I'd just like to thank everyone so far for the support on DJ Tools, and the positive feedback on the tutorials. I hooked up some analytics on this website yesterday and was really surprised by the amount of new traffic coming in, and that people were actually spending time on here, reading the articles! The fact that nobody's trolling me yet suggests that all is well, and that people are finding this stuff useful. I'm happy with that!
One of the techniques employed by DJs to mix tracks together is equalisation. You will be familiar with equalisation already (I’ll call it EQ). Your stereo will have a bass and treble knob, or maybe a multi-band EQ.
Let’s talk about what a frequency is to start with, then we will move on to how we can apply this knowledge to improve our mixes.
I thought I’d write a tutorial on setting levels, following another bout of night club tinnitus. I lose count of the number of DJs I’ve seen perform who have no idea what they should be doing with the audio equipment at their disposal. They end up sounding really loud, or quiet, and the dynamic range of their music is destroyed. I’ll explain why.
Here's an old project of mine, which uses the iPhone software TouchOSC to create a DJ interface (2 channel mixer) which maps to Ableton and can be used remotely to mix tunes. It uses PureData to translate the OSC messages, and it's messy to set up, but fun to play with if you have Ableton. There's also some Python scripts which enable some OSC functionality in Ableton which are really useful.