September 7, 2012
“Program” DJing is a relatively new, but successful phenomenon in the working DJ arena. It works something like this: The DJ loads a preset list of tunes they’d like to play next, and employ their DVS (usually Virtual DJ) to handle the typical 4 bar linear mix – leaving the DJ with little responsibility other than song selection and mix out effects.
Naturally, DJs of this form take heat from “mixing” DJs who put serious effort into the transitional phases of their set. To the “program” DJ, song selection and crowd interaction are their main focus – often leaving the booth to have a drink with the crowd or to dance on the floor with them.
Does “programming” deride the art of DJing? The polarization over this issue will not be going away any time soon.…
April 11, 2012
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 …
April 4, 2012
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 …
February 13, 2012
This mapping may not work with the latest version of Traktor.
A couple weeks ago, we got a Numark N4 into our studio and tested it out. We used the unit with both Virtual DJ and Serato Intro, which are both included in the box. What we found is that the N4 is one of the best DJ controllers for an intro DJ looking to be able to do video DJing too. Since the N4 is built for video DJs in mind, one thing we noticed that was the availability of hotcues on the mappings for Virtual DJ and Serato Intro. We really wanted to be able to have access to hotcues when using the N4 with Traktor and built a mapping with this in mind.
To start out with a structure for the mapping, we used what Numark provided on their website for mapping the N4 with Traktor Pro 2. The …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
October 12, 2011
M-Audio has long been a leading manufacturer of pro audio recording equipment. One of their most popular interfaces, the Fast Track, was considered the industry standard for home recording since it’s introduction in 2004. It was a high quality USB interface that was very simple to use at home or on the road.
The Avid M-Audio Fast Track C400 is a compact and ergonomic USB audio interface with the capability to record up to 24bit/96kHz audio with up to 4 simultaneous channels at a time with the help of a digital S/PDIF input. When it comes to playback and mixing, the 6 outputs of the Fast Track C400 will come in handy to give you separate feeds for, say, a headphone amp or outboard gear.
The Fast Track C400 departs from the traditional look of a USB audio interface and comes in an ergonomic form ideal for the home …