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April 14, 2018

DJ Mix: Friday Throwdown with Benny Blanco® Live in the BASSMint – Madness but No Madness, 80’s New Wave and Goth – April 13, 2018

Friday Night throwdown sessions continue here in the BASSMint. Decent set of 80’s New Wave and Goth hits from the past. Have some familiar and probably not so obvious familiar cuts presented here.


Runtime: 3 hr 22 min


  1. Bauhaus – Swing The Heartache
  2. Sisters Of Mercy, The – Dominion / Mother Russia
  3. Tones On Tail – You, The Night And The Music
  4. Red Flag – Broken Heart (Remix)
  5. Ministry – I Wanted To Tell Her
  6. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Sleepwalking (On The High Wire)
  7. The Fixx – Red Skies
  8. Electronic – Gangster (FBI Mix)
  9. Psychedelic Furs, The – Heartbreak Beat (Extended Mix)
  10. Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday (Extended Version)
  11. Camouflage – The Great Commandment (Justin Strauss Remix)
  12. Kraftwerk – Das Model
  13. Sexual Harrassment – I Need A Freak
  14. Lightning Seeds – Pure
  15. The Cure – Caterpillar
  16. The Human League – The Lebanon
  17. Depeche Mode – Flexible
  18. Q. Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses (Extended Version)
  19. Eberhard Schoener – Why Don’t You Answer
  20. Peter Godwin – Images Of Heaven
  21. Talk Talk – It’s My Life (Extended Version)
  22. The Comsat Angels – A World Away (Dub Mix)
  23. The Human League – Seconds
  24. Simple Minds – Sanctify Yourself (Dub Version)
  25. Sisters Of Mercy, The – Lucretia My Reflection
  26. Sinéad O’Connor – Mandinka (Instrumental Dub Mix)
  27. Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
  28. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes (Carnage)
  29. New Order – The Perfect Kiss
  30. Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar (12″ Mix)
  31. Berlin – No More Words (Dance Remix)
  32. Trans-X – Living On Video (Vocal / Remix Version)
  33. Thompson Twins – (Bigger & Better) Lies
  34. B-52’s, The – Quiche Lorraine
  35. Depeche Mode – In Your Memory (Slick Mix)
  36. Figures On A Beach – No Stars (Unreleased Club Mix)
  37. Soft Cell – It’s A Mug’s Game (12″ Version)
  38. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Tesla Girls (Razormaid Mix)
  39. Ultravox – One Small Day (Final Mix)
  40. Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy (12″ Saddle Mix)
  41. Propaganda – Duel (Bitter Sweet)

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April 7, 2018

DJ Mix: Friday Throwdown with Benny Blanco® Live in the BASSMint – A Slower 80’s, Early 90’s Vibe – March 23rd, 2018

Almost forgot about this Friday Mix Throwdown, because, I did the session in the later hours of the evening…. Heavy handed on 80’s New Wave with a few early 90’s bits thrown in. Slower BPMs for the most part. From Rock, Synth Pop, Funky, the Known and the Obscure… I tried to hit many 12″ Mix versions where I could, straight up album cuts where I had too.

The audio gets a little glitchy towards the end unfortunately… this issue should be rectified in mixes moving forward.


Runtime: 2 hr 35 min


  1. Howard Jones – Like To Get To Know You Well (International Remix)
  2. Peter Murphy – Roll Call (Reprise)
  3. Talking Heads – Seen And Not Seen
  4. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Club Mix)
  5. Tears For Fears – Shout (Dub Mix)
  6. Chameleons, The – Swamp Thing
  7. Police, The – Walking In Your Footsteps
  8. New Order – Every Little Counts
  9. Soft Cell – Seedy Films
  10. Simple Minds – Someone, Somewhere (In Summertime) (Extended Version)
  11. Oingo Boingo – Nothing Bad Ever Happens
  12. Howard Jones – Bounce Right Back
  13. The The – Armageddon Days (Are Here Again) (12″ Remix)
  14. Thomas Dolby – Europa And The Pirate Twins
  15. Wally Badarou – Chief Inspector (Instrumental)
  16. Split Enz – One Step Ahead
  17. Comix (3) – Touche Pas Mon Sexe
  18. Erasure – Push Me Shove Me (Tacos Mix)
  19. Thompson Twins – Lay Your Hands On Me (Extended Version)
  20. Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love (Long Version)
  21. Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days (Remix)
  22. Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel – The Reflex Stems Re-Vision
  23. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Souvenir (Extended)
  24. Seal – Crazy (William Orbit Mix)
  25. INXS – Face The Change
  26. Talking Heads – Slippery People
  27. Oingo Boingo – Not My Slave (Extended Remix)
  28. SISTER S – Living Ecstarcy (Norinton remix)
  29. Diana Ross Vs Lntg – Upside Down (Boy U Turn Me)
  30. Propaganda – Sorry For Laughing (Unapologetic 12″)
  31. The The – The Twilight Hour
  32. Blancmange – Feel Me (Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye Remix)
  33. The Comsat Angels – I’m Falling
  34. New Order – Thieves Like Us
  35. Nitzer Ebb – Time Slips By (PK Mix)

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March 31, 2018

DJ Mix: Friday Throwdown with Benny Blanco® Live in the BASSMint – MacProMix – March 30th, 2018

For this Friday Mix Throwdown… I switched my setup once again as I try to refine the quality of the live streaming session and encoding process. I’ve been experience some intermittent audio glitching at times when running everything on a 2015 MacPro that I thought could handle the load of TRAKTOR and OBS Live Stream Encoding up to Twtich. It can.. but not when I add my touch of visual fx real time on the live cameras. Some of the trippy visual effects are processed using iGlasses. Some the Effects really take a hit on the CPU and that is when I’ll experience some of those audio glitches. No Bueno.

I have an old workhorse 2006 MacPro that has been semi recently decommissioned here at blancodisco because I updated to a 2015 iMac in 2017. This Mac Pro tops out at Mac OS 10.7.5. This is also a version that Traktor Scratch Pro 2 was released for and paired with the Native Instrument Z2 mixer at the time. I rejiggered some things in the BASSMint to setup this Beast of a Tower. The 2015 MacBookPro now focuses solely on Encoding / Streaming / Visual Effects / DJ Mixer Feed Input. I bumped up the visual encoding settings again to 4000 kbps and a 1280×720 resolution. Should look pretty sweet on connected devices (twitch app outputting to a TV screen). Most users are viewing on a web browser and incidentally, the 2006 MacPro can’t process the video when it’s live.

Here’s a post that explains the core setup.

Now.. the music in this mix… After a few warm up mellow tracks… I start out pretty high energy with some Nu School Breaks, Electro & Techno… From there, I drop it down quite a few BPMs to some downtempo breaky mellowness.A small stop at Transcentral which morphs to some trippy spacey nu disco. The Journey ends with a classic Sasha remix of Orbital and I close out with Minilogue’s hypnotic improvised jam. A bit longer mission this time around.


Runtime: 2 hr 36 min


Num. Title Artist Release Label
1 Natural High (Global Communications Remix) Warp 69 Natural High Flagbearer Records
2 So Weit Wie Noch Nie (ata – playhouse mix) Jurgen Paape So Weit Wie Noch Nie Kompakt
3 The Incredible PWEI Vs The Moral Majority Pop Will Eat Itself Cure For Sanity Cherry Red & Cherry Red
4 Poney Part I Vitalic Poney EP Remastered Different
5 Don’t Stop The Beat (Full Audio Version) Anthony Rother Don’t Stop The Beat Psi49net
6 Papua New Guinea (Hybrid Mix) Future Sound Of London, The Papua New Guinea 2001 Jumpin’ & Pumpin’
7 Pray For You (Lee Coombs Vocal Mix) Plump DJs Feat Gary Numan Pray For You (Lee Coombs Remixes) Finger Lickin’ Records
8 Skools Out (Vox Mix) DJ One Finger Niteclub Skool Missile Records
9 Groove La Chord (extended) Aril Brikha Deeparture In Time Transmat
10 Exposure (Jerome Remix) Electronic Resistance Exposure (Part 1) Såhkåtek
11 2 Track Mind G Flame / Henk Cameo Project – 1 Alpha Recordings
12 Rilis 06 B2 (Gateano Parisio Remix) Rino Cerrone Rilis Remixes Vol. 1 Rilis
13 Disco Rout (Original) Legowelt Disco Rout Cocoon Recordings
14 Speedlearn (Reformed By The Irresistible Force) Higher Intelligence Agency, The Colour Reform Beyond
15 Spanish Heart 808 State ex:el Salvo & ZTT
16 Bubble And Slide II Sabres Of Paradise, The Haunted Dancehall Warp Records
17 Surfing On A Rocket (Remixed By Joakim) (To The Smiling Sun Remix) AIR Surfing On A Rocket Virgin
18 Justified & Ancient (Stand By The Jams) The KLF Justified & Ancient Arista & Arista
19 Love Honey (Ilya Santana Remix) Sugardaddy Nang Presents: The Array Vol 1 Nang Records
20 Unfinished Sympathy (Perfecto Mix) Massive Attack Int gral CD 02
21 Where I Belong (Ewan & Al’s Vocal) Swag Where I Belong (Remixes) Version
22 +91 Ahead Session 3.5 John Daly Version Chaton , John Daly +91 Ahead Session 3 Plak Records
23 Don’t Turn It Off (Brennan Green Mix) 40 Thieves Permanent Vacation – Selected Label Works N°1 Permanent Vacation
24 Life’s A Beach! (Todd Terje Beach House Mix) Studio (2) Life’s A Beach! Information
25 Your Silent Face New Order Retro London Records
26 Boing, Boom, Jack! Trans Mania Boing, Boom, Jack! Gomma
27 Dirty (PPF ‘Break For Daze’ Dub) RüF Dug Dirty The Popular People’s Front
28 Coach Me (Again And Again) In Flagranti / Black Devil Black Sunshine LoEB
29 Good As Gold (Original) Tiga Good As Gold [PIAS] Recordings
30 Midnight (Sasha Remix) Orbital Midnight / Choice FFRR
31 Everything Is All You’ve Got Minilogue Blomma Cocoon Recordings
March 18, 2018

DJ Mix: Friday Throwdown with Benny Blanco® Live in the BASSMint – March 16th, 2018

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For this Friday Mix Throwdown… I busted out the MidiFighters as people had been asking about those cool looking things with all the classic Sanwa arcade buttons sitting above my DJ mixer. I wanted to show folks that I can dj with these un-labeled buttons just like I do with Turntables.

Unfortunately the mapping I had loaded up was a little outdated as the Traktor DJ software has been updated a few times and some of the FX mappings were off and therefore some of the delay and beat stutter tricks did not work on this set. I have since corrected that as of today and the next MidiFighter set will be a bit more ‘Glitched Out’.

I’m still getting some drop outs/stutters while mixing and trying to capture video. I am continually trying to improve the stability of the streaming production on the 2015 MacBookPro. I’ve lowered the overall output video bitrate to 3000 from 3500. The following day from playing this set, I tried to bump down the overall video screen real estate resolution to 960×540 which I don’t really want to do for folks that DO like to put this up on their TVs… it will look a bit more pixelated. Audio tops out on Twitch at 160 kbps. but seems to sound pretty good to my ears, as long the computer doesn’t hit a CPU spike. I think another option I need to consider is to keep Chrome CLOSED and if there’s any chatting to do… type it out on my phone or an iPad instead. I can also view my Twitch statistics on the iOS app.

Anyway.. the music. why you are hopefully here… and co-incidentally.. this mix like my last one is also clocking in at 1 hr 48 minutes. This is mainly house vibe… goes kinda of deep with a bit of acid and techno bits thrown in. Starts mellow, builds up and ends deep. Had to go pick up the wife whom was bring home dinner!

Runtime: 1 hr 48 min


Num. Title Artist Release Label
1 Reversal Input Random Factor Reversal Input 20:20 Vision
2 Lovelee Dae (Isolée Remix) Blaze Lovelee Dae (Part Two) Playhouse
3 Claro Intelect Side a 1 Claro Intelecto Claro Intelecto – Unknown Album
4 (A2) Kebab Lounge Loudtone Moon Gas E.P. Mantra Vibes
5 Just Gazing In Flagranti Just Gazing Kill The DJ Records
6 Moldavia Front 242 Tyranny >For You< Epic
7 Night Shift (John Daly Remix) Beat Broker, The My Way Or The Highway Flexx
8 Death Is King (Soulrider Remix) Douglas McCarthy Kill Your Friends Pylon Records (2)
9 Aganjú (Spiritual South Sub Rub Vocal) Bebel Gilberto Aganjú (Spiritual South Remixes) Atlantic
10 Sun Sugar Âme Âme Sonar Kollektiv
11 Marbella Dub Marius Circus Marbella Full Pupp
12 Teorema Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca Podalirius Nang Records
13 08. Mike Shannon – Regalos de Pandora.mp3 Mike Shannon Memory Tree Plus 8 Records Ltd.
14 (AA2) CSM1 Selway Untitiled CSM
15 Realtered States 1 Ron Trent States EP Cajual Records
16 Chacaron Unknown Artist Herbal Essence 004 Herbal Essence
17 Fresh Start (Joshua House Mix) Terra Deva NRK ReMasters – The Collection NRK Sound Division
18 Can’t Stop Inland Knights Family Duals (Part 1) NRK Sound Division
19 Slid (Modwheel Mix) Fluke Squirt Circa Records Ltd.
20 Metroride (One Way Trip) Swag Diversions Part One Version
21 Itz Not Over Hardfloor Four Out Of Five Aliens Recommend This Hardfloor
22 The Sinner In Me (Ricardo Villalobos Conclave Remix) Depeche Mode Sinner In Me / Tides Not On Label (Depeche Mode)
23 Deepest America (Samuel Davis Dark Groove Mix) Sascha Dive The Basic Collective EP (Part 2 Of 3) deep vibes recordings
24 Speechless (Sandy Rivera Remix) Mish Mash (2) Feat Lois Speechless (Remixes) Crosstown Rebels
25 Vuoi Vuoi (Henrik Schwarz Rmx) Mari Boine Henrik Schwarz Live Studio !K7
26 Music Sounds Better With You (Eat More Cake remix) Stardust Music Sounds Better With You
27 Can’t Take It (Carl Craig Mix) Recloose Can’t Take It (Remixes) Planet E
28 Universal Love (Âme Rootdown Round Midnite Mix) Trüby Trio Klubbjazz Sessions Seven Slip ‘n’ Slide
March 9, 2018

DJ Mix: Saturday Showdown w. Benny Blanco® and Le Freq – Tag Team Live in the BASSMint

It’s been a great week for active posting here at blancodisco… to cap it off… I’ll leave you with a 3rd Session that was captured this past weekend.

benny blanco and le freq, dobbs ferry

BASSMint Session #2. This time, benny blanco® is joined by nyc native, Le Freq, for a Tag Team 2×2 session over the course of 3 hours of back and forth mixing. The genres don’t cross over too much and we stay mostly in the ‘pumping house’ and dance floor fillers. There are a few moments that go a little deeper. I expect these duo combo sessions will occur more frequently as we  approach the warmer months and we’ll be digging deeper into our archives for lots of interesting music. Old and New.

It’s funny how the house / dance music world is so small. Although I never met Le Freq in my days of spinning/dancing regularly in NYC, our paths most certainly crossed. Most surprisingly, we have a mutual friend from Boston that truly marked a connection. Anyways, Le Freq lives nearby and we plan to do more live sets together.

If you happen to be in the Dobbs Ferry area over a weekend and we go back at all… hit me up and maybe we can startup a stream and have a good time.

Running Time:
3 hours 2 minutes

March 8, 2018

DJ Mix: Friday Throwdown with Benny Blanco® Live in the BASSMint – March 3rd, 2018 + How the BASSMint came together


For this Friday Throwdown… I decided it was finally time to change up the scenery and reveal the BASSMint. This space has a bit more underground night club like ambience, but with random household items about. I’ve wanted to some play live sessions from this space for quite some time, but an underpowered and dying laptop prevented that from happening. Let’s get to the DJ Set and while watching or listening you can read below on how I came into this new setup and what I had to configure to get Traktor and Video Streaming to all work. This is for the geeks that may be interested in that sort of thing, otherwise, just watch and listen.

Runtime: 1 hr 48 min


Num. Title Artist Release
1 Theychx F.U.S.E. Dimension Intrusion
2 Plasticine Plastikman Arkives 1993 – 2010
3 (B2) Psycho Smurf Thomas Heckman Electro Nation
4 Nervous Acid DJ Buck Nervous Acid
5 Funky Chow (tribal tagliatelle version) Schkaboogie Funky Chow
6 Blue Room (Remix) Orb, The U.F.Orb
7 French Lesson (Science Friction Remix) Mr. James Barth French Lesson
8 Jam The Mace House Syndicate Jam The Mace
9 Breakin’ On The Streets (False Prophet Remix) Stir Fry Breakin’ On The Streets
10 Packet Loss Kit Clayton Unreliable Networks
11 No Fit State (Audion Remix) Hot Chip No Fit State
12 Snoops Acid Drop Les Visiteurs Snoops Acid Drop
13 Anywhere (Photek Tekdub Remix) Beth Orton Anywhere (Photek Tekdub Remix)
14 Power And The Passion 12″ Mix Midnight Oil Power And The Passion
15 Soft Core Maurice And The Cliches Soft Core
15 Homosapien (Dance Version) Pete Shelly Homosapien
16 Baby’s In The Mountains (New York Remix) Peter Goodwin Baby’s In The Mountains (New York Remix)
17 3,000,000 Synths (Original Version) Chas Jankel Too Woo Lady Kong
18 Captivate (William Orbit Mix) Nitzer Ebb Body Of Work
19 Head Like A Hole (Copper) Nine Inch Nails Head Like A Hole
20 Magnets (Disclosure VIP) Disclosure & Lorde Magnets (The Remixes)
21 All We Ever Wanted Bauhaus 1979-1983 Volume Two


The BASSMint… When we first moved into Dobbs Ferry from the city, the original plan for the bassment was it was going to be my Son’s play/hang out room. Get a couch, rug, tv, video game consoles… and let young boys do their thing down there. As it turned out… our home’s main living room space became the spot where the kids hang out and when the adults are here, we congregate in our kitchen / dining area on the opposite end of the house. I mean, it IS where the Food and Booze is… and we have a TV and Sonos there for entertainment. But after a year of nothing really happening in the bassment, I started to move some equipment down there, got some updated cases for the never dying Technics SL-1200 decks, dj mixer… and then I really made a move. I purchased some QSC K10 speakers that were went on sale because the next generation of speakers were about to be released. I’ve always WANTED to have some bigger, PA like sound. There’s no Sub bass cabinet yet (but if I can find a good deal on one…) and that really kicked off my move to take over the space. I eventually broke out decades old posters that use to hang in college dorm rooms, posters from club / label promotions or even events I had thrown or attended. The nostalgia really captures my heart and has become a safe haven for good vibes. Next came 1 light fixture what was on sale, then a black light to compliment an old strobe light I had since college days as well. The room was almost completed… I moved down my wife’s Knoll cocktail table and chairs and picked up some cheapy spiral patterned Ikea rugs for a bit warmth and cushion. All that was left.. was to make music happen down there, be it alone, with friends and a few spots for folks to chill or maybe bust some aching bones to groove out too.

The Setup

The MacBook Pro is running essentially 4 Applications to make this show happen. Traktor DJ (latest), OBS (video streaming software), iGlasses and Chrome browser.

2015 MacBookPro, Traktor Z2 mixer, Art Pro Phono Plus, Logitech C930e Web Cam, WD 4TB External HD (music, traktor prefs), MacAlly USB Hub, Yamaha MSP3 (close range monitors above decks), QSCK10 (Beefy Monitors in back on stands)

The Configuration
After battling in my head what to do about replacing my dying 2011 MacBookPro… I decided to purchase a BRAND NEW Old Apple Certified Refurb 2015 MacBookPro. I choose an almost 3 year old model mainly because of USB ports. Seems stupid because how much are those USB-C adapters on Amazon? Not that much because I had to pick up some for my wife’s much newer 2017 MacBookPro. But being a Digital DJ, I need convenience and having to add adapters or buy some crazy dock is NOT something I really want to do or deal with. I want fast plug and play of ubiquitous USB-A connections…. and a MAG SAFE power connector, another be-loved feature that Apple has removed in their most recent releases. Okay….. so I’m on this older hardware, familiar keyboard… and quite audible Fan when I push this baby hard. That’s a bit of bummer compared to my wife’s silent 2017 version. But for the $$$ and still getting 1 TB SSD drive… felt like the RIGHT decision for me in 2018 until Apple can work out their shit, at least when it comes to DJ’ing. Funny, I use to always be on the frontlines downloading Apple’s latest OSes and hardware. I’ve totally flipped on that practice over the past few years waiting a year or more before I make the move to the next gen OS release and being cautious on the Hardware front as well.

The biggest problem I had to solve for was piping in clean audio to feed the OBS streaming software which broadcasts over Amazon’s Twitch Network (formerly Older MacBooks had an analog 1/8″ mic/line in jack. That went away after 2011 models I believe. I tried to figure out a way to pull in Traktor’s output or ‘record mix output’ and feed in as an audio source into OBS. Unfortunately, the Z2 isn’t a smart native USB audio device and requires a NI driver and really only works with Traktor’s DJ Software. So, trying to pull in a post mix master feed from the Z2 was a no go.

Next up, what about Sound Flower or IShowU audio capturing software? Well…. SoundFlower Development has been dead for the past few years and just doesn’t work on newer Apple OS in a way that it should… reliably. IShowU is another freebie alternative that picks up where SoundFlower left off.. But when I tried to make an Aggregate Device in Apple’s Midi Utility, the device is scene in Traktor no problem and I can correctly assign outputs as needed, but then a NEW Problem arose. Timecode Vinyl As soon as I ditch the Z2 as the primary audio source device, I can no longer use Traktor’s TimeCode Vinyl. So.. that killed the digital sourcing of audio. I have used this method of Aggregate device when I mix in my upstairs studio and use a NI S2MK2 Midi Controller. Since there’s no time code portion, it works brilliantly and sounds super clean and feeds into OBS just fine.

Getting back to the Audio feed problem… thinking a few more minutes.. I remembered I had an old Art USB Phono PreAmp that I bought int he 90’s as a cheap way to digitize my massive vinyl collection into the computer (something I still do to this day as my or bandcamp vinyl purchases come in). So I run upstairs to grab the Art Device and plug the Record Out Phono Jacks of the Z2 Mixer into the Line In jacks of the Art. Connect the USB into the MacAlly Hub. Hardware connection done. Then inside the OBS Software under audio preferences, I simply selected the Art USB device 2 line input, ran some music, and voila, clean audio started coming through. I was almost ready to start broadcasting over Twitch in the BASSMint, how exciting.

Next up, making sure the Video feed is looking good. I plugged in the Logitech Camera and messed with previewing a few different camera placements, I think I found the Side View angle the best.. looks over some vinyl across the DJ Mixer and decks and gives a nice profile of the DJ. Further in the background, a blacklight illuminates some choice posters from my old collection that I recently re-plastered and hadn’t seen walls since they came down from my days up in Boston. In some cases, from my dorm room days back at Berklee or my older apartment dwellings. It’s comforting seeing the nostalgia the posters bring to the room (and what people say when they see them). The last touch is running the iGlasses software taking in the Logitech camera feed to give me some visual flavor. A simplistic interface with a handful of presets adds some visual funk and movement to the stream. I don’t try to go to crazy here and only flip through some of the settings every so often and then just leave it running. Play a bunch of tracks, switch up the visual effect again. I enjoy the visual interest it adds.

When I mix in the upstairs studio, there is one other piece of software I often through in and it’s called Lumen. It’s a digital re-creation of analog hardware for Video synthesis. Very old school in approach and takes video sources or generates it’s own to make trippy patterned video scapes. It’s so true to old school that it prefers to render out in 4:3 aspect ratio. So that is something I’m not able to run downstairs at the moment as I have only purchased one machine license so far and it’s unfortunately not a cheap frivolous buy. You can check out some of my other mixes here on the blog to view what that software looks like (it will be quite obvious once you see it). One other benefit of mixing upstairs is I’ll feed in a special YouTube PlayList I’ve built up for video footage I like. Mostly things from 80’s Nostalgia, Cartoons, Sci-Fi, Horror, Kung-Fu, etc… it all looks super cool when you run that video source through either iGlasses or Lumen.

Almost there… now that Audio and Video source are looking good, I setup a Twitch account to be my streaming platform of choice. I’ve tried Facebook Live, You Tube and LiveStream and I found that the quality here is best and there’s enough time post live session to download my video session before the music starts getting muted due to ‘copyright’. All the services have some of algorithm to mute portions of your video feed when it discovers something identifiable. It’s almost been a game for me to play super DEEP sets to see if it can not FLAG any of the tracks I play. I’ve gotten pretty close sometimes where they’ve only flagged 1 or 2 songs out of the 20 that were played. I enjoy the challenge. But sometimes, you just want/need to play a song that is most definitely going to be flagged. In any case, immediately after I stop the session, I download the video locally and then I eventually post on this blog for posterity. Some of you may say.. well… why don’t you just record your session via OBS? Well… that is something I’ll need to experiment with as I believe on the current laptop and even my 2015 iMac… that between, Traktor DJ, OBS broadcasting, a few browsers tabs open (slack, twitch, facebook), iGlasses, that trying to also RECORD a higher quality source version of my sets may be just TOOO much for either computer to handle. I do keep trying to fiddle with the stream quality settings. Audio for Twitch tops out at 160kbps..and it sounds pretty good. For Video, I’m encoding at 3500 kbps with h264. I’m forgetting Twitch’s top setting here. I next want to try setting up a live mic and feed in a little ambience of the room to make it feel a little more ‘live’. Capture the reverb of the room and possible voice.

Tweaking it up… There’s still a bit of fine tuning I need to work out as I’ve noticed in this set that the Time Code portion of playing back tracks would sometimes get Glitchy/Pitchy. That is NOT intentional on my part. I’ve been trying to find a good Latency setting in Traktor and I think I need to go back to doing a FRESH Computer Restart when I’m about to conduct a live session. Something about clearing out dead memory space.. I need every ounce of RAM and CPU to make this production sing. A few more tweaks and I’ll almost have perfection as if everything were 100% hardware. My next laptop I think I’ll certainly be covered from a CPU standpoint as to not strain resources, causing audible glitches. You can hear at the very end of this set during the Disclosure track I was fiddling with some settings and there’s a lot of hiccuping going on there. Real time listeners at that point in time was minimal, so, I made the move to tweak, played some Bauhaus and called it a night.

And finally, the last step is starting the stream up from OBS, Twitch identifies my KEY and then we are live. From there, it’s just my terrible self marketing and promotion efforts to get folks to tune in at any given time. I don’t have a regular stream schedule. I spin these sets ad hoc when I have bandwidth to do so. I like stream for at least 2 hours, but happy to do MUCH longer if I’m not tired or family is requiring my attention. I do try to be semi regular with sets on Fridays between 5 and 7 pm ET / NYC time. From there, I’ll pop up on Random weekends. I expect I’l be having some Guest DJs in the near future a as new neighbor has moved in… more on that in my next post.