DJ Scott Mad Flip
December 9, 2011
There’s an abundance of music available at our fingertips via the internet and literally hundreds of ways to play it all as a DJ. Whether using turntables or CD players and mixer utilizing a laptop as a traditional DJ set-up or having a digital vinyl system, or DJ controller, there are many ways to spin these days. Almost anyone can do a little research online, frequent night clubs, raves, or house parties and decide they would like to start DJing. This is an amazing truth that will remain as long as dancing and dance music exists. But how can you differentiate yourself from the others? What are ways that you can make your sound unique without having to spend thousands of dollars on a super custom rig? Adding a unique sound to your mix can be difficult and expensive, but there are a number of great products out there under …
November 25, 2011
These days you can easily do everything from one keyboard and you have the luxury of having literally hundreds of synthesizer, drums, and acoustic and orchestral sounds to choose from. We want to make it very easy to buy a keyboard this holiday season so we are offering our 3 choices in the keyboard range to make you or your keyboard fanatic super happy. Check it out.
STARTER PACKAGE – M-Audio Venom with keyboard stand and Samson HP-10S headphones
This is a great virtual analog synth to get started making music. It has a collection of amazing sounds from classic 70′s and 80′s synths and drum machines as well as modern effects and touches like USB and MIDI ports, microphone pre-amps and digital audio outputs. It’s very easy to start creating EDM and dance oriented music right out of the box.
The M-Audio Venom 49-key synthesizer combines the character of …
October 14, 2011
In the last blog we talked about a very brief history and overview of electronic drums and sampling. I also delved a little into what I am familiar with when it comes to using electronic drums and samples in a studio production scenario as well as my own personal experiences. In part two, we will talk about electronic drums and samples in a performance setting, my projection about the future of electronic drums and sampling, and close with my own opinion on electronic drums and sampling in the studio and on the stage.
Some of the biggest acts in the world, even those with recorded drum samples, still have a live drummer performing with them. This makes for a great concert experience and shows the musicianship involved with percussion on certain productions. Many bands use drum pads with additional electronic sounds to compliment their live acoustic setup which you …
October 7, 2011
Beginning in the 1970s and into the 1980s, electronic drum kits became a new innovation in production and performance for some of the biggest bands of the era. Duran Duran, Rush, and of course Rick Allen of Def Leppard with his hybrid acoustic and electronic kit, set a new standard in what electronic drum technology could do to musical creativity. Fast forward to the 21st century and electronic drums have never been more popular. Sales of electronic drum kits have risen greatly in recent years with more and more studios using them for production and artists using hybrid electronic and acoustic drum kits. Software like Toontracks, Ableton, and Battery 3 provide an endless array of drum sounds to pick from to be controlled via a MIDI keyboard or with an electronic drum kit.
I have spent the better part of my life playing acoustic drum kits and have recently been …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 5, 2011
Oh, my what a difference a year makes for Native Instruments. Almost a year ago we were all introduced to arguably the most anticipated Traktor dj controller to date, the Kontrol S4. It combined Traktor Scratch, the X1, and dare I say Maschine (construction wise) into one complete package and made many djs, including myself, cheat on their turntables. I officially made the switch by Thanksgiving after reconciling with my turntables. Native Instruments will further tempt the purists by releasing it’s latest offering, the Kontrol S2. We dropped some quick Hors d’oeuvres on you last month about the S2, and now we are lucky enough to have received an advance unit sent to our studios for a test drive.
The Kontrol S2 comes will be shipping with the a newly updated Traktor Pro 2 which is convenient if you want to upgrade the the S4 in the …