The Phaser effect: like flanger, it's one of the more overwhelming effects in a DJ's arsenal, and rarely sounds good when applied with reckless abandon. For a fun Saturday post, we went through a number of old videos on YouTube and found this fun, simple tutorial from Pioneer on using Phaser in a unique way with a pair of (retro) CDJs. Watch and enjoy below.
When setting out to craft a great DJ mix, there's no reason to do it off the cuff without thinking about a few key elements first: Who will listen? How will it be structured? How will you mix it? Today, guest contributor Chris Alker brings ten poignant tips for DJs crafting a new mix - with a number of great examples to listen to.
Whether you're buying your very first DJ controller or getting a new one, the question "Should I go modular or all-in-one?" will come up. Deciding between these workflows can be an important choice, as both have specific advantages you may not be aware of. In today's article, I will help you understand the key differences and advantages of each - and explore the conceptual debate of DJing on a mixer versus in DJ software.
At the EDMBiz conference in the middle of June, in the lead-up to this year's EDC in Vegas, three big dance music artists argued over how important unique and spontaneous DJ sets should be from one show to the next. On the side of extreme importance: Z-Trip. Opposing him? Nicky Romero and 3Lau. In this article we delve into the art of variety, why it matters, and a few things to try to avoid stale sets.
Chances are that you are going out this weekend (or staying in) to play a gig. Recording your set should be a no brainer: it's great for learning, promotion, and posterity. However most DJs show up and, in the stress of the moment, skip the recording process because it feels too complicated. Here are 3 dead simple ways to record your live DJ set this weekend.
Midi mappings are the link between Traktor and your controller. Without a midi mapping your midi controller has no way of communicating with Traktor. Working with mappings can be tricky at first, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Today Ryan Dejaegher is going to help you get started with midi maps in Traktor and show you how to avoid common mistakes that keeps your controller from working.
With the new version of Traktor coming out just a few weeks ago and opening up HID mode to the sub-$1000 Pioneer XDJ-1000s, times are changing. Suddenly, a relatively affordable CDJ-style setup is available that works very easily with Traktor. Learn how to set up and use the players with Traktor in this guide.
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.