October 27, 2013
Can you think back and imagine a time before computers were ever used in music making? Just as all inventions that have recently existed, people were doing just fine before they were around. It’s kind of like all of us imagining that flying cars would somehow make our lives better, but in reality we are able to travel and transport ourselves just fine without them. Computers, on the other hand, are really a wonderful innovation. At the very least, they save us from having to use paper and let us type without having to go back and correct errors.
Computers have actually done a lot for music. For the most part, they have made producing music much easier and accessible to the average person. As far as DJing goes, it has without a doubt made the task of mixing music much easier on everyone involved – but sometimes it does …
June 18, 2013
We have all felt the technology catching up to our 21st century demands across multiple platforms and applications. For DJs, they now have the ability to prepare a set, experiment with new mixes, or hone their craft just about anywhere. Everything from tablet technology to smart phone crate organization has been streamlined to give DJs a sense of freedom when getting in the mix on the go. While all these touch screen applications are great, sometimes you want a piece of hardware to grab and mix with, but still keep a low profile when traveling or when kicking back on the couch. Certainly one of the smallest DJ controllers to hit the market was the Numark DJ 2 Go with its 2 deck control and proprietary Virtual DJ LE skin. The DJ 2 Go had all the form for portability but lacked some key features in terms of functionality.
The Behringer CMD Micro picks up where the Numark …
December 3, 2012
With the release of Traktor Pro 2.6 earlier this year, many DJ’s are beginning to take advantage of the new remix deck functionality, better BPM detection, and the new flux mode and macro FX selections. In addition the new hardware from Native Instruments like the Traktor Kontrol F1 and their first forray into mixers with the Traktor Kontrol Z2, help to make these new features in the Traktor update even more useful. The techno DJ and Traktor specialist Drumcell is not just a former spokesman for the DJ software, but he is an active user of the software and uses it at every gig.
When we interviewed Drumcell he was performing with two laptops: one to use with Traktor and utilizing 4 decks, and the other with Ableton where he was launching clips with Native Instruments Maschine. He noted that in the very near future he will be integrating …
November 15, 2012
Those of you who have been looking for an affordable professional CDJ you need look no further than the Denon SC2900. This multi source media player stacks up quite nicely when compared to the popular Pioneer CDJ 2000 but at a fraction of the cost. If you are familiar with the Denon SC3900 with its motorized platter, then you will be very familiar with all of the features on the SC2900. The main difference being that the platter on the SC2900 is not motorized, making it more like a traditional CDJ than a vinyl turntable. The basic layout is identical to the SC3900 and if you want to know more about the SC3900 then visit our overview of the SC3900.
The SC2900 has all the functionality you need to get up and running for your next DJ gig. Here is an overview of some of the features we found to …
September 28, 2012
If you are familiar with the Hercules line of DJ controllers you may notice some familiar things about the RMX2. At first glance it looks very similar to the Hercules 4MX with the same design and shape of that popular 4 channel controller. The release of the DJ Control Air earlier this year garnered enough attention that Hercules decided to integrate the four pads from that controller onto the RMX2. So what you essentially have is a hybrid controller merging the designs of two popular controllers in their line into one controller that has all the features and functionality of a pro DJ controller but at a fraction of the price. This is the sort of thing we come to expect from Hercules which has been a consistent player in the market for low cost and fully functional DJ controllers.
The Hercules RMX2 has been rumored to be shipping with …