Soundcloud Alternatives – Mixcloud

Mixcloud is by far one of the best places to host a mix in the world of takedowns and ambiguous copyright laws. Mixcloud’s music license allows for users to mix any artist and any song without the fear of infringing on copyrights. Now, that does come with some drawbacks such as users not being able to see the full tracklist or rewind a mix once it has started playing. None the less, with Mixcloud DJs can catalog their mixes and, with multiple ways to listen, Mixcloud can be reached by everyone who is listening to a DJ’s mixes.

Storage: DJs can upload as many mixes as they want to Mixcloud for free and mixes must be uploaded in MP3, AAC, M4A, MP4 or OGG formats. While the uploader doesn’t accept WAV or FLAC files DJTT does have an article that discusses how to maximize upload quality.

Mixcloud

Community: Being a four year veteran on Mixcloud I can say that the community is mostly DJs with casual listeners thrown into the mix. I’ll find more DJs and radio personalities are listening to my shows which is great because that allows creators to share techniques and tracks. The average music listener I find just uses Mixcloud as a platform to listen to mixes with less interaction aside from that, but as more DJs use Mixcloud we may see that change.

Vibe: Mixcloud is it’s own unique platform for DJs, radio personalities, and podcasters. The site has a clean and easy to use interface for users and creators alike. While most DJs can get by with the free plan, some DJs may find that paying for a Pro membership is the better way to go because a Pro Mixcloud account gives DJs access to a ton of analytics, sheduled releases, customization tools, and visibility control. I see it as the DJ’s Soundcloud for mixes.

Crate Digging or Hosting: Personally, I use Mixcloud for hosting my mixes and radio shows. I rarely use the site to listen to other mixes however doing so can be beneficial. By listening to other mixes you can be inspired by another DJ’s technique or track selection. So, Mixcloud could be used for both but the icing is definitely the hosting capabilities.

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El Capitan OS for Mac

Apple has released its newer OS called El Capitan. The newest OS gives the user a simpler, smarter way to do the things you do most with your Mac. Like working in multiple apps at the same time using Split View. Searching for information with an even more helpful Spotlight. Keeping your favorite websites handy with Pinned Sites. Managing your email with full-screen view and swipe gestures. And turning notes into useful checklists. Improvements under the hood make your Mac snappier and more efficient for all kinds of everyday tasks — from opening PDFs to loading your email. And with Metal for Mac, you get faster and more fluid graphics performance in games and high-performance apps.

For many DJs that use the Serato DJ, this new OS curently does not work well. Serato released statements on their website stating they are working hard to support Mac OS X El Capitan as soon as possible but for now it’s recommended that Mac user not to update Macs that have Yosemite OS. There will be an update to Serato DJ that adds support in the near future. As a DJ, I will not update until all the bugs have been fixed. Sorry Apple!!!!

Cocoa Brown as sung by Jon B. from the 2001 “Pleasures U Like” album

Gently approaching you
But not knowing what to say
Praying you don’t have a man
Offering you a drink
Of whatever your taste is
Maybe you might have a shot
A shot of your cocoa brown with me

Cool with my cocoa brown
That’s what I want
Cause she got a certain style I like
That’s cool and brown
Cool with the cocoa brown
No doubt about it
From the moment that I looked in her eyes

Mentally so supreme
But not knowing who to trust
Softly I take your hand
Stroking on your face
Can’t help anticipating
Leaving after we dance
Oh yes my cocoa brown

Cool with my cocoa brown
That’s what I want
Cause she got a certain style I like
That’s cool and brown
Cool with the cocoa brown
No doubt about it
From the moment that I looked in her eyes

I’m here to tell
I fell in love Cocoa Brown, Cocoa Brown
I’m here to tell
I love the sound of her voice, it’s Cocoa Brown, Cocoa Brown
I’m here to tell
I fell in love with Cocoa Brown, Cocoa Brown
I love the sound
Who I love is Cocoa Brown, Cocoa Brown

Cool with my cocoa brown
That’s what I want
Cause she got a certain style I like
That’s cool and brown
Cool with the cocoa brown
No doubt about it
From the moment that I looked in her eyes