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FunkNaughty @ Europa, Brussels Fri 24th September


FunkNaughty hit Europa, Brussels this Friday for another big night of quality house and techno sounds. We are being supported by Brussels legend Francis Lorenzo so expect the night to go off with a bang!

You’ll be able to check out the photos of the nights events from next week. So watch this space.

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Deadmau5 Announces UK Winter Tour

Deadmau5 return’s to British shores this winter for another spectactular live tour.

A massive line up of top djs will be supporting Deadmau5, from the likes of Calvin Harris, Stanton Warriors, Magnetic Man, Kim Fai and Zane Lowe. The tour kicks off in Bournmouth on the 8th December and will head around the country to Leeds, Manchester, Coventry, Glasgow and finally ending in spectacular fashion at London’s Earls Court on the 18th December.

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University of Ableton: get free online training when you buy Live

Ableton has partnered with leading online education providers to offer free Ableton Live training when you buy Live 8, Suite 8 or Live Intro between September 1 and October 31, 2010.

Whether you’re an experienced studio veteran, a DJ who wants more creative possibilities, or someone just getting started with music production, there’s Ableton Live training for you.

You’ll be able to get free training from all of the following education providers:

- Berkleemusic.com
- Sonic Academy
- AudioTechKnowledge.com
- Live-courses.com
- DVD Lernkurs (German)
- microFusa (Spanish)
- Elephorm (French)

That’s equal to two full weeks of lessons plus more than 40 hours of video tutorials.

To get your free training now visit:
http://www.ableton.com/nl635-university-of-ableton

All the best from Berlin,

The Ableton team

Terms and conditions:
- Valid for purchases of Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro or upgrades, including educational purchases
- Purchase must be made between September 1 and October 31, 2010 from the Ableton web shop or any dealer worldwide
- One coupon for free online training per purchase (you can use the coupon at all available education providers simultaneously)
- The coupon is valid until February 28, 2011

We want your feedback! If you have any questions or comments, please write to:
contact@ableton.com

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Great Deals on Music Production Magazines

As you’ll no doubt be aware, we love a great deal here at FunkNaughty.com and we’ve certainly got a couple for you.

If you’re interested in computer based music production then you really need to get yourself a subscription to either musictech magazine or computer music magazine. Both are currently offering really good deals if you sign up for a monthly subscription, check out the links below for more information.


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Free SW4 Album on Beatport

Yes, that’s right, after the monster that was SW4 on Clapham Common last weekend, there’s a 6 track mini album available free to download on beatport, get it whilst you can.

www.beatport.com

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London Music Show 2010 Excel 8th – 10th October

The London music Show 2010 has been postponed due to tough market conditions.

This statement was published on the London Music Show website

We are sorry to announce that we’ve made the decision to postpone the 2010 London Music Show until 2011 due to exceptionally tough market conditions.

We’re absolutely determined that the first ever London Music Show will offer the most exciting and interactive music show in the UK and we won’t compromise on this promise. We’ll provide details on the 2011 event in due course.

We’d like to thank everyone that has shown their support for the London Music Show. For more details please contact events.londonmusicshow@futurenet.com

Anyone who has purchased tickets for this year’s event will of course receive a full refund. SEE, our ticket provider, will be in touch shortly. For further ticket refund information please contact 0871 620 7059.”

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12 Free Music Downloads from CD Pool

Here’s an offer you don’t get every day, CD Pool are offering 12 free music downloads!

Details are below for what you need to do.

Try Sixpack Now For Free!

Sixpack, the first week-of-release digital subscription service of its kind, has gone from strength to strength since its launch in early 2010. More DJs are converting to digital every day, and the CD Pool is now offering you the perfect solution for sourcing new music.
Bringing you a brand new way to stay ahead of the game, Sixpack offers DJs the best new releases in four key genres – Dance 12s, Chart Hits, Urban and Indie Rock. Subscribing on a weekly or 4 weekly basis, you will receive the six best new tracks in your chosen genre every Monday. And at under £0.50 a song, you’ll be making a tidy saving too.

Take a look below at the new music you can download now for free. To prove how much we think you’re going to love our new digital service for DJs, we’re prepared to let the music do the talking. Sign up for a weekly subscription using the promo code ‘freeforme’ and you won’t be charged for your first week – you’ll receive this week’s and last week’s Sixpack selections entirely free.

If you subscribe then decide that the Sixpack service is not for you, simply email us on sixpack@cdpool.com before Sunday 15th August to cancel your subscription, and we won’t take a payment. What’s more, the free music will be yours to keep.

Click the link below to get started

http://www.cdpooldigital.com/12-free-downloads

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My Reasons for going Digital & Getting Started with your First Digital DJing Set-Up

Since having set up FunkNaughty.com with Adam, I’m often asked how I got in to digital DJing, what a digital DJing set-up consists of and whether it’s better to DJ with vinyl or on a laptop.

I thought it was about time I tried to answer these questions, hence me writing an article called “my reasons for going digital & getting started with your first digital DJing set-up”.

I started DJing back in the early nineties and was fortunate enough to have an older brother with a set of Technic 1210’s to practise on.

I got my own set of Technic’s, the same ones I still have today, when I was 17 and there hasn’t been a time when I’ve not enjoyed DJing on them. 

 During the early/mid 2000’s most top DJ’s were changing over to CDJ’s, a trend I saw more and more of, when I was in Ibiza in 2005.  The simple decision for me would have been to move from vinyl decks to CDJ’s.  However, having looked in to CDJ’s in more detail, I quickly realised that Pioneers decks, the industry standard, weren’t cheap and in my opinion, there wasn’t a significant enough difference between vinyl and CD decks, to justify their price.  The only real benefit I could see was that you could take a lot more music in to a club with you.

This was something that really appealed to me but before moving away from vinyl decks, I thought about the type of DJ set-up I wanted and what I wanted it to do.  This helped me to concentrate my effort when researching all of the available DJ software and MIDI controllers.  It also prevented me from making an expensive mistake, by buying a piece of equipment that I didn’t actually need.

Firstly, I decided that I wanted to make my new set-up as portable as possible, that way I could DJ anywhere and also have my entire music library with me at all times.  

Secondly, I wanted the ability to play music from different genres; due to the high cost of vinyl this was something that previously hadn’t been possible. 

Thirdly, I wanted to bring a more live and unique feel to my sets by adding samples, loops and effects. 

And finally, I wanted to start producing music and I knew there were close links between some of the DJ and music production software.

I now have the following set-up:

15″ Mac Book Pro

Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 Sound Card

M-Audio Oxygen keyboard

Akai APC 40

Allen & Heath Xone 1D

Vestax VC1 – 100

Tracktor Pro

Ableton Live 8

Reason 4

Mixed in Key

2 x Technic SL1210′s

Tannoy Active monitors

 

Building your DJ set-up

 

But enough about me, here’s what you’ll need to get your digital DJing set-up started but before you do, take a minute to decide what you want from your set-up, what you’ll be using it for and how you’ll be using it, then get researching on as many websites like FunkNaughty.com and the forum’s of the software & hardware providers that you’re interest in.  Most of all enjoy it!

1)      Laptop or Vinyl/CD Decks

2)      DJing Software

3)      Midi Controller

4)      Audio Sound Card

5)      Headphones

6)      MP3’s

7)      External Hard Drive

To find out more about any of these items above, check out the articles and reviews in the membership area of FunkNaughty.com

 

Digital DJing v Vinyl

 

I personally feel the debate between digital DJing and vinyl has largely been forgotten.  At the end of the day, Clubbers want to be entertained by someone who has a passion for what they’re doing and the music they’re playing, regardless of whether they’re using a laptop or vinyl decks.

The average clubber has become used to a DJ’s array of tricks, effects, loops and unique elements, within their sets, that it has now become the norm.  However, that doesn’t mean that one way is better than the other.  If you’re new to DJing, then the most important things you can do are firstly, find a set up that suits you best and secondly, enjoy what you’re doing whilst accepting & respecting that there are other equally credible ways to DJ. 

I personally like being part of something new and different; hence why I love digital DJing but I appreciate it’s not for everyone.  The best thing for me is stumbling across new effects or different ways to do things, such as linking Traktor and Ableton together. 

To find out how, check out the “Traktor & Ableton Together” article in our members’ section, if you’re not a member register with FunkNaughty.com now.  If you have any questions, either leave a comment or email info@funknaughty.com.

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