March 22, 2013
The video DJ is few and far in between, but when you get the experience of meeting one, it is a welcomed sight for sore eyes. At every club we go to we are bombarded with noise, but our eyes are focused on different tasks. Our eyes are scanning the other members of the dance floor – but the low light settings as well as the amount of lighting fixtures in the club make it hard to concentrate. Club owners gamble on low lighting and the occasional laser or strobe to help distract us from the outside world. When a video DJing is spinning, they have some sort of visual aspect to keep us entrained with the music, and it works much better than lighting that moves with the music.
The problem is that setting up a projection screen or a television in a club is not easy to do, …
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 …
January 21, 2013
In the same way that we feel compelled to buy new gadgetry for our everyday lives, DJs and producers seem to have this need to buy the newest and latest gear. More often than not, they will drop a few thousand dollars on a piece of new gear like a new mixer with a built in sound card, only to find it sitting on the shelf collecting dust. In their minds they thought that having a new piece of technology would somehow compel them to get off their ass and begin making music, but it didn’t.
Meanwhile, some young kid without a penny to his name is putting together music with some second hand turntables and warped vinyl records.
It seems that one of the two guys mentioned above as fixated too much on the thought of what he could do, rather than actually doing it. This happens to …
October 1, 2012
If you’re one that likes to brag about the top of the line computer or state of the art DJ controllers that are sitting in your bedroom, you may not know just how silly you look in comparison to the big boys with big guns; the old guns. That brand new Rane 62 is definitely an investment that’s worth the 2 grand you’ll plop down for it, but it doesn’t carry the same weight as an antique Moog analog synthesizer that cannot be bought nor sold.
Sitting in the display of this synthesizer shop is a piece of history – literally.…
DJ Scott Mad Flip
February 29, 2012
The king has arrived. The unveiling of the Rane 62 was one of the most heralded announcements at this year’s Winter NAMM show in Anaheim. Their booth was one of the most popular with many enthusiasts, all-star DJs, and industry people alike gathered in awe of its majesty. We got a sneak peak at the show and captured our first look here. It was apparent that this new mixer was going to be hot especially with Z-Trip having a hand in its development. When we finally had a chance to see it in action, we knew that Rane had gotten it right. In my opinion this represents a second renaissance for Rane and Serato Scratch Live users. Much like it’s older brother the TTM-68 there are many cool additional features that are bridging the gap between turntablists and controllerists, like expanded sampling and loop controls, but now on a …