Story Mix Project (Week 3): Mixing and Editing

Story Mix Project (Week 3): Mixing and Editing

This week we focus on taking some of the tracks we found during week 2, and begin putting them in order and transitioning the songs. We go over volume envelopes, automation, filtering, and more.

In the second half of the video, I actually do an edit of one of the tracks where I wanted to slice out some vocal parts. You’ll see how to do these edits so that everything stays in time, and how to smooth these edits so that they sound intentional.

We’re going really deep in week 3!

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First Peek at the Traktor Kontrol S8 (Native Instruments)

First Peek at the Traktor Kontrol S8 (Native Instruments)

You can put all of the guessing and speculation to rest… Native Instruments has finally come out and announced the Traktor Kontrol S8.

They’re not giving much information at this point… at least not directly.  But in the teaser video they just released, which is a little over a minute long, they give just enough quick shots of the thing for us to realize two major changes: they’re ditching the jog wheels, and they have onboard screens.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that they are putting screens on the unit itself, as this would appear to be the future of digital DJing.  Combine that with the fact that they’ve already started doing this on their Maschine units, and you realize it would be silly of them to not include them at this point.

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Story Mix Project (Week 2): Finding Music

Story Mix Project (Week 2): Finding Music

Week two is all about scouring for music to use to help us tell our story.  In case you missed it, here’s an introduction to the Story Mix Project.

Finding the music can be both tedious and rewarding, and requires much more time than the 40 minutes or so that you see in this video.  I spent all week (and some of last week) finding what I did, trying different searches/methods, and listening to clips.

This video won’t be so much a step-by-step howto, as a “here’s where my head’s at” sort of thing. Finding music for a mix is all about your mindset, and your ability to process the music you hear in your head within a certain context.

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Where’s The Ceiling on the New Vinyl Market?

Where’s The Ceiling on the New Vinyl Market?

An ever-increasing amount of people are buying vinyl records these days.  What some considered to be a quick, passing fad has turned out to be a long-term trend.

In fact, sales hit a record 6.1 million units last year… in the US alone.

This resurgence has been present, and upwardly-trending, since 2006… and in 2007, an annual day dedicated to record stores was founded.  While vinyl still only encompasses a little over 2% of the music market share, overall, records are more popular than they have been since the late 80s.

But a market who did not predict or expect such a huge revival is having quite a bit of trouble keeping up.

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The Story Mix Project (Zombie Hospital)

The Story Mix Project (Zombie Hospital)

Last year, starting about 2 months before Halloween, I began working on a mix called Zombie Hotel.  It was a very fun project, because I took a much different approach to it than I normally would have.

For starters, I threw away all ideas of genre… in other words, disregarded what I am “supposed” to play, and just searched for music that fit the theme.  Second, I decided to use the mix to tell (or imply) a literal story.  And finally, I put the mix together “in the box”, using my DAW (software).  In other words, it’s a studio production.

I decided that I wanted to do a sequel this year.  But this time, I wanted to give my readers an inside look into the entire process using a multi-week video series.  Thus was born the Story Mix Project!

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Of Course It’s A Great Mix, It’s Beatmatched Perfectly!

Of Course It’s A Great Mix, It’s Beatmatched Perfectly!

Imagine your cell phone contract is up, and you’re due for an upgrade.

Since you haven’t been keeping up with the latest in mobile technology, you decide to walk into your carrier’s retail store to window-shop.  You figure that you’ll be able to ask one of the employees all of the important questions in order to make a good decision.

And you run into the worst, most out-of-touch phone salesman in the history of phone sales.

“What can I help you with, today?” he says, with exaggerated enthusiasm.

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PDJ 009 – Struggles in Small Town Promotion w/John Chapel

PDJ 009 – Struggles in Small Town Promotion w/John Chapel

Episode 9 – Now Includes YOUR Questions!

Hey folks!  It’s been a while, but we’re back with episode 9 of the podcast… and I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of the best episodes yet!  First, we start out with a Q&A session featuring YOUR questions!

After the Q&A and announcements, I have a conversation with my good buddy John Chapel… a local promoter/DJ in my home town.  He’s been running a successful weekly electronic music night in our town for over four years, based on a local guest rotation.  I wanted to get his insight on the struggles that come along with small town promotion.

As you’ll hear, John is loaded full of personality and really adds some spice to today’s episode.  (I started loading him full of beer, which didn’t hurt.)  It gets fairly humorous/ridiculous towards the end.  I hope you guys enjoy!

In episode 9, John and I discuss:

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The “DJ-in-a-Box” is Back (Epsilon Inno-Propak)

The “DJ-in-a-Box” is Back (Epsilon Inno-Propak)

Most DJs who have been doing this for a while will remember the old “DJ-in-a-box” setups, which consisted of a pair of belt-driven Gemini turntables and a basic 2-channel mixer.  Truth be told, this was the first kind of setup I ever tried mixing with.

Those old setups were a nice entry-point for people wanting to get their feet wet in the DJing world, before the days of controllers.  But they were belt-driven and low-torque, and were kind of a pain.

Epsilon-Pro, based in the US, has somewhat revamped this concept with the introduction of the Inno-Propak… a scratch-based bundle consisting of a pair of DJT-1300 turntables and a 2 channel mixer (equipped with a mini-Innofader) for $799.

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Reloop’s Terminal Mix 8 (Review & Video)

Reloop’s Terminal Mix 8 (Review & Video)

Reloop’s newest controller, the Terminal Mix 8, has been out for a little while now. But, while I was in Detroit for Movement this past May, I had the opportunity to play a small gig at the festival in an area they call the “Technology Room”. I played on a Terminal Mix 4 (this controller’s little brother).

So impressed was I at the build quality and feel of the TM4, that I decided I needed to review their flagship all-in-one controller. So now, I present to you, my review of the Terminal Mix 8… which comes with a copy of the FULL version of Serato DJ (a huge plus at this price point… $699 USD.)

Let’s have a look!

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The DJ’s Special Problems

The DJ’s Special Problems

It doesn’t take someone very long after deciding to pursue their new DJing passion, before they realize that a number of hurdles are in the way of making their goals.  These goals vary from person to person: fame, fortune, day-job, personal enjoyment, and so-on.

Most DJs start interacting and connecting with others on some level, and they start to notice patterns.  They feed off each other’s thoughts and feelings toward the scene, the music, the figureheads, or the equipment.

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