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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 6, 2012

Recording DJ Mixes: How To Do It Right and Why It Matters

Recording “live” is an overlooked procedure than certain DJs fail to see as important.  However, experienced DJs understand the need to record and critique themselves constantly – it’s difficult to absorb your final result when you’re only listening to the cued deck of the next song.  More importantly, recording live mixes are an essential part of creating a mixtape which can be used to share with others and to help promote yourself as a working DJ.

Djtechtools lays down the basics when it comes to recording live audio.  Recording can be done with little more than your computer or DVS, but can also be achieved with great results using a high-end digital audio recorder if need be.  They also discuss the basics of digital audio recording and how to avoid fatal errors such as audio clipping.…

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
April 25, 2012

The Evolution Of DJ Culture

In 1935 the term “disc jockey” was used to describe the first radio announcer to become a star, Martin Block.  Since then the disc jockey or “DJ” has been defined in as many different ways as there are now styles of music, technique, performance, and technology.  I became a DJ nearly thirty years ago and I have seen the culture change and evolve in many ways.  From my humble beginnings playing at family parties, making mix-tapes for dance routines, and travelling as a performing artist and entertainer through the nineties, I have witnessed how DJs affect and influence a generation of fans and dance music enthusiasts all over the world.

The culture associated with being a DJ is one of unique style or fashion, extravagance, excess, and fame.  Today some of the most successful and heralded DJs are idolized by millions of fans worldwide.  They are considered to be …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
April 18, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 2

There are a few different schools of thought that exist these days in the DJ universe when it comes to using a DJ controller.  I touched on some of these in Part 1 from my own point of view and personal experiences having made the switch just less than 2 years ago.  The debate over the use of a DJ controller versus using either turntables with vinyl, CDJs with CDs, or a DVS has provoked much thought and discussion over the past few years, but continues to gather momentum as controllers evolve and become more prominent among touring professional DJs.

To be fair, the founding father of controllerism, Moldover, is considered to be more of a pure controllerist rather than a DJ.  He created the art form, based on the need to perform and live produce as a musician, going far beyond the expectations of conventional DJing through the …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
February 2, 2012

Bold Predictions How DJing Will Change in 2012

As we start a new year it’s hard not to reflect on what we have accomplished in years past, but yet it’s harder still to try and predict what this wonderful world of DJing has in store for us in 2012.  I see a major change in my musical direction, albeit more of a 90′s revival of sorts for me personally, integrating more of my original music in my sets as well as playing less dubstep for dubstep’s sake.  It’s over anyway, Bieber made it so by simply uttering the words “dubstep” from his magical mouth when asked about his new record.  Of course, I’m kidding.  ANYWAY, here are some bold predictions for 2012:

The Diminishing  State Of The Internet Free-Jay Nation

There have been some new developments concerning the use of online file sharing sights now that SOPA and PIPA have everyone talking, and online sites like MegaUpload and …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
December 9, 2011

Adding Value To Your DJ Set-Up

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 …