We have published a lot of amazing "How I Play" videos over the years here on DJ TechTools with artists including DubFire, Stimming, Chris Leibing, Kink and many others. One of the most common requests has been to do one with with Richie Hawtin. If you've seen this techno master on tour and wondered what DJ gear he uses, this video is a good overview. Check out the detailed interview with the founder of Minus and Plus 8 after the jump.
Often during a DJ's career, you take a step back and wonder, “why am I doing this again”? Inevitably, some form of fresh inspiration arrives, and the question is answered from a fresh perspective. Lately, that bothersome feeling has crept back in for me, after nearly 20 years on the decks. Sure enough, an answer showed up from the most unlikely of places - quantum physics.
Did you know that DJ TechTools manufactured and released a powerful controller for DJs and producers that was designed by you, our readers? If not, that’s probably our fault. We haven't talked nearly enough about this amazing controller recently. In this article, we reveal a few of its hidden features that make it one of the best studio controllers that's also beloved by many stage performers and DJs.
For years there was really no other option: DJs played on hardware exclusively. Turntables dominated the scene, with a few DJs using CD players. In the early 2000s, computer and music technology combined forces and there was a DJ software revolution that, in many ways, DJTT helped to grow. DJs around the world were switching from vinyl to the laptop, which promised a new platform of creative control. Lately, that trend seems to have reversed. Are DJs moving back towards hardware like CDJs, turntables, and standalone laptop-free solutions - or is it just a phase?
In today’s video, we talk to Grimecraft, one of the first DJs to enter the alternate sphere of DJing virtual reality. The DJ system he uses, “TheWave”, was first covered in a previous article here on DJ TechTools. In this piece, we look at what it’s actually like to DJ in VR with TheWave, using the HTC Vive, and pose the question: “Will we all become virtual reality DJs?”
Today we're releasing two more videos from Ean's series on using the Roland AIRA TR-8 alongside Ableton Live in a live performance setup. The first video focuses on using delay on hi-hats for a fresh live drumming feel, while the second shows how just a bit of bit crushing can make rides sound really cool. All of the effects are MIDI-mapped, turning the TR-8 drum machine into a powerful live instrument!
We've got a brand new video in Ean's ongoing series about turing the Roland AIRA TR-8 into a super-charged performance and production tool by connecting it to Ableton Live. In part two, Ean shows off how a little bit of clever delay can dramatically change the sounds you're playing. With some MIDI mapping magic, it becomes a wild and fun performance technique - watch the full video inside.
Yes folks, this is a laptop review, rare for these parts indeed. Most DJs simply get the latest MacBook and call it a day - what's to review? Well, with Steve Jobs' once-renegade company looking more like Microsoft, and some producers preferring to run Windows machines, you might be looking beyond the glowing apple for processing power. The 14" Razer Blade caught my eye as a viable alternative for DJing and production, with solid specs and a black finish that is perfect for the stage and studio. As a long time Apple user locked into Ableton Live, what would life be like if I left the comfort of my silver cloud?