January 8, 2014
The Innofader is nothing more than a great idea at the right time and place. The story goes like this: There were once DJs who wanted to scratch and mix at the same time – but before mixers like the Rane TTM-57 were out, you either had a 4-channel mixing station with powerful EQ controls, or you had a simple two channel setup with a good crossfader, but no real amenities for mixing well. Enter the Innofader. This drop in fader allowed almost any mixer to work as a dedicated scratch mixer as well. It let the club guys with their DJM-900’s scratch as if they were on a Vestax fader.
Currently, the Innofader has been injected into many mainstream mixers, including the Z2 by Traktor. While the costs were very low to the consumer in this project, the faders were not without their problems. Some of them experienced bleeding …
April 24, 2013
Music Radar is a unique website in that they post reviews, guides, and tips regarding all sorts of music equipment. While most websites will keep their focus on something narrowing, like DJ gear only – Music Radar actually compiles data from more traditional music as well as newer tech and computer related items. Every month or so they do a small roundup of the gear they think has made an impression on them, and DJ gear usually makes it in that roundup. I would guess to say that music and DJ gear specifically is produced at a higher rate that almost any other type of gear used in production, except for software which is constantly being updated.
The Traktor Z2 got an honorable mention, and it deserves to be noted again. Native Instruments was actually able to make a mixer that catered to every sort of DJ crowd, rather than …
January 21, 2013
While DJ gear continues to get more and more expensive as technology progresses with it, we have to ask ourselves if the money that we spend is really worth what we are getting. Backtrack twenty years ago; DJs seem to have been able to create more with much less technology. In fact, there weren’t even drop in aftermarket faders like the Traktor Z2 uses – most scratch DJs had to deal with cheap carbon faders that collected dust and broke down often. Now that we have the ability to basically stick a decent cross fader into any type of mixer that we want, why should we have to pay the thousands of dollars for everything else?
DJ Tech might revolutionize the industry by producing what looks to be the cheapest most affordable scratch mixer on the market. The price of under $200 is very questionable, and it is hard to …