Anyone got a copy of the sound pack used in YouTube video “Controllerism with Your Friends ‘Jazz Style'” that they wouldn’t mind sharing with me? I subscribed some time
    after this sound pack was made available in the newsletter, and so it’s
    no longer available from DJ Tech Tools.

    Email me at jeffwong.vancouver@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • Will

    How do I set up a Modern 2×4? What is the right software? Thanks/

  • DJ QuickPheet

    Does anyone have this sound pack??

    i would like to have it and jam out with my buddys but i cant find it 🙁

  • secretseven

    i am also looking for this Ableton sound pack

  • secretseven

    i am also looking for this Ableton sound pack

  • JimKro

    Speedy J & Chris Liebing’s collabs sessions deserves a mention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sk0IDcTnHA

  • Super late to the game, but I would like to mention that Dirtyphonics are an awesome example of a DJ Band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZjUMQdmpas

  • This has to be the best mix i have ever seen!

  • Cool article with great ideas! I enjoyed watching the MF jam with the guitar sounds. I agree that Trentemøller does an amazing job onstage with a DJ in his group. Here’s a good routine from Turnstylez, one of my fav oldschool DJ groups. http://youtu.be/9z_4I251DUI

  • Justin

    Myself and a buddy of mine currently use S2’s and wanted to run both of those through a common laptop, each of us controlling 2 decks (A/B + C/D respectively) is this possible?

  • An effective DJ / musician combo I’ve enjoyed has been spinning with a floutist. I played tribal house on the beach in Ventura with a guy jamming on flute and it really melded well with the tribal vibe! We also had a rhythm section with hand drums but that combo goes well without saying.

  • Ludwig von Breakhoven

    We currently have a set in which an Ableton Live mastertrack in routed into one of Traktor’s decks (using Jack). There is also a sample deck and two regular decks. I personally focus on Ableton live, in which I do a live set (which could stand on it’s own) and my buddy controls the four faders coming out of Traktor and does a regular DJ set with samples, following the lead of my live set.

  • How come there is no mention of running Rane SL4, Sixty Eight or Sixty Two?
    The SL4 can even tag team into a 2 channel mixer.
    By faaar the most convenient way to tag team.
    And remember, those 2usb port Rane mixers support Ableton & Traktor too…

    WarpNote, tagteam dj for +10yrs…

  • hey just wondering what type of stand you guys are using with these midi fighters?

  • Max Yankov

    Archie Pelago is one of the most intersting bands that mix live instruments and djing. Here they talk about their craft:

  • luiscript

    How can I download this package, I already subscribe to the mailing list, please send me a link 🙂

  • heres one of me and old school battle champ Vinroc doing a tripple threat type set but over Deep House. I’m on traktor + Maschine while Vin is on an s2 + mpk mini /soft synth using his own computer. All are slaved to my traktor’s mtc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pKm72A-ke4&list=UUojM7AuobNeQCQ4JEv21CFw&index=3&feature=plcp

  • here’s old school battle champ vinroc and I doing a tripple threat type set but over house. i’m on the turntables + maschine and Vinroc is on the s2 using his own laptop. all slaved to my traktor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pKm72A-ke4&list=UUojM7AuobNeQCQ4JEv21CFw&index=3&feature=plcp

  • love how the clean guitar riff paraphrases Enter Sandman! Really inspiring technique to live playing!

  • DJArctic

    What about the Glitch Mob? They use their Lemurs in much the same way as you describe in the Jam Box. They also throw in a smidgeon of live instruments with MIDI drums, which each of them use to play virtual drums in Ableton Live. It really is quite something!

  • DJ Gary

    I have used Normal Swap most of the time and we just agree an amount of time to play or when the current DJ needs a drink brake..I have also recently done a 5 DJ Swap at a party,.,

  • Chase

    Another worth noting: Big Gigantic!


    • Chase

      (for best of both worlds)

  • PY

    great thread. you guys really should check out Montreal-based DJ Champion, who usually performs live with a 4-axe band (the g-strings). Awesome controllerism meets rock n roll combo. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNuSjLgRGrU

  • PowTron

    Like the 4 Deck clip of Nygaard and Louth 🙂

  • cwilly

    Fun article. As a non-DJ, it is quite interesting to read about how it all comes together. Thanks!

  • My choice is two computers with synced clocks on Ableton, each person hitting samples, and going between songs and/or drum and sample or live synth/piano work

  • DJ Paul B and myself DJ Housefly have recently started a DJ Duo called “the People Under The Steps”. The name was chosen due to us playing in a bar below a major Dub Step weekly event in New Orleans called “Church”. We sort of follow the classic 2 X 4 format but Paul B is on a Novation Twitch with Serato and i am on a modified X-ponent using Traktor. We run the controllers into independent channels on a rane mixer and share control of each others channels. This has caused us both to swallow our egos at times and respect each others creative decisions for direction of the mix. Sometimes the other person knows whats going to happen before you do and will drop your channel for a good reason. This is a hard thing to get used to, but the screaming dancefloor that follows usually keeps your ego in check. We have been performing for a few months and in my 15 years of playing live i have rarely had such a good time playing. The range of the controllers and blend of creative influences has given us the power to spread our sound over many genres from classic rock to drum and bass and hip hop to house. We have played a couple cities, earned a local residency and last week we were approached for a tour in the spring. DJTT has been one of many resources we have studied for tips and ideas and i am ecstatic to see you guys covering this topic. it stands as proof once again Ean and his team are on the forefront of our culture. Thanks for the great read and keep rocking it.

  • Toverdose

    Difficult one to fence. Where does it end up being a band? (Sun Project? Pendulum?) or becomes live production? (Nothing Beats The Drum?), But some are obvious (Underworld)

    • Toverdose

      Oh! and props for not mentioning Mostly Robot!

  • my fav duo … Raiz (Acid Circus) …

  • Rutger Willems

    my faforite group? Chriss liebing, the one men army! no serious, Daft Punk

  • Barging in! I think Trentemøller deserves a little time here as he usually tours with a drummer, bassist and a vocalist. And they create wonders on stage! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXZ-XLZ1XgE&feature=related

  • Rille Paz

    I was in spain once, at the beach. and i noticed some dudes setting up some speakers and a table and stuff. i didnt think much of it but an hour later they had a dj playing some techy house, one dude on a midisynth and a midi drummachine. this one girl had a mic and her vioce was beautiful and one hawaii looking on the sax. very good after beach wibe!

  • neotechtonics

    you forgot the combination of DJ + hardware.. drum machine/sampler/synthesizer. With software based DJing the possibility of syncing via MIDI can make this a very effective partnership.

  • cheese

    Nice article. Good theme for a contest dont you think?
    …i wanne win one of those 3Ds – or better two for my made and I

  • Anonymous

    When can we get this Ableton template? I am already subscribed to the mail list but aint received nothing yet!!! 🙁

    • Kevin

      Me neither ,hardzen .

  • djtt is getting better and better! nice job guys!

  • Nice article. I’d like to add another “type” – the residency partnership. I played in a successful residency partnership myself for over a decade, and also saw such partnerships work all over my hometown of Manchester, with a classic being Graeme Park and Tom Wainwright at the Haçienda, but there were others.

    This is where two of you dictate the music policy for a club night, and only book guests accordingly to suit the style you’ve developed. It works well for DJ/promoters, because:

    1) It gives you someone to fall back on (it can be very hard promoting a regular event); your partner can step in and “play from your box” when you can’t be there for whatever reason

    2) It reins in indulgences (you have to consider the other person’s style when developing your own, so they complement each other)

    3) It broadens the appeal of your club night (two tastes = potentially appealing to twice as many people)

    If you’re planning on promoting in order to get regular DJ work (and after all, promoting your own night is one of the best ways to do just that), I thoroughly recommend getting a DJ partner and learning each other’s styles, tastes and behaviours inside out.