There were way less DJs in the 1970s, unlike the explosion of DJs in the last five to ten years, but there still was plenty of gear to be lusting after back then. Interestingly a popular movement at the time was to combine all of the gear into one master combined all-in-one device. Sound familiar?
One of the most popular DJTT articles was a discussion in 2012 about choosing between modular setups or all-in-one DJ rigs. Despite the influx of tons of fantastic all-in-one controllers and standalone gear like the XDJ-RX, modular DJ controllers are still a very popular, affordable, and versatile choice. Today DJTT community member Belmont shows off how he mixes with a Midi Fighter 3D, Midi Fighter Twister, two Kontrol X1 Mk2s, Traktor, and any four channel mixer.
In one of our recent members-only newsletters, I presented an open question to DJTT readers - if you had endless time and money, what gear would you design? There were some great responses - so today read some of the most interesting and unique dreams some of our community members have for the future of DJ and production hardware.
If you've ever seen artists like ill.Gates, Shawn Wasabi, or Mad Zach perform live, you know that soundpacks are one of the best ways to really give a unique performance. The challenge is seamlessly switching between different sound packs on the fly. Today Mad Zach shares an awesome trick for quickly switching to a new sound pack, without interrupting the music, during a live performance.
Our friend Shawn Wasabi is back on the Midi Fighter performance train, this time with an epic three minute performance that mashes up samples and sounds from over 150 different songs. What makes this performance special the use of a custom-made Midi Fighter 64 that we built exclusively for Shawn at his request. Click in to learn more about the controller and performance.
Akai has been crushing the small controller game with their AMX Serato hyper-portable mixer and AFX effects and cue/loop/Flip controller . At Musikmesse no surprise to see them coming out with yet another low-cost portable controller, the MIDIMix - this time focused just on multichannel mixing.
It has been about six months since the Kontrol S8 debuted last October – for many, it came off as a strange new jogwheel free direction. While many DJs may feel left out that Native Instruments wasn’t catering to their genre, turntable/controller aficionado DJ Shiftee thinks otherwise. Watch the NI video below and see how a turntablist incorporates the S8 into […]
One of the most frequent topics of discussions that pops up on the blog and on the forums is around transitions. With DJ software such as Traktor Pro 2 and Serato DJ, DJs have endless creative tools at their disposal to transition between tracks, even if they're in completely different tempo ranges. Today Matthew Ray shares a cool transition trick that can be used to seamlessly switch from between different BPMs. Check out the video to see the transition in action.