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  1. I would've loved this tech when I first started sampling for production
  2. Welcome to the hood. If you want feedback or help better to make new threads outside the Intro section. That way it'll get better attention and stay on track.
  3. yeah before we moved and sold a bunch I probably had like 15 of them in different sizes. Still have about 5 or so.
  4. The Kallax units are fucking dope for vinyl
  5. Sad to think about those beautiful decks and stacks of vinyl just chilling in a box
  6. Built by a DJ, for DJs, Prolink Tools is a free, open-source software that helps streamers display track info from external Pioneer DJ gear onto their computers. After spending years livestreaming and dealing with messages asking for track IDs from his sets, founder and creator Evan Pukhiser created the software to provide the data for his viewers in real time. After developing Prolink Tools for approximately six years, Pukhiser has created a program that’s both easy to use and helpful to have. How it works The Prolink Tools app participates in Pioneer’s Pro DJ Link network, so any gear that you have with Pro DJ Link is usable here. It uses the protocol to fetch metadata in real time from the hardware to determine when a track is playing, and pulls it into the app running on your computer. The software is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The software has been developed with more updates, according to Pukhiser, to provide proper metadata in regards to timing. He explained to the DJTT team that “I’ve actually built it to be a little smarter even, so that it will only show new tracks once they have been playing for 64 bars and only if that track is on-air (as indicated by the red CDJ platters). This is one of the key features that ensure’s what track you’re planning to play next doesn’t appear too early on in the transition.” Take a look at this demo video from Purkhiser: Using it on your livestream Want to add this into your next livestream event? Once you’ve got the software linked up and the data flowing, you can embed the Prolink Tools overlay in your livestream with software like OBS or StreamLabs. All you’ll need to do is copy the overlay URL exposed in the interface, and use the Browser Source plugin to render it on the stream. Where it’s going Eventually, Purkhiser plans to build out Prolink to be more than just a now-playing overlay. A few features he mentioned adding down the road include: Providing an interface for an automated process in which livestream listeners to request tracks from a specific playlist that the DJ specifies Other types of overlays, including a “set stats” overlay that could display how many tracks you’ve played, the genres you’ve played A Discord bot integration A Twitter integration to live post now-playing tracks A documented API to make it easy to integrate other tools A growing community & a tool that continues to improve The project is continuing to grow and iterate as Purkhiser chats with users and considers their experiences as he develops the product further. Though he originally had built the software for himself, he finds that “real users will always have interesting ideas or find interesting ways to break things”. What better way to make your product better, than to throw it to the masses of DJs out there for free? There’s an entire community growing around Prolink Tools, with a discord channel you can join if you’re interested. Check out the User Manual for any questions or details you need, too.
  7. The time has finally come – Ableton Live 11 is here. A major update to Ableton Live rarely makes its way around, so we’ll dive into every big addition – including comping, tempo following, MPE support, new instruments, effects, Live Packs, and much more. But with that comes a few questions. How well does the new version perform? Are all the new bells and whistles worth the upgrade? Reviewed: Ableton Live 11 Price: – Live 11 Suite: $749 or $229 to upgrade from Live 7-10 Suite – Live 11 Standard: $449 or $159 to upgrade from Live 1-10 Standard – Live 11 Intro: $99 Available: Now System Requirements: – macOS: OS X 10.13 or later; Intel Core i5 or later, including Apple silicon; 8 GB RAM; up to 76 GB disk space for sound content – Windows: Windows 10 (Build 1909 or later); Intel Core i5 or AMD 8 GB RAM; up to 76 GB disk space for sound content 20 years of Live From humble and literally radical beginnings in 2001 as a loop-based music machine for live performance, Ableton Live has risen up to become the most popular DAW for producing electronic music, and one of the most popular DAWs in general. Each new version has brought it closer and closer to doing everything that the pro studio standards like Avid Pro Tools and Apple Logic Pro X can do, while also maintaining and strengthening its foundation of electronic music production based on the complementary Session (clip) Views and Arrangement (timeline) Views and the elastic treatments of pitch and time. This review covers all the major new features in Live 11. However, it’s not practical to cover the overall ins and outs of the entire workstation – so if that’s what you’re after, seek out one of the many great video courses or books on Ableton Live. Comping “Comping” refers to a method of track recording and editing where the DAW repeatedly records multiple takes for a selected region until recording is stopped. This makes it convenient to record as many takes as you may need of say, a verse’s vocals, a finger-drumming performance, or even a full song’s worth of either audio or MIDI before stopping the recording. You can then select any portion of those takes you want to keep, and compile those portions, or “comp” them, into a single track. Many popular DAWs have featured comping for years, so it’s cool that Live users can now benefit from this time-saving function. In the Arrangement timeline, turn on a looped region, begin recording audio or MIDI, and when the region reaches the end of its loop, another take lane will be created underneath the main track lane. It continues to create take lanes horizontally until you stop. The resulting take lanes have an audition (speaker icon) button in their track header for you to listen to them. For any parts you want to keep, you select those part and hit Enter, choose Copy Selection to the Main Lane from the context menu, or use the Draw tool to select regions, and that portion will be pasted seamlessly to the main lane of the track. A MIDI drums recording using Live 11’s new comping ability. The highlighted sections from the take lanes are the sections that playback from the main lane. Live 11’s comping implementation works very smoothly, and it’s great for situations when you’re figuring out parts, trying different vocal inflections, or just trying to perform the perfect 16-bar beat. You don’t have to fill up the timeline with one long take that will mostly be thrown out in the end anyway. This makes editing multiple takes much faster. You can also edit the take lanes like normal Arrangement View clips and copy them into Session View clip slots. Linked-track editing and multi-clip MIDI editing Any Arrangement View tracks—audio or MIDI—can be linked through the track header contextual menu so that you can make edits to all the linked tracks simultaneously (see video). You can have more than one group of linked tracks, but each individual track can only be a part of one linked group. Also, you can unlink any track from a group at any time. You can now select multiple MIDI clips in a track and edit them simultaneously in the MIDI Note Editor. A new Focus button in the Editor highlights a single MIDI clip for editing, and you can click through the different clips in the Editor to Focus them. In Live 11, you can now selected multiple MIDI clips in a track and edit them all simultaneously in the MIDI Note Editor. Tempo Following A new Tempo Follower in the software’s top Control Bar will adapt Live 11’s tempo to that of an incoming audio signal. This can help bands who play backing tracks from Live and want the backing tracks to follow the drummer’s tempo rather than vice versa. It can also work for example to send a DJ set’s audio into Live 11 so you can use Ableton’s beat-synced effects while DJing (see video). This is a great addition to Live 11 for live performers. In practice, the reaction time for Live 11 to pick up the incoming tempo felt a little slow. It took a couple of seconds to read the incoming tempo, even when it was just a heavy 4/4 kick beat. If I were to slowly and smoothly pitch the music up or down, Live 11 did not react as smoothly and steadily with its tempo. I’m hoping this is something Ableton can iron out in an update. Follow Actions and Session Scenes Follow Actions are optional and randomizable instructions for what happens next after a clip plays in the Session view. They can add variety over time to a track’s clip playback by messing with the order of clips. There are some updated options for Follow Actions in Live 11: You can link Follow Actions to a certain clip length. You can Jump next to any specific clip, and assign a probability to that action. All the same Follow Action options now also apply to Clip Scenes from the Session View Master track. In addition, from the Session View Master track, you can assign a specific tempo and time signature to any Scene. Clips with Follow Actions turned on in Live 11 now show a modified Play icon (track 4, ‘Noisy-Bass’). Clips Scenes can also have their own tempo and time signature assigned in the Session View Master track. MPE support Live 11 has joined other DAWs like Bitwig Studio, Logic Pro X and Cubase in supporting MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE). What you get with MPE is multiple extra “dimensions” of simultaneously playable MIDI control per note: bends, slides, and pressure per note in Live 11. To add more expressive feeling to sounds and instruments using MPE, you’ll need an MPE controller that lets you play MIDI notes with up to five types of expression per note. Examples of these include all of the Roli controllers, several Keith McMillen controllers, the Roger Linn Linnstrument, and the upcoming Expressive E Osmose. For the many people who don’t have a full MPE controller yet, MIDI controllers that have polyphonic (per-note) aftertouch but are not fully MPE-compatible – such as the Ableton Push 2 –can still enjoy part of this new benefit (check out the audio clip below). So far, Live 11’s implementation of MPE gives a number of its devices—the Wavetable synth, Sampler, Simpler, and Arpeggiator—MPE response to bends, slides, and pressure per note, in addition to the standard velocity. Drum Racks, Instrument Racks, and MIDI effect devices also now support per-note MPE. There are a number of new MPE presets for the compatible instruments in the Browser, including Live 11’s new Brass Quartet, String Quartet, and Upright Piano (see below). Within those devices and racks, you can adjust the response to pressure slide, and pitch in an MPE Control window, and in an MPE tab, you can assign individual parameters’ reaction to MPE control. Live 11’s Wavetable synth with MPE functions showing. Along with this, you can edit MPE data in individual edit lanes in the MIDI Clip Editor. Live 11 also supports third-party MPE-compatible plug-ins and will send MPE data through the External Instrument device to control external hardware. Macro Controls and Macro Snapshots Devices and Racks now have up to 16 macro controls instead of the previous 8. Macro +/- buttons display more or less of them, and even better, a Macro “snapshot” button show sets of Macro variations, where the Macro controls are saved at their current settings. New and certain updated Live 11 instruments and effects have multiple Macro variations already saved, and it’s like have a whole new set up sounds at your instant recall. You can save your own Macro setting variations, and a new “Rand” button randomizes the macro controls’ values, which you can also save as a variation if you like (see video below). While these Macro additions may seem rather simple, they should really appeal to Ableton device-heads who love the simplicity of setting up and tweaking Macros from a controller. Also, for people creating Drum, Instrument, and Effect Racks to share or to sell, the savable Macro variations are a great way to add more value and to show off your sound-design skills. Scale Mode for MIDI clips A Scale button in the MIDI Note Editor shows which notes in a MIDI clip are in the scale with blue highlights on those notes in the piano roll, and shows the root note of the scale with a larger blue highlight. Scale mode turned on in Live 11’s MIDI Note Editor. There is also a new MIDI Note Draw Mode with Pitch Lock, so that drawing in MIDI notes will be constrained to a key. Note and Velocity Chance In the MIDI Editor window, each note has a Probability value you can set, along with a button that randomizes the probability for a note to play. There’s also Velocity probability, the probability that MIDI notes will playback within a set velocity range. Look and feel Live 11’s general look and feel has been updated in various ways, including greater contrast to the user interface’s colors and shades that I noticed right way in comparison to Live 10. New look and feel options in the Preferences let you make grid lines more pronounced, which I also appreciated for clarity. A new CPU usage scheme shows an Overload indicator if your processor gets overloaded, which sometimes briefly cuts out the audio. There’s also a more detailed CPU drop-down that shows Average use vs. Current use. A new Templates section in the Browser has several included templates like 8-track recording, Demo & Sketch, and Podcast Template, and is a nice new shortcut for storing your own templates as well. New Instrument and Effect Devices With all of its included Instruments, Clips, Samples and assorted Live Packs, Live 11 is now up to a whopping 76GB of material for you to produce polished tracks. This includes a massive selection of Drum Racks, Clips (mostly loops), and sampled Instruments, which comprise the bulk of the downloadable offerings. Live 11 steps up with eight new Live Packs that are centered around playable Instruments, but also include MIDI clips, samples, Effect Racks, and assorted other assets. There are also four very interesting and specialized new audio effects, and several updated effects: Redux bit reducer, Phaster-Flanger, and Chorus-Ensemble. I let audio examples do some of the talking for these new additions, but even those can still only scratch the surface of what these new tools can do. Brass Quartet by Spitfire Audio (Live Pack) Live 11 includes three instruments/Live Packs by Spitfire Audio (one of the most respected producers of sample libraries for composing and songwriting): Brass Quartet, String Quartet, and Upright Piano. (Worth noting: if you make music and don’t have the completely free Spitfire Labs plug-in, you’re in for a treat when you download it.) All of the packs come with some MPE-compatible presets, and many of the presets include Macro variation snapshots, making it quick and easy to find a variety of high-end acoustic tones for your tracks. Brass Quartet’s presets provide a variety of sustained notes and short note bursts and special-use sounds. Its realism and playability is something a lot of producers can’t get out of brass libraries unless they spend significant cash, so it’s a welcome addition to the overall Live 11 package. Seven Live 11 MIDI clips for the Brass Quartet, played back on seven different Brass Quartet presets. String Quartet by Spitfire Audio (Live Pack) Similar to Brass Quartet, the String Quartet instrument presents a variety of dynamics in its presets, from loud and out-front to pleasantly beautiful to moody and tense. Again, the realism on display and lack of “synthiness” to any of these acoustic sounds makes it a valuable resource to reach for again and again. Seven Live 11 MIDI clips for the String Quartet, played back on seven different String Quartet presets. Upright Piano by Spitfire Audio (Live Pack) Good piano instruments are easier to come by than strings and especially brass, but this Upright Piano has a ton of classic character – making it ideal for hip-hop (add a vinyl effect to it, and people will think it’s a vintage sample), ambient, and dramatic music of any kind. Five Live 11 MIDI clips for the Upright Piano, played back using the different preset Macro snapshots. Hybrid Reverb Live 11’s new Hybrid Reverb effect, a combination convolution/algorithmic reverb with EQ. This combines a convolution reverb with algorithmic reverb, and also an EQ that selects the frequency range to be affected. Convolution uses audio samples to create a reverb profile. It comes with dozens of it own convolution reverb files for its presets, but you can also drag in audio files to experiment with your own. A drum loop that begins dry, followed by 5 repetitions with different Hybrid Reverb presets applied. Spectral Resonator Live 11’s Spectral Resonator effect being played by a MIDI input. Besides being a cool and distinctive effect that adds a sort of metallic reverberant sheen to sounds, Spectral Resonator can also be “played” by MIDI notes to make those resonances melodic. A drum loop that begins dry, followed by 5 repetitions with different Spectral Resonator presets applied. Spectral Time Live 11’s Spectral Time effect. Another spectral effect, this time with delay and time-freezing. It also has great metallic character. While you can use it subtley, when pushed to greater extremes, it can get seriously filthy, and I think electro and bass-music producers will love it. A drum loop that begins dry, followed by 5 repetitions with different Spectral Time presets applied. Pitchloop89 (Live Pack) Live 11’s PitchLoop89 pitch-shifting delay Max for Live device, based on the Publison DHM 89 from 1978. This is a glitchy, shaky, pitch-shifting delay Max for Live device based on the old Publison DHM 89 behemoth signal processor from 1978. It’s kind of like a digital version of tape-loop delay machine popular for dub music. As a Live 11 device, it’s a flexible sound-mangling machine for creative FX, improv, and performance. Improving on Pitchloop89’s controls with a repeating gong loop. Inspired By Nature by Dillon Bastan (Live pack) Three devices from Live 11’s Inspired by Nature Live Pack. This Live Pack for Live 11 Suite contains six Max for Live instruments and effects that were inspired by behaviors from nature and physics. Mood Reel (Live pack) The Cinematic Waves preset from Live 11’s Mood Reel Live Pack. A huge pack of modern cinematic tools, Mood Reel features more than 300 total Instrument, Drum, and Effect Racks and more than 2,000 samples from more then 20 contributing artists. If it were a soundware product, it would cost at least $50 if not quite a bit more, and it could merit its own review. Instead, these two demos will provide a brief but accurate picture of these evocative sounds that would fit perfectly in new Netflix sci-fi or suspense film. The Mood Reel demo by Aimee Portioli. The Mood Reel demo by Thomas Ragsdale. Drone Lab (Live pack) The Petrol-Driven Organ Harmonic Drone Generator preset from Live 11’s Drone Lab Live Pack. Another impressive, purpose-driven pack of instruments, effects, MIDI clips and improvisational Live Sets, Drone Lab is basically what it’s name implies. It’s a full set of tools for creating droning music and soundscapes equally suitable for blissing out as for freaking out, depending on how you flip them. Minimal techno, ambient, film scores, lo-fi hip-hop, and more will all benefit from these vibes. An improv at the controls of Drone Lab’s ‘Earth’ set. Audio clip: Another improv using Drone Lab’s ‘Earth’ set. A basically out-the-box recording of Drone Lab’s ‘Tremors’ set. Voice Box (Live pack) This is a Live Pack of Instrument, Drum, and Effect Racks made up of multisampled male and female vocals, processed and sliced to be used as melodic instruments, percussive kits, or straightforward sung vocal samples. Examples of the different Macro variations in a Voice Box Sliced Vocal Phrases preset, which combine different voices with different effect settings. Upgrades for the Upper Crust If you’re in the lucky group of Ableton users who rock the full Live 11 Suite license and/or the Push 2 controller, here’s what’s new for you. Updates to Push 2’s Functionality Along with items like the Native Instruments Maschine MK3 and the Presonus FaderPort series for Studio One software, the Ableton Push 2 ($799 with Live 11 Intro; $1,198 with Live 11 Standard; $1,398 with Live 11 Suite) is one of the gold standards in my mind for controller hardware made specifically for production software. Making music in Ableton Live with the Push 2 controller simply becomes a more fluid, efficient, and enjoyable experience because of the Push 2’s excellent layout, comprehensive features, beautiful color display and one-to-one mapping with Live 10 –– and now, Live 11. You can produce tracks in Ableton Live without any controller, with a generic MIDI controller, or with the many third-party controllers that focus on Ableton Live (Novation and Akai make some great options). You don’t need to shell out for the Push 2 –– but if you do, you’ll get Live 11 at a bundled price. The updates to Push 2’s functionality with Live 11 don’t add anything wildly new, but they do guarantee that the Push 2 will respond to and reflect all the new features in Live 11. For example, the visual displays in Live 11 new effect devices, Hybrid Reverb, Spectral Resonator and Spectral Time are seen and controllable on Push 2’s display. The Push 2 is also linked to the new Scale and Key modes for MIDI clips in Live 11, so changing the scale in the software will adjust the scale of the Push 2’s 64 key pads. Push 2 will also show all of the extra 9-16 Macros in a device, so you can control them all from its encoders. Finally, with Push 2’s pads, you can apply different levels of aftertouch to individual notes in Live instruments and plug-ins that support polyphonic aftertouch. That “Poly” Pressure mode also applies through Live 11’s External Instrument device for controlling third-party hardware. New in Max for Live Max for Live comes with the Live 11 Suite, the highest level of Ableton Live, and inserts the wildly tweaky Max development environment into the Ableton Live system. With it, you can build your own tools for sequencing, looping, visuals, live performance, and instruments and effects. While only a fraction of people end up making their own devices, having Max for Live gives you access to another world of the most interesting, complex, and wacky modular synths, pattern sequencers, visual synthesizers, fun and frivolous things like arcade-style games, and basically anything that developers can dream up. Live 11 Suite comes with more than 100 Max Instruments, Audio Effects, and MIDI Effects, and there’s a vast third-party world out there of Max for Live devices for free, donation, or set prices. Some of Max for Live’s update in Live 11 include: Routing MIDI to and from Max for Live audio effects and instruments. User interface performance improvements. MPE compatibility. New API additions and an oscilloscope object for Device creators. Live 11’s MPE data edit lanes. 11’s not quite high enough Personally, I happen to be one of those who loves the new cinematic scoring tools and Spitfire Audio acoustic instruments, the MPE control, the comping, and just about everything else – so needless to say, I’m a fool for this new version. I do hope, however, that there will be an update that can address what seems to be a higher CPU use and latency when recording MIDI or audio tracks. Many of Live 11’s new devices seems to be particularly processor-intensive from their complexity, but even equivalent Live sessions from Live 10 struggled when opened in Live 11. They strained the CPU to a noticeably greater degree and caused some latency when recording MIDI or audio tracks. (note: I’m using a 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro; 3.1GHz quad-core i7 processor; 16GB RAM.) The Tempo Follower’s response time also needs some improvement. Perhaps those areas can be tightened up with an incremental update soon. But if that’s just the price to pay for this new version, I’ll be saving Live 10 and my Live 10 projects just in case, until I’m in in the market for a new computer. Should you upgrade to Ableton Live 11? With its emphasis on sounds like the Spitfire Audio instruments and Live Packs that seem to support scoring to picture, as well as new features like comping that traditionally address musicians recording acoustic instruments (yet are still good for almost any type of track-making), the new Ableton Live 11 update may not seem completely essential for all producers of DJ-oriented music. The new effects and instruments sound amazing and will take a long time to fully exploit, and there’s bound to be something for everyone in the new feature set –– whether it’s the extra Macros and savable Macro snapshots, new track editing abilities, or MPE compatibility. However, unless you really resonate with some of those new additions, I don’t believe you should feel compelled to update to Live 11 right away, –– particularly if you’re strapped financially. There will come a time, though, when so many Ableton users have upgraded to Live 11 that if you want to collaborate with another Live user or purchase someone’s Live Racks, Live Packs, Templates, etc, you may have to have Live 11 to do so. And when that time comes, I don’t think you’ll regret it. And if you’re new to Ableton Live, there’s never been a better time to get started with it. With every passing update, it becomes more of a universal tool that offers a comprehensive music-creation environment worthy of most-popular DAW status.
  8. True I didn't even think of controllers. compact, easy to move and quick to use and get used to. Does everything really. And you could start with a cheap one to see if he's into it then resell it and upgrade (then choose decks if he's really into it)
  9. Holy fuck how did I miss this when it was first posted. This looks dope. What are you gonna do with them?
  10. Great reply. First I would go for a cheap second hand setup. If he decides he's not into it after a week no biggy. Big ups for getting your kid involved in music.
  11. Cupe

    G’day ADJF

    Welcome Carl Cox man there's a name I haven't heard in a while. Enjoy your stay.
  12. Cupe


    Hi mate welcome to the Aussie DJ hood
  13. [Rotorhat intensifies]
  14. Cupe


    Welcome my dude
  15. Welcome to the hot zone bruh
  16. idk, maybe dead maybe not. His mixes live on
  17. 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.
  18. In the last two weeks, the world has seen a massive increase in the amount of DJ sets streamed to the internet. With clubs across the world shuttering their doors and artists staying home, many have taken to sharing their own creative expressions via livestream. Before you dive into streaming DJ sets, make sure you have the best setup for a quality stream. Let’s tackle what that means: from software and devices to streaming platforms, audio, video, and your internet connection. Meet Your New Best Friend: OBS No, seriously. First things first: download OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software, onto your preferred streaming device (you should probably use your laptop—more on that later). It’s a free, open-source program up for grabs for Windows, mac and even Linux. This is your end-all, be-all tool for streaming – it offers high-quality, real-time video and audio streaming. You can set up and test your audio and video here before pushing it out to the platform of your choice, and it keeps things running smoothly without needing to stream to a platform directly. For what it’s worth, it’s also sponsored by some of the streaming giants out there – Twitch and Facebook – who’ve supported OBS’ growth and clearly see the worth in using it. Here’s a quick how-to on setting OBS up. We actually got popular streaming Twitch DJ Cutman to make a complete video guide to getting started using OBS and Twitch to stream DJ sets – and it all still applies: Where to Stream + Copyright Issues This is one of the biggest things people ask DJTT every day: what platform should I stream DJ sets on? Here’s a quick overview – remember, things change in this world all the time. Twitch.tv: Probably one of the most popular streaming networks. Incredibly consistent, tried, and tested by uncountable video game streams that has proven to be useful for more things than just gaming. I’ve seen quite a few artists use Facebook Live as an initial platform to direct their friends to their Twitch for an uninterrupted stream (more on that below) – a great funnel to drive more friends who are unfamiliar with the platform to try it out. Plus, signing up is quick and free if you haven’t done it yet. Instagram: Reliable, consistent streaming – but only from apps (iOS and Android), no desktop streaming easily accessible (see “Streaming To Instagram” below). Subject to copyright takedowns afterwards. Videos stay on your story for 24 hours post-stream. This is where a lot of people naturally are, and livestreams show up at the front of everyone’s story list. Some big DJs have had 100k+ people streams this weekend on Instagram. One downside: people tend to not stick around as long, since they’re usually swiping through the app as one does. Facebook: For many DJs, Facebook has a similarly sized built-in audience as Instagram. The challenge. Seeing as its arguably the most popular social media platform out there, it also tends to grab your videos a ton of attention from your immediate friends. Facebook Live works in your favor algorithmically to get eyes—it sends a notification to friends when you’re live—but it comes with a swath of consistent copyright issues (assuming you’re playing released music that you bought somewhere). Their stream will cut you off once their AI detects a copyrighted track, and then you’ll have to re-start another stream if you want to keep playing (and again, and again). It’s a regular occurrence in my newsfeed. YouTube: Also risky with copyright issues similar to Facebook, with seemingly higher stakes. If you get 3 copyright strikes, they’ll terminate your account. Plus, depending on your followers and streaming setup, you can also only do it via laptop—mobile streaming is reserved for users with more than 1,000 subscribers. Probably worth sticking with one of the others or just using this as a secondary platform. Zoom: We previously wouldn’t have considered this a live streaming service, but DJs around the world are using this tool to have massive dance parties where you can see the entire crowd. Watch the clip below from Gardens of Babylon’s 900+ person stream to get a sense of what’s possible. No copyright restrictions, audio quality seems to be a bit more mediocre (so we’ve seen a few streams run a Zoom call alongside another service), no recordings saved afterwards unless you record it yourself and post it to another service. Pro-tip for Zoom: you can get better audio with the “Preserve Original Sound” setting – this removes a lot of the compression and auto-ducking that the app does. Streaming To Multiple Services My friend Clark streaming from his front porch on Twitch and Facebook using Restream.io There’s clear advantages to each of the services mentioned above. So why not consider streaming to more than one concurrently? You could do this from your computer, but bandwidth will quickly become an issue. The best service I’ve found to stream to more than one platform concurrently is Restream.io. It’s a free/paid service — you can stream to 30+ platforms for free, with a limit of one channel per platform. It’s worth paying the $16/month if you want to stream to a Facebook page (like your DJ page), or to multiple channels per platform. Castr is another option that lets you stream simultaneously, though it doesn’t offer a free option like Restream does. A $9.99/month membership gets you five social platforms and one Facebook page or profile (keep in mind, that means you could stream to your DJ page but not your personal page, or vice versa). Streaming From iOS Devices If you’re looking to stream from your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device, it’s worth looking into a solid livestream production app like Wirecast Go. It can stream out to most platforms except for Facebook – but Twitch, YouTube or Periscope will work – and it’s a quick $5.99. Using an iOS device to stream isn’t the best way to run a high-quality stream, so stick with a laptop if you can. We’d mostly recommend running with this if it’s a last resort. You’ll need a laptop’s processing power to keep things running smoothly and run proper audio and video. I’ve noticed that trying to stream on my iPhone and do literally anything else, results in everything freezing and/or glitching. Plus, you may end up with potato-quality video depending on your device model. Live Streaming DJ Sets To Instagram Instagram is fickle – they consistently work hard make sure that content is authentic and not spammy, and as a result there are more restrictions on the source of content you upload. This comes into play when thinking about streaming DJ sets to Instagram because it is not an option in Restream and doesn’t provide options for OBS support by default. We’ve found two decent options: Stream a second stream on a mobile device: Lots of streams in the last few weeks have taken this approach – using a second device to make a secondary stream. The issue is often audio – most people don’t have a second audio device to route good DJ audio into their iOS / Android device. Use Yellow Duck: Yellow Duck is a free software tool designed to get a streamkey and RTMP URL from your Instagram account. It works well, and is the best workaround we’ve found so far. The Most Important Part: Good Audio This is essential anyone who is streaming a DJ set needs to remember that what the stream looks like is secondary to what it sounds like. You should make every effort to get a good direct audio feed from your DJ setup into your broadcast device. Your fans may not stick around as long if the audio isn’t doing so great. For the sake of everyone’s ears: don’t rely on your laptop’s external mic to pick up the room sound. Instead, use an audio interface – I like IK’s iRig Stream – to hardwire sound from your mixer directly to your laptop (and, bonus: you can use the iRig on your iPhone/iPad as well, though streaming may still kill your battery there). Its price point sits at an affordable $100, and it’s well worth it – you get proper sound quality and easy flexibility with level adjustments as well. Other devices that you can use to capture great audio with: most newer mixers with a soundcard built in can send a Record Out signal via their USB connection. As long as it can be detected by your system (this could be an issue for MacOS Catalina users without updated drivers, like my friend who owns a Xone:DB2), it can be used as an input in OBS. any outboard soundcard (many DJs have these!) a handheld audio recorder – for instance, the Zoom H4n can be used as an input device Roland’s newer GO:MIXER Pro At the end of the day, you’ll find that your viewers stick around much longer when your audio is routed into your laptop directly. That also means you won’t have to tiptoe around the room while you’re playing, you can have conversations or turn your monitors up or down as loud as you’d like, and you don’t have to avoid making any background noise that could get picked up with room sound. It’s the best for everyone. Camera Angles and Visual Appeal Visual appeal is almost as important as audio appeal in any livestream. Think of it as performing on a stage in front of an innumerable number of fans—a combination of those who may know you, or may not. It’s the Internet, after all. Desert Hearts’ Mikey Lion decorated his booth nicely for an epic 7 hour set on Saturday.. At minimum, you should have one camera set up – if you can’t get a webcam camera, make sure your laptop camera is angled in a way that gets your entire booth (that means yourself, your gear, and the ambiance of your space). Multiple cameras, if doable, is the way to go. Three is a great number; two will do. Not only do multiple cameras give your livestream a more professional feel – it also shows people what you’re up to. You can use your laptop camera as one camera depending on your budget, but it’s worth looking into buying a webcam or two as well. I like the Logitech C922 Pro Stream, which runs at $99 and offers 1080p video quality. Alternatively, you can turn your mobile devices (iPhone or iPad) into cameras with OBS’ own OBS Camera app as well. As for angles, in a best case scenario, you would have three cameras. Consider placing one at a further distance to capture your full booth – the same placement we recommended above if you’re only using one laptop camera. The second and third should go closest to your mixer so the audience can watch your technique, and at an angle that shows your face. Humans connect with other humans, so this makes a big difference in terms of user connection. Pro move: bonus visual points come into play if you add overlays to your stream. The setup is pretty straightforward – watch a two-minute demo from OBS here – and there’s plenty of room for creativity here. You can even add people dancing on your corresponding Zoom call, like in the screenshot below: Kudeki streaming for SF Queer Nightlife Fund – with dancers from Zoom overlaid. And lastly: give your booth a little flair! Showcase your personality, your sound, and your space with lights and decorations. Consider running strip of LEDs behind your gear setup, put an uplight behind those monitors, add a few plants around your DJ gear! Take a piece of your personality and share it with the world. Wear something fun. Project an entertaining visual behind you. The options are endless. A Note on Streaming + Running DJ Software Streaming a DJ set can take a lot of processing power, which means that running DJ software on the same computer as the stream may cause issues. If you have a second computer, consider running the stream on that instead to avoid overloading your processing power. Even if you have a beefy computer, streaming + multiple video inputs + playing and effecting audio on multiple decks can start to test the limits. This applies to battery power as well – I’ve noticed that my laptop slowly loses battery charge over the course of a stream if I’m running too many other softwares concurrently. The last thing you want during a stream is your laptop powering off. I’d recommend having your laptop plugged into the charger for the duration of your stream—better safe than sorry. A Solid Connection Let’s talk about internet connections quickly and how to optimize your network for during a streaming session. Here’s a few simple tips: Ethernet if possible: Yes, wi-fi networks have gotten a lot better in the last few years, but they’re still dramatically less reliable than a hardwired ethernet connection. If you have a USB-C computer without an ethernet port, consider grabbing an adapter (maybe one with a few USB-A slots on it too, like this). Turn off wi-fi on your mobile devices: This one is somewhat self explanatory – don’t degrade your stream by adding more network traffic. I watched a stream this weekend where the DJ would pick up their phone and reply to texts and message threads. Each time they did, the video and audio would stutter and lag. If you want to talk to people, use your cell signal instead. Close your browser windows: Also self-explanatory. Shut down any unnecessary browser windows while you’re streaming. This can also add to the lag and cause issues with your stream feeding through to the masses. Test Your Setup Before streaming out to the masses on your platform(s) of choice, make sure to test your full setup. The last thing you want is to go live for your first time, and end up with no sound because a cord wasn’t plugged in, or your audio wasn’t turned to the right level. Try it before you push it live. Once you have your gear connected to OBS, set up your camera angles in the main screen, and toggle your audio input levels in the “Audio Mixer” section on the bottom row. I found that the sound quality is usually best if your mixer’s master sound is lower, your audio device is at a good level but not peaking, and the OBS Audio Mixer sits on the upper end of the green section (between -25 and -20dB). OBS also offers an incredibly straightforward start-and-stop streaming system in the “Controls” section, so once all systems are go, it’s a simple one-click to dive in. Here’s a hack for testing your setup. I typically check to see what my stream looks like by setting my Facebook posts to private – only I can see them – and connecting OBS to my Facebook Live stream. From there, if you’re ready to check on all the things, you can hit “Start Streaming”, and it creates a Facebook Live video that only you can see. You’ll be able to troubleshoot any issues from there. Once you’re ready to go fully live to your followers, don’t forget to change your privacy settings out of “only me”, though. Keep in mind when testing: there’s typically a lag between OBS and any streaming platform by a few seconds, so that’s normal – don’t stress on it if you hear your video briefly behind what you’re actually playing. Tackling each of these areas will ultimately result in a fun-to-listen, fun-to-watch stream that can be enjoyed by everyone. Take the time to dial in the right setup, and create a space in which you enjoy playing. Your viewers will thank you.
  19. Akai Professional is back with a new piece of gear: the launch of the MPC Live II. The latest member of the MPC family is the first of its kind to offer a unique, handy feature for producers everywhere: built-in stereo monitors. It also comes with a swath of features that includes standalone production capabilities, MIDI multi-functionality, a rechargeable battery, and CV/Gate outputs. Connections just got easier too – it offers built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, making seamless work between the MPC and programs like Ableton possible. All in all, it’s a ready-to-go production piece that makes playing on the fly – studio, stage, on the road, or anywhere where you may be – possible. New Hardware + Software Updates Let’s take a look at the full list of hardware capabilities the new MPC offers: Standalone hardware – no computer needed Natively powered by MPC 2.8 software Built-in stereo studio monitor speakers Internal rechargeable battery, with up to 5 hours of usage on-the-go Four TRS CV/Gate jacks, for a total of high outputs 7-inch multi-touch display 16B sound library, including high-quality samples and loops Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity And a high-level look at the software side, with the new v2.8 update: MIDI Multi feature USB MIDI input and output support MIDI layer capability Time Correct enable/disable toggling Q-Link overlay display Edit Pad Map Built-In Monitors Perhaps the most notable addition to the MPC Live II, the built-in monitor system allows you to hear the sounds you’re making at your fingertips without needing to plug into a sound system. No headphones? No speakers? No longer a problem. We’d imagine this’ll come in handy for producers that come up with ideas on the go and may not have all of their gear with them. MIDI Multi The new MIDI Multi capability allows users to use the MPC as a MIDI sequencing studio. You can now connect and route all of your MIDI gear – USB keyboards, MIDI interfaces and more – to the CV modules on the MPC Live II, making the MPC quite the hub of creative possibilities. It’s also worthwhile to note that MPC 2.8 is available as a free download for users of the MPC Live, MPC Live II, MPC X, and MPC One. Go and get it! The MPC Live II is now up for grabs $1,199 USD. For more info on the gear and MPC 2.8, head to the Akai website.
  20. Yeah we were around 10 years ago when inthemix still had a half decent DJ section (if you could avoid the faggots) but they turned into a commercial piece of shit whereas we were always industry specific for DJs and the rest. There were too many festival goers on ITM and not enough actual DJs willing to help out and not talk shit to beginners. We've managed to keep a good thing going here for over a decade now. Much harder with shitty facebook groups but at least social media fences in all the dumb cunts and saves us from having to deal with them
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