In the turntablism world, it's always exciting when a new technique gets invented or popularized. In the last month, we've seen a new tool for turntablists make a splash on the scene: MIDI-mapped tone play cue points. Championed by turntable-focused artists like A-Trak, DJ Craze, Four Color Zach, and Teeko, this technique is fun, easy to map, and quickly becoming all the rage in the DJ community. Read on for video examples and to learn how to do it yourself.
Nearly every DAW has a piano roll that serves as the canvas for almost every harmonic part of a track. For some producers and DJs, samples are an easier solution - but many creators long to master the ivory keys, building catchy riffs and beautiful melodies that bring life to their tracks. Unless your budget includes the time and money for personal piano lessons, you'll want a simple solution to learn the piano on your own time with the hardware you already use in the studio. Today, we take a closer look at a handful of online applications that aim to be the personal piano tutor for inexperienced producers.
Pioneer DJ's DJM-900NXS2 is aiming to become the industry standard mixer in many DJ booths around the world, and for over $2,000, you'd expect it to do everything as a top-of-the-line unit should. Every feature present on the original DJM-900NXS is on the NXS2 model, with one exception: timecode input for Serato DJ and Traktor Pro. Read on to learn more about this strange situation and to share your thoughts.
Sketching out musical ideas on the go is one of the best ways to continuously be creating music - and apps like Auxy have opened up the doors to truly mobile creation. With a new 2.0 update to the app and a rebranding, Auxy holds even more weight - more tracks, Ableton Link support, and more. Read on for a quick review from DJTT contributor and experienced producer Tarekith.
The 2016 Online DJ Champion will be chosen by DMC judges on June 16th, but while they deliberate, the world can view the top 12 finalists' videos for themselves. This contest is the ultimate competition for bedroom DJs to show off their skills from the comfort of their own home studios. Check out some of the highlights of the finalists inside.
Many DJs know all about different types of music, but it's not too uncommon to find DJs who know absolutely nothing about how sound actually works. In this two-part series, we get a little nerdy and offer an introduction to basic audio electrical engineering for DJs. At the end of it, we hope you'll understand a bit better what's going on “under the hood” of your DJ hardware! This first part covers how analog sound becomes digital audio - and what sample and bit rates really are.
Taking a song from a rough mixdown into a final product ready for release is often an under-appreciated process in music production. Mastering engineers are able to take the hard work of artists and make them shine on all types of sound systems around the world - but for a producer who has never worked with one before, it can be a strange new world. In today's article, guest contributor Tarekith shares his advice on how to get the most from working with a mastering engineer.
This week, a story made the rounds on the internet about a nightclub owner in Los Angeles who decided to publicly announce a new rule for the venue, "No more laptops in the DJ booth." We've heard from many DJs who have encountered similar rules. In this article, we break down why this luddite attitude is incorrect, and how digital DJs can avoid perpetuating anti-laptop sentiments.