DJ gear manufacturers usually create controllers that are optimized for separate DJ software companies such as Traktor or Serato. Denon is taking a different approach with the release of their latest controller the MCX8000. When we first heard about the MCX8000 and Engine during NAMM 2016, Denon was really quiet about the software and how it would interact with the controller. Prior to current developments, Engine was Denon's music organizational tool, similar to Pioneer's Rekorbox. Later, Denon stated that the software would support all features of the MCX8000 besides the sampler and beat-gridding capabilities. Now, Denon is ready to elaborate on the Engine 1.5 software and what makes it more than just a playlist manager.
Five years ago on the DJTT blog we did a roundup of a then-emerging trend: DJs wearing point-of-view cameras while playing sets. Now that action cameras like the GoPro have become less of a specialist item and more ubiquitous, it's no surprise that we're seeing an increase in the number of DJ sets recorded from a DJ's point-of-view. Read on for some of our favorites in this fun Friday roundup.
For many DJs around the world, January 1st is a day of serious recovery. Even if you're not regularly playing gigs or even if you don't regularly drink while DJing, major celebrations like New Year's Eve are likely to be some of the more taxing events that you'll play. We've got a few tips from our readers and around the web for hungover DJs looking to start feeling better (and maybe even play another gig, as it's now the weekend!)
Software for DJs will usually is expensive, and many of the cheap/free options have license restrictions or lack-luster features. Mixxx 2.0 hopes to change all of that with, a new update that brings a slew of features to a truly free DJ software.
For Black Friday, many companies put on a super-sized holiday sale - many of which are some of the best prices that DJs and producers will see all year. This is especially true in the software and digital instrument world. We've rounded up some of the best deals out there for dance music tools, software, and technology in this article, read on to get to the deals.
Want to indicate the moment that a beat kicks in or even modify a song to skip straight past the intro? This is easy in the digital DJ world - but what about when you're mixing on turntables? Today Ean shows a classic DJ technique - using stickers to mark and modify your vinyl records. Watch how it works in this throwback tutorial:
Since NAMM 2015, Rane has been teasing the TTM57 MKII which will fight to replace its predecessor as the next go to mixer for turntablists. Skratch Bastid is the focus of Serato’s latest routine video which shows him cutting up NXWXRK by Nadus and using the mixer’s effects to build a rhythmic remix of the song. As […]
DJing is usually an independent act. An independent DJ and their decks run the club but not in the world of team DJ competitions. DMC hosts the DJ Team Championship every year and in 2014 9'O Clock stole the trophy. The team is composed of three DJs who each have a mixer and a turntable to cut up tracks during their routine. The DJs aren't mixing back to back but they reach musical connection as they all scratch at the same time. Watch their winning routine below.