At the Strata+Hadoop data conference in London this week, Shazam put together an incredible presentation that give us a hint into how they've become the best representation of Big Data that we've seen in the music industry. The presentation starts off showing how the service's data can actually do a pretty good job of predicting a hit prior to it getting serious radio play.
A great sounding set of studio monitors can do wonders for our productions. We’re not looking for something to add magic to our tracks; instead we want an honest representation of the music. Most people will be listening on systems that color music in one way or another. Clear sounding monitors with a flat response will help us sculpt a mix that sounds good on any system. Today we look at a set of affordable studio monitors that do just that, the Samson Resolv RXA5 Active Studio Monitors.
One of the challenges with producing electronic music is maintaining a human feel in the music. If producers aren't careful, loops and patterns can easily sound robotic and stale, leaving listeners bored. Today Multiplier shares a simple trick to help humanize drums and add some variation in Ableton using the Velocity effect.
Today’s Artist Gear Setup feature looks at the travel gear of Brainfeeder artist William Benjamin Bensussen, better known as The Gaslamp Killer. As an alternative hip hop DJ and producer, Gaslamp Killer helped found "Low End Theory", an experimental hip hop and electronic music club night held every week at The Airliner in LA. One of the most unique pieces in his setup isn't exactly DJ gear, it's an Apple Airport Express. Find out why it's crucial for his sets.
With Digital DJ software, DJs have several creative tools at their disposal: 4 decks, multiple FX, and sample decks such as the Serato DJs SP-6 sampler player or Traktor Pro 2’s remix decks. These sample decks can be loaded with one shot samples, loops, instrumentals and acapellas for remixing. Today Ryan Dejaegher shares 5 sources for great samples, loops, instrumentals, and acapellas to load into your sample decks.
Sometimes there’s just not enough sounds available in a basic Ableton drum rack to allow for the full versatility a live performer might want. In today’s article, guest contributor and soundpack designer (from the DJTT newsletter!) Apoth shares the secrets behind nested drum racks, or what he likes to call Drumception!
Last year Serato introduced Serato Flip, an incredible feature that lets DJs record cue point automation to easily create and recall edits on the fly. For DJs that are new to production, Flip is an easy way to start creating edits that doesn't require a DAW. DJ TechTools reached out to the good guys at Serato to see if they could show some cool ways to use Serato Flip. Watch Kutcorners showcase 7 ways to use Serato Flip using the Pioneer DDJ SX2.
Our friend Shawn Wasabi is back on the Midi Fighter performance train, this time with an epic three minute performance that mashes up samples and sounds from over 150 different songs. What makes this performance special the use of a custom-made Midi Fighter 64 that we built exclusively for Shawn at his request. Click in to learn more about the controller and performance.