DJ Tip #2: Quality of music matters. So do it right.
Before getting into this, I have a few things I want to say. I personally know a handful who does what I’m about to say. I’m not calling you out individually, I’m not attacking anyone, I’m here to help everyone out, because I’ve done it too. So. There.
YouTube rips. This is going to be a heavy hitter and I anticipate quite a few comments on this subject. First we have to understand why DJs do it to begin with. I see one or two reasons on this matter. First reason it being because it’s free and on that note…..well…we all know what I’m going to say. Second reason I see where YouTube rips happen because something has been released on YouTube before it hits record pools, Beatport, Traxsource, etc.
Secondly everyone needs to know that when a user uploads a song to YouTube, YouTube compresses the song. Meaning, it’s lost some of the frequency, which is important…..because those lost frequencies are suppose to be coming out of the speaker and into people’s ear drums! Even if they upload a true 320kbps mp3, it has still lost some of those frequencies. Don’t be fooled by a YouTube Downloader giving you the option of downloading a song in 320kbps, because it’s lying to you.
There are a couple of free programs out there that will actually tell you where your newly YouTube rip actually lies at quality wise. One being Spek (http://spek.cc) and secondly, more known, Audacity (http://audacityteam.org/). Spek is more of a drop and drag type deal where as Audacity you have to change the view of the waveform to Spectrogram. To get a full understanding or a better idea visit this link (https://www.maketecheasier.com/check-true-bitrate-audio-fi…/)
Now. This just doesn’t go towards YouTube rips. Believe it or not, there are some record pools out there that have their in house DJs and/or producers put out remixes, DJ edits, mashups, bootlegs, that sound just as bad as a YouTube rip. The really sad thing about this, is that you’ve been paying for those horrible quality edits, remixes, mashups, bootlegs, or whatever it may be. Just because you download a mp3 at 128kbps and throw it into Ableton, Audacity, or whatever DAW you may have and export it out as WAV or a mp3 at 320kbps does not make it a true 320 or WAV.
I get it. Record pools can be expensive, especially if you’re a member of multiple pools. Buying tracks from Beatport, Traxsource can be very expensive. So what do we do? We’re stuck in a rut. Download YouTube rips and hope that we play to a crowd that has no idea what they’re missing out on? Or do we spend 1/4 to 1/3 of our income on high quality music?
What if I were to tell you that there are free music pools that you can join? No, its not stuff coming off of Beatport’s Top 10 (you shouldn’t be doing that anyways lol) and no, its not stuff that’s coming hot off the radio either (and you shouldn’t be doing that either lol). But it is like going to the record shop and digging through the crates. Where you have to listen to the record and get to decide for yourself if its worthy enough of you dropping it where ever it may be that you’re playing at. That’s the thing about being a DJ. Don’t be programmed by the radio or by the people who are constantly asking for radio stuff. It is up to you to be creative on how you deal with those people and how to make them happy while they’re there with you, as long as its good high quality music.
These are all free to join!
Ok, so maybe the free record pools aren’t filling your needs and wants out of the music that they are providing you with, then what? What if I told you there was a way to enhance (believe that would be the right word to use) the youtube rips? Or basically any track that’s been uploaded and then compressed. There are one or two things that you need in your life. One is free and the other, well, there are free versions of it if you look in the right places. One being Audacity and the second is Ableton. Ableton allows you to fine tune a little more than Audacity has to offer. If Audacity is your only option, thats ok because its a whole hell of a lot better than just playing the rip.
I’m not here to tell you how to get free music. I’m here to help you out. If you’re going to do something, do it the right way or to the best of your knowledge. I am here to help expand your knowledge! If this makes you personally mad or feel like you’re being called out, that is not the intention. The intention is to help expand your knowledge.
If any fellow DJ(s) need help with any of the above information, I am here to help in any way that I can. Please feel free to reach out. I won’t do the work for you but I can very easily explain how to enhance something or point you in the direction of a free record pool! Quality of music matters. So do it right!