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  1. Today
  2. Did an all vinyl live stream on ADJF twitch. Bit rusty in parts - was checking out some of my new records for the first time
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  4. Intrinzic - Encircle EP [Free Love Digi] The physical exhaustion was apparent, the pursuit is over. His past had caught up to him. Intrinzic = deep, dark, ominous, left field, tech... Release info: LABEL: Free Love Digi ARTIST: Intrinzic TITLE: Encircle EP GENRES: Drum & Bass CAT: FLD068 RELEASE DATE: 2020-03-20 TRACKS: 3 1. Intrinzic - Left Field (Original) 2. Intrinzic - Red Sun (Original) 3. Intrinzic - Artifact (Original) Grab a copy in all digital stores: https://freelovedigi.bandcamp.com/album/encircle-e-p https://www.beatport.com/release/encircle/2842179 ** Stream here: https://app.labelgrid.com/labelcopy/7180ee78abc8c4401d89f708582062e4/FLD068 https://soundcloud.com/free-love-digi/sets/feat-intrinzic-encircle-e-p ** Follow to support: https://www.facebook.com/intrinzic/ https://soundcloud.com/intrinzicdnb http://www.freelovedigi.com/ https://www.facebook.com/FreeLoveDigi
  5. Fucking dope. I'm always looking for shit like this when I'm driving in the car. Will wack it on next drive.
  6. Hey guys, I've been meaning to put this playlist together for ages and I've finally gotten around to doing it. I've collected a few super chill and super subby dubstep and trap stuff (not heavy scratchy festival shit) and thought I'd share it around with anyone that wants to vibe out. Not looking for Spotify fame (if that's a thing) but I'll be adding to it as I keep finding stuff. Enjoy https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0FNKUccZ9pHwKyg5WGMU88?si=NZf-q0O3TZq9HHtqR7SWew
  7. Hey all, Here is my latest mix for your Sunday vibes! I hope you enjoy this mix, and please let me know what you think about it. https://hearthis.at/tyd23cbz/matt-ingle-progressive-evolution-021/
  8. Check out Michael White's (Whitney Houston) free mixing seminar. You can sign up at https://www.mixingwithmike.com/a/22822/GtfzsgCg. It was great. He's broke down Billie Eilish song "Bad Guy" and gave mixing demonstrations.
  9. Yeah I removed the spam links in its sig. Wouldn't mind a few bots like this bumping threads around town tbh
  10. This one seems better than the last few haha
  11. Nice track dude. Everything sits nicely and vibe is mint! The sounds are perfect for it too. It can be easy to overkill the synths with those massive festival sounding saws on a track like this but these are perfect. Nice job
  12. Welcome dude. Another perthite to add to the list
  13. These ones are the most popular? The amount of these services online is overwhelming and there are some pretty big differences between them... still trying to figure out wich one to use and why. 😵
  14. What’s up guys, I’m looking for a singer/ songwriter to record some lyrics for a demo I have. It’s an Edm track that has a future bass style to it. I’m interested in all types of voices, so please send my account a message, and we can work things out from there!
  15. Welcome dude, looking forward to hearing some of your stuff 👍
  16. This is pretty fire. It has good build and flows well.
  17. Hey dude welcome! Feel free to post all your tracks and anything else you want
  18. What’s up guys, this is my first post here. My latest track here is a remix of Madeon’s ‘Be Fine’, I took inspiration for the drop from Porter Robinson ‘Divinity’. Any constructive critiscm, why you did or didn’t like it, would be hugely appreciated. cheers!
  19. What’s up, I hope everyone is having a great day. My name is Owen and I’m a producer/dj from Perth, Australia. Looking forward to getting to know a few of you guys.
  20. Fuck off dipshit

  21. Welcome back stranger! All the best - I'm still here to help you along the way
  22. BASIC CONTROLLERS Ok, the software thing is going great but now you want a little more than just a keypad to trigger effects and mix between tunes.The time has come to add a digital control surface called a “MIDI controller”. Much like a remote control for the TV, today’s best USB DJ controllers are just giant remote controls that tell DJ software what do, while providing a large tactile playing surface. The good news is that all the DJ software mentioned below are “MIDI-Enabled” so that means any controller that is “MIDI-Compliant” will work with it. This opens up a lot of low cost music controllers that were not intended for DJing but will work just fine for getting started. Here are, in our opinion, the most notable examples of the best MIDI controller options for DJs: from low to high price. KORG NANO KONTROL / NANO PAD Cost: $39 each Good For: Adding lots of controls on the cheap Small footprint Not So Great: Build Quality Controls are a bit of a squeeze (Kontrol) Pads aren’t very responsive (Pad) Bottom Line: The Korg Nano series is undoubtedly cheap and cheerful; they won’t last the rigours of being thrown around but they are handy for stay at home setups. The Nano Key is a bit of a waste though, as it doesn’t really add anything that your computer keys don’t already do. Additional Editor’s Tip: The Korg Nano Series has been updated to a new v2 series which promises a bit more in terms of build quality. They come in at a reasonable $60, and come in a bit nicer design. Check them out here: Korg nanoKONTROL2 Slim-Line USB Control Surface AKAI MPK MINI Cost: $80 Good For: Keys, pads, and knobs all-in-one Handy form factor 25 keys gives plenty of control Not So Great: The knobs have very short caps that can make them tricky to use The pads are okay at best Bottom Line: The MPK Mini is a great controller for the price, as it’s small but pretty sturdy, and although it’s not designed specifically with DJs in mind it does have potential. Interested in grabbing one for your setup? Check out the Akai Pro MPK Mini on Amazon. Numark DJ 2 Go Cost: $49 Good For: It’s ‘DJ shaped’ Mobile DJs Not So Great The unit’s not very controllerist friendly The dials aren’t up to much and feel cruddy Bottom Line If you’re in the market for a low budget controller you’ll probably have seen the DJ2GO. It’s not terrible, but its traditionalist design feels like a bit of a throwback. Actually… it’s pretty terrible. We’re listing it because it’s something many of you will likely consider. If you decided to see if it’s right for you, here’s the Amazon product page: Numark DJ2Go USB DJ Controller OXYGEN 25 KEYBOARD Cost: $99 Good For: Sturdy design 25 full-size keyboard keys Pitch and mod wheels Pretty good knobs Not So Great: Not designed for DJs No pads Bottom Line The Oxygen 25, previously known as the Oxygen 8, is something of a classic among controllerists on account of its low cost and high potential. It’s definitely worth a look, and will likely outlast the smaller, flimsier gear above. If it seems right for you, here’s a link to where you can pick one up: M-Audio Oxygen 25 25-Key USB MIDI Controller NUMARK MIXTRACK Cost: $130 Good For: Actually looking like a DJ controller Large platters DJ-focused controls Not So Great: Generally light on build quality Platters aren’t very good for track control Bottom Line The Mixtrack is actually a pretty decent attempt at a super-low budget DJ controller. It won’t set the world alight and I doubt it’ll last forever, but it has all the right controls. Want to get one and get started mixing? Here’s the obligatory link to buy: Numark MIXTRACK DJ Software Controller If you’ve got a bit more cash, we do know that the Mixtrack Pro($250) might be tempting, but remember that unlike the Trakor Kontrol S2, the only included softwares are the limited LE versions. DJ TECHTOOLS MIDI FIGHTER Cost: $179 Good For: Extreme tactile satisfaction Customization options Not So Great: Pinning your whole DJing control to it Bottom Line Okay, obviously the Midi Fighter is a DJ TechTools creation, but we hope you can trust our objectivity. The Midi Fighter uses professional quality buttons, but in all honesty 16 buttons without labels might not quite cut it when it comes to controlling everything your software has to offer. That won’t stop us from mentioning it, though – get your very own here! NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KONTROL X1 Cost: $199 Good For Excellent build quality High resolution controls in Traktor and Serato Not So Great Limited control surfaces in a cramped interface Better as an accompanying device Bottom Line The Kontrol X1 is a great feeling unit, but it feels like it’s designed to be the companion to something that controls your actual decks. Price per control ratio is high, but it’s a quality unit with awesome default Traktor and Serato mappings. It’s also a pretty decent deal at $199 – Amazon has it with free shipping, as well: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Performance DJ Controller DJ SOUNDCARDS UNDER $220 If you are ready to start doing some DJ pre-cuing then you will need to add a USB sound card with 2 stereo outputs: one output goes to the speakers and the other is used for headphones. With the controllers above and a low cost sound card, you are still in for less than $400 with software. Below, we take a look at the best DJ soundcards under $220. Behringer UCA222 Cost: $40 Good For: Extremely low price Not So Great: All round quality Bottom Line: The Behringer UCA222 is unbelievably cheap, but it sort of shows; the chassis sometimes splits and the audio quality is just okay. It works, but if you can, then just wait a little longer and upgrade. If you can’t wait, here’s the link to getting your own: Behringer UCA222 U-Control USB Audio Interface. Native Instruments Audio 2 Cost: $99 Good For: Tiny but sturdy unit Sound quality is excellent Not So Great Extremely limited connectivity Bottom Line The NI Audio 2 sounds really good, but has nothing in the way of inputs and just stereo 1/4″ sockets for output. If it’s all you need then it’s all you need, but you might need more for your setup. Either way, at just $99, it’s a nice piece of kit to have if you’re just starting out – grab one for yourself here. ReLoop Play Cost: $90 Good For: Getting separate RCA outputs Not So Great No inputs Bottom Line For total, honest disclosure here, I need to tell you the only contact I’ve had with the Play is at trade show level. I can’t, therefore, really recommend that you do something either way – but I can tell you that the Play is tiny, seemed to work just fine, and provides more flexible I/O than the Audio 2 for less money. Test it out for yourself and grab one over on the Amazon product page: Reloop Play Interface Novation Nio 2|4 Cost: $220 Good for: Sturdy build Very low latency Phantom power input Free effects plugins Not So Great: Confusing top controls A shame not to have four inputs Bottom Line: The Novation Nio is really sturdy, and features special firmware that allows FX routing to be extremely low latency (handy if you’re going down the Ableton Live or similar route). Novation chose to trade four inputs for two, one with phantom power (through-cable power to allow condenser mics to work), and whilst it is cheaper, it’s not much cheaper than the Native Instruments Audio 6; if you’re planning on going DVS at some point soon, this isn’t the best card for you. It’s also not in production anymore – but you might be able to find a used one around if you snoop hard enough. THE ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION If you know that tactile control and a sound card are going to be essential then it might be wise to skip straight to an “all in one” DJ controller that is equipped with software, hardware and a sound card for one price. Here are our three favorite beginner DJ controllers under $500: VESTAX SPIN / TYPHOON Cost: $249 Good For: Plug and go on the cheap Looks like a DJ controller Not So Great Limited control Limited quality Bottom Line Spin is designed for Mac and ships with Djay, whereas Typhoon is cross-platform and has Virtual DJ LE. Other than a paint job they’re basically the same controller, and they have a feel of ‘my first VCI-100’ about them. They are fun, but they lack controls for things like effects. Read some customer reviews and get one on Amazon here: Vestax Typhoon Midi Controller RELOOP DIGITAL JOCKEY 2 INTERFACE EDITION Cost: $300 Good For: Decent build Nice looking Sensible layout Not So Great: Slightly squashed up design Buttons aren’t ideal Bottom Line: The Reloop DJ2 is a surprisingly decent controller – you might immediately get controller envy when comparing it to their newer DJ3, but the DJ2 has plenty of controls and ships with Traktor LE, which is a short upgrade path from Traktor Pro. There’s a lot of controller for the money, but it’s also quite small so you might feel like you’re a bit squashed in. Into getting squashed? Grab a Reloop Digital Jockey 2 here – and celebrate for the potential free shipping. Novation Twitch Cost: $499 Good For: The very cool slicer mode in Itch Generally professional feel Not So Great: Some build quality issues No platters might be weird for some Bottom Line: Twitch is a controller unto its own, as although it has plenty of competition it also has enough USP to ensure it stands out. Where it really works is the cool features developed for Itch, including the excellent integration of slicer mode. CHOOSE YOUR PATH CAREFULLY! Most popular DJ solutions today start at $500 and up but there are lots of ways to get started for less. Just keep growth in mind if possible. Pick components that are modular and software that leaves room for growth so that as your demands increase, you can re-use and integrate the components you already have. Using an external sound card is sometimes smart, because when you want to upgrade your controller you wont need to spend money on another controller with a sound card built in. If your eventual goal is to use Traktor Pro or Serato Scratch Live/Itch then it might be wise to start with their “junior” or light versions. By starting there, the work and experience you put in now wont be wasted when moving to an entirely new DJ platform. Much of the time spent in digital DJing admin is preparing music – cue points, grid information, comments and so on – so switching platforms can be a very time consuming down the road.
  23. It might be a bit terrifying to older DJs, but many new DJs don’t know anything about audio cables, wiring, and pre-amps. In today’s article, guest contributor DJ Soo shares a back-to-basics guide on audio cables. This is essential reading for every new DJ – pass it along and share your own must-know knowledge in the comments. Why Do Most New DJs Not Know About Audio Cables? For decades, stereo systems were largely component-based gear requiring a certain level of knowledge and understanding to get home hi-fi systems up and running, with various components sending signal to each other. There were separate amplifiers, turntables, CD players, cassette decks, etc – and each had to connect to one another to get sound to the speakers. Wiring a hi-fi system is a skill of the past. In the last 20 years or so, the way we listen to music has drastically changed. The home stereo is no longer the source of music. Computers and phones are how most people consume their music, and the industry has focused on creating technology devoted specifically to them. Most home audio setups rarely need more than a 1/8” cable, USB cable, phone dock, or a Bluetooth connection. DJing and PA systems on the other hand, still remain firmly entrenched in a more traditional use of audio cables to connect various components and there may be many younger DJs that are not fully familiar with the various types of cables available and how each functions. So with that said, here’s a beginner’s guide to the different types of audio cables you’re likely to meet as a DJ. Editor’s Note: Many of these concepts might be obvious to most veteran DJs – but they are all included here to act as a comprehensive guide. Signal Flow The inputs and outputs on a DJM-900NXS The first thing to understand about audio is that it is very linear. There is generally either an output or an input. When it comes to audio connections, Output refers to the sound coming out of those ports, while Input refers to ports that receive that sound. This is what is known as “signal flow” or “signal chain.” Outputs should be connected to inputs along the chain of devices. For instance, when connecting a device like a CDJ or controller to a DJ Mixer, you want the CDJ outputs sending audio to your mixer inputs for their respective channels. On a standard DJ mixer, your MASTER, BOOTH, and REC OUT will be your outputs while your channel ports will be your inputs. Left/Right Audio cables are often colored red and white to easily track which side is connected to which channel. This one is fairly obvious – the tracks you DJ with are almost always produced in a stereo field. This means the signals for the left and right speakers differ. In most audio gear, that means separate ports and cables are required for the left and right side of the signal. Traditionally, the right side port will be colored red, while the left side will be white or black. The coloring on the cables makes no functional difference – they’re just an easy guide to keep track of where things are plugged in. Male/Female Connectors + Plugs The terms “Male” and “Female” in regards to cables and ports refers to the type of connectors of the cables. Male connectors plug into things, while Female connectors have things plugged into them. I’ll let you figure out where the terms originated from. Most cables used in DJing will have male ends on each side, with the female connections as the ports on the hardware. With XLR cables (more on them below), there’s almost always a male and female end, with outputs on hardware almost always being male and inputs almost always being female. Balanced/Unbalanced There’s a wealth of technical reasons and descriptions differentiating Balanced and Unbalanced cables using such jargon as “differential,” “reversed polarity,” “phase cancellation,” and so on, but instead of getting into that, let’s stick to the practical application – the most important thing for DJs to know: Unbalanced cables tend to be more prone to interference and added noise once getting beyond a certain length (about 15-20 feet) Balanced cables tend to have less noise and allow for longer cables In order to use balanced cables, the hardware must also have balanced outputs. This will be labeled on the gear. If you have to use long cables, you should always try to use balanced cables and outputs! Of the most widely used cables: RCA is always Unbalanced XLR is always Balanced 1/4” can either be Balanced (TRS) or Unbalanced (TS) Here’s a great quick explanation of the two concepts on YouTube by Joe Gilder: Pre-amps Amplifiers do pretty much what the name states: it amplifies power and in the case of audio, the volume. Audio output from computers, CDJs, phones, and other non-analog devices is what’s known as line level audio. This is a specific range of volume output by devices. There are, however, certain devices that output considerably quieter or weaker signals that require an extra stage of amplification to output at a similar volume. The two most commonly encountered pieces of gear for DJs will be turntables and microphones. The inputs on a DJ mixer often have selectable phono preamp or line level inputs – like on the back of this Rane Sixty Two DJ turntables require what’s known as a phono pre-amp to get vinyl at a similar volume level as a CDJ or controller. Almost all DJ mixers will have built-in pre-amps, and some of the more modern turntable options also have built-in pre-amps. Phono inputs on DJ mixers are specifically for turntables and nothing else as they have a specific layer of EQing required to make vinyl sound like real music (known as the RIAA EQ curve). If you’ve ever plugged in a turntable into the Line input of a mixer and heard a quiet signal or worse, or plugged a CDJ into the Phono input and heard a loud, distorted mess of a signal, it’s because of the pre-amp (or lack thereof). Microphones also require a pre-amp as passive mics also tend to be very weak compared to line level sound. Most line or front-of-house mixers have both line level and mic level inputs that can be plugged into. Unlike phono pre-amps, the input does not alter the sound outside of amplification so it is possible to plug a line level output into a mic input and drastically lower the gain to prevent clipping. Some mixers will also have what’s known as a “pad” option which automatically adjusts down the level by about 20 db essentially converting the input into a line level input. Audio Cable Types RCA Cables RCA is one of the most ubiquitous cable formats in audio gear. Developed in the 1940s, it has remained largely unchanged since and continues to be one of the standard cables for linking audio components. This cable is used for everything from CDJs to mixers to main outputs to stereo systems. Due to the unbalanced nature of RCA cables, they are best used for shorter distances. This is fine connecting a CDJ to a mixer or a controller to a mixer, but for entry-level mixers and controllers that only have RCA outputs for the mains, it isn’t recommended to connect directly to a PA system if the cables are going to be longer than 15-20 feet just due to the increased risk of noise and interference. RCA cables can also be used for S/PDIF or Digital Outputs although a specific cable (75ohm cable) is supposed to give the best results. This is most commonly seen in higher end Pioneer CDJs and Nexus mixers. TRS / TS Cables TRS stands for Tip Ring Sleeve which is another ubiquitous cable format alongside TS which is simply Tip Sleeve. The most commonly seen usage of the TRS connector is the 1/8” or 1/4” jack used in headphones. These cables are also used as PA Speaker cables, microphones, and instrument patch cables. Outside of headphones, in the DJ world, they are often used as main outputs or booth outputs. The important thing to note: these cables can either be balanced or unbalanced. TRS cables are balanced while TS cables are unbalanced. The easy way to tell the cables apart is that TRS cables have an extra plastic ring around the jack rather than the single in a TS cable. XLR Cables XLR cables are one of the standard cable formats for pro audio. Unlike most audio cables, XLR will almost always have two different ends – one male and one female. XLR outputs and inputs are most commonly used for main outputs on mixers or higher end controllers or for microphones. XLR cables are popular in the pro audio world for a few of reasons: They are always balanced – it’s very easy to run long cables They lock into place – making it more difficult to get accidentally unplugged Due to the dual connector ends, it’s very easy to link up a series of shorter cables together for a longer run If you’re building up a mobile PA system, this will be the cable you will most likely use the most to connect speakers. SpeakOn Cables SpeakOn cables are most often used in higher end and larger PA systems – festival and concert rigs and the like. DJ gear does not use SpeakOn connectors – they’re used to connect amplifier racks to passive speaker rigs. The advantages to SpeakOn cables is the greater shielding to prevent interference or even electrical shock, more durable and thicker cables, and a superior locking mechanism. Newer passive speakers (i.e. requiring separate amplifiers) will often sport SpeakOn connectors vs XLR connectors on powered or active gear. Speaker Wire I’ve always hated speaker wire. It’s messy, ugly and hard to deal with. They were the standard for HiFi systems for decades. It’s essentially two raw bundles of small copper, wrapped in rubber, with the copper exposed on each end. This wire is used to connect an amplifier to passive speakers. If you’ve ever had to ground a Technics to a ground post with the grounding fork missing, connecting speaker wire is the same, but more of a pain. Speaker wire is essentially two wires melded together – a positive and negative side. The exposed wires are often twisted up and jammed into a clip connector or a binding post (similar to a grounding post). Some speakers will have special connectors you can attach to the wires to make it simpler. Bonus Concepts + Additional Notes Combo Jacks Combo jack Mic inputs on the back of a VCI-400 Combo jacks are jacks that can take both XLR and 1/4” TRS/TS cables. They are always female so they always function as inputs. These are most commonly found in active speakers. Adaptors There are times that certain pieces of gear require different connectors on each ends (for example, connecting a DDJ-SR – which only has 1/4” outs – to a pair speakers that only have XLR inputs). The easiest way to solve this is to use either adaptors or cables with different connectors on either end. Want to change cable types? There’s seemingly an adaptor for every possible situation. If you can think of a combination of connectors, then an adaptor or cable exists for it. While adaptors are convenient, I tend to gravitate towards dedicated cables (or in the case of XLR, they also function as adaptors – just with a length of wire between them). Adaptors can be bulky and in the case of some manufacturers of connectors, aren’t the most snug leading to signal loss or noise. Add to that, given that most DJ gear tends to plug in horizontally, heavier adaptors can stress the plugs – which can end up damaging your gear. Converting unbalanced to balanced signal If you have a mixer or controller which only has RCA or unbalanced 1/4” outputs and you want the option of running cables longer than 15 feet, there are a couple of ways to convert the signal to a balanced output. The first is a DI or Direct Box which is a small unit that is purpose-built to convert the signal into a balanced output. They come in different sizes and styles some which are very basic and others which have a host of more features. Best bet is to find one that supports stereo inputs and outputs, otherwise a pair of boxes will be required. The other option is to run the device into a separate mixer with balanced outputs. There are plenty of small-size and affordable mixers which accept RCA or 1/4” inputs and have balanced XLR or 1/4” outputs. The added benefit of these mixers is that it allows for an extra gain stage to boost volume. This is especially useful for entry-level devices that tend to have lower output. A DJ mixer will also function well for this application – so venues with any type of house mixer will work fine.
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