After opening up their beta of an upcoming DJ software one month ago, Pioneer DJ is finally revealing a first look at the Rekordbox DJ software interface, as well as two new controllers that are designed to be used in parallel with the software. Read more about the software inside and see the DDJ-RX and DDJ-RZ controllers.
Traktor Pro 2.8 brought support for the Kontrol D2, as well as several other features. Quietly included in that update were mapping options for “MIDI Controls”, which allows Traktor to read MIDI signals from one device and parse this input as a MIDI signal for another device. Essentially, this feature allows you to control not only Traktor, but also external VSTs, DAWs, and MIDI hardware with one device, and also allows you to integrate those controls with Traktor’s built-in modifiers and environment states. Read more to see how this powerful mapping feature can seamlessly extend your live performance outside the bounds of Traktor.
Digital and analogue drum machines have become staples in dance music with tremendous staying power over the decades. However, many of these classic sounds (including 909 and 808) are very raw and contain less than ideal "sonic gremlins" that hide in your mix. Today professional mixing engineer Hannes Bieger - who specializes in house and techno music - is going to show you how to clean up the high-end in your dance tracks by isolating and removing nasty frequencies.
All good things must come to an end and in the world of music some people believe it is time to part ways with Soundcloud. In a recent site-wide takedown fiasco many DJs and producers began to post on social media about their distaste with Soundcloud. The site is being pinned down by the major three record labels as they threaten the site with copyright laws. This becomes a big problem for DJs who want to post mixes, mashups, and remixes while also being a problem for DJs when it comes to finding new music. For DJs ready to jump ship below is a handful of sites that may be your new home for music.
We're so close to the weekend which means it's time for our second Throwback Thursday tutorial hosted by Ean Golden. Last week Ean showed you how to pitch ride on turntables to match the BPM of two records. Today Ean will show you how to create a beat repeat effect using 2 records. No software effects or mixer effects required, all you need is two copies of the same record.
Novation had enormous success with the original Launchpad thanks in large part to viral Youtube performances from artists like M4SONIC and Madeon. However the Launchpad started to show it's age with the release of AKAI APC40 MK2 and Ableton Push. Novation released the true successor to the original launchpad, the Launchpad Pro with RGB velocity sensitive pads, note mode, and several new mode buttons for extra control. Is it worth the upgrade? Mad Zach puts the Launchpad Pro to the test.
The lifecycle of a piece of DJ equipment often ends due to an upgrade to a new piece of gear – meaning lots of working-condition stuff sits around waiting for a new home. Today we’ve got tips on how to get more money when you sell used DJ gear on eBay, Craigslist, Facebook, etc.
We've continued to cringe nearly weekly at new stories of Soundcloud's demise as an ad-free place to safely host DJ content. For the sake of their content, we've heard from many who DJs are moving their mixes to Mixcloud. We asked the Mixcloud team to share exactly how best to prep a DJ mix for their platform, as well a few other bonus tips in today's article.