Let’s get one thing straight on music organization
Organizing and setting up your music library for the first time (in a reasonable way) means a lot of hard work! But it’s a great way to get to know your tracks better. Once you’ve done the initial setup, be sure to take good care of it – like a relationship with a beautiful woman. Don’t allow yourself to make mistakes! Manage your music with love and you will be rewarded proverbially.
I’ve been looking for a practical solution for the MAC for a long time, but it seems that there are only tools available for a fee to organize your library well. My setup looks like this: Macbook Pro + Controller (Numark NF7FX). But the music organization on the Macbook is a disaster, so I made up a way to edit files on my Windows PC and then push them to my Macbook without using a USB stick AND without iTunes!!! This has been very important to me because I think the iTunes library feature crap just sucks. If you want more information about this, write me a message, I will then see to make a tutorial on this. (Network from Windows to Mac, maybe Teamviewer)
A well organized library is indispensable for every DJ who wants to do it more professionally! By organized I don’t mean putting your favorite songs in one folder and the rest in another, that would be too easy. By a well-organized library, I mean a well-structured, sorted, and most importantly, organized song with proper, consistent mp3 tags. For this tutorial you need some tools, which I will introduce now.
Tools for music organization
Without this tool I would be literally lost, I mean it. This great tool is especially useful if you want to edit multiple files at once! With this you can edit mp3 tags like CD cover (front and back), artist, song title, genre, comments, album, year and much more – a dream! Very helpful tool – a must have for every DJ. Tipp: You can batch edit your files (for example if you want to change the genre in the ID3 Tag for all your music files, that you’ve selected).
The BPM Analyzer from MixMeister analyzes, as the name suggests, the beats per minute of your song. The nice thing is that the Mixmeister BPM Analyzer also works with multiple files at the same time and, above all, quickly and reliably. In my opinion, some software developers should take a look at MixMeister, because I have often seen that e.g. Serato Itch classifies songs that normally run at 140 BPM to 70 BPM. I know, you can change this manually – but why the extra work – MixMeister’s tool BPM Analyzer does it right from the start. Clear recommendation and also a must-have tool for the DJ!
Meanwhile, MixMeister’s BPM Analyzer is also available for the Mac. I haven’t tested it, but the software architecture is the same, so it should work just as fast as on Windows PCs.
Keyfinder is not easy to find, so this is considered a secret tip among us. What does the Keyfinder do? It analyzes the file for its key – the nice thing: Batch processing (several files at once) is also possible here. After an analysis you save your key for the files into the file – done! Programs like Serato Itch recognize the tag for the key and output it as well – another step towards successful mixing is done!
These are the tools we will use to organize our music library. With these tools, we are well positioned to turn to the next step: The right DJ software. So stay tuned, thumbs up and subscribe – then you won’t miss anything anymore!