This debate is as old as the dance music hills, and if truth be told, there is no definitive answer. What we do know is that the first wave of mix CD compilers placed credibility high on their agenda.
Sales may often have reached a healthy and profitable tens of thousands, or in the case of the first Renaissance mix, gone into six figures.
However, the club scene was booming, DJs were becoming household names, and with crossover chart hits aplenty, someone was always going to be tempted to risk compromising their credibility so they could aim for the sales stars. These collections are the sound of main room clubbing in the 90s. As such, they provide unforgettable memories for a generation of clubbers. They would also serve as an entry point to the dance scene for many not yet old enough to experience the magic first hand.
Look beyond the lowest common denominator packaging and in yer face marketing, and you find some sterling DJ sets. The two we highlight went off the scale sales-wise. Their photos adorned the sleeves, portraying them as the artists they were increasingly being compared to. Similarly, no restrictions were put on their tracklistings. On the contrary, the seal of approval from a tastemaker only served to build demand. The progressive sound had garnered a particularly loyal, truly international fanbase.
Each DJ would select a city they felt a special affinity with, and the CD would be based on a set played there — though in the vast majority of cases, this was just the starting point.
Our hero would then retreat to the sanctuary of the studio to buff up the mix. Realistically, having blown the doors wide open with their first release, it was always going to be hard for Renaissance to repeat the trick.
However, what Mix Collection One did was elevate awareness of the brand very quickly. Keen to differentiate themselves from GU, this particular release saw a couple of smart moves that paid off handsomely. First, leading house DJs were still very much part of a Renaissance night.
He pulled out all the stops with a mix that had oodles of funk, a dash of disco, impassioned vocal tracks, plenty of percussive power…and just a little darkness around the edges. Even as late as , with DJs getting booked into label release schedules and tracks being licensed months in advance, a mix CD could still appear as if from nowhere and blow everyone away.
When Defected launched in , it was initially in partnership with Ministry of Sound. The mutually beneficial nature of the team up is neatly illustrated by the knock-on effect on the Session series. While MoS the club was still hosting leading house and garage DJs weekly, MoS the record label was increasingly focussed on more commercial crossover single releases, which in turn fuelled their more mainstream compilations such as The Annual see above. Defected and MoS then went their separate ways.
MoS would keep the Sessions brand going for several more years, something they may not have been able to do had Defected not revitalised the concept.
If you listen to electronic music you would have heard these two effects at some stage. Music producers use these effects to add colour and depth to their tracks. As a DJ the filter is a great tool to build drama or a break where there is none. For example, before a major drop, you can activate a filter to either bring the sound low or high before bringing it back into the neutral state for the drop.
The filter can also assist with transitions. As you are mixing between two tracks you can fade the original track out using the filter. The key to this technique is to keep it musically in time. For example, gradually activate the low pass filter over the course of a phrase.
To achieve that smooth sound be sure to give yourself enough time to progressively increase the filter level. Mastering the use of the filter will improve your mixing capabilities. It will give you the freedom to inject a natural sounding transition point into any track. Take some time to play with the filter and become familiar with how it affects the sound. Once you feel comfortable you can start experimenting with it both during a track and for transitions. The phaser effect is another popular effect that DJs use.
The phaser effect alters the sound of the music in a way which makes it sound like it is coming from a rotating speaker. This effect can add a lot of dynamic energy to a track. Generally, the parameters you can alter for this effect are the depth of the phase sound and also the length. The deeper the phase the more pronounced each end of the sound spectrum will become. While the length simple dictates how long the phase effect will go for before returning back.
Picture altering the speed in which the speaker rotates. The phaser is best utilised for melodic elements of a track. It can create a sweeping panoramic feel to the music. When setting up your software have a play with the various parameters associated with the phaser.
Used at the right time the phaser is a great tool to add more dynamic sound to your DJ sets. Used at the wrong time will result in horrible audio so be careful when using this effect. The flanger is another phase based effect.
Much like the phaser, it creates a swooping effect to the music. The flanger, however, tends to be more aggressive. Like the phaser, you can alter the intensity of the flanger as well as the length. The flanger is often used as part of a build up to a drop. It can lift the sound up or down in anticipation of the release.
Careful timing and use of effects can add a lot of energy to your DJ set. It can be a tricky effect to utilise correctly as too much aggressive use of the flanger can overwhelm the track. Streaming and Download help. Report this album or account. Explore music. Peter Crommelin. Douglas Baker. Bang 'n Mash. Zachary Gross. Digital Releases Printed with professional four color printable cd label quality.
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