June 14, 2013
I would think that in the future, there will be fewer companies who dominate the entire DJing industry, and smaller companies who each have a small fan base and market share. Why is that? I think everyone is tired of being told what to do and what to use as equipment. We like to make our own gear and hack our own devices, why would we want our software to be any different? Just look at how MIDI controllers are built today – they come ready to be hacked and programmed by users. The standard layout is almost never acceptable (except when it is software specific), and equipment makers allow us to fool around with the settings.
What we are seeing on the software side is the shift towards non proprietary methods of altering the GUI. Serato already has a simple layout – perhaps it is too simple, and panels …
June 9, 2013
The integration of laptops, smartphones, tablets, and computers is happening quicker that we all expected it to. While some manufacturers are busy working trying to blur the lines between each type of devices, I feel that others have stake in keeping things separate. Apple products from laptops, to tablets, to phones all share similar operating profiles – but there is a dynamic gap between them all. Apple doesn’t want you to own a laptop that can be a smartphone, and they don’t want the iPhone taking the place of the iPad. There has been some thoughtful separation of these devices for the sake of marketing and strategy.
Those who aren’t part of the Apple clan have been seeking out better options, options that will actually let them bridge their devices together. Tablets still have their share of flaws like the inability to plug in peripheral devices, or even the …
May 15, 2013
The secrets behind Serato and Traktor were not bound to be trade secrets for very long. You can take your Audio 8 or SSL box and tear it apart right now, and see the inner workings of one – it’s not that difficult. What is difficult is understand what actually does what, and what communicates to which piece in your system. The other half of the process is actually reverse engineering the card’s software. You can ask yourself, how does Traktor or Serato work? The principle is basic: you have a control vinyl that plays a constant speed and a computer program that can read that signal when it is manipulated. All that is left it to attach it to whatever song is playing.
Programmers and independent hackers have been working on ways to make it accessible to all DJs without the high cost of going digital. Serato is a …