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    Default Any Tip & Recommendation for a New DJ?

    Sup Fellas

    Im starting as a new DJ, and in my free time look up information that I believe I need to know as an DJ & Producer.
    The problem is, Im such an noob now that I have questions that I dont even know how to find any links on google that is relevant to what im really trying to figure out. So hopefully someone can spare a minute and lead me to the right path, Ill really appreciate it.

    1. What the best smallest size file format for my mp3 songs that in my laptop only for sampling, mixes purpose ?
    ( I seen producer have a bunch of songs files on their pc, and they only use it for sampling,mixes, thus only small size files necessary)


    2. I'm looking to buy a turn table that can play mp3,(wav,any from laptop) and that can also play vinyl. Any Idea ????

    3. What else can you recommend for a dj with beginner skills ?

    Thanks guys for your time.

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    Default Re: Any Tip & Recommendation for a New DJ?

    After doing this whole music thing for so long I wouldn't mind dropping my input and thoughts on your questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by prinze91 View Post

    1. What the best smallest size file format for my mp3 songs that in my laptop only for sampling, mixes purpose ?
    ( I seen producer have a bunch of songs files on their pc, and they only use it for sampling,mixes, thus only small size files necessary)
    In my opinion there is only one mp3 bitrate worth working with and that's 320kbps, however you can get away with 192kps and 128kbps but I would never go anything lower then 128kbps. If you will be sampling music and have the opportunity to get the WAV file, then definitely get the WAV file. When the original WAV file gets converted to mp3 it then loses some of it quality and "info/samples" stored within the track. So the next best thing after WAV would be the 320kbps bitrate mp3. The lower you go in bitrate the more data gets lossed from the track and doing effects such as key or pitch changes or tempo changes will start to sound glitchy or "digital" because their just isn't enough data or samples within the track because it has loss to much quality from too much compression during the mp3 bitrate conversion.

    2. I'm looking to buy a turn table that can play mp3,(wav,any from laptop) and that can also play vinyl. Any Idea ????
    When looking for turntables it is always best to save your money and get a top of the line turntable thats going to last you and wont cause you to buy again because the motor is to week to handle your scratches or scratch releases actually. STAY AWAY FROM "DJ IN A BOX" type deals, these turntables are always terrible, save your money.

    There will always be people that are going to tell you that Technics 1200's (1200 Mk2, Mk3 etc.) are the only way to go and that they are the "Industry Standard" because they are simply the best but let me give you a very quick history lesson...

    The Technic's 1200 were in fact the best when then first came out because they had a patent on the Direct drive technology so all other turntable manufactures were stuck having to continue to use Belt drives for their turntables, direct drive turntables had much more torque so it allowed you to control your scratches much better, thus making the Technics the industry standard for any turntablist. Once the patent expired years later every other manufacture was then allowed to use the direct drive technology. [END HISTORY LESSON]

    So these days there are plenty of turntables that can stand up to the mighty Technics that people still swear by to this day, but in my opinion there is only one turntable that completely obliterates the Technics in absolutely every way and that is the Stantons STR8-150's. These babies are far better then the Technics and is always my recommendation to any DJ, I have used both turntables plus many others and the Stantons STR8-150's continue to trump them all, So yes, I own a pair, and no, this isn't a biased choice. Look them and choose for yourself which you want.

    Of course after getting your turntables you need software and control vinyl. I could only recommend Serato and Tracktor, you'll have to check them for yourself and see which one you want to go with. I personally use Serato.

    3. What else can you recommend for a dj with beginner skills ?
    The best advice I can give anyone is "Less reading, more practicing, finish EVERYTHING". When you first start out you'll be looking up all sorts of things online and reading or watching videos about how to do things right, forget all of that. The more time you spend reading about something, the more time you are wasting on actually mixing. Just mix and make music, have fun with it, you will get better with time. This isn't an overnight talent, it takes many hours of practice to train your hands and your ears. ALWAYS hit the record button and record your mixes, listen back to them and notices your flaws. This will help you correct them much faster. Don't worry about your music or mixes not sounding good at first, just keep FINISHING new mixes. The more you knock out the faster you will get better.
    Last edited by Dj Excrucial; 04-06-2013 at 8:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dj Excrucial View Post
    The best advice I can give anyone is "Less reading, more practicing, finish EVERYTHING". When you first start out you'll be looking up all sorts of things online and reading or watching videos about how to do things right, forget all of that. The more time you spend reading about something, the more time you are wasting on actually mixing. Just mix and make music, have fun with it, you will get better with time. This isn't an overnight talent, it takes many hours of practice to train your hands and your ears. ALWAYS hit the record button and record your mixes, listen back to them and notices your flaws. This will help you correct them much faster. Don't worry about your music or mixes not sounding good at first, just keep FINISHING new mixes. The more you knock out the faster you will get better.
    I was just curious, does this also work with virtaul DJ? I also want to learn how to mix but it doesn't seem as good without the turntables or am i just confused/slow. Sorry if this isn't making any sense, It's almost 1:30 AM haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prinze91 View Post
    1. What the best smallest size file format for my mp3 songs that in my laptop only for sampling, mixes purpose ?
    ( I seen producer have a bunch of songs files on their pc, and they only use it for sampling,mixes, thus only small size files necessary)
    if you are serious about your music always use the best sources (the best source qualities) you can get
    FLAC>wav>mp3 320kb/s>mp3 256>mp3 192>mp3 128>youtube rip (the last 2 are horrible, i'd only recommend you too use them if heres no other source and you really need to mix it)
    Quote Originally Posted by prinze91 View Post
    2. I'm looking to buy a turn table that can play mp3,(wav,any from laptop) and that can also play vinyl. Any Idea ????
    nope sorry, i don't like live mixing
    Quote Originally Posted by prinze91 View Post
    3. What else can you recommend for a dj with beginner skills ?
    What one tip would you give to other aspiring DJs?
    Be yourself and mix whatever music you like, not what others tell you to mix.

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    Not to take criticism personally and just use it to get better. I think too many people in music no matter if it is DJ's, rappers etc just don't know how to take people not loving everything they do and just take it as people being "haters" instead of taking it as a way to always push themselves to get better if the criticism is valid that is. You should always push to be better imo.

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    Expand your musical arsenal. If you like Hip-Hop, pick up Rock or Classical etc. Study it. Study MUSIC!

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    Develop an unbiased ear. Too many people can't listen to their own music as if someone else created it. They listen to it with a bias because it's their music, so they have this underlying attachment to it so they can't rationally hear imperfections within it or admit to them. I always try to listen to my beats and go "ok, so if some random ass dude posted this beat on YouTube....how long would I listen to this before I closed the window?" Being able to truly critique your music that way will really help you grow but I think the only way to really develop an ear like that is simply through practice -- so all you can really do is keep at it.

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    Do it for the love of it and everything else will follow, and don’t ever give up if this is your dream. Surround yourself with those who believe in you and support you… but most of all, know to accept constructive criticism and use that to develop yourself.-

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