At the end of April, the DJ Techtools team went to the Further Future festival in Nevada, with one goal: to talk to unique DJs, bands, and producers about artistic process. In the first video from this series, we talked with Mike Relm, highly-skilled turntablist, VJ, and current DJ for The Pharcyde. Watch to learn his views on DJ technology, playing with a live rap group, and keeping his DJing style unique.
A few years ago, the cutting edge of DJs were often drooling over DIY and custom MIDI controllers. That hasn't stopped, but we've noticed a new trend in custom boutique DJ gear: rotary mixers made by individuals or small independent companies. Today we thought it would be awesome to highlight a few unique rotary mixers from around the web and ask: would you buy one of these instead of a "mainstream" DJ mixer?
Introduced at NAMM 2016, Hercules took on a bold new direction with their P32 DJ controller, a two-deck MIDI controller with built-in sound card that swaps out jog wheels for 16 pads on each deck. In today's review, we take a closer look at this pad-heavy controller - and we're even giving one away - keep reading to enter to win!
In the turntablism world, it's always exciting when a new technique gets invented or popularized. In the last month, we've seen a new tool for turntablists make a splash on the scene: MIDI-mapped tone play cue points. Championed by turntable-focused artists like A-Trak, DJ Craze, Four Color Zach, and Teeko, this technique is fun, easy to map, and quickly becoming all the rage in the DJ community. Read on for video examples and to learn how to do it yourself.
Nearly every DAW has a piano roll that serves as the canvas for almost every harmonic part of a track. For some producers and DJs, samples are an easier solution - but many creators long to master the ivory keys, building catchy riffs and beautiful melodies that bring life to their tracks. Unless your budget includes the time and money for personal piano lessons, you'll want a simple solution to learn the piano on your own time with the hardware you already use in the studio. Today, we take a closer look at a handful of online applications that aim to be the personal piano tutor for inexperienced producers.
Pioneer DJ's DJM-900NXS2 is aiming to become the industry standard mixer in many DJ booths around the world, and for over $2,000, you'd expect it to do everything as a top-of-the-line unit should. Every feature present on the original DJM-900NXS is on the NXS2 model, with one exception: timecode input for Serato DJ and Traktor Pro. Read on to learn more about this strange situation and to share your thoughts.
Sketching out musical ideas on the go is one of the best ways to continuously be creating music - and apps like Auxy have opened up the doors to truly mobile creation. With a new 2.0 update to the app and a rebranding, Auxy holds even more weight - more tracks, Ableton Link support, and more. Read on for a quick review from DJTT contributor and experienced producer Tarekith.
The 2016 Online DJ Champion will be chosen by DMC judges on June 16th, but while they deliberate, the world can view the top 12 finalists' videos for themselves. This contest is the ultimate competition for bedroom DJs to show off their skills from the comfort of their own home studios. Check out some of the highlights of the finalists inside.