Spotify’s ever-growing library of tracks makes it the perfect tool for aspiring music DJs to use at an event, and its Crossfade tool is an added bonus. Whether a user is showcasing their playlist-making chops at a private house party or is tasked with providing background beats at a public venue, Spotify has a few features that make every soundtrack mix seamless and well-balanced.
It’s easy to find and add songs on Spotify to make a playlist for any occasion, provided the user knows which search terms to use. It’s also important to know where the appropriate songs and mixes are located on a device, making 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 a must-know for anyone in charge of tunes.
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To get started with becoming an expert Spotify DJ, a user can crossfade tracks or eliminate the silence between songs so the music never stops. Launch the Spotify app on a mobile phone or tablet and tap Home (house icon). Hit Settings (gear icon) then pick Playback. 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 dropdown arrow next to the Spotify username on the top-right corner of the screen and pick Settings. Hit Show Advanced Settings, switch the Crossfade songs toggle on, and drag the slider to the desired length. To preview the effect, play any song on a playlist and drag the time slider close to the end of the track to hear the crossfade. Go back to settings and increase the track overlap if a greater effect is desired.
Spotify Settings Every DJ Should Know
There are other important Spotify settings that can be useful for DJs. These settings—including the crossfade feature—cannot be changed or accessed while using Spotify Connect to play music on another device, so make sure that Spotify is active on only one device to continue. One such setting is the Equalizer, which lets users adjust the levels of bass and treble in any track on Spotify. On an iPhone, launch Spotify, tap Home, and hit Settings. Tap Playback, choose Equalizer, then switch the Equalizer toggle on to enable the feature. Users can choose from the many presets provided or manually drag the dots on the equalizer to find their desired sound. Spotify Android users can launch the app, tap Home, then hit Settings. Under Music Quality, tap Equalizer and choose the preferred sound in the device’s audio settings. Spotify’s Equalizer feature may not be available on all Android devices and equalizer changes applied may also affect the sound quality of other apps.
Another useful feature Spotify offers is Gapless Playback. Instead of crossfading songs so they mix into each other when they end, enable Gapless under Playback in Settings to remove the pause between tracks without the blended transition. Automix is another special feature that can be applied on exclusive Spotify playlists, not only crossfading songs, but also skipping intros or outros, adding effects, and even looping song segments to make the transition more seamless.
Spotify Premium subscribers will have access to the app’s built-in audio normalization feature that can easily balance soft and loud songs for a more leveled sound trip. Launch the Spotify app and tap Home, hit Settings, then pick Playback. Switch the Enable Audio Normalization toggle on to access volume options, which can be adjusted according to a level appropriate for any environment. If using Spotify Desktop, click the dropdown arrow next to the Spotify username and pick Settings. Under Audio Quality, switch on Normalize volume so that all songs have the same volume level. Pick one of the three available Volume level presets. Loud is great for noisier environments, but this option may diminish the audio quality and offer less dynamic levels. Normal is the default setting, while Quiet is great for quieter settings. Again, these changes cannot be made while using Spotify Connect to play on another device.