3 Tips from a pro: File archive properly sorted!

Mobile DJ Tips


1. Most importantly, the playlists

Countdown feat _1these days, every DJ is using a laptop but they feel like a double edged sword, providing opportunity and creating new obstacles to creativity at the same time. Have you ever been stuck at a critical moment thinking, what was the name of that song that would be perfect while watching the countdown wind down to zero and then have no choice but to drop a dancefloor killer. In this article I will attempt to provide a few suggestions for music tagging that will help you organize your giant collection into something more navigable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac and Windows users can mange their big music archives via UltraMixer or iTunes. Playlists are set up quickly and smart playlists magically create a list of the most played a

Countdown featnd favorite tracks on the screen. Creating Playlists and intelligent groups will help you getting a full overview about your Mp3 titles. You have also the opportunity to seek the cover automatically through the Internet (especially good for older tracks). Everybody has to decide if he/she wants to sort the titles by style in various playlists, according to BPM, artist or other criteria.

Summary :

  • Create intelligent groups
  • Use the playlist functions
  • Integrate itunes

 


2. Pack the digital music suitcase

Countdown feat _2Just as important as general playlists are on a particular venue pre-made directories. Digital DJs should scan through their files and create their own playlists for the evening. So this eliminates the hectic to-ings and fro-ings between the general playlists and the file archive, the set gets a certain flow and there is more space for creative mixing. You should have prepared several playlists for the evening, the moment will come and you will need them, even if tons of music wishes, a moderation job or wedding games interrupt your DJ mix. Every party night comes the point where you need to get in the mix. The customer finally booked no Jukebox.

 

Summary :

  • Create several playlists
  • Prepare your mix

3. Clean up your libary 

Too many DJs confuse their private track collection with their DJ Track collection. Complete albums, EPs, whole or entire collections can be found here multiple times. Various tools for MAC like the Gemini duplicate scanner or the “quick search” functions in Windows can identify such duplicate titles or folders and you will be able to remove them later. Why don’t you dump track form your archive you wouldn’t play again? If you clean up this mess you will make the collection much cleaner, easier to manage and the duplicates do not hinder you when you search for tracks. It is worth to think about such a “clearing action”. You do not even play any of the titles from the top 100 list forever, so clean them up as fast as possible.

Doubts? Simply create a backup of your archive and work with a new temporary one.

Summary :

  • Find and clean duplicates
  • Do not integrate whole albums
  • Clean your top 100 list

 

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UltraMixer 4.1 RC 29 ready for download

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In this version, we improved the performance of UltraMixer 4. We reduced the memory usage and improved the Compatibility with M4A files significantly.

Download UltraMixer 4 RC 29 by clicking the links below.

 

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Summary of recent changes in UltraMixer 4.1 RC29

  • Reduction of memory usage when loading tracks
  • Further improvements for the M4A file format
  • Optimizations “Play Cover-widget”

We would appreciate your feedback about UltraMixer 4.1 RC 29.

Happy Mixing

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News: UltraMixer 4.1 Release candidate update

 

 

We are pleased to introduce you UltraMixer 4.1 RC 27, the latest release candidate. So far this version is running stable and is ready for live performance.

In the lower part you will find a list with the latest changes.

New full-screen mode

Click on  “full screen window” button to the right side of the Video Mix widget and UltraMixer will search automatically the second screen. Now UltraMixer pushes the video window to the correct screen and outputs the video signal automatically in full-screen mode. You can also do it the usual way by double clicking the video window.

 

 

Download UltraMixer 4 RC 27 by clicking the links below.

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Summary of recent changes in UltraMixer 4.1 RC27

  • Improvements for Loop mixing
  • Optimizing “live visualizations”
  • New  history of “Played tracks” are now displayed longer
  • New completely reworked fullscreen mode

 

 

Intelligent groups the key to more variety or a good theme night!

Intelligent groups are new in UltraMixer 4. An intelligent group (sometimes called “smart group”) is a terrific way to manage information in your music libary.

These groups allow you to define your own selection criteria. After defining your file archive it will be filtered by the selection criteria

and the target music files will be shown in the intelligent group. If there are changes in the file archive the intelligent groups will be refreshed automatically.

The big advantage of an intelligent group over a regular group is that when you add new tracks, that song automatically becomes a member of your UltraMixer intelligent group with no further interaction on your part.

According to which criteria the selection of the title is done, the user can define and combine freely. For example if you plan a 90’s party, you can create a group with the characteristic, year “from to” 1990 – 2000.

UltraMixer now searches your complete file archive for these attributes and sorts the songs automatically. You can now create groups for everything. Discofox evenings or greek night for example. Simply select the appropriate attribute and there you go.

Intelliget groups look different to the user groups they have a group icon. They can easily been edited by double-clicking on the group.

Martin has prepared you a little clip (only in German) to illustrate (see link below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgTohOFdfXg

Happy Mixing!

How to work with cue points in UltraMixer 4

With cue points you can move very fast in a track.

The marker help to find the correct poition auditive and visually in a particular track. Since there are so many songs it is quite hard to remeber the characteristics of each single track. Cue points can be used to find highlight fast or to find the correct beginning of a song. Through setting of the cue points right before the base drum, snare or high hat you can trigger those elements in live. Furthermore you’ve got the possibility to mark loops to remix special parts in a live performance.

In UltraMixer you can mark the cue point by pressing the cue point functions on a MIDI controller or by right mouse clicking on the cue button. 8 cue points are possible for each song. With sp called Trigger-Pads on a MIDI-Controller you can access those cue points with no delay. Controller that fits best for this are Pioneer DDJ-SX , Numark NS7 oder der Numark Mixtrack Quad.

Just use this easy but very effective method to get a first idea of a new track.

 

Happy Mixing

 

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UltraMixer Dual Monitor support

Did you know you can work with UltraMixer and two monitors easily (dual head)? You just undock the file archive and move it to the second monitor. Furthermore you can see now the Mixer and the file archive at once!

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The function “Undock FileArchiv” can be found at the bottom of the screen next to the “Archive” button.