Posts Tagged ‘DJ’

Stanton stylus advertisement from the 80s

28/02/2018 Leave a comment

I saw this advertisement by my favourite maker of SJ cartridges and styli, Stanton Magnetics. I still use the Stanton 500AL styli and I can safely say that they are the best. They sound good, can handle a lot of abuse and have been performing flawlessly (the cartridges anyway) for more than 30 years. The styli I have changed regularly over the years and I use nothing but the originals. Yes…they are indeed the choice of professionals, as the advertisement says they are.

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Small DJ console

12/10/2017 Leave a comment

One of my friends was asked to DJ at this small pub, a pub which I know very well too. The pub or bar, when it first started out, wanted to have an in-house DJ. Unfortunately, they could not get an entertainment license. In case some of my readers from overseas are wondering what I am on about, I will explain. To open a bar in Singapore, you of course will want a license to sell alcoholic drinks. For that, you need a bar license, or a liquor license. If you want to have a DJ with dancing, you require an entertainment license. This bar could not get one so all they had to rely on was piped-in music from Spotify, which is what you can see in the picture above. This console they are resting that computer and small mixer on was supposed to be a DJ console but since, as I explained above, they did not get the license, they use it as the sound-station for background music. So now comes the issue. My friend was asked to DJ there for one night. The bar can apply for an ad-hoc, temporary entertainment license for that night, but it is not permanent. It is just for the night they apply the license for. My friend is supposed to DJ but where is he going to plug in his controller when there is a mixer there? So I told him, get his equipment set up on a small table and plug into that mixer. he has resigned himself to doing just that.

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Fantastic mixing by Ben Liebrand

06/08/2017 Leave a comment

I’ll just leave this here

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Chinese ‘click farm’ busted and 400,000 SIM cards seized

15/06/2017 Leave a comment

This is what it looks like inside a ‘click-farm’ The precise definition, according to Wikipedia, is:

A click farm is a form of click fraud, where a large group of low-paid workers is hired to click on paid advertising links for the click fraudster (click farm master or click farmer). The workers click the links, surf the target website for a period of time, and possibly sign up for newsletters prior to clicking another link. For many of these workers, clicking on enough ads per day may increase their revenue substantially and may also be an alternative to other types of work. It is extremely difficult for an automated filter to detect this simulated traffic as fake because the visitor behaviour appears exactly the same as that of an actual legitimate visitor.

So when I saw this article on Channelnewsasia, I started thinking about all those popular people, who have thousands of “likes” on their Twitter and Facebook feeds. There was even a time when some so-called DJs who all of a sudden, had heaps of likes, enabling them to be voted as a favourite DJ in a poll….when in reality could not even mix a cake, being elected as top DJs. These click-farms are what make it happen.

So next time, when you see a DJ or a celebrity getting likes out of the blue like crazy, you know that it probably ain’t true…most of the time!

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The fear of public speaking

11/12/2016 Leave a comment

I have seen many people freeze when they have to address a live audience. Maybe that is the reason why many of these people attend these toastmaster sessions. Maybe it is their way of getting over the fear of talking to an audience or maybe those sessions teaches one how to avoid being tongue-tied.

That being said, I just wish DJs nowadays could use the microphone a bit more. When we first started out, the microphone was a part of you…you had to hype the crowd. The DJ in the past also had basic emcee-ing skills and many of the old-school DJs made for pretty good emcees when the occasion called for it.

So for those reading this post on my blog, remember, people are not there to eat you up. Do not be afraid of the audience, or the microphone for that matter. Take the mic and engage them. And to DJs nowadays, the mic is your extension of who you are. Use it!

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Rest in peace David Mancuso

15/11/2016 Leave a comment

I heard some very sad news today from a friend. David Mancuso, the founder of “The Loft” and one of the pioneers of the DJ record pool, passed away today at the age of 72.

Everyday in Manhattan’s art gallery district, Soho, people wander by the open doors at 99 Prince Street. Often they stop and gaze in at what looks like a children’s wonderland. Hundreds of brightly coloured helium balloons cover every inch of the cavernous ceiling. They wonder if it is another art gallery and are often drawn up the steps to find that it is in fact a private residence, the home of David Mancuso.

I got this write-up from the Internet:

For 13 years, every Saturday night, originally nearby on Broadway and for the last eight years at his present home, David Mancuso had been throwing rent parties for about 500 guests. Entrance is by invitation only. Liquor is not served. Juice and food are given away and the raison d’être for everyone coming here is to dance to what is reputed to be one of the world’s finest sound systems.

David is the parent and progenitor of much of NYC’s dance scene. In 1975 he, along with Steve D’Aquisto and Vince Aletti, wrote the charter for the first DJ record pool. He had also consistently popularised new music, bringing the Barrabas LP back from Spain and selling it at cost in The Loft as well as playing a major role in getting Eddy Grant’s music over to the hard core dance audience. His first official “The Loft” party, held on February 14th, 1970, was called “Love Saves The Day” and eventually went down every Saturday night, starting around midnight and running until the morning. David long abandoned the use of either a mixer or headphones. There was no overlaying or re-mixing of records at The Loft. They simply followed after each other as rhythmically as possible and Mancuso’s editorial input was restricted to the narrative of the song’s sequencing and the fidelity with which they were reproduced by the custom-made Paul Klipsch speaker system, Mark Levinson amplifiers, Mitchell Cotter turntable bases and line amplifier and the Koestu hand-crafted cartridges.

I have always liked the concept of The Loft and when I met David, he told me about it and it just grabbed me. He was a very nice man, willing to talk and share information. And I am not alone in feeling this way. Many people have said the same thing of him.

Rest in peace David Mancuso. You will be missed. The DJ world has lost one of its pioneers. Thanks to for the picture of David Mancuso

Pioneer DDJ-SZ

06/09/2016 Leave a comment

Just the other day, about a week ago, I was DJ at an event with some other DJs where we were using Pioneer CDJs and a mixer, hooked up to a Rane SL4 interface box. The thing is, in order for us to use that system with our notebooks, we needed to use the Serato timecode discs. But there was an issue. One of the CDJs had apparently developed issues trying to read the discs and as a result, there were several drop-outs that night, much to our chagrin. After the function, we told ourselves…never again. We decided to go all-controller for the next function…and this is what we chose to use next time, the DDJ-SZ.

The DDJ-SZ is Pioneer’s flagship DJ controller. It is the first controller to closely match the CDJ-2000NXS set-up. The full-sized, illuminated jog wheels deliver a smooth, fast response for precision scratching. Plus you can check your playback position or point countdown with the On Jog Display.  And it is not only that. The important part is that it contains two USB sound cards and ports. This means we can hook-up 2 computers at the same time and use the top-loaded A/B switch for DJ transitions. We had a HELL of a problem with that Rane SL4 interface box and Serato DJ

But I was thinking to myself…what if issues should happen? After all, this is an all-in-one which means that when something goes wrong, the whole controller needs to be sent for repair. I am always very concerned about faders because the faders in my old Hercules DJ Console MK4 are starting to show signs of wear. But no matter. Apparently, the robust Magvel Faders in the DDJ-SZ ensure smooth control over long-term use. Two metal shafts support the fader knobs, while the contact-free magnetic system is designed to endure millions of performances. So that is good news, fader-wise

So to be honest, I was looking for one of these for sale should I need one. Ever since I made my transition to Serato from VirtualDJ, things have been going great. There are heaps more this controller can give you like two MIC inputs and XLR outputs for full, balanced audio. It costs about $2500 new so I am looking for a second-hand set. I think it will be a good investment

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