what an odd weekend. not exactly what i wanted, but got lots out of it as i usually do with my spare time. i thought a bit about it today and came to the conclusion that i am good at doing a lot of things, but i have neglected promoting those things to a large extent. you may be like “what?! you’re always all about the BSP.” well, yes and no. there is more i could be doing. i mean, where is the AFK banner, the dj ariz0na banner, the rave victoria banner, the resonance radio banner, the pacific front banner, the blog victoria banner, the islandkidz banner etc etc etc? yeah, ok. some of these things don’t need promoting but i should probably be making a “current projects” page on davin.ws for all this stuff.
woah. i mean, that is it. it was a rush making this latest CD. mp3’s will be poppin’ up soon. i made this CD happen in a matter of 3 days.
i’ll reveal the tracklisting at the same time. i didn’t even come up with a name with it by the time i realized i had finished it. i was talking to jim on msn and he suggested “rush” without even having heard it .. and it is a perfect name for the CD. when you hear it, you will know.
i think it’s worth noting that sasha said a couple weeks ago that he’s giving up the vinyl and turntables in favour of playing off his laptop — sasha is going all digital. he made reference to the fact that DJing is really all about the content, so the medium is really not that important. however, playing off of his laptop is going to enable him to do some extra cool tricks that would be impossible with records, so this is a major step forward. i have long thought that vinyl was more of a fashion statement than any remarkable use of technology, and it is interesting to see how the underground industry is turning. have a look at this interview with andy jarrod, head honcho of 3 Beat Record Label Management Group, one of the worlds largest and most successful underground music businesses.
this was a case i was making for mp3’s in 1998. 6 years later, it is actually happening.
that being said, “the rush” is my first straight up computer mix, complete with special effects and impossible mixes. and yes, it does sound better than ever. mixing vinyl is good for live performances because it is quite tactile. the advantages end there. mixing on the computer, you can resequence mixes, keymatch, reverse cue, etc etc. for each track, you can have individual compressors, filters, shelf EQ’s, reverb, bitcrush, echo, delays, etc etc. and VST plugin effects.
…and you can synchronize it with your music making software to actual LIVE PA work in the middle of a DJ set. seamlessly. more thought, more action, more control, better results.
the digital age is definitely upon us.
in order to use tracks off of vinyl, one must record them at 0% pitch to the computer. to save time, whatever tracks i had on vinyl and mp3, i simply converted them to .AIFF format (same as WAV format, except mac based). there are catches. here are the disadvantages to using a track off of vinyl:
- almost all record players have sliding pitch rates. yes, even the invincible technics 1200 turntables. and that means that if you correct the speed of the track on the computer, it’ll be spot-on at the beginning, but not neccessarily at the end. headache-inducing, almost useless.
- bad pressings also lead to pitch changes, detail loss, warps, even skipping.
- vinyl collects dust. you may like that, but i’d rather have crystal clear hi-end that does not deteriorate or sound washed out after many plays. good music gets played a lot. this is a problem.
at this point, i wish that every vinyl release would come as a CDM as well — avoiding the vinyl at every possible stage would be the best thing in the world for the digital DJ.
i’ll always have records, just ’cause they’re fun, and a fashion statement, just like i’ll always have cool shirts. it’s part of the culture, and a big symbol of the culture as well.
learning this new software though .. and seeing the possibilities .. was a real rush.