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  1. 6 points
    OK, so there are two things you're talking about here: 1) technical ability 2) getting exposure -> assuming this is so you can move toward getting gigs? I had a quick flick through the mix. Genre: Personally wouldn't exactly call it jacking house, there was a bit of variety, but most of the tunes are what I'd expect to hear at a commercial / electro house night. Nothing wrong with that if that's what you're into.. But if you're trying to get gigs and telling promoters you're playing jacking house, I don't really know anyone booking 'jacking house' DJs around Melbourne at the moment, let alone for opening sets. Mixing: OK in the sense that beatmatching and phrasing was on most of it. Levels were a bit up and down - the mixes sounded a lot like the incoming track just had the drums slammed over the live track, which makes the kicks sound wrong. EQ is your friend here - you don't want the low end of both tracks up if they both have heavy kicks going, you get volume peaks/drops and it makes it sound really noticeable that you're mixing a track in. Also try work on some different transition styles than straight intro/outro mixing with the same EQ movements each time. Flow: Half hr is pretty short.. But think about if you were in a club, you want to build up to a peak, drop back off a bit to give the dancers a rest, build up again, and the night goes around like this. Then depending on what time the place shuts, fades off a bit toward the end of the night generally. Listen to some DJ sets and pay particular attention to the order they play their tracks. Exposure: The hardest one. You can circulate via socials to friends and you may get a few plays, but the fact is not many people will listen. Unless they're a DJ, they probably don't listen to that style of music day in, day out. As labrat said - if you want exposure in terms of gigs, you need to be out meeting people all the time, frequenting the venues you wish to play at. It all comes down to $ at the end of the day, so they're going to book people they like / will bring them $ in / they're so good that they create the exact vibe the venue is going for. Also, it's hard to get the first few gigs at venues. Just remember, no matter how good you are mixing in your bedroom, it doesn't transfer into club experience. Using equipment in the loud, dark room, people hanging off you, having to read the crowd, conform to the promoter's vision/music policies, probably had a few drinks before hand, etc... you will probably muck something up. So they will put you at the quietest time of the night; at least to start with. Find the venues you want to play at (generally a venue where you already know someone involved somehow), turn up early and learn what music they play. Focus on becoming good at that genre, and work from there. But at the same time, you want to sound unique (without trying to contradict myself). No venue plays hits all night. P.S. Melbourne is saturated with DJs, and a lot of them are pretty good, at least in my circles. So to become 'known' for being a good DJ around here takes a lot of time and practice. I've been chipping away for years down here.
  2. 4 points
    LabRat

    Stanton ST150 Turntable Rebuild

    Ladies, Gents and esteemed guests; I pulled my turntables out of storage the other week to find that after a year and a half of being tucked away, something ridiculous happened to all the plastics and rubber parts. I'm not sure what caused it but it became all sticky and gross. The base and all the buttons were stuffed. It's like that feeling when you pull off a sticker after a long time and all the adhesive is left behind. I plugged them in to make sure they still work and so far so good but I didn't want to keep them in this condition. After ringing around for parts and such it became increasingly difficult to find anyone who cared. I called the distributer and they said they may have some second hand bits laying around but no bueno so I decided to pull them apart and clean them up myself. Since they were going to be apart, I've decided that I'm going to wrap the faceplate and do the dicer mod! Quick Note - make sure you keep everything labeled! Take lots of photos and put any parts in labeled zip lock bags so the assembly is much easier Here's as they were when I pulled them out of storage You might be able to see the difference in the plastic. The shinier side is where I scrapped a bit of the adhesive off, and the matte is the gunk. So time to dismantle. There's next to no information about these online so it's a guessing game at the moment. The platter pops right off revealing a few screws. Since I'm wrapping the face plate I need to remove the screws (which I've already done around the platter) the other 4 are unnecessary. There's about 10 screws holding the base together. You can see by the finger prints how stuffed these are Once the screws are out, you can wiggle the base off. Try not to yank it when doing so. Be gentle, it'll come off I'm skipping a massive part here but can go int greater detail if requested. It's good to have an old pillow to rest the face plate down on as the hardness of a table could damage the tone arm, buttons or circuitry. To make a long story short, the tone arm isn't clipped in, it's straight wires from the circuit board right through to the carts. This makes it a bit difficult to remove. You'll require a soldering iron here and some basic soldering skills. It's best to melt the solder on the circuit board to remove the wires. I accidentally snapped mine. It's very easy to do as the wires are so thin so be careful. So this is my current situation. I need to clean all my parts now so it'll be some time before I post updates. Once the parts are cleaned I'll be wrapping the face plate and replacing the decals on the face too. Unfortunately the cleaning product you need to use will remove all text and any kind of printed labels or stickers so you'll need to have these remade if you want to keep them in the future. As I work in the sign and graphics industry this is easy and cheap for me to do myself. I'll probably be doing some custom labels on it rather than replacing the original logos but we'll see how it goes. Hopefully in my next update I'll have my colour chosen too
  3. 3 points
    Mitch

    EQ Cheat Sheets

    Saw these online, thought Iā€™d share here.
  4. 3 points
    Got the ground lift adapters in today, and they've made a world of difference. I can still here a tiny bit of the squeal if I get close to the speakers while the GPU is going hard, but it's inaudible from my seating position and definitely so while playing back audio - the quality of which doesn't seem to be affected. I'm very happy with my $10.04 solution! Cheers for the advice guys.
  5. 3 points
    LabRat

    Kouki - Only One [Trump'd Music]

    Since my absence from the music industry I never had a second thought to write or release anything or promote another party. It's been 3 years now and since I sold my car I've been looking for another hobby to fill in my boredom. I fired up Trump'd again on a VERY small scale. There's a few releases under the Trump'd banner ready to go, which I'll post through out the year. My commitment levels are no where near what they were when I was full-time and I have no idea what's relevant but I'm gonna put out some tunes anyway. Here's the latest one. It's only available via stream on Spotify and Apple Music (amongst others). Once I sort out my distribution to Beatport I'll probably put out some DJ friendly versions for the venues and such. Enjoy.
  6. 3 points
    NitroMonkey

    Bedroom Dj ready for the next step!

    Hey mate, welcome to the forums. There is plenty of advice out there for you to take, but most of it will be irrelevant to your experience. What I mean is, you will not absorb most of it until years to come. However the most straight forward advice I have for you is the following... Start simple, remain humble, work your networks. A philosophy I live by in almost every application in my life. Starting simple; learning the basics inside out. Beat matching, phrasing, in key and out of key mixing, watching proper DJs LIVE and don't learn bad habits or attitudes. Remain humble; keep your ego in check. The reality of DJing is that there will always be someone out there that is better or more unique than you in their own way. Find your product and work with that. Work your networks; expand your social boundaries, attend events of multiple genres, meet and greet people with no hidden agenda. If you get these down for the next 6-12-24 months you may create an opportunity to play your first live set. Remember, it isn't entirely about what you know in this industry, more who you know. So you need to create that in order for it to happen. However, backing it up with a skill set that is impressive shows you mean business. Because ultimately DJing is a business. You wouldn't go into your day job and only do half the work... I'll have a listen to your mixes, I would suggest you make a post for your latest one in a thread here on the forums. Just make sure it goes into the right section
  7. 2 points
    Exode - Hardkube pack Style : Frenchcore/Hardcore Product Details: - 1351 Loops & Samples audio includes - 47 Athmos drones - 302 Hard kicks - 237 Top Loops - 56 Bass - 55 Fills - 87 Fx noises - 73 Hats - 36 Hits - 136 Sfx energy - 40 Snares - 138 Synth loops - 55 Vocals +/- - 54 Whitenoises These are old personal loops Get It Free here : @ https://www.primamateriaaudio.com/free-download And other things Maybe you will find a one sample or two that you like. Have fun...
  8. 2 points
    Nice mix there mate!
  9. 2 points
    Tom Cosm has just released this huge swag of content for free on YouTube as he makes the move to Patreon, give him some love at http://www.patreon.com/tomcosm "20 In depth high def tutorial videos covering a tunes entire creation process, from programming beats, to tune structure... the main focus however is on 16 powerful bassline patches and a tutorial on how each was made." Intro - https://youtu.be/934Bw_bzGJo Part 1 - https://youtu.be/349Uf8HQZkk Part 2 - https://youtu.be/ar51_A1psIY Part 3 -https://youtu.be/uUKMUlRGfPY Part 4 - https://youtu.be/gg9QHX88D3Y Part 5 - https://youtu.be/UEzn2-V1eh4 Part 6 - https://youtu.be/BAjE2H4fi00 Part 7 - https://youtu.be/424WHMjz8Tg Part 8 - https://youtu.be/nDXTn08f06I Part 9 - https://youtu.be/w1etcEAiSHU Part 10 - https://youtu.be/934Bw_bzGJo Part 11 - https://youtu.be/LcktjBqnuK0 Part 12 - https://youtu.be/DMvoA0VX7rc Part 13 - https://youtu.be/nzc4cWzGy0A Part 14 - https://youtu.be/fkT80cUt1go Part 15 - https://youtu.be/H13wvKwA7Yc Part 16 - https://youtu.be/cu8wreyJiSM Part 17 - https://youtu.be/934Bw_bzGJo Part 18 - https://youtu.be/ukv4mc-oc8w Part 19 - https://youtu.be/oHypQS_yCiA Part 20 - https://youtu.be/kqpFTCoxUxA
  10. 2 points
    LabRat

    Spitty's random finds

    I find some cool stuff when I browse the InterTube so thought I should start sharing what I see with you guys. I'll keep adding to this every time I find a video that's worthwhile sharing. They're mainly production videos which is why I though it would be cool to have just 1 thread which showcases heaps of different stuff. I do find a fair bit so I could update this thread a number of times a day, or never at all - keep your eyeballs on this space
  11. 2 points
    Just an FYI, this set is also hip hop, dubstep, drum & bass, glitch hop etc
  12. 2 points
    ThatPartyGuy

    So I've never really DJ'd

    only issue i've had with controllers is that you need an ok computer to handle it. like you dont need something epic but i've had Traktor lag on me a few times out at a gig.
  13. 2 points
    Yeah it sounds like a quick and fun little challenge. I might have to oil everything up for 1 more go
  14. 2 points
    Mitch

    Pawn & Co 21-08-16

    Got a recording of my set from last night up. Was opening set (7pm), so bit more downtempo with a (significant) hint of disco vibe. Enjoy
  15. 2 points
    Mitch

    About Her

    This is cool. I get where @Narukami is coming from - I thought it was going to drop into a 4x4 garage track during that first build/peak. But you pulled it back
  16. 2 points
    Basically the same but cannot stress on how much you hear when listening back to your own mix, my mixes are like the only thing i listen. Also post mixes here we offer nothing but ways to improve.
  17. 2 points
    its all about practice man. record mixes and listen back on it, take notes and try again. thats how i got better and better, till i worked up and got residency at a couple of places. being nervous, imo, its a good thing. means you actually care about DJing and want to do a great job. i've seen far too many DJ's that have the "so what" or "i'm top shit" attitude, they just sucked... a new guy who just started out that was nervous as balls rocked a crowd and was 100 times better then some of the headliners we had.
  18. 1 point
    Cupe

    Hi Guys new here

    Yeah we trying to keep it alive since a lot of users stopped returning because they spend their lives on social media instead. ADJF will never die.
  19. 1 point
    Mitch

    Liquified Spotify Playlist

    Update: enjoyed šŸ‘
  20. 1 point
    LabRat

    Kouki - My Body (Radio Cut)

    Few different ways to do it but the easiest way now is to go though distribution platforms like Tunecore, Distrokid, CD Baby etc. It was a bit complicated to set up a proper label when I was going though those hoops with Trump'd (I was in the process of registering with Label Works) but since I scrapped that idea I'm only really putting my own music out I decided to use Distrokid. Some platforms, like Distrokid, don't upload to some places like Beatport so if you wanna put your music everywhere like that you just need to do the research to see which one works for you. They all take different percentages and have different fees too
  21. 1 point
    Hey all, I just put together and recorded my latest Progressive Evolution mix. Arguably some of the smoothest mixing I have ever done to date. I really enjoyed putting this one together and hope you enjoy it too. Listen to it here
  22. 1 point
    Craig

    *Live* Tech House Roof Top Session

    Evening! Below is the link to my most recent private roof top session recored live. Was a nice afternoon to throw some tech house around and I'm not going to lie, it does get a little sloppy in parts as the drinks were being consumed quckly šŸ˜‚ >>>Soundcloud link<<< Let me know your thoughts on the mix, constructive criticism is alway welcomed. Also if you can throw a like, repost or follow it'd be much appreciated šŸ¤™
  23. 1 point
    rc40

    Floorfillers for suburbs?

    Hi there, My apologies if this not the right place to ask this question - I'm just a guy trying to help his kids' (public) Primary School, and I haven't DJed for 20 years! Crikey I feel old saying that. Long story short: I've been asked to play songs at my kids' Primary School Fundraising Night, and I'd like to help them out (I'd be a pretty poor Dad if I didn't!). The crowd will be suburban parents, teachers & their friends, aged late 20s to early 50s I guess. Can anyone please give me the names some songs suitable for that sort of crowd from the last 10 years or so? By way of example, I asked some other parents for suggestions, and apart from the usual suspects (Katy Perry, Pink, Beyonce), someone suggested 'Cake by the Ocean' by DNCE, which sounds brilliant (I think). Thanks in advance for your help. rc40
  24. 1 point
    Craig

    USB to Rekordbox

    @LabRat For me it helps song choice for future events, what sounds good through the headphone in front of a computer isn't always a 5 star at a venue. Hopfully this helps someone else out in the future.
  25. 1 point
    dflux4

    Back once again for the ..

    Welcome back homie, I've had a recent hiatus myself and find myself back at home in the ADJF community.
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Scottie

    Cupe needs a new PC build

    if you're looking to have all drive bays filled then you'll need an extra sata slot, most mobos will have 6 at most, unless you spend $300+, then you get 8. There are pci SATA controller cards out there that allow you to have an extra few SATA ports, but I'm not 100% on how they work. mitch might know more
  28. 1 point
    Scottie

    Cupe needs a new PC build

    you could salvage your psu, graphics card, fans and case. If you're upgrading to a new cpu, then there's no avoiding having to get a new motherboard and new ram too
  29. 1 point
    LabRat

    Free Plugins via Splice

    These are always double-up's of stuff I've posted before but it becomes relevant when it on page one so enjoy these again https://splice.com/plugins/free_plugins?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid-social&utm_campaign=acquisition&utm_content=sounds
  30. 1 point
    Natey180

    Scratch QnA partner/s

    Hey everyone Are you a Turntablist? Sick of scratching all alone in your bedroom? ME TOOOOOO I'm looking for like minded turntablists out there to jam with. Grandmixer Qbert got soooo good because he had another dj to bounce ideas off, practice with, learn from and improve. This is how the scratch QnA was born. Do you know who he practised with??? If so, you and I will get along just fine. I can host, or travel, all I need is someone like minded and keen for some cuts.....is that you? If so, drop me a line. No time wasters pls. Lets make this happen!!!
  31. 1 point
    This guy also is pretty awesome and has lots of stuff I recall watching way back when Hope these worked, as im at work and get ICT security 'access restricted' so, yeah..... Also I saw there is a manual for that piece of hardware, might be worth having a quick scroll through or find the online manual pdf and 'ctrl + f' and search alot quicker that way
  32. 1 point
    well done buddy. you'll be happy
  33. 1 point
    I don't know if anyone here has used or uses pro tools. Ive had much experience with it and I don't like it. I don't think it's very user friendly but that's me. I'd suggest that what you already have would be find for compositions are you wanting to record into pro tools or just arrange audio clips?
  34. 1 point
    Scixors

    Hello to my fellow humans

    G'day Cobba!
  35. 1 point
    This is an oldie but decided to share it. Lets see if Soundcloud gives me another strike and removes my account
  36. 1 point
    Yeah true for each track it will sound smoother introing.. more personal. "Dis ya boi IgnisOfficial on BBC radio bedroom!"
  37. 1 point
    LabRat

    Using trims and balancing levels

    It comes back to trusting your ears. It's all good looking at the meter but it's not going to help much. Best way is to bring the track in and adjust the trims as you're bringing it in
  38. 1 point
    Cupe

    hello and good evening

    It was ,,, gr8 m8s ,, champion legend if u dont tink so check ur sissa
  39. 1 point
    Bristles

    Cheap Strings Virtual Inst.

    I reckon ay! I've never tried a "virtual instrument" pack type thing.. Not sure exactly how it will work but I'll let you know when I give it a shot
  40. 1 point
    AlexJ

    Mastering Chain

    yeah get a decent set of headphones. i do most of my arrangements in shitty sennheiser can (because they are comfy af and can wear them for hours) then when i want to start nailing things out i use the studio monitors. Find its much easier (and more comfy) to do things at low volume in headphones. if im trying to block out noise and produce ill put in my shure inner ears (SE535, couldnt recommend them enough for the pricepoint). its good to get in the habit of mixing across a few set of speakers but have one main set that you have a good understanding of. For example, i know my sennys get alittle bass boost around 150hz so I put a little notch eq on my master when i use them (only about 1.5db) to just limit the 'booming' of my kicks. Now when i jump over to the monitors everything sounds flat (which in this case is a good thing). As Labrat touched on earlier. learning your tools and skill development is still the key
  41. 1 point
    Welcome to this selection of loops and samples of Future House scene. Sub-smashing bass-lines, fat drums, incredible leads and insane section of FX are just a small part of what you have at your fingertips with this collection. Fans of artists and labels such as Defected, Spinnin , Ultra,Toolroom , Calvin Harris, Oliver Heldens , Martin Solveig .. Check out the demo and grab your copy http://sounds.beatport.com/pack/essential-future-house-vol-1/15162 https://www.producerloops.com/Download-House-Of-Loop-Essential-Future-House-Vol-1.html https://www.adsrsounds.com/product/wav-samples/essential-future-house-vol-1/
  42. 1 point
    Verimon

    Hola from sunny Perth

    Thank you all for the warm welcoming! Sunny Perth is turning it on this week for us all
  43. 1 point
    LabRat

    Habitat DJ comp

    sup sup i've entered a dj comp coz i think it would be mad fun! here's my entry. i will try commit to other mixes in das future now i have a bit of time for the moment i forgot to save the tracklist so i'll have to go into traktor and hope it's still in there
  44. 1 point
    AlphaFive

    Best underrated plugins

    S'pose I better kickstart this ... Tone2's Electra synth is awesome and has a nice metallic edge that makes it sound different from other warmer trance n dance machines. It's pretty exxy tho. Also if you're after a good reverb, ValhallaDSP is an awesome small setup with a range of simple but phat sounding reverbs.
  45. 1 point
    until
    Everyone get down m8 style and watch a movie together from the comfort of your own home (no pants). This week's movie is: Boondock Saints (Directors Cut) To obtain the movie of the week join chat and type !m8d8 - this is so we all have the same version for the sync. Be in chat for the countdown at 1pm on Saturday and share the m8iness. c u at the m8d8 m9s ā¤
  46. 1 point
    the raspberry pi 2 & 3 have 4 usb ports, ethernet and hdmi but the 3 has onboard wifi as well. you'd be looking at buying it from ebay, easiest. $60 - $70 ish for the board. if you want a bundle with case, sd card, cables etc.. thats about $100+ the plus side of a bundled package is sometimes they flash the sd card with raspbian (debian for raspberry pi) but thats easy as fuck to do. cases for the pi are like $10 and sd cards are like $15 for a 16gb.
  47. 1 point
    LabRat

    10min challenge

    try this one https://www.dropbox.com/s/aqd5s4co544mj37/10min%20drop%20challenge.mov?dl=0
  48. 1 point
    Scottie

    Beginner, need some controller advice

    If you're just starting out, I would recommend used gear at a decent price - gives you the freedom to muck about on it for a while, and if you decide it's not your thing, you can resell without losing much if anything. The SB would be a pretty good bit of kit for about that price, has all the basics + a few bells and whistles to get you going as a beginner
  49. 1 point
    Mitch

    What's good in DJ headphones at the moment?

    hd 25s are the standard. Make sure you get the OG ones that Andy linked, and not the new silver ones (they have a different driver in them and aren't as good apparently). You can also get the model with the coiled cable (hd25-ii-c or something??) if you prefer that over the straight cable. They come with a carry bag, but not a hard case. You can get the UDG headphone case if you want a more durable case - https://www.storedj.com.au/Search?ProductSearch=udg%20headphone
  50. 1 point
    andyman

    DIY Home Recording Studio Desk.

    Is that the couch from Casting Couch? What sort of 'studio' are you running here?
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