May 7, 2013
It is very easy to ask your friend if you can borrow or copy something digital, especially if that transfer takes less than a few minutes to complete. I mean, where is the work involved? It isn’t like someone has to go out of their way to burn a disc or to type lines of code, all you have to do is give them your USB flash drive for a few minutes (or a few seconds) and it’s done. This is the appeal that keeps driving the pirated music industry; although the effort is minimal it takes a bit more time and a bit of cash to acquire that same song legally. The press of a button has never made such a difference in our lives as it does today.
When someone asks to copy an entire playlist, the story is a bit different. It is not that it is …
February 26, 2013
So I bought Traktor DJ for iPad Thursday.
Before I go any further I want to say again that I bought it Thursday. At the time of writing, it is Monday the following week. When I bought the product, I was thinking “I’ll just bang around with it, test out the sync functionality, set a few loops and cue points, and bang out a quick review for the blog.” That didn’t happen for two reasons:
1) I really dragged my feet on the whole “leaving Snow Leopard” thing. Snow Leopard was fine. I wanted to stay there. Over recent months, this or that driver update excluded me and I realized the day was coming when someone would force my hand. NI were the someone, and 2.6.1 was the update to do it. Mac users will want to note that full use of the app’s functionality with Traktor Pro 2.6.1 requires …
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 …
January 20, 2012
The quest to dominate the S4 continues. Numark have answered with the 4TRAK. Boasting solid metal construction and tag lines like “built like a tank,” they might just be on the right track. More noteworthy from my standpoint is the 12 knob “FX Command Console.” This feature is pretty cool, not just because it equals copious effects controls for the tweak freaks, but because the effects controls are on an angled surface. While it might not be game changing, it is a boon to those who need some other identifier to prevent them from grabbing the wrong knob at the wrong time. It also looks pretty cool.
It has some pretty killer features and is definitely a rival for the S4 on that front. 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation on the jog wheels isn’t anything to sniff at either. Integration with Traktor is, expectedly, tight. The 4TRAK also has …