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Wave is an uncompressed or lossless format, whereas MP3 is compressed or lossy. Technically .wav is just a container format and can hold various types of compressed or uncompressed audio, but typically you'll see it containing LPCM uncompressed audio (the same as on audio CDs). With .wav files, you are essentially getting a raw bitstream representation of ...


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Harmonic mixing is the practice of using music theory in your dj sets. You can use this knowledge to achieve specific functions when mixing two songs (similar to chord progressions), or to know which songs are compatible with each other, just to give a few examples. The most common and basic form of harmonic mixing. If you don't want to know about the ...


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Garrix, here, has followed a common transition -- from playing other people's records and getting a thorough understanding of how dance music works, to producing his own music. So, he is known as a DJ, but what he is doing when he makes music is producing. Production covers a lot of activities, but it covers everything about turning an idea into a finished ...


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It depends on the DJ and many variables like: his skill set, his knowledge, his work, his selection of songs, etc. There are many different tools and techniques out there, and DJing can become as complex as you want. These are some of the things that a DJ might be doing while carving and performing a set: Beatmatching. In order to mix and blend two or ...


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The way I'd derive it is to Taylor expand around central frequency (BPM is a frequency): Using 123 BPM as the central frequency yields the same result as user37549: about 14 cents for a 1 BPM change.


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Sure you can. It would require some knowledge in audio programming and analysis. However, I would advise to not reinvent the wheel and use existing tools, such as BPM Counter (free). I'm not sure if it can write the BPM into the file name directly, but once it's saved in the id3 tag, it's much easier to access it with your own program and then rename the ...


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The executive summary of Charles' very detailed answer is: Use WAV for recording and editing. Use your audio editor's native file format with references to the WAV files to keep disk space under control use MP3 for distribution. 44.1 and 160kbps is lots, unless your audience has a home stereo that is worth more than their car and ears to match.


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They represent the same exact system it's just presented in a different way. The only differences are it uses colors instead of a key signature to show relationship between keys, spun to have E major/C# minor on top, and labeled with letters and numbers which is presumably to abstract from the concept of a circle related by movements of 4ths and 5ths and ...


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Mixxx is free, open source DJ software which supports the Hercules DJ Console RMX (and the Hercules DJ Console RMX 2). The Hercules DJ Console RMX is a USB MIDI controller with a built in sound card. It is compatible with Mixxx versions 1.6.1+herc and later. Both audio and MIDI works in Linux (from kernel ~2.6.27+), Windows (XP, Vista, 7), and MAC ...


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No - if music is free - it does not 100% mean it is royalty-free. Most royalty-free music requires you to pay for it, for the continued or one-off privilege to use it! There are also plenty of websites that provide free (cost-wise) and royalty-free music - in which case lucky you! If it isn't labelled "royalty-free" or something similar, it's best to ...


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Using a third channel as a loop bed to be used as a foundation for decks 1 & 2 transitions is not uncommon. The fluid transitions are the result of EQ mixing. Which can be done by gradually cutting out the mid band on a 3 or 4 band mixer from the playing track and gradually bringing in the mid band from the incoming track. There are other aspects of ...


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Here is the data sheet. Page 8 states it cannot be used without a computer; it is a virtual mixing deck. However it also states on the same page that is can be used with other DJ software. It's effectively just a standard MIDI controller. So you will need a computer to provide power and MIDI signals over the USB socket, but in addition if you can get hold ...


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You can double click the pitch fader to reset it to 0. You can also assign the pitch fader reset action to a key in your keyboard or a control surface. 1) Preferences -> Control Manager -> Add in... -> Tempo -> Tempo Fader 2) Select the new created controller, and in interaction mode select "reset". In assignment select which deck you want to tempo fader ...


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Tested with Traktor 2.6.5 on Windows 7 x64 Ultimate): Go to Traktor's preferences and check "Analyze news imported tracks". Then in Traktor's browsing window, go the folder you want to analyze and right-click "Import to Collection". It will analyze all tracks contained in this folder including its subfolders (and recursively): If anyone knows how to ...


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An electric guitar typically is equipped with one "quarter inch" monophonic audio jack: This is typically on the edge of the lower bout (Gibson style guitars) or slanted on the lower front face of the guitar near the volume and tone controls (Fender types). You typically connect it to a cable with "quarter inch" plugs on both ends: Now, if your DJ mixer ...


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Your reliable source is correct. The earplugs may not change shape over time, but your ears do. I don't think you need a rule of thumb -- you'll know when your earplugs aren't fitting well anymore, as they'll become either uncomfortable or ineffective. You should be able to feel whether they fit snugly in your ears. If they no longer fit comfortably, it's ...


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For Windows: Install CDJ drivers (and ideally update firmware): http://pioneerdj.com/english/products/player/cdj-2000nexus.html Connect the 2 CDJ 2000 through USB to your computer Start Traktor and configure as follow (tested with Traktor 2.6.3 and Traktor 2.6.5 with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate): Not necessary (it should be automatically well configured), but ...


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It's called ducking, sidechain ducking, sidechain compression or sometimes even "sidechaining". A compressor is a device which lowers the volume of a signal when it gets louder than a set threshold level. Compressors are used in many ways to alter the dynamics of individual instruments and mixes. In a sidechaining compressor, the "key" signal that's used to ...


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Sometimes it's the drummer, sometimes someone is offstage, sometimes there are entire songs programmed and they all have click tracks in their in-ear monitors, and sometimes it's a combination of those things. There are so many controllers available now and so many kinds of software that the possibilities are manifold. Drum pads or sensors, foot ...


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In simplest terms, MIDI is the message system used by the equipment. USB is the physical communication link over which those messages are sent. Drawing a parallel to computers and the Internet, MIDI would be like TCP/IP, while USB would be like the Cat5 Ethernet. The P105 is "MIDI-compliant", in that it will transmit and receive standard MIDI messages; ...


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These are the smallest harmonic changes. When you move radially none of the notes in the scales change (A minor has the same set of notes as C major), even though the tonal centre does. The set of notes in the scale stays fixed while the nature of the tonality changes between major and minor. Thus there is a similarity or continuity in the tone of the ...


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There is no standard practice, but there is a general idea of how to carve intros and outros in order to help the song be easily mixed with others. They tend to be very simple, with little or no harmonic elements present, of at least 4 bars (around 30 secs at around 120 bpm). Tipically elements are added little by little until the whole idea is constructed. ...


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For me, beatmatching has two aspects, there's the "wide" tempo description, like - is this the pace of walking, running, marching - and that can almost start on a physical level - feel it in your body to get the general area pf the tempo of the track. Then there's the fine-tuning which is most western dance music is most easily achieved by comparing the ...


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For simplicity, here I'll use gain, loudness, and volume interchangeably, but they actually are not quite the same, and each has important distinctions. With the gain knob, nonetheless, you are effectively controlling the three of them at the same time in the same direction. When I load a track into a deck in Virtual DJ 7.4.7 LE, the software knob resets ...


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@YourUncleBob is of course correct. Will accept the answer if posted. Realized though that the reason I felt like my colleagues' settings were "backwards" was something totally unrelated, and kind of interesting and a good lesson for beginner DJs. tl;dr - Yet another reason not to rely on visual cues! It turns out I didn't have a different setting than my ...


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As noted on this page, the solution is to upgrade Traktor to version 2.8.0 or later to support using multiple CPUs during analyzing. 1.4. Parallel Audio Analysis Also new in this version is a special analysis mode called “Parallel Processing”. This option can be found at the bottom of the Analysis window which appears when you right-click on tracks ...


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Getting into something new can always be daunting at first, but the more you struggle through something, the more you learn, providing you're making progress. I hope these answers help you in your journey. 1) Song structure is one of the most important aspects after understanding what the beat of a song is. I was literally talking to one of my piano ...


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The outputs of the DDJ-SB are RCA, and the inputs of the BX5 D2 are XLR and TRS (you can use either). You can use a cable with a pair of RCA males and a pair of XLR or 1/4" TS (you use TS instead of TRS because the DDJ-SB's output is unbalanced). Like this one or a pair of this one. You can also use a dual RCA male - dual RCA male cable and use a pair of ...


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Most (if not all) DJ control surfaces designed to control DJ software use MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) to communicate with the program. And all the top DJ software accepts MIDI as input. This means that as long as your control surface uses MIDI you should be able to use it with any DJ software. I'm not aware of a modern DJ control surface ...


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