August 9, 2013
Some may look at gridding and syncing as the end all of modern mixing problems within a digital DJing program. This is only true if you mainstay of music floats around EDM music with defined tempos and beats. As soon as you try to load out an old song by James Brown or Rage Against The Machine – all of that thinking goes out of the window. You cannot reliably depend on auto grids to work in your favor, if the song you are trying to play with has a drifting tempo. A producer knows full well of what to do in this scenario – but it involved a lot of work.
The modern way of dealing with this problem is to run that track through Ableton or some other DAW where you can warp and shift the speeds of the track in certain areas, making it completely linear in …
March 11, 2013
Before the DJ had access to samples at the press of a button, they needed a machine to help them stay relevant. This machine was not a laptop with a DVS loaded onto it, instead it had to be a physical groove box with preset samples, ready to go in a moment’s notice. You know that reggae horn that you hear at the beginning of new tracks? Imagine someone having to tape record that sound and having to press play at the exact moment it was required. That sounds awful to me. Luckily, even before computers were prevalent, sampling devices were being used in radio and for television production.
The concept of recalling samples is still used by DJs who need to throw down a quick line or noise in the middle of a set. This can be achieved by simply loading up samples into a DVS and mapping them …