I have videos here on a variety of music-related subjects, including DJ'ing, Equipment, Audio Recording, Producing Dance Music, Music Videos, & more. Click on a blue link on the left side to watch a video. Also, if you have questions about anything, please post them on my fan page on Facebook, instead of sending me personal emails. Upcoming videos: BFD Drum software, Acoustic Guitar for Beginners series, Producing a Blues/Rock Track, Ableton Push2 controller, and Virtual DJ software DJ'ing tutorials.


Learn to DJ the Traditional Way:

DJ'ing for Beginners - Part 1 of 4 - Introduction, why DJ, different ways to perform, styles & techniques, & more. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Part 2 of 4 - Reviewing equipment (dozens of different types of gear), plus bad ways to save money. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Part 3 of 4 - Programming & set flow, do you need to beat mix, and an overview of DJ software options. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Part 4 of 4 - Best ways to get booked, the future lies in production, plus final tips and advice for new DJ's. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Extras - I used this video to cover a bunch of extra stuff that I forgot to talk about in the first four videos.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Beat-Mixing with CD's - A tutorial about different ways that DJ's can mix music for their audience using CD players. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Beat-Mixing with Vinyl - Additional notes specific to using vinyl instead of CD's.
Mobile DJ'ing 1 of 2 - Information about the industry and business considerations. More Info.
Mobile DJ'ing 2 of 2 - Information about gear, and a review of my own mobile rig. More Info.
[Several Videos of Sample DJ sets, designed to help a beginning DJ understand how a DJ mixes tracks, can be found further down this page].




Traditional DJ Equipment:

DJing for Beginners - Understanding Audio & DJ Mixers - Learning the basics about how DJ & audio mixers work. More Info.
DJing for Beginners - How to CUE on a DJ Mixer - Cue'ing lets you preview tracks before you play them. Learn how it's done on different mixers. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Pioneer DJM-600 Audio Effects - Explanation of effects (FX) available on the DJM-600, and how to use them effectively. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Setting Up Turntables - One of the oldest videos here, explaining basic turntable setup & operation. More Info.
DJM-900 Nexus Audio Effects - Explanation of effects (FX) on the Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus, and how to use them effectively.
Allen & Heath's Xone 4D Mixer - A detailed review of this high-end DJ mixer which also incorporates a MIDI controller and internal sound card. More Info.
Self-Grounding a Technics 1200 - Nexus6ix teaches you how to eliminate the ground wire from your Technics 1200-series turntable. More Info.
Pitch Fader Mods - Want to learn to modify or hack the pitch faders in your Technics 1200? Nexus6ix will show you how.




Ableton & Other Software that relates to DJ'ing:

Basic Warping in Ableton - Learning how to "warp" dance tracks for further use in Ableton in studio mixing or live performances. More Info.
Intermediate Warping in Ableton - This is a follow-up to my initial "Warping Tracks In Ableton" video, teaching a few tips for dealing with trickier tracks.
Making a DJ Mix in Ableton - How to create a professional studio mix, for uses such as radio shows, etc. More Info.
Mastering & Marketing a DJ Mix - Intermediate level discussions about simple mastering and marketing your mixes. More Info.
Live DJ Performances with Ableton, part 1 of 4 - Overview, Ableton, beat-mixing, audio mixers, optional equipment. More Info.
Live DJ Performances with Ableton, part 2 of 4 - Navigating in Ableton, creating a project, adding effects, DJ'ing without cue. More Info.
Live DJ Performances with Ableton, part 3 of 4 - External mixers, midi controllers, & sound cards, plus signal routing theory. More Info.
Live DJ Performances with Ableton, part 4 of 4 - Advanced routing & mapping on a professional mixer, the Allen & Heath Xone 4D More Info.
Cutting Breakdowns Out of Dance Tracks - Using common audio editing software to remove quiet parts of dance music tracks. More Info.
Ableton Q&A - Clarifications about warping and global tempo, and how warped tracks stay in sync More Info.
Ableton Q&A - Using Ableton Live to cut breakdowns out of dance music tracks. More Info.
Ableton Q&A - Automating the global tempo in arrangement view, useful for studio production work More Info.
Ableton Q&A - Inserting a new track into the middle of Arrangement view, and moving parts of clips around More Info.
Ableton Q&A - DJ'ing with non-electronic genres that have variable tempos, ie. rock, indie, pop, and hip hop More Info.
Ableton Q&A - Looping during playback, plus using the start and end indicators. More Info.
Recording Voiceovers for DJ Sets - This video teaches you how to record and edit a voiceover, to be used in a radio show or as a promo over a DJ mix.
Enhancing Breakdowns in EDM Tracks - Do you have a great track that has a quiet breakdown and you'd like to make it more energetic? You can. More Info.




Gear Reviews and Hardware that relates to DJ'ing or Audio Production:

Audio Technica Pro 70 Lavalier Microphone - An overview of a good lavalier condenser mic for the price-conscious. More Info.
Blue Spark & Spark Digital Microphones - A review of two of the affordable Blue Microphone condenser mics. More Info.
Rode NTG2 Directional Shotgun Microphone - A basic review of this microphone, which I own & like. More Info.
DJ'ing for Beginners - Using MIDI Controllers - Integrating various MIDI controllers with different types of audio production or DJ'ing software.
M-Audio Oxygen 25 Gear Review - I bought an Oxygen 25 MIDI keyboard controller, so I did a quick gear review video about it. More Info.
Akai's APC 40 - An explanation about integrating Akai's APC-40 controller with Ableton Live.
LogicKeyboard Review - Review of a USB-based "shortcut hint" keyboard. More Info.
ShuttlePro V2 Control Device - This control device for audio/video editing has shuttle, jog wheel, & 15 buttons. More Info.
Information about Power Banks - A video explaining what to look for in a Power Bank portable charger. More Info.




Music Production Software:

Jamstix Tutorial 1 of 4 - Part 1 of my tutorial series for the Jamstix Drum Production software. More Info.
Jamstix Tutorial 2 of 4 - Part 2 of my tutorial series for the Jamstix Drum Production software. More Info.
Jamstix Tutorial 3 of 4 - Part 3 of my tutorial series for the Jamstix Drum Production software. More Info.
Jamstix Tutorial 4 of 4 - Part 4 of my tutorial series for the Jamstix Drum Production software. More Info.
Building and Producing 2 Complete Tracks with Jamstix - Guiding you through the steps of actually building two example tracks. [Coming February 2015].
Jamstix Installation Guide - A guide to installing the Jamstix software.




Audio Recording Techniques:

Audio Recording #01 - Very basic recording information, using video cameras and a portable audio recorder from Sony. More Info.
Audio Recording #02 - Multi-track recording in a single pass, external soundcards, audio signals & cords, basic microphones, Abode Audition. More Info.
Audio Recording #03 - Multi-track recording in layers, part 1, recording the audio tracks. More Info.
Audio Recording #04 - Multi-track recording in layers, part 2, starting to edit individual tracks. More Info.
Audio Recording #05 - Multi-track recording in layers, part 3, finishing edit, adding effects, bouncing. More Info.
Audio Recording #06 - Understanding sampling rates, sample depth, and binary. More Info.
Audio Recording #07 - Using basic MIDI and virtual instruments (VSTi's). More Info.
Audio Recording #08 - Understanding decibel measurement systems. More Info.
Audio Recording #09 - The Nyquist theorem, anti-aliasing, and dithering. More Info.
Audio Recording #10 - Recording & editing voiceovers to overlay on top of music in a radio show or DJ mix.
Audio Recording #11 - Using a USB Microphone. More Info.
Audio Recording #12 - Understanding how a Direct Injection (DI) box works. More Info.
Audio Recording #13 - Collaborating Remotely with other musicians. More Info.
Simple Audio Editing - An explanation of basic noise reduction, equalization, and reverb editing. More Info.
[I have 20+ other videos planned for this series].




Producing Dance Music:

Eventually, I'll be featuring videos on almost every aspect of dance music production, from creating kicks and bass lines and writing synth and pad parts, to using various DAW's for dance music production (Cubase, Ableton, Reason, ProTools, Sonar), and finally, a series about creating tracks in different genres including House, Trance, Techno, Minimal, Drum and Bass, and Dubstep.
Finding Royalty-Free Samples on Splice.com - If you're trying to find RF samples for your own music production, Splice Sounds is a great option. More Info.
Ableton Progressive House production, part 1 of 5 - Part 1 of my series about the production of "Courage," a progressive house track. General Overview. More Info.
Ableton Progressive House production, part 2 of 5 - Part 2 of my series about the production of "Courage," a progressive house track. Kick, snares, hi hats. More Info.
Ableton Progressive House production, part 3 of 5 - Part 3 of my series about the production of "Courage," a progressive house track. Bass, piano/keys, guitars. More Info.
Ableton Progressive House production, part 4 of 5 - Part 4 of my series about the production of "Courage," a progressive house track. Chords, melody, pads, vocals, effects. More Info.
Ableton Progressive House production, part 5 of 5 - Part 5 of my series about the production of "Courage," a progressive house track. Send/returns, master track, production tips. More Info.
Ableton Techno production, part 1 of 7 - Part 1 of my series about the production of "Hijack," a techno track. Overview of project. More Info.
Ableton Techno production, part 2 of 7 - Part 2 of my series about the production of "Hijack," a techno track. Drums track. More Info.
Ableton Techno production, part 3 of 7 - Part 3 of my series about the production of "Hijack," a techno track. Bass track. More Info.
Ableton Techno production, part 4 of 7 - Part 4 of my series about the production of "Hijack," a techno track. Vox track. More Info.
Ableton Techno production, part 5 of 7 - Part 5 of my series about the production of "Hijack," a techno track. Chords track. More Info.
Ableton Techno production, part 6 of 7 - Part 6 of my series about the production of "Hijack," a techno track. SFX track. More Info.
Ableton Techno production, part 7 of 7 - Part 7 of my series about the production of "Hijack," a techno track. Sidechain compression. More Info.




Sample DJ Sets to help beginners understand how a DJ performs:

[These videos usually show me recording live performances that I used as episodes of my weekly radio show, called Subterranean Homesick Grooves. There's also one recording of a show at a club. All sets are a mix of tech-house, techno, and house music. You can download audio versions of these sets at no cost from my DJ Mixes page or from iTunes].

Ableton Performance at Reflections Cabaret - Equipment used: Ableton Live, recorded in a club in Halifax, Nova Scotia. More Info.
Example DJ Set 160, DJ's Cue Perspective - Equipment used: Allen & Heath Xone 62 mixer & Technics 1200 turntables. More Info.
Example DJ Set 160, Audience Perspective - Equipment used: Allen & Heath Xone 62 mixer & Technics 1200 turntables. More Info.
Example DJ Set 156, DJ's Cue Perspective - Equipment used: Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus mixer & Pioneer CDJ-2000 CD players. More Info.
Example DJ Set 156, Audience Perspective - Equipment used: Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus mixer & Pioneer CDJ-2000 CD players. More Info.
Example DJ Set 155, DJ's Cue Perspective - Equipment used: Allen & Heath Xone 4D mixer with Ableton Live Suite software. More Info.
Example DJ Set 155, Audience Perspective - Equipment used: Allen & Heath Xone 4D mixer with Ableton Live Suite software. More Info.
Example DJ Set 150, DJ's Cue Perspective - Equipment used: Pioneer DJM-600 mixer & CDJ-2000 CD players. More Info.
Example DJ Set 150, Audience Perspective - Equipment used: Pioneer DJM-600 mixer & CDJ-2000 CD players. More Info.




Music Videos, Music by DJ Bolivia:

Hijack (Original Techno Mix) - Techno, non-vocal.
Courage (Instrumental Mix) - Progressive House with a hint of electro, non-vocal.
Courage (Original Vocal Mix) - This is more of a tutorial accompanyment video than a music video.
Penguin - A light dubstep remix with James Sadoway of a hit by Avicii.
Nuthin' But a G Thang - A remix of a classic early rap track by Dre & Snoop Dogg.
When I Grow Old - An old acoustic track I wrote in 2007, featuring Mike Allison on vocals and some other instruments.




Features about DJ's and Producers:

DJ Bolivia's Bio video - Just a quick background about Jonathan Clark, not a music feature.
DJ Dan - Footage of Dan from shows in Calgary, Halifax, and Moncton (Canada).
Felguk - Brazillian producer duo Felguk, playing at the Paragon Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
DJ Heavygrinder - Heavygrinder, playing a show at Reflections Caberet in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
DJ Colette - Colette playing a show at L'Osmose in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Rain Force - A pretty old video of Rain Force, a friend of mine, playing at the Tantramarsh Club.




Video/Film Editing Tutorials:

CBR vs VBR Rendering - Understand the concepts of variable vs constant bit rate encoding. More Info.




Miscellaneous:

Africa Footage & DJ Set - A recording of a show I played in Arusha, Tanzania, with video footage from Africa. More Info.
Learn to Make Ringtones - I'll teach you how to make your own ringtones for free, using iTunes or basic free editing software. More Info.
Climbing Kilimanjaro - This is completely unrelated to music production or DJ'ing. More Info.




Works In Progress:

Here's a list of some of the videos on my list of tutorials to get to eventually:
- DJ'ing software tutorial series for each of Virtual DJ, Serato, and Traktor
- Ableton's Push2 Controller
- Audio effects in Ableton
- MIDI effects in Ableton
- Making DJ Drops
- In-depth review of the Pioneer CDJ-2000 CD turntables
- Debunking the myth that vehicle audio at 192 kHz / 48bit is useful
- Advanced Ableton warping techniques
- Tinnitus & hearing protection for DJ's
- Zero Crossings
- EQ'ing and Frequencies explained in depth
- Gainstaging
- Understanding Compression
- Understanding Reverb - Understanding and effective use of Send/Returns
- LivKontrol - using a tablet or mobile device as a controller for Ableton
- Full ProTools training series (this will be at least two years away, as I have a huge number of work projects that I'm also dealing with)
- Full Ableton training series (this will be at least a year away)
- Full Reason training series (this will be at least two years away)
- Full Cubase training series (this will be at least two years away)
- Producing Dance Music For Beginners series (this will be at least a year away)






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