Many moons ago there was The Bridge - a joint effort by Serato and Ableton to link the two pieces of software. When The Bridge came out five years ago there wasn't a lot of reaction from the DJ world. The software wasn't revolutionary, but it was a useful tool that has since been forgotten (or put on the back burner) by both companies. However, Andrew Robertson has developed an Ableton Live device (based on research at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London) called the BeatSeeker to serve as a simpler bridge between Ableton and other music-making software.
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.
At NAMM Rane announced that the company would launch two new mixers this year, one of which is a revival of the highly sought after TTM 57 mixer. The mixer follows up one of best-selling units of the digital DJing era. Recently Serato met up with the electric trap band, Keys 'N Krates who put the mixer to the test. Watch the performance below and see the potential of the TTM 57 MKII - as well as their ingenious live band style performance.
Tomorrow afternoon I will set out with Richie Hawtin and a talented cast of electronic music experts on the second edition of CNTRL. Each day the group will speak at universities across the nation in a quest to inspire new and old producers to believe that they too, can find their own unique voice in music. Today, I sat down with Richie to talk about CNTRL and learned some interesting things along the way.
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.
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.
The super duo E.A.S.Y. is back with a live performance of their second single "Pop Music", which is available as a free download on Craze's Slow Roast Records label. When a track gets the thumbs up from a 5 time DMC Champion you know it's gonna be good.
We've been a continual fan of Netherlands-based live performance artist Binkbeats, who crafts incredible songs out of digital and traditional instruments. His performances gained hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and in a new video shot at the Le Guess Who festival last November, we get to see a new set up that features the Midi Fighter Twister as the central hub of control for effects, volume, and more.