Pioneer DJ's hybrid sampler/sequencer, the TORAIZ SP-16 has been one of the most anticipated product launches of the year for DJs and producers. The TORAIZ marks the first time that Pioneer has built a standalone unit designed for live production/performance. DJTT contributor Stu G got an opportunity to check out the unit last week - watch his full overview in today's exclusive first look video.
Sampling from old records can be a great way to get inspiration from generations and times past. Vinyl is also a great source of analog tone to craft, mangle, and tune. In this quick tutorial, Mad Zach shares his techniques for building a unique soundpack out of a simple vinyl sample.
Liine, makers of the popular Lemur iOS app, recently released an update to their Skram app that greatly enhances it’s functionality and adds new ways to share your creations outside of the iOS platform. Best of all, for a limited time it’s free – read Tarekith’s review inside.
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.
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.
Taking a song from a rough mixdown into a final product ready for release is often an under-appreciated process in music production. Mastering engineers are able to take the hard work of artists and make them shine on all types of sound systems around the world - but for a producer who has never worked with one before, it can be a strange new world. In today's article, guest contributor Tarekith shares his advice on how to get the most from working with a mastering engineer.
On the new PLAYdifferently Model 1 mixer designed by Richie Hawtin, there's a unique approach to the actual mixing section. Instead of a 'traditional' 3-band EQ, there are two filters and a "parametric EQ". But for many DJs, the only way they'll be able to try this style of mixing is by shelling out over $3,000 on the mixer - so DJ Soo has created an Ableton device that allows anyone to try out a very similar workflow. Keep reading for a free download!
Producing music is hard work - and even when it's a daily routine, it can be easy to forget important techniques and elements that make a song a real winner. Today we're rounding up a few lessons from a powerful discussion on Reddit, with some incredibly useful tips for avoiding overlooking key production techniques.