DJ Sharpe Presents The Bass Station

by thedj on January 24, 2014

DJ Sharpe presents the Bass Station

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Make Music Together with Blend.io

by thedj on November 25, 2013

Blend.io

Since I moved to Atlanta I’ve missed being able to go meet and work on music with so many good friends that I have met or worked with down in South Florida. So recently when going thru my reader I came across the site Blend.io. Blend.io is a site that fills the much needed gap in online music production collaboration. Blend has created an easy to use site that allows for easy downloading, editing, and auto-updating. The interface has waveform displays that are reminiscent of Soundcloud, syncs with Dropbox to create a “pull” feature which auto-updates a draft of a track as soon as someone edits it all while keeping a record of all the changes.

I have been using the site now for a few days and it seems to be an energized community without all the spam of Soundcloud and Youtube. Currently the service only accepts Ableton, Maschine & Pro Tools files but according to the developers the plan to open up to more platforms is coming in the future.

Personally what attracts me the most is the mixture of technology and music, two of my main interests. I have already started uploading and collaborating on projects which is pretty cool plus the site has metrics so you can see if you’re getting plays, followers, pulls, likes, etc.

I’ve always been a fan of open source code and we’ve seen the impact it has had on technology so I’m excited to see the impact it will have on music production.

If you want to check it out you can find me at blend.io/djsharpe. Come find me and let’s work on some music!

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So I just got a new Mac at work and wanted to move my Skype chat history from my old Mac to the new one.

So here’s what I did:

    1. Locate chat archive on the old Mac: open Finder, click the “Go” button in the toolbar, and select “Go to Folder”.
    2. A window opens. Type in the following command: ~/Library/Application Support. Then hit enter.
    3. You should now be looking at a bunch of folders. Find the one called “Skype” – right-click on it and select “Compress “Skype”.
    4. Now transfer the ZIP file onto the new Mac.

Now on the new Mac:

  1. Make sure you Skype’s not running yet. The application can be installed, but NOT running.
  2. Locate the new home for your chats on the new Mac: open Finder, click the “Go” button in the toolbar, then select “Go to Folder”.
  3. Again, a window opens. Type in the following command: ~/Library/Application Support. Then hit enter.
  4. You might already see a “Skype” folder in there (if you’ve already installed Skype on your new Mac), or not – no worries. So now extract the ZIP file you created on your old Mac into the new location – overwrite the whole old Skype folder with the new one, or just create a brand new “Skype” folder, and you’re all set.
  5. Now you can now run Skype on your new Mac

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Apple releases iOS 7 beta 5

by thedj on August 10, 2013

I took the plunge to iOS 7 with beta 4 about a week and half ago and at first I was skeptical and didn’t think I was going to like it. As soon as I got it loaded I was completely disappointed and upset that I let go of my jailbreak. Now a couple weeks later and the release of beta 5 I have changed my mind. The UI has now grown on me and is starting to come alive however I still feel the overall hardware does not match the feel of the UI. I’m betting that Apple is going to release a new phone in September that will bring together the overall appearance and make the iPhone shine the way it always has in the past.

With that being said here’s a list of some the changes in iOS 7 beta 5 that I like and a few I dislike.

Things I like:

  • Install screen is now the same color as your phone (white or black)
  • System wide performance improvements
  • Icons in settings app have been completely redesigned
  • New system wide Twitter icon
  • Redesigned “power off” slider
  • Option to disable Control Center within apps
  • Improved animation across entire OS
  • The transparency UI across the entire OS
  • App Store apps now show a + for universal apps
  •  Improved camera across from the lock screen
  • My iPhone 4s now has a panoramic camera built-in
  • Tweaked options in Camera app now feel smoother
  • You can now shoot a picture with the up and down volume buttons (use to be up only)

Things I’m not liking so far:

  • Message conversations only shows the first name (this can be changed thankfully in Mail, Contacts, Calendar settings)
  • Calendar app, still not a fan even with the changes
  • In Mail app, when selecting emails, Trash and Mark labels are flipped (I’m hoping this was just an evil joke and will be corrected, one of the rules of redesign she always be don’t mess with a users hard coded workflow)
  • New Yahoo! branding in Notification center for Stocks and Weather

Have you tried any of the iOS 7 betas? What were your thoughts? Leave a comment and let me know.

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I Miss Record Stores…

by thedj on July 19, 2013

A good friend of mine who ran lights for me at the club I used to work at recently made a comment about how it seems everybody’s a DJ now, and it didn’t used to be like that. This made me think, one of the main reasons that everybody thinks that they’re a DJ now is simply because of the accessibility. Nowadays you can become one in your bedroom on your computer by simply downloading a few programs and searching for some MP3s. When it was just vinyl you actually had to buy turntables and actively go out in search of music.

I personally don’t hold anything against all the people who are now calling themselves DJ’s because of the technology and the accessibility. Shit, it’s A LOT easier but you still need to be creative. However, I do feel bad that they will never experience that feeling that I used to get every Thursday morning waiting for the UPS guy to deliver the newest imports to Y&T Records in Miami. The records would arrive and be unpacked and being one of the first to hear the next big record before most people was an amazing feeling. There are some records that I can still remember exactly where I was standing in Y&T when the record first got unpacked and put on the turntable. ‘Chemical Beats’ by the Dust Brothers (before they had to change their name to Chemical Brothers) was one of them. This record came out of the box and was put on the turntable and played over the speakers at Y&T –everybody in the place literally stopped what they were doing and ran over to get in line to ensure they would get a copy. This particular time only 3 copies came in (probably because it was brand new) so this is where record store politics came in a bit. I was there with Bruce Wilcox, this was a good thing because not only was Bruce one of the pioneering DJ’s of the Edge, he worked at Y&T and I used to drive with him to the record store most Thursdays so we could be the first in line when the records came out. So after some schmoozing Bruce and I walked out of there both with a copy and extremely excited.

On the way home we talked all about the perfect time to drop it and how excited we were to see the crowds reaction. This is just a small example of some of the enjoyment I used to get out of going to the record store every week and why I feel bad for a lot of today’s DJs in the digital world. I mean, how could you ever compare being in a record store with a bunch of other DJs and hearing that groundbreaking track for the first time and trying not to be obvious that you were making a b-line for the counter because you wanted that track first! You will never get that feeling sitting at your computer listening to music on Beatport and searching blogs and then skyping your friend to tell him about that badass track you just got. It’ll just never be the same to me!

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How to add Spaces to the Dock in OS X

by thedj on June 28, 2013

This is pretty cool, I wanted to add a “space” to the dock in OS X so here’s how you do it.

Open up Terminal.app and enter this. Enter it as many times as you want spaces. Don’t worry about too many, they are easy to remove.

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘{“tile-type”=”spacer-tile”;}’

They won’t show up until you force restart the Dock with:

killall Dock

To remove them, just drag them up and out of the Dock like any other icon. To move them around, click and drag.

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Daft Punk-Random-Access-Memories

In order to hear the stream, you’ll need to open up the Daft Punk artist page on iTunes here:

Random Access Memories Tracklist:

01. Give Life Back to Music feat. Nile Rodgers
02. The Game of Love
03. Giorgio by Moroder feat. Giorgio Moroder
04. Within feat. Chilly Gonzales
05. Instant Crush feat. Julian Casablancas
06. Lose Yourself to Dance feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
07. Touch feat. Paul Williams
08. Get Lucky feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
09. Beyond
10. Motherhood
11. Fragments of Time feat. Todd Edwards
12. Doin It Right feat. Panda Bear
13. Contact feat. DJ Falcon

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The internet is in an uproar after Google announced it will be shutting down it’s Google Reader on July, 1. This has caused me concern as I have tried many different readers but I always ended up back with Google Reader. My ideal reader is easily accessed by mobile and desktop, desktop being ideal for breaks during the work day or waiting for something to process or compile while working. So with that being said I asked my wifey to put a call out on her Twitter machine and see what people recommended. So far my list to checkout is as follows:


Newsblur – I’ve read that this is a good option with a  similar interface to Google Reader so I figured it would be worth checking out.

Feedly  – I know this is a popular choice, I’ve tried in the past and decided to revisit since I’ve heard they cloned the Google Reader API.

The Old Reader – I figured I’d have a look back at this one since it is based off of Google reader so it will be familiar but I think I want a new sleek design.

My new RSS reader should have the following: a mobile & desktop integration with a sleek easy to use interface and an easy save for later feature. If anyone out there has any recommendations please leave them in the comments.

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I recently had my Comcast service upgraded to the 30meg Blast! package so I figured it was time to update my aging Apple wireless router. It has been a fantastic router while I’ve had it but with all the devices in my household vying for bandwidth, things can get a bit slow.

After some homework, and since I was so happy with the original base station I decided on the Apple Airport Extreme.

I ran a bunch of tests before/after wired and wireless to track the before & after performance (details below). When I first set everything up, I noticed that the Airport Extreme was faster but not as fast as I had anticipated. So I Googled it!

I came across a few different blog post but they all said basically the same thing so I will sum it up and make it easy for you.


The Basics

  • The Airport Extreme can run at 5GHz for when on 802.11n, which is faster can be faster than the more common 2.4GHz on 802.11b/g (NOTE: See comment by prime mover below)
  • For improved compatibility, the router will choose to run on 2.4GHz if it detects any 802.11b/g devices on the network
  • There is an easy setting, though, to enable a separate network for 5GHz-only operation so you can connect your newer devices to this network and capture the full power!

How to Create the New Network

  1. Open your Airport Utility program
  2. Select your Airport Extreme and hit the “Manual Setup” button
  3. In the Airport Tab, select “Wireless”
  4. Click the “Wireless Network Options…” button
  5. Check the box for 5GHz network and fill in the details! That’s it!

My Network Performance

  • My provider: Comcast BLAST! service from Atlanta
  • Advertised Speeds: (up to) 30Mbps Download / 6Mbps Upload
  • Benchmarking done through www.speedtest.net


The format is:
[Wireless or Wired connection], [The router used], [Server used for test]: [download speed] / [upload speed]

Original Base Station Router (802.11g)
Wireless, OG Base Station, Atlanta: 18.94 Mbps D / 6.50Mbps U

New Apple Router, Standard Network Settings
Wireless, Base Station, Atlanta: 19.59 Mbps D / 6.93 Mbps U

On 5GHz Network
Wireless, Base Station, Atlanta: 36.09 Mbps D / 7.01 Mbps U

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Apps to Freshen up your iPhone

by thedj on January 6, 2013

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I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for new apps to try out on either my iPhone or iPad. So here’s a few apps I found to freshen up the look of your iPhone, these are all apps I use or have used. Give them a try and let me know what you think?

Ecoute – $2.99 in the App Store

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Ecoute for iOS is an alternative player using your existing music library. It sports a clean and elegant interface, revolves around gestures to help you control your music quickly, and integrates Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm so you can share your favorite track

iGVoice – $1.99 in the App Store

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invoice adds VOIP for Google Voice, you can make and receive calls with WIFI and 3G with Google Voice for iTouch and iPad. The great thing about this app is that it uses VOIP so it will not spend any of your minutes from your existing phones plan.

Evernote – Free in the App Store

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Evernote is an old favorite but was recently updated so I decided to include it. It’s an easy to use app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you own. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote let’s you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and they are all searchable whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

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