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01-23-2009, 12:29 AM
I tend to be a believer that most everyone has a specialty, something out of hobby or occupation that most people wouldn't be so attuned to. This thread is an HQ for our specialties, a rendezvous where we can spread a little knowledge that we've spent so much time developing and perhaps enrich one another's lives. I'm not out to put restrictions on anyone, and so if this turns into a free for all, so be it. Feel free to feed us anything from,perhaps, your knowledge of fine wines and foods to your know how on musical instruments. Your keen eye for craftsmanship or even your synchronicity with an art. Perhaps we can enlighten one another with our interests or with those bits of wisdom that we otherwise would've found to be useless.
Two of my great interests, amongst others, happen to be photography, which I do professionally, and tea, which I love and demand a certain level of perfection from myself. And while both tend to be rather popular the world around, they're often done rather lazily and thus lose their potential.
Ask away if you'd like to know some pic tips or how to make a humbly pleasant cup of tea.
01-23-2009, 02:08 AM
If you have been following the songs I post in "Songs!!" thread you will see the majority of my songs that I post are all in the techno/trance genre. Theres just something about it that I cant explain and it's grip on me is obvious. I remember knowing about techno and stuff before hand but I didn't know what it was really like until I heard the first song Alice DJ - Better Off Alone when I was 16. Thats where it all began. It wasn't an instant love but more of a gradual thing which didn't fully blossom until I was about 19 and now I'm in love with it. I can go hours and hours listening to the stuff. I've been following the music for years now, watching dozens if not hundreds of shows in parties, clubs and raves. I know who the best artist are(in my opinion) and where to find the best underground. I know its history, where it came from and what it's doing right now. I know my world is a small world, something along the lines of a few millions, if it's even in the millions, in the whole world that listens to it like I do. I've studied how to be a DJ from friends and good teachers and I have played a few times in underground arena's, which were some of my most exciting experiences. My ultimate goal is to be a world renowned producer but I'll be happy with just playing in any scene as long as I get to play the music people will dance to. To see the crowd dancing and jumping to the music I play is a bigger rush to me then getting laid, its freaken awesome. This music is my life and I'll die listening to it.
01-23-2009, 08:06 PM
Hm.. I can't say I have special talent. But I want to be good in lots of things what I like, for example drawing, dancing, writing. Maybe my mind is my special part. My imagination, I'm proud of it, I love it. Dreaming is essential for me.
If I can think of something else I will come back and share it.
01-23-2009, 11:38 PM
I think the main problem with people responding to this thread is the age of our members. A lot of you haven't had time to go out and find out what you want to do yet or havent really found something that you really really like yet. There may be interests in things but it hasn't really cultivated yet.
01-24-2009, 12:58 AM
well that could be true, but there is still something to be had from the wisdom of a child. I had interests and hobbies as a child that out of the realm of the typical adult, so I expect that some of us likely have something of an expertise, however minute it may be. plus with only 3 of us in here posting it's a little rough to gauge at the moment.
01-24-2009, 04:01 AM
I'm saying that cause theres been 19 or more views on this thing. That means a lot of the people that can see this and respond have done so, or they are just to lazy. I'm not trying to bring you down analog it's just these people NEED TO WRITE SOMETHING TO MAKE THIS WORK!! COME ON FOLKS!! Wheres everyone at??
01-24-2009, 06:04 AM
I've been pondering what to respond with here, because I'm not entirely sure I do have a specialized skill (and lee, I'm about to turn 26, age doesn't have much to do with it).
I suppose I can say I'm good with computers or something seeing as how I've been doing tech jobs since I was 15, but that doesn't especially seem like a skill as much as just a job. The only thing I can really think of as a specialized skill for myself is my writing.
I am constantly reading, absorbing, changing and shaping the way I think of words. How they fit together, how to say something in a much more elaborate manner than need be. This is not because of a need to be superior to others, I find it to be a challenge to myself. I personally find being able to articulate yourself is a very useful skill to have, and knowing how to do it well gives you an upper hand in life.
I'm not saying I'm perfect at it either, obviously I make my fair share of grammatical mistakes, but I still believe I have a fairly solid grasp on words and how/when to use them. Would this be considered something specialized? I'm not entirely positive...
01-24-2009, 06:42 AM
Well maybe specializing in drawing and dancing what's most near to me. I'm starting to have my own style in drawing I'm not just mimicing other pictures. And I'm working hard to get in the Budapest acrobatic rock 'n roll dance contest with my group.
01-28-2009, 06:25 AM
I specialize in music, mostly being able to pick up how to play something by ear and eye a lot faster than most people can do with the music right in front of them on paper. I find that an invaluable skill in band. I also have great lock pick skills, though they have gotten rusty in the years I have not used them.
02-05-2009, 11:10 PM
I specialize in language, gambling, music, flattery, and poetry. Feel free to visit my language thread in the off-topic lounge if you find interest.
02-19-2009, 12:20 AM
What is a DJ (disc jockey)? -
A DJ is a person who selects and plays prerecorded music for an audience, either on radio, online content in the form of podcasts or web-based radio shows (see websites), or at a club.
There are several types of DJs: radio DJs play music that is broadcast on AM, FM, shortwave or digital radio stations; club DJs select and play/mix music in a club, disco, a rave, or even a stadium; and mobile disc jockeys travel with mobile sound systems and play from an extensive collection of pre-recorded music. (Including but not limited to: weddings, private parties, etc)
TURNTABLES (decks, tt’s)-
A turntable (known to many as a record player) has a constant speed. The motor or belt driven “platter” revolves part of the turntable on which the record rests while it is being played. The increasingly skillful use of turntables by DJs to mix and scratch records has given rise to the term turntablism.
In all turntables a motor spins a metal disk at a constant speed. On top of the rotating disk (platter) is a mat and on top of the mat records are placed to be played. In the past rubber mats were used to hold the record in place so that it would not rotate independently of the platter. Nowadays slipmats are used to reduce the friction between the spinning platter and record, and is often made of a felt like material. This way a DJ can scratch the record while the platter continues to spin underneath. In direct drive turntables the slipmat also helps isolate the record from motor vibrations that would be picked up by the stylus.
Many turntables also include a pitch control, which allows a DJ to mix using a technique known as beatmatching. From the late 1990s onwards manufacturers such as Vestax started to include other electronic controls such as reverse, and "nudge".
DJs and Turntablists have learned to use all the above functions assist them in musical performances.
Turntablism is the art of manipulating sounds and creating music using turntables and a DJ mixer. The term was created in 1994 by DJ Supreme to describe the difference between a DJ who just plays records, and one who actually performs, by touching and moving the records to manipulate sound. The word was never meant to be the actual title of the art form. It was regularly stated as an example, while explaining the need for a new word to describe a newly emerging and totally unique instrumental art form. The intention was for the original creators of the art form to brainstorm and decide on a title. While the idea of the need for a new word spread, some DJs just began to use the example word "turntablist" before the originators had a chance to proclaim an actual title.
DJ Babu has defined a turntablist as "One who has the ability to improvise on a phonograph turntable. One who uses the turntable in the spirit of a musical instrument;" while the Battlesounds documentary film suggests a definition of:"A musician, a disc jockey who in a live/spontaneous situation can manipulate or restructure an existing phonograph recording (in combination with an audio mixer) to produce or express a new composition that is unrecognizable from its original ingredients."
Turntablist DJs use turntable techniques like beat mixing/matching, scratching, and beat juggling. Turntablism is generally focused more on turntable technique and less on mixing. Some turntablists seek to have themselves recognized as legitimate musicians capable of interacting and improvising with other performers.
All of which rose from the phonograph, or gramophone, which was the most common device for playing recorded sound from the 1870s through the 1980s. (Google it)
Types of Turntables:
- Belt Drive: In a belt drive turntable the motor is located under and to the side of the platter and is connected to the platter by an elastometric belt.
The design of the belt drive turntable allows the use of a less expensive motor than the direct-drive turntable.
Pros: The elastometric belt absorbs motor vibrations which would otherwise be picked up by the stylus. Problems with belt instability and deterioration in the past have largely been solved by use of modern elastic polymers.
Cons: Over time the drive belt can wear or lose elasticity, and begin to slip, causing variations in the platter speed. In addition, belt drive turntables have much lower torque; the belt can also slip off the motor and/or platter spindle, and are thus not suitable for turntablism. DJs who scratch or mix generally prefer to use direct-drive turntable.
- Direct Drive: In a direct drive turntable the motor is located directly under the center of the platter and is connected to the platter directly. The first commercially available direct-drive turntable, the model SP-10, was introduced by the Technics division of Matsushita in 1969.
Cons: The sole disadvantage to direct drive turntables over belt-drive turntables is vibration from the motor.
Pros: Shock-absorbing (less dense) material, placed between the motor and platter, has been used to cut back on vibrations. Since the motor is directly connected to the platter, the torque is usually much higher than in the belt drive models (stronger motor). Higher torque means the platter speed is less susceptible to outside forces (stylus, hand). Higher torque also means the platter will accelerate to its proper speed faster so less distortion is heard when the record begins to play.
Each turntable brand has a different turntable model with different specifications. (Technics, Numark, Vestax, Gemini, etc.) Research before you buy and look at specifications of whatever TT you’re interested in. Technics have been around for a long time and are trusted by DJ’s across the world. Numark’s however picked up Tech’s patent and added on with their TTx1 model, however they haven’t been around as long therefore, haven’t “proven” themselves to some DJ’s. In the end, it’s up to what you’re comfortable with. Let nobody tell you otherwise.
* Recommended: (direct drive) Technics, Numark, Vestax
RECORDS (vinyl, wax) -
Records are the analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the center of the disc.
Early disc records were made of various materials including hard rubber. From 1897 onwards, earlier materials were largely replaced by a rather brittle formula of 25% "shellac" (a material obtained from the excretion of a Southeast Asian beetle), a filler of a cotton compound similar to manila paper, powdered slate, and a small amount of a wax lubricant. The mass production of shellac records began in 1898 in Hanover, Germany. Shellac records were the most common until the 1950s. Unbreakable records, usually of celluloid (an early form of plastic) on a pasteboard base, were made from 1904 onwards, but they suffered from an exceptionally high level of surface noise
The terms LP and EP are acronyms of Long Play and Extended Play respectively, these type designations refer to their rotational speeds in revolutions per minute (RPM). Records nowadays are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and hence may be referred to as vinyl records or simply vinyl.
MIXERS (board) - A DJ mixer is a type of audio mixing console used by DJ. The key features that differentiate a DJ mixer from other types of audio mixers are the ability to redirect (cue) a non-playing source to headphones and the presence of a crossfader, which allows for an easier transition between two sources.
A typical modern DJ mixer generally has between two and six stereo channels for connecting and mixing audio sources. Each channel usually has a phono input with RIAA* equalization for turntables and one or two line level inputs for sources such as CD players. Controls for individual channels are arranged in vertical columns (channel strips), starting with a switch or a knob selecting between the inputs.
*specification for the correct playback of vinyl records, established by the Recording Industry Association of America
02-19-2009, 12:23 AM
Phono level is a signal produced at a very low level by a magnetic phono cartridge which must be amplified and equalized. Phonograph recordings are made with high frequencies boosted. This reduces background noise, including clicks or pops, and also conserves the amount of physical space needed for each groove, by reducing the size of the larger low-frequency undulations. During playback the high frequencies are rescaled to their original level. This is accomplished in the amplifier with a "PHONO" input that incorporates standardized RIAA equalization circuitry.
Line level is a term used to denote the strength of an audio signal used to transmit analog sound information between audio components such as CD and DVD players, TVs, audio amplifiers, and mixing consoles.
The strength of the various signals does not necessarily correlate with the output voltage of a device; it also depends on the source's output impedance, or the amount of current available to drive different loads.
Recommended: Rane, Allen & Heath, Xone
Headphones let the DJ listen to any channel in the headphones independently of what is playing on the speakers, allowing the DJ to beatmatch the records by ear; this became the defining feature of DJ mixers.
Recommended: Sennheiser HD-25's, Technics RPDJ1000’s, Sony MDR-V700
You'll wire it all up something like this!
CARTRIDGE, HEADSHELL, NEEDLE, TONEARM
A cartridge is a transducer used for the playback of records on a turntable or phonograph. It converts mechanical vibrational energy from a stylus (needle) riding in a spiral record groove into an electrical signal that is subsequently amplified and then converted back to sound by a speaker system.
The stylus fits into the cartridge, which is bolted to the Headshell. The headshell holds the cartridge, and includes the proper weight, height, and wiring to transfer the signal of the media source.
This all leads to the tonearm. The tonearm holds the pickup cartridge over the groove, the stylus tracking the groove with the desired force to give the optimal compromise between good tracking and minimizing wear of the stylus and record groove. At its simplest, a tone arm is a pivoted lever, free to move in two axes (vertical and horizontal) with a counterbalance to maintain tracking pressure.
Normally turntables come with a headshell to fit into the tonearm.
Recommendations (cartridge): Shure M447 (scratching), Ortofon Nightclubs (mixing)
SPEAKERS (Passive & Active) -
A passive speaker (or unpowered speaker) is a speaker which does not have its own power source and has to draw power from somewhere else, opposed to an active speaker which has a built-in amplifier.
Active speakers have a short run of cable between the amplifier and the speaker, which prevents signal and power loss. The amplifier can also be matched to the speaker more exactly.
Passive speakers are lighter and cheaper however, but require longer lengths of cable to run to a separate amplifier. This can be desirable if you have amplifiers that can run multiple speakers. Passive are easier to come by, and unless you’re gigging a club or need a really nice sound system for events, most people use passive speakers.
Recommendations: KRK’s, JBL’s, B-52
A slipmat is a circular piece of slippery cloth or synthetic materials used by disk jockeys instead of the traditional rubber mat.
Unlike the rubber mat which is made to keep hold the record firmly in sync with the rotating platter, slipmats are designed to slip on the platter, allowing the DJ to manipulate a record on a turntable while the platter continues to rotate underneath. This is useful for holding a record still for slip-cueing, making minute adjustments during beatmatching and mixing and pulling the record back and forth for scratching.
02-24-2009, 12:33 AM
The one thing i specialize in is cars. for some reason ive always had a knack with my hands. i love the way they look, sound, feel, smell and anything. just knowing you completed a job and the car runs right is the most awesome feeling ever. also the feeling of being absolutely dirty, like covered in oil and other fluids is a good feeling.
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