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The “science of DJing” hilariously revealed by breakfast TV

Reads the title over at industry website In The Mix and it’s not entirely terrible.

KIRO in Seattle did a piece on DJ culture during a morning show segment featuring local DJ Hapa on what in fact is DJing? Hapa does a pretty good job in explaining it and ultimately it’s rare to see the mainstream media take an interest in the art.

Click to listen to the piece below, including a scoop on the new Duck Sauce track “Betty White.”

Interested in becoming a DJ yourself? We’ve graduated a bunch of happy folks. Read the reviews on Google and then hit us up to arrange a tour.

Mmmmaven upgrades to Serato DJ

serato scratch live

Serato has made massive improvements to their famous DJ software, and we have decided to hop on board and make the switch from Scratch Live to Serato DJ. So what does this mean?

First off, your Scratch library, as well as many other functions (Auto Loops, Loop Roll, Reverse, iTunes support, etc) are still available on Serato DJ. You can even still use the Serato Control Vinyls! Aesthetically, the features might have changed (everything looks so sleek!) but your favorites are still there for you.

Now for the new things:

More cue points (8 vs 5) – More cue points means more control over your set.

FX powered by Izotope – you’ll notice a huge upgrade in the quality of the FX. Izotope is a leading name in the industry. You can find their work in Halo 4, Rockband 3, Adobe Audition, Nine Inch Nails, Skrillex, and more. You can see how much control you’ll have from just one screen shot:

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Slip Mode – want to go into free time? Slip Mode has you covered, it’ll help you come back in on the beat every time.

Sync – a highly controversial topic to DJs (seriously there’s even Facebook groups about this), so Serato gave you the option to have sync on or off to help you get tracks in time quickly. Regardless of where you stand on the debate, it’s a feature worth checking out!

In general, the UI got crisper and more compact, but filled with more toys and tools – all things you hope to see in an upgrade. To get a more in depth breakdown of the differences, check Serato’s comparison page.

Ready to try it out yourself? We’ll be using Serato DJ in our DJ courses!

Mmmmaven Graduate Party [4/13]

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Sunday April 13, viagra come see the next generation of Boston DJs play their first show. Eight recent graduates of Mmmmaven’s DJ course will be laying it down from 9-1 at the Middlesex Lounge.

Over the last 2 months these students were studying under instructors Pete O’Karma, General Motor , Jeff Kinney, and Charles Mazzola. They learned techniques in mixing styles, beat matching, sound design, Serato commands, scratching, and more. You’ll get to see them put these new skills into action for 25 minutes each.

Ever wished you saw an artist before they made it big? That’s some major bragging rights, there. You’re gonna wanna be at this show.

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Do you want to know how to DJ? Do you want to play at a graduate party of your own? Do you want even more on top of that? Our DJ courses are the best way to do these things.

Pioneer RMX-500 Review

Pioneer recently released their new RMX-500 Effects Unit and it’s selling for $399. Is it worth it? Let’s see.Pioneer RMX 500

For starters, it’s half the cost of the popular RMX-1000. The RMX-1000 is found in set ups across the world. But its hard to shell out $800, and then get this huge piece of technology that you don’t even know how to use yet. The RMX 500 might just be the sweet spot in between nothing and too much. In their press release, Pioneer said,

Pioneer DJ is giving DJs and producers the most easy-to-use multi-effects unit yet… The lightweight box of tricks takes some of the best features from the top-flight RMX-1000, but gains a more simplified layout, on-board customization, and ingenious one-handed control of multiple parameters.

That last sentence alludes to one of the key features of this unit: the pressure knobs. No idea what those are? That’s because they’re the first of their kind in the industry. Basically, the two knobs control the Rhythm and Scene FX, and can be turned left and right to control the dry/wet levels. But they also push inwards to control the sub-parameters of each effect. This puts even more control into the DJ’s hands, making each set with the RMX-500 completely unique.

Another convenient feature of the RMX-500 is how little space it takes up. Not only is it a smaller unit, but the I/O connectors are now on the side instead of on the back. This makes tighter set ups a lot easier to handle: less wires in the way and you can put this unit anywhere around your equipment.

This unit can also be used as an audio interface. That’s right, you’re getting two for one. It even has a headphone jack so you can practice new tricks and techniques on your own time.

Now onto the effects themselves: each effect sounds great and is easy to use. If you’ve used Pioneer DJ equipment in the past, you’ll be impressed by the power this small device packs. It keeps up with the RMX-1000 in quality, though some parts (including the Release FX) are slightly simplified. Describing what each effect does would take awhile and might bore you, so watch the RMX-500 in action instead:

Overall, with the various effects, pressure knobs, audio interface, and convenient size… The RMX-500 is packing a lot, and for only half the cost of its big brother, what’s there to lose?

Fancy equipment isn’t all it takes to be a DJ. Let us show you the rest.
Source: Review: Pioneer RMX-500 Effects Unit by Chris Brackley of DJ Tech Tools