February 4, 2013
NAMM 2011 and 2012 saw the unveiling of a whole host of DJ controllers from some of the top manufacturers including Pioneer, Numark, Denon, Vestax, and even the illusive Native Instruments unveiled their Kontrol F1 at an off site location in 2012. NAMM is also the place where a lot of companies allow the public to play on their new designs in an almost faux test market to see how people react and then subsequently make a few last minute adjustments. NAMM 2013 was no exception in this regard but Numark was really the only company unveiling a high performance controller with the Numark NS7 2. Nearly every other DJ controller manufacturer was unveiling low cost, portable, and lets face it, entry level controllers this year. This may have come as a surprise to most of you expecting to see the latest and greatest improvements to the DJ …
December 16, 2012
When one man performs on stage with an array of digital DJing gear, the performance itself may very well be the icing on the cake. The real issues at hand are, “How am I going to get this software together with all of this hardware?” Much like setting up a computer for the first time, there are compatibility concerns as well as issues of what program will control what piece of hardware. A third aspect that has to be looked at is master and slave set-ups. If you use beatgridding or tempo locking in Ableton, will Traktor be able to follow it’s every command?
Arkaei stunned audiences at this year’s IDA competition by forgoing the traditional turntablist techniques for something more confusing and modern. His gear alone might have left people scratching their heads. Aside from the obligatory scratch mixer (in this case a Kontrol Z2), he use two …
October 5, 2012
The small equipment company Electrix has developed its very own midi controller that takes cues from other popular controllers while keeping its style significantly different from the rest. With its colorful button and large graspable rotary knobs, it shares bits from other widely known controllers like the Novation Launchpad and Akai’s LPD8, but its fader layout seems to be in a world of its own.
The company says that it’s compatible with Serato, Traktor, and Ableton right out of the box, but all of its pads are assignable right out of the box. It’s square shape and 4 legs that elevate it from the ground is something we’ve never seen before.…