Pro installed to make this program work. It uses the KJ Pro database to help automatically name files on your computer, as long as they are named with the manufacturer code, disk, track format. So if you used Audiograbber to rip your Sound choice, disk 8805, all tracks, CD+G Autoname will rename it automatically filling in the artist and title according to what it finds in KJ-Pro. That usually means the Artists are listed under "Last, First" Name. Which I HATE!
Free File Sync – This program is not karaoke specific, it can be used for your mp3 collection, your ideo collection, or just whatever. In a nutshell, you use this software to keep an exact duplicate of entire directories matching. I use it for backups, because it can quickly scan to see what is different on two different drives, directories, etc. and then only copy the stuff that has changed.
MP3+G Toolz – I use this program to Zip mp3 and CDG files together after ripping with Audiograbber and naming with CDG Autoname.
I hate paying for software that should be free. I mean hate. HATE! I gladly paid for Virtual DJ and Sax & Dotties, those were programs I needed, and obviously a lot of work went in to them. If CDG Autoname wasn’t free, I would probably be willing to pay a few bucks.
Latshaw systems provides software at a hefty price. I have only bought KJ File Manager yet, and that is because I wanted to change my files from "Last, First" to "First Last".
So I downloaded the trial version not realizing that it limits you to only 10 files. However, after using the software, I decided to take a chance, spend the $39 to buy the license, and am I ever glad I did!
This software makes a list of all your Karaoke zips, (which if you have a lot, takes a LONG time!) and then allows you to manipulate them in batches. I am probably looking at about 200 Hours when all is said and done, to get my files perfectly named how I want, but if I were doing it in Windows Explorer, we are talking months, thousands of hours.
KJ File Manager also renames your mp3 and CDG files inside the zip to match, which is nice. You can write to the mp3 tags, if you so desire, and a lot of other stuff that I won’t go into detail about here. The point is, If you have a large collection, and you put the time in just once to perfect your naming system, it doesn’t matter what Host software you use down the road, you can simply export the database list and make your song list/book from that! If you need to make a list without using that technique, Latshaw systems also sells a Song List Generator, a Request Slip Generator, a Player, and more! Checkout their website to find out more. I won’t be purchasing any more of their software, but I would welcome a chance to review their other titles, in case any of them are reading =)
Karaoke Books and Online Karaoke Song Searches
https://www.songbookdb.com/ – This website hosts a Song Database for KJ’s, DJ’s, and Bands for Free! Essentially you just download the software, let it scan your Karaoke Folder, and upload the Database it creates to the website. It’s very easy, if not completely intuitive, and there are easy to follow directions each step of the way.
Once you have uploaded your Database, your customers simply go to the website, enter your personal code, and they can search your library using Artist, Title, or Both, from their very own smart phones! They can also see all your gigs at different Venues, you’re website, phone number, etc. So if you train them to use this resource, they can instantly check where your next gig is at without having to call you, text you, or blow up your facebook.
This one also includes a File/Song List Generator that can export to an Excel Spreadsheet File, and it’s free!
There are a few draw backs to this system, it is not entirely intuitive, but there are great instructions if you slow down and take the time to read them. Also, your personal code is 5 Letters and Numbers long, like mine was "GFP2A" until I decided I was ready to pony up the $9 one time fee to change it to "JAMIE"
This is powerful stuff, and completely worth the $9 for a custom code, so I would encourage you to show some support to a programmer who obviously loves Karaoke and is trying to make it better for all of us. But you could use it absolutely free just the way it is!
http://www.songbookslive.com/ – Another product from Latshaw systems, this is only $11 per year, and they host your song list just like songbookdb.com. I decided not to go with this one because there is a very similar website "songbooklive.com" (No "S") that could make things confusing for a drunken karaoke singer at the bar.
This Song book Host uses Latshaw’s Song List Generator Software, which is very impressive, and very easy to use. You can use it for free to upload a song list to the website, but if you want to print Actual Books, or export anything you have to pay the $69 for the Licensed Version. That seems a little pricey to me, but it is obviously very powerful software. I have seen a lot of positive comments on this software in KJ Forums as well. If you want to skip all the extra steps I took, you can simply fork over the $69 and be done with it.
I was hoping to find something like the CAVS app, but I don’t think it can be used by people who don’t actually have a CAVS systems.
So I have done what I always do, I worked with the tools available and pushed forward! I have gone ahead and bought Latshaw’s KJ File Manager to perfect my file names. I then used the songbookDB program, uploaded to that website, and if you wanted to, you could do the same thing and stop right here.
After I had every file name as close to perfect as I could get, which was quite the task, I used songbookdb’s app to create the file list, then exported that to Excel.
In Excel, I first deleted all the Disk ID Information (Just deleted one entire column) Then I filtered out all the Records with the word "Vocal" in the Title Column. (Excel Instructions ) (Be careful not to Delete the Starland Vocal Band!) and then I used the Filter in Place with Unique Records option to remove the duplicates .
I then imported that worksheet into a MS Access Database that has some very good reports in place and ready to go. I printed the resulting Report using DoPDF to make it in to an Adobe PDF document, and then copied that to my Kindle to allow people to browse while in the bar. No matter what, it is a lot of work, and you too will have to deal with this as well. This is a very complicated process, and I may make a step by step guide later down the road, but for now, find someone who is fluent in MS Excel and Access to help you if you decide to try and make the PDF for your Kindle.
So what did all that get me? Here’s a Sample Page of what can be seen on my kindle at the bar. You will Notice I missed two files named "Emimem" instead of Eminem. There is also two different spellings of "Emerson, Lake & Palmer"
You will have the same problem with spelling inconsistencies and errors no matter which software you use, Eminem is just extraordinarily easy to miss when proof reading. You will also see that one of the songs listed under Eminem is "Real Slim Shade, The" which of course is another Spelling error that I will strive to correct the next time I am renaming files. This happens on a regular basis, since I am constantly buying new songs, so it is not all that difficult a fix, except that I have to repeat the entire process, fix the file name on both my laptop and my backup drive, re import into my software, etc..
You may also spot "EMF – Unbelievable" in the far left column. I assure you I have more than one version of that song, SC, CB, etc. but it only shows up once. When you get your entire file system correct, that is what you are striving for, a single entry for a single song with multiple manufacturers.
No matter what, you have to actually stop editing and move your files onto a drive to play off of eventually, so make perfection your goal, but don’t wait until you achieve it to put whatever you have ready to go in place. When the gigs are over, you can always go back and start working on files again.
OK, by popular demand, let’s delve into what Pirating actually is, legally.
The very first thing you need to know is I am not a lawyer, this information is based on my understanding of the law, and is no substitute for getting a lawyer.
There are two parts of the law that relate to Music, Karaoke, and Video. The first is Copyright, and the second is Trademark.
Copyright Law in the United States heavily favors the Publishers, Composers, and Rights owners of music. (And movies, software, games, photos, etc)
Basically, Copyright says that for an extremely long time after it is published, a creative work can only be made available commercially by the Rights Holder. No one else is allowed to recreate it, use it, or sell it without permission (known as licensing). There is an exception to this, known as Fair Use, which covers things like educational use, parodies, and some other specific purposes. As a DJ or Venue that plays music or Karaoke, you never actually "own" the music you pay for. You own the disk it comes on, but the right to play it in public needs to be licensed separately.
Licensing Music for Public Performance
The Venue that hires entertainment is legally responsible for obtaining licensing to play music in their establishment. The only time they don’t need to pay for licensing is if the only music played there is original. So original bands are cool, as long as they never play a cover song. Everyone else needs to get licensed, whether it’s Karaoke, DJ, Bands, whatever. (Exception: I’ve heard Satellite Radio may not need to be licensed separately. If you decide to go this route, please verify with a lawyer.)
So, since most places want to hear music people actually know, let’s assume you are playing popular music. There are three major associations that license music in the US. They are ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. If a bar get’s a Jukebox through a dealer, the dealer automatically applies for licensing for the Jukebox from the big 3, and this is how they know when a new Restaurant or Bar has opened. They will send an investigator to see if the bar has entertainment, and soon after the owner of the bar gets a letter saying "pay up or else". The license for the Jukebox DOES NOT COVER other music in the venue.
The amount of the licensing fee is based on the capacity of the bar, the kind of music (DJ, Band, Karaoke, Video), and the number of nights music is played. This Fee is the responsibility of the owner of the Venue, and NOT the entertainment. Unless the owner is a jerk and tries to make you split it with them.
So what happens if you download music or karaoke and play it in a bar? In the case of music, probably nothing. There are so many people Downloading music, the Big 3 just can’t keep up. Besides, they make their money on the licensing from the venues, and it generally is not worth their time to sue little piss ant DJ’s. They also have no way of knowing if you purchased the music or not (See Note). If they do happen to sue you though, the statutory damages are in the Thousands of dollars FOR EACH SONG! So do yourself a favor, and just buy the music.
(Note: Shifting Music from a CD to your Hard Drive may not be considered legal, however, I strongly suspect that no Music Production company wants to set that precedent, since Using Computers to play music has become standard)
In the case of Karaoke, you will probably get caught sooner or later. I personally know someone who was caught by Sound Choice, and it cost him $35 Large to get out of trouble. Do you have $35 grand laying around? I thought not.
So the way it works is, Karaoke manufacturers don’t actually own the Copyright to the music they produce, so they can’t sue you for Copyright infringement. They license the right to make karaoke versions. However, since they almost always include an image of their Trademark on the lyrics screen, they have been suing KJ’s for Trademark Infringement. Theoretically, one could be sued for Trademark infringement for playing a downloaded video as well, since many of them include the Trademark of the manufacturer of the disk somewhere on the screen.
So a Trademark is something that uniquely identifies a company that does business. My DJ name, "DJ Jamie" as well as the cartoon version of my head are both Trademarked. You can Trademark something just by putting "TM" next to it. A Circle with an "R" inside is a registered Trademark. A registered Trademark is expensive to get, but it gives the owner much more power to protect it.
The idea behind Trademark is to make a company distinguishable from other companies in the same industry. So if you own an Apple Farm, the phone manufacturer with the Apple logo is not likely to win a lawsuit claiming Trademark infringement if you use an Apple as your logo. The reason is, no one is going to mistake "Harry’s Apple Farm" for an Electronics Manufacturer. They can sue, but they will probably lose. Again, lots of money in court, spent on lawyers, poor Harry may lose his business if he fights, even though he did nothing wrong, even if he wins in court.
Now let’s say your name is Jaime and you are a DJ, and you decide that starting tomorrow, to use the name "DJ Jaime". If you are in North Dakota, and I continue to Play in New York, Florida, and North Carolina, we will probably never have a problem.
If you decided to use the name "DJ Jaime" in the same market that I have already been playing in, now we have an issue. Since I haven’t Registered my Trademark, I’m not likely to get any money from suing you, but I can probably force you to change your name. Why? Because your use of the name "DJ Jaime" is VERY likely to cause confusion amongst our shared customers and potential customers, and they may think you represent my business.
Now let’s say you decide to spend the money to Register your Trademark. The Trademark office checks to make sure there is not already a "DJ Jaime" registered. and then issues the Trademark. If you discover I am using something similar to your Registered Trademark after that, you could sue me for Trademark Dilution. I will defend myself by showing I had used AND published the Mark before you did, and I likely won’t have to pay anything, and I may be forced to change my name. However it will cost us both lots of money in court. A smarter move is to make sure to do some research for whatever name you choose before you spend money on logos, websites, etc. If there is a conflict after the fact, try to work it out before getting lawyers involved. Most people are reasonable given the chance to be.
So, as it relates to Karaoke. Sound Choice and Chartbuster have their logos on the video output of karaoke tracks they sell. By purchasing those tracks, you are entering a sort of implied contract, where you get permission to display those trademarks. If you don’t buy the tracks, you don’t get the permission. When they send an investigator to your bar, and see their marks on your screen, without permission, they may sue. The Statutory amount for Trademark Infringement is $200 Thousand. They don’t have to sue you for Copyright of the music, because they have you dead to rights on the Trademark.
"But I don’t produce karaoke tracks, I just play them!"
You are right, and furthermore, since your average customer can’t tell the difference between a bought and paid for karaoke track versus a pirated one, there is no more dilution of the Trademark when you use it without permission than there is by someone using it with permission. That is a great and astute legal argument! You should be proud of yourself. Go get yourself a Mocha Grande Latte!
But remember when I said if you pay to Register your mark, you get a lot more power to protect it? In this case, you will most likely lose, especially when the Manufacturer’s Lawyer brings up you already illegally obtained the music. You’re starting out in a bad light, and it’s just going to get worse. And who is going to pay the lawyers for you if you win with that argument?
How do they know whether I bought the Karaoke or not?
They don’t. From the lawsuits I’ve heard about, they go to a judge and say, based on the "sheer number of songs " in the book, they have a "reasonable belief " that they must have been pirated. They file suit, and try to convince a judge to grant them a subpoena to audit your collection. They don’t even bother notifying you that they are suing you, and so they get first crack at the judge, while you are not being represented. Sounds fair, doesn’t it? If the judge says OK, they send some representatives and a sheriff, take your stuff, and you are screwed. If you do get notice about the legal action, and deny wrong doing, the manufacturer of the karaoke products will generally offer to drop the action if you consent to an audit of your music collection. (4th Amendment be damned!)
This is all with no proof what so ever you did anything wrong.
If you do consent to the audit, they are not only going to audit the karaoke they produced, they are also going to audit every single track, and every single disk. If you’re missing a single disk, out of thousands, they may over look it if you promise to replace it immediately. They may force you to buy it on the spot.
If you are missing a disk from a different karaoke manufacturer than the one who filed suit, they will notify that manufacturer. I know Sound Choice has claimed to represent several other Manufacturers, and they do this because of the cost associated with an audit, and have permission from other Karaoke Producers. I don’t know the truth of all that, but I do know it sounds like a very bad time to have to deal with it, legal or not. At least if everything is legit, eventually it will all go away.
Well, I hope this Guide has been helpful. Over the years, several people have e-mailed me to ask questions, so feel free to do the same. Good Luck!