Digital DJing

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

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Why We Fail As An Industry

October 18, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
It's no secret that everybody's a DJ, right? Every event we do someone has to come up and tell us that their brother, cousin, dentist, barber, carpenter, mechanic, aunt, lawn care guy or neighbor is a DJ. It's what people do to make some side cash. No training needed, just a Spotify account, disco ball and a system from "DJ in a Box". Being a DJ isn't a "real" job, right? It's not like you need a degree or certificate or something like that. ANY-body can do it. Maybe I'm over generalizing here, but we do have a tendency to shoot ourselves in the microphone. Case in point, about five months ago a video started to make the rounds from a "veteran... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: 6 Tips for Being a Great Master of Ceremonies (MC)

September 6, 2018 by Jason Rubio
What is an MC? Ask any DJ and you'll get a variety of answers. First, let's start with what an "MC" even means. Some will say it's for a "Master of Ceremonies," others may say "Mic Controller," and others may say "Mic Chief." In a way, these are all correct. For me, however, I believe an MC is a Master of Ceremonies. An MC is not only a host, but also controls the event flow and timeline. Yes, a coordinator may be present, and you may have the timeline, ahead of time, but it is up to the DJ/MC to ensure that the event flows as the client wants it to, especially if there is not a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator, present. So do all DJs also serve as an MC? It depends on the DJ or DJ company. Some DJs will say "I don't MC" and I don't make any announcements, at all." This is quite surprising to me, as a... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Serato Itch Running Serato Video.

August 2, 2018 by DJ Jay
I just wanted to show this real quick, I am using, see up there, ITCH and I'm just playing some tracks and as you can see up here, I have the record DJ facts sampler and if you weren't aware, I just want to show you a video. So here is Video-SL in ITCH. So as you see, I'm now running video in ITCH. So if you have an ITCH controller, you have ITCH, you can run Video-SL or as I believe it's now being called Serato Video. So just wanted to show you that real quick. I'll do some tutorials down the road, but just wanted to show you. It is now possible, if you haven't already seen it, to run video on your ITCH controller. Kind of a game changer if you've got video and you were thinking about going into it and you already have a controller similar to this one. So DJ Jay just showing you real quick the Video-SL or ag... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Considering Quinceaneras

August 1, 2018 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to DJing, not all DJ gigs are the same. I'm pretty sure you're already aware of the huge differences in pay and expectations between club/bar DJs and wedding & private event DJs. Bars versus private events are literally night and day! Today, I want to discuss a private event that is similar to a wedding, in many ways, which are Quinceaneras. First of all, you may not be aware of what a Quinceanera even is. Basically, it's a special celebration for when a girl (usually of Latino or Hispanic origin) turns 15 years old. There are ceremonies that take place, a church mass (usually Catholic), and of course a fun party with dinner and music! That's where a DJ comes in! If you want more details about the ceremonies of a Quinceanera, check out my article What is a Quinceanera? So now you may ... [read more]
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PCDJ releases next version – and you need to check it out!

July 31, 2018 by Mobile Beat
"We’ve gone well beyond creating simple DJ Mixing Software. DEX 3 is live performance entertainment software designed for today’s versatile Mobile DJ, and a great fit for venue installation,” says Digital 1 Audio’s General Manager Ryan Sherr. "The value in having one software, one robust product, that provides all the tools a DJ needs to perform with music, music videos, and host karaoke, with or without one of the 100+ supported DJ Controllers, is tremendous. In DEX 3.11 we’ve fine-tuned karaoke support, including support for the Party Tyme Karaoke Subscription service, which provides in-app access to over 15,000 HD quality ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Marking Your USB Cable, And Using A Different Color For Your HD.

July 19, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. Sometimes when using software, you may have to reboot, you may have to change things up, you may have to shut down the controller, you may have to shut down the computer. So I always use white for my hard drives and I go even further at putting that black mark so I know which side plugs in in case I'm looking at it, it's dark, I'm not sure, I don't want to jam anything, break a USB port. Could happen. So to get around it, again, put that little mark on it, but I know that this is the controller, this is the hard drive so I don't accidentally pull the hard drive in the middle of something if I have to reboot, if there's an issue and it's one more little anal thing I do, but it works really well for me. So DJ tips in under a minute, maybe run your hard drive on a white cabl... [read more]
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Master the Basics: Meet the DDJ-400 controller for rekordbox dj

June 26, 2018 by Mobile Beat
TORRANCE, CA (26th June 2018): If you want to try DJing at home and see how far you can take it, we’ve created the perfect controller to learn on: the DDJ-400. Made for dedicated use with our professional performance application, rekordbox dj (free license key included), the 2-channel DDJ-400 is designed to help you get the most from the new features coming to the software with the release of rekordboxTM ver 5.3 today. The DDJ-400 is the ideal piece of kit for first-time DJs. Its controls enable you to easily learn the basics, plus it’s packed with features that will help you develop your skills. The controller is compatible with the new Tutorial... [read more]
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FAQ – My DJ Mixer Settings Expanded By Request

June 18, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
I did a video yesterday on how I set up my mixing board, because there were some questions that people were asking me. And I showed them the 0db rule, which is what I follow to try to get the cleanest signal possible out of my mixing board, which sends the cleanest signal to my speakers, achieving the best sound that I can get out of my system. A lot of questions came up, a lot of people had some concerns. So I'm going to do a more in-depth video today to try to help you out. The first thing I'm going to do is on my master volume. I'm going to set it to 8 -- or 3:00 o'clock on the dial -- and I'm not going to touch it. Now let's put a track on. Now, I'm going to put a record on. But this could be anything. This could be an MP3, a music video, a CD, it doesn't matter. And notice, right here, these lights jump... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Cover Your Gear With Custom Skins From Pimp My Turntables.

June 14, 2018 by DJ Jay
Live DJ tips in under a minute, check it out. DJ, I'm 900. All these items are [inaudible] and [inaudible]. You can get any of your gear covered over with a skin. This is the way to switch up your gear without dropping a lot of cash. I'll put their address in the description. I thought they only did turntables, but they're doing everything now, controllers, CD trays, everything. So quick, inexpensive way to switch up your gear, get it covered over by, again, pimpmyturntables.com, not just turntables.   ... [read more]
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Your Ceremony Gear-The Essentials

June 1, 2018 by Joe Bunn
As DJs, we really just want to play music and make people dance. However, in recent years, we have become "sound guys". Less and less people are getting married in churches. I'm not sure if there are less people involved in church, or if they do it for convenience, but I'm betting over 35% of our wedding customers also book us to do the sound for their actual wedding ceremony. In this blog, let's talk about what you really need to have for your ceremony "rig". Good microphones. Hands down, this is where you need to spend your money. I can't sit here and write this and recommend anything but Shure or Sennheiser. If you have had success with another brand, good for you, but I know for a fact and from years of experience that these brands are tried and true. Currently, I am using only Sennheiser EW100 series ... [read more]