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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 26, 2012

Backing Up Your Digital DJ Data

Having a terabyte of music on your external hard drive is not as big of a deal as having your carefully planned out playlists and crates that took you months to develop.  If you were to ask your DJ friend to let you borrow his external music for a day and that might be no problem.  However, if you ask him to give you his carefully selected playlists and organized crates, he’d probably say no.  That’s because getting your Serato playlists and settings the way you like them is the most crucial part of being a digital DJ.  With hundreds of thousands of songs, it’s the organization that counts, not the number of songs you possess.

This is why backing up data all the time is such a big deal.  There is no worse feeling than arriving to a gig, and having your only source of music fail.  Everything from …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 26, 2012

Traktor Pro 2.6 Now Available

Traktor has been putting down work behind the scenes in order to make sure their first venture in the mixer world is a strong one.  Besides letting the pros test out their Kontrol Z2 while teasing adoring fans at the same time, they’ve also been adding finishing touches to their Traktor Pro software, which are actually more like monumental leaps forwards in DVS technology.

One of the biggest changes to date is the addition of Post-fader effect routing.  For some DJs, pre-fader effects (effects that are dependent on you line channel being open) are completely useless.  If you were to use an echo out effect while transitioning from on channel to the next, the tail end of the echo would be lost – killing the blend in the transition.  Since the Kontrol Z2 is a digital mixer, the effects routing can be altered much like using the send/return function on …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 26, 2012

Digital DJ Tips 2012 Reader Survey Results

Digitaldjtips.com has conducted their biggest readership poll as of yet, and reveals some interesting characteristics about those who DJ, produce, and take an active part in the DJ community.  Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of those who responded were male – yet the largest age group of readers is not the 18-25 year olds, it’s the 30-39 year olds.  Perhaps these are the older vinyl DJs who want to get back into their beloved hobby in the digital age.  Other pie charts also reveal some interesting facts, like the fact that DJing with an iPad is becoming a more accepted among digital DJs.

People who source music still tend to use a variety of different legal and illegal methods.  Subscription services like Beatport still represent a good financial tradeoff between cost and availability, but iTunes and Amazon are also good sources for those who want to pay up front for …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 26, 2012

Ableton Announces Live 9 Software & Push Hardware

The folks at Ableton are beginning to see the light (much like the folks at Native Instruments) and understand just how valuable their software is.  When the first versions of Ableton were released, users didn’t exactly use the software as the Ableton guys thought they would.  They were doing all sort of weird things with it, and finding unique ways to incorporate it into their live shows.  The entire aspect of live production, remixing, and using it as a tool to help the DJ, was more of an unintended consequence than a selling point.

The growth of the controller market and their usefulness to live DJs, made Ableton a worthy tool that stretched beyond the realm of the studio producers.  Now Ableton has stepped in the controller game with their own production controller, called Ableton Push Hardware.  A first glance at the hardware leads you to believe it was made …

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Taylor

Taylor
October 25, 2012

Drumcell Interview: What I Use Live

In our first interview with Drumcell we got in an introduction to his style and what he values when it comes to techno music, but that wasn’t enough. We wanted to know what gear he uses when playing out live and his thoughts on how that gear works to his advantage for his particular brand of techno DJing. Drumcell certainly has an untraditional setup with no turntables or a controller with jog wheels. In between two Traktor Kontrol X1 units he is using the Allen & Heath Xone 92 mixer. Above the Xone 92 is Native Instruments Maschine which he uses in step sequence mode predominately but will also drum out patterns live should the mood strike him. He is also using two laptops: one for Native Instruments Traktor and the other for Ableton Live. Traktor is sending a MIDI clock to Ableton which launches samples and clips that he has crafted …