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If you eagerly await the newest release from Serato and you’ve been waiting for a “no fuss, no muss” controller that doesn’t require you to bother with a lot of non-digital DJ gear, you’ll love the Reloop Terminal Mix 8. While this is a no frills controller, it does put on quite a show with tons of bells and whistles.
Those of you familiar with the Terminal Mix 2 and Terminal Mix 4, you’ll be in for a real big treat when you unwrap this controller, their best so far if you ask this DJ! This Serato DJ controller gives you the one thing you truly expect: total control.
We know it’s great and somewhat reasonably priced…but is it the DJ controller for you?
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The Pioneer Pro DJ XDJ-R1 is being billed as an “all-in-one” wireless DJ controller that, you guessed it, does just about everything except dress you before your gig. It’s big, sleek and kind of beautiful, but is the DJ controller for you?
The XDJ-R1 is supposed to work with everything from CDs to USBs and even flash drives and of course iOS control for you iPad and iPhone DJs out there in the land of electronica. We know its wireless, we know it’s a standalone unit…but do we know if it’s any good?
That’s what we’re here to determine!
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In the 1990’s the debate reigned supreme: Mac or PC. In this new smartphone and tablet era we are divided yet again but this time as iOS or Android people. The simple truth is that more of us are Android people, despite how cool and high quality, if insanely expensive, Apple products can be. In fact many of the new apps are not so good for Android users, mostly because they seem to have completely forgotten that we exist, well that and because Android is so pervasive that developers have a hard time creating one app that would work across the different devices on the market.
But folks, that is history because Cross DJ is out and thanks to the folks at Mixvibes, it is made with the Android user in mind. So whether you’ve just hopped on the DJ or Android bandwagon, once you hit the Play Store you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
But we’ve seen this before; new apps allegedly intended for DJs yet sadly lacking in functionality, features and visuals. So I’m going to take some time to see if Cross DJ for Android is actually good for Android users. Continue reading “Is Cross DJ Good For Android DJs?” »
It should come as no secret that DJ equipment can cost quite a pretty penny. Between the necessary hardware—headphones, controllers, laptops, mixers and speakers—and the software, your kit can easily surpass $1,000. If you have a good day job and spending money on solid equipment is no big deal…great! But for most aspiring DJs, buying top of the line equipment means choosing between DJ headphones and rent.
So, is it really all that taboo to buy (and use) cheap DJ equipment? I think if the equipment is working well, in budget and compatible with your updated laptop, then cheap is the way to go. Don’t listen to your non-cash-strapped friends when it comes to the latest and greatest piece of DJ machinery to hit the market, listen to me.
And I’ll tell you why… Continue reading “Why It’s Okay To Use Cheap DJ Equipment” »
It seems as though every other month either Android or Apple is releasing another DJ related app. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that these phone manufacturers are starting to see the purchasing power of DJs around the world. But I also think that they quick release of these DJ controller apps, mixing apps and effects means they aren’t really putting out a quality product.
Whether free or cheap, you shouldn’t just download every app willy-nilly just because they tell you it’s for DJs “just like you”. I mean off course it doesn’t hurt to simply check it out to see what all the hype is about, but do you really think the newest app is going to rock your world as a DJ?
The jury is still out, but DJ Studio 5 was just released earlier this month, so let’s see if it’s worth the download. Continue reading “DJ Studio – 5 Things You Should Know” »
If you’ve been visiting How To DJ Fast then you know that I am not a purist in any sense of the word. I am a staunch advocate for change and progress, particularly when it comes to the art of DJing. Unfortunately there are plenty of purists out there claiming that tools such as Beatport, djay and laptops are killing the art of DJing.
Of course even fundamentalists are entitled to their opinions…BUT these purists are giving new DJs an improper view of what it means to be a DJ. I think it is always better to be more inclusive rather than less, and just because you don’t use vinyl or you add a bit of flash to your show doesn’t make you less of a DJ than those who inspired you to step inside the DJ booth.
Of course you’ll have to make up your mind for yourself, so let’s just keep an open mind for now, okay? Continue reading “Beatport, Android & Other Digital Tools Killing the Art of DJing” »
While there are plenty of DJs out there who look down on DJing weddings, I am not one of them. We all have to start someplace and I have plenty of friends who love to DJ weddings. There are tons of single girls, everyone is in a happy mood and every day at work is like a party. On the downside, nonstop weddings can be…exhausting.
But unlike DJing at clubs and bars, you have a lot more creative license when you DJ a wedding in terms of the equipment you use. Of course you’ll need some standard equipment like a laptop or iPad, controllers, soundcards and whatnot. But you can also bring cool new toys that you don’t need or want at a dark and crowded club.
Now I’m not saying you should run out and buy these toys, but if you’re looking to add some funk to your next gig, these are the types of DJ equipment that will help. Continue reading “4 Cool Toys To Help You DJ A Wedding” »
If being a DJ were only about the music there would probably be even more DJs than there currently are. But those who are truly determined to step inside the cramped quarters of a DJ booth and sweat it out in a dark, smoky club for the sheer joy of sharing their skills with the world, these guys know there is much more to being a DJ than the tracks you play, create and mix.
One of the most important things you need to figure out is what will be the best DJ software to fit your current needs. As you grow as an artist and a DJ your software needs to will change, and while I’d love to say “this is the absolute best DJ software on the planet” I hate when people do that.
So I’ll tell you what I think is the good and the bad about the best-selling software programs around. Continue reading “What Is The Best DJ Software For New DJs?” »
One of the most difficult things about starting your career as a DJ is figuring out what equipment you need to buy. If you listen to your friends—part time and professional DJs alike—you’ll end up with high end and pricey controllers or cheap software that doesn’t do what you need it to. Of course you want to get the best DJ equipment you can afford, but does that mean you have to break the bank to get “good” equipment?
Nope. Sometimes expensive equipment is just…a waste of money.
And that brings me to the topic of today: good speakers. Pioneer has recently released a set of killer speakers, the S-DJ80X. These babies are sleek and they have high-grade components that deliver quality sound. Pioneer says they’re good speakers for DJs and producers, but are they good for you? Continue reading “Are The Pioneer S-DJ80X Good Speakers?” »
Music has always been a global way to connect with people. You don’t need to speak the same language or share the same beliefs to connect on the dance floor over a truly phenomenal track. Since the world’s most beloved DJs come from every corner of the planet, it stands to reason that they—and eventually you too—will have to play in less than pristine conditions. I don’t mean mixing tracks in a dilapidated warehouse (we’ve all been there) but more extreme conditions than your DJ equipment is used to.
Concerts and festivals don’t always take place in an amphitheater or under a big tent; today some of the world’s most enticing music events take place in the great outdoors. Whether you’ve booked a gig in the middle of a desert or a snow covered venue, you need to have the best DJ hardware possible…without damaging your best gear.
Keep reading to find out how to preserve your DJ hardware during your next extreme gig! Continue reading “Protecting Your DJ Hardware In Treacherous Weather” »