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Livestreaming DJ Sets in 2020: A Complete How-To Guide

Par Dan White
Live Streaming DJ Sets in 2020

In the last two weeks, the world has seen a massive increase in the amount of DJ sets streamed to the internet. With clubs across the world shuttering their doors and artists staying home, many have taken to sharing their own creative expressions via livestream. Before you dive into streaming DJ sets, make sure you […]

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Embracing Lockdown: How DJs + producers are protecting their mental well-being

Par Matty Adams
Embracing Lockdown

Everyone in the dance music community has felt the impact of social isolation and a global shutdown. In today’s article, guest contributor Matty Adams has talked to nine DJs around the world about how they’re prioritizing their mental health and adjusting to our new reality. The current world isn’t easy for dance music Staring down […]

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DJs Unemployed by Coronavirus: Now What?

Par Matthew Takata
Unemployed by Coronavirus

One of the biggest events in the past 50 years is unfolding right now: COVID-19 is putting millions of lives at risk, shutting down the global economy, and bringing the live event industry to a grinding halt. This is probably the most devastating event to take place in the lives of most career DJs. What’s […]

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4 simple things DJs and producers can do to thrive in isolation

Par Ean Golden

For the last 6 months, I’ve been living a life that in many ways mimics the challenging scenario many of us face now. Through that time, and in the last 20 years of working as a independent artist, I’ve developed a simple set of disciplines that have allowed me to thrive in the world when […]

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Coronavirus Fears Rattle The Dance Music Industry In 2020

Par Dan White
Coronavirus fears hit the dance music community

We’ve seen dramatic cancellations of big festivals – first Ultra, Tomorrowland Winter, and just today, SXSW has been called off. The reality is that these festivals and similar scale events have become what drives a lot of the dance music industry forward – and a fear of public gatherings could have huge impacts on DJs, […]

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Pioneer DJ Just Got Sold To Noritsu, A Photo Printer Manufacturer

Par Dan White

Remember how last year, Pioneer DJ looked like it was getting ready for a sale? They even rebranded the company that owns Pioneer DJ and Pioneer Pro Audio into “AlphaTheta”. Now, the massive investment firm KKR (who bought most of Pioneer DJ from Pioneer Electronics in 2015) is selling ownership of the company to Noritsu, […]

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Behringer’s Fake New Product Is An Attack On Good Journalism

Par Dan White
behringer cork sniffer

What happens when a music technology company decides to act childishly in response to an article they don’t like? In the case of Behringer, a satirical product announcement video has been making the rounds this morning. The device shown, the “Kirn Corksniffer” (did a teenage boy come up with this idea?) directly attempts to admonish […]

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QBert on the Photon Fader, his studio gear, and his favorite decade of drums to sample

Par Alex Amaro
qbert-photon-fader-header

What makes a legendary artist in the DJ community? Often it’s having a lasting impact – and QBert continues to do that. In today’s interview from DJTT guest contributor Alex Amaro, Q talks about his most recent projects, his studio gear, and more. Read on. Who is QBert? QBert is part of a select few […]

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How I Play: Satori

Par Ean Golden

When a producer makes the move from DJ to live performer, interesting things happen. In today’s new How I Play video, we’re sharing a behind-the-booth, onstage interview with Satori. In the video, Satori shares a ton of insight into how he’s able to manipulate his performance in real time, reacting to the crowd and the […]

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Traktor Pro 3.3.0 is coming with XDJ-1000MK2 support, Kontrol S2/S3 get MIDI mode

Par Dan White
Traktor Pro 3.3 Public Beta adds XDJ-1000MK2 support

In Native Instruments’ “Traktor Pro Public Beta Test” forum, there’s been a fair amount of activity since early January. The news is that Traktor Pro 3.3 is coming out in the near future, and a number of new features and bug fixes are included – including XDJ-1000MK2 support. At the same time, two controllers finally […]

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DJTT Loves You: 10% Off + exclusive swag in our store this week only

Par Dan White
DJTT Loves You

We started a tradition a few years ago at DJTT where each February, we’d do something cool in our store. This year, we’re offering a 10% off discount for a few days, and exclusive 2020 swag packs with every single order. Keep reading for the details. DJTT <3s You: Limited Edition Swag + Coupon This […]

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XDJ-XZ will get full Virtual DJ 2020 support (including On-Device Waveforms)

Par Dan White
XDJ-XZ with Virtual DJ 2020

The XDJ-XZ, Pioneer DJ’s most recent all-in-one release, has created mixed emotions for a lot of DJs. It’s got those full-sized platters, jog displays, and four channel mixer – but it’s lacking more than two standalone channels (two channels are for external inputs – which includes Rekordbox DJ on a computer). Today the news is […]

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Nightmares In Clubland: Spryte’s Worst DJ Gig Ever

Par Matthew Takata

Every DJ loves to talk about their very best nights behind the decks…but what about when things horribly wrong? We regularly get a veteran club DJs to talk about their dreaded “worst night ever” on the job. This month, we caught up with LA’s very own DJ Spryte. Many open format DJs can scratch acceptably, […]

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TDJ ONE: a ridiculous tape-player mod of a CDJ

Par Dan White

We’ve seen some amazing mods of CDJs in the past, but this one takes the cake: a pair of CDJs modified into tape players. This might not be the CDJ-3000, but in the absence of Pioneer DJ announcing any new gear besides a 6-channel mixer, we’ll have to keep ourselves entertained with this. TDJ One […]

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What the Big Five Personality Traits can tell you about what kind of DJ you are

Par Matthew Takata
DJ personality types

What type of DJ you are might highly relate to your personality. Learn the five personality traits and what they have to do with your DJ life

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Phase to get rid of the need for audio cables in forthcoming update for Serato users

Par Dan White
Phase Serato wireless demo at MWM NAMM 2002

In an upcoming firmware update to the Phase wireless scratch system, DJs will no longer have to use audio cables to send signal into their DJ software. Instead, only a single USB data cabe is needed to send a control from the Phase receiver box into Serato DJ Pro. Goodbye RCA Cables? When you’re already […]

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The Rane Seventy: a new battle mixer designed to directly compete with the DJM-S9

Par Dan White

InMusic is on a roll with product releases this NAMM. Rane DJ is the next brand inside of the company to roll something out: the Rane Seventy mixer.  Look, we know the spec sheet already leaked over the weekend and everyone knew this release was coming. What we didn’t know was that Rane teamed up […]

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SC6000 + SC6000M Prime: Denon DJ Just Announced An Even Better Prime Player

Par Dan White

Two new media players from Denon DJ take the best things about the Prime series media players and make them even better. Meet the SC6000 Prime and SC6000M Prime, two new units that have been just announced by Denon DJ moments ago. As we noted yesterday, it’s NAMM season. NAMM 2020 officially kicks off next […]

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Cue Points That DJs Should Set On Every Track: DJ Fundamentals

Par Ean Golden

What prep tool can every DJ do on their tracks before they play them? Cue points! They’re a powerful tool for both planned mixes and on-the-fly routines. In this DJ Fundamentals video, Ean shares the cue points that he thinks every DJ should be setting on tracks. Watch and enjoy! Critical Cue Points to Set […]

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Review: Does Roland’s DJ-707M Offer The Best Toolkit For Mobile DJs?

Par DJ Soo
Roland DJ-707M Review

Some of the best tools are bespoke – custom-designed for specific uses. In today’s article, we look at Roland’s latest DJ controller, the DJ-707M, which aims to fill as many needs as possible for mobile DJs. Is it a solid choice, and how well do the mobile DJ-focused features work? DJTT contributor DJ Soo investigates […]

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Sonarworks Reference 4: Can A Plugin Improve Your Mixdowns?

Par Matthew Takata

As a music producer, there are few parts of your process more crucial than your mixdown phase. No matter what genre you’re in, properly balancing each element in your original productions can mean the difference between a club killing track and a dancefloor flop. We were highly intrigued to hear about a plugin that claims […]

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Review: Kali Audio Mountain View Bluetooth Input Module

Par Markkus Rovito
Review - Kali Audio MV-BT Bluetooth module

if you’d like to add Bluetooth audio compatibility to your existing setup, Kali Audio has a low-cost dedicated module for you: the MV-BT. This review examines the unit’s audio quality, performance, and value.

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Go inside Richie Hawtin’s DJ booth with his CLOSER app

Par Dan Cole
Richie Hawtin CLOSER DJ app

Richie Hawtin’s new DJ app brings you into the mix and gives you control. But does it matter?

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Tagging Tracks: Ean’s Organizational System For His DJ Library

Par Ean Golden
Organizing tracks in a DJ library with #tags

Ean is back with another episode of DJ Fundamentals – this time looking specifically at DJ music library organization. Tagging tracks is a great way to make finding great matches easy in the moment of a set. In this episode, Ean shares his tagging techniques. Instead of making hundreds of playlists for each mixing situation, […]

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Is virtual reality the future of DJing?

Par Dan Cole
Is DJing in VR the future of DJing?

The next era of DJ technology is being built, one that exists in a new, interactive online world. But what impact will VR DJing really have, and how it will affect the way in which we interact with DJ culture?

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Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-XZ: Two Decks Standalone, Two Other Channels As Inputs

Par Dan White
Pioneer DJ's XDJ-XZ

We’ve been staring down the barrel of a new Pioneer DJ piece of gear for the last few weeks. Today we finally are getting to see the XDJ-XZ, a brand new standalone and controller hybrid unit. The big surprise: instead of being 4 decks standalone, this unit runs as two decks standalone, and two as […]

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DJ Fundamentals: How Phrasing Can Make or Break a DJ Mix

Par Ean Golden

For new DJs, phrasing is a challenging concept to grasp. Even for practiced musicians, the idea of layering songs on top of one another isn’t the easiest to explain, so in today’s video, Ean breaks it down. Learn how to count phrases, and how to practically apply them in different genres for creative results. In […]

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Spleeter: Signal Separation Tool Trained on Deezer’s Library is Pretty Impressive

Par Dan White

We’re written about signal separation before – it’s the process of taking a finished work (a track, for instance) and separating up into its parts (stems). We’ve seen a number of academic and commercial attempts at advancing music signal separation forward, but most of them take a fair amount of tweaking, additional processing, or have […]

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Confirmed: An XDJ-XZ All-In-One Will Soon Be Announced

Par Dan White

It’s rare that Pioneer DJ gear gets confirmed before it is announced, but a tip from friend of DJTT Teo Tormo today shows that an XDJ-XZ will be released by Pioneer DJ. Keep reading for what we know so far. Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ Confirmed The confirmation has come from two places – from Pioneer DJ’s […]

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