ARCHIVOS - 2017


Optimize your Windows computer for DJing

If you feel your computer in Windows is slow for DJing, you should check the following settings.

1) Switch off the Wifi, Bluetooth, and any other network connection on your computer before a DJ performance.
Network connections consume CPU ressources and may cause crackles in the music.
Letting the Wifi receiver switched on is the most dangerous setting for DJing on a computer, since each time the Wifi receiver of the computer detects another Wifi source, the CPU ressources of the computer will drop of 50%: if someone in the street has a smartphone with Wifi on, your computer detects this Wifi source, scans it, and this Wifi identification process takes up to 50% of the computer CPU ressources, possibly causing crackling.

2) Disable Windows preset made to save energy on the USB.
This preset is set on by default, and it may cause crackling in the sound, and even disconnect the DJ controller on the computer.
  • Right-click on My computer > Properties > Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus controllers,
  • Right-click on the first line "USB Root Hub" and click "Properties"
  • Go to the tab "Power Management", and uncheck the box "Allow computer to turn off this device to save energy"
  • Click "OK" and close the dialog box
  • Repeat the same operation on each line called USB Root Hub or USB hub.
3) Close any background software
Real time operations as Djing or video capture require to as much CPU ressources as possible, so you should close any other background software during a DJ performance.

4) If possible, move the mouse far from the USB port where you plug the DJ controller
If the USB port of your mouse is close from the USB port of your DJ Controller, and if you have enough USB ports for it, you should plug the DJ Controller on a USB port far from the mouse USB port, as the click on your mouse may be heard in the audio played on your DJ controller if the USB port are close one from the other.

5) If you are in Windows 7 or in Windows Vista, avoid Aero graphic theme.
Aero graphic themes are CPU intensive, so don't use an Aero graphic theme while doing any real-time task as music production or video capture, select a basic theme instead.

6) Adjust your computer power settings for the best performance
- On Windows deskotp, right click on Computer > Properties > Advanced System settings

- Click on "Settings" in the "Performance" area.
- In "Visual Effects", click on "Adjust for best performance", and press "OK".


7)
If you use a laptop, set your Power plan on "High performance".
Press Windows + X keys to call Windows X Menu, and select Power Options.

In Related settings, click on Additional Power Settings.

In "Choose or customize a power plan", select High performance.


8) Don't let any USB key connected on the computer
You can use USB keys to copy an audio track on or from your computer, but once it is over, unplug it from your computer. USB keys have a slow access time (even USB keys with a fast transfer rate have a slow access time), so if they are connected to the computer, they decrease significantly the computer performance even for task which don't use the USB keys.
Never play an audio track directly from a USB key: if you uncompress an audio track on a USB key, the access time of the USB key is so slow that you complete computer because slow. If you want to play a track stored on a USB key, copy it on your hard disk prior to playing it.

9) Make sure your disk is not saturated, DJing requires a large available hard-drive space
Windows needs hard drive space to be fast, and playing music requires a significant hard disk space.
When loading audio tracks, the audio tracks are uncompressed in the software and need, either in the hard drive + in the RAM, the same space as if they were in an uncompressed WAV format, even if they are stored in a compressed format as MP3, AAC or WMA.
Examples of hard drive + RAM needed to uncompress 2 tracks of 10 minutes

  • 16-bit/44.1 kHz, 2 tracks of 10 minutes = 201.8 MB
  • 24-bit/96 kHz, 2 tracks of 10 minutes = 659 MB

Por

Hercules STAFF3


Etiquetas: Tutorial, Optimization Windows, Tech Tips

Acapella tracks: where can you find them?

A remix is often the vocal part of a song mixed with the instrumental part of another song, or more than one song.

The 2 major types of vocal tracks are:

  • a cappella [a kkapˈpɛlla] or acapella = a vocal song or section intended to be heard solo (in latin "a capella" means "in the chapel", so it is the song as one could hear in a chapel, with no instrumental backing),
  • isolated vocal track = a vocal track originally not intended to be heard solo. It may be a separate recording of a microphone (or several microphones) in studio/performance or the result of a processing to extract the voice from an audio track merging the voice(s) and musical instruments,

For the sake of clarity, vocal tracks are hereafter called acapellas even when they are isolated vocal tracks.

You can find on Youtube tons of acapellas to learn, train and have fun:
Acapella Collection    
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUzcT3PBywTLIHICDU6JzYw/videos
Acapella on Acapellas
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRYhmFuMBlT1HP-ZHqFSv8w/videos
Acapellas PW    
          https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn8Ce9f_CUfh3EtK09bFL4Q/videos
Backtrack Vocals      
https://www.youtube.com/user/backtrackvocals/videos
BookOfAcapellas       
https://www.youtube.com/user/BookOfAcapellas/videos
Drake Acapella         
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8lJZ54ZAXaXCtgEDe5z_cw/videos
EDM Acapella           
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmtyNyJ7r_p7qfM950b7Wyg/videos
Joh PH
                    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzwJRQXMXkaB9KlqUdFD74Q/videos
MisterRhapsody        
https://www.youtube.com/user/MisteRhapsody/videos
MS Project Sound     
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC83vT9w9gKWQUTDeCNlEjyA/videos
Sk3pticAcapella        
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sk3pticAcapella/videos
The BassQuaker        
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBassquaker/videos

Youtube also provides instrumental tracks, either as karaoke tracks (full instrumental backing) or as back tracks by instruments as follows:

Best Songs backing Tracks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqW3saYRQTO8WzsKacgaJNQ/videos
Daily Backing Tracks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4BLN6mTdoQYEhfuX6g1G5g/videos

Domenic Nardone (Drums)  https://www.youtube.com/user/gallupi1965/videos

Dopez tracks (Guitar)  
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3ldfE0OgtRepd2jyaPOD_g/videos

Fipacz  (Drums)    https://www.youtube.com/user/Fipacz/videos

Guitar Jam Tracks    https://www.youtube.com/user/Ustujanin/videos

Ilpaninomaiale (Guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/ilpaninomaiale/videos

MakerofAllMusic1DS    
https://www.youtube.com/user/MakerOfAllMusic1DS/videos
Marc Tremblay (guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/jawesome01/videos

Mega Backing Tracks    https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaBackingTracks/videos

Mellamoignacio (Guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/mellamoignacio/videos

MrHitcher65           
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrHITCHER65 /videos
Pro Backing Tracks 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmmSZcQeu3FgTrliuLlRdGQ/videos
Ron Gelinas Chillout Lounge  https://www.youtube.com/user/iamRottenRon/videos

Sing2Piano (Piano) https://www.youtube.com/user/Sing2Piano/videos
Tim Sharp (drums)  https://www.youtube.com/user/timar101/videos
TomBailyMusic   
https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarbackingtracks4/videos

Tajulafham94     
https://www.youtube.com/user/tajulafham94/videos

Tutarras (Guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/Tutarras/videos

Zach Ahmad      
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4T20CW6sUm1AoGD5CluiWg/videos

Once you know how to use acapellas and want to remix in your work, look for acapellas on
specialized websites:
Acapell         http://acapell.net/
Beatport       http://sounds.beatport.com/search?query=acapella
Datpiff         
http://www.datpiff.com/
Free Vocals    https://freevocals.com/search-genres/
King Acapella  http://www.kingacapella.com/
Looperman     https://www.looperman.com/acapellas/genres
Mixter
           http://ccmixter.org/
Voclr.it   
      
https://www.voclr.it/

Here are keywords to seek acapellas on the internet:

  • a cappella
  • a-cappella
  • acapella
  • full acapella
  • isolated vocal
  • isolated vocal track
  • isolated voice
  • isolated voice track
  • mic feed
  • only vocals
  • solo vocal
  • vocal
  • vocal isolated
  • vocals isolated
  • vocal only
  • voice only

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Hercules STAFF3


Etiquetas: Technical tips