August 19, 2013
A beginner DJ system is cheap for a good reason – and that is because beginners have enough to deal with, let alone paying a high price for a chance to learn how to spin. Coming from background where a DJ had to use two turntables and a mixer, starting off with a MIDI controller is actually pretty inexpensive when you get down to the details. Still, it involves some sort of investment that some aren’t willing to take in order to give it all a “try”. With the success of artists like Skrillex, producers are learning that it doesn’t take money to either DJ or produce music. It only takes time.
For that reason, Ableton has become a great starting ground for DJs who want to mix music without dealing with any sort of extra hardware. It is completely possible to go this route – but it is not …
November 7, 2012
Pioneer has certainly been busy in the past few months releasing a series of controllers that fit the needs of different DJ’s from the active professional controllerist like the Pioneer DDJ-SX, to the casual, mobile, bedroom DJ with the Pioneer XDJ-Aero. The Pioneer DDJ-WeGO falls into the latter category with all of the features that you can come to expect from an affordable DJ controller, but with the build quality and attention to detail that comes from Pioneer DJ products. Some DJ’s may scoffingly wave this controller off or wonder why Pioneer, the company responsible for the most used professional DJ equipment, would release a controller like this. Others will view this as a release from a company looking to capitalize on a flourishing low priced DJ controller market. The fact of that matter is that the DDJ-WeGO is made for the beginner or mobile DJ looking to pick up …
October 10, 2012
Trainwrecking a DJ set is the equivalent of crashing two trains together on a single railroad track – but instead of death and destruction, you get the equivalent of a sledge hammer to the ear. Much like grinding a gear in a stick shift car, even the best and most practiced DJs occasionally wreck a mix, and struggle to find ways to control the damage they have created.
Luckily, having a nice effects panel or an effects unit such as the KP3 can offer you a few ways to clean up a mess. Clever use of the filter or delay/echo’s on the outgoing track can essentially mask your error. A skillful backspin or “meltdown” can also help you make your transform your abrupt transition into to something more deliberate.…
October 1, 2012
A reader over at DigitalDjtips asked the question, “How Can I DJ The Music I love?”. This is one of those political questions that polarized the DJ community. On one hand, a DJs job is the please the crowd – and that crowd is going to have their own taste in music. On the other hand, having no interest in the music you’re required to play really hacks away at your love for the art.
Their suggestions basically amount to what we’ve all heard before: Learn to mix well, and then incorporate your own musical tastes while showing your enthusiasm for the music. I will say that this: It is easier said than done – and you’ll be lucky to find the right crowd that supports your divergence from the mainstream. Injection your own personality into music that isn’t popular is an art form in itself.…
September 25, 2012
Of all the different types of DJs out there, few probably enjoy their job as much as the cruise ship DJ. Most mobile DJs or club DJs have had the stressful experience of loading up gear and preparing for a long sets in seedy environments. The club might be fast paced and exciting, but it’s also filled with unruly drunk dancers and a serious lack of oxygen.
Obviously, a cruise ship has perks that neither the club nor a house can provide. Exotic locations and cruise ship amenities are a few to speak of. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s an easier job. Being stuck on a ship for a month at time requires some serious preparation – and an understanding that your crowd is not the typical clubbing group.…