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.
For DJs, headphones are near universally-required pieces of gear, no matter what your setup or gear. Everyone has their own loyalties - for instance a lot of the DJTT staff swear by the V-Moda M-100s - but headphones don't always come with a great way to transport them. You might get a basic case or bag to protect them, but not much room for anything else in there. California-based Orbit Concepts has launched a Kickstarter for their own take on a premium headphone carrying case that is designed to protect any set of headphones and carry all types of smaller DJ gear like USB sticks, cables, SD cards, or even your phone.
Producer/DJ Jake Stanczak has made a habit of changing things up over the years. Whether jumping coasts from New York to Los Angeles, migrating from Reason to Ableton Live as his main production tool, or producing across the bass-music gamut—from making drum & bass as Ewun to crafting more electro- and trap-infused tunes for Skrillex’s OWSLA label as Kill the Noise—Stanczak has all manner of tips and tricks for keeping things fresh. We tapped him for some pointers on how to boost your creativity and what you should really focus on in the studio.
Team Supreme is a group of producers who work on a weekly production cypher each week, with a new set of samples and rules for submissions. We were given the chance to curate their 111th week, and sent over Midi Fighter 3Ds and a soon-to-be-released Mad Zach Soundpack as the samples to start from.
The DJ turntable market has seen very little excitement in recent years. With the discontinued Technics SL-1200/1210 still lording over all other decks in people's consciousness, most manufacturers, with the honorable exceptions of Vestax and Numark, have stuck mostly to straight-up “Technics replacements.” With the RP-8000, however, Reloop has set foot in new territory altogether.
Marketing, promotion, and tricks aside, transitioning from one song to another is at the core of what every DJ does. Therefore it's not surprising that one of the most requested tutorials continues to be how to use effects for transitioning between tracks. Though there are many gratuitous and overboard uses of effects out there, they can be masterfully utilized as powerful mixing tools to shape sounds and make room for new tracks. In today's video, I am happy to share two of my very favorites.
Electronic music festivals come in all shapes and styles. The biggest (EDC, Ultra Music Festival) focus on size and spectacle; some are there to celebrate a specific musical heritage (Detroit’s Movement); and others operate as industry gatherings expanded to encompass almost unlimited party options (Amsterdam Dance Event). While all festivals fundamentally exist to celebrate music, some take a particularly meticulous approach to the experience offered to both the audience and the artist. Sound, size, and curatorial scope are all factored in to craft a party that delivers far more than a fun time. Today we explore five different events around the world that keep not just the fans but the world's most respected DJs and performers coming back for more.
Today's the day that you can DJ with music streaming from the 20-million-track-plus Spotify library. Algoriddim has partnered with Spotify to give Spotify Premium subscribers access to Spotify's music—as well as their playlists, starred tracks, and Inbox—from Algoriddim Djay 2 for iPad and iPhone. The launch also includes Match, a track-selection tool based on the Echo Nest's analysis of Spotify's library, a new Automix Radio features, and optional new effects for Djay 2 created by Sugar Bytes.