The Komplete S-Series keyboards have just become a lot more attractive for producers, as today Native Instruments has launched a new version of their Komplete library that comes bundled with every S-Series.
For Digital DJs laptop performance and speed is critical. After a few years of using the same computer you may notice that day one speed just isn't there. How can you get back that brand new computer feeling back where everything runs super fast? Install a solid state drive. Rather than spend $1899 - $2499 for a brand new MacBook Pro, why not get more from your original investment with a small performance upgrade. Today we’ll show the easiest and fastest way to upgrade your MacBook/MacBook Pro to a super fast solid state drive and be up and running in no time.
Most people refer to big cities like Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas as the major hubs for DJs and dance music. Some even think you need to move to these cities to begin a successful DJ career. While those cities serve as the tastemakers for the rest of the country, there are hundreds of smaller markets full of venues that are packed with patrons seeking quality music. Cities like Orlando, Buffalo, Scottsdale, or Milwaukee are not completely void of a DJ scene. It is possible to develop a successful DJ career without uprooting yourself and moving to a major city. Navigating the DJ scene of a small market can be tough but it’s not impossible. Below we dive into some tips and advice for taking on a small market.
Since the 90s DJs have been running analog synths and drum machines alongside their DJ sets. This concept is still alive and relevant today. How did DJs keep the drum machines in sync with their set? Today Ean Golden shares 3 ways to sync up drum machines like the Roland TR-8 in your DJ set. Whether it’s with CDJs, Serato, Traktor, you’ll be able to sync up a drum machine with your DJ set and have them sound good together.
One of the challenges with producing electronic music is maintaining a human feel in the music. If producers aren't careful, loops and patterns can easily sound robotic and stale, leaving listeners bored. Today Multiplier shares a simple trick to help humanize drums and add some variation in Ableton using the Velocity effect.
With Digital DJ software, DJs have several creative tools at their disposal: 4 decks, multiple FX, and sample decks such as the Serato DJs SP-6 sampler player or Traktor Pro 2’s remix decks. These sample decks can be loaded with one shot samples, loops, instrumentals and acapellas for remixing. Today Ryan Dejaegher shares 5 sources for great samples, loops, instrumentals, and acapellas to load into your sample decks.
Last year Serato introduced Serato Flip, an incredible feature that lets DJs record cue point automation to easily create and recall edits on the fly. For DJs that are new to production, Flip is an easy way to start creating edits that doesn't require a DAW. DJ TechTools reached out to the good guys at Serato to see if they could show some cool ways to use Serato Flip. Watch Kutcorners showcase 7 ways to use Serato Flip using the Pioneer DDJ SX2.
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.