It’s increasingly common for those who want to add an edge to their DJing to get into production at some level, either to add completely new originals into the mix or just to have a few nice edits at your disposal. The most common beginner problem for DJs entering the production marketplace is usually the time consumption required to produce; unlike DJing, it requires long periods of time with little reward before anything decent comes out. So here’s a set of tips to help you separate out your production processes and make the time you spend more effective and efficient.Read More
Disciplined preparation creates amazing performances. If you believe in this statement, then having a robust cue point strategy is a great way to start prepping for success. Often ignored, cue points can be used in a variety of ways that will enhance your ability to mix live on the fly. In this article, Ean walks us through the two main uses: using specialized cue points as flags to mark songs for reference, and using hot cues as creative tools to break up tracks from their linear constraints.
Last week we interviewed Bay Area producer Lucky Date, who started out his career by making bootleg remixes and Reason tutorial videos, and today we’re sharing the interview with you all. This interview is especially for producers who are just starting out, as Lucky Date shares some great advice that he would have given to himself if he could travel back in time to the beginning of his career.Read More
It’s no secret that Berlin is largely regarded as the DJ capital of the world – a world where DJ-based nightlife flourishes without the holiday expense and overblown glitz of destinations like Ibiza and Las Vegas. But what can the rest of the world learn from the behavior and business of the DJs, producers, and audiences who make up this successful scene? Guest writer and sociologist Jan-Michael Kühn explores Berlin’s underground behaviors from a very academic lens in today’s article.Read More
The Native Instruments Maschine software and hardware is very much at home in a production workflow, but bringing the audio output into Traktor isn’t especially intuitive, especially if you’re limited by the number of computers you can use or don’t have MIDI ports on your controller or soundcard. Today we’re looking how to route and sync Maschine with Traktor – allowing recording, EQ, and effects while maintaining a synchronized BPM across both softwares.Read More
Over the past few months, we’ve had a number of mapping wizards post new mappings in the DJTT Maps site that offer unique workflows of controlling Traktor, Ableton, and even Virtual DJ – all inspired by the Midi Fighter Spectra. Today we’re taking a long-overdue look at some of the awesome mappings that our community and staff members have put together – along with videos of them in action!Read More
Soundcards – for electronic music producers, they’re the central hub of input and output to a digital audio workstation in a home studio. Today we’ve got a massive roundup of five soundcards under $1000 for producers who demand quality while still remaining within a budget. Read on to see how offerings from RME, Apogee, Propellerhead, Akai, and Alva stack up!Read More
More than just a name, the title associated with your DJ or producer performances can set the tone, create ideas about your style or the experience of hearing you perform, and help fans remember you down the line. Today we’re taking another look at how names work and fail within our industry, as well as what patterns and science you can use help make yours a success.Read More