At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision - some will choose to DJ – itself an honorable and life-long quest - while others will seek more performative live experiences. In today’s tutorial, Mad Zach shares one strategy for taking a finished song and using parts of it to create a performable kit in Ableton and Maschine.
Graeme Sinden has been making waves in clubs around the world since 2008 and recently he caught up with Serato to talk about his current productions. Sinden has a unique way of blending DJ elements into the way he produces and the routine video below shows how the Pioneer DDJ-SX2 can evolve from a 2-deck controller into a sound design tool to create a his brand new track "Hands".
Akai is has been a friend of producers and finger drummers since the release of their Music Production Centers (MPCs) in the eighties. Fast forward a couple of decades and the company gives the world a new, USB MIDI controller that changed the way artists perform. The MPD gave performers like Justice and The Glitch Mob a new way to […]
Native Instruments has just released a new performance video with Mark De Clive-Lowe (Dubspot instructor) showcasing the speed of the Komplete x Maschine workflow with the Komplete Kontrol S61 keyboard and their flagship Maschine hardware, Maschine Studio. The video links to a new section on their site specifically for Komplete x Maschine meaning we'll likely see more videos focusing on the power of this tight integration. Native Instruments has also released a performance breakdown with Mark De Clive-Lowe, who shares his creative process for this inspiring routine.
A common theme in recent years in the production world are producers who who want to not only make incredible music, but also strive to find a way to create their productions in real time, live performances. One of our favorites is Rheyne, who we've featured on the site many times before and who even wrote a fantastic roundup review of iOS production tools.
We've heard a lot of intrigue about the Launchpad Pro, launched just this week at NAMM 2015 - if you missed all of the details, you can read about the controller's advanced functions in this article. We were lucky enough to have LA-based producer and educator Thavius Beck agree to do an on-the-fly routine on the Pro.
"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.
We recently hosted another open house in our San Francisco pop-up store, featuring tutorial sessions, the new Kontrol S8 hardware and a smoking performance from DJ Teeko, who expertly combines turntablism, controllers, and analog synths! Fortunately the cameras were rolling so we captured the best moments along with an improv Q&A session that covers his musical tools.