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As exciting as it is to find new music, it can be very time consuming downloading tracks, transferring to iTunes/Serato/Rekordbox/Engine/Traktor (delete where appropriate), prepping them and then loading on to a USB. Beatport has recognised this, and have now released their solution: Beatport DJ
Beatport DJ is a browser-based application that simplifies the user workflow. Beatport LINK subscribers can utilize the platform to browse tracks, build and search playlists, and audition full tracks. This means you can layer two songs to see if they flow well together, before downloading them and loading them out to your USB.
The goal here is simple: streamline the workflow for Beatport users.
Jonas Tempel, Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Beatport, explained:
“BEATPORT DJ is a very powerful tool for all DJs and a must have for LINK subscribers. We designed the software to solve the cumbersome workflow challenges of music discovery and building LINK playlists. On top of that, we know our customers need to audition the tracks to make sure the song fits in their sets. Our solution combines a host of advanced web-based technologies to give users a truly effortless experience that you would expect from dedicated desktop software. To take it even further, we made it possible to connect select midi controllers via USB and bluetooth from our LINK hardware partners. In every way possible, we have exceeded our goals with this project.”
The main highlight is track demo-ing online. Layout-wise, It’s similar to a Rekordbox flow, but all usable on a web browser. At the moment, it’s currently supported on Google Chrome, with Safari support to come later in the year, and the possibility of a mobile app.
There is also an “Automix” feature on Beatport DJ which will transition through tracks within your playlist. It’s a great way to test tracks out, play tunes in the background as you want to get to know them, or for finding new tunes without manually needing to click through each of them.
For many DJs, this is a very time consuming process, and for DJs constantly on the road (when the clubs eventually open up!), this is an awesome way to test out new music and keep your sets fresh in between gigs whilst you’re kicking it at the airport, a motorway service station, or even on the train.
What’s even more exciting is that if you have a Beatport LINK account, you can stream the tracks directly on your performance software instantaneously.
If you’ve created a new playlist on your Beatport DJ account while you’re flying to a gig – because all you need, after all, is internet access. You don’t have time to download all of these new tracks from Beatport and load them onto a USB before you head to the club. As long as you’re signed up with LINK and Beatport DJ, you’ll be able to open rekordbox when you’re ready and the playlists will be accessible right there.
Oh, it’s also worth noting that Beatport DJ is MIDI compatible.
You can try out Beatport DJ in beta mode here: Click to go to Beatport
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Time: 1 day work shop - dates and times on application
This is a comprehensive beginners workshop to scratching and is a complete introduction to trick mixing and beat juggling. It covers the origins, core techniques and examines the relationship between the two art forms. The aim is to provide you with the tricks and techniques, but also a knowledge and understanding of how and why they work together. This workshop is suitable for all, but for best results you will need to have good fundamentals of the basic principles of DJing.