For the past few years Ean has been developing a style of “light controllerism” that takes his live performance routines into the improvised worlds of house and techno. 4/4 dance music is about the groove, so this transition required new tools and performance techniques, for a lot of creative control without killing the groove. Today he shares with us his full setup in the hopes that some of the tech might inspire your workflow!
COMPLETE LIST OF GEAR + USES:
- Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus (in the DJTT store) – with a built in sound-card that has four independent channels coming out from Traktor into the mixer
- Kontrol X1 MK1 (now discontinued for the MK2s) – used to control four decks, with a LED feedback mapping as demonstrated in this tutorial.
- Chroma Cables (a DJTT creation) – used to identify different parts of the setup – yellow is the sound card, don’t unplug that one ever!
- Midi Fighter Twister (more info about it here) – used to control Deck D, sequencing drum beats
- Midi Fighter 3D (white edition due out in 2015 – black available now) – used to trigger single-shot samples, with effects mapped to the X-Y gyroscopic motion control
- Boss FX pedals (DJTT-curated pedals in the store) – used with the send/return of the DJM-900 almost exclusively with sequenced beats on Deck D.
- Westone UM2 In-Ear Monitors and Subpac M1 (just added to the DJTT store) – for monitoring without cranking the levels up in the DJ booth to ear-splitting levels
Here is a nice long 3 hour example of the resulting sound!