As an electronic music producer, you need to constantly be testing your nearly-finished tracks in different sound environments. But unless you have regular DJ gigs at a nice club, how do you hear what your tracks sound like in an ideal situation, on a club sound system? Berlin-based CDR is a club night that solves that exact problem - and contributor Dan Cole explores the unique event in today's article.
Back in October, Novation announced the launch of a standalone production unit, the Circuit. Novation seems to be taking customer feedback very seriously on this device as there’s just been a new firmware update that fixes and improves upon the current iteration. As a bonus, they’re also working with Isotonik Studios to expand the sound horizon for the Novation Circuit.
The winter holidays are upon us, and with that comes a season of fantastic gift-giving to the people who matter to you. Whether you need to find gifts for your DJ friends, studio producer colleagues, or even just ideas for hints to send to your parents or relatives, we've put together another holiday gift guide for your use.
A producer's DAW is rarely a simple machine - usually it's a combination of libraries, sounds, plug-ins, and instruments. When starting a new track it isn't always as simple as grabbing a guitar or drumming out a beat on a drum set and becomes more technical, it's almost too much. Since just playing around with the music isn't as simple in the electronic world as traditional instruments, Novation has tackled this by announcing the Circuit, a brand new type of groove box.
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.
As DJs, we collect lots of music, a significant part of which is downloaded as promo material on Soundcloud, music blogs, Toneden, Drip.FM, Bandcamp or any number of other sources. But seemingly one out of every ten songs downloaded has confusing or incorrect metadata that makes it difficult for DJs to quickly read, find, or sort by. This article is for producers and DJs putting out music: take five minutes right now to learn how to properly label your tracks.
Inspiration can strike anywhere. Sometimes the commute to work can be the birthplace of a new melody or a late night of watching TV can create the need to jam out. Guitarists have the luxury of being able to play anywhere with their instrument, but what about the keyboardists? Keyboards are traditionally cumbersome units that probably will require an external power source and they take longer to setup than just pulling the keyboard from a case. Yamaha is a pioneer of electronic keyboards and synthesizers who wants to bring portability back to the keys with their new reface series.
DJTT is good friends with the incredible producer Amp Live, who has been crafting beats and producing records since the 1990s as a part of Bay Area rap group Zion I. Recently we had a chance to bring him into the DJTT studio for a class and interview, and he shared some of his insights on being a modern producer and how being an artist has changed over the last 20 years. Watch the full 8 minute video now.