Sampling from old records can be a great way to get inspiration from generations and times past. Vinyl is also a great source of analog tone to craft, mangle, and tune. In this quick tutorial, Mad Zach shares his techniques for building a unique soundpack out of a simple vinyl sample.
The DJTT annual week-long sale is back! We're excited to announce that things are kicking off on the holiday front with discount from 15% to 60% in our online store. Forget waiting in line at a big box store or supporting a corporate giant like Guitar Center, and shop here at your own DJ community this holiday season. Check out some of the most exciting discounts inside.
We've seen another recent uptick in the number of finger drumming and controllerism routines on the web, so it seemed like a good time to put together a sequel to our first compilation of underappreciated routines on YouTube. Start your weekend off right with some inspiration for your next controllerism routine or DJ video!
DJing and controllerism routines have the same issue that a lot of other digital media have online: getting heard amongst way too much noise. For a fun Friday article we thought it would be great to round up some of the most under-appreciated (low in views, high in talent) routines that we've seen on YouTube recently. Watch all our favorites in this article.
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.
One of the most popular DJTT articles was a discussion in 2012 about choosing between modular setups or all-in-one DJ rigs. Despite the influx of tons of fantastic all-in-one controllers and standalone gear like the XDJ-RX, modular DJ controllers are still a very popular, affordable, and versatile choice. Today DJTT community member Belmont shows off how he mixes with a Midi Fighter 3D, Midi Fighter Twister, two Kontrol X1 Mk2s, Traktor, and any four channel mixer.
If you have been DJing for any length of time, chances are high that at some point things got a little… boring? All creative passions have a natural ebb and flow to their appeal and even DJing can get a little old. For me, DJing has become stale several times in the last 18 years and today I want to share a few tips on how anyone can get through those rough patches and find inspiration again.
Following on the popularity of last week's gear setup with Loco Dice, we're bringing you another popular artist gear setup. Today, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland better known as The Crystal Method share their setup and why they travel with this gear. One thing that's notably absent from this current setup is their famous CDJ guitar (DJTT got an up close and personal look at it when we first interviewed the Crystal Method). The Crystal Method has been known to use a variety of gear for their live performances. This setup seems to be focused on portability and is full of gear that can easily fit into any DJ booth and also used on the road.