We've continued to cringe nearly weekly at new stories of Soundcloud's demise as an ad-free place to safely host DJ content. For the sake of their content, we've heard from many who DJs are moving their mixes to Mixcloud. We asked the Mixcloud team to share exactly how best to prep a DJ mix for their platform, as well a few other bonus tips in today's article.
We've decided to start a Throwback Thursday-themed tutorial hosted by Ean Golden, where he teaches an old school DJ technique that every DJ should know. For the next few weeks we'll have a brand new video on each Thursday - and to kick it off, Ean is sharing the classic technique of pitch riding to match the BPM of two records. Master this technique to make your mixes sound incredibly pro, without the sound of major pitch shifting during a mix!
Short on cash, got lots of time, and want/need a new piece of DJ gear custom to your needs? It’s time to go DIY! For about $100 you can build your own MIDI controller. Watch the full how to video from guest contributor Kyle Mohr and read the full construction guide inside.
If you ever use the Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus at gigs, you may notice it doesn't have a straightforward option for recording directly through the soundcard. However with a few quick setting changes in the Pioneers settings utility and audio routing in Traktor, you can record your live set without the need of a second sound card, or additional gear or recording devices.
As DJs, we collect lots of music, a significant part of which is downloaded as promo material on Soundcloud, music blogs, Toneden, Drip.FM, Bandcamp or any number of other sources. But seemingly one out of every ten songs downloaded has confusing or incorrect metadata that makes it difficult for DJs to quickly read, find, or sort by. This article is for producers and DJs putting out music: take five minutes right now to learn how to properly label your tracks.
Earlier this month, we wrote about Pioneer's upcoming Rekordbox DJ software - but the truth is, we've probably already seen exactly what DJ software from Pioneer will look like. The XDJ-RX has a complete DJ software right inside of its 8-inch high-resolution screen, allowing browsing, loading, cues, loops, rolls, slip mode, FX, and more. In this article we break down how the XDJ-RX is poised to become the digital DJ hardware of the future - and what obstacles Pioneer still faces.
A touring DJ without a unique visuals / lighting show is increasingly rare. Dance music audiences have come to expect interesting on-stage visuals - but how are these shows set up and run, and is it possible to have visuals with a DJ who plays a spontaneous set? Today, experienced visuals artist Michael Fullman shares some of the secrets behind professional visuals work.
DJing and controllerism routines have the same issue that a lot of other digital media have online: getting heard amongst way too much noise. For a fun Friday article we thought it would be great to round up some of the most under-appreciated (low in views, high in talent) routines that we've seen on YouTube recently. Watch all our favorites in this article.