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    Default Digital DJing and stepping it up

    In a way I feel like its our responsibility to step it up since we own some amazing equipment that allows us to spend less time dicking around and more time expressing musical creativity. But only in a way. Are we putting too much pressure on ourselves to be better than non digital DJ's? Sometimes I feel like I am, but Im a very ambitious person. And it doesnt help that DvlsAdvct is raising the bar in my scene.

    So the question is. What techniques are you digital DJ's employing to help take advantage of our potential and help make yourself standout from the non digital crowd? What are you doing to help build energy and make dynamic sets?

    I will answer my own question, since we should be sharing info, yeah?

    I definately try and take advantage of Traktors ability to show the audio in a visual wavelength. It helps to know where cues are and where build ups and breaks occur. I love the various effects traktor has available. My favorite is the transposing time stretch, its great for transitioning from tracks that wouldnt sound right beatmatched and mixed traditionally. I also love the LFO3 effect for the same reason.

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    Hey Animus, nice post dude. I don't use sync anymore so i don't have as mush time in between tracks, but personally i like to show off some of traktors features, such as multiple effects, filters etc. My fav at the moment is using the gater in conjunction with delay. start it off at 0 and bring the level up during a vocal or instrumental breakdown or something. I've got my wheels set up now to scratch/search, tempo bend, filters and dry/wet levels on the FX section, so those wheels get a thrashing when we play haha. Don't go too nuts on the FX tho, time and a place.
    I don't think its necessarily a matter of "standing out from the crowd" tho, as although all of us have experienced a bit of deck envy from the vinyl crew at some stage, for the most part ppl are up for it and are actually more interested in what we are doing (c'mon, i know i'd rather watch someone with 10k of kit sitting on a desk than someone with some second hand decks). I still get the odd "your not a DJ" crap occasionally but ya get used to it. cheers
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    the techniques question has been asked many times, and i havent seen a whole lot of response. i dont really know how to answer it myself tbh. but id suggest it may be very genre dependant
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    Kaon, none of that has to do with drum and bass.

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    Double drops, bassline switches, more aggressive cuts and teases, more focus on EQ work, and Glitch/Beatmasher.

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    Ohh yeah i love those double drops!
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    double drops meaning starting 2 records at once? i've been experimenting with it lately alot and so far loving it.

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    double drops meaning getting two records to drop at the same time. Different for each track but i found you can usually do it by starting after the first phrase. At which point, you can do all your EQ and Bassline switches. Double drops are just the beginning. Been experimenting with triple and quad drops with some success. Getting things in key is what really seals the deal.

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    ooh thats cool, how do you do a double drop if youre already playing a track? spin on 3 decks and double drop using the available decks?
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    generally each dnb tune has 2 drops so you can use the first drop of one track over the second drop of the other track, saves from using 3 decks
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    Kaon, none of that has to do with drum and bass.

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    also there are some tracks that have a shortened intro phrase so you can start deck B on the down of the 2nd phrase leading into the build. You can also start where ever you want. Careful not to bottom out tho! The two worst sounding things in a dnb set are out of key double drops and clanging/bottoming out.

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