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Beatport Will Remove Tracks That Have Never Sold

Par Dan White
Beatport is removing unsold tracks

Everyone in the electronic music industry knows there’s dramatically more music being released than there is music that people want to listen to or DJ with. But what happens when one of the biggest online stores for digital music starts pruning their collection? Starting late this year, Beatport is starting a “yearly storage clean-up procedure” […]

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Roland Launches DJ-707M, A $999 Hybrid Controller and Live Sound Audio Console

Par Dan White
Roland DJ-707M

What happens when a company decides they want to really pay attention to the demands of mobile DJs when releasing a product? Today, Roland is announcing their new DJ-707M, which is being touted as a four-channel Serato DJ Pro controller with features that you might find on live sound audio consoles and loudspeaker management systems. […]

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What’s The Best Beginner DJ Gear in 2019? Let’s Discuss.

Par Dan White

What makes a great piece of beginner DJ gear? In today’s article, we’ll dive into a few ideas about starter DJ equipment and seek to provide a clear path for a DJ who – today – says they want to start DJing. The Needs Of A Beginner DJ There’s a number of things to take […]

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Interview: Kim Ann Foxman Shares Her Perspective on DJing

Par Angel Bali
Kim Ann Foxman DJing

Continuing our series of quick DJ vignettes, we’re back with another quick interview. This time, Hawaii-born multi-talented DJ and producer Kim Ann Foxman (Firehouse Records) shares her views on DJing, creating balance when touring, and staying true to herself. We had a chance to ask a few questions, so tap the video below to listen […]

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Personal Finance Tips For DJs: An In-Depth Guide

Par Matthew Takata

Working DJs are often entrepreneurial individuals who wish to avoid the path of a standard 9-5 job. Being a disk jockey allows anyone who is genuinely ambitious and passionate about music to have an exciting career that can provide a very comfortable income. But make no mistake. As a freelancer, you must take total charge […]

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Smart Music Shopping Tips for DJs: Dig For Music With Intention

Par Amanda Gerstle

Today, new contributor Amanda shares an amazing article focused on doing smarter shopping for music for your DJ sets. These are practical strategies that you can apply when you next go hunting for tracks on Beatport, Traxsource, Bandcamp, and so on. We’ve all been there. You buy a grip of new music that you’re sure […]

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Nightmares in Clubland: Justin Nyce’s Worst Gig Ever

Par Matthew Takata

DJ Techtools regularly sits down with a veteran club DJ to ask them about their “worst night ever” at the club. While Justin has been a staple on the East Coast for over 10 years, he’s most commonly seen bouncing back and forth between his home state of Ohio and Las Vegas. With residencies all […]

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Shakeups, Layoffs – What’s Happening At Native Instruments?

Par Dan White

What’s happening at Native Instruments? Over the last week, a number of sources have shared news of significant layoffs at Native Instruments. Specifically, according to sources close to the company, around 100 people were let go last Thursday – many of whom seemed to have been focused on hardware development. September 4th Update: NI have released […]

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NI Confirms 20% Layoffs, Plans New “Unified Platform” for Digital Music Production, New Traktor Controller

Par Dan White
NI Statement on Layoffs, One Native, New Traktor Controller

You might have heard that Native Instruments just went through a massive, tumultuous layoff cycle last Thursday. While we’ve heard from a number of individuals who have been impacted by these cuts, we weren’t expecting to hear any official statement from Native Instruments – but they’ve sent along a statement to clarify the rumors. The […]

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DDJ-400 Gets Algoriddim djay Support + DDJ-400-S Silver Edition

Par Dan White
Pioneer DJ's DDJ-400-S using Algoriddim djay Pro and Spotify

We recently touted the DDJ-200 as a great buy for beginner DJs because of the access to streaming libraries (making it a low investment way to start DJing), but now the DDJ-400 is getting similar functionality. Algoriddim’s popular djay iOS app will now support the DDJ-400. This is a simple compatibility update – essentially unlocking […]

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Rekordbox 5.6.1 adds Beatport LINK and Soundcloud Go+ streaming libraries

Par Dan White
Rekordbox adds Soundcloud Go+ and Beatport LINK streaming

Today’s streaming music library news comes from Pioneer DJ, who are announcing a new version of Rekordbox DJ 5.6.1 – which adds Beatport LINK and Soundcloud Go+ libraries to the app. The What happens when you completely remove limitations of how many tracks you own, and make it about the tracks you know/can find? That’s […]

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Will “The End Of iTunes” Break DJ Software in macOS 10.15 Catalina?

Par Dan White
Apple Music app replaces iTunes in Catalina

Since the macOS Catalina was announced in June, many DJs have expressed serious concern about potentially losing one of the most commonly used organizational tools: iTunes playlists. iTunes is set to disappear from macOS in 10.15 Catalina (due to be released next month) and will be released by a new app, simply called Music. In […]

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Promoters + Clubs Paying Boiler Room Licensing Fees For “Non-Broadcast” Branded Parties

Par Anon
Boiler Room asking clubs to pay licensing fees?

What happens when you have a highly recognizable brand and you want to monetize it more? This article spotlights an instance of party branding that might have gone too far (we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments). There are new Boiler Room-branded parties, without any associated livestream broadcast, that local clubs and promoters […]

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Virtual DJ 2020 Launches With New UI, Beatport Link, an Event Scheduler, and more

Par Dan White
Virtual DJ 2020

This past weekend, Atomix launched a brand new version of their DJ software, Virtual DJ 2020. The biggest change in the new update is visual: the team has completely redesigned the DJ software’s interface with a more modern look. Keep reading to learn more about the other big updates, including Beatport Link streaming music, an […]

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Traktor Team Shares Update: Legacy Controllers on Traktor DJ 2, Catalina support for TP3, New hardware

Par Dan White
An update from the Traktor team in 2019

If you’re a Traktor DJ, or have been recently, it can be hard to read some of the more dire-sounding news recently from the Native Instruments HQ. But today, a message was posted by Friedemann Becker- one of the leads of the Traktor team – sharing more details around what’s underway. Keep reading for the […]

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How Yotto Approaches DJ Gigs, Sets, and Mixing

Par Harold Heath
Yotto DJing

Finnish DJ and recording artist Yotto specialises in the clean, precise house music that exists in the space between deep and progressive. One of Anjuna’s breakout acts, his productions get plays from DJs including Sasha, Laurent Garnier, Annie Mac, and Jamie Jones and he has lent his remixing skills to artists like Gorillaz, Coldplay and […]

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DDJ-XP2: Pioneer DJ’s New Controller Unlocks Powerful Rekordbox and Serato DJ Functionality

Par Dan White

Say hello to the DDJ-XP2 – this is a new accessory controller designed for use in either the Rekordbox/CDJ ecosystem or alongside Serato DJ Pro. The controller not only maintains the original functionality of the DDJ-XP1, but also adds a ton of new exclusive features in each of the softwares it works with. Keep reading […]

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Beatsource (Beatport for Open Format DJs) Officially Launches Into Beta

Par Dan White

We covered the rebirth of Beatsource earlier this year, and now the music store has launched into beta. Beatsource is designed specifically for open format DJs who regularly play hip hop, top 40/pop, latin, dancehall and other similar genres. Beatsource: A Three Stage Launch What’s launched this week is is the first of three stages […]

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Read this before updating your DJ computer to Catalina! Wait For Serato/Traktor/Rekordbox Updates.

Par Dan White
Don't update to Catalina yet.

If you’re an early adopter, a DJ, and use a Mac, take note: iTunes is officially done in macOS Catalina, out today. The software is replaced with a music-only app, called simply Music (we’ll call it Music.app occasionally for clarity). One of the biggest issues is that this breaks a lot of DJ apps’ integrations […]

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Update To Catalina? Here’s How To Manually Export Your Music.app As XML

Par Dan White
Manual Music XML export in macOS Catalina

Yes, here’s another article in the thread of many about the release of macOS Catalina. We decided instead of only revising the previous article, more people might see this manual fix for the loss-of-connection between DJ software and the iTunes replacement, Music. Avid DJ music library management expert MixMasterG (the guy behind the many of […]

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Kontrol S3 Spotted In Traktor Pro 3.3 Public Beta

Par Dan White
Traktor S3 - Photoshop mockup, not a real image

Remember how the Native Instruments team promised there would be new Traktor hardware before the end of the year? There’s a chance that the first hints of that are coming true, with a new preferences menu appearing in the public beta release of Traktor Pro 3.3 reading “Traktor S3”: Sadly in the actual menu itself, […]

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Traktor Kontrol S3: The Middle Child For The MK3 Traktor Generation

Par Dan White

As we reported on last week, the Traktor Kontrol S3 is here. Today we can confirm the official announcement of the DJ controller. Native Instruments has sent over their confirmation and initial specs and photos, which seems to place the controller comfortably between the Kontrol S2 MK3 and Kontrol S4 MK3. Ean’s First Thoughts Want […]

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DJ Gear Predictions: Pioneer DJ Could Release a XDJ-RZ + XDJ-RB in 2020

Par Dan White

Just two months left in this decade, and one thing is clear in our industry: Pioneer DJ has absolutely dominated DJ gear sales. It begs some speculation: what will the company release in the coming year to keep competitors at bay? For today’s article, we speculate on two pieces of standalone, all-in-one hardware that we […]

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DJ Fundamentals: Using Delay Effects

Par Ean Golden

Ean’s back with the first video in his new series back on YouTube. In this video, he goes over some of the fundamentals behind using Delay. If you’ve ever wondered all of the ways in which delay works, what each parameter of it does in DJ software, and how to effectively deploy it in a […]

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Routine: SOUNTEC’s “Psycho Saiyaan” on Midi Fighter 3Ds

Par Dan White

We have long enjoyed SOUNTEC’s high-powered remixes on various pad and button controllers. This week he put out a brand new routine that’s a powerful remix of a Bollywood song, and is even including the project file for aspiring finger drummers to try themselves. Here’s the link for the project file download This two-handed routine […]

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How Well Do Those Spinning Platters Work? A Comprehensive SC5000M Review

Par DJ Soo
SC5000M Review

TL;DR – It’s the SC5000 with a spinning platter. Need more than that? Here’s an extensive review of the motorized jogwheel member of the Prime ecosystem. Since DJTT’s Dan White already wrote a comprehensive review of the original SC5000, this won’t be a full review of the unit. Rather it’s primarily a look at how […]

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Review: Hercules’ $199 DJControl Inpulse 300

Par Ean Golden

We rarely look all the way to the budget-minded controllers when thinking about DJing, but sometimes it’s important to think about the tools that new DJs have. In today’s sponsored review, DJTT founder Ean Golden takes a close look at the Hercules DJ Control Inpulse 300. DJControl Inpulse 300 The DJControl Inpulse 300 is a […]

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A Midi Fighter 64 Rigged Into An MPC Live, Plus Whitney Houston

Par Dan White

What happens when you combine three great things? In today’s featured routine video, Carl Rag is back with an amazing new live remix performance. He’s taking on Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”, and chopping it up on the Akai MPC Live, with a Midi Fighter 64 in tow as well. Watch the routine below: […]

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Serato DJ Pro Advanced Control Added To Denon DJ’s Prime 4, SC5000Ms

Par Dan White

What happens when two companies truly work together to build better experiences for DJs? Denon DJ and Serato seems to have done that with a new update for their entire Prime standalone line. The update adds Serato DJ Pro controller mode support to the Prime 4 and SC5000M. Serato DJ Pro “Controller Mode” On Prime […]

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DJ Fundamentals: Using Reverb To Make A DJ Mix Sing

Par Ean Golden

Ean returns with yet another video in his series on YouTube that’s focused on the fundamentals of DJ effects. This time, he’s focused in on reverb effects, and how – if used properly – they can make magic happen in your DJ mixes. Watch the video below to learn how reverb works in DJ software, […]

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