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?
DJing is all about being in the moment, creating new sounds and blends without thinking too much. For that reason, I wanted to make a dead simple mapping that makes it very easy to create complex effects techniques with just a single press. The Twisted Gratification mapping gives you 16 powerful effects preset, designed with house and techno in mind. Each knob does the job of three effects, adding original flavor or building seamless transitions between songs.
The Roland AIRA TR-8 is an incredibly powerful standalone performance and production tool - but what would happen if you super-charged it with a bit of creative MIDI mapping and sound manipulation in Ableton Live? In part one of a new series, Ean shares his technique for taking the tom-tom channel on the TR-8, adding resonance to create a synthesizer-like sound, and then adding more effects on top. It makes for an expressive and fun performance tool - watch the full video inside.
Continuing with our series of live instrument tutorials from Riverside Studios, this tutorial from Henne Müller is focused around recording kick drums. The technique is a bit different than traditional kick recording, and Henne shows off how to capture a few unique angles for use in your productions. Watch the full thing inside.
We've seen modular synthesis take off significantly in the last few years. Last year at NAMM there even was an entire corner of the main hall dedicated to small boutique synthesizer companies! For our new episode in the Riverside Studio live instrument series, we asked producer Tobi Neuman to share his techniques for creating an analog kick sound out of just four modules. Watch and learn - this video is a great introduction for producers just getting their first taste of modular.
For a new video series recorded at Riverside Studios in Berlin, we've asked talented studio producers to share their secrets on bringing live instruments into to electronic music productions. In this first episode, production duo Pan-Pot share how they record a traditional African kalimba into Ableton Live and resample it on the fly. Watch the full thing after the jump.
Since night clubs are all about the music experience, it's surprising that more time has not be spent on evolving the fundamentals of sound. While loudspeakers, speaker placement, and the quality of bass has improved dramatically over the years, the stereo format still remains king. With Native Instruments' new Stems idea taking off, has the time finally come to explore new sonic territory? Dolby thinks so, which is why they are rolling out Dolby Atmos (three-dimensional sound) in clubs.
Luca Pretolesi is back with yet another tutorial for the DJTT production crowd, this time unveiling a super quick studio mixing tip that is sure to make bass lines pop out of your productions a bit more. In today's video, learn how he uses dynamic EQ to make it happen, with one of his projects from Dada Life as a poignant example. Click through to watch the tutorial now: