Tuesday’s DJ Tip: Trouble Shooting Serato Wave Form Crashing / Song Stopping

Recently, my Serato kept crashing during an event. As a professional, I always have music backed up on other external hard drives, thumb drives, and CDs. Yet, if you’re a DJ, you can understand how frustrating it can be when you’re software is not working properly.

What happened? 

The song wave form would break, start again (almost as if the song was skipping), then it would completely disappear. After trouble shooting a number of things, I found it to be my external hard drive. Once I removed the external drive and started using a new one, the software worked fine. However, if you’re experiencing the same issue and determined it’s not your external hard drive, here are some other troubleshooting steps you can try:

1) Shut down any programs you are not using (or don’t need to have running during your event). This way, your computer can run the software more efficiently.

2) Remove your firewall (I would suggest only removing it temporarily to see if this is causing the issue). While I use a MAC, I recently added a firewall because I had a hacking scare. Yet, I was told it may be interfering with the software. If this is not the problem, you’ll want to make sure to re-install it.

3) Uninstall & Reinstall Serato – This has worked for me in the past. A while back my Serato would just completely freeze while using it. I uninstalled the program and reinstalled it and it worked fine.

4) Turn off your WiFi. This could be causing interference.

5) Test ALL External Hard Drives your using – How do you test the drive? Load some of your music files directly to your computer, remove the external drive, and try using the software. If the software works fine, most likely you’ve found the issue.

6) Remove any unnecessary files from your computer. This will help your computer run more efficiently.

Keep in mind, if you’re Serato is not working properly, it may not be the software. As in my case, my external drive was causing the issue.

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Are you in the market to buy DJ software and a controller? I personally like using Serato. I also purchased a combo pack of the Numark Mix Deck Express with Serato DJ intro. I purchased this combo for two reasons; I could train new DJs coming on my team and it was a great price. Turns out, I really love it! If you’re a beginner DJ, or any DJ, I would recommend the Numark Mix Deck and Serato. It’s what I use at all of my events! At $419 on Amazon for both the software and controller, it’s a great deal!




Tuesday’s DJ Tip: Don’t get fooled by sexy Dj equipment

Today’s Tip? Don’t get FOOLED BY SEXY DJ EQUIPMENT. It may look great, yet that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. DJ Justin Giuliante explains how he started out with a basic controller, before jumping into that big purchase. This way, he knew what he was looking for in a DJ controller, before buying something that wasn’t right for him. There’s so many different options out there, it’s important to test out equipment before you buy, especially if it’s a big purchase.

We also discuss the features DJ Justin likes on the Traktor Kontrol S4, how much it costs to get started as a DJ, and how much we love social media!!

Why did I choose to post this DJ tip today? Because I just registered for the International DJ expo coming up this August in Atlantic City!!!!! There’s so much SUPER COOL equipment featured at the show. When I get there, I just want to buy everything! Luckily, I bring the team with me to cool my jets. I can not wait to see what’s at this year’s show.

What’s more? I can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since DJ Giuliante and I made this video! Wow. Time flies when you’re having fun! #djlife

How to be a DJ: Things to know when purchasing a DJ Controller. Do I need a computer?

When you’re deciding on what DJ controller to purchase, it can be a tough decision. In this DJ Quick Tip, I cover a few things you want to think about when purchasing your first one.

What you want to keep in mind when purchasing any new piece of DJ equipment is what you can use as a back up. S*%$ happens! Computers get loopy! One of the reasons I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express, was because it gave me numerous ways to play music in the event my computer decided to freeze up, or shut down, unexpectedly. You can solve this problem by bringing a back up computer. Yet, what if you don’t have this option? The Numark Mix Deck Express has two CD decks and USB Thumb drives for alternative ways to play music. This means, you don’t necessarily even need to have a computer to use this controller. This is also very helpful if you want to start DJing, yet don’t have the funds to purchase both a controller and computer at the same time. You can start DJing with the controller until you have the funds to buy a good computer. What’s more? You’ll need a good computer to run most DJ softwares.

Not all controllers offer these different options to play music. So, when you are in the market to purchase a DJ controller, you’ll want to check out the different alternatives the controller offers to play music, in the event you can’t play from your MAC or PC.

Lastly, most controllers do have an auxiliary channel. You can use this channel to play from your iPhone, iPod, or smart phone.

Hope this DJ quick tip helped! If you have any topics you’d like me to cover please post them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to Subscribe to the SBS channel. This way, I can keep bringing you DJ tips so you can do what you love – play music! Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly

Serato DJ Intro: Where to find Special Effects plus DJ Terms Dry, Wet and Depth.

If you’re a beginner DJ, or a DJ who just purchased Serato DJ Intro, you may not know where to find your special effects. In this DJ quick tip, I show you where your special effects are located, how to use the drop down menu to view them, and how to increase or decrease, the volume of each effect – also known as “Dry”, “Wet” or “Depth”.

When you pull up Serato DJ Intro, all the way to the left hand side (right below deck one yet right above your music library) you’ll see a button for “DJ FX”. Click this button to display your special effects menus. Notice there’s two separate sections. The one on your left controls your left deck (or channel 1). The one on the right controls your right deck (or channel 2).

Also, by using the drop down menu, you can control which special effects you want to use. In my experience, I don’t feel they all work well with every song. It’s important to test them out and practice when and how often to use them.

To increase the volume of each effect, you simply turn the dial under the term “Depth” up or down. This is also sometimes referred to as Dry or Wet. Dry meaning no effect. Wet meaning more effect. (Basically the volume, or intensity of the effect).

Hope this quick tip helped you, if you were looking for the special effects buttons on Serato DJ Intro. If you’ve already been using the effects, I’d love to hear what you like best about them. Or, if there’s any other topics you’d like me to cover please let me know in the comments section below. Thanks everyone! Hope you’re all doing what we love! Playing music!! DeeJay Shelly

Today’s DJ Tip? Get Loopy! Looping 101: For the beginner DJ.

Looping 101: When you’re a beginner DJ just starting out, all those buttons can be overwhelming. Trust me, I’ve been there! In this short DJ quick tip, I show you a very simple, easy way to make a DJ loop. What’s more? I also show you how the loop feature could become very handy in a real life DJ situation.

A few weeks ago, I DJ’d the Toni and Guy Fashion Show in Philadelphia, PA. Trouble arose when the last song for the show was about to end, while the models were still walking on stage. How did I handle this problem? Well, I didn’t want to start a brand new song just for 10-15 more seconds. Instead, using my Numark Mix Deck Express, I decided to loop the end of the song. This way, the end of the song just kept playing a few more times, until the last model walked off the stage. Then, I faded the song out.

If you liked my quick tip today, please don’t forget to Subscribe to the Sounds By Shelly YouTube Channel and keep watching. Every Tuesday I’ll bring a new DJ Tip for all of you. Get Shell Shocked! Thanks everyone! DJ DeeJay Shelly

DJ Quick Tip. How to grow your Mobile DJ Business. How to become a Club DJ.

Here’s my coffee talk on the best DJ Quick tip I have for those who are trying to grow their mobile DJ business, or trying to get into a club. If you like the quick tip please don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel where I’ll bring you a new DJ tip on everything DJ – every Tuesday!

So you know you’re a great DJ. You know you have what it takes. The problem is you can’t get your foot in the door of the night club, or event venue, where you want to DJ. This video is a quick tip to help you get your foot in the door. Believe it or not, this simple, nice gesture has gotten me on a number of preferred vendor lists.

What is it? Buy them a cup of coffee! Why?
1) It shows you are not thinking just about yourself! You are a team player. This will let them know you’re also a team player when you work an event.
2) It lets them know you understand they are busy – you are considerate of their time – and you appreciate their time. Event planners, club owners, event managers are extremely busy. Most of us in the events industry work all week planning and booking events, then we’re working the events on the weekend. Sometimes they may not even have a minute to grab lunch let alone coffee. I can’t tell you how many managers said, “You’re a life saver! Thank you for bringing me this coffee. I so needed it! Tell me a little more about your DJ company.”
3) In a way it also shows them you are interested in building a long term relationship. Most of these people are so busy, they don’t want to constantly spend time finding good DJs. They want to find one or a few they like to work with and keep them on their roster so they have one last thing to worry about. They want to feel confident not only are you a great DJ, but also you’ll be around for a while. By bringing them something like a cup of coffee you are starting the relationship and you are starting it off on a good note.

Many of you may think this is a silly DJ Tip. I can assure you this simple gesture has gotten my foot in the door to numerous venues. Mostly because these people can’t believe someone did something nice for THEM! The biggest way to become successful in any business is to put the shoe on the other foot.

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Tuesday’s DJ Tip! How to Adapt! Quick Tip on RCA connectors and adapters.

Have you ever wondered what adpaters you need to correctly set up DJ equipment? Well, I’ve been DJing for over 15 years and I’m still learning new things! Since I LOVE MUSIC, on this Valentine’s Day, I decided to talk DJ with one of my good friends, DJ Nickels. In this short quick tip from DJ Nickels, I learned about a new adapter I could use to improve the balance of my sound.

When hooking up from my controller to my JBL Self Powered (Active) Speaker, I was using a single Male RCA to Male XLR. While the normal ear may not be able to tell the difference, I learned I was missing half the signal. What DJ Nickels explained, is in order to have balanced sound, you want to make sure you are plugging into both the left and right signals on your controller. If you only have one Male RCA to XLR, you can use a RCA adapter with one Female and two Male RCA to split the signal into two.

A belated Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! We hope you spent this weekend doing what you love! I know I did – playing music!

Thanks DJ Nickels! If you enjoyed our quick tip today on DJ equipment adapters, then Get Shell Shocked and Subscribe to the Sounds By Shelly YouTube Channel! What’s more, sign up for my email notifications. This way, you’ll get alerted each time I post a new video. Hope to see you back here next Tuesday where I’ll show you how I get a little LOOPY! Thanks everyone! DJ DeeJay Shelly.

How to Buy a DJ Controller. Review of the Numark Mix Deck Express.

A lot of beginner DJs ask me about controllers. What is the best controller to purchase? In this short video, I tell you why I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express. I also give you some questions to ask yourself before you purchase a controller. Hopefully these questions will help you select the best one for you.

Numark MixDeck Express Quick Overview:
1) Great for the beginner DJ
2) Great for the mobile DJ
3) Great for your wallet!
Do you want to DJ full time? Or, is this just a hobby for you?

As a business owner, I have to look at every piece of equipment as an investment. The Numark MixDeck Express is great for DJs who are just getting started. So, I purchased the MixDeck so that I could teach my DJ assistants how to use a controller. Which is what I did. Now, when I book them their own jobs the MixDeck Express is the controller they use.

What is your budget?

Controllers are expensive! Usually bundled with software, controllers average around $800 and can go as high as thousands. At $500, I feel the MixDeck with Serato DJ Intro is a steal! While I think this is a great controller for any Mobile DJ, the price makes it a great buy for the beginner DJ who is just getting started.

What kind of DJ are you?

While this controller does allow you to do many of the same things other controllers offer; Cue, Brake, Reverse, Scratch and Loop. The one downfall is you don’t have the convenience of the special effects buttons being right on the controller. You have to use your software. Yet, for the types of events I DJ, this is not a deal breaker for me. I DJ all types of events from corporate Gallas, weddings, fashion shows to teen events. I don’t use the special effects at every event, as apposed to a club DJ, who needs to have the convenience of these buttons on the actual controller. (As with anything, the more bells & whistles and the more convenient something is usually means more $$$).

Great for the mobile DJ.
I’m a female DJ. Plus I’m a Mobile DJ. I need equipment which is easy and light weight for me to transport around. The MixDeck Express is so easy to pack up and take with me anywhere to any type of event. So if you’re a DJ who is always on the go this may be a great DJ controller for you.

Hopefully this helps you out if you are a beginner DJ, or any DJ in the market to purchase a new DJ Controller. Hope to see you back here every Tuesday, when I launch a new video. If you found this video helpful, please don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and sign up for email notifications. This way, you’ll get notified each time I launch a new video. Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly

If you like Star Wars, I think you’ll like this mix. It’s a little Darth.


Wait for it..Wait for it… If you like Star Wars, I think you’ll like this mix. It’s a little Darth.

This is a live mix I recorded on my Iphone. There are programs some DJs use to create mixes that are not live (in some situations it makes sense to do this). However, I did not use any of those programs for this mix. I used my Numark MixDeck Express with Serato DJ Intro which does not have a recording feature (which is why I used my iPhone). I have a video coming soon of why I chose this particular controller and software. After I recorded the mix, I dropped it into iMovie to add the images.

My style of mixing is to take you on a journey with the songs I select, add sound effects to the tracks using Serato and include a little of my personality with my DJ drops. Hope you enjoy!

Songs used in my mix:
1) “Midnight City” by M83
2) “Anchor” by Tritonal
3) DJ Drops “DeeJay Shelly” & “Getting Shell Shocked” by DJ Rock G
4) “Kuaga” by Pierce Fulton
5) “Prayer in C” by Robin Schulz & Lily Wood
6) “Darth Vador” by Tujamo
7) “Blame” by Clavin Harris & John Newman

And Thank You To Rachael Conlan and Bert’s eye view for all my photos!

The Emulator Pro Software

DeeJay Shelly versus the EmulatorAs a beginner DJ, or any DJ, it’s always a good idea to attend DJ Expos and Shows whenever you can. Why?

1) You get to see first hand all the SUPER COOL new products – like the Emulator from Smithson Martin!

2) Most vendors offer amazing deals to those who attend the expo.

3) Meet a ton of people and network with others in our industry.

For example, CHECK OUT what I found at the 2014 DJ Expo in Atlantic City! The Emulator! (By Smithson Martin) – Not only did I get to test it out, but I got to meet Harvit Gill!

If you’d like to see more from the 2014 DJ Expo please click here to SUBSCRIBE to the SBS channel. I’ll be posting more videos from my trip to AC with my BFF, Patricia Copson and MLE team member & drummer, Nathan Barta! Thanks guys! DeeJay Shelly.

Want to learn more about the Emulator? Click here to visit the Smithson Martin website.