Vote for what you think is best!

Timeline of work

week 1 – spent this lesson deciding on a topic to research into

week 2 – began researching and writing up information i had found as well as my own knowledge

week 3 – For this lesson we went to the library to look at other sources of information in the form of books/dvds/cds etc. however i only used books for this occassion

week 4 – using the information i found i added it to my blog and started to plan what my plan of action was for next week.

week 5 – today i am looking through everything i have covered so far and what aspects i haven’t covered yet in my investigation, if i run out of time for the things i haven’t done i will aim to do them next week.

week 6 – half term

week 7 – continuing with my investigation, adding in more information i found during my research

week 8 – applied the experience I had with DJing, to which version of DJing I prefer personally

week 9 – re-evaluate what I have so far and try to plan more experience, so that my research can help me with DJing myself

week 10 + 11 – spent these two weeks planning my questions for DJs I know, before sending them out on week 11

week 12 – awaiting all replies, I began looking at the results I received from the DJs

week 13 – got started on the opinions I got from the DJs

week 14 – researched into the top 10 DJs and what type of DJs they are. As well as including why they perform the way they do.

week 15 – look at the results from the DJs I know and compare them to the results from the famous DJs.

week 16 – go through what I have so far and get my opinion made

week 17 – Finish my investigation!

*3 weeks were lost due to insert days and illness from my own terms.

So, what is best?

I researched into who the top 10 Djs currently are, and from this, looked into whether they are analogue or digital DJs.

Quite unsurprisingly, all of the DJ’s in the top 10 used digital equipment. I feel that this helps DJ’s choose which type to use because it is proven more popular as well as being a part of an ever growing progression in music technology. The biggest DJs may also use digital as of course, they are earning enough money to be able to afford the best of equipment for their sets and performances.

I prepared some questions that I asked some DJs, to help me with my investigation. The questions I asked and the results were:

  • What type of DJ are you? (Analog or Digital) – Out of the 6 Djs I asked, 4 said they were digital and the others were analogue.
  • Have you experienced both techniques? – 2 said they had experienced both whereas the other 4 stayed with the first technique they learnt.
  • How long have you been DJing? The average was about 2 years for under 25’s and over 10 for the older two.
  • Do you believe younger people prefer digital more than analog? All 6 believed that younger people prefer digital as it is the most popular right now.
  • Is your choice influenced or made by preference? 1 DJ said famous DJs influenced his decision whereas the other 5 chose their chosen format as it works best with them.

When giving some questions out to DJs I know, the results were quite interesting. It appears that younger DJs prefer digital equipment whereas slightly older DJs prefer analogue. I find this interesting because the DJs that the younger generation admire are seen performing with digtal equipment and therefore with the forever progressing scene of clubs and dance music, seems the coolest way to do it. However, some of the slightly older DJs said they prefered it because it gave them slightly more originality and was just a preference for them. This could be because  this is the way they began to learn  or was the pathway in which their idols used.

When looking into local bars and clubs, the DJ equipment they have on hand is digital every time. This in itself proves the popularity of it and therefore supports the answers given by my questions.

By getting other DJs opinions has helped me on my investigation because it gives a current representation on the technology around DJing and to help me chose which one I think is best.

I found 2 videos on YouTube which show opinions of others, including a famous DJ and a selection of non-famous DJs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJZPKJcZG-Y     (Grandmaster Flash)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wjIrMxQavk       (Selection of other DJs)

The websites which helped me with my researched were:

http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/fall09/bein_k/vs.html (this website was great for an in-depth personal opinion, giving equal amount of information on analog and digital)

as well as:

http://www.djtechtools.com/2009/12/07/digital-vs-analog-mixing-which-is-better/

Proposal

For many years there has been a big debate amongst Dj’s for which is the better piece of technology for DJing – Analog or Digital?

For my special subject investigation, I will be looking into the matches and differences between the two techniques as well as which type is more popular for famous and non-famous DJs and how this will determined my thoughts on them both. I am interesting in DJing myself, so investing into this area will help me learn new techniques and what can help me decide which type of DJing will be best for me.

It also allows me to know other people’s opinions so i can get a wider collection of information on this debatable topic.

During my inverstigation, I will give out surveys to DJs I know and research into what techniques famous DJs use and see if they’re is a difference including elements like money, fame or performances.

What is better, Analog or Digital DJing?

For many years there has been a big debate amongst Dj’s for which is the better piece of technology for DJing – Analog or Digital?

First of all, analog is where it all began and is usually the first way beginners learn to DJ.

Analog – Analogue has been around much longer than digital DJing., of course once you can use a turntable physically, you’d be able to tackle digital software as well. There is also a better relationship with the turntables as DJs are getting more physically involved with their mixes.

The sound projected from vinyl’s give a much better sound than mp3 formats.

Turntables also test a DJ’s skill of their music knowledge, as they will have to know the BMP of tracks to mix them successfully. Many say digital DJs lack this skill as the BMP of tracks are told and are usually lined up ready in suitability.  Although sets using vinyl’s cant crash through a set, once the vinyl’s themselves are damaged i.e. scratched, they wont be able to play/progressed properly as they used to. This is why they are always projected on the turntables and put back in their covers when they are not in use. The bad thing about vinyl’s is that the DJ would have to carry them to all their sets, usually in one box. This can be rather heavy, not including the weight of the actual turntables and mixer themselves.

Digital – the main component of this is that you don’t have to worry about vinyl’s, which are hard to get directly if you’re not some superstar DJ who gets sent them. However they are coming back into fashion with chain stores like HMV selling them. There is the practical element that of course digital turntables are much smaller and lighter in weight and therefore easier to transport. There is also more clubs that support digital DJ equipment more and therefore if you DJ with original turntables, some venues may not want you to set up your own equipment. There is a never-ending library of music, which is very easy to gain. Digital equipment also has more in-depth features such as cue points, loops and live sampling. However many software’s are quite expensive and can make a DJ seem lazier as there isn’t as much interaction compared with using analogue turntables. The main worry is that of course the digital software can crash at any moment, which could jeopardize your set. This of course cannot be stopped no matter how confident the DJ is in their equipment or their software.

Many DJs will interact with both types of DJing, to enable which one they prefer and what they find easiest. Many beginners start off with the standard turntables, as this is where it all started.

The vinyl is a main component in which some people think will eventually die out due to the massive progression in modern day technology. This however, would mean DJs would need to access vinyl’s a different way and would most likely be rather difficult to obtain.  This would also mean that newer songs would be harder to play in sets, as they would be hard to get. This is an advantage to digital DJs as they won’t ever have the worry that their music library will disappear or in fact replaced permanently on some level that they can’t compromise with their equipment and style of DJing.

Of course technology will always be pushing forward but that doesn’t always mean that it will be better technology than what already exists.  Not only does turntables offer great sound and flexibility, it has a sense of origin, where all of DJing began.

When it comes to practicing your technique, analog equipment is more cheap in the sense that a lot of digital software is quite expensive, not including the mixer and turntables. Unless of course you can get your hands on someone else’s gear, which is even better.

In my personal opinion, I believe that digital DJing is better, mainly because of all the pros that surround it. These include mainly being able to change your mix in various ways live, one that is more difficult to obtain with analog equipment. There’s also much more software to chose from and this allows you to be more successful in trying out new ideas using various software specialities.