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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 25, 2014

5 Tips For Starting Out As A DJ On An Extreme Budget

DJing is an expensive hobby, there is no way around that.  There is no portable DJ setup that you can take seriously that will not cost you a large amount of time or money.  However, there are ways to make the initial purchase less hurtful to your wallet.  It starts by examining what pieces of your kit are readily obtainable.  Speakers are a good starting point.  Rarely does a bedroom DJ need a PA system to power a small house party.  In practice, speakers aren’t really even necessary – and one can have exception sound using quality headphones when compared to similarly price hi-fi systems or speakers.

Buying second hand gear is always a good option here, but you really have to know what you are looking for if you don’t want to get a bad deal.  Some gear is easily testable and problems with it are pretty obvious.  Other …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 24, 2014

Six Tips For Complete Beginner Digital DJs

Old DJs do not need to be warned about the pitfalls of DJing.  New DJs would be better off if they asked more questions and did more listening than anything else.  There are simple things to watch out for that can improve or degrade a mix.  Amateurs often overlook the simplest details in the search to create a stunning mix.  When you draw or paint a picture, the medium and tools you use will dictate how well you can convey when your mind wants to draw.  There is no difference when mixing.  If you start with mp3’s that are bootleg quality, it makes even the perfect transition that much less enjoyable.  This also adds more difficult when dealing with volumes, which are paramount when it comes to mixing.

How and when to use headphones can be tough for a beginner, because there is no one true method to getting this …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 24, 2014

Getting to know you and your turntable habits

If you discovered the type of gear your favorite DJ uses to spin when he or she is not in the public eye – you might be surprised.  Everyone can assume that the top DJs always have the best gear in the same way the top military uses the best equipment – but not every DJ needs to own the best to be the best.  In fact, there are many DJs who you could call stubborn.  These are the guys that are still scratching with their 20 year old Vestax mixer, simply because it has a place in their heart.  Perhaps there are used to the feeling of dirty and grime in the cracks.  New mixers lack this and feel too different to be usable.

What turntables a DJ uses are actually a pretty big deal.  Often, it will speaker more about that DJ’s character over anything else.  The worst …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 24, 2014

Quacktor Scratch

How does a factory that produces vinyl records keep up with the changing times?  In essence, making a vinyl record is like making a samurai sword – the methods have not changed in years.  There is no magical printer than can create records from the ground up.  They start out as raw materials and are pressed into their final form using large machines and plate samples.  Control Vinyl seems like it would be the end of vinyl record sales, since a DJ would not feel inclined to buy multiple copies at a time.  But even with this, there are still some strategies to keep the vinyl market game quite fresh.

One tactic is simply to make it look more appealing.  Black is the natural color for a record, but adding new pigments and color schemes gives us a reason to buy more than one copy of the same exact thing.  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 23, 2014

Limited Edition Serato Red Bull Thre3Style vinyl

Love it or hate it, DJ battles that allow a contestant to use any format they wish are becoming the new metric by which DJs are measured.  I would say that even to this day, there are camps of DJs who purposely divide themselves up by skills and style.  Turntablists might only stick to their crowd, because they fear that they cannot handle the set matching skills of a club DJ.  Conversely, the club DJ cannot garner much attention without a crowd – because he or she is judged with a different ruler when only advanced DJs are around.  Either way, both types of DJs realize the importance of not overspecializing in one category or another.

The Redbull 3Style competition is a great proving ground to see who the best of both worlds is.  On one hand, technical skills give rise to the amount of IQ or style a person …