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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pro Tip: Exporting a Finished Video from Premiere Pro

Par Robbie Janney

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 ...

Should You Move Quickly or Take Your Time with a No-Budget Short?

Par Lewis McGregor

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.

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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Overview: Why We Dig Arturia’s MicroFreak

Par Josh Olds
Arturia Microfreak

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, […]

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Super Simple + Fast Sound Design In Ableton Live

Par Dan White

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 […]

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Traktor Mod Adds Moving Waveforms to S4MK3s Screen Display

Par Dan White

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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Traktor Pro 3.2 Out Now: Watch Chris Liebing Demo Better Harmonic Mixing In Traktor

Par Dan White
Chris Liebing demos Traktor Pro 3.2

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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Streaming Music: what the DJ industry really thinks

Par Dan White
What the DJ industry REALLY thinks of streaming music

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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Learning Synths: Ableton Will Teach You Synthesis In Your Browser

Par Dan White
Learning Synths - by Ableton

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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Hacking Rekordbox FX, and adding RMX-1000 control

Par Teo Tormo

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 […]

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DJing Tips from The Stanton Warriors

Par Harold Heath
Stanton Warriors DJ tips

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 […]

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iTunes discontinued in new macOS Catalina, less-bloated Apple Music app to replace it

Par Dan White
The End of iTunes, Apple Music takes over

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 10.1 Released: User Wavetables, Automation Shapes, Delay + Channel EQ

Par Dan White

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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How to Get The Best Results When Filming In Natural Fog

Par Lewis McGregor

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.

Quick Tips: Improving Your Product Shots and Commercials

Par Logan Baker

The key to an efficient product shoot is knowing which lights and what camera movement will deliver on your client's expectations.

Lens Tips: Doing the Work of Four Lenses with Only Two

Par John Rodriguez

Primes vs. zooms. Four lenses out of two. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when shopping for your first lenses.

Get Better Results Using LUTs with Lumetri Color in Premiere Pro

Par Charles Yeager

In this video tutorial, learn how to get the most out of your LUTs by using the Lumetri Color Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro — plus, free ...

New Filmmaker Tips For Using The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Par Lewis McGregor

If you're a new filmmaker taking your new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K out on its first shoot, here are a few settings and tips you need ...

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