The music production platform Ableton Live is continuing to evolve. With a new update set to launch later this year, the DAW will incorporate a number of powerful, commonly-requested features. Watch a performance video and learn how Ableton Live 9.7 will improve sample slicing, drum layouts, audio routing, and much more.
It feels like an eternity since Rekord Buddy 2.0 was first announced. The software that promised to sync metadata (cue points, beat grids, loops, ect.) between the top three current DJ platforms (Rekordbox, Serato, Traktor) has been eagerly anticipated for years. After a private beta earlier this year, Next Audio Labs has this week released a public beta version of Rekord Buddy 2.0 that anyone can download - assuming you're ready to buy.
Ready to clean up your DJ music library using the automation power of AppleScripts? Every DJ comes up with their own workflow of taking freshly downloaded tracks and making them a useful part of their DJ library. In the age of digital DJing, where the only limits are hard drive space on your computer or flash drive, finding a quick and effective workflow for organizing your music is crucial.
There's been a buzz in the international DJ community as the winner of a major Thre3style event was discovered to have faked his set. For all the production that goes into Red Bull's DJ competition, we're amazed that a few basic concepts haven't been implemented that would instantly allow judges, fans, and fellow competitors to detect fake DJ routines.
Trying out a new DJ software is never easy. There are many reasons to avoid it - but with Pioneer DJ's newcomer, Rekordbox DJ, it's not as difficult as you might expect. Almost any Serato DJ or Traktor Pro gear can be used with the software, without paying extra or hacking.
Last week, Serato released the Serato DJ 1.9.2 beta, filled with bug and stability fixes along with a few "not flashy" but very useful features. Today, guest contributor DJ PDot shares insight into which features make the beta a boon for power users of Serato.
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.
Nearly every DAW has a piano roll that serves as the canvas for almost every harmonic part of a track. For some producers and DJs, samples are an easier solution - but many creators long to master the ivory keys, building catchy riffs and beautiful melodies that bring life to their tracks. Unless your budget includes the time and money for personal piano lessons, you'll want a simple solution to learn the piano on your own time with the hardware you already use in the studio. Today, we take a closer look at a handful of online applications that aim to be the personal piano tutor for inexperienced producers.