Over on the Digital DJ Tips forum, Sy Swint asks: "I want to learn how to produce but I'm not sure which digital audio workstation to buy? I'm leaning towards Ableton but it is twice the price of some other, seemingly professional, DAWs like Logic Pro. Is Ableton L:ive 9 worth the higher price tag?"
In this week's foray into the wide world of other DJ and music websites, we've a reveal of some of the samples Daft Punk used on their greatest hits (you may be surprised), Mark Knight teaches on playing long DJ sets, and there's a great piece on the changing face of promoting. It's all in your ever-relevant Friday Roundup!
Want to not only know how to make a dance track in seven days, but to actually do it - all for free? If so, read on, because launching today, our Dance Music Formula free video training course will show you exactly how. You don't need to be able to play an instrument, you don't need any musical training, and you don't need any gear...
There are certain things that say a lot about a DJ. Their choice of headphones. How they answer the question: "so what do you listen to at home?" And, I'd say, the type of portable speaker they pull out for a bit of music "on the go". And for me, that speaker has always been the Minirig, which has just been updated.
It was, probably, inevitable. I mean, streaming music is now the norm for consumers, and increasingly so for DJs, as Pulselocker and similar services bring the idea of storing and accessing your DJ tracks from the cloud to the mainstream. And now it's happening in music production, too...
One of our readers has a slightly bizarre request. Mike writes: "Does anyone know of software that can batch adjust all of my music to a single BPM? I would like to save my MP3s to all the same BPM to speed up the time it takes for me to ready my next record when I am playing..."
Digital DJ Tips forum member Bryan Douglass writes: "I am just getting back into the DJ game after many years. After looking at all of the software, I have decided that Virtual DJ will fit my needs. My question is it better to download MP3 files on your hard drive and organise them in virtual DJ, or use a outside program?"
Numark just announced a new, high-torque direct-drive turntable, the NTX1000. It has an S-shaped tonearm, variable pitch range of ±8, 16 and 50%, and comes with a cartridge-mounted headshell, allowing you to get going right out of the box. It has been priced keenly to compete with the likes of the Pioneer DJ PLX500.
I've just come back from filming on location for our brand-new free training course, Dance Music Formula. It's a free three-part video series that shows anyone how to produce a tune in just a week: No need to know how to play an instrument, no need for any musical theory, and definitely no need for any production gear.
One theme that comes up again and again across our community - whether it's DJs, musicians, producers, DJ business owners, or whoever - is: "Is it OK to copy?" We're not talking about copying your mate's entire music collection, but rather imitating, emulating, trying to perfect your version of what someone else has done.