Since the dawn of the iPad, we've gone from wondering if we'd ever DJ with it, to reluctantly trying to DJ with it, to happily DJing with it as a compromise in certain situations. With the new Reloop Beatpad 2 combined with Algoriddim Djay 2, could the day of no-compromise iPad DJing finally be upon us? Join us for our in-depth examination.
OS X DJs and producers beware! Native Instruments has announced that by upgrading to OS X 10.11, (aka El Capitan), users will lose primary functionality of multiple DJ controllers, software plug-ins, and access to audio outputs on legacy hardware. With any big upgrade there are bound to be a few hiccups, but they are rarely caught this quickly.
Live right now in the Native Instruments Service Center is a brand new version of Traktor, 2.10. There's only a few little changes, most notably the support of the upcoming Traktor Kontrol S5, which is due in stores this Thursday
At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision - some will choose to DJ – itself an honorable and life-long quest - while others will seek more performative live experiences. In today’s tutorial, Mad Zach shares one strategy for taking a finished song and using parts of it to create a performable kit in Ableton and Maschine.
For all of Pioneer's current DJ market dominance, they still face strong competition in the controller, mixer, and vinyl turntable arenas. But in the media player/CDJ/digital turntable world, they're nearly completely unchallenged. It's been a year since we first saw the XDJ-1000, but with the CDJ-2000Nexus now 3 years old, it's about time that we saw an update to the top of the line player from Pioneer. What will it look like, and what will it do differently? Read on and share your own speculation inside.
Did turntables ever really go away? We've seen a continued rise of back-to-basics DJ gear, with companies and DJs alike reconsidering the trusty turntable as their weapon of choice. For this week's Throwback Thursday DJ tip, Ean shares an old method of cleaning the contact points on DJ cartridges and tone arms - watch the full thing inside!
We had Mad Zach dig into the new Launchpad Pro in his review a few weeks ago - but something that often gets overlooked on new controllers is how well they can be modified by the end-user. Novation has gone above and beyond with open source firmware on the new Launchpad Pro. Learn what this means and how some have already started taking advantage of this hackable firmware in the article.
Recent months have seen lots of news related to Native Instruments Stems files, from Mixed In Key's Flow DJ software incorporating support, to Ean's tutorial on cracking the files into custom instrumentals. Today we take a closer look at an independent piece of the puzzle, Dubseed, which is an independent marketplace for buying, selling, and downloading free Stems files. Read on to learn more about how Dubseed could help Stems really take off.