Trying to perfect a kick/bass mixdown and it’s going nowhere? It’s hard to tell what you’re hearing because your neighbors have asked you to wear headphones, or your studio monitors aren’t properly acoustically treated. Bottom line, the mixdown is taking too long. There must be a better way, right? Today’s article is a set of tips from experts on solving this exact issue.
Mad Zach is back with another new video from his studio. This one takes a closer look at the brand new slicing features in the upcoming Ableton Live 9.7. Being able to quickly chop up a sample based on transients unlocks some powerful new creative possibilities! Get inspired by today's video.
On newer models of Pioneer DJ's mixers, there's a powerful Gate Color FX that allows the DJ to remove part of the signal coming based on volume. See how the gate effect can be used for mixing two tracks together, and why additional functionality on the DJM-900NXS2 makes it even more dynamic than before in this new video.
On Pioneer's new DJM-900NXS2, the Beat FX section has a powerful new tool: three EQ frequency selector buttons that allow the chosen effect to be isolated to the lows, mids, or highs. Today we explore three different ideas for how DJs can take advantage of this new feature set - watch the full video inside.
We're excited to present yet another video in our studio production series from Riverside Studios in Berlin. This time, production duo Pan-Pot show off a few clever techniques for recording handheld shakers and mixing them in a track, as well as share why it's important to get a solid rhythmic take on shakers and not rely Ableton's warp features to clean up a take.
At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision - some will choose to DJ – itself an honorable and life-long quest - while others will seek more performative live experiences. In today’s tutorial, Mad Zach shares one strategy for taking a finished song and using parts of it to create a performable kit in Ableton and Maschine.
Did turntables ever really go away? We've seen a continued rise of back-to-basics DJ gear, with companies and DJs alike reconsidering the trusty turntable as their weapon of choice. For this week's Throwback Thursday DJ tip, Ean shares an old method of cleaning the contact points on DJ cartridges and tone arms - watch the full thing inside!
One of the oldest tricks in the DJ world is to use any and all of the controls on a DJ mixer to gate or transform one of the playing decks. There's plenty of ways to do it - so in today's Throwback Thursday DJ technique, Ean explains how and why you might want to swipe the input selector in time with the beat. Watch inside: