Digital and analogue drum machines have become staples in dance music with tremendous staying power over the decades. However, many of these classic sounds (including 909 and 808) are very raw and contain less than ideal "sonic gremlins" that hide in your mix. Today professional mixing engineer Hannes Bieger - who specializes in house and techno music - is going to show you how to clean up the high-end in your dance tracks by isolating and removing nasty frequencies.
We're so close to the weekend which means it's time for our second Throwback Thursday tutorial hosted by Ean Golden. Last week Ean showed you how to pitch ride on turntables to match the BPM of two records. Today Ean will show you how to create a beat repeat effect using 2 records. No software effects or mixer effects required, all you need is two copies of the same record.
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!
Last month Ean took a trip out to one of the more successful studios in the dance music world, Studio DMI, to get one of his recent tracks put into the hands of a master in the mixing and mastering field, Luca Pretolesi. With experience working mastering dance music tracks for artists like Skrillex, Tiësto, and Gareth Emery, his tips come from a strong background in success. Learn a few key principles of the trade in today's awesome interview.
Look out Ableton, Traktor might take your job soon. As teased in yesterday's video, Native Instruments new stems format is set to drop very soon, and many have been asking if DJs will embrace the format. We suspect that a surprisingly different group of people will embracing this style of mixing: live performers. Will Ableton Live see an unexpected competitor to its platform? We think it's a strong possibility.
We've seen time and again in the music industry how streaming services are taking over - but in the DJ world, owning your own music has stayed the norm. Today Ean takes a closer look at how Algoriddim's djay Pro could be changing that, reviewing the app and its integration with Spotify.
Chances are that you are going out this weekend (or staying in) to play a gig. Recording your set should be a no brainer: it's great for learning, promotion, and posterity. However most DJs show up and, in the stress of the moment, skip the recording process because it feels too complicated. Here are 3 dead simple ways to record your live DJ set this weekend.
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.