December 13th, 2013
News & Opinion
MP3s have the blood of the music industry on their hands – or so says one of the articles we’ve been reading this week.
Some great news folks! Seeing as it’s Christmas, we’ve been working hard all this week on an early present for every single Digital DJ Tips member. Watch your email inbox as we’ll be giving you yours via Monday’s email. What is it? Well, suffice to say that it only comes once a year, but it’s not Santa…
Meanwhile, the best of the web this week: How deadmau5 is bossing SoundCloud, the history of dubstep, one man’s rallying cry against MP3s, and another man’s plea to not let your gear dominate your talent. It’s all here…
December 12th, 2013
The American Audio ELMC-1 is a budget, basic Midi controller aimed at the beginner. But has it left too much out?
Full American Audio ELMC-1 Review: So you want to have a go at DJing but don’t want to blow hundreds on a controller? If it’s a hobby, a dabble, something you only want to do from time to time, it often really doesn’t make sense to spend lots on gear – and that’s where controllers like the little American Audio ELMC-1 come in.
A compact plastic box with two relatively big jogwheels and apparently all the controls you need, the American Audio ELMC-1 appears to offer enough for a beginner to get going with, for a relatively low price. Let’s see how it stacks up.
December 11th, 2013
Wow, a DJ app that looks half-decent for Android. But while DJ apps on iOS have got pretty serious, is this anything more than a toy? We find out…
Full Cross DJ for Android review: A lot of Android devices are going to be given as presents this Christmas, and there are going to be lots of DJs in the Play Store seeing if there’s a DJ app for their new gadget. Well, if you own or are about to own an Android device, MixVibes has come to your rescue, with a new version of its respected Cross DJ app, but this time designed specially to be used on Android tablets and smartphones.
I am actually an owner of an Android smartphone by choice (it better integrates with Google Apps than the iPhone does, which is important for me, as we practically run Digital DJ Tips on Google Apps…). I’ve been one of those waiting patiently for this moment. After all, who wouldn’t want to do a bit of DJing using their phone? You can do everything else on it…
December 10th, 2013
News & Opinion
Serato’s Remote Mini is a cut-down version of the company’s Serato Remote, this time designed for iPhone/iPod touch rather than iPad/iPad Mini.
Serato has launched its first app for iPhone/iPod touch, designed to be used alongside a Serato DJ or Serato Scratch Live setup to give DJs extra control over their software.
Serato Remote Mini is a stripped-back version of Serato Remote, the popular app launched earlier this year for the iPad and iPad Mini, redesigned for the smaller screens of iPhone/iPod touch devices.
December 9th, 2013
News & Opinion
The new Denon DJ MC6000 Mk2 is now Serato compatible, meaning it works with all the major DJ software programs.
Denon DJ has announced the MC6000 Mk2, an upgrade of its flagship DN-MC6000 four-channel DJ controller/standalone digital mixer. The headline feature is Serato DJ compatibility, meaning the controller now works with all major DJ software.
In addition to playing nicely with Serato, the Denon DJ MC6000 Mk2 boasts a host of design improvements over the original, getting silver-coloured jogwheels (like the Traktor Mk2 controllers), better matrix switching, and a number of other tweaks including slip mode, loop roll and a censor button.
December 8th, 2013
News & Opinion
The cloud offers a safe place to keep your music backed up, and also an easy way to access it from any device. But how safe? And is it even legal for certain types of music file?
I’m afraid I’ve lost the name of the reader who asked me this, but it’s a great question and I’d love to hear everyone’s views on it. Here it is: “Hi Phil. A lot of the music I have on my PC is promotional tracks, from SoundCloud, Bandcamp, etc.
“Thing is I bought a new smartphone with 50GB cloud storage for free as part of a promotion. Well, I was looking for a cloud storage option anyway, to backup my music library (lost a lot of good music a year ago when my hard drive suddenly died), so this option is very handy. But is it OK to backup my collection to a cloud storage? What if they ask me to remove the files because of copyright questions?