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  1. 3 points
    Mitch

    EQ Cheat Sheets

    Saw these online, thought I’d share here.
  2. 2 points
    This also has balanced output and USB-C at a slightly cheaper price https://www.storedj.com.au/m-audio-air-hub-usb-monitoring-interface-w-built-in-3-port-hub
  3. 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...
  4. 1 point
    The Komplete Audio 1 by Native Instruments is their entry level sound card. It's lightweight, sleek and has the blue LED signal lights we've seen across their range. It's a nice and compact unit which doesn't require too much desk space. I purchased this to boost signal to the headphones and power some mid-level-priced speakers, to override the Core Audio in my MacBook Pro. It cost me $149 from Store DJ which is bang on what I wanted too spend. Taking it out of the box, the lightness of it seems instantly concerning. It makes you wonder if the components inside will be up to the task. I have a Scarlett by Focusrite set up in my permanent studio and that weighs a considerable amount more than this. The build quality of the Scarlett is worlds above this, but I also paid quite a bit more for it. The Scarlett isn't directly comparable to the NI KA 1 as the reasons I've purchased each unit have 2 very different purposes. On the front panel you have 2 inputs, an XLR (only) and 6mm audio jack. They have a nice click to them when putting the cables in are seem to hold them in nice and firm, which you would expect. The gain dials are weighty, which is something I like. They have a good amount of control and the input of volume is nice and smooth. The line / instrument switch is quite solid too. It also has a 48v switch for those 'phantom powered' studio mics. I don't have mine here unfortunately so I can't comment on the sound quality. Engaging 48v doesn't affect the sound quality through the headphones which is good, because you never know. On the top of the panel you have your master gain for your speakers. This dial is a good half the weight of the knobs on the front panel but it doesn't feel horrible, and the lights dance around signalling audio as you would expect. The gloss plastic cover over the LED's is a nice contrast to the flat black which supports the master gain. Simple and modern design, nothing negative to report on. On the back, we have a USB power connecter and 2 RCA outputs, left and right. I wouldn't say it's ideal but it's not horrible. The sound delivery is perfectly acceptable for my intended use. I'm using 6" Behringer Truth monitors at the moment and, despite the lack of low end, they're not struggling to output the sound. Back in the day when I first started I used a Cakewalk UA-1G (which I still own) and that got me through the first few years of my musical journey just fine. That was a brilliant bit of kit. It wasn't Focusrite level by any means but it was the perfect little companion to get started. The output wasn't very loud and the inputs kinda sucked but it did everything I needed it to do. I'd put the NI KA1 on a similar spectrum as the UA-G1, in terms of a budget sound card, but the modern quality of the NI KA1 makes it a far better unit and will suit any bedroom producer just fine. Cakewalk UA-G1 pictured below. In conclusion, I pick my Focusrite over the NI KA1 any day of the week. It's a far better build unit and the audio quality, both input and output, is spectacular. However, I'm not writing to compare the two. I am writing to give my opinion on this little budget sound card which is reasonably priced and holds it's own nicely. Native Instruments throw in some free software with it too; you get the lite version of Ableton Live, Maschine Essentials, Replika, Phasis, Monark and Solid Bus Comp. That's a great little package of plugins to add to your arsenal. Monark is a great synth which can be used on the free Reaktor player and Replika is one of my favourite delay plugins - I use it on everything! Native Instruments also give you a $39 gift voucher to put towards another purchase of your choice, on their online store. Value for money, I'm not disappointed. If I was just getting into it I'd be even happier with the plugins they gift you too. The build quality is good, after initial thoughts that the lightness could be concerning, the audio output is good and it's a nice compact unit. I would have liked to see 2 XLR's with 6mm inputs inside them and 6mm outputs on the back rather than RCA's but it's a const effective unit so something has to give. Something to be mindful for the new generation Mac users with USB-C. You'll have to get a USB to USB-C adapter, not a replacement cable. NI have sunk their USB into the unit quite a bit for some reason meaning their cable is really the only one that fits in it. You'll probably need to spend an extra $20-$30 from Officeworks on an adapter, or maybe more if you buy a docking setup. With all that said, I give it 3.8 out of 5 stars. Overall, a good little unit which will do the job just fine. Few nice plugins and an e-Voucher from the kind people at NI is a nice little incentive too.
  5. 1 point
    Only thing I’d say about that is it has RCA outputs, I’d be keen on TRS/XLR balanced output at a minimum. This m-audio one looks like a new model and has 1/4” balanced outputs https://www.storedj.com.au/m-audio-m-track-duo-2-channel-audio-interface-w-2-xlr-and-1-4-inch-combo-inputs. Currently on backorder though. This one is a tad more expensive but also has the benefit of a USB-C connection. Assuming you have a newer MacBook this will avoid the need for another adapter https://www.storedj.com.au/rode-ai1-studio-quality-audio-interface-and-headphone-amplifier. Rode typically make OK stuff too..
  6. 1 point
    Andy’d

    Hi

    Hi and thanks for the add, came across the forum and thought I’d join. cheers
  7. 1 point
    LabRat

    Pioneer CDJ 350

    I've been looking on and off getting a set of something to have a bit of a play with, ideally something I can use USB's for. A set of 350's came up on marketplace and I'm willing to put an offer in on them as they're compact and have USB capability with (I'm assuming) rekordbox. Question to the people that are still involved; - are these worth it just for home use, - is the latest version of rekordbox compatible (I'll probably google this after I post this tbh), - are there any other suggestions for simple home use (without the use of a laptop and controller) that I can look into that won't cost a million bucks? I'm probably willing to splash out 500 bucks or so but it's probing to be really annoying as I'm guessing covid tax is still a thing PFA [
  8. 1 point
    Mitch

    Pioneer CDJ 350

    They do work with rekordbox; however, the screen only lets you browse one line at a time which is a bit of a pain, so you need your playlists on point. The 850s (what I have) show three rows when browsing which is a bit better, but I’m finding they’re getting slower now the USBs are quite large with heaps of tracks on them. Pioneer do make a range of all in one units which look like a controller but you just bang a USB in and off you go - not sure how much these are though (probably more than 500).
  9. 1 point
    Mitch

    Rotorcraft Jan 2021 mix

    Hey fam, Been a while since I posted one of these. Hoping to do one each month. As things start to reopen down here, I greatly appreciate any social media action as I try to get some bookings + post any feedback below of course. Stay .
  10. 1 point
    LabRat

    OSX 11 - Big Sur / M1 Silicone Chip

    If anyone is thinking of updating to Big Sur or upgrading your system to a new Mac with the M1 chip you may wish to hold off a little longer, unless you're using native Apple apps such as Logic Pro, Final Cut etc. I'm on the look out to do both, update my MBP to Big Sur and invest in a Mac mini with the M1 chip. I've been keeping my eye on what's compatible and what isn't and nothing much has changed in the last month or so, so I would suggest if you're thinking of doing the same just wait until maybe mid-year. In the meantime, if you're interested, jump onto Roaring Apps and search the applications you often use and their compatibility with Big Sur and with the M1 chip. New technology is exciting but also a massive pain in the ass for existing software. Hope this little tool helps anyone looking to upgrade.
  11. 1 point
    Mitch

    10 ways to make distinctive pad sounds

    Nice article on Ableton’s blog https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/pad-it-out-10-ways-make-distinctive-pad-sounds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=ableton%2Fblog
  12. 1 point
    Mitch

    NOMINATIONS: Quiet Achiever of 2016

    I’ll declare you winner
  13. 1 point
    Scottie

    SL1200s and step-down transformers

    Nope, I used a step down and it was fine. Turntables are very low power consumption so you'd only need a 50w one for 2 turntables (plus a Japanese Y adaptor). I bought one very similar to this https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/50-Watt-Japanese-Isolated-Step-Down-Transformer-Voltage-converter-100V-SD100-50/252419714651?hash=item3ac5632e5b:g:mnQAAOxyTMhR8M1a&frcectupt=true and had no issues. Re: audio quality, I can't say it's 100% unaffected (but it almost certainly should be), but if there is any difference it'll be imperceptible.
  14. 1 point
    LabRat

    Hi Guys new here

    Welcome mate! Facebook dj / music groups are as good as what ITM were back in the days. It's a pissing contest and nothing more. Very hard to find good help in those things
  15. 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.
  16. 1 point
    Da Bang

    Hi Guys new here

    Yeah facebook can be painful sometimes when you are only really interested in music and not their for the gossip so glad i found this place 🤙
  17. 1 point
    Exode1

    Hello everyone

    Hello everyone I am brand new on the forum, I am rather hardcore hardcore Frenchcore.
  18. 1 point
    If you haven’t looked at Traktor DJ, Native Instruments’ iOS app (it runs on Mac and PC too) recently, a new update and the concurrent global stay-home happening seems like the perfect time to do it. The update to Traktor DJ 2.4 has a bunch of features that look like they’re straight out of a user feature request thread – mostly focused around the transport interface. Traktor DJ 2 vs Traktor Pro 3: A Refresher Traktor DJ 2 is the “rewrite” of the Traktor codebase, modeled after the Traktor DJ iOS app. It’s available on iOS devices, MacOS, and Windows. It has a lot of the functionality of Traktor, but it’s free, has SoundCloud Go+ integration, and track recommendations. It’s still just two decks – but we imagine it may replace Traktor Pro one day. Traktor DJ 2.4 features + changes Here’s what the Traktor team has shared as being the big feature additions and improvements in the 2.4 update to the app. Transport Bar can now be assigned to the left, right, or bottom on iOS Swappable Play / CUE buttons New “CUE slide-to-play” allows for holding CUE and sliding into Play Track genre is now visible, searchable, and sortable Track time displays next to each track in the browser (iOS) Increased track length limitation Improved Waveform readability Stripe Waveform now has 3 bands Tracks can now be played before analysis is complete Clock in the header Improved Browser view layout shows stacked decks when using waveform view (iOS) Overall, these feel like major quality of life improvements for DJs who use the app. UI customization based on user preference (assignable transport bar, play/cue button swapping, etc) has been a constant request of Traktor Pro over the years, but we’re betting that the more modern codebase of Traktor DJ makes such changes a bit more reasonable to implement. What Will The Future Bring for TDJ? First, let’s note something awesome: Traktor development seems to be continuing. It was a bit concerning last year to see all of the layoffs at Native Instruments followed by a likely global recession this year, but releasing an update is a great sign of life. For those wondering what’s really up next with the Traktor DJ project, the team shared a little bit more in their update post: We continue to prioritize what we work on based on your feedback, so please keep the requests and suggestions coming. We don’t have the time to answer every post here right now, but you can trust that we’re still listening. We have another exciting release coming early in the new year that should address a lot of the requests and issues mentioned here on the forum, so stay tuned for that.
  19. 1 point
    Skank

    Tractor Scratch Vs Serato Scratch

    Scratch Response As the video above clearly demonstrates, both systems have excellent response. If you start to dig into the details there is one small difference that might affect hard-core turntablists – that Traktor Scratch uses a 2khz carrier signal on its control records (Serato uses a 1khz). This higher frequency means better tracking of super slow record movements. CONTROLLER IMPLEMENTATION Serato has midi implementation but it’s very limited. It’s easier to use than Traktor’s midi-window thanks to their direct midi learn utility but that also greatly limits what you can control. Basic midi mappings are available but very simple modifications to those mappings are not. One example would be the new effects in Scratch live. I would like to map a button to turn on the FX only while I am holding down a button but right now it only supports a toggle action with no way to modify the behavior. For those that just want to map a cue points or other simple commands this is really not a problem but for the more adventurous DJ’s you’re going to hit a dead end quite rapidly. Traktor’s biggest strength (imo) lies in their midi-mapping interface. Almost anything you can imagine a controller doing is possible within Traktor. This makes actually creating midi-mappings somewhat daunting but those that brave this territory will find rich spoils await. Many of you may have no interest in ever touching a midi mapping but this system benefits everyone- by enabling others (like this site) to invent new ideas in DJing and share them with you. The VCI-100SE is the greatest example of this. We literally re-invented the way a controller should work without ever building one and that creation is accessible to anyone in the world through a single import button. Enabling the creative power of the crowd through API’s and flexible midi mappings will mean better products and new ideas. In our opinion, all companies should embrace this concept and tap into the creative ideas of their users. STABILITY Serato has a well-earned reputation of stability. They have consistently prioritized performance over features, which have earned them the respect and dedication from many DVS djs around the world. Beta Tests and extra features aside it remains that way today. After putting the trials of Final Scratch behind them- Traktor re-engineered their system from the ground up to make it rock solid. The results are significant- consistent stability and performance for the live DJs that rely on their software night after night. The Rub: With each company trying to take over the other company’s territory- they are both basically meeting squarely in the middle of the performance and features balance. Traktor has greatly streamlined their system to make it easier to use resulting in a better product with less features. Serato on the other hand has been adding features, which has built out the offerings but effected stability to some degree. Both are good to go for a solid crash free set but neither is exactly bug free. Popularity You have to admit that the opinions of others are a big sway in purchases. If all your friends drive Fords, it’s going to be tough to go with Chevy. In general its safe to say that Serato is very popular in the US and Traktor has a solid hold on the market in Europe. These generalizations aside both groups are making in-roads into their competitions territory. Based on search volume, interest in Traktor in picking up in the US and is now almost equal to search traffic for Serato: Popularity will have a big effect on your experience with a system. Serato, for example, is ubiquitous in almost all nightclubs in the US. Walk up with your laptop and headphones, plug into the pre-installed Serato box and you are ready to go- no fumbling with cables or awkward switchovers. This is a big incentive for DJs that want convenience. If Traktor manages to re-engineer the TTM-57SL and make it a Traktor approved sound card they could eliminate that problem in one quick move but that’s not likely to happen any time soon. BUILT IN FX With Traktor totally dominating this space for so long, Serato finally sucked it up and added effects to their software. To make up for the midi-mapping situation they even threw in a nice nod to this site and controllerism by adding super knobs to the interface. Customize and control multiple effect parameters with one single knob- way cool. Interface features aside though, the effects themselves still leave a fair amount to be desired. The usual suspects, delay, filter, and beat crush are all their but its going to take a while to perfect the sounds and get everything working really well. NI has been engineering stellar FX in Reaktor for many years so this is one space that they excel in. While the FX are harder to use right out of the box thanks to their legacy effects interface- the actual sounds and potential of the effects in Traktor are definitely the best on the market. With contributions from people like Tim Exile and their Reaktor team expect more mind bending effects combos in the future that will sonically re-arrange any tune instantly. MULTIPLE DECKS Traditionally a 2-deck software, Serato recently announced the addition of 2 more decks to their software. To access these decks, however you must purchase the associated hardware (the standard SL1 box will not work with more than 2 decks). For 3 decks, you will need the new SL3 box and to get all 4 you need to purchase the $2500 Rane 68 mixer. Having 4 decks is one thing. Actually using them all is another problem entirely. Serato still does not offer any real automatic beat matching or beat grids, which means you have to keep all 4 pieces of music in time manually- quite the task indeed. The new Ableton bridge implementation may solve this problem to a degree. In theory, running an Ableton session in a deck would allow you to keep multiple loops running in the background without worrying about train wrecks. Traktor has had 4 decks for several years and thanks to their internal mixing paradigm- you can use all 4 without the need to extensive external mixing hardware. Traktor’s real strength however is in their beat gridding and automatic beat matching system, which can very effectively keep multiple pieces of music in time for you. While some may call this cheating- we think its just common sense. Manually beat-matching multiple loops live is dangerous, time-consuming and does nothing for the crowd. I would prefer the piece of mind and extra time to do other more enjoyable activities. For those that want to keep it real without the danger- You can also go half and half by manually beat matching 2 songs and then keeping the extra 2 decks locked to one of those 2 tracks automatically. FEATURES Instead of a full blow by blow feature comparison. Here are a few of the more important points of differentiation. Sound Quality Sound Quality is a very subjective beast, so I am going to stay clear of making any pronouncements and just let you know what I have heard from other professional Djs. The SL1 was notoriously “crunchy” and many Djs that did side by side sound comparisons with Traktor’s audio 8 said that the NI hardware outperformed Rane’s audio interface. The new Sl3 interface with its higher sample rates seems to have vastly improved the sound quality but some Dj’s still swear that Traktor “sounds” better. This is hard to quantify, but we can tell you that the audio 8 and audio 4 are slightly louder than the scratch live interfaces. A note from our favorite benefactor ” Dr. Reality Check“ Kids- With regards to sound quality- you need to keep in mind that your deaf- they are drunk and the sound system is in mono and distorted. In this kind of environment subjective listening tests go out the window. BOTTOM LINE Both systems have their strengths and weakness so it’s better to pick a platform that’s a good fit for your needs. Traktor now makes a tool that converts Serato libraries into their format making it easier to try both, and I would not be surprised if Serato soon does the same. For electronic music djs that want access to multiple decks and a flexible auto sync system across multiple decks- Traktor is going to be hard to beat. For the 2-deck party DJ that wants simplicity and ease of use – its clear why Serato remains the popular option with hip-hop and party DJs in the United States. For controllists, the field is starting to get slightly more level but Traktor’s effects and midi implementation is still in the lead. At the end of they day, we don’t care what you use to play music- as long as the dance floor is rocking. written by Ean Golden edited by skank
  20. 1 point
    Mitch

    Liquified Spotify Playlist

    Update: enjoyed 👍
  21. 1 point
    LabRat

    Sub Vibes Playlist

    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
  22. 1 point
    LabRat

    First post here, Madeon Remix

    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
  23. 1 point
    LabRat

    Hey everyone! I’m new here.

    Welcome dude. Another perthite to add to the list
  24. 1 point
    Cupe

    Checking in! Trying to revive my passion.

    Don't let the dream die. You were a major part of ADJF and showed everyone how you can push through pressure and make something of yourself. One of the toughest dudes in ADJF history and I'm glad you're still around mate. Get a mix happening!
  25. 1 point
    Bring back zero to hero
  26. 1 point
    andyman

    NOMINATIONS: Quiet Achiever of 2016

    Mitch. Since I left the rotor boys he's gotten some killer gigs, supported plump DJ's, Revolver, etc.
  27. 1 point
    Mitch

    iMPC

    Native instruments have a very similar iMaschine app that integrates with the maschine desktop software. Possibly useful for smashing out an idea quickly in your head, then importing it to the desktop software when you're back at the computer next.
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    tubby

    DJ Mixer DJ Mixing Software

    Put me down for 2
  29. 1 point
    ill_spector

    DJ Mixer DJ Mixing Software

    cool story bro!
  30. 1 point
    CBG

    DJ Mixer DJ Mixing Software

    dont make me laugh
  31. 1 point
    Skank

    Tractor Scratch Vs Serato Scratch

    see if i could of found somthing with this info before i bought serato i MAY of purchased traktor but im still an avid supporter of ssl
  32. 1 point
    Buck_Choi

    Tractor Scratch Vs Serato Scratch

    good read :] i went for traktorr!R! audio 8!!
  33. 0 points
    LabRat

    Pioneer CDJ 350

    was looking to avoid the all in one units but it's probably the best option for what I want to do, which is just muck around. might be the better option
  34. 0 points
    Teiji

    Whatsgood

    Hi, Just getting back in to listening and collecting great music. Came across this forum and thought i'd join. See you around.
  35. 0 points
    Mitch

    Ableton features you might not know about

    Came across this article - I wasn’t aware you could order instruments and effects to put the most used ones at the top! https://audioordeal.co.uk/ableton-features-you-didnt-know-that-you-probably-should/
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    Mitch

    Pioneer CDJ-3000

    Yeah I can’t see many places adopting these until the current units start to fail/need replacing. Nothing compared to the CDJ1000 -> 2000 where they introduced USB sticks (i.e. game changer).
  37. 0 points
    Thank you!!! I'll firstly deal with the mixer, and as soon as I'll be choosing speakers and headphones, I'll turn to you for advice 😍
  38. 0 points
    anditz

    NOMINATIONS: Quiet Achiever of 2016

    did I win anything?
  39. 0 points
    Mitch

    Sends and returns in Ableton (Lols inside)

    Had a good lol at this (it’s informational at the same time) Also, what I was actually looking for was a video to post regarding use of returns within an Ableton drum rack, which this outlines pretty well.
  40. 0 points
    Da Bang

    Hi Guys new here

    Haha yeah that site seems to have died a few years ago. Looks like theres a lot of knowledge on these forums though
  41. 0 points
    Mitch

    Hi Guys new here

    Hi there
  42. 0 points
    Scottie

    Hi Guys new here

    sup
  43. 0 points
    New features seem nice, but price just to get cloud sync is expensive.
  44. 0 points
    Mitch

    Ableton Live Enhancement Suite

    Haven’t tried it yet, but saw it mentioned online elsewhere and definitely looks interesting. Not sure how stable it is - I’ll do a bit more investigating.
  45. 0 points
    LabRat

    Tractor Scratch Vs Serato Scratch

    I thought this argument was reignited and was just about to wonder why until I saw the date. Time's have changed mate
  46. 0 points
    Cupe

    Duz - Hip Hop Mix

    @Duz
  47. 0 points
    Yeah I removed the spam links in its sig. Wouldn't mind a few bots like this bumping threads around town tbh
  48. 0 points
    eggssell

    iMPC

    not bad for $3 or $7.50 for what seems like a fully functional mpc id still prefer my tank at home, but i could see this eliminating the need for the smaller portable one
  49. 0 points
    Tomy

    DJ Mixer DJ Mixing Software

    p.s. sorry for being bitchy if your a legit new user. i'm tired and cranky 95% of the time.
  50. -1 points
    kowtall

    DJ Mixer DJ Mixing Software

    I have the Best DJ Mixer DJ Mixing Software recommend for everyone.It can run on Mac OS X and Windows.
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