The 2022 Beyond the Music Retreat was one for the books. The educational conference for DJs, which took place from June 13-15 in Arizona, was attended by hundreds of DJs from around the world and featured a variety of discussion panels and networking events. Watch the recap video which shows a glimpse of what went down that week.
Follow Beyond the Music Retreat on Instagram here.
There are two main schools of thought amongst DJs when it comes to the best way to close out a set at the end of a night. Some prefer to bring things down, playing a chilled, singalong track or two, where others will bang it out until the last second.
On the new episode of Beatsource Basics, we turn it over to you, asking you to sound off about your preferred way of doing things in the comments, so that the feedback from the community will provide valuable insights for new, up-and-coming DJs.
After a long flight delay, U.K. DJ/producer James Hype shared on his latest vlog episode how he still managed to make it to the Beyond The Music Retreat panel in Phoenix, Arizona on June 15th. James was set to speak on music production on the “Samples and Hi-Hats” panel alongside MAKJ, DJ Nick Bike, and Kidd Spin. The conference, which features discussion panels and networking events with some of the DJ world’s brightest minds, is a collaboration between DJcity, Beatsource and DJ Vice.
Watch James Hype’s vlog episode above.
Pioneer DJ‘s line of Serato battle mixers gains a new, more affordable model in the DJM-S5. Taking design and feature cues from its more expensive stablemates, it promises to offer great performance for intermediate, hobbyist DJs. Finished in a vibrant red color, the S5 really stands out from the crowd visually – but does it justify its $800 price tag? Mojaxx gives us his thoughts in a full review.
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The XDJ-XZ-W offers the professional functions and performance features of the original XDJ-XZ—famously inherited from Pioneer DJ’s flagship equipment. Artists plug in USB drives with rekordbox-analyzed tracks or connect their laptops to use rekordbox performance features or Link Export mode. The XDJ-XZ-W is also compatible with Serato DJ Pro; Artists simply connect to a PC/Mac running the software – no additional license is necessary.
To use the XDJ-XZ-W with rekordbox, download the latest version of the software for free.
To use the XDJ-XZ-W with Serato DJ Pro, download the latest version of the software for free.
In-store Date (Americas): Late May
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Modern DJ kit offers performance and functions which could only be dreamt of back in the day. But there are some features on older gear which have disappeared in recent years, a few of which we think deserve to be revived. On the new episode of Beatsource Tech, Mojaxx talks about the things we miss about vintage DJ mixers. Watch above.
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To celebrate the SL-1200 series’ 50th anniversary, Technics has released limited edition direct drive turntable system, the SL-1200M7L. The latest product is a special edition model based on the SL-1200MK7, which was released in 2019. The turntable comes in seven different colors including red, blue, green, black, beige, yellow and white. Each color features a gold tonearm along with a special badge inscribed with serial number.
The SL-1200M7L retails for $1,099.99 and is available for pre-order now.
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Almost every DJ around the world has suffered an enforced hiatus from live performances in the past two years, some for longer than others. But if you’ve taken a break from DJing, for whatever reason, what are the things you ought to consider when getting you’re headead back in the game?
In the first episode of Beatsource Basics, Mojaxx delivers a checklist of things you should get on top of before you get back to the DJ booth. Watch above.
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Engine DJ 2.1 for the Denon DJ Prime Series has just dropped. Aside from the LC6000 PRIME control for Denon DJ’s PRIME 4, plus four deck performance views for the PRIME 4, several improvements and fixes have been made to the Engine DJ experience as well.
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In celebration of DJcity Japan‘s 10th anniversary, they have produced the documentary film “DeeJays’ TALK.” Dedicated to Japanese nightclub DJs and culture, thirty-three renowned Japanese DJs share their most memorable experiences as DJs and the origins of their journeys.
Watch the official trailer above and the full documentary here.
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