Any good DJ pools out there for techno?

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  1. Bunford

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    Most of the recommended ones I've read about don't seem to cover techno, such as MyMP3Pool, DJCity etc. Just wondering if anyone knows of one that has decent techno releases?
     
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    I have looked for a long time and found nothing. I don't think there is a DJ pool for Techno.
     
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    all those are no dj pools.
     
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    Techdeephouse.com? Is that a dj pool? There’s a constant flow of dj charts and links to those charts ‘ tracks on there .. i use iT for quite Some time now
     
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    Nice! Dont forget your iPhone X , to Shazam in there tho
     
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    Should You Join A DJ Download Pool?
    Download pools are special music subscription services aimed at working DJs. For a set monthly fee, you get access to unlimited music downloads for use in your DJing – no restrictions, no strings. Originally called “record pools” (referring to their origins as distribution / feedback services for pre-release records to top DJs), these modern online equivalents can be a great way for DJs to pack their sets with upfront, DJ-ready songs and mixes, quickly and cost effectively.

    To find out a bit more about download pools, and to help you decide if joining a download pool would be right for you, I spent some time chatting to Nick Hahn, who is director of marketing at Promo Only, one of the USA’s leading and most respected pools.

    Nick, what is the advantage of joining a record or download pool for today’s DJ?
    Firstly, you’re guaranteed early releases, which is obviously of importance to DJs wanting the latest hits first. Those releases will always be near-CD quality (for instance 256 M4As, 320 MP3s, Apple Lossless files etc), so they’ll sound great to DJ with. And many of them will be “DJ friendly”, which could mean anything from having easy-to-mix intros and outros, to “quick edit” versions (which are shorter, “intro-verse-chorus-outro” cuts of tired songs), to things like exclusive remixes and even BPM transition tools – all of which help you play more exciting DJ sets.

    Secondly, pick the right pool and you’re effectively employing a team of experts, whose job it is day in, day out to expertly programme and curate the music on offer. This means you get the hot tunes and big hits relevant to you all in one place, so you save time you’d otherwise spend scouring the internet for them. Good pools have DJ charts and other tools to help you ensure you don’t miss anything big.

    Finally of course, for any working DJ who buys a reasonable amount of music, a record or download pool will almost definitely end up costing you a lot less than purchasing those tunes individually.

    So how exactly does a pool work?
    Well, as soon as you’re a working DJ (that means actually playing out regularly – whether that’s to 50 people in a bar, or to thousands at Privilege in Ibiza!), and can demonstrate that fact through your own website, flyers etc, you can apply to join a pool. This “working DJ” stuff is important, as pools are as much promotion for the labels as they are a service for the DJ. Don’t think you have to be Tïesto to join a pool (you really don’t), but remember that you can be kicked out if you’ve lied and in fact are not a bona fide DJ.

    So once accepted, you pay your monthly fee, and you get access to the pool’s music. As tracks arrive at the pool, the staff make them available inside the portal daily, and you can grab them daily or weekly, or whatever works for you. By the way, although I’m talking about downloads here, actually there still are many DJs who prefer to get their music on CD from their pool. In these cases, CDs tend to be sent out once a month.

    Choosing the right pool for you is important, because they don’t all have the same music, and some pools offer genre-specific options, where you can spend less but at the same time get more focused on what you actually play (for instance, urban or top 40).

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    Record pools are a cost-effective solution if you DJ a variety of genres and need the latest tunes. There are also record pools that cater to a narrower music market if you’re looking for more specialist music styles and releases.
    OK, so speaking of styles, what kind of music can DJs expect to finds in download pools?
    Just about everything! As mentioned, top 40, urban, also Latin, hip-hop, Christian, rock, EDM… some pools even offer adult contemporary music such as jazz. There really is huge choice.

    What is almost always true, though, is that pools offer new music, not old music. This is because they were originally promotional vehicles for record labels to service DJs and tastemakers with new music to help build a buzz around it pre-release and retain that as an important function.

    So what is the legality of pools?
    Obviously there are lots of pools out there, and they’re not all the same. Actually, they run the full spectrum as far as the legality of their operation goes. Many are completely legitimate and pay all the necessary licensing fees; more still fall in a large “grey area” somewhere in the middle (where they do some of what they’re meant to, but cheat a bit too)… and some are flat-out illegal!

    Unless a pool clearly and explicitly is set up to serve old or “legacy” music (very rare), the biggest giveaway as to a pool being dodgy is if it has lots of old, back catalogue music available, because as stated, that’s not what pools are there for. (The only real exception to this is music video, by the way, which is a different case.)

    Other things to look for are a genuine contact page, and endorsement from professional organisations in that particular country (NAME, ADJA etc). Generally, beware offers that appear too good to be true – they unfortunately usually are!

    So you’ve found a legal pool that can service you with the kind of music you want, and you’ve joined up. Can you give us some top tips for getting the most from a new pool subscription, Nick?
    Firstly, I would recommend always start with the pool’s charts first: These are usually from music programmers who have a lot of experience, and they are going to guide you to the good stuff fast.

    Secondly, you should familiarise yourself with all the filters and settings offered to you, which most pools have. These help you to slice and dice the music available to quickly get to stuff that should interest you, and can save you a huge amount of time.

    Thirdly, don’t expect any pool to have everything that you need! There is no pool in the world that can possibly give you everything you want, when you want it, every time. Expect to supplement your pool tracks with a purchase here and there, or a handful of legitimate SoundCloud downloads, and indeed, some DJs even join two or three services just to cover their bases.

    And finally, give yourself time! The more you use your new pool, the more familiar you’re going to be with how it works. Give yourself the time to get up to speed, and you will get more efficient and so ge


    Should You Join A Digital Record Pool?
    Getting your hands on upfront and exclusive material has always been a big part of DJing. With MP3s and digital music, getting cool stuff first has become harder, and thanks to blogs especially, anything worth having often flashes around the world in as long as it takes to download it.

    Record pools were originally a US/Canadian phenomenon that aim to allow record labels to provide upfront and often exclusive material to DJs in exchange for their feedback on that material. You get something hot to play, and they get the opinion on how hot it actually is straight from your dancefloors. But you pay a fee for the privilege. Are they worth the money? And how do you choose one? We find out…

    How it all started
    Record pools started in the mid-70s in New York, where influential DJs such as David Mancuso wanted to establish the link between working DJs and the music industry. Meanwhile in the UK, record labels (and later specialised promotions companies employed by the record labels), maintained lists of DJs whom they sent promotional records to for free, again in return for feedback – and for the implied inclusion of their material in the DJ charts that working DJs submitted to weekly music publications.

    Of course, digital has changed the whole landscape, with far less genuine promotional material around, and with the record labels steadily losing their grip on music releases in general as music is distributed in different (online) ways.

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    New York disco DJ pioneer David Mancuso started one of the first DJ record pools – but things are very different nowadays.
    Music pools today
    Today, modern music pools let you download MP3s rather than mailing you vinyl or CDs (although the latter still exist). Many still present the pretence of serving working DJs with promotional music, but most don’t as a rule run any checks on whether you’re a working DJ or not (you just say you are when you sign up – and pay).

    That said, there are still exclusive tracks to be had (the best pools know that if they commission remixes and offer value-added DJ services, they have an edge), and if you are a working DJ and need hassle-free, dependable access to upfront material on a regular basis, music pools certainly can help.

    Part of the game nowadays is improving the experience for DJs looking for music. Buying online can be great but it can be painfully tedious, and having a music pool that offers you the support, tracks, quality and exclusivity you need to actually enjoy filling your virtual crates every week is an alluring prospect.

    These are interesting times, though, because new services that didn’t grow out of the old vinyl and CD pools are offering subscription downloads to consumers direct, so DJ record pools have to up their game further by offering more and more DJ-friendly services to their subscribers. As usual, outstanding customer service will make the difference.

    How to choose a music pool
    At the end of this article is a list of music pools that you can explore, but meanwhile, lets look at the things you should be looking for when choosing a music pool to try.




      • What quality is the material? It all starts with file quality. 192kbps is the absolute minimum MP3 quality, with 320kbps preferable. That’s not all, though – are these MP3s straight from the label? Ripped from vinyl? Are they from less formal sources altogether? Check you’re getting good source material to play with. If you’re a mobile DJ maybe you don’t mind 160kbps MP3s, but if you play on good club systems, you should
      • How many new MP3s are added each day/week/month? Once you’ve signed up and handed over your monthly subscription, it’s over to them. How hard are they working to give you new material? If the music pool isn’t updated with enough material, the deal looks less appealing
      • Are there enough MP3s you can actually use? It’s all very well there being 100 new tunes a day, but not if they’re all Top 40 and you’re an EDM DJ. Check to see there’s enough stuff that you’ll be able to use
      • What’s exclusive? Are they offering you acappellas to help you spice up your DJ sets? Pop with beat intros and outros to help your mixing? Exclusive remixes and mash-ups? Instrumentals? Clean/dirty versions? Proper file tagging? What are they giving you that will help your DJ sets stand out?
      • What’s the support like? Many music pools grew out of certain cities, scenes and to address definite needs. That means you may find truly excellent service, and indeed this may be the biggest reason to join a pool – to get access to DJs in your locality, or scene, who can help you get ahead. Conversely, if you can’t get a reply from the music pool to your queries, are they really any better than Beatport? Asking about some of the points above before you join is a good way to gauge this
      • What’s the cost? We’ve left this to the end because a good pool is going to be worth the money, and a bad one maybe isn’t worth a lower fee anyway. But obviously if you’re cash-strapped this will factor into it, because it’s money out of your overall music-buying budget
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    DJ City: A good example of a well-run music pool’s home page (click to enlarge).
    What are music pools actually like?
    To show you what it’s like to use a music pool, we’ll talk you through one of the more popular ones, DJ City (Disclaimer: DJ City advertises with Digital DJ Tips). DJ City is a Top 40, electro-house and hip-hop centred record pool, and it’s pretty typical of the better record pools out there.

    Here’s the DJ City home page (click the image to enlarge it). You can see a list of new arrivals by day, taking up the main part of the screen. The symbols tell you whether the track is dirty or clean, whether instrumental, acappella and intro version are available, and the BPM.

    Typically you’ll get the ability to search and to filter your searches too – here you can do it by genre, BPM, sort by date, A-Z and so on, and usefully also look at exclusives from the pool to see what you can get that maybe other DJs in your city who don’t subscribe haven’t got.

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    Here’s where you choose your versions and give a short reaction for the record label or producer before downloading (click to enlarge)..
    Click on a release and you move to a preview page where you can hear the track and also see what versions are available for you to download (see the second screenshot for an example of this).

    DJ City asks you to feed back your comments to the label/producer, and once you’ve done that, you can download the versions you want.

    In a nutshell, that’s how record pools work. Note there was no credit card bit – in fact, it would be fair to say that good music pools make the whole experience like record shopping at the consumer MP3 stores, but stripped back to the essentials, and with added DJ features.

    OK… so I may want to join one.
    Here are a few record pools you may wish to consider from the many that are out there. You’ll pay from $10 to $60 or more a month for the privilege. If you DJ regularly and get paid for it, there will almost certainly be a record pool out there that can help you.

    The bottom line is that if you DJ regularly and get paid for it, you play a certain style of music, and spend much of your time online looking for that music, there will almost certainly be a record pool out there that can help you to spend less time and get better music in your sets.

    Some leading digital record pools




      • DJ City – Nice interface, good quality files, mainly pop with some house/electro, hip hop and even a bit of Latin. Lots of exclusive remixes, growing fast.
      • Digiwaxx – Long-established, popular and busy urban (read: hip hop) DJ pool.
      • Masspool Digital – Respected and popular DJ pool with a wide choice of music. Well respected within the industry.
      • zipDJ – Wide choice of music across several genrres. Good reports from DJs on this one.
      • My Promo Pool – Extensive choice of electronic dance music, one of the few pools specialising in this type of music.
      • ERG Music – Mainstream promo pool offering videos and karaoke alongside the usual pop-fare and on-subscription services.
      • iDJ Pool – This might be MP3 but its true old school – you simply download a directory of tunes to preview offline. Wide choice.
      • Direct Music Service – Distinctive and clearly professional-led service with a large number of edits and mash-ups.

    S O U R C E
    https://www.digitaldjtips.com/2015/11/join-dj-download-pool/
     
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    Most labels will directly do their own promo now via label engine, labelworx or similar services. This is especially true of most techno labels as I'm on a number of promo lists which use both those services.
     
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