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‘Dropping On The 4′ is the new ‘Dropping On The 1′. (with some music theory)

This is no new concept to most DJs with many/a few years under their belt, but its very useful. Most DJs mix on the 1 (of the beat) and there is nothing wrong with. But, for those of you that have the need for something different, then this article is for you. Click through for examples, an explanation on "dropping on the 4", and some pretty sweet (basic) music theory.

One the 1 and the 4


DJ Shiftee, A Routine Breakdown. and DMC’s Golden Years videos

Its pretty rare to get an explanation on what someone is doing on a battle/juggle routine, especially for free. I have learned many technics from many different DJs on some basic/advanced juggling concepts, but nothing really like this. Watch the video, its a great breakdown, and if you apply yourself, you should be able to copy it pretty quickly. Also, click through for DJ Shiftee's tribute to the DMC's "The Golden Years" video.

DJ Shiftee “Hot Chip DMC Routine” Tutorial/Breakdown


Video Review: Allen and Heath Xone XD-53 Headphones

Recently, I embarked on a mission to find the best DJ headphones, as my pair recently broke. I have a pair of Sony MDR-V700 DJ headphones, a very popular set of DJ phones, but unfortunately, these tend to break/crack at the swivel point near the ear piece. This is a widely known problem, but they are good phones and are fairly cheep, running between $80 and $100 on the internet. When these broke on me, thats when I decided to upgrade to a better quality set of DJ headphones. After much research, I settled on the Allen and Heath Xone:XD-53 headphones. Click through to view the video review, pics, specs, and my comparison to some other competing DJ phones.

Allen & Heath Xone XD-53 headphone review by DJ Color TV:


Past DJing Tips, Tricks, and Reviews. The most popular yet.

This week it has been a slower week for NYCelectro. So we thought that it would be a good time to make a reminder of some of our past tips, tricks, and reviews. The links below are some of our most popular and thorough articles yet. Click the links below to jump to the articles.

• An indepth review on the Novation Dicer
• Serato Tip of the Week: Analyze Your Files
• How to Make Your Music Library Truly Portable (a 5 part series)
• The First iPad DJ is a FAKE!
• DJ Hero Review by a Real DJ
• How to Handle Requests and a Tough Crowd
• Can you DJ with the iPad?
• A Quick Look at the Rane-68 Mixer

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DJ Tip of the Week: How to Clean your Needles or Stylus (video)

DJing has taken different forms over the last few years, but if you are still rocking the wheelz of steel, then you will need to be keeping your needles clean. Recently I had some needle tracking problems, i took a look and my needles were filthy! How does this happen? Well, dust, outdoor particles, dirt, you name it, they all fly around and eventually land on you records. Your needle then scrapes the grime from the grooves of the record and makes a nice collection of dirt. The quick way to clean this is to use your finger, but this does not always do the bset job. Click through for a detailed explanation and video on how to clean you needles/stylus.

Cleaning Your Stylus


Serato Tip of the Week: Analyze Your Files

This weekend, I was speaking to a DJ friend of mine who uses Serato, and I realized that there are many features and tips I can share. This particular situation, my friend was unaware that Serato could auto BPM the files. This happens when you analyze your files. There are few crucial reasons that you want to make sure all of your files are analyzed, one is the fact that it detects your BPM. In this article, I will explain the reasons why and how to go about doing this.  Click through to get all the info:

Tip: Analyze Your Files


How to Make Your Music Library Truly Portable – Part 4: Plug and Play (literally)

If you have been following along then you have already done about 95% of the work here. This is the final part of this 4-part series. And it is, by far, the easiest part to follow. You are going to create some playlists, aka Crates, in Serato that will be accessible to your computer and every other computer with Serato installed. Click through for the instructions...

Creating Crates


How to Make Your Music Library Truly Portable – Part 3: Moving your Serato Files to the new portable drive

Time to Move your Serato library to your new portable drive.

So, lets do a quick re-cap. You have bought your new drive, backed up your music to a different drive, and moved your music via iTunes to the new portable drive you plan on gigging with. You did that right?

Ok, now its time to move your Scratch Live Library to your new drive without losing any cue points, loops or crates, etc.

Ready? Lets go... click to read more:

Move your Library


How to Make Your Music Library Truly Portable – Part 2.5: Why letting iTunes manage your library is best.

After writing part 2, I realized that some people did not realize the power of letting iTunes organize your library for you. I will try to explain here as to why it is much better than managing your file folder structure yourself. Click through to read more:

iTunes organization? Those are big words...


How to Make Your Music Library Truly Portable – Part 2: Moving your iTunes Library to your new portable HD

You have bough your spanking new portable hard drive. If you did not read part 1 on what to buy, click here and catch up. Now its time to move your music library. If you organize your own files and folders, its easy, just move your music library folder to the root of the new drive, point iTunes to the new drive, and you are done. But, i highly suggest that you let iTunes manage your music this is definitely the best way to have your music organized (I switched to this way about 2.5 years ago and will NEVER go back to organizing my files myself). If you are using iTunes to organize your music library (suggested), this its only a bit more complicated, but in the end, much better.

But before you do any of that, there are a couple of set-up steps you should take with the new drive for maximum compatibility across multiple operating systems.

Click through to continue reading... Also look for Part 1: Buying the Portable Hard Drive, 3: Moving your Serato Files to the new portable, and 4: Plug and Play (literally).

Part 2: Moving your iTunes Library to your new portable HD:

Transfer iTunes to your HD