June 20, 2014
If there is one company in the DJ world that could use some serious help, it is in my opinion, Denon. Denon has always done things differently than the likes of Pioneer and Numark – but their problem has been knowing where and how to establish themselves in the DJ community. Pioneer has the high priced gear (which is usually worth it), and they also carry the brand and image that many club owners care about. Most clubs will either use a Rane mixer or a 4-channel Pioneer so that any DJ can easily adjust their setup. Rarely will you see a Denon mixer or Denon decks in place of Pioneer CDJs.
Still, there are people that use Denon gear for many reasons. For one, they excel in the field of spinning platter controllers. Vestax, Pioneer, and Numark all fall short in this area. I think they have avoided it …
May 20, 2014
I remember when I first tried to install my Innofader many years ago. I had a mixer that had not yet been tested, but since it was exactly the same design as the HAK 360 – I assumed it would work fine. Once I had the fader installed and calibrated, I discovered that there were certain issues with bleeding audio. I worked with the creator of the Innofader and we found a solution that worked; and it involved a PCB that had to be re-soldered. Fast forward to today and the Innofader is still alive and kicking. In fact, there are many more revisions of the famous fader nowadays – and they exist to fit inside of just about anything you can throw at it.
The new Mini Innofader is just that. It is a smaller version of the fader we know and love. The side of it makes it …
September 11, 2013
Motion control is still considered to be in its infancy, even though it has been around for quite some time. We already have motion control in gaming – but to bring it to a computer for tasks other than playing games leaves us with a few problems that need to be solved. The first problem is also the oldest problem, and it comes in the form of speed and precision. Both of these things are hard to achieve with a system that has to zap signals around to each other. The way you use it will also determine how well it actually performs. For example, it would be near impossible to create an intricate composition in Photoshop using such a method.
But if used for something like lighting control, it might just be easier to control. Some have taken the idea and ran with it to get the most out …
September 6, 2013
If you ask any professional battle DJ out there why he or she is battling, they would tell you that it is for the respect rather than the prize. Sure, there are prizes to be had (some of them that cannot even be bought), but the real prize comes in the form of press. People will come to know your name and understand where you are coming from. The ramped production of DJ gear has brought prices down, and therefore we see many more DJs appearing every day. Everyone is a DJ right? One positive about the influx of new gear is that there is more incentive to use it.
Not every competition out there has to be large and publicized, there are plenty of small online competitions that allow bedroom DJs to strut their stuff, and some of the low profile DJs gets a chance to make a big …