Tag: tools

Pioneer Rekordbox Introduction Video

A few weeks ago, I gave Pioneer rekordbox® a spin during a few sets I did at The Nightbell in Asheville, where they’ve got a pair of Nexus 2000s in the booth. I found the software to be quite intuitive to use. Very fast analyzing hundreds of tracks and easy to build playlists. It also syncs with iTunes, but for some reason, I’m having a bit of a struggle since my iTunes folder is on an external thumb drive and not an internal folder on laptop. Haven’t seemed to be able to get it to recognize updates to the iTunes file or playback tracks from the iTunes folder. I had to simply create genre based playlists under the playlists tool and then analyze all tracks on the thumb drive again. Kind of off and hoping someone might be able to help.

On the reverse, the LAN connection with sync and the ability to drag and drop tracks to each deck is genius. We found it extremely useful, but there was this odd situation of jumping back to the last track played every time I dragged a new track in. I had to make sure that when I dragged the track to each deck, the track intended to be next stayed active by playing it for a few seconds and then pressing cue. I was told by a friend that works for Pioneer DJ about the Auto Cue feature, which alleviates this problem. I think it was already on Auto Cue, so I’m not sure I was doing it right. I have yet to fully investigate how to prevent re-loading of a prior track instead of loading the new track before I’ve pressed play.

Given that it’s free, it’s worth a shot to download it and see if it’s right for you. With this software, Pioneer is taking it to Serato and Traktor Pro, given that the software itself can be used for mixing with a controller. You will have to register a user account to operate it though. We think Pioneer wants to start tracking what music you’ve got in your library, so there are some new controls they are introducing to do that in this software.

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Spotlight: MixMatchMusic.com sheds a little light on the service at WMC 2009

We love the folks over at MixMatchMusic.com, one of the cooler music services navigating the digital landscape. The company provides online software to mix and distribute music in a viral fashion, with built-in ways to generate and share revenue between producer/remixers and musicians collaborating in the software online. It's a unique service, one in which you can tell a lot of love has gone into.

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Adobe – Flash Player : Settings Manager

Did you know that developers creating Flash applications can use the .swf object to store cookies in your browser? These session “cookies” are stored on your computer and can, for example, remember where you left off during your last session.

This is quite useful if you close your browser in the middle of using a Flash application, like a photo book creator or online music sequencer.

The session cookie remembers things like how much of the book you’ve completed, what photos you’ve used and and other important settings. It then restores your session to the point you left off. This is especially useful if your browser crashes while you’re working on something.

From time to time, you may want to dump your Flash cookies. One would think that would be accomplished in the same way you clear the browser cache, which is usually accomplished through the browsers Preferences or Tools panel, but hat’s not the case.

This task must be accomplished online on the Adobe web site using the  Adobe – Flash Player : Settings Manager.

Using the Settings Manager, you can do the following:

  • Specify whether websites must ask your permission before using your camera or microphone.
  • Specify the amount of disk space that websites you haven’t yet visited can use to store information on your computer, or to prevent websites you haven’t yet visited from storing information on your computer.
  • View or change your security settings.
  • Specify if and how often Flash Player should check for updated versions.
  • To view or change the privacy settings for websites you have already visited.
  • To view or change the storage settings for websites you have already visited, or to delete information that any or all websites have already stored on your computer.

— Tony Z