Wednesday, June 16, 2004

How I make DJ CDs:

I take my 192 encoded music with good id3 tags, chuck a few folders onto a cd with easy cd creator, burn a disc, then drag and drop the finished disc into winamp, saving it as an m3u playlist, then closing winamp, I open the m3u file in mixmeister, which nearly crashes the computer. Mixmeister then examines the tracks, and determines the beats per minute (BPM) which is important when DJing. When it finishes this process, about 20 minutes, I can then save the playlist as .txt file which has title, artist, album, song length, BPM, genre...etc...then that .txt file gets thrown into a word processor, the list of trax gets numbered to correspond with the numbers on the CD, and any extra information or formatting is removed. I make three copies of each disc: two for the DJ system, one for the car, and a list of the tracks on the CD. I mark up the page with notes about the songs, and then put it into plastic page holders, which sit in a loose leaf binder. Fun, eh? I don't know any way to make it easier.

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