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.
DJs should always be hesitant to update to a new version of any software that they depend on, from system updates to new firmware. Today, we’ve learned that a brand new version of iTunes (12.2) has started causing major issues with all major DJ software. Why Is iTunes Changing? For a lot of DJs, iTunes […]
A lot of the time, resident DJs are responsible for knowing what the trending tracks are and saving them for the perfect time of the night. Many of us know what it's like to be asked to play the same excessively popular song by different people throughout the course of the night - and while it rinsing it out on the decks might not be the artistic pinnacle of your DJ career, it keeps the dance floor packed and moving over and over again.
With Digital DJ software, DJs have several creative tools at their disposal: 4 decks, multiple FX, and sample decks such as the Serato DJs SP-6 sampler player or Traktor Pro 2’s remix decks. These sample decks can be loaded with one shot samples, loops, instrumentals and acapellas for remixing. Today Ryan Dejaegher shares 5 sources for great samples, loops, instrumentals, and acapellas to load into your sample decks.
Digital music collections are a gift and a curse. They allow DJs to carry and manage massive amounts of music that would be physically impossible with vinyl. Very rarely will a modern DJ have the thought “darn I left that track at home.” The curse is that this massive collection can quickly get out of hand. The core of any great DJ is their music collection and if their collection is a mess or filled with subpar tracks, it can make it harder to find the next perfect track to play. Today Ryan Dejaegher will share 5 tools to take control.
Mixed In Key has announced version 7.0 of their famous key detection software. This time they've added a powerful new feature for Traktor and Serato, automatic cue points. Placing cue points in tracks can be a time consuming process. DJ's have to load all their tracks individually, find suitable spots, then mark each cue point. With the latest update from Mixed in Key, the software will analyze tracks, detect the BPM/Key as usual, and it will set 8 cue points inside of the tracks.
Amazingly, in just 15 years, we have gone from toting around a crate of 50 records that weighed 60 pounds to carrying five thousands songs on a small stick of gum that weighs a few ounces. Since many DJ's entire set is carried on modern flash drives, is there a difference between them? Which ones are the best for high quality music storage? In today's article, we are going to run down the different types of flash drives on the market and which one's should be considered for Pioneer CDJ's.
New Year's Eve can be a blessing and a curse for DJs. Endless gig opportunities (thanks to the fact that nearly everyone on the planet is at a party) but very high expectations from drunkards that expect it to be the best party of the year. Whether you are playing a ballroom, bedroom, or a friend's living room, here are some useful tools that will help you come prepared.