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DJ Scott Mad Flip

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April 12, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 1

It is amazing, but not surprising, the reaction I get when people see me using a controller.  Even with the world wide popularity of EDM and DJing, as well as the countless varieties of related products that are on the market, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding what DJs do when we play music.  However, it is not surprising because, being a DJ for over 2 decades, I have seen this same reaction before when just using turntables and a mixer.  It’s the DJ circle of life, seriously.  I am often asked which is better, turntables or controllers?

As I travel abroad in my journeys playing dance music, I find myself being an ambassador of the culture that we all know and love. I am always happy to talk about music, gigs, incredible DJs, EDM artists, mixing tricks, and techniques. Inevitably the conversation always turns to talking about …

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Taylor

Taylor
April 11, 2012

Hercules DJ Control AIR Review

A few days ago Hercules stopped by the office to drop off a 4-MX and DJ Control AIR for us to review. The Hercules DJ Control AIR is a two deck DJ controller which stands for “Adjustment by InfraRed”. It retails for under $200, so aspiring DJs can pick one up and try it out without breaking the bank. At first, the AIR struck me as a DJ’s toy but I got to put my hands on it for a few days and dive in deep. When I came out on the other side, what I found was a controller that was actually quite delightful to play (with) and a knowledge of a DJ software that, until doing this review, I had no idea even existed.

Our resident DJ specialist, DJ MadfFlip, wrote up a summary of its performance to present to us at a pre-production meeting. Scott came with pretty …

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April 5, 2012

Stanton DJC.4 Virtual DJ Controller Announced

Stanton recently announced the new DJC.4 Virtual DJ controller to add to their arsenal of impeccable DJ products.  This controller joins a plethora of solid Virtual DJ controllers in the market, mostly due in part to the software’s growing popularity among beginner and part time DJs.  The DJC.4 provides a solid foundation not only to learn the craft, but also become a professional DJ, due to it’s additional features not found on entry level controllers.

It comes equipped with an LE version of Virtual DJ, specific to the DJC.4, that allows for 4 deck control and all of the basic features. Keep in mind that drivers are included to make it compatible with the latest, full version of Virtual DJ as well.  The DJC.4 does have some really unique features along with a truly clean and functional layout that separate it from some of the other major players out there. …

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Taylor

Taylor
April 4, 2012

Hercules 4-MX Review

The Hercules 4-MX is a four deck metal DJ controller that is meant to be used by computer based DJs.  On the Hercules website they say that it is meant for mobile computer based DJs but I didn’t want to imply that only wedding DJs can buy this controller because that is not the case.  I really wanted to do the blog because this is one of the controllers I learned how to DJ on.

Long before I picked up an S4 I started on a Hercules RMX that my friend owned. I borrowed it for gigs and used it until a cooler and geographically closer friend of mine picked up a 4-MX.  I remember the way the jogs felt the first time I touched them. I was a beginner to the DJ scene at the time and this controller was the nicest I had ever seen.  In this blog …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

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February 29, 2012

Rane Sixty-Two Review

The king has arrived.  The unveiling of the Rane 62 was one of the most heralded announcements at this year’s Winter NAMM show in Anaheim.  Their booth was one of the most popular with many enthusiasts, all-star DJs, and industry people alike gathered in awe of its majesty.  We got a sneak peak at the show and captured our first look here.  It was apparent that this new mixer was going to be hot especially with Z-Trip having a hand in its development.  When we finally had a chance to see it in action, we knew that Rane had gotten it right.  In my opinion this represents a second renaissance for Rane and Serato Scratch Live users.  Much like it’s older brother the TTM-68 there are many cool additional features that are bridging the gap between turntablists and controllerists, like expanded sampling and loop controls, but now on a …