Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Many DJ's are "switching up" to computers as the new way to DJ. They provide near-instant access to large song lists and can be integrated to control video and DMX lighting.

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Postby LYoung116 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:03 am

I decided not to get a wireless, but an optical mouse (so I can see). Only problem is, my laptop cannot find the new external hard drive and the light on it is blinking. Taking it in to my day-job to have IT guy look at it again for me. :(
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby jwg » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:37 am

I have 2 trackball mice, one for the laptop system and one for the rackmount. Works great for me.
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Postby LYoung116 » Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:12 pm

Look out; it's up and running! I will break in the laptop tomorrow (Sunday wedding!). I still have to organize into file folders, but I have made a wedding playlist so far.
Anyone know how to convert ITunes music into an MP3? OTS will not play these tracks. My DJ friend will actually sit down with me and show me how to categorize, etc. Both my male DJ friends have finally accepted the fact I went MP3. No more mentions of the "dreaded blue screen".......... :hahaha:
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby jbrown157 » Sun Jul 30, 2006 1:25 am

Congratulations on joining the digital age! Regarding I-tunes tracks.. I had to burn them all to audio CD and then rip them back as MP3s. If anyone knows of another way, I'd love to hear about it myself!
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby jwg » Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:19 am

If you have a version of iTunes prior to version 6, check out jhymn. It will convert iTunes files to mp3 and skip the step of having to burn to CD. BUT, you have to have a version of iTunes prior to 6.0 for jhymn to work.

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As for organization, have the folders in windows explorer the way you want them in your program.

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Postby LYoung116 » Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:45 am

The Itunes music was put on the hard-drive by someone else. Guess I'll have to ask him what version. If he doesn't know, I will burn to CD. Thanks!
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Postby LYoung116 » Sun Jul 30, 2006 10:32 pm

Well, I finally did it! My "maiden voyage" (gig) using the laptop. Takes a bit of getting used to. Practice makes perfect.........
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Re: Switching to MP3s, not CDs

Postby TheBartman47 » Sun Jul 30, 2006 11:16 pm

jbrown157 wrote:Congratulations on joining the digital age! Regarding I-tunes tracks.. I had to burn them all to audio CD and then rip them back as MP3s. If anyone knows of another way, I'd love to hear about it myself!

EAC (Exact Audio Copy) has a wav file recording feature that you can use, then compress that file to MP3. Basically, this will skip the burn to CD part.
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Postby Toneman » Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:24 am

Welcome to digital....after awhile you will think Why didn't I do this earlier. You may never go back to CDs again. I was a little hesitent at first...but after the first few events I got really comfortable with it. It's just the transittion from CD to computer that seemed to take awhile due to I had to rip all of my music to MP3.

The only thing I have to do now is to get a laptop. I still use a decktop that I converted in to a rack mount so I can put it in my my DJ coffin. I guess I'm still a little bit behind the time running a decktop. Have fun and play around with different programs and come up with a sysytem the works for you. I know that there are alot of programs out there that everyone uses. Some better then others. Again welcome the the world of digital.
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Postby TheBartman47 » Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:27 pm

Toneman wrote:The only thing I have to do now is to get a laptop. I still use a decktop that I converted in to a rack mount so I can put it in my my DJ coffin. I guess I'm still a little bit behind the time running a decktop.


I'm actually thinking about going the other way, not using a laptop and getting a rack mounted computer. You can install much better equipment and more hard drives and such where the laptop is limited in what you can do. I sometimes do video with DJing, and when running the video source off my laptop, it's sometimes just a little too much for the laptop to handle. If video is playing and I do a song search, I have to type real slow, one letter at a time and wait one or two seconds before typing the next letter, or else the laptop will lock up on me. I've never had that problem with my home computer, and it's actually a slower processor than my laptop.
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Postby Toneman » Mon Jul 31, 2006 2:21 pm

I've have no problems with my rack mount computer, Its just that I want to lighten the weight of the equipment. Im thinking about getting away from the coffin and going with rack mount cases. One for sound (amps, EQs, Etc.), one for lighting (light controller, FX board, Etc.) and have a laptop on the table hooked up to sound.

TheBartman47 wrote:I'm actually thinking about going the other way, not using a laptop and getting a rack mounted computer. You can install much better equipment and more hard drives and such where the laptop is limited in what you can do. I sometimes do video with DJing, and when running the video source off my laptop, it's sometimes just a little too much for the laptop to handle. If video is playing and I do a song search, I have to type real slow, one letter at a time and wait one or two seconds before typing the next letter, or else the laptop will lock up on me. I've never had that problem with my home computer, and it's actually a slower processor than my laptop.


For a laptop all I would need is External hard drives.
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Postby Xtreme Productions » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:39 pm

if you guys want to check out a pretty cool DJ program go to DRS2006.com ... its actually for radio stations but I used it for about 3 years before I went to PCDJ due to DRS2006 not supporting WMA file format... BUT for DJ's with only MP3's it is an awesome piece of software but pretty hard to set up...If anyone tries it I can help set it up...
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Postby LYoung116 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:44 am

The Itunes music comes up in Windows Media Player. Still have yet to pick a program to download the MP3s I have on CD to the external hard drive. Any suggestions?
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Postby DJ Scott » Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:19 pm

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Postby LYoung116 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:47 pm

Thanks, DJScott.
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Postby TheBartman47 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:39 pm

For the CD ripping to MP3 program, I use EAC (Exact Audio Copy) with LAME encoder.
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Postby SirWolfy » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:33 am

CDex work great for converting to MP3 as well.
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Postby Digital Scott » Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:43 pm

I rip in Iturns and napster. I like the CBBD :) I dont like to type.LOL
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Re: I Switched to MP3s, not CDs

Postby LYoung116 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:31 pm

Well, now I have a backup hard drive!
My only problem is, some of the MP3s stored in OTS DJ won't play now since I added another folder on the old hard drive . ALso, a friend added more MP3s. The MP3 file will load in the playlist, then when Auto DJ kicks in, it skips the song. Also, when I go to load new songs, the volume cuts down for a second (drives me nuts!). Any suggestions on what to do about that?
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