July 17, 2013
The appeal of spinning and mixing music is no different than the appeal of creating a new piece of artwork or a painting. The artist takes basic elements that have no life on their own, and creates something new and original. The similarities between a visual artist and a music artist are close; as they both start with something that can be easily obtained, and create something that cannot be obtained. There is the creative spark and the need to produce something new that compels us each time we load up that new song. That is not to say we would not enjoy the opposite. Perhaps we like to take things apart and destroy them in the process?
This is sort of where the remix decks idea comes from – the ability to take something apart before it can be rebuilt. Producers will often use additive techniques to create a …
December 16, 2012
There couldn’t be a better time in history to learn how to DJ by simply “jumping in”. Only a couple of years ago, you had to know DVS software like the back of your hand AND have a decent budget to even begin purchasing equipment. This mean that having a decent laptop was a no brainer, but it also meant that you needed to physical decks and a mixer – which could add thousands of dollars to the budget of someone who is simply trying to learn how to remix songs.
When the full sized solutions like the Numark NS7 came about that budget began to shrink a little bit, eliminating the full sized mixers and separate decks from the equation. Still, you needed to carry around a rather large piece of coffin sized gear – which detracted from the portability of your setup. The second generation of all-in-one controllers …
October 1, 2012
So now that Algoriddim’s new version of djay (version 1.6) is out on the market – what has been changed, and what’s better about it? The first that that you’ll notice is that there haven’t been any obvious changes to the interface, unless you’re one of the lucky few to have scored a new iPhone 5 – in which case you’ll take advantage of the extra screen space with more visible options at your finger tips.
Of course the most anticipated change was Apple’s doing, with their updated iOS 6. The dual stereo output means that live cueing and listening is available using both the headphone jack and the 30-pin connector (if you have an iPad). In usage, it works as advertised.…