Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this is a question that we ask ourselves regularly,
Because obviously music is the raw material of any DJ.
It is essential to be up to date on the hits of the moment.
To have a large collection of timeless classics.
And find the remixes, edits and Bootleg that will make your sets UNIQUE.
Where can I find my music on the internet?
Twenty years ago you had to go to specialist record stores.
Sometimes we even had to travel to Paris to find certain records.
Spend a small fortune every week/month.
Today all the songs are just a click away.
Despite everything, it is not easy to find everything you are looking for.
In this video, I give you all the solutions to download free sound.
And the good plans to get all the bangers at the best price.
Here is a very detailed video where I give you my tips to find your music on the internet, free and paid.
If you prefer to continue reading I will give you my tips in writing.
Where to find FREE music on the internet
Many djs and producers host their remixes, bootlegs, and unreleased versions there.
By looking a little (a lot) you can find some pretty nuggets.
It is also a very good source for DJs who are just starting out and who don’t have a big budget to buy their tracks.
On the other hand, you will not find original pieces there (except in exceptional cases).
List of some Djs who produce good tracks and remix packs:
- Newton: https://soundcloud.com/iamandynewton
- LeKid: https://soundcloud.com/lekidmusic
- Freekill: https://soundcloud.com/freekillmusic
- Grizzy: https://soundcloud.com/grizzybbk
- Namto https://soundcloud.com/namto
- Tomy B https://soundcloud.com/dj-tomyb
Although I strongly advise against uploading your tracks to YouTube, because it’s illegal and the quality of the tracks is very (very) bad, but sometimes it’s the only solution you can afford.
Indeed, if you are just starting out, you mix in your room and you don’t have the necessary budget, it will be useful for your learning to work with different pieces that give you pleasure.
On the other hand, never perform in front of an audience with a big sound system, while playing these songs, the encoding is of too poor quality.
(I’ll explain how to recognize the quality of a song further down in the article.)
The only time I find myself playing ripped music on YouTube is at a wedding. If you are asked for music that cannot be found on paid sites, which is common for traditional music from certain countries. Then you will have no choice but to take them on YouTube. Regardless of the quality.
Where to find PAID music on the internet
Purchase by unit
- DIGITAL FORMAT IN MP3 or Wave: Tunes Store / Apple Music / Beatport
You will find on these platforms all the original titles and official remixes, at an average price of $0.99 to $2 per track
. Albums are also available there at prices very interesting (Between $5 and $10)
- PHYSICAL FORMAT (Vinyl / CD): Fnac / Amazon / Discogs / Ebay…
Purchase in pack
- SUBSCRIBE TO POOLS:
For many professional DJs, buying every track they could possibly need is out of the question. With an ever-changing landscape of singles, remixes, bootlegs, and custom edits, record pools are a godsend.
For a monthly subscription ranging from $10 to $50 depending on the site, you will have access to a huge library of music of different styles and of very good quality.
Here is the list of my favorite sites:
- Dj City: https://www.djcity.com (The reference)
- Heavy Hits: https://heavyhits.com (The favorite of connoisseurs)
- Bangerz Army: https://www.bangerz-army.com
- Franchise record pool: https://www.franchiserecordpool.com
- My MP3 Pool: https://shop.mymp3pool.com
- BPM Supreme: https://www.bpmsupreme.com
- BPM Latino: https://bpmlatino.com
- Beat Junkies: https://www.beatjunkies.com
- Club Killers: https://www.clubkillers.com/store/
- Crooklyn Clan: https://www.crooklynclan.net
What quality and format music to choose?
MP3 bitrate and encoding
An audio CD uses uncompressed data.
Music is digitized on its surface at the rate of 44,100 samples per second, each of these samples being encoded in 16 bits (2 bytes) and in stereo.
All of these compression algorithms work on the same principle: eliminate frequencies that the human ear does not perceive at all, or very little, and level the frequencies close to each other to identical values in order to increase the compression.
These are so-called “destructive” algorithms
It is defined by what is called the bit rate, that is to say, the flow of information per second of music. It can oscillate from 32 kbps (kilobits per second) to 320 kbps. A detailed review of the different formats.
- Wave – Original Quality:
Best choice for keeping original quality, but files take up more space in hard drives and are harder to find.
- WMA (Microsoft ) – compression with retained quality
This format compresses the sound while retaining certain high frequencies which have an influence on the sound quality.
Some mixing software, including Serato, don’t read it!
- MP3 – the most compatible and the easiest to find
128 kbit / s – The minimum quality to use.
192 kbit / s – Similar quality to Cd.
320 kbit / s – The best quality of an MP3. Preferred
- AAC (Apple) – Very good compression format
It even seems to be better than MP3
Thanks to technology, it is possible to check the encoding quality of our files in our mixing software… But be careful to always trust your ear first.
Indeed a 128kbit / s MP3 can be transformed into a 320kbit / s MP3 or even a wave thanks to certain software, or after having been burned on a CD.
As you will surely have understood, it is possible to compress a file by deleting information. But it is impossible to inflate a song that has been compressed because the compression destroys information.
So to be fixed on the quality of our tracks, it is essential to test them in a good sound system.
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