Today is an exciting day for button pushers as the Maschine Jam is officially available in stores. Earlier this month we reported on the new controller from Native Instruments and all that new things Maschine Jam brings to the table. This new controller combines a lot of elements of past controllers and OddKidOut highlights the new features in his routine:
We’re excited to share a new routine straight out of Native Instruments' Tokyo artist lounge featuring GENRE BNDR, which includes, DJ Rafik (2007 DMC World Championship Champion), Kireek (2007-2011 DMC World Championship Team Champion), and DJ Yuto (2016 DMC World Championship Champion). This three-person routine incorporates live turntablism, controllerism, and finger-drumming all into one routine – a clever synchronized dance between four DJs.
Incorporating a performative element into a DJ set or live show is more popular than ever. For many producers and DJs, adding a finger drumming routine might seem challenging, but with a bit of practice it can quickly become the most exciting part of your set. Watch Mad Zach's tutorial on how he performs one of his most recent sound packs and learn to ace it yourself.
Last October, Melodics hit the market as one of the most exciting ways to learn finger drumming. By taking the same moving scale model as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the app aims to teach finger drumming while making the learning process fun and engaging. But not everyone who wants to get into finger drumming is willing to invest into a controller, and practicing on the go can be difficult since a controller is required to practice efficiently. So Melodics have developed a brand new app that gives anyone with an iPhone or iPad the ability to jump right into the lessons - read on for details.
Today we’re launching a brand new set of Mad Zach Sound Packs, Volume 5 of his popular finger drumming series. This set of 15 packs is more refined and feature-filled than ever before, including play-along video lessons, a free computer keyboard player, and Ableton, Maschine, and Kontakt compatibility. Watch Zach demo the new packs in the video!
Finger drummer and producer Coby Ashpis was the champion of DJTT's Holiday Finger Drumming Contest in December, taking our provided soundpack and ratcheting it up to lightspeed. Last week he came by the DJTT studio to share a brand new finger drumming routine as well as some of his finger drumming techniquies and secrets in a ten minute tutorial video.
It's rare that a duo comes along in the dance music world and does something completely rebellious and unique - but after a recent Mr Bill and KJ Sawka interview we were inspired and excited. See how live drumming, Ableton manipulation, and finger drumming all are combined in their behind-the-booth video inside this article.
Happy holidays, DJ Techtools readers, friends, and family! In the holiday spirit, we've chosen the winners for our finger drumming contest. We had over 50 different entrants from all over the world, all different skill levels, and using a ton of different pieces of gear - so it was really difficult to choose just a few winners. Keep reading to watch our top choices!