Digital DJing

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

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MB #212 – ONLINE NOW

December 5, 2019 by Dan Walsh
DJ Branding: Basics and Beyond You'll find some great advice on building your brand in this issue. Plus some great pieces about and by female DJs, including a review of the new VirtualDJ 2020 release by Rachel Lynch. Check it now... ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief CLICK HERE OR ON THE COVER TO THE RIGHT TO READ NOW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PLAYLIST: DJ BRANDING... Branding vs. Standing Out: What's the Difference? - Staci Nichols Building Your DJ Brand: The Bare Bones - Stu Chisholm Building a Brand... Part 2 of 3 - Matt Martindale PEOPLE DJ Dayna, aka Ms. Sunshine... - Mike “Dr. Frankenstand” Ryan Jayli: Spinning the BesT - Mik... [read more]
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Thankful Thanksgiving or How to Avoid the Grinchies

November 27, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Thank you. Thank you for reading my blog posts. Thank you for letting me interview you and share your stories. Thank you for letting me into your lives. Thank you for your comments and feedback. Thank you for reading my articles. Thank you for saying hi to me at conventions and sharing lunch or a cup of coffee. Thank you for accepting me into your world on social media. Thank you for being my friend. It's no secret that the next four weeks are some of the busiest in the DJ world. Many of us are doing events daily right up to New Years Eve and a ton of after parties in January. We're so busy making sure that everyone else has a great Holiday s... [read more]
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How Authentic is your Business?

November 20, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Advertising models are constantly changing. What worked ten years ago is no longer valid and what was working last week is old news. In a world where content is king, how do you sort through the fluff to be seen and heard? What's the new "buzz" word that will magically get you clients and referrals? I have one for you: Authenticity. This was a huge topic at the Wedding MBA in Vegas this past October. All of the social media and marketing seminars had the same message: Be authentic. So, what exactly does that mean? I'll skip the Webster's definition (you can google that) and get to the meat. Authenticity in your business is about communicat... [read more]
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Stay Tuned for some Great New Interviews

September 26, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
I've been working hard all summer to nail down some interviews with people that have not only impacted music and culture but are also changing our industry. Sharing, learning and listening to the stories from these amazing people has been incredible. We cover music, life, travel, working with legends and much more. I wish I could share every word they said with you. Suffice it to say that I've captured the best stuff and put all together for you. Is Disco dead? Not according to Jason Weintraub (AKA Disco Twitter). Jason has been traveling the world promoting disco goodness. In our September issue interview he reveals how he makes old disco tunes so... [read more]
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Denon DJ Prime 4 Upgrades Connectivity, Adds Streaming

September 5, 2019 by Dan Walsh
DENON DJ® v1.4 FIRMWARE PUBLIC BETA RELEASE BRINGS TIDAL STREAMING SUPPORT FOR PRIME 4 STANDALONE DJ HARDWARE  PRIME 4 now WiFi-activated and enabled for TIDAL music streaming service  Cumberland RI, USA (September 5, 2019)—Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced its Prime 4 smart controller is now enabled for both hard-wired and Wi-Fi internet connection, via a new v1.4 Firmware update. This update, delivered within a forum-based public beta initiative, brings the global stream and entertainment platform TIDAL—the first of Denon DJ’s premium content streaming partners— to the Prime 4, with SC5000 and SC5000M support to follow in short order. Both the beta group members and current Prime Series users (following product registrat... [read more]
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19 Things You Can Do This Fall To Improve Your Business

September 1, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
September in New England usually means wedding season is starting to wind down, school dances are back in full swing and it's time to think about Holiday parties. After a busy summer season it's a good idea to look around your office and catch up some things you've let slide. There's equipment to be fixed, things to be cleaned, social media and marketing to catch up on, etc. Time to switch gears a little. Here is a really spot on list of ideas from a marketing website I follow. I firmly believe that to truly grow your business, you need to digest content from a variety of sources. I came across Josh Pather on Instagram a few months ago. Not all of h... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Moving Serato Cue Points In Internal Mode

August 22, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. A little Serato, a little DJ during Scratch Live, but the same principle holds for Serato DJ. If you look up here, I've made a mistake, I have marked cue points out of order and I don't know if you've ever done this, but I've suddenly gone to Q2 and made it for Q3 and Q1 is suddenly Q4. So a lot of people say, I've got to kill them and then go back and redo them. Well, this is going to be an under a minute tip, because if you take your mouse like this and you realize you want this one first, drag it. I hope you guys can see this, try it again. Drag it up and it switches. So you can switch the cues all day long, make them any direction you want and what'll happen is it'll light up on the controller you're using on your cue markers in order. So if you're going off colors, if you're going off controll... [read more]
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Do DJ’s Make Great Lawyers?

August 16, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
First, I would like to apologize to any disc jockeys that actually are lawyers. This blog isn't really about you, but it does pertain to you. There was a good discussion on one of the several thousand DJ forums I belong to about DJs offering legal advice or stating something is against the law without offering any proof. These strands start off innocently enough with someone posting a question about the rules on using a particular piece of gear at an event or about music, files, streaming or sharing. The strands quickly devolve into regional DJs stating how one can or can't do that in their market. A good example: cold sparklers. These things are re... [read more]
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Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-1000SRT: Designed for Serato DJ Pro

August 13, 2019 by Dan Walsh
(TORRANCE, CA) August 8th, 2019: If you’ve been eagerly anticipating a Serato-compatible version of our pro-grade DDJ-1000 controller, good news: The wait is over. The 4-channel DDJ-1000SRT inherits the layout of the DDJ-1000, which feels familiar to a CDJ+DJM club-standard set-up. All the same professional features are there too, including low-latency, full-size jog wheels from the CDJ-2000NXS2 and the slick MAGVEL FADER for tight scratching. Concentrate on the crowd, not your laptop, thanks to color On Jog Display, which gives you important track information in the center of each jog wheel. Build excitement on the dancefloor and create... [read more]
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Teaching AI to DJ

August 8, 2019 by Dan Walsh
From Hercules: Teaching AI to DJ: How Algorithms Can Help Beginning DJs and Add Unexpected Creativity to Their Sets Creating a great set is about more than mastering the hardware and technique. It’s about something you can’t pick up quickly: musical knowledge. This knowledge goes deeper than finding awesome or popular tracks. A great DJ can gauge music’s danceability in a flash and define the next big sound. This deeply human and intuitive judgement call can be supported by AI, as a machine can analyze certain track parameters and suggest novel ideas for what to play next. It can alleviate a major pain point for all DJs, but particularly for those new to the practice. read more]