Often during a DJ's career, you take a step back and wonder, “why am I doing this again”? Inevitably, some form of fresh inspiration arrives, and the question is answered from a fresh perspective. Lately, that bothersome feeling has crept back in for me, after nearly 20 years on the decks. Sure enough, an answer showed up from the most unlikely of places - quantum physics.
Enter the Seaboard RISE, an exciting new take on the piano-based MIDI controller which – for the first time in a while – brings us a truly new input mechanism. At first glance it doesn’t look like much, an elegant black rectangle which would be more at home in an Apple store than your local music shop, but after close inspection it reveals itself as a notably innovative control surface.
Native Instruments' music production line has taken a huge step with the introduction of their Maschine Jam controller. The Jam unlocks rapid song arrangement, step sequencing, unique instrument modes and much more. In today's hands-on video, NI product specialist Brian Kullas demonstrates the core features of the new Maschine controller.
It's been almost exactly one year since the last major update to Traktor, and today we've gotten confirmation that a brand public beta of Traktor Pro 2.11 is launching. Traktor 2.11 is actually going to bring a few major features - including Ableton Link integration and a MIDI-mappable Remix Deck step sequencer. Read on for a overview of this new update and details on how to get the Beta.
Based on an initial report from the Financial Times, there's a reasonable chance that streaming-music giant Spotify could buy SoundCloud. We've heard numerous times before that SoundCloud was on the market, including famous talks with Twitter. It turned out that Twitter was only investing - but it seems like Spotify buying SoundCloud could be a reality.
There was a high-profile article published in The Economist recently about DJing. The central theme: it's getting easier to DJ, and as a result, the art form might be dying. We're not convinced that DJing is on its last gasp, so in today's article, DJTT contributor Steven Maude analyzes and refutes some of the claims made.
We saw an early version of Bomebox in January of 2015 at NAMM. This is Bome Software’s first hardware product, designed act as the central hub for connecting all types of audio gear without an additional computer. Keep reading to find out more about this recently released device.
The Traktor Kontrol S8 and S5 are two powerful Traktor DJ controllers with screens. But their power is limited by what information is shown on the screen – and for some, the default display wasn’t good enough. Check out a project by some enterprising DJs to hack the screens on these controllers with advanced layouts.