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

Par Alex Amaro
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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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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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How to make a DIY Split Cue in (almost) any mixer

Par DJ Soo
DIY split cue for mixers that don't ahve it

Does your DJ mixer or controller not have split cue? Do you want to mix entirely inside of your headphones? It can be a challenge to be headphones-only and not have a split cue functionality, but in today’s article, DJ Soo shares a DIY trick for making your own using a small external mixer. DJing […]

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Blue Screen Vs. Green Screen: Which One Do You Need?

Par Charles Yeager

You've heard of green screens and their cousin, the blue screen. But what's difference? Compare blue screen vs green screen to decide which one you need.

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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Shooting Video Interviews with Two People at Once

Par Jourdan Aldredge

Plan accordingly, know the usual problems, and be ready to adjust on the fly: A guide to handling two people at once for sit-down video interviews.

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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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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When Things Go Wrong: How to Recover from Your Worst DJ Fails

Par Amanda Gerstle
Recovering from DJ fails

It’s comforting to think that with the right amount of preparation you can avoid making mistakes in front of other people when DJing. But there’s a cold undeniable truth — you can’t. It’s going to happen, it’s just something people don’t like talking about. It takes bravery to admit this truth, which is what made […]

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A Practical Guide to Dutch Angles and Tilted Framing

Par Rubidium Wu

Dutch angles, if used discreetly, add an aura of dread, as well as a sense that the world has gone askew. Let's take a look at how ...

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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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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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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Working with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci Resolve

Par Rubidium Wu

In this writeup, we'll take a look at the slow motion dexterity of DaVinci Resolve 16 — as well as its proficiency and economic potential.

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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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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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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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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Should You Use Audio Reactive Visuals?

Par Ryan Dejaegher

Today’s article is inspired by some questions around audio reactive visuals/effects in Resolume. Hi , so i VJ mostly on psytrance partys , and i find it difficult to use sound input for example in Resolume 5 as it just can’t distinct the beat or melodys in this style of music , it’s just too […]

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Using Ableton Link to Sync Resolume 6 with DJs

Par Ryan Dejaegher

Resolume 6 Beta was released last week and it added an amazing feature, Ableton Link. This feature makes it really easy to VJs to quickly sync to DJs and use BPM synced visual effects. If you work with DJs you’re going to love this. Today I’m going to explain what Ableton Link is, how it works, […]

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Organizing Your Resolume Clips With Smart Folders (macOS)

Par Ryan Dejaegher

One of the biggest challenges for VJs is organizing their VJ loops. Which files are encoded properly? How long are these clips? What’s the resolution? Unlike DJs, VJs don’t really have any software like iTunes that’s designed for organizing their media. This usually leaves VJs to organize their content using boring old folders, lame. Today […]

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New VJs: 5 Distractions That Actually Keep You From Starting

Par Ryan Dejaegher

There are a lot of threads from new VJs asking about the best way to get started VJing. While some of the advice may be useful, it can quickly become an overwhelming avalanche of information. What’s Projection Mapping?? Midi vs. OSC?? Is there a standard when it comes to VJing?? Instead of giving you more things to learn, I’m […]

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Should You Stop VJing With Beeple Clips?

Par Ryan Dejaegher

Should VJs Use Beeple Clips? “No Beeple. Unless it’s a clip he released this week or you can really hide it. Everybody’s using those clips and have used them forever.” There are some interesting comments whenever Beeple is brought up for VJ Loops. Go on forums and you’ll notice lots of VJs start out by […]

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