In a DJ set, having predictable control over your mixer or controller's effects unit is critical. So when an effect like Spiral shows up on a mixer, it's often avoided because it's initially confusing and unpredicatable. In today's tutorial, learn how to make the most of Spiral's pitch delay effect found on Pioneer mixers and the XDJ-RX.
Just a few weeks ago in Barcelona, there were a slew of talented artists performing for the Sónar festival. It was perhaps easy to overlook an event at the parallel Sónar+D conference that packed several legendary DJs and producers in a single room. Native Instruments enlisted Alexandre Cazac of InFiné records, Kerri Chandler, Carl Craig and Luciano to talk about the new Stems format, […]
At the EDMBiz conference in the middle of June, in the lead-up to this year's EDC in Vegas, three big dance music artists argued over how important unique and spontaneous DJ sets should be from one show to the next. On the side of extreme importance: Z-Trip. Opposing him? Nicky Romero and 3Lau. In this article we delve into the art of variety, why it matters, and a few things to try to avoid stale sets.
Chances are that you are going out this weekend (or staying in) to play a gig. Recording your set should be a no brainer: it's great for learning, promotion, and posterity. However most DJs show up and, in the stress of the moment, skip the recording process because it feels too complicated. Here are 3 dead simple ways to record your live DJ set this weekend.
It's a pretty terrifying prospect: return home or to your studio only to find broken glass, a busted lock, and empty shelves. DJs and producers often lots of very valuable gear, so today we look at a few ways to help get your gear back and start making / mixing music ASAP after getting robbed. Even if you don't think you'll ever have anything stolen, read this article to learn what you can do now to make things easier if it ever happens!
Recently Ean has been posting weekly live performance videos on his Facebook page. These performances are a 100% live freestyle jam, completely un-edited and off the cuff. In one of his video’s Ean performs with Allen & Heath Xone:92, BOSS guitar pedals, 2 Kontrol X1s, a Roland TR-8 and Traktor Pro 2. How does he have Traktor running with an analogue mixer and how is he able to record everything? Today, Ean is going to walk you through this setup and show you how it all comes together.
There were way less DJs in the 1970s, unlike the explosion of DJs in the last five to ten years, but there still was plenty of gear to be lusting after back then. Interestingly a popular movement at the time was to combine all of the gear into one master combined all-in-one device. Sound familiar?
The Akai Advance 49 controller with VIP software puts all your VSTi plug-in sounds at your fingertips, at the same time in the same place. Imagine browsing many thousands of presets—every single one from your collection, including Native Instruments Komplete—narrowing them down to the perfect sound and then loading them onto a controller that’s pre-mapped for your controls. Then you load up to 8 sounds from different plug-ins to play together in one monster patch. The Advance 49 could revolutionize your music production workflow.