January 21, 2014
Using effects in either a song or a mix can be a disaster if it hasn’t been thought out. Most of the time, the effects that are heard in produced music seem to sound so good – but this is because the producer had many tries to get it sounding the way he wanted it. For the DJ, performing live effects requires a balancing act of adding the right amount at the right time. The DJ has to be confident and have full control over their effects, or the intention can be destroyed. Many DJs who use effects in mixing know to use them only when they need to, since using them all the time makes the mix sound too artificial.
This school of thought is opposite to what many of the newer digital DJs intend on doing with the effects. They use them so frequently that it is as …
April 18, 2013
Do you ever wonder how genres become genres? There is no committee of people who judge the artifacts in a song, and there is never a panel of judges who vote as to what type of music the song fits under. This is something that is done culturally, and it not always the same element in a song that determines what its genre is. For example, dubstep is largely determined by its tempo, while something like hip-hop or funk usually does not stay around the same tempo. For DJs who like keeping their mixes in the same zone, a steady tempo is preferred – but those whose genres do not match tempos all the time have to deal with some drastic changes.
There are many techniques to hop from one tempo to another, like a clever meltdown effect or even a well timed echo effect – but these effects often …