July 30, 2014
Released in the Fall of last year, the Pioneer DDJ-SR is the more portable and compact answer to the behemoth flagship digital DJ controller the DDJ-SX. Pioneer has made this version much smaller and more affordable for those DJs that want a quality controller but are on a budget. There are some features that have gone missing when you compare the DDJ-SX to the DDJ-SR. These include the absence of strip search and dual deck mode amongst others but Pioneer has included a feature specific to the DDJ-SR with the Pad Plus mode.
We decided to take a look at the layout and features of the DDJ-SR and give our impressions of how this controller performs.
The general construction of the DDJ-SR is a combination of metal and plastic throughout. The jog wheels feel great and are built out of a sturdy and lightweight aluminum. The majority of the …
February 18, 2014
Truthfully, a DJs job is to actually mix existing music together to create something new – without altering the original sources of music. When we heard the word “DJ” this what most of us will infer here. On the other side of that phrase there are production artists and tablists that actually take individual elements of a song and create something new without assigning credit to the original. What about DJs who actually edit and create their own tracks for use? Some would look at them as cheaters – but most of us will see them as creative. Editing tracks does not necessarily mean that they are making their mixes easier, or that they are detracting from the art form.
Edited tracks offer many things that original versions do not. Perhaps a song you look does not keep a consistent BPM, or maybe it lacks and sort of break to …
September 20, 2013
For how far Serato has actually came, they could not have done it all on their own. Serato might not be the newest and biggest thing when compared to the other DVS apps and programs that are currently being used by the masses – but Serato had the luxury of being the first on the scene, which means that they had to do things the hard way. They had no successor to look up to, and they were destined to become only as great as they saw themselves. Really, Serato owes a lot to Rane, because without their mixer, the true potential of Scratch Live may have never been realized at all.
Serato DJ is now being included with a slew of Pioneer gear, and this speaks for the quality of their brand and how they are perceived. The Rane 62, Rane 64, and the TTM-57 are no longer the …
September 6, 2013
The original purpose of Serato Scratch Live has not been lost in all of the updates and goodies that Serato is producing. Their initial goal of creating a stable DVS has always been maintained, even at the cost of new features and goodies that other programs are offering. When it really comes down to it – all the features in the world are no good if your system shuts down in the middle of a gig. What Serato has done in the form of advancements is developed their smaller Serato DJ software so that it is more suited to a crowd who wants features, rather than authenticity.
One thing that I have noticed is that there is much more support for FX on the Serato DJ side than there ever was for those who had Serato Scratch Live to begin with. Many of these effects are actually based off of …
July 21, 2013
Serato really did not have a choice in the matter when they decided to create a mobile app for the iOS. With the pace of Traktor’s releases, they have always sort of been in their shadow. Can Serato bring something to the controller world that Traktor has not? When rumors about the Serato Remote were officially confirmed, people wondered what approach they would take when compared to the Traktor DJ app. For one, the purpose of the Traktor DJ app is much different than the Serato Remote.
The Traktor DJ app is a standalone program which can be used anywhere without any sort of attachment cable or device needed. Serato Remote is meant to act as a wired remote – meaning that you will still need to use your laptop. What it does is basically extend the monitor screen while changing navigation elements like buttons and pads. What is nice …