Best of Dubspot Blog 2012: Reader Favorites (DJ Tips, Production Advice)

2012 was a busy year at Dubspot and we look back over a full schedule of video tutorials and articles about electronic music performance and production here on the blog. Now it’s 2013 and we’re excited for what’s in store but before we move on to the new, let’s take one more look back at some of our most popular posts of the past year according to our readers…

The Resurgence of Vinyl Continues In 2012 – Record Stores Making a Comeback?

The digital revolution that swept through in the early part of the millennium caused a major tectonic shift in the way music is distributed and sold, shaking up both major labels and indies. But while digital sales accounted for 50.3% of all music sales last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a new, quieter revolution is currently afoot: a resurgence in sales of vinyl records…

Tips for Opening DJs – Josh Wink, Hector Romero, Mike Huckaby, DJ Dan, Shiftee +

Another in our series of discussions on the art of DJing. This time we’re focusing on tips for playing an opening set, with advice from A-list professionals such as Josh Wink, Hector Romero, Mike Huckaby, DJ Dan and DJ Shiftee.

Hey DJs – Ready to Start Producing Your Own Music? Advice From Moby, Nosaj, Kero, Drumcell +

Everyone is a DJ these days. So what will make you stand out from the crowd? We all know the answer: you have to start producing your own tracks! Dubspot’s John von Seggern and Michael Walsh investigate how to successfully make the transition from DJing into production…

12 DJ Tips + Techniques To Improve Your Live Sets / Performances

As part of our ongoing discussion of the art of DJing, here’s a list of ways to raise your DJ game to the next level. Figuring out the basics of DJing is one thing, but learning how to work a room with subtle changes in programming and sound is something else. While there are no real rules to DJing, what follows is a list of tips based on years of professional experience.

DJ Survey: Just Press Sync? w/ DJ Craze, Dubfire, Lee Burridge, MSTRKRFT, Josh Wink, DJ Dan, DJ Skribble, Claude Young, Drumcell +

In this article we address the much-debated issue of using automatic software sync to match beats during a DJ set. DJs Craze, Shiftee, Dan, Skribble, Endo, Dubfire, Lee Burridge, Claude Young, Josh Wink, Drumcell and MSTRKRFT weigh in with their thoughts on the subject.

Traktor Pro Preferences Guide – Troubleshooting + Setup Tips by Dubspot’s DJ Endo

Dubspot DJ instructor DJ Endo breaks down everything you ever wanted to know about Native Instruments’ Traktor 2 preferences. In this exploration of Traktor’s inner workings, Endo explains not only what different features do but also why and how.

10 Remixing Tips – Dubspot Instructors Drop Some Knowledge

Remixing has taken on a life of its own in recent years as music software becomes affordable and methods of sharing digital content continue to evolve. This week we asked our talented Dubspot instructors to give some tips on how to approach working with someone else’s music.

10 DJ Tips & Tricks from the Dubspot Teachers: Shiftee, Huckaby, Endo, Kiva, Rx, Cellitti, Nalepa +

What makes a great DJ? As DJ technology continues to evolve we continue to learn new ways to perform, here are some tips on working with the latest DJ technologies from our Dubspot staff.

Electronic Music Theory: 8 Rhythmic Devices You Should Know (Polyrhythm, Syncopation +)

This article looks at some basic rhythmic concepts and devices that you should know including the downbeat, the upbeat, the pickup, syncopation, polyrhythm, cross-rhythm, sesquialtera, and linear drumming.

Ableton Live Tutorial: Talkbox Bass Sounds – Wobble Basslines w/ Your Voice (2Pac, Peter Frampton)

The talk box was originally made famous back in the 70s by artists like Peter Frampton and Zapp and Roger and later used in Tupac’s anthemic track “California Love,” and it is one of the most recognizable and unique effects in the guitarist’s arsenal. Dubspot blogger Computo shows us how to make a digital talk box with Ableton and some free plug-ins and comes up with some crazy wobbly vocalized bass sounds in the process.

Electronic Music Theory: From Funk and Metal to Dubstep (Excision, Rage Against The Machine)

The harder dubstep that has been popular in recent years from artists like Excision and Datsik often seems to have more in common with metal, rock and funk than with the deep dub of their predecessors. Dubspot blogger John von traces an alternative history of funk-rock-metal and electronic beats.