What if you didn't have to plug your laptop into your DJ setup - but still could be able to access all of your tracks and use control vinyl? PiDeck, a new project from 64 Studio, combines a Raspberry Pi microcomputer with xwax open source DJ software. The result is a lightweight, laptop-free DJing solution that you can quickly put a USB key into and start mixing. Read on for videos and an overview.
If there's one big new trend in the DJ world in 2016, it has been the rise of portablism. This is the art of cutting and scratching with portable turntables. The use of easily transportable gear means that portablists can perform almost anywhere they want, often leaving DJ booths and nightclubs for more exciting locations. See portablism in action and learn the tools of the trade in today's article.
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.
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.
The 2016 Online DJ Champion will be chosen by DMC judges on June 16th, but while they deliberate, the world can view the top 12 finalists' videos for themselves. This contest is the ultimate competition for bedroom DJs to show off their skills from the comfort of their own home studios. Check out some of the highlights of the finalists inside.
January's revelation that the new Technics SL-12000G and GAE models (coming later this year) would have a price tag of $4,000 was met with serious alarm from DJs around the world. Now new information has been released in an interview with Technics CTO Tetsuya Itani - keep reading to find out what made the price so dramatically high - and learn about how that might change with a future product in the roadmap.
We've seen a few different rumblings around the web about a seriously overboard pricetag on the just-announced new Technics turntables that have made a splash at CES 2016. It has mostly been hearsay, but now we have pretty close-to-official confirmation that to buy either of the SL-1200 models, you'll need to spend four grand.
Panasonic has made an announcement at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will rock the DJ world: the company is going to start producing new Technics SL-1200 turntables in 2016. Keep reading for the details on the relaunch of the industry-standard turntable, including images of the two new models, SL-1200G and SL-1200GAE.