Soundcloud revealed last week that they were preparing to launch a subscription membership service for their site that would be in place by the end of the year. Now, in advance of that service, users are starting to see advertising injected on their feeds, including short non-music advertising that disables playback and forces users to listen.
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.
We're big fans of our northern neighbors here at DJ Techtools, and it looks like the folks over at Serato have noticed how big DJ culture has become in much of Canada. They've put out a brand new set of records, the first in their Control Vinyl Country Series, the Limited Edition Canada Control Vinyl.
We wrote a few weeks ago about how a recent iTunes update (that incorporated Apple Music) was causing all sorts of trouble - including mismatched songs, missing ID3 tags, wrong artwork, and a number of other incredibly infuriating issues for DJs. This afternoon in my mailbox was a tip to a solution to one of the biggest problems that happened to some with the 12.2.0 update- playlists being deleted.
The massive Belgium-based festival has always been know for attention to aesthetics, with elaborate themed stages that evolve over the course of the performances, so it's no surprise that those same attitudes have made it into the DJ booth. The festival recruited designer Jesse Dean - who does custom DJ gear work in Los Angeles - to build a set of CDJs and DJM-900 for the main stage that reflects the fantasy look of the festival.
One of the best things the DMC DJ Championships has ever done was open up their competition to online submissions and allow DJs to use a wider range of tools in the Online competition than just simply two turntables and a mixer. We'd always enjoyed routines from talented DJ Vekked, and this one is not to be missed.
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.
We love seeing club DJs who have a refined set of technical skills that goes beyond mixing from one track to the next - so Serato's recent highlighting of LA-based DJ Jacyeeoh is really awesome. He started out as a battle DJ and now has moved onto regular club work and production.