"Anyone can DJ." Ever heard the saying before? Today's DJ equipment makes it easier then ever to get started. While technology and media may be making DJ’ing more accessible to the wider community, DJ’s who play unique sets and have different playing styles are progressively becoming the minority. They're drowned out by the noise of Top 40 DJ’s who simply just fade one track into the next. You can show up to the club with a USB in hand and rock it, but then again, there are thousands of people who could do the exact same thing. But DJ equipment and technology has so much to offer, that in actual fact, it can help us put a unique edge on our sets. Here are 5 tools that can help you achieve that.
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 […]
Want to build your own custom layout control surfaces on iOS? Besides the major players from Liine and Hexler, there's a newer upstart, Midi Designer Pro, that is worth considering. Today, Chris Brackley gives the software a full review, including tips on using it in real world DJ scenarios and a critical eye to how design can influence the perceived quality of DJ tools.
We’ve all heard the declarations that the age of physical hardware or controllers is at an end in the production world, and that mobile devices and tablets like the iPad will become the primary way that musicians make music and perform it live. But how realistic is this claim? Today, we’ve asked an expert in […]
Coincidentally, the same day that we publish our tutorial on making awesome TouchOSC mappings for DJs, one of the biggest competitors in the OSC control game is making a big announcement . Liine, who were famous for the JazzMutant Lemur controller, moved development to mobile devices a year ago and now have a brand new version […]
Since the launch of the Midi Fighter 3D, we’ve been excited every time we see a new way that someone has figured out how to really make the controller shine in a new context. For a fun Friday post, we wanted to share a few videos that are not only technically impressive, but also interesting […]
The past week and a half has been chockfull of artists and critics debating the importance of playing live and the state of dance music, washing out some cool smaller stories that went under the radar. We’re taking a few minutes today to highlight three interesting MIDI-based projects – a Mexican jacket that sends MIDI notes, an […]
Just two weeks ago, we ran a story on the absence of MIDI controls for the Remix Decks in Traktor’s then-upcoming 2.5 release. We immediately noticed in the comments on that article a number of our community members were primed and ready to start hacking their way in – and just a few days after the release, […]