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 DJ industry isn't as mobile device-obsessed at this NAMM as in recent years, but we did spot one unique app being shown in the always-awesome basement, a new iOS app called Playground. The free song player has done an excellent job of making playing music on an glass-screened mobile device fun - something that often many pad and knob-filled mobile performance tools miss the mark on.
It’s always fascinating to see companies at NAMM that step outside of their comfort zone, and this year, we think Zoom (famous for great portable recorders) deserves recognition for the Zoom ARQ. It’s a circular step sequencer, looper, sequencer, and wireless Bluetooth controller. Read on to learn more about this new device and our first impressions.
Today marks the first day of NAMM 2016, and Hercules is coming out strong with the P32 DJ controller, designed for live remixing, sample triggering, and slicing. It's essentially 32 RGB pads with a MIDI mixer in the middle, a design that many live performance-focused DJs will find enticing and unique. Read on for the details on the Hercules P32 controller.
Smithson Martin is well-known for being one of the few manufacturers in the DJ space not afraid to do touchscreen control that isn’t limited to iOS or Android platforms. They’ve just dropped early specs on a new unit to be unveiled this Thursday at the 2016 NAMM Show, the Kontrol Surface 32, which is designed to […]
Aaron Leese has done some amazing work as the developer behind his own Stagecraft Software company – and one of the most fascinating tools he’s created is the Scratch Track plugin, which allows turntable sample manipulation within DAWs. In the new Scratch Track 3.0, Aaron has made major updates that open up the software to way […]
There’s not too much professional music gear at the CES show in Las Vegas, and the big news for DJs already came on Tuesday when Panasonic announced that they’re bringing back Technics SL-1200s. But at Wednesday’s Intel keynote presentation, there was a focus on the future in a wealth of different areas, including musical performance. Controllerism […]
Happy holidays, DJ Techtools readers, friends, and family! In the holiday spirit, we've chosen the winners for our finger drumming contest. We had over 50 different entrants from all over the world, all different skill levels, and using a ton of different pieces of gear - so it was really difficult to choose just a few winners. Keep reading to watch our top choices!