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.
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!
At the Amsterdam Dance Event, Serato has announced a new groundbreaking partnership to integrated Pulselocker directly into their DJ software. Pulselocker, originally launched in 2012 as a streaming library and music store for DJs, has been relaunched this year. Their library being integrated directly into Serato DJ will allow access to 44 million tracks - read on for the details.
We wrote a few weeks ago about how a recent iTunes update (that incorporated Apple Music) was causing all sorts of trouble - including mismatched songs, missing ID3 tags, wrong artwork, and a number of other incredibly infuriating issues for DJs. This afternoon in my mailbox was a tip to a solution to one of the biggest problems that happened to some with the 12.2.0 update- playlists being deleted.
Spotted on the Virtual DJ forums, a new user-created add-on for recently-released Virtual DJ 8 is one of the most impressive improvements to a DJ software's library that we've seen in quite a while. When installed, the add-on brings a full set of smart folders and playlists to sort by a wide array of options, as well as Live List folders that dynamically update based on the playing song and the ID3 tags of songs in your library.