How to Crossfade and Become a Spotify DJ

Having a seamless playlist is key to becoming a great DJ, and Spotify’s Crossfade feature can be used to eliminate unwanted gaps between tracks.

SpotifyThe ever-growing library of tracks makes it the perfect tool for budding music DJs to use at an event, and its Crossfade tool is an added bonus. Whether a user is showcasing their playlist-building chops at a private party or tasked with providing background beats in a public venue, Spotify offers a few features that make every soundtrack mix seamless and well balance.

It is easy to find and add songs on Spotify to create a playlist for any occasion, as long as the user knows what search terms to use. Knowing where the right songs and mixes are located on a device is also important, which makes Spotify Desktop’s folder feature for organizing playlists essential for any Spotify DJ. These options, along with others designed to create smoother transitions between songs, are essential for anyone in charge of music.


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To start becoming a Spotify DJ expert, a user can fade tracks or eliminate silence between songs so the music never stops. Launch the Spotify app on a mobile phone or tablet and tap House (house icon). To hit Settings (gear icon) then select Proofreading. Under Crossfade, drag the slider to the desired overlap length. This will make a Spotify playlist sound like one continuous track. To enable the feature on Spotify Desktop, click the drop-down arrow next to the Spotify username in the top right corner of the screen and select Settings. To hit Show advanced settingschange it Crossfade Songs activate and drag the slider to the desired length. To preview the effect, listen to any song in a playlist and drag the time slider near the end of the track to hear the crossfade. Go back to the settings and increase the track overlap if a bigger effect is desired.

Spotify Settings Every DJ Should Know

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There are other important Spotify settings that can be useful for DJs. These settings, including the crossfade function, cannot be changed or accessed when using Spotify Connect to play music on another device. So make sure Spotify is active on only one device to proceed. One of these settings is the equalizer, which allows users to adjust bass and treble levels in any track on Spotify. On an iPhone, launch Spotify, tap Houseand hit Settings. Faucet ProofreadingChoose Equalizerthen switch it Equalizer activate to activate the function. Users can choose from the many presets provided or manually drag the points on the equalizer to find the sound they want. Spotify Android users can launch the app, tap Housethen press Settings. Under Music qualityfaucet Equalizer and choose the preferred sound in the audio settings of the device. Spotify’s equalizer feature may not be available on all Android devices and applied equalizer changes may affect the sound quality of other apps as well.

Another useful feature offered by Spotify is gapless playback. Instead of fading the songs so that they mix together at the end, enable Without space under Proofreading in Settings to remove the pause between tracks without the merged transition. Automatic mixing is another special feature that can be applied on Spotify exclusive playlists, not only crossfading songs, but also skipping intros or outros, adding effects and even looping segments of songs to make the more seamless transition.

Spotify Premium subscribers will have access to the app’s built-in audio normalization feature which can easily balance soft and loud songs for a more leveled sonic journey. Launch the Spotify app and tap Houseto hit Settingsthen choose Proofreading. change it Enable audio normalization activate to access volume options, which can be adjusted to a level appropriate for any environment. If you’re using Spotify Desktop, click the drop-down arrow next to the Spotify username and select Settings. Under Audio qualitylight up Normalize Volume so that all songs have the same volume level. Choose one of the three available Sound level presets. strong is ideal for noisier environments, but this option may decrease audio quality and provide less dynamic levels. Normal is the default setting, while Quiet is ideal for quieter environments. Again, these changes cannot be made while using Spotify Log in to play on another device.

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Source: Spotify Support 1, 2, Spotify Community

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