• BatKING

    Where is the “damned” talkover setup on traktor ??? I’m using a S4 and can’t find it anywhere…

  • Andrew Torik

    Please expand the “FREE YOUR VOICE” section…

  • Guido Borasino Sambrailo

    hi the link for the ableton patch is broken, does some have it?

  • DJ_ForcedHand

    Good article, I was sold on the Live Vox EQ Ableton configuration but the download link for SEVEN7H WAVE – Live Vox.als no longer works. Can you send a me a copy?

  • SITRUC

    cheer, can DJTT please upload the patch for this article.peace

  • antonio

    Hi everybody,
    for the first time I’ve connected a microphone to my Live 5.
    the mic is connected to en external audio card.
    I do get a “permanent” noise in the background.
    can anybody help ?
    thank you,
    a.

  • Symo

    For those looking to try Mic work at home or need something durable to hand to an MC, I recommend the Behringer XM8500, great price, solid build and if you don’t take my word for it read the review of it at Humanbeatbox.com

    Amazing value and proves Shure need to step their game up.

  • RunningManDJ

    @Tony-I feel you. Technology is pushing DJing to a new zone; one where people with minimal ‘skills’ don’t even need to beat match cuz the software does everything for them. But on the flip side, the tech opens up a whole new realm of creativity if you embrace it. I’ve been asked by more than one club owner to start VJing. I’ve resisted for the last couple years, but need to accept it to stay ‘relevant’ in my scene.

  • Sarasin

    This is very WELCOME!

    Just started having to do voice overs for my radio show and I these tips helped!

    Will def be using the patch!

  • http://www.suaveassassins.com Spelling Police

    [quote comment="40463"]Awsome artice, and at just the right time for me to take in the information! WEll done once again djtechtools.

    BTW there is a grammar mistake just before the end

    “The Ableton route >GIVES< also gives you the ability to loop your vox"

    Cheers!!![/quote]

    *cough* Awesome article *cough*

  • tony

    [quote post="8736"]So you agree that everyone playing out should know this. How, where and who should teach new djs these principles then? Why not Dj TechTools? That is what this site is about, exploring and teaching important principles to djs of all backgrounds and skill levels.[/quote]

    I apologise that my last comments were harsh I know people have to learn and I mean no offence.
    Its basically born out of frustration with the way DJing is going in my opinion.
    The technology is great but I feel that as a job it is going backwards and if things carry on in this vein the DJ in a regular venue will be lucky to get paid the same as the barman!
    Anyone feel the same?

  • Like-Sonny

    Here in 2010 the mic(mc) has become a lost art, the most basic form of communication, the human voice has been replaced with over processed and saturated Digi babble.
    Hopefully this next decade we will see some new energy in this often overlooked segment of Entertaining the crowd.

  • Style Beats

    Nice article once again,

    been playing around with the tool too!

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    [quote comment="40508"]Good article but im sorry anyone who plays out should already know this,even if you work a venue that requires no mic work whatsoever you still should know how to use one.[/quote]

    So you agree that everyone playing out should know this. How, where and who should teach new djs these principles then? Why not Dj TechTools? That is what this site is about, exploring and teaching important principles to djs of all backgrounds and skill levels.

  • wikkid1

    +100 for mentioning the tenaglia sets! nothing can beat them vinyl/arc nights

  • Tito

    I am pro dj and I do not use mic, in the places I play it is not a skill required and it is not endorsed, actually the mic is for the live bands , I totally disagree whenever one people feels superior about others on a very silly subject. In the other hand I agree that is very basic stuff that every dj should know besides using it or not.

  • Dj Shop

    haha…
    Yes, I also horrified at the use of a picture of steve aoki of all people. That man has no place here.

  • tony

    Good article but im sorry anyone who plays out should already know this,even if you work a venue that requires no mic work whatsoever you still should know how to use one.
    If you are not clear and punchy on a mic you are not versitile and cannot call yourself a pro dj.
    Unfortunatly there are too many idiots doing the job these days devaluing it and giving the job a bad name! This results in the fact that alot of the time the money a pro dj now picks up is wank in comparison to what it used to be.
    This is not a hobby a pastime or something you dip in and out of, for the pro dj it is his profession living and livelyhood,if you play a bar or club charge a decent rate dont let them take the piss out of you!
    If you want to play for fuck all do it at home!!

  • AnAnalogWorm

    I am horrified at the use of a picture of steve aoki of all people. That man has no place here.

  • JesC

    if all else fails and you dont have a mic, use your headphones.

  • http://lovebump.com Lovebump

    I can second the SM-58 being a great mic. I’ve used one in the station studio for years and they sound great. Like it says above get your gob right upto it though…

    …at most of my gigs I think I would be shot if I got on the mic.

  • http://facebook.com/like.GRIZU Grizu

    The human voice works in middle range frequencies, so best results are turning down the Bass to about 9 o’clock, leave High at about 12 o’clock and turn up the Mids to 3 o’clock. These are basic settings that work with most good microphones and mixers. From these settings you can start doing little changes, because not all voices are the same. Feedback is usually caused by the Bass and not the Highs in a club.
    If you really know how to use a mic your lips will never touch it and your hands never hold the wind screen, really never! Maybe if you’re a beatboxer, but if you do this as a MC or singer it’s pure pain for any sound engeneer.

  • http://soundcloud.com/egoismvselectrolight Pieter Christiaens

    jes! the content on this site is definitely getting better again :D
    I can imagine it’s difficult to write great articles, but this stuff is really helpfull

    + steve aoki was pretty impressive live, he did some real metal screaming in the mic, kind of wierd, but one of the most energetic sets i’ve seen yet

  • Caspar

    Another point that was missed is that in desperate situations, one can use their headphones as a mic. Just plug them into the 1/4″ mic input on your mixer, tweak the settings, and off you go. This works, because speakers and microphones both work off the same principal, either current induces movement (a speaker) or movement induces current (a microphone). It goes without saying that obviously headphones are fine-tuned as a speaker, so won’t give optimum results, but if you’re desperate, they can be used

  • k

    [quote post="8736"]If there’s an MC at the show, you can have him (or her!) throw down live vox over a few tracks, adding another element to your set.
    Add your own vocals, or have an actual singer rock the house.
    For most performers, a mic won’t make or break the night.[/quote]

    disagree
    well it won’t break the night but it can definitely be a negative factor.
    first of all if it were a skilled mc, he’d probably be doing his own show on a friday or saturday night.
    even if not. if he is at a party, he is probably getting drunk.

    One of the worst things that can happen is some unskilled idiots with too big egos come to your booth – drunk – and just because they see a mic lying around somewhere, they beg you to let them freestyle.
    which they can’t even when they are sober.
    even if they are good at it, they never know when to stop, eventually damaging the atmosphere you created before.
    so if you bring a mic – hide it ’till you use it. then hide it again and be prepared to lie, e.g. “it was from the other dj , he already left” or – just say no.
    don’t let some “mc from the crowd” perform. its a bad idea in 99% of all occasions.

    • 1nfinite zer0

      good to clarify on that point. i read it in the article as if the MC was already in the line-up, in which case it’s more likely to fly. agree with you about random MCs though

  • http://www.djpc3.com/ Dj PC3

    I think no matter what crowd or venue, you have to be able to do some MINIMAL mic work. Just saying your DJ name and how great the crowd has been at the end of the night is perferct for 99% of gigs.
    I personally am a Hip Hop/Top 40 DJ and I can’t stand hip hop djs who are on the mic a lot (sooo annoying). I only get on the for three times:
    - When I first start spinning (doing mic “test,” and then announcing who I am, and then pumping the crowd with some cheesy “make some noiseeee!!!” lol)
    - To do basic announcements (Bar specials etc)
    - And to announce the club is closing…and once again telling them who I am
    Other than that I let the music speak for itself…

  • Mark

    [quote comment="40478"]One thing that was missed was to not cup the windscreen of the mic. Alot of people (rappers) think that it looks cool but it actually dramatically increases the chance of feedback.[/quote]
    Spot on. Not only does it increase the chance of feedback, it muffles all the vocals so that they’re basically inaudible. Same with yelling on a mic, if you can turn the gain up without feedback, you’re better off doing this rather than risk overly aggressive vocals ridden with distortion.
    Unless of course you’re the lead singer of a death metal band anyway… ;)

  • Mark

    I was a working MC, freestyling over dance music for years – week in, week out. I would never use the “talk over” function. Why would you forsake the music (which people are there to hear) for vocals? Unless your a mobile DJ calling out specifics, a party MC wouldn’t do this. If the only reason is due to feedback, look at the other options provided in this article first. I’d rather have no MC, than grossly fluctuating audio levels and a dominating MC.

  • http://www.DJSquared.net DJ Squared

    One thing that was missed was to not cup the windscreen (the silver ball at the top of an SM58) of the mic. Alot of people (rappers) think that it looks cool but it actually dramatically increases the chance of feedback. Instead, hold the mic so that the top of your hand is about an inch from the bottom of the wind screen…this is the proper way to hold a mic. Or even better, get yourself a boom mic stand ($30 – 100 depending on quality) and that way you don’t have to touch it at all.

  • SA

    Informative and useful article, thanks Kent and DJTT

  • http://discoscratch.co.uk Waxer

    I use Traktor Scratch Pro with an audio 8. I have it routed through an old Roland SP-202, then into a secondary mixer, then into channel C of the audio 8 where I can add effects (I can also add ring mod etc with the SP202 plus it’s got a push for source live pad which means I don’t have to worry about moving the mic volume up and down, and that can lead to incorrect levels, too quiet or distortingly loud…)

    It works really well and adds flavour & depth to my shows…

  • http://soundcloud.com/cpoynter DJCP

    Correction Re. Eating the Mic: With an SM-58, don’t even hold it “just a few inches away” from your mouth. Put that sucker less than one inch away, or better yet it should be physically touching your mouth. The natural roll-off on those mics increases by a LOT when it is even a couple inches away, and you lose all the warmth and depth. Then if you try to get it back with the EQ, you are inviting feedback into the equation.

    With the SM-58, hold the mic right to your lips, and then use the EQ to roll-off a bit of the low end. That’s what it is designed for, and unless you are screaming at the top of your lungs, putting it this close will not cause distortion.

    Cheers!

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  • Anonymous

    Awsome artice, and at just the right time for me to take in the information! WEll done once again djtechtools.

    BTW there is a grammar mistake just before the end

    “The Ableton route >GIVES< also gives you the ability to loop your vox"

    Cheers!!!

  • Rue

    Great article all around, and thx for the rack!