With controllerism, DJs have adopted a mindset of constantly redesigning their setups to be lighter and more compact. Some DJs can get by on only a USB drive but others prefer the versatility of a controller. Bags and cases can make carrying a larger controller easier, it isn't always the most convenient option. Livid Instruments is aiming to help DJs and producers looking for compact setups with their new Kickstarter for their next innovation, Minim.
Inspiration can strike anywhere. Sometimes the commute to work can be the birthplace of a new melody or a late night of watching TV can create the need to jam out. Guitarists have the luxury of being able to play anywhere with their instrument, but what about the keyboardists? Keyboards are traditionally cumbersome units that probably will require an external power source and they take longer to setup than just pulling the keyboard from a case. Yamaha is a pioneer of electronic keyboards and synthesizers who wants to bring portability back to the keys with their new reface series.
Akai is has been a friend of producers and finger drummers since the release of their Music Production Centers (MPCs) in the eighties. Fast forward a couple of decades and the company gives the world a new, USB MIDI controller that changed the way artists perform. The MPD gave performers like Justice and The Glitch Mob a new way to […]
One of the most important aspects of producing is finding the right sample whether that be layering a kick or looking for a vocal shot to use as an instrument. Sample packs can be cheap or insanely expensive and a lot of the time a producer will only use handful of samples out of an entire pack that contains hundreds. Splice is looking to fix these problems with their new subscription service Splice Sounds.
With Apple’s WWDC coming to an end a lot of new gear is coming out, and it follows that some of it applies to the DJ world. One of the companies we feature pretty regularly on the blog is Algoriddim, the folks behind djay Pro (Mac) and djay 2 (mobile). Here’s some of the new features forthcoming in djay Pro: Force […]
The Mixfader came out in March as one of the first bluetooth-enabled crossfaders for DJs to use with Edjing DJ app (available on Windows, Android, and iOS). This bluetooth crossfader is the first of its kind to be seen on the market and it is a proponent for bringing mobile DJ apps into the booth. DJiT, the company behind the fader, have announced a Kickstarter that will let interested DJs get behind the project and have a chance to get their very own Mixfader.
Apps are moving to the cloud – and we’ve seen a surge of powerful production tools that have cropped up around the web. These online tools are finally gaining some legitimacy and versatility with the latest Google Chrome update which adds MIDI support through the browser. This update will allow anyone with MIDI controller, from a MPC […]
Since NAMM 2015, Rane has been teasing the TTM57 MKII which will fight to replace its predecessor as the next go to mixer for turntablists. Skratch Bastid is the focus of Serato’s latest routine video which shows him cutting up NXWXRK by Nadus and using the mixer’s effects to build a rhythmic remix of the song. As […]