Novation had enormous success with the original Launchpad thanks in large part to viral Youtube performances from artists like M4SONIC and Madeon. However the Launchpad started to show it's age with the release of AKAI APC40 MK2 and Ableton Push. Novation released the true successor to the original launchpad, the Launchpad Pro with RGB velocity sensitive pads, note mode, and several new mode buttons for extra control. Is it worth the upgrade? Mad Zach puts the Launchpad Pro to the test.
As DJs, we collect lots of music, a significant part of which is downloaded as promo material on Soundcloud, music blogs, Toneden, Drip.FM, Bandcamp or any number of other sources. But seemingly one out of every ten songs downloaded has confusing or incorrect metadata that makes it difficult for DJs to quickly read, find, or sort by. This article is for producers and DJs putting out music: take five minutes right now to learn how to properly label your tracks.
One of the most important things in making time spent in any repetitive software as efficient as possible is to learn as many handy keyboard shortcuts as possible. Knowing great shortcuts speeds up workflows and makes the software less of an obstacle and more of an extension of your mind. Today Gary Harper shares his top five Ableton Live keyboard shortcuts in a quick tutorial.
Reverb is one of the most essential effects in your audio production toolbox. It adds space, air and life to the otherwise room-less tones of electronic music. But it's easy to overlook the vastness of tone that lies beyond “hall” and “cathedral.” Today we go deep into the studio with Mad Zach to learn three creative sound design techniques for working with reverb.
Last month Ean took a trip out to one of the more successful studios in the dance music world, Studio DMI, to get one of his recent tracks put into the hands of a master in the mixing and mastering field, Luca Pretolesi. With experience working mastering dance music tracks for artists like Skrillex, Tiësto, and Gareth Emery, his tips come from a strong background in success. Learn a few key principles of the trade in today's awesome interview.
Look out Ableton, Traktor might take your job soon. As teased in yesterday's video, Native Instruments new stems format is set to drop very soon, and many have been asking if DJs will embrace the format. We suspect that a surprisingly different group of people will embracing this style of mixing: live performers. Will Ableton Live see an unexpected competitor to its platform? We think it's a strong possibility.
We've been hearing from a lot of DJTT readers who have seen some of Ean's AIRA performance videos on his Facebook page and been asking us about the gear and how/why someone would want to use it in a production or DJ setup. For a fun Friday article, we've rounded up five performances with Roland AIRA gear that stand out and show off some of the coolest possibilities. Read on to watch them all!
Many live producers and performance artists rely on looping as a way to build a sonic landscape and craft unique shows that vary every time. Beatboxers, finger drummers, and musicians of all types have taken advantage of a loop-based performance. New DJTT contributor Underbelly shares how anyone can use Ableton Live to create a loop workflow that is just as good as any hardware solution.