Okay, so, technically, I didn’t make music. I took music made by others, tweaked it, and put it together with other pieces of music to create something of my own. This:
I’ve been DJ:ing on and off for nearly twenty years (okay, eighteen), but it’s been a while since I played out and it’s been a while since I put any kind of effort into it. Lately, I’ve just been listening to the sets of other DJs. It’s been good, but it’s also inspired me to try and put something together myself.
I want to focus on the selection though, and not on the technical aspect of mixing the tracks together, so I decided to try and do it on the computer, instead of live. I’ve got turntables and mixer set up, but I rarely use them these days, and it’s a hassle to record live. On top of that, it’s really frustrating to mess the last mix up when you’ve been spinning perfectly for an hour straight. I figured I might as well “cheat” and do it on the computer.
It worked out great.
On the advice of a few friends I decided to try out a program called MixMeister Express. I’m using the free trial at the moment, but I’ll probably buy it once the trial period is over.
The software helps with the beat matching. It lets me queue up the songs and it lets me adjust the volume and the levels of bass, midrange, and treble, of each song – pretty much the same as on my mixer out in the living room.
On top of that: if I mess up, I can just go back and do over.
That’s the big advantage over doing it live. I can tweak the transitions between the songs until I’m happy with them. The set above is the second one I created with the program, and I put it all together yesterday evening. It’s still something of a learning experience but I think it’s the start of something good.
I’m really happy with the set as a whole. The songs are great, they flow together well, and the overall atmosphere is really nice. Sure, I didn’t make any of the music, but I picked out the songs and I strung them together.
I enjoyed making this set. I hope others will enjoy listening to it.