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”.
Sinden’s Routine on DDJ-SX2
DJ booths have come a long way since the beginning with record players thanks to the advances in technology that we have seen in power setups like the DDJ-SX2. Sinden took advantage of the Serato DJ Flip feature which allowed him to take different samples and loops to be played back in a creative way. The performance pads on the DDJ-SX2 live up to the name by actually being used as an instrument rather than just one shot hits or ways to activate effects.
Sinden then uses Serato DJ effects to manipulate and design the sound that he gets out of the controller. This dynamic is what really turns the DJ controller into a production powerhouse that can be played either in the studio or on the main stage. Production is no longer a pre-activity to DJing because controllers are now so advanced that a performance can be inherently built into a DJ set. After a set (either in the studio or in the booth) the recorded audio can be taken out into a DAW for further arrangement. Sinden explains further on this concept below about blending production and DJing while offering some great insight for DJs to make that leap.
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