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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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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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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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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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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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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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Most DAWs have some kind of facility to do this, though the exact name of the feature and way it works can vary. A couple of products have been mentioned in comments - another choice is Ableton Live, in which I believe you would use the 'warp' facility, which uses a number of markers along the timeline of the track as key points to snap to a grid.


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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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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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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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Mixxx includes a “MIDI for light” script that can send MIDI clock output for controlling lights or other MIDI synced hardware or software See https://mixxx.org/wiki/doku.php/midi_clock_output


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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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