Any DJ who has ever worked a bar gig knows that, occasionally, you might be asked to announce something to the crowd. But if the DJ booth doesn't have a microphone, this becomes a bit more of a challenge. However, using a bit of old school DJ trickery, you can very easily use your headphones instead. Watch Ean's throwback tutorial inside!
About a month ago we featured the first tutorial from mixing engineer Hannes Bieger on how to clean up the high end of a mix. Today we've got a follow up piece in which he shares his techniques on basic drum compression. This is critical for almost every production, and often it's way too easy to apply way too much compression. Learn how to do it right (by setting your attack and release correctly) and why punchy drums matter in this tutorial.
Today marks the official in-store date for the new Kontrol S5 controller for Traktor, and we've already got a number of DJs who have picked one up in the DJTT store. Many of you had questions about the unit and how it works, so we've got a deep-dive review of the controller in today's article. Read on and chat with us about Native Instruments' latest DJ device!
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!
One of the oldest tricks in the DJ world is to use any and all of the controls on a DJ mixer to gate or transform one of the playing decks. There's plenty of ways to do it - so in today's Throwback Thursday DJ technique, Ean explains how and why you might want to swipe the input selector in time with the beat. Watch inside:
At this point, many of you have probably heard about the Stems concept from Native Instruments, which allows you to play songs with four parts and isolate each part from one another - for example, removing the drums. While these files are available for purchase on many online stores, until now you needed to use NI hardware and software to isolate the parts and use their power. Today Ean shares how anyone can isolate a Stem file's individual elements using a simple, free process for Mac and PC, allowing you to create custom instrumentals that will play in any DJ software or hardware.
Recently, we had the chance to interview Vivie-ann from Blond:ish to share how she prepares for her DJ sets. From tagging tracks with memorable moments to replacing her iTunes library integration in Traktor, she has some powerful tips for every DJ looking for a better tool for organizing their music collection. Watch the full interview and video inside.
Native Instruments has announced the newest controller in their all-in-one DJ lineup: the Kontrol S5. This all-in-one DJ interface eliminates the jogs wheels from the Kontrol S4's layout and adds in with the future looking screens of the S8. More compact and affordable than the S8, it will give DJs the screens they want at a more realistic price. Get all the details on the new Kontrol S5 inside.