DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
This time, we'll cover how you can maximise your productivity to get bookings even when you are asleep. There are loads of resources that when setup properly, require minimal extra effort to maintain and serve as a constant advertisement of your DJ services. The post 7 Ways To Get Gigs While You Sleep appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
The death of the MP3 file format was announced last week by none other than its creators. They said that MP3 has been surpassed by better, more efficient formats, such as Apple's AAC format, which is jockeying to become the de facto format for compressed music files. So what does that mean for DJs? We take a look... The post The MP3 Is Dead, Say Its Creators: What DJs Need To Know appeared first...

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
You might have already exhausted all of the "standard" options when trying to get yourself a gig. If that is so, why not think outside the box and find your own niche? It may well lead to you getting gigs. In this 7 Ways To Get A Gig article, we'll talk about landing DJ gigs in less conventional venues... The post 7 Unusual Types Of Venues To Approach For Gigs appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
Alongside this week's launch of our 7 Ways To Get A Gig series, we wanted to hear tales of how you landed your first gig and how it went. What bit of advice would you give a beginner DJ before their first gig that you wish you had known before yours? My first gig was bizarre to say the least... The post Over To You: What Was Your Very First DJ Gig? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
"I?ve recently started DJing and have a monthly gig at a bar in Southeast London. I was surprised at the popularity of my music and am loving DJing, so I want to gig here more frequently. How would you suggest I promote myself so I can get more bookings at this bar?" The post Your Questions: How To Convince The Bar Owner To Give Me More Gigs? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
Just like owning a van and offering to schlepp a band's gear around was a great way for musicians to get gigs in the past, having your own PA system these days can have the same effect. Check out how having your own PA system can get you rocking a party. The post 7 Ways To Get DJ Gigs By Owning A PA System appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
In this week's Friday Roundup, we lead with crucial advice on "making it" and having a career in the DJ world from DJ/producer Doorly. We've also got videos on the history of sampling and house music, a tribute to trance producer Robert Miles, along with a profile that proves DJing is an all-ages activity. The post Friday Roundup: 6 DJ Tips For Total World Domination appeared first on Digital DJ...

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
So you've just got in from hard day's work, grabbed a drink and are ready to put your feet up. However, a DJ who wants to get more gigs, the action doesn't stop there (does it ever stop?). These seven tips aim to cover the things that you can do from your sofa to score the extra gigs the you crave... The post 7 Ways To Get Gigs Without Leaving The House appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
We're concerned with the technical and musical aspects of DJing when we start out, but a lot of the work that a busy DJ does has to do with getting your name out there in order to get gigs. And you definitely need to do some good ol' human face-to-face interaction. The post 7 Ways To Get DJ Gigs When On A Night Out appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips May 16, 2017
The Soundbrenner Pulse is an app-controlled metronome you wear like a watch. DJs can use this to stay in time when practising tricks like cue point juggling, or even for practising scratching, which adds a different "physical" feel to the tempo. It works silently, sending vibrations to your wrist that are in time to the tempo that you've set. The post Soundbrenner Pulse Is A Metronome On Your...

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
We just ran our most successful coaching webinar for our members ever, on the subject of making more money from your DJing. One thing that came out of the research for this webinar, as well as having the pleasure to talk to some of the hundred of DJs who attended, was that pretty much all DJs who get success regularly play - or have played - more than one type of gig. The post 5 Reasons Why You...

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
This is something we immediately dismissed as ridiculous. It is a tiny wrist-worn device that fools your body into thinking it is, in fact, a subwoofer. Nah, we thought. But then things start to pile up. A good friend leaves an established music company to join the company that makes this. Another CEO of an equally large company shows me one excitedly, saying "you gotta try it". I an suddenly...

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
There's nothing wrong with wanting to make money from your DJing. Whether you're motivated by needing to justify the amount you spend on gear, music or training, or you want to DJ as a part-time job, to supplement your income, or even go full time in order to leave your day job entirely, it's eminently possible. The post Make More Money From Your DJing - Free Coaching appeared first on Digital...

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
Digital DJ Tips member Rodwell writes: "I am a bedroom DJ from Zimbabwe who has played a couple of house parties and two public performances. I recently entered and won an opportunity to open at one of the biggest music festivals. I love to mix deep house/tech house and dance. I am feeling very nervous because I have never performed for more than 10 to 20 people." The post Over To You: How Do I...

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
The 2017 Digital DJ Tips Gear & Software Guide is out now! It's jam-packed with up-to-the-minute advice around what DJ systems, hardware, software and accessories to go for if you're buying your first DJ set-up, or looking to replace or expand your current system. Buy right, and avoid expensive mistakes. The post New! Grab Your 2017 DJ Gear & Software Guide appeared first on Digital DJ...

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
In one of our occasional nods to a musical genre or style that changed the world, this week we're sharing Fabio & Grooverider's recent 25 Years of Drum & Bass mix... Happy weekend, and enjoy the rest of the roundup too. We'll see you on the other side. The post Friday Roundup: A Drum & Bass Primer From Fabio & Grooverider appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
This isn't the first time we've seen something like this (American DJ had something similar on show at NAMM 2017, which we covered in our Best of the Rest post), but it is worth revisiting the simple yet practical idea you see here, in this instance, in the Numark Production Hub. The post Ditch Those Leads With Numark Production Hub appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
Serato software is moving inexorably towards Serato 2.0 with the release of Serato DJ 1.9.6, which is now in public beta, it was announced today. This release has among its new features a whole host aimed at DVS DJs, plus a number of small but useful changes, of which we pick out our favourite below. The post DVS Improvements & More In Serato 1.9.6 DJ Public Beta appeared first on Digital...

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
It certainly seems like our members aren't scared of playing anywhere and everywhere. A recent post where a member related his strangest gig has led to a whole load of stories from others. From swingers to bird-watchers, everyone needs DJs... Here are 12 of our favourites. The post 12 Of Our Members' Weirdest DJ Gigs Ever... appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Feb 8, 2017
Owners of Denon DJ's flagship MCX8000 controller need not worry that they'll be left behind as the company develops its Engine software platform for its latest SC5000 Prime media player, we have been told. The reassurance follows disquiet among MCX8000 owners since Engine Prime was announced as not compatible with their units. The post Denon DJ Moves To Reassure MCX8000 Buyers Over Software...

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DigitalDJTips Jan 2, 2017
Today we're taking a look at the new KRK V6 S4 nearfield studio monitors. They?re two-way active studio speakers featuring a 6" woofer and a 1" tweeter and are designed for accurate audio reproduction in pro environments - like your high-end home DJ studio. The post Review & Video: KRK V6 S4 Studio Monitors appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Jan 1, 2017
Every year we ask you to share your DJing goal for the next 12 months with us. This year is no different - we'd like each and every Digital DJ Tips member reading this to hit "Reply" at the bottom of this post, and let us know the one biggest thing you want to achieve in your DJing this year. The post Tell Us Your DJing Goal For 2017 appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 31, 2016
Just about to pack up your music and DJ gear and head out to play a New Year's Eve gig? Once you've had a final check, why not take five minutes to scan through this list of tips to help make sure your DJ set goes with a bang... The post 5 Essential Tips For DJing On New Year's Eve appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 31, 2016
Now, if you haven't seen it - this is what creative DJing is about right now. DJ Puffy won the Red Bull Thre3style World Final just before Christmas, performing a DJ set that had scratching, juggling, controllerism... and yet kept good old fashioned musical programming at its heart. It's one of our favourite DJ sets of the year, and if you haven't see it - do! The post Friday Fun: DJ Puffy's...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
We occasionally cover the idea of IEMs (in-ear monitors) as an alternative for DJ headphones in the DJ booth here on Digital DJ Tips. Well, I decided to take the plunge myself recently after a lot of thought, and in this post, I'll tell you what DJing with IEMs is really like. The post My First DJ Gig With Custom IEMs appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
The past 12 months saw lots of new hardware, software, collaborations and integrations in the world of DJing, many of which point to exciting things to come in 2017. Today, we take a look back at the important developments from 2016 that you need to know about, and make a few predictions as to what 2017 might bring. The post All The Big Changes In DJ Technology From The Past 12 Months appeared...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
Lesser known Mac DJ app MegaSeg has become the first DJ app that lets you DJ with all your music in iTunes - whether that's your own music files or music you've added to your library as part of an Apple Music subscription. This development blurs to the point of it not mattering the distinction between music you own and music you effectively "rent" via Apple Music. The post MegaSeg Becomes First...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 29, 2016
So you got a DJ controller for Christmas. That's awesome - welcome to the big, wide world of digital DJing. You've come to the right place to get started, as we are the world's biggest digital DJ training site, with everything you could possibly need to get going. The post Welcome! 5 Things Brand New DJs Should Do First appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 25, 2016
Happy Christmas to you! I hope you have a lovely day, wherever you are in the world. I wanted to show you quickly an awesome gift I got for Christmas from Steve Canueto, who many of you will know from Digital DJ Tips. Watch the video to see what it was... The post Here's What I Got For Christmas. And You? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 24, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Germain writes: "Question: I want to record a mix using music from a Spotify playlist in Algoriddim's djay Pro software. There is no record button when you use the Spotify library in Djay Pro. I am wondering if anyone can help? I have a MacBook Pro and I have a WeGO Controller." The post Your Questions: How Can I Record A Mix In djay Pro Using Spotify? appeared first on...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 24, 2016
Welcome to our last "full" Friday Roundup of 2016 (we're taking a couple of weeks off rounding up the latest news from around the DJ web, as everyone is publishing "best of 2016" posts, so there's precious little real news to bring you). But we've nonetheless found you some good bits from this last seven days... The post Friday Roundup: Will EDM Survive Another Year? appeared first on Digital DJ...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Last month, we ran our Digital DJ Census 2016, and over 12,000 of you entered it to share your thoughts about the DJing world today. We'll be publishing a special post sharing those results with you early in the new year, but today we're announcing the winners of the prize draw. Thanks once again to all of our partners who kindly donated prizes for the draw. The post Digital DJ Census 2016 Prize...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Algoriddim has just announced the release of its flagship djay Pro software for the iPhone. The app - which is already available for iPad and macOS - is the first DJ app to use the iPhone 7's haptic feedback and 3D touch capabilities. It will sit alongside Algoriddim's 20-million selling djay 2 platform on iPhone, as it does on iPad. The post djay Pro 1.0 For iPhone Lets You Feel The Beats...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
After four years of running a successful mobile DJ business in my small town, I've been thinking about the future of my DJing career and decided to take an indefinite hiatus. I actually played my last gig of 2016 on Saturday, and it went very well, so at least I had one good gig to send me off. So why have I decided to quit? Here are my reasons: The post "I've Decided To Quit DJing. Here's...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Pioneer DJ has upgraded its flagship Serato DJ controller to create the DDJ-SZ2. This new four-channel controller gives hands-on control of the latest additions to Serato DJ, including key shift, key sync, pitch play and Serato Flip. The post Pioneer DJ Launches DDJ-SZ2 For Serato appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Earplugs are something that smart DJs and musicians use before they need to, knowing they're necessary to reduce the risk of irreparable tinnitus and other ear damage through over-exposure to loud music. The rest of us? We get a scare then realise we have to do something (I had one of those this time last year). Either way, at some point, practically every DJ decides "it's time". Earpeace HD...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
How To Digital DJ Fast course student Kelly writes: "I am looking for some help in this course in regards to material, as I do not have a library of digital music and would like to practise these skills that I have observed in the course videos. It would also be helpful for a list of music that is key and tempo compatible for experimentation to reduce the frustration and needless waste of time...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
One of the bugbears of Apple's constant tinkering with the way it lets you interact with your music library that particularly upset DJs was the removal of the star ratings option on iOS. Well, good news is that Apple has relented, and it's back. The post Star Ratings Return To Apple's iOS Music App appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Want to jam along with your DJ mates while you throw down some beats on your Maschine? Thanks to Ableton Link, now you can. That story leads the pack, but there are many more as we undertake out our tour around the best bits from the DJing music interweb this last week... The post Friday Roundup: Maschine & Traktor Playing Nicely Together appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Native Instruments recently add a step sequencer to Traktor, as of the 2.11 update. This brings Traktor in line with Serato (whose SP-6 sample player recently morphed into a full-blow sequencer), and rekordbox DJ, which has always had one. But now, Native Instruments has taken it a stage further by offering eight sequencer-friendly sound packs. The post Get Started On Traktor's Step Sequencer...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 22, 2016
Serato has announced the full public release of Serato DJ 1.9.5, which offers mixer compatibility with the Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 mixer, and HID compatibility with the Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2, the current flagship Pioneer pro DJ booth gear and the gear DJs are likely to encounter when playing A-grade clubs. The post Serato DJ Is Now Plug & Play With Pioneer DJ Nexus 2 Gear appeared first on...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 9, 2016
The Christmas party season is kicking off, and whether you're DJing at one or attending one this weekend (I'm going to one for a change, no working for me), stay safe - it's gonna be a long haul to new year! Oh, here's what we've been reading this week out and about there on our favourite sites... The post Friday Roundup: Frankie Knuckles & The Roots Of House Music appeared first on Digital...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 8, 2016
Beatport is under new ownership. Up for sale since the spectacular demise of its parent company SFX Entertainment, the online dance music and production sample store now moves into the stable of LiveStyle, a company that's been formed from the ashes of SFX Entertainment. The post Beatport Dance Music Store Has A New Owner appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 8, 2016
Are you a DJ wanting to easily measure how well your career is progressing doing online? We're talking online stores, streaming sites, social media and and so on? Perhaps you're a venue or promoter wondering which artists are blowing up right now, in order to make smart bookings for your events? Subscription service Viberate is aimed at you. The post Want To Measure Yourself Against Other DJs...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 8, 2016
A new DJ app called Kado has today been announced, that is designed to show you what tracks other DJs have played before or after any given track, to help with set planning and reduce the length of time spent searching for new music. The app opens as a small window on your desktop, to which you can drop a track from your own collection. The post New App Kado Wants To Be Your "Personal DJ...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 5, 2016
Pioneer DJ has consistently churned out controllers yearly, starting with the groundbreaking DDJ-SX that took four-channel controllers mainstream. It has also kept a close eye on the casual DJ market: We take a look at the DDJ-WeGO4, the latest WeGO model that brings a sleeker profile and an updated list of compatible DJ apps. The post Review & Video: Pioneer DJ DDJ-WeGO4 Rekordbox DJ...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 4, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Karlton writes: "I am trying to figure out how to 'read' a waveform. In other words, 'what do all the pretty colours mean?' I am trying to differentiate what the different colours in the waveform represent as in snare, kick, high hat, vocals, bass etc." The post Your Questions: How Do I "Read" The Colours In DJ Waveforms? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 3, 2016
Digital DJ Tips Platinum Group member Aaron writes: "Just had one of those 'ugh, that sucked' practice sessions where nothing felt right, nothing flowed, and so on. Got me wondering: How do you push through such moments? Do you keep after it? Take it as a sign to rest for a bit?" The post Your Questions: What To Do When My Practice Session Sucked? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Dec 3, 2016
"I aint happy, I'm feelin' glad, / I got sunshine, in a bag. / I'm useless, but not for long. / The future is coming on..." So sang virtual band Gorillaz, and with robots on the decks, clubs you don't have to turn up at, and the frightening speed of progress of DJ booths over the past 40 years all featured in this week's Friday Roundup of interesting stuff from around the web, we reckon they had...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 1, 2016
Pioneer DJ sells a range of DJ controllers suited to the home end of the market, so it's not a surprise to see the company also launching speakers that would pair well with such controllers. The DM-40s, at a price point of around US$150, on paper appear to fill just that gap in Pioneer DJ's range. But how good are they? The post Review & Video: Pioneer DJ DM-40 Active Monitor Speakers...

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DigitalDJTips Dec 1, 2016
Special Waves Mine is a Midi controller with a difference: You make it up on a blank board, using blocks, to construct a bespoke controller from the five available physical modules. the end result is a controller in the Push/Maschine vein, but "built" to your own specifications. The post Special Waves Mine: A Smart New Modular Controller appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 30, 2016
Enter the Audio Technica ATH-PRO700MK2, a pair of headphones that promise professional sound and rugged build at a good price. They're not a new model and they've been around for a few years now, but we received a fresh unit for review and thought we'd give them a go. Are they any good? We find out... The post Review & Video: Audio Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 Headphones appeared first on Digital...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 28, 2016
Of everything we sell, Mixing Power Skills is the Digital DJ Tips online video course that has made the biggest difference to the biggest number of DJs' lives this year. Only previously available to students of our Digital DJ Masterclass Academy Course, it has been our runaway success since its public launch earlier in 2016. The post 10 Reasons Why You Need Mixing Power Skills Today appeared...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 28, 2016
Serato has announced the public beta of Serato DJ 1.9.5, which is all about making the software play nicely with Pioneer's latest Nexus 2 devices pro DJ booth gear, meaning Serato DJ is now just as easy to use with these latest gear updates from Pioneer DJ as it has been for many years with the original Nexus equipment. The post Serato 1.9.5 Public Beta: Adds Nexus 2 Compatibility appeared first...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 26, 2016
Certainly in the USA, "thanksgiving" is on everyone's minds right now, and the sea surge of people being "thankful" in print, online, and across social media over the last couple of days reminded me of this meme that has been doing the rounds recently - and the lessons within for anyone trying to succeed in the world of DJing. The post Thanksgiving Weekend: Some Thoughts for Aspiring DJs...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 25, 2016
The biggest shopping day of the year is upon us, and we've rounded up a pile of interesting deals for DJs and DJ/producers worldwide into one bumper post. These are the types of deals you won't find on Amazon or the other big box sites... The post [Black Friday Roundup] The Best Deals For DJs From Around The Web appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 25, 2016
The Reloop Mixon 4 controller boasts several firsts: First four-channel controller specifically made for Algoriddim's djay Pro software; first controller to fit the iPad Pro in its physical mounting slot, and the flexibility to work with Serato DJ as well as djay Pro, meaning across the two platforms, it works with PC, Mac, iOS and Android. The post Review & Video: Reloop Mixon 4 Controller...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 25, 2016
So we all know that one hi-fi buff, right? It could even be you. Someone who spends thousands on individual pieces of gear - valve amplifiers, hand-made turntables, custom A/D converters - and obsesses over the ultimate sound quality. Theirs is a hushed, solitary world of acoustically deadened rooms and secrets shared between man (it's always a man) and record collection. And then there are...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 24, 2016
Don't be left at the back of the queue - get in early for this year's Black Friday Sale at Digital DJ Tips. We've taken a huge 35% off all of our currently available courses, meaning savings of between US$70 and US$100 on each and every course you buy. The post Save Up To $100 On Every DJ Course You Buy appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 24, 2016
Coming in V4, V6 and V8 guises to suit different studio sizes, KRK's S4 series has recently been announced, offering a new take on studio speakers from the company most famous among DJs for its budget Rokit range. While more aimed the professional end of the market, the series still keeps the Rokit styling so beloved of DJs. The post KRK Announces New V Series 4 Powered Monitors appeared first...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 22, 2016
So we all know that one hi-fi buff, right? It could even be you. Someone who spends thousands on individual pieces of gear - valve amplifiers, hand-made turntables, custom A/D converters - and obsesses over the ultimate sound quality. Theirs is a hushed, solitary world of acoustically deadened rooms and secrets shared between man (it's always a man) and record collection. And then there are...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 21, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Tamas writes: "I am looking for an entry level DJ controller for my son's seventh birthday. It has to be not more than US$100. For obvious reasons. It is gonna be a toy in the first place, but I also want to be able to cue through headphones." The post Controller Clinic #45: Which DJ Controller For A 7-Year-Old? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 20, 2016
Here's a question for you. When do you reckon big name DJs will be streaming their sets from a single location into one or more clubs rather than fly there to play in person? It can't be that far into the future, can it? After all, being booked in one place in the evening would leave the day free to play another timezone where it's already night time... The post How Long Until DJs Don't Even...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 18, 2016
Bit of Friday fun for you to kick off this week's Friday Roundup, with a guide from Popular Science on how to build your very own wind powered turntable. Elon Musk would be proud... This and more in our weekly roundup of stuff that's caught our eye around the web. The post Friday Roundup: How To Build A Wind Powered Turntable appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 17, 2016
Ableton just announced a discount over at its online store. From now until 11 January 2017, get a 20% reduction on Ableton Live 9 software, the Push 2 grid controller, as well as all add-on packs for Live 9. If you've wanted to get started producing music with Ableton Live or are looking to upgrade, now's a good time to do so. The post Get 20% Off Ableton Live 9 & Push 2 appeared first on...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 17, 2016
Our post recommending DJs not to use iTunes to organise their music libraries recently certainly got a people talking. But I'm aware we left some people in pain, pointing out what's wrong with iTunes without fully outlining a preferred alternative. This post will help you see the five steps of any good music library organisation system. The post Five Steps To Your Perfect DJ Music Library System...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 15, 2016
Serato has just released Serato DJ 1.9.4, the latest version of its software, in order to make it compatible with the Denon DJ MC7000 controller and the Reloop Mixon 4 controller. Buyers of both of those brand-new controllers can download the latest version of the software upon purchase in order to get started right away. The post Serato Now Works With Denon DJ MC7000 & Reloop Mixon 4...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 14, 2016
Choosing a DJ name is one of the most important early decision you'll make when getting started as a DJ. Get it right, and you'll have an instantly recognisable name that tells the world the kind of DJ you are and helps get you noticed. Get it wrong, and all kind of obstacles will block your path to success. Here are some of the rookie errors people make time and time again. The post 10 Silly...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 13, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Kamil writes: "I was bedroom DJing for about four years and recently took a few weeks off. That got me to thinking: Should I start over with a clean slate, making a new music collection which will consist of house (I was mixing mostly EDM with a touch of house for these four years)?" The post Your Questions: Should I Ditch EDM? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 12, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Payam writes: "I was wondering what kind of music should I be playing for a middle-aged audience? I got a call and there's a Christmas party for a corporate and I was told the audience are between 30 and 45. I don't know if it's wise to go completely old school or mix it with some 80s and 90s with a little sip of modern dance music." The post Your Questions: How Should I...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 12, 2016
So you might have noticed that the USA has elected a new president, despite Steve Aoki (and, it seemed, most of the celebrity world, backing Clinton). And the electronic music community predictably has had a lot to say about "President Trump" in the days since. We lead with that story, among a whole host of others that have caught our attention this last week. The post Friday Roundup: Dance...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 11, 2016
Have you yet done a mix yet on video? We've actually been doing an awful lot of these recently here at Digital DJ Tips (filming material for our forthcoming Digital DJ Lab training - more on that later...), and we think it's something every DJ should have a go at. So whether you've thought about it and not known where to start, or not even considered it before, here's why you should... The post...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 9, 2016
Allen & Heath introduced its Xone line of mixers and controllers 16 years ago and has since earned a well-deserved reputation for pristine sound and great build quality. The PX5 is its latest offering: a performance oriented, high-end 4+1 channel mixer which combines the signature creamy analogue Xone sound with dedicated digital effects. The post Review & Video: Allen & Heath...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 9, 2016
The Global Digital DJ Census from Digital DJ Tips is the biggest annual DJ survey in the world, and is back again for 2016. Whether you're a beginner, a bedroom DJ or a pro, and whether you're a club, mobile or party DJ, this is your chance to get your voice heard and make your opinion count - and it only takes 10 minutes. The post Take Our DJ Survey For Your Free $11,000 Prize Draw Entry...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 7, 2016
Bag maker Namba, whose rucksacks we've used (and abused) through the years, has come up with something that goes against the custom-built grain: Namba Gear Wraps are padded squares that you can tuck your gear in, whether it's a laptop, DJ controller, or audio interface. We take a look at them in this review. The post Review & Video: Namba Gear Wraps appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 7, 2016
Denon DJ has dropped a 30-second video with the hashtag #ChangeYourRider, showing "a new standalone multi-player with CD and touchscreen" - or at least, that's the consensus of opinion forming in the video comments, which seems reasonable to us (it's all big jogwheels and buttons). The post Denon DJ Teases New Pro DJ Gear appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 5, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Varsha writes in with a question that could potentially be relevant to half the entire population, although maybe shockingly, to only 5% of our readership. It's this: "Hi Phil, I have just started as a mobile DJ. Do you think it's not good for a girl to do this? Can you recommend any forums or help for female DJs?" The post Over To You: Help For New Female Mobile DJ?...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 5, 2016
Thinking all music is sounding the same nowadays? It might - just might - not be due to your getting older. Whether you agree or not, the first piece we link to in today's Friday Roundup is certainly food for thought... The post Friday Roundup: "Why All Modern Music Is Sh**" appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 4, 2016
MegaSeg, the radio automation and DJ mixing platform for Mac, has just had a major upgrade to version 6, with a new interface and dozens of new features and improvements designed to take advantage of macOS Sierra. Improvements include resizable current song player, auto volume sensing for automated segues, and a new playlist browser. The post Automated DJ Platform MegaSeg 6 Arrives For macOS...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 4, 2016
Out in time for Christmas, the Hercules DJControl Party Pack may be a tiny bit too expensive for a stocking filler, but it's certainly a party in a box, offering a DJ controller and light show for around the price of a dirt-cheap smartphone. While this set-up is not going to appeal to professionals or even serious hobbyists, it has thoughtful touches for beginner. The post Hercules DJControl...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 3, 2016
LANDR - the professional online mastering platform for producers - has just announced the latest version of its app aimed at DJs who want to add some polish and shine to their DJ mixes, and you can download and try it for free as of now. Click the link in the article to get it and give it a go. The post Polish Your DJ Mixes With LANDR's Latest DJ App appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 3, 2016
A decade ago, when key detection was almost unheard of, Mixed In Key revolutionised the game, giving DJs a simple way to instantly know what was likely to mix with what. But with key detection now built in to all major software, does Mixed In Key 8 do enough to make it worth buying? We find out... The post Review & Video: Mixed In Key 8 For Mac & PC appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
Boutique iOS DJ app DJ Player Pro has just been released in a "completely redesigned" version, this time boasting two views ("classic" and "modern") and a host of new features, and calling itself the "Formula 1 car" of iOS DJ software. The developers major on it being the only DJ software developed completely in-house without external components The post DJ Player Pro 9 In New Bid For iOS DJ...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
It's ironic that at its Keynote last week, Apple chose to use DJ software (Algoriddim's excellent djay Pro) to demo the computer's new Touch Bar, seeing as DJs appear to be abandoning Apple's flagship music program, iTunes, in droves. What was once the go-to app for organising DJ music libraries is now, frankly, a mess... The post 5 Reasons Why DJs Should Stop Using iTunes Now appeared first on...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
To celebrate the launch of my new book, Rock The Dancefloor!, I recently held a free live coaching session with several hundred of our readers and students who had bought the book on its first day of release, as a way of thanking them. The response to the webinar was so great, and we had [...] The post Missed Our Free DJ Coaching Session? Catch Up Here... appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Karlton writes: "All the DJs I am hanging with (including my mentor), are telling me to jump the Serato ship and 'move up' to Traktor. They say it will make life easier behind the decks while performing because it locks into the beat better than Serato does..." The post Your Questions: Should I Switch From Serato To Traktor? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Mike writes: "I'm fairly new to DJing, here on the east coast of the States. My question is, why aren't DJs using IEMs? I understand the cost of IEMs is a little outrageous, but it seems to me that the cost is definitely worth it. I bought some Westone W30s, and the only downside so far is that you likely need to take one out for speaking into a mic..." The post Over To...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
Did you catch the Apple Keynote with the new MacBook and Algoriddim's djay Pro software yesterday? Our lead story this week is all about it. Read on for that, and the rest of the stuff that's caught our eye this week., as we trawl around the music and DJing website that matter to bring you your Friday Roundup... The post Friday Roundup: How DJs Might Use The New MacBook Touch Bar appeared first...

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
The ball in your stomach that you feel looking at an empty gig calendar is a hard one to conquer. Even veterans go through droughts. It?s one of the worst feelings as a DJ - right there behind panicking, all out of ideas of what to play in front of an empty dancefloor. The post Why I Turned Down A Hot Residency & A $1500 Fee... appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
Pioneer DJ has today announced that its XDJ-RX DJ media player/controller now comes with Rekordbox DJ software for free. This means that buyers of the unit can DJ from USB as before, but can also now plug in their laptop and use the unit as a controller without the extra expense of buying. The post Pioneer's XDJ-RX Now Comes With Rekordbox DJ Free appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
Novation's Circuit is a standalone synth, drum machine, and sequencer in one, with a focus on letting you create tracks in minutes, all without a computer or software. Is it a good production tool for both beginner and intermediate DJ/producers? We find out in this review... The post Review & Video: Novation Circuit Groovebox appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Nov 2, 2016
If you haven't seen Sleeper's "Only Love" mixfilm, you have to see it - it's one of the most fun and life-affirming DJ routines we've seen. Performed live in one take in Sleeper's bedroom, it is a lesson in what DJing in 2016 can mean, and comes complete with a full video element too. It's a mini masterpiece. So I naturally had to have a chat with the man... The post Interview: Sleeper, The Man...

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DigitalDJTips Oct 21, 2016
Wow, what a week that was! I'm just back at the studio from Amsterdam Dance Event, in a week that also saw us launch The DJ Test and my Rock The Dancefloor! book. Check 'em out... but also check out the stuff from around the web that's been hot on our browsers this week here at DDJT... The post Friday Roundup: Martin Garrix World's Best DJ, Says DJ Mag appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Oct 21, 2016
Denon DJ has sneaked out a brand-new pro turntable here at Amsterdam Dance Event. Called the VL12, it's unusual in that it is a genuinely new design, as opposed to the vast majority of post-Technics turntables out there that are rebadged but essentially almost identical to each other. The post Denon DJ Shows Off Its New VL12 Turntable At ADE appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Oct 20, 2016
For months now we?ve had a crack team of savvy web geniuses locked away in a secret bunker somewhere in central London working on something totally game-changing, and today we?re unveiling to you exactly what all the effort has been for. Introducing... The DJ Test. The post The Digital DJ Tips DJ Test is Live - How Will You Score? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Oct 19, 2016
Today it's been announced that Pioneer's KUVO music tagging system plays nicely with Richie Hawtin's RADR app, following on from last week's announcement that the flagship Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2 multi players and DJM-900NXS2 mixer finally play nicely with Traktor Pro 2. The post Traktor & Pioneer DJ Cosy Up Further As Hawtin's RADR Joins The Party appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Oct 19, 2016
Last week, Phil Morse - Digital DJ Tips founder and author of Amazon best-selling book "Rock The Dancefloor!" - was interviewed on Pioneer DJ Radio. In the hour-long show, Phil spoke about the book, his DJing, and Digital DJ Tips, and played some of his favouriter tuens. The post Listen To Our Founder Phil Morse On Pioneer DJ Radio appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Oct 18, 2016
To celebrate the global launch of my brand new book, "Rock The Dancefloor! The Five Step Guide To Total DJing Success", for the next 48 hours you can buy the Kindle version for just US$0.99/£0.99*. When you do, you also get 60 minutes of live DJ coaching with me, absolutely free! The post Buy My New Book For $0.99 & Get An Hour's Live DJ Coaching Free! appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

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DigitalDJTips Oct 16, 2016
Reader Nathan writes: I have been putting on house music nights in my city for about a year and a half now. They have all been successful bar two where attendance wasn't as high as expected. I have recently moved my night to a better venue with better sound quality, production etc. I really don't know where I have gone wrong..." The post Your Questions: Why Did My Club Night Fail? appeared first...

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DigitalDJTips Oct 16, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Main Event writes: "I have a couple of gigs coming up where I am playing the music to accompany a vocalist. I imaging there must be proper communication between myself and the vocalist. I would like to be properly prepared so that everything goes off smoothly and as professionally as possible. Do you have any tips for me?" The post Your Questions: How Do I Handle DJing...

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