Maybe it is not the pro way to do it, but in this way i do feel that i am creating something that is listener friendly. I've seen some other people around me doing and created my own approach. Being probably the biggest consumer of my mixes, i like them to look "nice" on my audio players.
I am sharing the technical aspect of creating DJ mix, the "legally" proper way is to contact each of the artist/labels and ask them for permission to use a track in dj mix. Well i guess 99% of dj's in internet don't do it and i am one of those. Actually most of the time if you provide proper credits (information about track-list) most of the artist will thank you for promoting what their music.
Creating of mix and archive file
- Recording a mix (following an idea or experimenting, track pre-selection or improvisation)
- Checking the mix (i do not like to re-record mixes, but sometimes is necessary)
- Intro / Outro - fade in / fade out (to make it smooth)
- (optional) mastering. ( i am not doing it, but i know some people do it). Here is discussion on this subject.
- Giving the name to the mix
- Track-list (i think this is a mandatory for all the mixes that are released to public, dj's must give credits to all the artist tracks they use)
- Basic mix info to the text file
- Cover art creation (i usually use a creative commons licensed images and i edit them in photoshop)
- (optional) i create a .cue file.
- This file is useful when you record a mix to CD, as it give the information to cd recording program about the track length. This way when mix is recorded to CD you can skip tracks.
- This .cue file will allow to skip tracks when you use some of the software audio players on your computers.
- put everything to a folder (audio file + text file + cover art file + cue)
Preparing mp3 file to online / offline sharing
As I record my mixes to the wave format, i keep the lossless version of file for archive (i convert them to Apple lossless format, but FLAC, AIFF can do the job as good).
- Then I convert it to mp3 (320 kbps). This file will be uploaded.
- using Itunes i add all tags: artist, name, year, style etc (see screenshot)
- a add cover art
- i add track-list to lyrics field (see screenshot)
- i name the mp3 file properly (something like this Gagarin_Project_-_32_-_Cosmic_Awakening_-_10_-_Earth.mp3).
- Adding number to the mix allow me to keep them sorted if they are stored in one folder)
- adding "underlines" instead of spaces can be useful when you upload files.
(this allow to view all this information on some audio players, for instance the track-list can be easily visible by ipod/iphone). It also help for people to identify the author of the mix.
if i want to make mix publicly available i will upload it to online streaming services (soundcoud and mixcloud) and will share share it to groups on soundcloud and facebook.
you can look here the example of a folder with all files => http://www.gagarinpr...load-our-mixes/
Last but not least, i think dj's shall support/buy the music they mix, listeners shall support/buy original artists.
Let me know if it was interesting / useful for you to read
This workflow might sounds complex, well i do it like this.