There was a high-profile article published in The Economist recently about DJing. The central theme: it's getting easier to DJ, and as a result, the art form might be dying. We're not convinced that DJing is on its last gasp, so in today's article, DJTT contributor Steven Maude analyzes and refutes some of the claims made.
We are often inspired by some of the amazing DIY DJ projects out there - so today we're focusing on on such mixer designed by DJ dAb that incorporates some of the more interesting product design trends into a powerful digital DJ hub. With an integrated screen, onboard computer, and an excess of controls, could the OBMFLM4 DJ mixer be a prediction of the future of DJ gear? Read on to see the full details behind this custom piece of kit.
For all of Pioneer's current DJ market dominance, they still face strong competition in the controller, mixer, and vinyl turntable arenas. But in the media player/CDJ/digital turntable world, they're nearly completely unchallenged. It's been a year since we first saw the XDJ-1000, but with the CDJ-2000Nexus now 3 years old, it's about time that we saw an update to the top of the line player from Pioneer. What will it look like, and what will it do differently? Read on and share your own speculation inside.
Controllers come in all different shapes and sizes, but there's no one-size-fits-all solution for every DJ or producer. Sensel is creating an interaction device that anyone can use in countless ways. Dubbed the Morph, it is a pressure-sensitive multi-touch device, and allows users to add their own overlays to the surface to give it physical controls. Read more about it and watch the Kickstarter video inside.
One of the first articles I wrote on DJTT was the Kickstarter called the Tuna Knobs. The knobs were meant to add a tactile element that was lost with touch based apps. A common concern for the Tuna Knobs that we saw in the comments was that they seemed to be a little simple for the purpose […]
Native Instruments put out a brand new interview video earlier this morning focusing on house legend and 20 year DJ veteran MK. In the video, MK waxes poetic on the state of DJing and it's transformation to digital - as well as sharing his own feelings on how software and controllers like his Kontrol X1 MK2 have changed his approach to the craft.
Last week’s article “The Laptop: Evolution or Revolution” embraced the idea of ditching the laptop completely for performing DJ sets. Another idea which is famous among DIY-enthusiasts is bringing the PC and controllers together into one shell. This can be as easy as just stuffing everything in one case you can carry around. DJTechTool’s member Chris […]
On Saturday, we bumped into the prolific Mr. Hawtin, a digital DJ pioneer and the guy who originally paved a road for much of our work today. Ironically, January 2011 is the 10-year anniversary of the ground breaking announcement that really kicked off the digital DJ movement. Final Scratch 1, co-developed by John Aqcuaviva and […]