Digital DJing

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

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Denon DJ introduces Prime 4, a 4-Channel Standalone DJ System with 10-inch Multi-Touch Display and Dedicated Zone Output

January 19, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Cumberland RI, USA (January 17, 2019) - Denon DJ (www.denondj.com), a leading manufacturer of premium DJ products and solutions, today announced the introduction of their new Prime 4, 4-Deck Standalone DJ system with 10-inch multi-touch/ gesture display, dual-zone output, pro-mixer section, powerful performance pads, dual mic channels and a 2.5-inch built-in SATA drive bay. https://youtu.be/Sk8uIIPwOCw   From Touchscreen to Mainstage Prime 4 features a glorious 10-inch multi-touch/gesture display for the most advanced DJ music library interaction experience available. DJ’s can touch, feel, move and play their music with the elegant swipe of a finger for the ultimate, technology driven tactile experience. Prime 4 will deliver that Mainstage experience to any DJ, and in any venue or gig scena... [read more]
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DJ Tips in under a minute: bring sw and drivers on a separate flash drive.

January 17, 2019 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. This is a flash drive. This has music for my event on it as well as on my main hard drive. My wedding last night, the photo booth operator couldn't start for an hour and 15 minutes, because the drivers wouldn't pick up from the printer to their laptop. So an hour and 15 minutes after they were supposed to start, they started. And I said, do you have the drivers? And they said, we have to download them from the Internet. If you use software, if you have drivers for your controller or players, put them on this, I have a control disk for Serato and Traktor on this. Even though I don't use Scratch Live, I have the tone. So if I went to a gig, somebody had forgot their CDs, at least I can plug this in, hopefully CDJs that link and I have a control tone. I also have a copy of ITCH on this... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs Blog

Breaking News: Technics Introduces NEW 1200 SL-1200MK7 Turntable!

January 7, 2019 by Jason Rubio
The king of turntables introduces the long-awaited direct drive turntable SL-1200MK7! (The European model is the SL 1210MK7). Yes, you read this right and this is NOT an old article! Just looking at the turntable will give you the chills! :) The new model looks like the classic model you know and love and is every bit as reliable and durable as the original SL- 1200 that was introduced in 1972. What's the same with the new SL-1200MK7 Reliability Durability Classic Design Same Operating Functions What's New with the SL-1200MK7 A coreless direct drive motor Rotation accuracy More powerful torque Does not require replacement of parts (maintains high reliability over a long period of time) No more rotation irregularity or "cogging," which was an issue for direct drive turntable... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Las Vegas Platinum Package

January 7, 2019 by Trevor West
Have you seen on the website where they are offering a platinum package and wondered what that was about? is it worth the extra cost? well, let me tell you as a purchaser of that package for the last 4 years, yes it is so worth it. not only do you get first and second row seating everyday in the same spot for every seminar, you also get a private seminar that the other attendees dont get with one of the main presenters. oh, did i tell you about the swag? you never know what it might be but let me just say that it's always good and it's usually swag that no one else will get at the entire convention. You get access to the showroom before the rest of the crowd so your not fighting with everyone to see all the gear. the first time I attended the convention and was lucky to get one of the tickets for the... [read more]
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Random Observations of a Mobile Beat Las Vegas Attendee

January 6, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
In just a few short months almost two thousand of us will head to Las Vegas for Mobile Beat 23. Once again the halls, meeting and exhibit rooms of the Tropicana will be filled with the conversations of "Nugget" seeking DJ's looking to better their businesses. For one week the Tropicana will become an incredible microcosm of the DJ universe. Within that microcosm memories will be created, information and ideas traded, gear bought and friendships made. Professionalism, kindness and camaraderie will be displayed. Unfortunately ego, avarice and elitism will be lurking in the shadows (don't be that guy). All that being said, here are some candid... [read more]
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Algoriddim Unveils the New djay App for iOS

December 16, 2018 by Mobile Beat
The Next Generation of the Apple Design Award Winning App djay for iOS is now free, Offering Enhanced Spotify Integration, and New Optional Pro Features Including Music Production Tools, Live Video Remixing, and More. MUNICH, Germany, December 12, 2018 – Algoriddim, winner of multiple Apple Design Awards for its acclaimed music apps, today released an all-new unified djay for iOS that builds on eight years of industry leading DJ technology for mobile platforms. Available as a free download on the App Store, this new version provides everything users need to get started with DJing. Using their Spotify Premium account, users get instant access to mix millions of songs right from within djay. In addition, djay introduces a new live performance audio and video looper, beat-matched sequencing of drums and sa... [read more]
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Cyber Monday – 3 Items That Will Improve Your DJ Skills

November 25, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
Now that you've recovered from the orgy of food on Thanksgiving Day and survived the malls on Black Friday; it's time to set your sights on Cyber Monday. Arguably the busiest shopping day of the year. Most of us are probably hunting for specials on audio and lighting. Those shiny new pieces of equipment meant to dazzle our clients and make us look like the best DJ in the world. Don't be distracted by the squirrels! Invest in something that will last you longer than a fifty foot XLR cable or new LED bar. Your education. What new training manuals, books or DVDs are you planning on getting to improve your knowledge and skill as a DJ? Did that thought even cross your mind? I've put together a list of three training tools you should definitely add to your library this holiday season.   read more]
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What I Learned At Aliencon

November 16, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
I've always been fascinated by shows like Ancient Aliens, Oak Island and Expedition Unknown. These shows demonstrate that history isn't written in stone and the world is still full of wonder and new discoveries. When I found out that Aliencon was coming to the east coast I just had to go. Luckily, my 50th birthday was in September and my wife got me a Gold Pass as a birthday present (she's a keeper). I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived. Would the convention be about exploring new ideas and learning about new discoveries? Would it be a big tin foil hat parade? Fortunately it was more about the former and less about the latter; although ... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs Blog

Smart DJ Tips: How Much Should You Charge to DJ New Year’s Eve Events?

November 13, 2018 by Jason Rubio
A question that often comes up is "how much should I charge for New Year's Eve gigs?" This is a very common question, and not a question that is easy to answer. The real answer is, it ultimately depends on you and how much you want to charge. A lot of DJs that are brand new will DJ for next to nothing, just to get gigs and get their name out there. I get it, you've got to get your name out there to get more experience, but to be honest, doing gigs for next to nothing gets old, very quickly. We've all been there at one point, but my advice is, don't stay there. Walmart has made a huge business out of being the lowest priced option. Everyone knows that you can save money buying from Walmart, but now, even Walmart is suffering since someone beat them at their own game. Ever heard of Amazon? :) These business... [read more]
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If You Book It, You Own It

November 7, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
No one likes to be taken advantage of, right? Have you ever booked a gig only to have the client want to change what is expected without changing the price? How often have you received these messages: "We're extending the event an hour, you don't mind staying do you?" Or "Do you mind bringing microphones and sound for the musicians?" How do you handle a repeat client that suddenly wants to rearrange their event but pay the same price as last year? Many of us fail miserably in these situations due to one simple error. Lack of ownership. I still get surprised by how many DJ's do not complete an in depth contract with their clients for each event. I re... [read more]