Pioneer's CDJs are some of the most prevalent pieces of DJ hardware found in current DJ booths, and mixing harmonically has become a critical element of crafting a great set for many DJs. Today, Chris Brackley goes through a few of the best ways to mix in key on Pioneer's CDJ units - including a little-known trick on newer CDJs where they'll use a stoplight system to let you know if an upcoming track is compatible with the playing one. Watch the full thing and read more in today's article.
Tagtraum Industries announced today the release of an update to their beaTunes software. beaTunes 4 is more than just key detection with the added features of a media player and improvements to song analysis. Read more about how beaTunes 4 overhauled the UI, improved music algorithms, and changed the way song structure is analyzed.
Most DJs these days manage their music collections in iTunes, good old-fashioned folders, or even DJ software. According to Beatport, up to 90% of DJs that manage a music library use iTunes, and based on most feedback, no one really loves it. While iTunes was a decent music manager in the past, it's now a bloated media center that is less and less useful for DJs. Fortunately, the new version of Beatport Pro fixes that with a dedicated music manager for DJs and producers.
At the end of a long night behind the decks, it's tough to remember all the tracks you've played over the course of a few hours. Thankfully, both Serato and Traktor have a few very useful built-in features for sharing your sets. Read on to learn some of the lesser-known playlist secrets in both softwares.
DJ's libraries often grow at an absurd rate, with a rapid influx of new content happening on a weekly or even daily basis. Without a proper system of organization, it's incredibly easy to forget about great tracks hiding just a few months back in your catalogue. Today, we're sharing DJTT contributor PC3's techniques for adding smartly structured genre tags and using them to easily find sets of songs with common characteristics, even in larger libraries.
Harmonic mixing has become an integral part of a lot of digital DJs arsenals, reflected by the presence of key detection algorithms in a variety of softwares. We last stood just three entrants against each other in a harmonic showdown in 2012, but this year we've got 12 different algorithms competing in our key detection comparison. How does Traktor Pro fare versus Traktor DJ? Is Rekordbox reliable? Is the new Mixed In Key worth an upgrade?
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 […]
Even though the vinyl medium has seen a resurgence, the era of digging through crates to find new songs is largely over for most DJs. While some may miss the nostalgic physical experience, it’s been replaced by a powerful digital landscape where no one is limited by their geography or the quality of local store […]