Believe it or not your percussion samples may be completely out of tune! Even atonal sounds like kicks and percussion samples can be out of key and pitching these samples is often overlooked. Paying attention to the pitch of your sounds, even percussion, will make your productions and more importantly your music, sound better. So to prove that your kicks can be melodic as well as rhythmic, we are going to create a melodic kicks rack.
If you produce electronic music in 2015, chances are you will need to apply sidechain compression to some of your instrument tracks. It's the technique that makes the bass get out of the way of the kick drum in a mix and when used to the extreme, creates a rhythmic pulsing and pumping to the music that has moved dancefloors since at least '97. Three affordable short-cut plug-ins to sidechain compression make the process easy. Ride the waves of their results after the jump.
If you have been DJing for any length of time, chances are high that at some point things got a little… boring? All creative passions have a natural ebb and flow to their appeal and even DJing can get a little old. For me, DJing has become stale several times in the last 18 years and today I want to share a few tips on how anyone can get through those rough patches and find inspiration again.
For Digital DJs laptop performance and speed is critical. After a few years of using the same computer you may notice that day one speed just isn't there. How can you get back that brand new computer feeling back where everything runs super fast? Install a solid state drive. Rather than spend $1899 - $2499 for a brand new MacBook Pro, why not get more from your original investment with a small performance upgrade. Today we’ll show the easiest and fastest way to upgrade your MacBook/MacBook Pro to a super fast solid state drive and be up and running in no time.
With DJ TechTools fast approaching 10 years online, I find myself often telling the story of how we got started and what events led to the creation of this website. Last week, I took some time and recorded the full history so everyone can enjoy it and understand why we began building this amazing DJ community online.
We’ve gotten a tip from Qbert’s Thud Rumble that they’ve partnered with Intel on a new project that bring tiny microcomputers into the DJ booth and potentially eliminate the need for laptops as the central hub of digital DJ’s setups. The project is debuting this weekend at Maker Faire – but we’ve got the first hints of […]
Most people refer to big cities like Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas as the major hubs for DJs and dance music. Some even think you need to move to these cities to begin a successful DJ career. While those cities serve as the tastemakers for the rest of the country, there are hundreds of smaller markets full of venues that are packed with patrons seeking quality music. Cities like Orlando, Buffalo, Scottsdale, or Milwaukee are not completely void of a DJ scene. It is possible to develop a successful DJ career without uprooting yourself and moving to a major city. Navigating the DJ scene of a small market can be tough but it’s not impossible. Below we dive into some tips and advice for taking on a small market.
There is a small, but dedicated contingent of dj's out there that not only spin on vinyl, but on the rarest of formats: 7" records. Today we shine a spotlight on that scene with an interview of a dedicated 7" dj and highlight some of the ways in which you might consider exploring the world of 45 culture.