In this second part of a series on the actual electrical concepts behind DJ gear and audio, we explore how the actual circuits work to give you control over volume, filters, EQ, and more. Get ready to get a little bit nerdy, and hopefully you'll come away from this article knowing a bit more about what the knobs and faders on your mixer actually do!
Many DJs know all about different types of music, but it's not too uncommon to find DJs who know absolutely nothing about how sound actually works. In this two-part series, we get a little nerdy and offer an introduction to basic audio electrical engineering for DJs. At the end of it, we hope you'll understand a bit better what's going on “under the hood” of your DJ hardware! This first part covers how analog sound becomes digital audio - and what sample and bit rates really are.
Since night clubs are all about the music experience, it's surprising that more time has not be spent on evolving the fundamentals of sound. While loudspeakers, speaker placement, and the quality of bass has improved dramatically over the years, the stereo format still remains king. With Native Instruments' new Stems idea taking off, has the time finally come to explore new sonic territory? Dolby thinks so, which is why they are rolling out Dolby Atmos (three-dimensional sound) in clubs.
It's becoming clear that automation is the future for many jobs and industries out there - but did you ever think it might come to the DJ turntablism world? DJTT member mushrooshi has shared exclusive details with us on project to build robots that can gate the crossfader and manipulate vinyl in time with the beat. See it in action and read our interview with the man behind the robot DJ revolution inside.
At the Strata+Hadoop data conference in London this week, Shazam put together an incredible presentation that give us a hint into how they've become the best representation of Big Data that we've seen in the music industry. The presentation starts off showing how the service's data can actually do a pretty good job of predicting a hit prior to it getting serious radio play.
Hearing loss in DJing is no laughing matter. The career of a DJ is filled with towered speakers, blown monitors, and over compensated headphones. If you don't take care of your ears when your out in the field you can be at risk of losing a vital body function that you need to DJ. That is why it always important to practice preservation techniques to save your hearing.
A year ago we interviewed Max Cooper, with the 4D Soundsystem, and got a taste of a new immersive sound environment that allows producers to create music that moves throughout the physical space. Now there's a rendition of the system called simply 4DSOUND, which was brought into the Amsterdam Dance Event last week where multiple performers created an experience using the 4D sound system. Watch a short documentary about 4DSound below and read more.
Let's drag out the white circle-shaped elephant in the corner. The nightlife industry is in large part designed to at the very least, enhance, and at worst, facilitate the consumption of mind-altering substances. Everything from alcohol, drugs, lights or otherwise is on the menu nightly. As DJs, it's almost guaranteed that you will come in contact with this fact at some point. So the question is (as the infamous D.A.R.E. shirts posited) - should you just "say no"?