November 13th, 2012
News & Opinion
Pulselocker takes elements of streaming music services, online music stores, digital record pools and DJ promo networks to offer a new way to play, listen to and buy music.
Pulselocker is a landmark new attempt to change the way digital DJs play, listen to and buy music. It’s a streaming and subscription service for DJs, that promises time-saving music discovery features, the ability to “borrow” tunes (that you can actually DJ with in front of your crowds!), and finally of course the chance to buy the tunes you really love.
It’s just been announced, and already has over a million tunes in its catalogue, with five million promised by the end of the year. And best of all, we’ve managed to snag a free beta invite for every single Digital DJ Tips customer and subscriber. Read on for more about the service and how to secure your free invite to try it…
September 23rd, 2011
News & Opinion
By any means necessary: Cratedigging is part of what DJing has always been about, but there's more to how some of those records got there than you may think....
This site does not condone stealing music. We don’t talk about it, and we don’t help people to do it. It would be biting the hand that feeds us. Hell, it would be biting our own hand. After all, increasingly DJs and producers are one and the same thing.
Ah, but it’s not all as clean and easy as that. You see, DJs have always stolen music. In fact, so have producers (Amen break anyone?). Damn, is there anyone who’s not got their fingers in the musical till in this business? The answer is basically, no.
September 5th, 2011
It looks undeniably the part sat next to the MacBook Pro. But can it stand the rigours of DJing? Many have failed...
For the digital DJ, a good external hard drive can – depending upon your laptop – be a “nice to have” or an absolute necessity.
It’s good to have to make backups of your music (obviously an essential, although there are online backup options too) or if you wish to DJ from someone else’s laptop and software (ITCH 2.0, for instance, has made this drag ‘n’ drop-simple to do). But it can also be essential if you don’t have the space on your laptop for your music and so have no choice but to keep it all on an external drive.
February 24th, 2011
With news this week that Apple wants to make “24-bit” files available through iTunes, we thought it would be a good time to revisit the music formats that are out there and look at what they mean for digital DJs.
As a digital DJ, it pays to know your audio formats: Not only should you be aware of the different audio formats that exist, so you recognise them when you come across them, but also you should know when the use of each of the formats is appropriate and when it is to be avoided. Let’s look a little closer…
February 20th, 2011
Dropbox is one way to sync files across multiple devices and OSes, but is it the best way? Pic: Ashfame blog
Reader Tim Dorcas writes: “With over 100GB of music/samples in my collection, and the fact that I use three different physical systems in two different OSes (Mac OSX and Windows), it is getting harder and harder for me to manage all of this data.
I am looking for ideas on how to manage, organise, and sync my music. My current set-up is an iMac at home (as my primary computer), a Windows 7 laptop, a backup Windows 7 laptop, and a NAS for music and sample storage. I can’t be the only one struggling with this – any ideas?
September 3rd, 2010
Are your records leading you astray? Repent while you can!
As a digital DJ, your tunes are the tools of your trade. They’re not a collection! “Collection” implies a quest for completion. It implies looking at rather than using. It implies that the act of collecting is the whole point – like collecting stamps or fridge magnets.
As a DJ I used to be pretty brutal with my records – they were already “tools of the trade”for me. I’d put them in white sleeves if the originals were flimsy, and throw the originals way; lend and borrow them; buy them again when they wore out. But I knew people who were plastic-sleeves-and-all-in-alphabetical-order types too – lots of people like that.