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Our post recommending that DJs stop using iTunes to organise their music libraries recently certainly got a people talking, with about a 50/50 split among fans and haters of iTunes. But I’m aware we left some people who aren’t sure in pain, pointing out what’s wrong with iTunes without fully outlining a preferred alternative.
DJ Ace Cap1 PRO Infinity Member since 2010 SO I just picked up a laptop & before I fill it up with my music I wanted to know the best way to organize my music. SO far I have only make files with rap music, r&b, raggae, dance and so on. Jun 11, 2014 My Library - VirtualDJ 8 VirtualDJ Tips. Unsubscribe from VirtualDJ Tips? Virtual Dj 8: Organizing your music with Virtual Folders - Duration: 10:26. DJ Rachel 2,732 views. Nov 06, 2019 I generally DJ with a couple different programs and the folder system makes it easier to import new music and manage different libraries. The two main programs I use are Rekordbox and Virtual DJ. Record POOL folder on my desktop computer. Get in the Pool. One of the best ways to get music these days is by joining a record Pool service.
This post will help. It is designed to empower you, by showing you that as long as you follow the five steps of good music library organisation, you can organise your library any damn way you like, and with any tools you like (and yes, that includes iTunes). The funny thing is, the DJs who had strong views for/against iTunes in our previous post generally all “get this” already… which is precisely why they’re fine with how they do things right now.
So if you’re still feeling music library organisation is confusing you, read on…
(By the way, I’m also asking you to share the way you organise your own music with us in the comments.)
The five steps of any good DJ music library system
OK so right off, then, here they are:
- Only admit to your DJ library the tunes you actually know you’ll want to DJ with – and purge it of anything else; the rest of your music doesn’t belong there
- Make sure your files contain the metadata that’s important to you – as a minimum artist, title, any remix title, year, and genre
- Know how to sort and filter your files and how to listen to them day-to-day – when you’re not actually DJing or practising
- Have a way of choosing a set of possible tunes for any particular gig – and of getting that set of tunes into your DJ software (or to your gig with you in another way)
- Have a way of regularly backing up – not only your music files but any work done on them with any other software you use (ie cue points etc)
If your music library “system” can tick all five boxes, it really doesn’t matter how you do it or what tools you use. In fact, DJs do this all kinds of ways. Just from recent memory, in real DJ booths and among people I know, I’ve seen DJs:
- Doing it all using files and folders (ie in macOS or Windows folders directly), with the track info listed in the filename itself; when it comes to DJing, they literally drag the tunes from an open file browser window directly onto the decks in their DJ software, bypassing their DJ software’s library and any music organisation tools altogether
- Doing the above, but dragging the files for “tonight’s set” onto a USB or two, to play from directly in a club (you’ll be surprised how many big name DJs do this – no iTunes, no pre-analysis, just MP3s or WAV files on a USB stick, dragged straight from a folder on their hard drive)
- Using iTunes to sort, tag and playlist their music, but keeping all the files themselves in a single folder, and turning off the iTunes features that organises the music files; then, opening the iTunes section of their music library feature in their DJ software and DJing from those playlists
- Doing the above, but letting iTunes organise their file and folders too
- Doing the above, but then using Rekordbox (which can also show you your iTunes library internally) to put those sets onto USB drives for DJing with in DJ booths on Pioneer gear
- Using another tag editor that isn’t iTunes to add the artist, title, genre etc to their files, and then importing them into their DJ software and using the DJ software’s playlisting/crates feature to organise the tracks for DJing
- Using another music library program that isn’t iTunes to add the artist, title, genre etc to their files and to organise them into playlists, but then dragging whole playlists into folders/crates/playlists in their DJ software for each gig
- Throwing all their new music into one folder, then tidying up the tags and doing all the playlisting directly in their music library (this was the method I described back in the don’t use iTunes post)
I really could go on. And while there are of course pluses and minuses to all of the above systems, they all worked for each of those DJs. The reason they work, though, is not due to the system itself (whichever one they’d settled on), but that all of those DJs were – underneath it all – applying (whether consciously or subconsciously) the five steps listed at the start of this post.
That meant they were cool with their music collection. They were confident of finding what they wanted. And if they wanted to switch to a different way of doing it for whatever reason (change of software, DJing on a different set-up, wanting to ditch a particular program they’ve been using, whatever), they would be able to do so with the minimum possible pain, due to understanding and applying the five steps.
How do you organise your music?
Now, I do know this stuff can be confusing, and I know it doesn’t come naturally to many DJs, especially those used to CDs and vinyl (no surprise that the first two methods above are preferred by just such – generally older – DJs). We have always spent a lot of time teaching this in our courses for just that reason. We’re also going to come back to this subject here on the blog soon, in order to bring you more insight.
Djay 2 for pc windows 8. But this will help too: I want all you readers with music organisation systems you love to tell us below how you do it. Try and keep it short (we don’t need all the details), and try and refer to how your method ticks the boxes above (the five steps). The idea is to let other readers see how you do it to – help them spot similarities, differences, new ideas and potential issues with the way they’re doing it.
And finally, if you’re still stuck about all of this, please feel free to ask any questions – I’ll be happy to chime in and help you out in any way I can.
So, the comments below are all yours: Tell us how you organise your music…
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Today’s post is inspired by Digital DJ Tips member Jason Nappier, who writes: “I’d like more insight about programming and organisation. I have a ton of music, but it is all dumped on my hard drive. When I used CDs and even back in my vinyl days, I knew where everything was, so if I needed an idea, I would just flip through and something would jump out at me quickly. Without that organisation, I find myself blanking and scrolling through mountains of junk before seeing a song that fits with where I’m going, which causes a lot of stress and a disjointed performance. Can you help?”
It’s an extremely common problem, and one I battled with personally for many years as I converted to digital. Especially for DJs used to vinyl and CDs, coming to digital – where there’s just a whole list of files in a browser – can take the soul out of owning music. It can lead, as he says, to “blanking and scrolling”, when you should be intimately interacting with your beloved music, tunes just jumping out at you as you play.
I have tried all types of music organisation techniques over the years, and realised that there are some principles that – however you decide to do it – can make the daunting task seem less so, and ultimately move you beyond vinyl and CD systems into having a digital music organisation system that works great. So here are some time-trusted techniques for taming a digital music collection, with special emphasis on helping DJs coming from a vinyl or CD background.
My 7 killer tips
- Use a separate program to organise your music – Your DJ program is simply your “DJ booth”. It’s where you perform from. When it comes to organising your music, use something else. For most people it is iTunes, because the work you do in there shows in your DJ software seamlessly. iTunes is your shelves of vinyl or your racks of CDs, organised how you choose
- Pack a “crate” for every gig – CD and vinyl DJs never take their whole collection to a gig with them. You shouldn’t either. Instead, “pack” a playlist full of about twice the number of tunes you think you’ll need for any given event. Put your soul into choosing those tunes. Spend hours doing it, and be strict and only play from that playlist or folder within your DJ software at your event (whether that event is a new mixtape, a web radio show, or a “real” gig). This will force you to think harder about your music choices ahead of time, and stop the blanking and scrolling syndrome you speak of
- Have less music – Your collection is almost definitely too big. What happens with vinyl is you have a go-to “area” of your collection and whole “no go” zones of stuff you rarely look at. With digital, everything tends to get lumped together. Worse, you tend to collect much more as digital files are cheaper and take up less (no) room. But it’s a trap. A lean, mean music collection keeps you focused on quality, so regularly prune stuff out. If you haven’t played it for a year, or ever (there’s a column to show you that), strongly consider deleting it or moving it to a “never played” folder or backup hard drive, and out of your main searchable library completely. Oh, and keep all non-DJing music out of iTunes entirely. Figure out another place for that stuff
- Add cover art to your tunes – Especially for tunes you used to own on vinyl or CD, adding the correct cover art (and by correct, I mean the art you remember from your old physical copies) can give you a great visual aid and let you “flick through” your music in the same way you were used to back in the day. It’s easy to use Google Images to find the cover art you’re used to, and takes seconds in iTunes to then add or replace the picture associated with each music file to make it the one you want
- Use digital’s sort features to your advantage – With physical vinyl or CDs, you used to have to have a sorting system and stick with it (alphabetical, by genre, by date purchased etc.) With digital, you can use all of these and more. You can sort by genre, BPM, date of release, date added, alphabetically by artist, alphabetically by title, even by key. So do it! As you’re planning your sets and packing your crates for gigs, use all the sort tools to slice and dice your music and reduce it to more meaningful “chunks” than one big collection. By using smart playlists in iTunes, you can get even more granular (“everything from 1988 to 1992 marked house and techno”). Oh, speaking of genres…
- Be bold with genre names – It’s tempting to leave the “genre” name as it was when you bought a music file, but that’s nonsense. If you play house and house only, having every track marked “house” is not going to help you sort your music. But if you’re a mobile DJ who plays everything from country to EDM to rock, having big categories such as, well, “country’, “EDM” and “rock” may be far more useful than “deep house”, “UK garage”, etc. Point is, you need to choose the six to 10 categories that make sense to you and replace the “genre” information in your files with one of those, for every song. When you sort or filter by genre, the tracks you’ve associated with each other should “feel” like a coherent set of music to you, something you could make a strong mixtape or DJ set from
- Use the comments field to your advantage – DJs used to put stickers on their tunes “back in the day” with info like key, BPM etc. Of course, that info can now be displayed digitally for you, but you can use the “comments” field in iTunes and your DJ software to add other useful info for memory association among songs and to make tunes more searchable. I like to use “MWW” followed by the name of another tune in a tune’s comments field to mean “mixes well with”: It jogs my memory for a great next tune when I am playing a tune I’ve tagged this way, and you can add such tags while you’re out DJing so you don’t forget a great mix
When you start thinking about your files, folders and playlists the same way vinyl and CD DJs think about their physical collections, you reap the benefits of digital and negate the drawbacks. Soon you move way past what vinyl and CD DJs can do, realising that things like the history features in your DJ software (that show you what you’ve played at your gigs), and the awesome sorting, filtering and smart play listing functions in iTunes, move how you can interact with your music way beyond physical media.
My final tip is simply to ensure that when you’re in iTunes sorting your music, improving your tagging, adding artwork etc, make sure you always have something playing! Above all of this, just listening to your music is the most important thing of all. Don’t sit in a silent room re-tagging all your music for hours on end – it kind of defeats the object of this, which is of course to get to know your music better so you can play better DJ sets with it.
Did you struggle with digital music in your move from digital to vinyl? How did you get around the issues? Please share your thoughts in the comments.