May 24, 2013
Does anybody still own a cassette tape deck, or a cassette tape for that matter? They are getting very hard to find. You’ll have a better chance of finding a VHS, CD, or even vinyl record player before you find a cassette. It is ironic because cassettes were around for longer than any of those other types of media (except for vinyl records), and magnetic tape is still being used in production studios all over the world. Could they ever possibly come back in style? We’ve seen artists releasing custom or limited editions of their albums with prized formats, such as vinyl records and even 8-tracks.
Sure, it may just be something to hang on to rather than use, but I can certainly see why many would go back to an old format just for the memories and the pride of knowing that you aren’t afraid to move backwards …
January 24, 2012
So, apparently the folks at Numark have met some DJs with pretty poor planning. I personally keep my set all on a hard drive alongside the rest of my library, but Numark picture DJs showing up to a show with their set spread across a series of thumb drives and iPods and CDs. This seems to have been the driving force behind the Mixdeck series and its capabilities. Now, I would take some kind of indignant stance and say “Hey, Numark, give us some credit, we put our iTunes on one drive at a time just like anyone else.” As it happens, the MixDeck has been very popular; so much for my indignation. It turns out a sizable amount of folks do have these kind of multimedia situations happening on the fly during their sets. I like to picture a DJ being fed his tunes like he/she works for a …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
December 9, 2011
There’s an abundance of music available at our fingertips via the internet and literally hundreds of ways to play it all as a DJ. Whether using turntables or CD players and mixer utilizing a laptop as a traditional DJ set-up or having a digital vinyl system, or DJ controller, there are many ways to spin these days. Almost anyone can do a little research online, frequent night clubs, raves, or house parties and decide they would like to start DJing. This is an amazing truth that will remain as long as dancing and dance music exists. But how can you differentiate yourself from the others? What are ways that you can make your sound unique without having to spend thousands of dollars on a super custom rig? Adding a unique sound to your mix can be difficult and expensive, but there are a number of great products out there under …