In the turntablism world, it's always exciting when a new technique gets invented or popularized. In the last month, we've seen a new tool for turntablists make a splash on the scene: MIDI-mapped tone play cue points. Championed by turntable-focused artists like A-Trak, DJ Craze, Four Color Zach, and Teeko, this technique is fun, easy to map, and quickly becoming all the rage in the DJ community. Read on for video examples and to learn how to do it yourself.
On the new PLAYdifferently Model 1 mixer designed by Richie Hawtin, there's a unique approach to the actual mixing section. Instead of a 'traditional' 3-band EQ, there are two filters and a "parametric EQ". But for many DJs, the only way they'll be able to try this style of mixing is by shelling out over $3,000 on the mixer - so DJ Soo has created an Ableton device that allows anyone to try out a very similar workflow. Keep reading for a free download!
On newer models of Pioneer DJ's mixers, there's a powerful Gate Color FX that allows the DJ to remove part of the signal coming based on volume. See how the gate effect can be used for mixing two tracks together, and why additional functionality on the DJM-900NXS2 makes it even more dynamic than before in this new video.
Back in December 2014, a new automated mastering service, LANDR, launched - allowing producers to submit unmastered WAVs and MP3s to an online algorithm that quickly processes the track and produces a basic mastering of their song. Now the company has launched a new service, in partnership with Native Instruments and Serato, that masters full DJ sets. Read on for the details, a listen-for-yourself comparison, and a quick Q+A with the LANDR team.
On Pioneer's new DJM-900NXS2, the Beat FX section has a powerful new tool: three EQ frequency selector buttons that allow the chosen effect to be isolated to the lows, mids, or highs. Today we explore three different ideas for how DJs can take advantage of this new feature set - watch the full video inside.
Last week we spotted a unique DIY project on the web where an enterprising DJ had taken old Pioneer CDJ-800s and using an Arduino board, converted them to be full-fledged MIDI jog wheel controllers for Traktor. We love the idea of taking old DJ equipment and turning it into useful modern tools, so we reached out to the man behind the project, Lee Smith. In today's article, he shares how he made this advanced project happen - read on.
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.
To celebrate this week's announcement of Traktor Pro 2.10.1 - which included the ability to map and view Stems - Ean has put together a dynamic 15 minute mix using Stems, two Kontrol X1s, a Kontrol F1, a Midi Fighter Twister, and a guitar player. Watch the full mix inside and get an exclusive behind-the-performance talkthrough.