The West Coast bass scene has been one of the most constantly evolving music worlds in the United States for the last decade, and one of our favorite producers in that world is Portland's EPROM. In today's How I Play video, we got a chance to get an EPROM interview and tour of his live performance setup featuring a DJTT Midi Fighter Pro! Keep reading to see how he uses it alongside Ableton Live.
DJing is all about being in the moment, creating new sounds and blends without thinking too much. For that reason, I wanted to make a dead simple mapping that makes it very easy to create complex effects techniques with just a single press. The Twisted Gratification mapping gives you 16 powerful effects preset, designed with house and techno in mind. Each knob does the job of three effects, adding original flavor or building seamless transitions between songs.
The Roland AIRA TR-8 is an incredibly powerful standalone performance and production tool - but what would happen if you super-charged it with a bit of creative MIDI mapping and sound manipulation in Ableton Live? In part one of a new series, Ean shares his technique for taking the tom-tom channel on the TR-8, adding resonance to create a synthesizer-like sound, and then adding more effects on top. It makes for an expressive and fun performance tool - watch the full video inside.
We had a chance to shoot a How I Play interview with French producer and live act Rodriguez Jr. recently at Public Works here in San Francisco, and he took us on a tour of his live setup. His rig focuses around Ableton Live, with a few other bits of gear as well that allow him to do live improvisation and layering - watch the full Rodriguez Jr. interview inside!
Continuing with our series of live instrument tutorials from Riverside Studios, this tutorial from Henne Müller is focused around recording kick drums. The technique is a bit different than traditional kick recording, and Henne shows off how to capture a few unique angles for use in your productions. Watch the full thing inside.
The most popular DJ gear at NAMM by far were the new CDJ-2000NXS2 media player and DJM-900NXS2 mixer. The new models are an incremental upgrade (most of the features expand on other solid Pioneer DJ features), but it will soon be the new standard in CDJ-oriented DJ booths around the world. We spent 30 minutes mixing on and testing a NXS2 setup, read on for our first impressions.
It’s always fascinating to see companies at NAMM that step outside of their comfort zone, and this year, we think Zoom (famous for great portable recorders) deserves recognition for the Zoom ARQ. It’s a circular step sequencer, looper, sequencer, and wireless Bluetooth controller. Read on to learn more about this new device and our first impressions.
We've been seeing some very vague teasers from a new brand, Mixars, that kicked off their company at this year's NAMM 2016 convention. The brand is focused on (unsurprisingly) DJ mixers and has launched a complete lineup of mixers, turntables, and headphones. Two of the mixers, the DUO and CUT, caught our attention as being potentially big wins for DJs - keep reading to find out why.