Digital DJing

Articles on digital DJing topics ranging from mp3 management to DJ software.

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DJ Tips In Under A Minute Syncing Your Drives For Gigs.

April 12, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is what I use, a free program called Allway Sync and I believe it is allwaysync.com and this is what I use to match up my drives. Right now I am syncing up two drives. So I have all the information, the files that I've deleted from this drive to this drive. As you can see, it says, does not exist. And then down here I have what files are moving into where. So I have two drives that I use. One is a standard drive and the other one is my backup. And actually, you've seen the one with the wide cord, that's the white cord and then right here, that's the backup. So I just want everything to be the same. So what I'll do is sync it all up and then go through and clean. I'm sure I can set this to clean, I just haven't figured out yet. So if you're looking for a sync program... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Dressing Appropriately For Every Event

April 11, 2018 by Jason Rubio
Dress codes are everywhere. Every job has a dress code; schools have dress codes, even businesses such as a restaurant or bar, have a dress code - door guys love to be the enforcers of the dress code. :) So the question is, should DJs or DJ companies have a dress code, too? As a DJ & Photo Booth company owner (Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths) my answer is yes, absolutely! We have a company dress code policy, but our dress code depends on the event. Every staff member should dress appropriately. We don't want our DJs or photo booth staff showing up to a formal event, dressed like a bar/club DJ. No jeans, no baseball cap, no t-shirts, etc. I know our staff may not completely agree with it, but they get it, and, they have a choice. They don't have to follow our dress code at all, but they also won't ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Check For New Firmware Updates For Your Gear.

March 22, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. If you have a controller and you use software, chances are you had to give them your email address and a password so that they can get in touch with you when they have new versions. Well, this is a page for a controller called the DDJ-ERGO. As you can see, it's got all this stuff, it's got a TSI file for mini-mapping, for a Traktor and it's got the driver right there. It also has updates. So Mac firmware updates, Windows firmware update. If you're using a controller, make sure you're checking for firmware updates. You may not get an email from the DJ company that supports your controller, but occasionally they find fixes for things and they release these things called firmwares. So what you'd end up doing is downloading this and loading it onto your controller. So check y... [read more]
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Dex 3 has launched version 3.1

March 19, 2018 by Mobile Beat
Digital 1 Audio, Inc. (http://www.pcdj.com), a long-time innovator of professional DJ and karaoke software products for DJs and karaoke hosts, launched version 3.10 of their top DJ software DEX 3. The free upgrade for existing users includes a host of karaoke features that exceed those found in other do-it-all live performance software solutions. "When we began coding DEX 3 over three years ago, the goal was to create a true all-in-one entertainment software solution for today’s versatile DJ,” says Digital 1 Audio’s General Manager, Ryan Sherr. "While DEX 3 has always been a robust solution for mixing music and music videos live... [read more]
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To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix 3

March 19, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Today, we're going to talk about mixing at breaks. Breaks can be challenging. Sometimes they're very cool. Sometimes they're jive and they break the continuity in what could be a negative fashion, depending on how hot the track is. So here, I'm going start out by showing you what I don't like and what I hear a lot. I talked about it in the last video. Sometimes I go to a club and I'm dancing or whatever and the DJ is spinning and these long transitions after every track really get distracting for me and the other dancers. We're looking at -- let's see. The time dirty bit. It's the White Boys remix of this. And Hello by Martin Slovak. Now, these tracks are about five minutes and 30 seconds each. So they're long tracks. You can definitely do long mixes. So check it out. I hear this a lot. [Inaudible]. Okay. W... [read more]
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To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix 2

March 12, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Welcome to another "To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix" video. Got a good response from the last one we put up yesterday. So we'll do another one and expand a little bit on some of my personal philosophy on this. This is not gospel. This is just how I feel about things and what I've observed from my audiences over the past years. Long time. Anyhow, what I'm suggesting is is that it's not enough to know how to beatmix. You need to know when to do it and why to do it, how to do it, obviously. But just because you can doesn't mean you should. If you're doing the same beatmix all night long, whether it be two, four, or eight measure transitions, it gets repetitive after a while. I've been on the dance floor and I've seen it happen from my -- from a crowd perspective. When I first hear it, I'm, like, "Oh. Something's ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Finding Songs With Serato SSL/Itch.

March 8, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, we're back in prepping for a wedding. So at a wedding this weekend, I'm setting up my music, I've got my crates, I've got my tracks, but a lot of times I like to burn tracks from within my crates onto a separate drive, like a flash drive so I know I have everything that's really important to the bride and groom. So what I would do in the past is simply open up my hard drive, then search the hard drive and that can take a while, because there's 20-some-odd thousand songs on the hard drive. But I learned a cool trick, the trick is this, you have your keyboard, so you hit control-R, watch what happens, boom, you get the location of the song. It actually comes up and shows you where it is. So now you can go into the song, right-click the track, copy it, drag it to something o... [read more]
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To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix

March 5, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
What's up? Happy Memorial Day to all of you. I talk a lot about programming on my Facebook and even here on my YouTube channel, but what we don't talk a lot about is mixing. Mixing is part of programming. Programming is knowing what to play, when to play it, how to play it, and why to play it. Today, we're going to talk about how and why. So that goes to the mixing bay. I'm going to show you a couple of different transitions, if you will; some are beatmix, some are not. And I'm going to tell you why sometimes you want a beatmix and sometimes you don't. Because some people want to beatmix all night long and that could get real repetitive if you're not careful. Mixing and beatmixing, especially, is all about continuity. Continuity with beatmixing and breaking continuity when you don't beatmix and sometimes tha... [read more]
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Start from Scratch: Meet the DDJ-SB3 – improved DJ controller designed for Serato DJ Lite

March 1, 2018 by Mobile Beat
TORRANCE, CA (1st March 2018): We’ve upgraded one of our popular Serato DJ controllers to create the 2-channel DDJ-SB3, designed for dedicated use with Serato DJ Lite (previously known as Serato DJ Intro). The new controller offers an intuitive interface for beginner DJs to craft professional performances and improve their skills. The DDJ-SB3 improves on the renowned DDJ-SB2, which gained a strong reputation with a wide range of DJs – from beginners to pros – thanks to its combination of professional features and easy portability. The interface of the DDJ-SB3 is even more intuitive to use than its predecessors, inheriting traits from the layo... [read more]
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Champ or Trash Talker – Which Are You?

February 5, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
It's the day after the Super Bowl and Facebook is full of victory memes, trash talk and "what if" quarterbacking. Many folks in New England are playing the blame game; poor defense, the refs, etc. I saw a few Pat's fans actually congratulating the Eagles on a game well played. Yes, I'm a Pats fan since 1985. Back when we went against the Bears and I say good for the Eagles. Why? They earned it. Both teams played hard and in the end the Eagles fought harder. What does this have to do with our profession? A lot. When you're at a large banquet venue with several events happening do you go around and introduce yourself (like a champ)? Do you extend your... [read more]