PDJ 014 – All About Sound Quality

PDJ 014 – All About Sound Quality

Episode 14 – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Back in episode 13, I answered a call from Joseph regarding sound quality.  He asked when it’s worth it to invest in high-end audio gear (like sound cards, mixers, etc.)  But the question I actually answered had to do with production sound (speakers, amps, etc.)

Duh.  Apparently I wasn’t paying attention that day.

So, rather than just write a corrected answer, I decided to dedicate this entire episode to all things sound quality… including a re-answering of Joseph’s question.

In this episode, we dive into:

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Why DJing is Getting “Gadgety”

Why DJing is Getting “Gadgety”

There’s no shortage of experienced DJs that hate the digital age.

This is often attributed to the whole “barrier of entry” thing (i.e. – “nowadays, anyone can grab a controller and call themselves a DJ”). But there’s actually more to it than that. It’s that DJing means something entirely different to one person vs. the next.

LCD screens, beatgrids, MIDI maps… why do you need all that?

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Quality Matters (Lamentations for the “Good Enough DJ”)

Quality Matters (Lamentations for the “Good Enough DJ”)

If you’re a DJ who is not chasing a great musical experience for his or her audience, I’m not sure what to tell you.

If you’re truly a passionate music fan, you already know which qualities to pursue.  These qualities present themselves whenever you get the shivers, or get a huge smile painted on your face, when you experience your own musical moment.

The digital revolution has been constantly flipping the music industry on its head for years now, and what could be viewed as the most accessible way for new artists to share their craft is often formed into an excuse which explains their lack of success as a musician/DJ.

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Rane: Getting DJ Mixers Right

Rane: Getting DJ Mixers Right

The online DJ community is abuzz with chatter about Rane’s latest mixer announcements at NAMM, and with good reason… the iconic company dropped a few bombs at the show.  Not the least of which is the impressive and unexpected rotary wonder, the MP2015.

First things first, I have a confession to make: I have never owned a Rane mixer.  In fact, at the time of this writing, I’ve never owned a Rane product at all (though I’ve played on the occasional old-school Serato mixer here and there).

That being said, I really appreciate the company’s current approach to their mixer lineup… especially when compared to some of their competitors.

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Why Great DJs Fail (6 Examples of Misguided Artists)

Why Great DJs Fail (6 Examples of Misguided Artists)

kilmashotToday’s article is a guest post by Kilma, a DJ, radio host and writer from Winnipeg, MB.  Check out her awesome blog, Don’t Kilma Vibe, and her streaming radio show The Basement Sessions every Saturday night at KilmaMusic.com.

As the founder of Brand Me Silly, a writer for DJ Mag Canada, and radio host of The Basement Sessions, I have a lot of opportunities to work with great artists. Unfortunately, many artists find themselves short of their requirements: too little, too late.

Many artists are entirely misguided on things as simple as updating social media accounts, how to properly operate their own gear, and their understanding of the mental game.

Below are 6 misguided artists, whose mistakes can be learned from.

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Pioneer XDJ-RX: Evolution of the All-In-One DJ System

Pioneer XDJ-RX: Evolution of the All-In-One DJ System

In case you needed another pretty piece of DJ hardware to either lust after, or loathe over… Pioneer DJ is coming strong off the holiday season with its latest piece of gear.

Introducing the XDJ-RX: the latest screen-wielding all-in-one DJ unit.  Continuing the trend to break free from laptops, the RX is a truly standalone system.  No computer necessary (though, it is functional as a MIDI controller).  As you may expect, the noteworthy item on this new system is a big, shiny screen.

Let’s take a look at what Pioneer DJ’s latest has to offer.

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PDJ 013 – New Year’s “Resolutions” for DJs

PDJ 013 – New Year’s “Resolutions” for DJs

Episode 13 – Happy New Year!

Happy 2015!! In this special (read: impromptu) edition of the Passionate DJ Podcast, I help 6 of my most valued listeners get answers (‘resolutions’) to their questions. Thanks to Raymond, Ian, Brian, Thiago, Joseph and Alex for submitting voicemails!

If you’d like to submit a question for the podcast, you can leave them at PassionateDJ.com/ask!

In this episode, I help our listeners answer:

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The Future of Beatport (Good, Bad, or Indifferent)

The Future of Beatport (Good, Bad, or Indifferent)

Beatport has enjoyed 10 years of success as a one-stop shop for digital DJs to acquire their music… two of which have been with the massive media conglomerate SFX Entertainment in the driver’s seat.

Since SFX acquired Beatport, there have been a number of additions to their arsenal.  Beatport Pro, for example, is a desktop media player and organization system (or a redesign of their online store… how confusing).

The latest announcement (via WSJ) is that Beatport.com will re-launch as a free (ad-supported) music streaming service in 2015.

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PDJ 012 – Is Being Nice Effective?

PDJ 012 – Is Being Nice Effective?

Episode 12 – A Listener Keeps Me Honest!

Joe Pardo joins me as co-host, and we discuss the latest happenings in the DJ Industry before delving in to a series of emails from a concerned listener of the Passionate DJ Podcast.

“Jim”, as we will refer to him, is concerned that I am not preaching the most effective methods of advancing one’s DJ career… even if I may be preaching the most “morally correct” one.  I really enjoyed having this conversation, and for Jim caring enough to write in with his thoughts on the subject.

In this episode, we talk about:

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Advice for Busy DJs with Day Jobs

Advice for Busy DJs with Day Jobs

One of the more common questions that I get from readers is, “How can I develop my DJ career while maintaining a demanding day job?”

This is a familiar scenario to most people who work in music, or other creative endeavors.  You have to pay your bills, but you want to express yourself creatively.  But you can’t develop yourself as an artist (and turn it into a lucrative pursuit) without investing the time, and working on your craft.

It’s almost never the case that someone decides to just have a career in music, and does it the next day.  Not only that, but not everyone wants a full-time music career.  That doesn’t mean they don’t want one at all.

Here’s some advice for the majority of DJs: those who spend their mornings and afternoons doing something else.

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