June 10, 2013
To many of us listeners out there, the radio is just another extension of an old way of getting the sound out over the air waves. It has had its time to revel in its glory, but it is no longer the primary or best way to receive sound information. It seems to have gone the same way as the newspaper, where we have it but don’t seem to care about it as much. The internet is a better source of news simply because it is faster and further reaching – but the newspaper still has the spotlight for local news and events taking place near home.
The radio would ultimately become a hard thing to reinvent. Over the years that people have been broadcasting over the airwaves, businesses and radio restrictions have really shaped the industry into what it is today. The current structure is much too rigid to …
May 29, 2013
Learning the art of mixing two songs together is not the hard part – the hard part is how you treat mixing in the long haul. Any DJ can easily listen to DJs mix on the radio and figure out exactly what they are doing by copying their sets. The hard part is understanding why those two songs were chosen in the first place. Did the DJ intentionally choose these tracks or was he paid to play them because the powers that be made it so? This is the fundamental problem that DJs must cope with once they have basic mixing and technique under their belt. The question is not how, but why.
Outsiders seemed to get caught up in the technique aspect rather than the style aspect, and it is easy to see why. Technique is what makes one skilled, but song selection merely makes them choosy. You need …
January 19, 2013
There are many different avenues for the DJ, as DJing itself is a multifaceted hobby and career. If you listen to hip-hop radio you are bound to hear DJs actually mixing music, as if they were in the club. Many of us got our start by hearing these guys mix music together on live air. Unfortunately, there are only a few stations that actually mix the songs that they want, and they are force to usually spin from a given set of music. There are also DJs who simply select songs rather than mix them – and these are becoming more common as they integrate their personality into their shows.
Mixing a radio show is harder than it seems as you have to deal with broadcast regulations as well as deal with equipment that you aren’t used to. A&H makes the ZED XB-14 unit which is basically an all-in-one solution …