How To Make Beats – Five Great Tools

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The question of how to make beats is one that is asked regularly – here are five tools to get started… Beat creation has, in some musical genres, become separate sub-section of modern production. There are some legendary pioneers of this area of music, most notably the late, great J-Dilla. If you’re new to production,… Read More

Using Cuepoints In Your DJ Set

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Using Cuepoints when DJ-ing is one of the biggest advantages of a digital set-up- here are 5 great ways to use them Digital DJ-ing brought with it a bounty of features that weren’t possible with vinyl. Many of these related to the fact that digital mediums were able to jump instantly from one point in… Read More

What Are Hot Cues?

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If you’re new to DJing, or honed your skills on vinyl, hot cues might be a mystery – here’s what they do… When DJ equipment started to move from traditional, vinyl based rigs, to digital setups, a whole raft of new features started to appear- Hot Cues were one such feature. All DJ’s were familiar… Read More

What Is Audio Latency?

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What is audio latency? – We look at what causes it, and how to fix it Audio latency is the scourge of the recording world. Wherever there is computer-based recording, you’ll hear talk of it. If you’re new to recording and music tech, you might well wonder what it is, and why it’s such a… Read More

How To Plan A DJ Set

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Regardless of the gig, you need to know how to plan a DJ set – here are some tips how to do it… Like any performance, planning underpins a DJ gig to varying degrees, so if you want to perform well, you really need to know how to plan a DJ set. It might seem… Read More

How To Sort Your DJ Library

How to Organise Your DJ Library

You’ve got a DJ Library stuffed full of great tunes – but what’s the best way of organising it? Back in the days when vinyl or CD was the medium of choice for the gigging DJ, carrying a whole DJ library to the gig was no a possibility. Instead, the DJ would plan what they… Read More

5 Ways To Breath New Life Into Your DJ Set

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If you feel your DJ set has been re-treading old ground of late, here’s 6 ways to freshen it up… Regardless of the gear you are currently using to perform your DJ set, you’d be hard-pressed to ignore the digital revolution that’s taken place in the DJ World in recent years. Performance moved from vinyl… Read More

XDJ-Aero Tutorial Videos Published

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Pioneer has revealed a range of XDJ-Aero Tutorial videos via its YouTube channel YouTube is a colossal resource, with instructional videos of every kind, and now thanks to Pioneer, a range of XDJ-Aero tutorial videos have added to this. The XDJ-Aero was one of the biggest new products of 2012, revolutionising the DJ world by… Read More

How to DJ – A Beginners Guide, Part 4

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In part 4 of ‘How to DJ’, we cover another key DJ skill – beat matching It’s time to continue our ‘How to DJ’ guide once again. In part 4 of this guide, we continue talking about the basic DJ techniques that you will need to hone your live sets or gigs, whether they are… Read More

How to DJ – A Beginners Guide, Part 3

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In part 3 of ‘How to DJ’, we take the first steps towards creating a mix In parts 1 and 2 of the ‘How to DJ’ series, we covered the different media available to the DJ, and the pros and cons of each, and the different gear you might need for each format. Now it’s… Read More