December 19, 2012

7 Rules For Great DJ Sound Quality

When a DJ approaches the idea of how well his tracks actually sound, most of the thinking is put towards how well his speakers reproduce the sound, or how fast his computer can keep up with his control vinyl movements – but sometimes the issue of file quality or the sound quality of the original source is ignored.  Mp3’s are a lifesaver but also an issue at the same time.  It’s nice to be able to store ten mp3’s in the same amount of space as one WAV file, but sometimes the audio truly suffers, no matter how good your audio equipment is.

If you have a smaller and focused routine, try to have your tracks as high quality as possible; even FLAC, if your DVS will support it.  A simple method to test distortion is to make sure you are hitting the limits of your amp.  Monitoring of your VU meter is vital, and you should always be well below the red on your mixer’s readout.  Keylock is also a double edged sword.  If the temp is stretched too far, your keylock will but a boatload of effort on your CPU, slowing things down and resulting in choppy or distorted music.  Use it with caution.