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.
Most musicians and DJs have heard of (and know to avoid) pay-to-play schemes, where a promotional company offers small-time DJs "exposure" and an opening set at a club or festival in return for a fee. But based on a tip we've gotten from DJ Roodz in the New York City area, the practice has made a comeback, with promoters forcing DJs to sell tickets to keep their set times. Keep reading for stories from DJs in the NYC area about this scheme that promoters are running.
DJs around the world often fight about genres, software choices, and the right way to mix a song, but there are a few things that all DJs love no matter where they're from and what kind of music they play. DJ Techtools rounds up 10 no-fail things that we can all love this Valentine's Day weekend, alongside a special sale in the store.
The winter holidays are upon us, and with that comes a season of fantastic gift-giving to the people who matter to you. Whether you need to find gifts for your DJ friends, studio producer colleagues, or even just ideas for hints to send to your parents or relatives, we've put together another holiday gift guide for your use.
Many moons ago there was The Bridge - a joint effort by Serato and Ableton to link the two pieces of software. When The Bridge came out five years ago there wasn't a lot of reaction from the DJ world. The software wasn't revolutionary, but it was a useful tool that has since been forgotten (or put on the back burner) by both companies. However, Andrew Robertson has developed an Ableton Live device (based on research at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London) called the BeatSeeker to serve as a simpler bridge between Ableton and other music-making software.
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.
Algoriddim is a household name when it comes to DJ applications. Their djay app for iOS and Android has been downloaded millions of times by users all across the globe who were looking for a way to get their feet wet in DJing. djay is also the name of Algoriddim's Mac dedicated software that has recently been given a total over-haul and redesign. Today, Algoriddim announced the release of djay Pro, the latest desktop DJ software for Mac OSX. I had the pleasure of talking to Algoriddim's CEO, Karim Morsy, who walked me through the software which has everything from automatic iTunes playlists to MIDI capabilities and even full Spotify integration.
Turntablism created a culture and musical movement, however, entrepreneur Jeremy Bell thinks there is more work to be done to perfect turntablism. The ScrubBoard is the first (that we know of!) cassette tape-based controller that is meant to be played in the same way a DJ uses two turntables and a mixer. Keep reading for more about how the ScrubBoard works, what a DJ can expect out of it, and the man behind the project.