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.
Earlier this month, we wrote about Pioneer's upcoming Rekordbox DJ software - but the truth is, we've probably already seen exactly what DJ software from Pioneer will look like. The XDJ-RX has a complete DJ software right inside of its 8-inch high-resolution screen, allowing browsing, loading, cues, loops, rolls, slip mode, FX, and more. In this article we break down how the XDJ-RX is poised to become the digital DJ hardware of the future - and what obstacles Pioneer still faces.
A touring DJ without a unique visuals / lighting show is increasingly rare. Dance music audiences have come to expect interesting on-stage visuals - but how are these shows set up and run, and is it possible to have visuals with a DJ who plays a spontaneous set? Today, experienced visuals artist Michael Fullman shares some of the secrets behind professional visuals work.
DJing and controllerism routines have the same issue that a lot of other digital media have online: getting heard amongst way too much noise. For a fun Friday article we thought it would be great to round up some of the most under-appreciated (low in views, high in talent) routines that we've seen on YouTube recently. Watch all our favorites in this article.
These last two weeks have been rife with new DJ hardware and software news, but one of the biggest stories has been the revelation that Pioneer has (quietly) been working on their own DJ software. It's called Rekordbox DJ, and the software only got the quickest of teasers a few days ago, but now we've got a few shots from DJ Expo in Atlantic City of the software running and in action.
One of the most important things in making time spent in any repetitive software as efficient as possible is to learn as many handy keyboard shortcuts as possible. Knowing great shortcuts speeds up workflows and makes the software less of an obstacle and more of an extension of your mind. Today Gary Harper shares his top five Ableton Live keyboard shortcuts in a quick tutorial.
We love watching old videos of early dance music technology in action - so this video from 1989's Dance Energy in Ipswitch is an incredible time machine of wonders. The DJ has moved from the man-behind-the-scenes to the front-and-center party conductor in the last 30 years - watch and enjoy:
With the pace of technology today it is amazing to see that DJs still rock vinyl and turntables while most DJs just carry around a flash drive for their gigs. Pioneer announced on Thursday morning the release of a brand new 2-channel mixer built for Serato DJ and a new cartridge, the PC-X10, that ensures skip resistance and high output when accompanied by the PLX-1000. With all that, the company will also be releasing limited edition gold plated gear. Read more below about the DJM-S9, PC-X10, and gold Pioneer models.