One of the most popular features of the Ableton Push is its "scale" functionality that places all the right notes in a chosen key across the grid of buttons. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to play chords, melodies and progressions without any music theory experience. The new Kontrol S series of keyboards from NI also unlocks countless scales and modalities for beginners unfamiliar with note structures on a traditional keyboard. At first glance, this appears to be welcome progress - but when you take away all the "wrong notes", have you also stripped away the magic of possibility?
There are over one million apps in the apple app store, and many of them are music related. With so many new ideas coming out all the time, it’s nearly impossible to cover the space but every once in a while we stumble on a new iPad app that is truly inspiring. Today that app […]
Today we’re going to look at 5 great online Ableton courses that will help get you started with Ableton and take your production to the next level. Why take a course? There’s lots of free video’s and Ableton tutorials online. Couldn’t you just learn everything you need to know about Ableton without spending any money? One of the challenges with using free resources is that you can waste a lot of time trying to find the right video or tutorial. Additionally it’s easy to jump around and learn things in the wrong order. It’s like learning Calculus without knowing basic addition/subtraction. The good news is most of the courses we’re going to look at have been designed with beginners in mind. So even if you have no experience with Ableton, these courses will guide you step by step to show you how everything works in Ableton. (*Note: Most of the courses would be applicable to Live 8 and Live 9)
If you have ever seen a TED talk, you know that they usually run around 5-20 minutes and feature a professional of a field giving a compelling presentation on a topic. Sometimes these talks feature muscians and artists who show the world a piece or performance. Tim Exile, a musician and DJ, went to Switzerland and gave a TEDx talk to demonstrate his live instrument called The Flow Machine. Through his talk he gives an impressive live performance using unique technology and turns the event from a normal TEDx Talk into a mock Boiler Room set (with an even more livelier audience).
Shiftee and Enferno came out with a comeback to SNL about being a DJ. A-Trak is on a mission to separate the real DJs apart from the ones who just press play and throw their hands in the air. Today Craze released a new scratch routine using two Technic 1200s, a Kontrol Z2, and Maschine MK2 that […]
We're big fans of Mark Redito, better known as Spazzkid, his awesome productions and his regular live remixes that he posts up on YouTube. Today he's put out a brand new video of a unique experiment - using a variety of people, animals, food, and objects as MIDI triggers for his performance. The system behind this everyday object controllerism is called Makey Makey, which allows you to attach alligator clips to any conductive object and turns it into a MIDI trigger.
With the Kontrol S8 controller set to be arriving in less than one week, Native Instruments has released a brand new update to Traktor Pro, bringing it to version 2.7.
One of the first articles I wrote on DJTT was the Kickstarter called the Tuna Knobs. The knobs were meant to add a tactile element that was lost with touch based apps. A common concern for the Tuna Knobs that we saw in the comments was that they seemed to be a little simple for the purpose […]