Links Pages for DJs
Why reinvent the wheel?
Here are some links pages from other DJ organizations:
- Association of Beach and Shag Club DJs
- DJ equipment, software, and publications; Shag music and suppliers; Shag clubs
- National Association of Rhythm & Blues DeeJays
- DJ equipment, software, publications, and websites; music information, stores, and record companies; dance associations
- Encyclopedic catalog, genre taxonomy, and track samples of recorded music.
- Music Matters
- RIAA directory of authorized online music services.
- Audition full tracks on demand.
About Music File Formats
- A DJ's Guide to Audio Files and Bitrates
"As a digital DJ, your primary job is to deliver great sounds to the audience –
so there's little reason why you shouldn't start out with the highest quality audio
so that you preserve as much of the original quality as possible.
Depending on your storage capabilities, we'd recommend using a lossless format,
although if you do want to stick with mp3,
you'll want to make sure you have 320kbps selected and a 44.1 kHz sample rate."
Best practice: "Making the move to lossless will ensure that your collection
has a dynamic range that sounds and feels great in the mix well into the future of your DJ or production career."
- What Every DJ Needs To Know About Music File Formats
"As a digital DJ, it pays to know your audio formats:
Not only should you be aware of the different audio formats that exist,
so you recognise them when you come across them,
but also you should know when the use of each of the formats is appropriate and when it is to be avoided."
Best practice: "Stick to [not less than] MP3s at 320kbps for performance,
and WAVs for when you're working on music."
- 24/192 Music Downloads... and why they make no sense
"There are a few real problems with the audio quality and 'experience' of digitally distributed music today.
24/192 solves none of them.
While everyone fixates on 24/192 as a magic bullet, we're not going to see any actual improvement.
Its playback fidelity is slightly inferior to 16/44.1 or 16/48, and it takes up 6 times the space."
Bottom line (in a very theoretical article): Stick to 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 48kHz
Music Download Sources
- Audition track samples and download up to 24-bit/192kHz (lossless or uncompressed) tracks.
- Audition track samples and download up to 24-bit/48kHz FLAC (lossless) tracks.
- CD Baby
- Audition track samples and download up to 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC (lossless) tracks.
- Audition track samples and download 256kbps M4A (lossy) tracks.
- Audition track samples and download 256kbps-VBR MP3 (lossy) tracks.