Being able to quickly find great tracks from a DJ library to mix into a set is a critical skill. To get good at it, DJs need to be intensely familiar with their music and have a sense of what the crowd wants. But it also helps to have a solid organizational system for your library, one that you can quickly reference and remember what a particular track sounds or feels like. In this article, DJTT contributor PDot shares a great process for tagging and coding DJ libraries super-efficiently. Check it out and share your own ideas in the comments!
It feels like an eternity since Rekord Buddy 2.0 was first announced. The software that promised to sync metadata (cue points, beat grids, loops, ect.) between the top three current DJ platforms (Rekordbox, Serato, Traktor) has been eagerly anticipated for years. After a private beta earlier this year, Next Audio Labs has this week released a public beta version of Rekord Buddy 2.0 that anyone can download - assuming you're ready to buy.
Ready to clean up your DJ music library using the automation power of AppleScripts? Every DJ comes up with their own workflow of taking freshly downloaded tracks and making them a useful part of their DJ library. In the age of digital DJing, where the only limits are hard drive space on your computer or flash drive, finding a quick and effective workflow for organizing your music is crucial.
There are only a handful of online DJ music stores out there - but still enough that it's not always clear where DJs can look the best deals. We decided to take on the challenge for you, crunching the numbers to find out what the average prices of 320 MP3s and WAV tracks are on Beatport, Wasabeat, TrackItDown, Juno Download, Traxsource, WhatPeoplePlay, and Bleep. Keep reading to find out what sites to shop around and what type of prices to expect when buying DJ music.
For years, Beatport has staked a claim as one of the top music stores for DJs - but just like any other product, there are competitors on the market. A clever Reddit user has taken the top 2200 songs from each Beatport category and written a Java program to compare them to Amazon's pricing. Keep reading to see his Amazon vs Beatport findings and why many DJs might want to consider shopping around for their music.
As we excitedly reported last week, Serato and Pulselocker are teaming up to incorporate a new version of the streaming DJ library service into the 1.9 version of Serato DJ. But details were incredibly slim on how the relaunch of Pulselocker would go down - since the service has been dark for over a year. Keep reading to find out how the new era of the cloud-based DJ library will work!
Every time a holiday like Halloween rolls around, DJ forums are flooded with posts asking for holiday-specific music for themed gigs. There's a lot of value in sharing gems among DJs, but too often these posts imply or state they have no music that fits the theme and have no idea where to look. Instead of looking for handouts from others, this guide aims to arm DJs with the tools to contribute their own finds to the discussion.
Recently, we had the chance to interview Vivie-ann from Blond:ish to share how she prepares for her DJ sets. From tagging tracks with memorable moments to replacing her iTunes library integration in Traktor, she has some powerful tips for every DJ looking for a better tool for organizing their music collection. Watch the full interview and video inside.