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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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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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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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 […]
Now that your edit is complete and ready for delivery, there's one step left. Exporting a finished video with Premiere Pro is a required skill in any ...
Hurry up and film like a crazy person, or take your time? In this article, we examine both approaches to no-budget short film production.
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” […]
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting gear we think is awesome. It’ll include some solid new pieces of production, performance, and DJing equipment. Up first is the Arturia MicroFreak, a powerful hardware synth that, at the price point, is incredibly unique. We added the MicroFreak to the DJTT store a few months ago, […]
If you’re a music producer, sometimes you want to be able to crank out ideas quickly in your DAW. For beginner producers, aside from scrolling through and loading device presets, it can be intimidating to make your own instruments from scratch. In this video, producer Peaks of Valleys does some really great speedy sound design […]
The Traktor Kontrol S4 MK3 is great, but you know what would make it way better? Real moving waveforms, just like a CDJ! One intrepid modder, Joe Easton, has released a $5 mod that allows DJs to use moving waveforms, zoom level, and browser view (including key) on the S4MK3. See a quick video of […]
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There’s a new version of Traktor Pro 3.2 that’s just been released this morning by Native Instruments. The update is focused primarily on adding features that improve harmonic mixing / key matching functionalities. The new features that help this include a new time-stretching algorithm, a new Key Lock and matching widget, and a new deck […]
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Ever wonder what folks at Pioneer DJ, Soundcloud, Denon DJ, Beatport, Dubset, and more think about the future of music in DJ booths? This year at IMS Ibiza, we got to see an awesome panel discussion on “Streaming In The DJ Booth”. A number different music and DJ-oriented companies were represented, and we asked IMS […]
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For many producers, synthesis is at the core of their creative process. Being able to program and create sounds a number of different hardware or software synths is a skill that pays massive dividends, but can often be a hard space to get started in. As a follow on to Learning Music, a browser-based music […]
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What’s the best hardware to use with Rekordbox FX? A lot of the functionality of the Rekordbox DJ software is locked away. In this article, DJTT contributor Teo Tormo shares how he has unlocked some of the power features of Rekordbox DJ’s effects, and even made it possible to control the effects with an RMX-1000 […]
The Stanton Warriors are English DJ and production duo Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley. Many DJTT readers are familiar with this pair, who specialise in party-friendly, bass music bangers. They’re long-time DJs as well – DJing and producing for over 20 years. We had a chance to talk with Dominic for a bit to hear […]
Today at WWDC 2019 (Apple’s annual developer conference) we heard the first official news about a much-talked about development to music management: the end of iTunes. We wrote about this in April, and it’s true: in the upcoming macOS Catalina release, iTunes is no more. The OS will instead come with three apps that replace […]
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Ableton Live 10.1 gets a full release today, with a substantial number of new features that producers can get excited about. The update is free, having gone through several months of public beta testing after being announced back in February Live 10.1’s New Features The new 10.1 update released today has a number of new […]
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More and more electronic producers are closing their laptops and opening charge accounts to pay for modular synthesizers, samplers, and the like. With hardware production and performance on the rise, Pioneer DJ has stepped forward with the new TORAIZ SQUID multitrack sequencer for composing with and syncing to all manner of analog and MIDI hardware, […]
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Previously, I’ve covered the importance of having great contracts for mobile gigs some key language and provisions in your contract to legally keep you and your client in check. If you didn’t read that yet, you can catch up here. In part 2, I’m diving into the next set of important literature you need to […]
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Watch a DJ scratch with Phase using a fan, a scooter wheel, a microwave, and more.
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There are a few tricks to filming in natural fog. Here's what you need to know to protect your gear and get the shot you want.
iTunes may soon be splitting into individual apps - what do DJs need to know?
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At weddings and other events, some really basic uplighting can make an event feel incredibly more immersive. In today's article, veteran mobile DJ Jon Strader shares his advice on uplighting at mobile gigs.
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Do you aspire to DJ in unique places? As the weather starts getting nicer in the spring, I’ve heard from many DJs who want to start throwing their own outdoor parties. Hilltops, rooftops, parks, forests – they’re all begging for you to set up a basic DJ setup and mix tracks with a few friends. […]
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The best parts of Serato Sample and Serato DJ have merged into one formidable production tool. Have you ever felt like your DJ skillset just doesn’t translate over to production? Do you wish that making edits and tracks was a little bit more like mixing music? Serato Studio is Serato’s new production application, and with […]
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If you’re a DJ that plays open format gigs and looking to freshen up your library, where do you go in 2019? In the past, it might have made sense to find out what the Billboard top-charting tracks for a country are, but what if you could go even more local? Thanks to a tool […]
The key to an efficient product shoot is knowing which lights and what camera movement will deliver on your client's expectations.
Have a big gig this weekend that you're performing at? If you're using a Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2, Maschine Sstudio, or a Komplete Kontrol S-Keyboard in your setup and running Windows machine, you might have a big issue on your hands if the latest update was installed. Keep reading for details.
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Want a drive that works with everything? Want to convert from Rekordbox USB drive to Traktor Pro (and more)? The DJ Conversion Utility has a new update that has the ability to make powerful cross-software conversions.
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DJTT founder Ean Golden shares his insights on producing his new album, and how he discovered why using an AI mastering tool might actually be the best way for smaller artists to finish their tracks.
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