Whether you're buying your very first DJ controller or getting a new one, the question "Should I go modular or all-in-one?" will come up. Deciding between these workflows can be an important choice, as both have specific advantages you may not be aware of. In today's article, I will help you understand the key differences and advantages of each - and explore the conceptual debate of DJing on a mixer versus in DJ software.
Since the industry has shifted from traditional beatmatching to an ensemble of MIDI controllers and synced devices, the art of mixing by ear seems to be a thing of the past and thats not ok. In this article, Markos Polydorou will explain some of the benefits of learning how to DJ the traditional way.
Many people are now carrying a wide range of gear with them on the road or in the studio, and this brings up the common question: what is the right way to set it up? All of your devices including controllers, sound-cards, and dj consoles have different power demands so it's critical to know the right and wrong way to use USB hubs when connecting them all to the computer.
The original Akai APC40 is one of the rare breed of products in the computer music age to achieve iconic status. Launched in 2009, the APC40 (followed by its more compact sibling, the APC20) was, along with the Novation Launchpad, the first dedicated, plug-and-play Ableton Live controller to hit the mainstream market. Five years later, Akai are releasing a re-imagining of the original APC40, the Mk2. Will it be as widely adopted as its forebear? We spent some time with it to try to find out.
Many Ableton Live users know there is a simple and easy MIDI mapping engine available for controlling synths and tracks with any control surface. Map, click, turn, and control! Super easy – but did you know many controllers have more advanced “Remote Scripts” that give them instant -and more importantly dynamic- control over Live’s devices?
British pop musician Imogen Heap has been working on her Ableton-controlling gloves since 2011 - building a system of advanced gestures and position detection that allow her to affect any number of elements in a performance using only movements of her hands. The Mi.Mu project has now made the transition towards a final consumer-ready state by moving onto Kickstarter to secure the final funding needed to bring the gloves to the masses.
For every controller that hits shelves, there are always a few more great ideas that don’t see serious play time. Today we look back at those conceptual products that got us all excited but never delivered the goods. Plus, to really spice it up, we are giving away two unreleased controllers to a few lucky […]
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, both talented multi-instrumentalists and skilled producers in their own right, take on live performance and live production in this video for their collaborative project, Darkside. Watch as the two spend ten minutes on their track “Paper Trails” in a session for Resident Advisor: What’s That Controller? We also wanted to enlist […]