December 14, 2012
There are DJs out there who have to save money for a very long time in order to purchase just one part of their DJ setup. These are the types of people who don’t mind if the item is used or is showing signs of aging from their previous owner. For DJs who aren’t rich and don’t have DJ jobs that pay for all of their equipment, simply acquiring the gear may be the hardest part. After we finally have everything we need to get us going, the hardware on which we place it, is the least important piece of the puzzle.
Why spend a thousand dollars on a piece of furniture that holds the entire setup in the air – when any old table with four legs will do? Besides having a table, at most, we will need some sort of laptop stand to elevate off the table and …
September 13, 2012
Traditional DJ hardware, specifically mixers, usually comes in the ubiquitous black or grey. I guess manufactures decided a long time ago that darker colored devices gave them a more serious look – and that users would approach them as such. The problem with that line of thinking, is that now we all of the same boring colored equipment that leaves us without any flash or shine to attract the eyes.
When the same companies started making limited edition hardware in snazzy bright colors, people went nuts, and found that people would travel to the ends of the earth to find their mixer in their must-have color.
Pioneer decided to hop on the limited-edition color bandwagon – releasing pearly white versions of their DJM-850 mixer and CDJ-850 CD player. There is no doubt that DJs will look far and wide to source a pair of these.…
July 23, 2012
So we’re going to kick off the week with some news from Native Instruments. As of the time of writing, Native aren’t making it easy to find the documentation of what’s new in the latest point release update to Traktor, version 2.5.1. So, being the good citizens that we are, I have gone into service center to see for myself.…
June 20, 2012
So what’s with all the complaining?
Enter the Golden Age
In the past few years we’ve seen the unthinkable occur. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has officially become a monster. Artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and countless others have been blowing up. All the while, a healthy crop of upstarts are being moved up beneath them and the trend doesn’t look to change. There’s a number of reasons for the acceptance, not the least of which is the fact that the fans buying records and concert tickets have grown up with synthesized sounds and drum machines in their ears. Resistance in previous generations raised on Classic Rock and whatever else can be forgiven for the fact that so many people were being fed a sound largely foreign to them in the early days of electronic music.
Now we are a long way from the fitful days of early …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
March 5, 2012
Bring that funky beat back! Denon DJ has just announced it’s soon to be award winning digital turntable media controller, the SC3900. This is a breath of fresh air in the world of DJing amidst a growing number of all-in-one DJ controllers that have been introduced in the past 3 years. Not to say that I don’t like controllers any more, I love them, but it has been quite some time since I truly got excited about a CD player, especially one that has a ton of very hot features at a pretty reasonable price. The SC3900 boasts a nine-inch rotating vinyl high-torque turntable which is certain to make turntablist finger’s wet with anticipation, and compatibility with Serato Scratch Live, and Traktor, as well as it’s new “Engine” PC direct software. You are able to mix and scratch direct from USB devices, CD’s (all media formats), laptop, …