For all of Pioneer's current DJ market dominance, they still face strong competition in the controller, mixer, and vinyl turntable arenas. But in the media player/CDJ/digital turntable world, they're nearly completely unchallenged. It's been a year since we first saw the XDJ-1000, but with the CDJ-2000Nexus now 3 years old, it's about time that we saw an update to the top of the line player from Pioneer. What will it look like, and what will it do differently? Read on and share your own speculation inside.
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!
We had Mad Zach dig into the new Launchpad Pro in his review a few weeks ago - but something that often gets overlooked on new controllers is how well they can be modified by the end-user. Novation has gone above and beyond with open source firmware on the new Launchpad Pro. Learn what this means and how some have already started taking advantage of this hackable firmware in the article.
For many producers and live performers, being able to have a few basic DJ tools at your disposal while still playing from inside of your DAW during a gig is critical. So how do you keep all of your effects in line and ready to use at a moment's notice? Gary Harper shares a quick guide to setting up a DJ effects rack in Ableton in today's tutorial.
We've had lots of DJ-oriented How I Play interviews, but today we've got a special treat - Keys N Krates explain their full live band setup, featuring a drum kit, Ableton Live, Serato, and a whole lot of collaborative practice between the three band members. Put it all together and you get awesome live trap music performances, a truly unique experience for the genre of music that is usually full of traditional DJing.
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:
At this point, many of you have probably heard about the Stems concept from Native Instruments, which allows you to play songs with four parts and isolate each part from one another - for example, removing the drums. While these files are available for purchase on many online stores, until now you needed to use NI hardware and software to isolate the parts and use their power. Today Ean shares how anyone can isolate a Stem file's individual elements using a simple, free process for Mac and PC, allowing you to create custom instrumentals that will play in any DJ software or hardware.
We've seen what Native Instruments' Traktor team has been capable of with the integration of Stem Decks and the new on-controller screens over the last 12 months, but today we're looking forward and imagining what might become reality in Traktor Pro 3.0. One of the big, often-promised features we might see is full Maschine/Traktor integration - so today we're rounding up specific features DJTT readers want to see in this hypothetical future software pairing.