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Professional DJ Equipment Setups – Which is right for you?

Posted By — December 12, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of new DJs ask questions about which DJ gear is the “best.” My response is always to say that different equipment combinations cater to different kinds of DJs; one setup might fit a certain style better, and you can also easily mix and match gear setups to find what works best for your personal style and musical taste. For example, many DJs use a large controller with turntables, while others use laptops with CDJs even though they are very powerful without. To give you a better idea of what the predominant setups are, and to help you figure out which might be better for you, I’ll discuss the “big three” DJ equipment setups and my experience with each.

Turntables, Battle Mixer and DVS (Serato or Traktor)

Who uses these kinds of setups?

This type of setup caters to DJs who favour more turntablism and quick mixing, and want a bit more flexibility in playing their music. You’ll see lots of hip hop DJs, open format DJs and battle DJs lean towards this set up.


What’s so great about it?

The primary advantage is quick mixing and flexibility. You’ll normally see some kind of Rane mixer although it’s not unusual to see a [...]


Will EDM be the Biggest Thing to Happen to the Music Industry in 2014?

Posted By — December 10, 2013

How To Be An EDM DJ

It happens with every great music genre. Eventually, a sound that’s been bubbling up in the underground for years makes its way into the mainstream. That’s what happened with hip-hop in the 1990s, that’s what happened with jazz in the 1920s, and that’s what’s happening with EDM (Electronic Dance Music) right now.

In the festival and stadium scenes, where rock and pop music once dominated, EDM is now taking over. Sometimes this is in collaboration with rock or pop artists (like Deadmau5 performing with the Foo Fighters at the 2012 Grammys), and sometimes EDM dominates completely on its own.

So why is EDM “the next big thing,” and what does that mean for those who want to learn how to be and EDM DJ?

Many explanations have been given for the growth of EDM into a mainstream phenomenon, but the bottom line is that right now huge numbers of people are buying EDM music, going to EDM shows, and embracing EDM culture. Major companies have taken notice – recently entertainment giant SFX bought Beatport for $50 million. Reigning music superstars have taken notice too – Metallica now cites Skrillex as a major influence on their sound, and more [...]


How Does He Do It? Watch This Deaf DJ Rip It Up

Posted By — December 4, 2013

DJ Robbie Wilde may be deaf, but that doesn’t stop him from making great music. In fact, Wilde (who also goes by the name “That Deaf DJ”) has made a successful career as a DJ, playing to huge crowds at big events like the Sundance Film Festival and the Consumer Electronics Show.

But how does he do it? Wilde has been 90% deaf since age 7, so instead of hearing mixes like most of us do, he uses special technology that allows him to see and feel how the music sounds.

Watch the video to get a taste of how he does it.


Here’s another cool video of Wilde in a commercial for HP using Emulator DJ and Traktor Pro.

This deaf DJ may or may not also be the inspiration for the 2004 film “It’s All Gone Pete Tong,” where Paul Kaye plays a fictitious DJ named Frankie Wilde who also happens to go deaf.

While Robbie Wilde may have a cool story to help him out, the bottom line is that he’s not just a deaf DJ; he’s a deaf DJ who makes great music. If you want to make it big like Robbie Wilde, the key is to focus on the [...]


Beginner DJ Tips & Advice – Part 2

Posted By — November 26, 2013

This is the second post on advice and tips for beginner DJs. I want to continue to offer some tips and tricks for DJs trying to get out there and learn the ropes of DJing. I wanted to aim this towards beginner DJs who might have a couple gigs under their belt but need some tips to leep building themselves in the scene.

Maybe you could do it better, but that’s not the point
Now that you are going out on the town and checking out other local DJs or other big name acts, you will probably find yourself walking into the club listening to the DJ and thinking, “I could do a better job than this!”. Maybe this is true and maybe it’s not but that’s not the point. Whether it’s a house party or a big club that DJs there for some reason, try to take something from what they’re doing whether it be their song selection how they act on the mic or maybe some trick they did. Take something from their set and go home and build on it and improve it.

Keep your face out there
Maybe you’ve had a couple gigs opened a show or two. [...]


How to Connect Two DJs Using Ableton Live

Posted By — November 14, 2013

This week we’re going to be covering how to sync multiple computers running Ableton Live.’ I will be covering all the necessary steps to sync two MacBooks running Live, but the process will be the same for PC users (albeit with the respective PC program equivalents).

Synchronizing the MIDI clocks of two computers running Live is an essential part of collaborating with another Live user.’ While it is possible to play together without connecting the computers, I feel that you put yourself at a disadvantage because you are not fully utilizing all of Live’s crucial ‘warping’ features.’ I have read many different articles on this subject and some have quite in-depth explanations using third party plugins and are, quite frankly, and bit intimidating.’ While I cannot speak to the effectiveness of these techniques on a PC or using other performance software, I use a MacBook Pro and the technique I describe below is what I use on a weekly basis.’ Everything you need is already inside your Mac and can be set up very quickly with a bit of practice.

The first step you will need to connect the computers in some way.’ The two most effective ways are by either connecting [...]


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