December 19, 2012
DJ Shadow was kicked off the decks this past weekend at Mansion in Miami while spinning live in support of his All Bases Covered tour. By all accounts, some of those who paid thirty dollars to get in the door to see him didn’t actually care to see him. Pigeons and Planes probably put it best when theorizing that “the crowd was either not into his set or the promoters were just so amped to get their resident back on to drop more Top 40-inspired tracks that one walked right up to the decks and apparently asked Shadow to stop.” The same thing happened to Dennis Ferrer earlier in the year, as has been mentioned by almost anyone talking about this. I’ll leave it to all those other sources to elaborate on the silliness of booking these DJs if all you need is someone to throw Guetta and the party …
December 4, 2012
For better or worse, if you own an iPod, an iPhone, and brand spankin’ new Macbook Pro, then you’ve had some experience using iTunes. iTunes is not the preferred music player for many casual listeners because it takes up significantly more computer resources than the next best media player (I’m not referring to Windows Media Player here); however, many DJs have succumbed to its seduction due to its clever integration with popular DVS programs like Serato and Traktor. Since organizing playlists and songs within the DVS can be a bit of a headache, organizing your media using iTunes and importing your settings offers a quicker way to get things setup the way you like.
The iTunes 11 update has just been released, and since many of the graphical features have been changed, many DJs (and casual listeners) may be hesitant to make the upgrade. One very noticeable change is …
October 20, 2012
A digitaldjtips reader wrote in and asked a question that is probably on a lot of other people’s minds as well. The reader G is n older DJ who’s been out of the game for many years. Most of his collection consists of vinyl records; he already has his own system to organize and store his records – but he’s confused on how he should approach organization with digital files. He wants to know what media player or software is best for organizing, and if it’s better to store his files on an external hard drive.
iTunes or any other type of media player isn’t necessary to access and organize songs, however, the structure used to categorize music on iTunes is superb, and makes it easy to find song; by searching through its characteristics (Genre, Artist, etc). iTunes playlists are also directly compatible with DVS programs like Serato and Traktor, …
September 28, 2012
We have updated our Podcast format to include more in depth discussions on current trends in the music industry. Tune in this week as Paul, Taylor, and Jeremy discuss everything from last weekend’s Green Day meltdown to what John Lennon or Syd Barrett might have done in a spotify world.
Check us out on Stitcher! One of the best ways to get great podcasts.…
September 24, 2012
Archiving and organizing your digital playlists for Serato is really a defining characteristic of any DJ. Some prefer to meticulously micromanage each files by their genres, while other may be better off grouping songs by their historical significance. In either case, it is both time consuming and frustrating. The use of iTunes integration for Serato playlists was a good idea at the time, but iTunes has its own way of organizing music that creates tons of unnecessary subfolders.
Alchimie Zinc was created to resolve both of these issues. By examining both your root music folders and your Serato databases folder, it can bridge the gap between playlist creation and song organization.…