Yes folks, this is a laptop review, rare for these parts indeed. Most DJs simply get the latest MacBook and call it a day - what's to review? Well, with Steve Jobs' once-renegade company looking more like Microsoft, and some producers preferring to run Windows machines, you might be looking beyond the glowing apple for processing power. The 14" Razer Blade caught my eye as a viable alternative for DJing and production, with solid specs and a black finish that is perfect for the stage and studio. As a long time Apple user locked into Ableton Live, what would life be like if I left the comfort of my silver cloud?
With the appearance of many new DJ turntables on the market and a constant flow of used gear, it can be difficult to decide what set of decks are worth hunting down. We got 2015 DMC World Champion Vekked to share his thoughts on DJ turntables and to break down the current state of the market, both new and used. Keep reading for the juicy details.
For DJs, one of the most important and irreplaceable toolsthat we all have is our hearing. One of the biggest on-the-job dangers is loud sound exposure, hearing loss, and potentially tinnitus - so what are the best musician / DJ earplugs that allow you to spend lots of time in high-volume environments? Today we review some of our favorite options on the market.
Years after their first appearance, many Thunderbolt ports still go unused. If you're running low on USB ports for your DJ rig, live show or studio, a Thunderbolt audio interface can free up a USB port while providing crazy fast bandwidth for pristine high-resolution audio at near zero detectable latency. We put two portable, DJ-appropriate Thunderbolt soundcards through the paces for your consideration: the Universal Audio Apollo Twin with onboard DSP and included plug-ins, and the Resident Audio T4 with MIDI I/O.
Crane Hardware have made quite a name for themselves in the DJ industry with their previous laptop stands; the Pro, and Plus. Offering vast amounts of adjustability, along with lightweight but sturdy construction, they've appeared in booths all over the world. Now they've released the Elite, the long-awaited successor to the Pro. Is this the next evolution in stand design? We tested it to find out.
Over the last few years, the 'CDJ that doesn't play CDs' has taken on almost mythical status in the DJ world, spoken of in hushed tones by those claiming to be in-the-know, and those who claimed to know somebody else who was. What is perhaps surprising, though, is that the first CD-less player is not a top-end replacement for the CDJ 2000 Nexus, but in fact a replacement for the more budget-minded CDJ-850. An interesting move on Pioneer's part – but has it paid off?
Over the last few years Native Instruments has released several controllers that integrate seamlessly with their software. First with Maschine, followed by integrated DJ controllers like the Kontrol X1, Kontrol S4, and most recently the Kontrol S8. While Maschine does have Komplete integration, people have been waiting for a keyboard from Native Instruments that integrates with Komplete. Native Instruments have released a lineup of dedicated keyboard controllers, the “Komplete Kontrol S-series”. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
There is a significant part of the DJ world in which vinyl will never die. From turntablists, to reggae jocks spinning 45s, to techno DJs like Sven Väth, the lure of black plastic is inescapable for many. So here we find ourselves, in 2014, with Pioneer, a company long associated with pushing the digital revolution, releasing a traditional analogue turntable. But is it a suitable replacement for the venerable Technics SL-1200? We tested one to find out.