I have had a few requests for mixtapes commemorating wedding receptions and have started working on fulfilling those requests. One recent wedding guest [the Rabbi!] asked for a specific snippet from the mix: my tribute to Snoop Dogg and Notorious B.I.G.; I call it the “Snoop’s too Biggie For You!” mixtape [MP3 version]…
I made this special mix using my iDJ Pro and the new ‘djay 2’ app.
Talked with a wedding client yesterday about the similarities between Marvin Gaye’s “Give It Up” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”. The client requested that I mix the songs during their wedding reception to blend the old and new for their partiers.
So, to see if it would work, I played around with it on my iPad for a bit. I had to search my iPad library before loading the tracks into vjay and stumbled across The Goodmen’s track, also called “Give It Up”. The BPMs were close enough between all three songs that I felt compelled to test them all in a quick recorded mix. Since I wasn’t using my iDJ Pro controller, I wasn’t able to fine-tune the blends, but I was happy enough with the results.
Then it hit me. Why not import the mix into vjay and add video to it? That would allow me to upload the entire thing for others to enjoy!
After meeting with a client that did her homework (shout out to Jenny), I thought I would brush up on vjay really quick before making a more professional video mix for promotional use. This was done in one take, no planning or editing. So be kind…
Ever since Numark first debuted their iDJ Pro controller for the iPad, I pretty much concluded that I would buy one. I already own Algoriddim’s “djay” software and have used it during critical performances, so the potential of a turntable-like controller that I can use with my iPad made this setup an no-brainer. Creating playlists on the go through my iTunes library and simply docking it into the controller at show time is an ideal situation for me.
Further investigation of this setup revealed the ability to use the embedded AirPlay functionality in the iPad to run a wireless speaker setup. I was originally unimpressed by this bonus feature due to the lack of professional grade public address speaker systems that work with AirPlay without needing an extra device attached to them. That was until I discovered Alto Professional’s TrueSonic wireless PA system.
Alto already had an iPad-docking speaker/microphone combo, but this wireless system is different. It theoretically allows the DJ to be several hundred feet away from the speakers while maintaining solid audio connection and output through wifi. The only obstacles are the typical wifi networking and interference issues that come with any event location. Proper planning and preparation should eliminate those problems.
With only speculation as my guide, I am becoming increasingly anxious to put together a DJ package that features all of this cutting-edge technology. I have not had a chance to demo the hardware and the djay software upgrade has not been released. When the iDJ Pro hits the nearest BestBuy or Guitar Center, I will be one of the first people standing in line! I am still working out the details on getting the speakers, but I already have a solid JBL/QSC system that I rely on.
My only anticipated concern is the potential difficulty of taking/planning requested songs during a gig. I don’t want to spend a lot of time tracking down a request or worrying about forgetting to play it later. I perform ‘on the fly’ and try to resist the urge to plan EVERY song in advance; the spontaneous nature of live events can spell disaster for DJs that aren’t flexible. Then again, I may just use this as my wedding ceremony rig since music in that situation is ALWAYS pre-programmed and set in stone.
Don’t be surprised when you see me rocking your event with this setup in the near future!