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Best of DJTT in 2012: Top 10 Articles

Happy New Year! 2013 is upon us – but we’re taking one more day to look back at 2012 and remember the best articles of the past year. It’s often easy to forget some of the incredible tutorials, techniques, and editorials that have come and gone – let’s strap on our time machine and remember the most popular articles on the blog. Happy New Year!

TOP ARTICLES

To make sure that the top list is interesting, we’ve collected the top ten most heavily read articles – and listed the author, type of article, and a brief summary in case you need a refresher. Think that an article that you liked didn’t get enough love? Let us know in the comments and discuss!

Art of Prep: 5 Principles Every DJ Should Know

Author: Ean Golden
Description: Ean crafted a careful assessment of the process of DJ preparation, one of the most important jobs that DJs have. Boiling prep work down to five principles made it a great resource for new DJs to discover what they need to do to be successful – but also allowed experienced DJs to assess how well they’re doing at these five areas.
Read The Comments For: Discussion of how well/not well iTunes works for DJs.

5 Free VSTs That Every DJ Needs

Author: Meatman
Description: 2012’s first article was one of the most successful – it’s a simple breakdown of five VST devices that work great for DJing purposes, but sometimes the simplest of resources can be a great resources. We think this one deserves an update for 2013!
Read The Comments For: Despair about lack of VST support in Traktor and Serato.

DJing With A Computer Keyboard

Author: Chris Cartledge
Description: Most DJs these days start out with literally zero equipment aside from their computer – so learning how to use their keyboard as a controller is a great first foray into controllerism. It’s also a smart backup skill to have if your traditional control surface dies!
Read The Comments For: DJTT users sharing their keyboard mappings.

 

Hacker Projects Unlock Traktor’s Remix Decks

Author: Dan White
Description: When it became clear that Traktor 2.5’s Remix decks weren’t going to be mappable to MIDI controllers, readers and community members immediately took NI up the challenge of building DIY solutions. This article was the first to lay out some of the first attempts to get around the software/hardware lockdown, including a preview of Midi Fighter 3D firmware.
What We’re Still Wondering: Wasn’t NI supposed to eventually open up Remix Decks to all controllers?

Tinnitus: A Real Problem For Every DJ

Author: Ean Golden
Description: Ears! They’re what DJs absolutely need in order to rock the house. But what happens when our most critical of kit start to deteriorate? Tinnitus is no joke – so Ean took the time to lay out exactly what it is and how DJs should best avoid it. If you’ve ever had a ringing in your ears after a set, it’s time to read this article.
Read The Comments For:  More stories from readers on how they avoid tinnitus, or have started to lose their hearing as a result of DJing.

Bedroom DJ Woes: Why You’re Not Getting Booked

Author: Nick Mineri
Description: Nick originally published this article on his blog, but we loved it so much we asked him to republish it at DJTT so the whole world could see it. Getting gigs isn’t easy – and Nick breaks down exactly why DJs might not be landing the epic shows that we all dream of.
Biggest DJ To Share This Article: DJ Craze, on Twitter!

 

How To Pick A Great DJ Name

Author: Ean Golden
Description: While coming up with a nom de plume isn’t the most important activity for new DJs, it can be one of the more fun and creative activities. There’s no rulebook for DJ names, but this article takes a closer look at some of the names out there and the decision-making process behind them. Real name or fake name? One word or two?
Read The Comments For: An absurd DJ name that’s sure to offend.

 

Must-Watch DJ Movies You Haven’t Seen

Author: Dan White
Description: Finding great documentaries on DJing isn’t hard – but finding documentaries that not everyone who has ever fancied a life behind the wheels of steel has seen is much more of a challenge. Collected in this article are some of the best DJ movies that you can watch right now online – for free.
See Also: Part Two and Part Three in the same series.

 

Is Planning A DJ Set Cheating?

Author: Ean Golden
Description: Interesting that a second article about DJ planning makes it on this list. This one’s an editorial in which Ean explores the idea of over-planning as a potential shortcut in the DJ world. How much planning is too much planning, or is there even such a thing?
Also In This Article: Insightful words by Will. I. Am.  Did you know he uses a Traktor S4 to DJ with?

 

Building A Digital DJ Emergency Kit

Author: Dan White
Description: Your hard drive crashes. Can you DJ with just what’s on your person and in your DJ bag? If you answered no, it’s time to read this popular DJTT article from last year about how to turn a simple USB drive on your keychain into a helpful tool in your backup DJ arsenal.
See Also: The Musician’s Survival Kit on the DJTT webstore for a hardware version of this idea.

 

Want to check out more of the best of 2012? Here’s the best DJTT artist interviews of 2012.

  • Ivanzoomski

    I do love these end of year lists. As a new user its the best way to catch up!

  • Well I have done my share of dj equipment reviews and write ups. I’ve sent a couple to DJTT but not once received a response. I think in order to keep DJTT fresh there needs to be some additional DJ support. Make a specific contest each month for a certain kind of review. Artist, mixer, controller, whatever. People can write articles and the winner gets published the last week of the month.

    • Hell, has DJTT thought of sending products to reliable djs to do reviews? How about putting out open invitations to do articles on specific gear? Then DJTT doesn’t have to pay for it. I’m sure some readers have the very gear you’d like to feature.

    • Spacecamp

      Shuriken,
      Who have you sent submissions to? Please email editor@djtechtools.com
      Thanks for your feedback.

      • I sent it to that email and also Ean’s. I’ve spoken with him over the last few years. I just resent it.

  • i used to like this website, ive been reading it for ages. and recently its like
    you guys cant think of stuff to write or cant be bothered. i mean,
    there used to be like 1 or 2 articles a day and i would wait for them.
    now theres like 1 per week or so, and this just tops it off! an article
    about your best articles?! come on now! ive bloody well read those
    friggin articles! sorry but this site is starting to feel stale. 🙁

  • Guest

    i like this website, ive been reading it for ages. and recently its like you guys cant think of stuff to write or cant be bothered. i mean, there used to be like 1 or 2 articles a day and i would wait for them. now theres like 1 per week or so, and this just tops it off! an article about your best articles?! come on now! ive bloody well read those friggin articles! sorry but this site is starting to feel stale. 🙁

    • Spacecamp

      Thanks for your feedback.

      As with most people in the world, we’ve been on break for the winter holiday. Articles have continued to be published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, along with additional news articles.

      A lot of people really enjoy reading Best Of year end lists – but don’t worry, our “normal” content resumes tomorrow.

  • Raze

    Need more videos of ean imo, just talk to us man!

    • ok! I will throw on the camera and get some more tutorials out there.

  • Georgie

    Hey thanks for the recap! I can’t believe I missed some of these articles (starting to read ’em all). I really look forward to more educational and interesting articles from you guys. I’m surely interested in an update for the “Free VST Plugins”; additionally looking forward to keeping up with the tech, gear and software advances too.