Did you know that in loads of DJ booths around the world, there's a controller that's already there? The Pioneer DJM-900 is completely MIDI-mappable, and can be used in any number of diverse ways - learn how to set it up with this tutorial from new DJTT contributor Angel.
In a DJ set, having predictable control over your mixer or controller's effects unit is critical. So when an effect like Spiral shows up on a mixer, it's often avoided because it's initially confusing and unpredicatable. In today's tutorial, learn how to make the most of Spiral's pitch delay effect found on Pioneer mixers and the XDJ-RX.
Recently Ean has been posting weekly live performance videos on his Facebook page. These performances are a 100% live freestyle jam, completely un-edited and off the cuff. In one of his video’s Ean performs with Allen & Heath Xone:92, BOSS guitar pedals, 2 Kontrol X1s, a Roland TR-8 and Traktor Pro 2. How does he have Traktor running with an analogue mixer and how is he able to record everything? Today, Ean is going to walk you through this setup and show you how it all comes together.
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.
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.
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.
Today Native Instruments announced it will be spearheading a movement towards multi-channel audio files aimed at empowering new styles of DJ mixing. While the tools needed to create and playback stem files are being produced for Traktor at first, the format itself is open source and may be supported by other DJ software and hardware in the future. Continue reading for an inside look at this exciting new format.
It was 1998 in a club called the Unit in Sheffield, UK, when I first witnessed live scratching. Like many I was transfixed. I didn’t have a clue who the DJ was, but I remember how utterly amazing the noise sounded and how the fingers would move so fast they appeared to dance around the fader often in a ‘pinching’ motion. It was bemusing, fantastic, and mysterious all rolled into one. Before the time of YouTube it took many years to understand why the hands and fingers moved the way they did. Partly by trial and error and partly by scanning a VHS tape of the 1998 DMC world championships and a Vestax Prime Cuts tutorial, I worked out that the key to it all was the ‘orbit’ scratch.