When ill.Gates waxes poetic on music production processes, it's clear that he's spent uncountable hours in the studio. In today's video, he shares some of his most valuable tips for anyone taking on the creative process of producing. Learn why "it's not over until someone kills a puppy" is reasonable music writing advice - watch the full video inside.
Ill Gates has long been an advocate of DJ and producer humor, and this time he's gone full mastermind, creating a parody trailer promoting his new duo act, Unsung Heroes. That's him and KJ Sawka ("the human drum machine"), and in this video they square off in a humorous battle-prep-montage that looks like a cross between Rocky and the trailer for 2014's Whiplash.
If you've ever seen artists like ill.Gates, Shawn Wasabi, or Mad Zach perform live, you know that soundpacks are one of the best ways to really give a unique performance. The challenge is seamlessly switching between different sound packs on the fly. Today Mad Zach shares an awesome trick for quickly switching to a new sound pack, without interrupting the music, during a live performance.
Sometimes there’s just not enough sounds available in a basic Ableton drum rack to allow for the full versatility a live performer might want. In today’s article, guest contributor and soundpack designer (from the DJTT newsletter!) Apoth shares the secrets behind nested drum racks, or what he likes to call Drumception!
In today's electronic music landscape the word remix comes up almost as much as original production. Whether it's a trending bootleg on Soundcloud or an official remix by an unknown artist for one of your favorite headlining acts, remixes are a great way for new and seasoned producers alike to get their name out there hone their skills or just have a lot of fun. Mad Zach has put together a cool and informative video tutorial covering 3 different techniques and strategies that he uses when working with stems to create a remix. In today's feature Mad Zach has put together a cool and informative video tutorial covering 3 different techniques and strategies that he uses when working with stems to create a remix.
Several years ago, our own Mad Zach kicked off the sound pack trend here on DJ TechTools, and it's been growing a steady following ever since. Sound packs are a plug and play modern DJ/producer tool that allows you to play great music with nothing but two hands and a 16 button grid. In today's article we will tell you what they are, who makes them and how to get these amazingly fun DJ tools.
DJTT friend and Midi Fighter aficionado Ill.Gates stopped in the DJTT studio to give us an exclusive behind-the-scenes of how his live setup works. The setup includes Serato Video, a Vestax VCI-300 controller, live VJing, and fingerdrumming on the Midi Fighter 3D. At the same time, ill.Gates is launching a brand new set of performance soundpacks on the DJTT webstore - watch the video and learn more inside!
There's no doubt that our Midi Fighter arcade button controllers have been a huge win with the finger drumming community, with a rapid response rate and ability to withstand extreme abuse. This routine video matches up ill.Gates with Mad Zach and his brother Sabayon for a communal controller soundpack jam - in a fuzzy room, of course.