November 4, 2014
While I cannot agree that every new piece of tech that comes out on the market is good for the DJing market as a whole, I am thankful that we now have more options when we head out to buy something new. There was a time when there were only a few things that we could buy that were reasonably good. There was also a time when we were simply judged on how expensive or professional gear was to the unassuming audience. These days, the gear is not as relevant as the actual outcome of what it does. A thousand dollars and a hundred dollars can achieve the same thing – so what is the point of buying nice gear all the time, right?
Serato used to have a limited set of gear that would play nice with it. This worked out for companies like Rane who has a contract …
February 3, 2014
When it comes to controller, I often feel that it is better to have them labeled and preset rather than open ended and blank. A controller with nothing on it gives the user room to create their own environment and play style – but it also leaves some users confused about what to do. Often, there are controls that they cannot make use of, like a line fader, and even strange sensors like the X/Y sensor on Korg devices. If you are already confused about what controller will be best for your needs, perhaps it is better to get that that was already designed for your DVS.
I’m talking about Serato and Traktor controllers here. NI has done a good job of marketing both their software and hardware together, often with sample packs that make it easier to get started. With Serato, there is not such a need for a …
April 28, 2013
Both Serato and Traktor will benefit in the long run, even if competitor are trying to copy their hardware designs for controllers and digital decks. You see, even if a company such as Reloop makes a better digital deck than Native Instruments, the user will ultimately be searching for a good DVS to use it on. Traktor is likely to receive the benefit of the doubt from the novice DJ. On the other hand, many will see the aftermarket attempts as a less skillfully built controller, made by people who do not have as much experience using the software itself.
It is a gentle push and pull dilemma which will pull potentials towards either side of the bargain wheel. Reloop may be an even bigger problem that one might expect, since they not only create MIDI controllers and decks, they also have their own DVS program to boot. They stand …