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    2 x CDJ 850s
    2 x technics 1200 m5g
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    15" Retina Macbook Pro
    Ableton 9 Suite
    Focusrite Scarlett 6i6
    Ediroll MIDI Keyboard
    Maschine mk2 w/ Komplete 9
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  1. Came across this last night. It's a bunch of Ableton fx and instrument racks made by James Wiltshire (Freemasons). All uses built-in Ableton stuff so you don't need any third-party VSTs to make it work. Pretty cheap so I might purchase and see how it goes https://www.f9-audio.com/products/f9-live-racks-parallel-suite?variant=32265842433.
  2. With Spotify dominating the consumer streaming market, less people are listening to mixes on Spotify etc... so if you can’t beat them, join them. Made a playlist for people to follow. Will keep it updated regularly with new tracks. Appreciate a follow if you are on the platform 👍. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Tyoxp0HUtoypllBHUbf5G?si=2LcM-2uLQFeoe-Tdy7qH-w
  3. Had a quick listen, you’ve got a few different styles on the go there. Some intro advice: Melodics is a New Zealand based software company which has a great app to teach finger drumming. Think along the lines of Guitar Hero but teaching you actual music on your own controller. It is compatible with the Maschine MK2 One thing I’ve found which helps with development/improvement is to not get hung up trying to work on a single track for too long. Work on something for a week or two max, make sure you “finish” (arrange) it, then move on. You’ll find the more tracks you start and complete, the skills will improve over time rather than trying to perfect the first song you make. Plenty of content in the music production section of the forum to browse through as well, and of course make a new thread if you’ve got a question 👍.
  4. Came across this software called “Spleeter” which is made by Deezer, which looks like a streaming company similar to Spotify. You can input a music file into the software and it will use some AI magic to split the audio out into four stems (vocals, bass, drums, and other). Potential for this tech is pretty huge for things like getting the vocal or bass line separated out for live three/four deck mixing, or even making unofficial remixes and using them in your sets*. The software itself is a bit of a PITA to get up and going by the looks of it (I haven’t done it yet), so it’s not that easy to host it on your own machine. There are some websites which appear available . Again, haven’t used these yet so not sure if they have any copyright detection built in, but they make it pretty clear that you shouldn’t upload stuff you don’t have authority over. Here’s a longer read from the vendor https://deezer.io/releasing-spleeter-deezer-r-d-source-separation-engine-2b88985e797e What’s even better, is someone online by the name of “Azuki” has made an Ableton Max 4 Live plugin which integrates the Spleeter tech right inside Ableton itself. You can see how this plugin works (as well as how good the software works) in the video below. *I don’t condone copyright infringement, nor does the software.
  5. DDJ 200 is nearly half the price of the 400 which makes it an easy choice if just going for the cheapest unit. Just note it has no sound card built in - it uses a splitter to separate the headphone out on the PC into to two mono-only channels to allow your separate cue and main outs. Hope that makes sense? the DDJ 400 (which has a sound card for separate stereo cue and main outs) and the Traktor S2 are a better comparison and a similar price. The Pioneer unit will probably be easier to get going on, + have a more familiar layout if/when moving up to larger equipment (larger pitch faders make it easier to learn beat matching), whilst the Traktor stuff is a bit more advanced. Either will be fine, but I’d lean toward the Pioneer unit in your circumstance.
  6. Welcome 2020 certainly wasn’t great for anyone, including myself. Glad to see you getting stuck into some production, I’m taking some time off work to focus on some more production this year myself. What style of tunes are you making? Can’t help with anything FL (deep in Ableton) but do have Komplete.
  7. Yeah same here. I originally had a copy of Logic 9. Didn’t get too far into learning it as I started meeting people and everyone else was using Ableton, so it was just easier to jump on that so I could learn and collab easily. I doubt Ableton will include a pop out window/MIDI list item as the whole design aesthetic is so different.
  8. We have 4 of them in this house ha. All the storage optimisation.
  9. In the case of the Scarlett, inputs 1 and 2 have pre-amps, so you’d plug the mic into one of those. Inputs 3 and 4 (on the back) are a fixed level line input with no additional amplification, which is fine for a DJ mix as the signal out from your mixer is already amplified.
  10. This is pretty cool. Might look into it if I ever upgrade my CDJs
  11. Hope I’m understanding it correctly. Ableton obviously doesn’t have notes available in a list, however, you can still do bulk edits on notes: CMD + A to select all notes in the clip, or If you click on a note on the piano itself it will select all of that note within the clip Use shift key when clicking on a note to add/remove it from the selection (or the piano roll to select all midi data across multiple notes) Once the notes are selected, you can basically do whatever you want in bulk: If you drag a velocity slider it will move them all. You can also do linear gradient on the velocities (can find a vid if wanted) You can either mouse drag or use arrows to change the notes (use shift to move by octave) Shift + left/right arrow keys changes note length Legato button, well, makes them legato I can find a good vid on it somewhere. Is there other stuff you want to do that you’ve found easier in Logic?
  12. Can you link to a vid of something that shows what you’re trying to do? If it’s what I think it is, this is actually quite easy to do in Ableton. I personally think the new update is great - quite a few improvements to MIDI editor.
  13. Yeah exactly. An interface with more inputs will allow recording of both the vocals and the DJ mix at the same time into your DAW but as separate tracks, retaining that level of post production control. IMO you both save time and get a more natural sounding outcome this way (feels more like a radio show) compared to recording the vocals over the top afterward. This is the benefit of the 4 inputs. Otherwise either of the 2 input interfaces are sufficient.
  14. The 24c only has 2 inputs. If you’re looking to record vocals in separately to your DJ mixer at the same time, you’ll need a third input (L and R channels out of your mixer, with the third for your mic). Otherwise you’ll either need to do one of: Change cables around and record the vocals separately, after the DJ mix is done Route the mic through the DJ mixer, which you lose the ability to balance them in post-prod The Presonus studio 68c has 4 inputs which would solve the problem, however, it’s nearly double the price. The Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 has 2 * line and 2 * mic/inst inputs which would also do the trick, it’s bus powered (meaning no separate power pack - the 68c needs USB + power) and it’s a bit cheaper. The Focusrite comes bundled with Ableton, and the PreSonus with Studio One (both lite versions). Ultimately, the DAW you use is personal preference, however, there’s lots more online help available for Ableton and the stock instruments and fx are great. Disclosure: I personally use the Scarlett 6i6 and Ableton Live Suite currently.
  15. The AT2020 requires phantom power, so keep that in mind when choosing the interface. The Rode does not need phantom power, as well as being manufactured in Australia 👍
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