February 8, 2014
I think that it is hard to separate the idea of a controller and something that is durable. Controllers are easy to make when you are making millions of them. They require very little actual hands on work to get one together, at least not when compared to an actual analog synthesizer that has to be built and wired by hand. MIDI controllers are actually becoming more sophisticated by the day – and some of them are doing things that makes a synthesizer look old fashioned. Touch sensors and control voltage are also pretty nice since they avoid the problem of the DJ pounding away at his new controller.
The next step in any controller is really to become something worth the high cost. Controllers are pretty cheap, and only the costly ones are actually built with care in mind. If you begin adding non-computer components to a controller, making …
July 26, 2013
I have always looked at the four deck controllers out there and wondered why I have never liked them very much. Perhaps it is because I personally don’t have a lot of experience mixing anything more than three channels at one time. Mixing two songs isn’t hard once you get the hang of it – but adding that third channel makes things increasingly difficult. Most of the time that third channel is best used for samples or one shots, since trying to actually mix a regular song can be confusing. When I see MIDI controllers that offer linear fader control over four separate channels, it makes me wonder if people are actually using 4 channels.
I’m sure in the world of DVS and Traktor it happens all the time. If you are spinning electronic music the job is also a bit more watered down. Traktor can grid and autoBPM the …
October 15, 2012
Controlling 4 decks on a 2 deck controller is well within your means, but it will take careful attention and you need to be an organized person – otherwise you can just as easily manipulate a live tracks or something to that end. Traktor has mapping that will allow one physical deck to control more than one virtual deck, with a caveat. The pitch control must be reset to its original placement before the new pitch can be set.
This makes sense, because if you pitch as maxed out, let’s say +10%, then you wouldn’t be able to raise the pitch of the next track that shares the same controls.…