Becoming a DJ is not just about playing other people's music; DJ music and DJ culture have always been connected in terms of genre and style. Recently there has been a huge growth in DJs making something new which is their own music not just playing other music. So whether you are just starting out learning to DJ or you are beginning to feel confident enough to want to start getting more creative with your decks well perhaps it is time to start writing your own music and take it to the next level.
When you first get started in this process, you are of course going to need all of your sound equipment and plenty of music to sample, stick with what you know best. Work with it in terms of both subject matter and rhythm. If you have been listening to music and DJing for a long time then you will know when music sounds good together. You should be listening out for both the dissonance and the harmony, although there is no official guide for this you will have to learn to trust your own ear.
If you want your sound equipment to be completely digital there are many options available to you to digital music mixers. There are many great music mixers available online that are free and others that cost. Although some mixers aren't free many people find it very helpful to reduce much of the work that goes into mixing. There are many free options online but you must be aware that these are far riskier and could damage your computer or sound equipment with a computer virus.
However when it comes to free music downloads you have a wide selection available online, online music sites offer free downloads and is a very popular method amongst budding DJ's to use. If using digital methods just does not appeal and you like to work creatively away from the computer then there are many quality mix devices available to purchase which will allow you to connect to up to six stereos all at once.
There has never been a better time to start making your own music and creativity within DJ culture, take a good look around at what you personally are interested in terms of mixing equipment and styles. With a little practice you will eventually be able to play music that is only limited by your music sources and your own imagination.
So you've been playing guitar in your bedroom for years and have decided to purchase a Home Recording Studio Setup. There are so many audio Interfaces currently available that this seemingly simple task can easily become quite confusing. An audio interface or DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is a device that handles input and output of audio and MIDI to and from your computer. Some of the questions you're most likely to ask may sound a little like: 'Should I spend as little as possible?', 'Do I spend a little more in the hope that I may need some of the features on the more expensive unit?', 'Do I lash out and find myself sitting in front of a unit with little knowledge as to what 90% of its features actually do!?'. Sound familiar?
Before investing in a home recording studio setup for the first time, I would strongly consider some of the following:
How many inputs at any given time will I need?
Given that there can be so many different projects in a recording scenario, 2 Inputs may be all you need. With today's technologies, musicians can easily create 'Commercial' sounding recordings with drums, strings, keys, bass, guitars and vocals with only two audio inputs and a MIDI I/O. Or, do you wish to record a Live Band in which you'll need at least 16 tracks? That's not to say you can't record a band with only 8 tracks, or 2 for that matter... you will just have less control of each individual instrument. Do you need the inputs to support Line Level, Accept a Bass or Electric Guitar (DI) and power my microphone with 48V Phantom power? Do you want to utilise the Digital output of your Guitar Amp Simulator or synthesizer? If so, you'll be needing either a S/PDIF or optical input.
What programme is best for my needs?
Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Sonar, Adobe Audition and Cubase are just a few of the many programmes users can choose from. But which one is best for you? Should you go with industry standard Pro Tools or, Logic Pro with better MIDI capabilities? Would Cubase suit your needs as you can use it with a broader range of Hardware? As you can guess, different programmes excel where others may not be as capable. Find out what programme suits the style of music you're most likely going to be recording.
Will the programme work with your computer and operating system? Does it support MAC and PC? Check online forums for compatibility issues with your computer. Does the particular unit you're thinking of buying require fire wire or USB? Does your computer have both of these inputs?
Does my studio have to be portable?
Some recording studios are used solely as editing suites where inputs are never needed. Thus, manufactures have invented USB styled portable hardware. Many of the units on today's market are, in fact, portable. It's only when you combine many other pieces of hardware where setups become difficult to transport. Do you want to have it placed in a rack so if down the track, you can add other pieces of gear?
Every year all of the sectors of the electronics industry gear up for their trade show where they can flex their technological muscle. This year in Berlin it is expected that with HDTV hitting the mainstream, the latest models of HD ready TV sets will dominate the show. There has been some news on other fronts and this article delivers the latest audio news summarising the most recent developments from the IFA.
There have been several additions from Griffin technology the self proclaimed leader in iPod technology covering iPhones, iPods and anything related. Most of the models that have been unveiled are updates on previous models and they include the iTrip Universal, iTrip Auto and WindowSeat for iPhone 3G.
The iTrip universal allows any audio to be played through a 3.5mm connection including portable CD players, FM stereo and of course your iPod. Partnered with the iTrip Auto which has streamlined the process of charging and playing your iPod in car this is a great solution to those M25 traffic jams. For the full set the WindoSeat allows you to mount your iPhone or iPod on the dash board or windshield at eye level to make operations more user friendly and safer.
Although these developments might seem like a bit of an innovative anti-climax Sony has remedied this with the European launch of the Sony Rolly. This unusual piece of audio equipment is a speaker that can move certain parts in a choreographed performance to certain tracks. It has multi-coloured lights which flash as it, well rolls around and flaps extremities. It comes with certain memorised songs such as The Pretender by the Foo Fighters, which will show the Rolly at best.
At around 400 dollars you might be forgiven for thinking what an incredible waste of money, however it is a unique devise and after the initial launch the price might well drop considerably. Something audio with a bit more practical application a considerably lesser amount of flashing lights is the Plantronics Gamecom 777. This is fitted with 5.1 cinematic surround sound allowing the audio to exist in real proximity and gamers can pinpoint enemies via their audio movements.
There is a noise cancelling feature which is designed to lower frustrations when playing multi-player online games and the audio technology is Dolby Pro Logic II and digitally separates and amplifies multiple speakers to create a 360 degree audio effect. This sounds great on paper however it has just been launched and costs around 80GBP which as far as high spec gaming headphones go is not too bad. The IFA continues with most top electronic manufacturers represented so the audio news will continue.