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Harmonic Mixing Tips for DJs

Creating a smooth transition between songs isn't just about beat matching. Sara Simms shows how to approach harmonic mixing (where two tracks are in related keys) to create a super smooth DJ mix.

Traktor Sync and Beat Gridding

Native Instruments Traktor can take care of beat-matching for you by locking the tempos of two or more tracks to allow you to concentrate on the creative side of DJing. Sara Simms shows you how.

Randomizing Effects and Devices with the Max For Live Device Randomizer

There's something so satisfying about randomly stumbling upon sounds and fx you'd never have consciously created. Gary Hiebner shows how to use the Randomizer Max for Live device to good effect.

How Sound Affects You: Protecting your Hearing

What is a musician's most important body part? Voice? Fingers? Arms? Feet?? Nope! Your ears! And, these vital tools need protecting even more than our precious studio gear. Lynda Arnold explains.

9 Essential Travel Tips for DJs

DJs live very transitory lives. Make no mistake, being a DJ can involve lots of waiting at airports, waiting in hotels, waiting everywhere! Noah Pred offers 9 tips to take the chore out of traveling.

Understanding Performance Mode in FL Studio

You've been toiling away in the studio creating excellent tracks in FL Studio. But your journey is not over... it's time to perform live. Gary Hiebner uncovers the joys of Performance mode.

Extending the use of your Akai APC40 in Ableton Live, Part 2 of 2

Akai's APC40 is an awesome bit of kit for DJs & producers. Rory Dow, master synthesist and Ableton Live user, explores how to make it even better using Max for Live. (Part 2/2)

Extending the use of your Akai APC40 in Ableton Live, Part 1 of 2

Akai's APC40 is an awesome bit of kit for DJs & producers. Rory Dow, master synthesist and Ableton Live maestro, explores how to make it even better using MIDI remote scripts. (Part 1/2).

Mastering And Preparing A DJ Mix For Delivery

So, your mixes sound great live, but how can you ensure they stand out amongst professional releases and promo CDs? Mo Volans delivers a useful tutorial for all DJs.

Mixing with Three Decks in Traktor Pro

Want to advance your mixing skills by incorporating a third deck into your sets? Sara Simms shares a few ideas on how you can use your third deck in Traktor to create results that sound great.

Ableton Live 9: Using Dummy Clips For FX Control

Make the most of those versatile dummy clips in Ableton Live 9 with this creative tip by Tadhg Leonard. Learn how to use them for advanced control of your effects via different launch modes.

Creating a Dubstep-style Wobble Bass in FL Studio 11

Used by high-profile artists and musicians (like BT), FL Studio 11 is taking the music world by storm. In this tutorial, Gary Hiebner shows how to create dub step wobble basses with ease.

Five Point Plan on Organizing Yourself for DJing in Live 9

You've got the tunes. Check. You've got the venue. Check. But your Ableton Live set still needs organizing? No problem. Tadhg Leonard shows how to vanquish the stress before your DJ set.

Getting a Big Sound on Tour

Hollin Jones is no stranger to big tours. During the summer of 2013, he accompanied a very well known band to Glastonbury and other venues, and decided to share some of his secrets from the road.

Preparing Tracks for Live Performance in Live 9

Take a tour of Ableton Live 9's features that make transforming your studio masterpieces into perfect live performance sets a breeze. Tadhg Leonard explores all you'll need to get started.