May 29, 2013
Any type of FX unit, remix decks, or sampler unit will have some similarities in the way certain functions are triggered. Whether it is a Kontrol F1 or a Korg Kaoss Pad 3, there needs to be some uniformity between all platforms, and there is. This is what makes it easy for one DJ to jump on another DJ’s equipment without having to learn an entire new set of commands. A common setting between them all is the ability to trigger a sample as a one shot sound, or a looping sample. A straight arrow or a curve line is familiar on many units that have this feature.
Newer units often have a sync feature, which tends to be specific to Native Instruments gear. This is there for the times when you want a one shot sample to play without any sort of rhythm or pattern. As you dig deeper …
December 19, 2012
Native Instruments certainly has more to offer to producers and DJs than your standard gear company. They’ve only been producing mixers for less than a year so far – before they even had a stronghold over the DJ market they were doing what they had known until then, producing software. Just because they’ve produced some of the most innovate controller solutions for DJs out there, they haven’t ignored those on the production software side of things. They’ve actually taken it a step further, by trying to blend the transition between producer and DJ, allowing each to take elements from each other.
The Kontrol F1 is one of those gorgeous looking pieces of hardware that is, unfortunately, only good for those using Traktor’s remix decks. While this a is a blow to Serato DJs, it makes the suggestion that perhaps Traktor should be taken more seriously as a production tool, rather …
December 3, 2012
With the release of Traktor Pro 2.6 earlier this year, many DJ’s are beginning to take advantage of the new remix deck functionality, better BPM detection, and the new flux mode and macro FX selections. In addition the new hardware from Native Instruments like the Traktor Kontrol F1 and their first forray into mixers with the Traktor Kontrol Z2, help to make these new features in the Traktor update even more useful. The techno DJ and Traktor specialist Drumcell is not just a former spokesman for the DJ software, but he is an active user of the software and uses it at every gig.
When we interviewed Drumcell he was performing with two laptops: one to use with Traktor and utilizing 4 decks, and the other with Ableton where he was launching clips with Native Instruments Maschine. He noted that in the very near future he will be integrating …
November 23, 2012
There are many different branches of electronic music and some of them are very hard to classify in a single genre. Mainstream EDM music consists of everything we already know as electronic – including DrumNBass, Trance, House etc. The newer forms of electronically produced music can be wild an eccentric to someone who has been around longer than 20 years. For example, Dubstep may seem noisy and random when compared to something more melodic and pulse driven. Some forms of music that combine different elements of music, such as electronic music and hip hop are also popular, and this style has even branched off into its own brand of music, known as glitch hop. If you’ve ever listened to groups like the Glitch Mob you may have figured something very interesting out.
It almost sounds as if a producer literally took bits and selections from each song and laid them …