March 6, 2013
If you’re a turntablist who still shuns the use of controllers within a DJ battle set, you need to crawl up from under that rock you’ve been hiding under. The time has come for DJs to accept all forms of DJing and to give credit to those who achieve the same effect using a different means or method. Even some of the best tablists around such as DJ Qbert are embracing digital technology and using it to their advantage, while still paying homage to the original art of turntablism. His demos have proven that the two can be considered a single entity and can produce some amazing results if you fully explored.
ZEKE is an example of a scratch artist who has risen through the ranks to become a well known tablist who uses controllers in his set. He participated in Qbert’s scratch academy, becoming valedictorian in his final days. …
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 …
February 21, 2013
It is interesting to see how the big two, Native Insturments and Rane, have decided to choose which artists they want to represent them. In a way, it’s like the draft for DJs and artists. Each side needs to choose the right set of artists so that their fans will gravitate towards their products. I will say that Serato doesn’t have the most interesting guys and girls on their team. Many of their artists are what would be considered underground artists, such as D-Styles, and these aren’t the guys who hear about first or the ones who are out there steadily promoting themselves. On the other side, Native Instruments has a steady slew of well known artists, such as DJ Craze and Qbert.
It makes me wonder if these artists know that Native Instruments will be the top dog in the long run, or if they are simply getting paid …
January 17, 2013
The world of DJ controllers really opened up to new possibilites with the release of the Novation Twitch DJ Controller. Sure DJ’s were already using control surfaces that did not reflect a traditional DJ setup, but this was the first time we saw the replacement of jog wheels with touch strips, and a DJ controller that seemed designed specifically for the new breed of controllerist. This of course sparked debate amongst DJs and controllerists as to what constitutes a proper DJ setup or the proper way to DJ. But the truly creative and innovative controller connoisseurs saw this as an exciting prospect for the future of digital DJing. It was also one of the first DJ controllers to offer 8 pads on both decks which could be used to setup hot cues, launch one shots, or control FX and their parameters. With controllers like the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 and the latest …
December 16, 2012
Serato and Traktor have traditionally been two competing companies with varied philosophies, both from a technical and business standpoint. From a user’s point of view, Serato has been the simple solution. Their hardware and software is a reflection of their principal – to keep things running in an intelligible way, giving DJs the ability to run their software without the need to have the latest and greatest hardware. Although they have created bigger and better soundcards to run their DVS, much more of Serato’s business comes from licensing and pairing with aftermarket controller. Serato DJ and ITCH are paired with Pioneer and Vestax controllers – which costs the user nothing in the beginning, but Serato also gets a piece of the money paid out by the controller makers and manufacturers.
Native Instrument’s approach to the business aspect is much like Apple. They have a wide range of software and hardware …