Archive for January, 2010

Hey DJs, don’t forget to practice

As experienced last night at Bar Dot here in Hollywood, there’s nothing worse than a horrible DJ providing your evening’s entertainment. So practice practice practice! Don’t be a bad DJ please. (and how the hell do some of these guys get gigs anyway?)
Here is what a really good DJ sounds like. (the end of the set gives me chills!)

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Beatport’s sale of the decade

Beatport.com is offering a sale of classic electronic goodness for 99 cents per song, starting today until Monday Jan. 25. Don’t miss this, there are literally thousands of tracks to choose from!! All for a dollar!

I briefly described my likes and dislikes of Beatport.com as an online mp3 store here. So go and select any music genre, then hit the “classics” button on the left. Beatport considers anything over a few years old a classic, so that that dancefloor hit from a few summers ago can be yours for only 99c.

Check out a tasting of some of their selected playlists here.

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DJ/Producer spotlight – Spectrasoul

This duo from Brighton, England, has emerged onto the drum and bass scene in 2006, not fully coming to the forefront until 2008. Their ingenuity takes the drum & bass genre to the next level and makes them one of today’s top artists.

Signed with many top labels such as Metalheads, Subtitles and Shogun Audio, there is hardly a track they produce that isn’t a total banger on the dancefloor.

“The Four Points” – is a ragga jungle joint with a nice sub-bass line and a cymbal heavy breakbeat. Ragga rhymin included, of course.

“Alibi” – is one of my favorite liquid drum and bass tunes with a steady vibrating bassline that rrrrrolls right through the track. The piano chords are beautiful and well placed vocal samples set off the track.

Check them out all over the interweb, or just hit them up on their myspace page.

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Got DAW?

DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation, and can refer to any piece of hardware or PC software that allows you to produce, edit and playback music.

DAWs tend to have multiple hardware or audio inputs and several audio outputs for sound reproduction and/or monitoring. They keep getting smaller and more technologically advanced, making them less than those huge studio mixing boards and more like those old school “groove boxes”.

Like the Akai MPC5000, a$3000 synthesizer, effects processor,  drum machine, multi-track recorder, sequencer and sampler – a complete sound studio 18″ wide by 16″ deep.

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Or the 6×7 inch Korg D4 – a 4-track recorder, effects processor, song editor, and instrument tuner. A recording studio the size of a stack of greeting cards.

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