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 …
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 15, 2012
Those of you who have been looking for an affordable professional CDJ you need look no further than the Denon SC2900. This multi source media player stacks up quite nicely when compared to the popular Pioneer CDJ 2000 but at a fraction of the cost. If you are familiar with the Denon SC3900 with its motorized platter, then you will be very familiar with all of the features on the SC2900. The main difference being that the platter on the SC2900 is not motorized, making it more like a traditional CDJ than a vinyl turntable. The basic layout is identical to the SC3900 and if you want to know more about the SC3900 then visit our overview of the SC3900.
The SC2900 has all the functionality you need to get up and running for your next DJ gig. Here is an overview of some of the features we found to …
November 10, 2012
It’s common to see DJs with turntables, a mixer, and even some form of controller attached to his DVS setup. This type of setup is probably more on the minimal side and odds are we’re going to see more controller based setups in the future. Controllers are lightweight (most of them), easy to pack, and easy to setup, and you’ll often see a controllerist with multiple controllers in use on stage. So what do these guys take with them to the club?
Ean Golden from djtechtools.com sheds a little insight on what he brings to his gigs, and why. First and foremost he packs his trusty Midi Fighter 3D as well as another midi fighter variant. Ean is the creator of the midi fighter so it makes sense that he’d have a pair of them on hand. Surprisingly, he doesn’t use headphones in his travel set, he actually uses in …