It's undeniable that a lot of DJs who have entered the field in the last decade lack proficiency at one of the core skills of DJing - beatmatching records by ear. Today, guest contributor Steven Maude shares insight on using features in DJ software to your advantage while learning how to beatmatch.
Mixing music for a room is a dialogue - but what if you want to go beyond track choice and start interacting with the crowd on another level? Ask them questions, solicit requests, tell them more about the playing track, and more with the tools and techniques that we share in today's article.
Gigs are nerve racking enough without technical failures and software breakdowns. If you want to have total confidence stepping on stage, then follow this basic pre-game procedure every time and I guarantee it will reduce your stress to a very manageable level. Related
As the winter holidays are quickly approaching, we’ve put together another list of staff and reader recommendations for the best gifts for DJs and producers. Looking to buy yourself a present, or a unique gift for your DJ friends, or maybe need to send some wishlist ideas to family? This guide is a great starting […]
As digital DJ software continues to incorporate more features, it often seems like we rely on our program of choice to do everything – from organization to metadata to actually playing the tracks. At the same time, the number of software engineers in the world has grown dramatically – meaning there are more tools being […]
Electronic music is a curious medium, in that it does not require you know any traditional instruments but instead to be a generalist in everything. Tools like sequencers and drum machines have allowed creative individuals to express themselves using their ears alone to create music, without requiring years of training in a particular form of […]
The humble USB port. Almost everything that can connect to a computer now features USB – your audio interface, DJ controller, sampler, external hard drive, mixer, and other components are all competing for a limited number of ports. The easy fix is a $15 USB hub from Radio Shack, but this often leads to power and drop out […]
Even though a big chunk of DJ product sales are going towards all-in-one controllers like the Pioneer DDJ-SX or the Kontrol S4, many of the DJs you will see live these days still rely on traditional DJ mixers in lieu of mixing inside the computer. Why is this? What benefits do hardware mixers have over […]