Tech Trance Mix 2015-09-19

Okay, let’s keep it up! 17 tracks in just 76 minutes is kind of kickass.

Tracklist:

01. Mark Richardson – Mekanikal (Original Mix)
02. Kinetica & Dave Wright – Raze
03. Dreamy – Then There Was (Phil Parry Remix)
04. Frank Dueffel – Adiabatic (Original Mix)
05. Icone – Luna (Skyborn Remix)
06. Frank Dueffel – Trigger (Mostfa & Mostfa Remix)
07. SkyAlmost – Rome (Stephane Badey Remix)
08. Zach Zlov – Spellbound (Truenorth Remix)
09. Kinetica & Dave Wright – Snapshot
10. Mark L – Collision (Original Mix)
11. Talla 2xlc – The Spring Is My Love (Indecent Noise Remix)
12. Dreamy – Zap Cannon (Original Mix)
13. Syntouch – The Longest Journey (Unbeat Remix)
14. Driftstorm – Hypnotic Skydive (UP3 Remix)
15. Frank Dueffel – Capsaicin (Extended Mix)
16. Colin McNeil – Cloudscience (Kinetica Mix)
17. U-Mount- Princess Of The Moon (Original Mix)

I figured out how to use ambiguous function “master tempo” to mix all the tracks in key, as I like. XDJ-RX algorithm feels really good and doesn’t distort tracks like Ableton does. Now it’s time to conquer the world.

XDJ-RX is here!

Beautiful, isn’t it?

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Since 2006 I hosted 3 radioshows and recorded almost 300 mixes. However, it’s the first time that I have my own DJ gear. At least now I know how to use it. This is latest model with a number of features, so will serve me well for years.

Expect a plenty of mixes in the following days, recorded on this beauty.

Free Ableton Rack: 8-band transparent DJ mixer

Thanks to Septr from Ableton forum I was able to construct perfectly transparent 8-band DJ mixer out of stock Ableton plugins. It’s very simple to use and minimal on CPU. Also, it’s free. What more could one ask for?

8-band mixer

Download!

How to use it? Drop an instance on each channel you plan to mix, then crossfade. Typical workflow:

  • Swap band 3
  • Swap band 2
  • Swap band 1
  • Fade band 8 all over the mix, fade band 4 when there is too much melodic content

Of course it may work different for your mixing style, different music genre or specific material. But most certainly it will work.

Please do not re-upload this rack, always link to my blog.

Warmy

Dance2Trance (Episode 020) 12.11.2014

It’s the first episode I recorded with new mixer setup. It’s so good I can pretty much mix a set blindly, without listening to it. Feels like cheating. Still, there is no reason not to use advantages of modern technology, especially when I design them on my own.

I plan to expand this setup and mix with Push as only controller in the following weeks, later try to connect it to proper DJ players for ultimate pro and live setup.  It it’s successful, I’ll reveal the design and explain it in detail.

01. Savon – Blue Water (Para X Remix)
02. Adam Ellis & Neev Kennedy – Reason To Believe (Original Mix)
03. Philip Mayer – Centaur (Original Mix)
04. Ram & Stine Grove – RAMore (Original Mix)
05. Sava – The Journey (Dreamy Remix)
06. Indecent Noise ft. Noire Lee – Glitches (Allan Morrow Remix)
07. Mitchell Claxton – Dive (Icedream Remix)
08. Tucandeo & Esmee Bor Stotijn – Northern Lights (Matt Bukovski Remix)
09. Ronny K. – Heroes & Victims (Original Mix)
10. Nick Callaghan & Second Sine – Make Me Human (Stephane Badey Remix)
11. Robbie Van Doe – Daywalker (Original Mix)
12. Akku – Fire In Your Tears (Siliccom Remix)
13. Classic: The Thrillseekers – New Life (Lange Mix)

Dance2Trance (Episode 011) 10.09.2014

01. Trizet – Aqua (Original Mix)
02. Peter Hulsmans – Second Drop (Jimmy Chou Remix)
03. 2trancY – Resonance (Original Mix)
04. Mark Bester & Ivan Ice-Berg – Orchid (Mr Carefull Remix)
05. DJ Kim – Jetlag (Space Raven 2014 Remix)
06. Ruslan Radriges – Neverland (Mike Spinner Remix)
07. John O’Callaghan feat. Jennifer Rene – Games (Standerwick Remix)
08. Nivaya – I Miss You (Original Mix)
09. Slyder – Score (Michael Milov Remix)
10. Kosmonova – Ayla (Kinetica Remake)
11. Raphael Mayers – The Sounds Of Life (Original Emotional Mix)
12. Erida feat. Eva Kade – Exosphere (Patrick Kay Remix)
13. Classic: Tukan – Light a Rainbow (CJ Stone Remix)

Another one.

If you follow the blog, you may remember what I said about perfect mix: it’s when listeners can’t tell when one track ends and the other starts.

Well, it’s time to raise the bar. The good mix is when I can’t tell it myself. The tracklist for this episode was pretty rushed, but turned out to work well.

Dance2Trance (Episode 007) 13.08.2014

Today’s show is sponsored by major keys. It turned out both more techy and more uplifting than usual, which is cool.

01. Indecent Noise – Witch Hunt (Second Sine Remix)
02. Steve Morley – Rain From Heaven (Rhys Thomas Remix)
03. Indecent Noise – The Darker The Better (Original Mix)
04. Existence – Rise Above (French Skies Remix)
05. Mostfa & Mostfa – Nosara (French Skies Remix)
06. John Sunlight – The Red Phobia (Kinetica Remix)
07. Denis Reukov feat. Selecta – Let Me (Athema Remix)
08. Kinetica – The Journey (Original Mix)
09. Matt Skyer – Reflections Of Love (Original Mix)
10. Sunset – Under The Sea (Philippe El Sisi Remix)
11. Alpha Duo & Johan de Kock – Eminence (Mitex Remix)
12. Ciro Visone – The Day After (Reiklavik & TrancEye Remix)
13. Classic: Ace Da Brain – Sunset (Warmonger edit)

At least two DJs that I know of, that is John 00 Fleming and Indecent Noise, edit and chop their tracks to make them fit better in the mix. I tried the same, this is why this episode features as many as 13 tracks :). Pure energy and lots of uplifters once they kick in, enjoy!

On Mixcloud Charts

Recently Mixcloud introduced new feature that automatically runs separate charts for every tag  (progressive trance, melodic trance for instance). I decided to give it a try and check the very top mixes from weekly charts.

This is somewhat dissapointing. Mixes vary from “I could do that better” to “WTF is this crap”. Seriously, some seemingly popular podcasts feel barely mixed and just random. Today I launched 2nd “progressive trance” mix and was smashed my mainroom rumble at the very beginning. It hurts.

Maybe it’s high expectations, but if something is high on charts and many people enjoy it, I expect the mix of outstanding quality and not just random mock-up of everything author had on hard disk. Not sure what listens to it and why, but I’m sure there must be some real talents somewhere in the world. Or maybe they all got their own radioshows and give up online podcast.

On the other hand, the competition seems to be very poor. The Mixcloud is waiting there to be conquered 🙂 Will need to get some radioshow or even start a podcast someday. The world needs it.

On mixing in general:

As friend Lazarus said, DJ is not a glorified jukebox. It’s not about pushing play with random tracks and yelling “watch me, I am DJ!”. My WInamp can do that and suprisingly it does it pretty well compared to some DJs. It’s about providing consistent quality, an enjoyable experience for the listener. Especially when playing online, where no one cares if you are playing live and interact with public at same time or just have everyting prepared and tested. Internet is the good thing to show off your best.

What makes a good mix? First of lal, the mix should be consistent. Abrupt style changes and swapping tracks by force is never pleasant to listener. The mix should grow and flow smoothly – have intro, the body and the finale. That’s why I often merge different styles – upifting trance is nice, but can’t stand it playing over and over for 2 hours straight. There has been  alot of research that people are not able to focus on one thing for more that ~30 minutes. So they drop off if nothing changes in the music.

The music, in broader sense, is about combining predictability and suprise. People want to listen to their favourite style, but want also hear something new. They also need variety, but want to know when the drop comes. It’s all about balance, but balance is a product of planning and not randomness. Better have some idea in your mind before starting a mix, otherwise you could just start music player with “shuffle” option on.