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Discovering New Music the Modern Way
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Discovering New Music the Modern Way

Getting to know new songs, artists, and albums is what we mean when we talk about music discovery. The greatest content, however, may be difficult to find, as any music lover worth their salt will tell you. With so many new releases coming out every day, it becomes challenging to keep up with everything. At this point, the technologies used for discovering new music become crucial.

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The Impact of Political Movements on Music Evolution
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The Impact of Political Movements on Music Evolution

Music and politics have always shared a profound connection, intertwining in a dance that spans across cultures and eras. Throughout history, music has stood as a powerful tool for political expression, not just echoing the rhythms of societal changes but also amplifying the voices of dissent and acting as a beacon for movements that have reshaped the world.

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The Power of Music to Maintain Brain Health

Going to the gym is the best way to get your body more toned. Spending time listening to music is a great way to get your brain working. Music is one of the few things that can significantly activate the brain in the same manner that it does.

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All the Reasons Why You Must Keep Making Music
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All the Reasons Why You Must Keep Making Music

There is a lot of work to be done if you want to be a serious artist or musician…

A large number of musicians are competing for a variety of opportunities, including but not limited to album sales, blog write-ups, and play counts, as well as record contracts and performing opportunities.

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Aeolian Mode
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Understanding Aeolian Rhythm and Its Aeolian Mode

The Aeolian mode is adaptable to an extremely extensive variety of musical settings due to the fact that it shares all of the same notes as the natural minor scale. In this post, we are going to talk about the Aeolian mode, what it is, how it is different from natural minor, some popular songs that use it, and how you may use it in your own music.

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Why Do DJs Use MacBooks
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Why Do DJs Use MacBooks?

Ever wondered why most DJs in the industry use MacBooks in their setups? We often get asked why most professional electronic musicians use these machines for their big gigs, and there are many perfectly valid reasons for it.

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Best Laptop Backpacks For DJs

Practically all DJs can relate to the stress and anxiety of having to cart their gear around with them to gigs. It’s one thing being paranoid about having to store your laptop or records behind the decks in a venue you’ve never been to before.

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Best Drum Machines 2023
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Best Drum Machines 2023

Drum machine hardware has begun to trend in the production world again in recent years, mostly thanks to price drops and because of music production hardware coming back to life in general.

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Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Headphoes

You can’t DJ properly if you can’t hear what you’re doing or gauge what the audience is hearing. This is why a top-class pair of headphones is essential in any DJ setup. There are hundreds of great headphones on the market, but what you need to factor in when buying is whether they will be in-ear or over-ear, the cup size, orientation, comfort, and durability, among other things.

Different types of DJ equipment

speakers

 If you haven’t got some already and need to add speakers to your shopping list, you’ll want to avoid cheap brands and opt for some which are powerful but suitable for your DJing environment. You wouldn’t go out and buy a huge PA system if you live in a cupboard under the stairs, and you wouldn’t invest in some tiny desk speakers if you are mixing in a large room with thick walls and high ceilings. A set of speakers that fit somewhere in the middle is best.

Different types of DJ equipment

DJ Software

If you’re looking to play solely digital, you’re going to want to invest in some good software. Some DJs who play from USB still do not use software, but the truth is, it can seriously help you stay organized. Software not only allows you to prepare your tracks into neat and tidy playlists, but it also detects the BPM and key of all your tunes, lets you set hot cues, make loops, mashups, and other really cool stuff that wouldn’t be possible if you simply stuck all your tunes on a USB stick or burned them to CD. If you’re just starting out as a DJ, there’s no question that using a high-quality software program will make mixing easier and your sets sound better.

Different types of DJ equipment

Controllers

 DJ controllers are highly convenient because they are an all-in-one setup that you can carry around with you, then plug in and play right off the bat. They also eliminate the need to spend thousands on individual pieces of gear. There are many different types of DJ controllers that are ideal for beginners, each with different functions, personalities, and more. Some are fantastic for multi-deck mixing, changing the volume, tempo, track settings, looping, panning, playing drum pads, and even scratching.

Different types of DJ equipment

mixers

For any analog DJ setup, a mixer is an essential bit of kit. Besides being used to make seamless transitions from one song to another, they also have a wide range of other functions. The crossfader can be used to make epic scratch performances, while the vertical sliders control the volume levels, panning, and can be used in conjunction with effects. They also act as a soundcard to process the music signal you’re sending out to your audience, and let you cue up your next track in your headphones while the current song is playing.

Different types of DJ equipment

Turntables

As mentioned, mixing on turntables is the classic way of DJing, and even some digital DJs still have a vinyl player or two in their repertoire. Turntables are ideal for those who want to get into scratching. They also allow you to switch between songs and albums, slow down tempos, alter the pitch, and do other creative tricks. While laptops and digital DJ setups are the most popular in this day in age, we still recommend learning how to mix on vinyl, even if you don’t plan to buy turntables or use them in your setup. The saying is true – if you can play on wax, you can play on anything.