March 29, 2013
Portable digital audio devices are great for listening on the go, and even if you don’t like using one, you hardly have a choice in the matter. What else are you going to use? I suppose you could break out your old CD player and put that on, but do you really want to be caught dead using it? This is sort of the trade of we get from shrinking down the sizes of hardware while advancing technology at the same time; something has to give. As far as music is concerned, the quality of the audio is actually is what has been chopped due to innovation.
When you save a music file into iTunes and then onto your iPod or iPhone – the format of the song needs to be changed. Apple uses their own format for digitally compressed audio, so you aren’t going to get good quality audio …
March 9, 2013
For digital DJs who use laptops, and that is most of us, one of the greatest limiting factors in the entire system is the hard drive speed and capacity. We are past the days when processors were unable to keep up with our amount of requests given to a computer at any point in time. The greatest bottlenecks come in the form of storage; short term and long term. An external hard drive has always been the friend, and sometimes the enemy of DJ looking to store music. While it offers capacity far above what the internal storage has to offer, it can be temperamental and can even fail if the external is bumped around too much.
Solid state memory has crept up behind spinning memory as a quicker and smaller alternative, but currently their capacity and price value puts it far below the curve of a spinning drive. …
October 16, 2012
So, which laptop is best for live DJ use? Answer: the one that works. I know this is another area of DJing where DJs tend to disagree, since we all have our perspective camps and brands. A strong argument has been made in favor of Macbooks or the Macbook Pro, since the likelihood of OSX crashing is far less than a Windows machine – but this doesn’t mean that a Mac can’t freeze up; they can as well.
A better way to approach this question is to look at laptops being sold right now, and figure out what combination of hardware works best. After all, it’s the sum of the parts that make the computer.…
September 26, 2012
Mac OS X music producers can finally rejoice as Sony’s latest announcement brings them one step closer to using Sound Forge Pro on the Mac. Sony’s latest video release features a reshaped interface and redesigned workflow – and the teaser also shows short scenes of the software running on an a Macbook Pro. …