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Archived Since:June 18, 2010

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What All-In-One Pioneer DJ Controller Is Right For You?

We've had a lot of requests recently to shed a bit more light on Pioneer DJ controllers and how they stack up against each other. With two new models (the DDJ-RX/RZ) on the horizon, the question for many DJs is "Which Pioneer DJ controller...Show More Summary

Serato DJ 1.8 Beta Out Now: Key Analysis

We've got a bit of a surprise update from Serato, who just last week announced that the 1.8 version of their software would include key detection, user hardware remapping, and an update to Pitch 'n Time DJ to allow key shifting/syncing. Show More Summary

Watch Vekked’s Winning 2015 DMC World Championship Set

Want to know what it takes to make a top-tier DJ routine at the DMC World Championships? It seems like Vekked has had it figured out, having completely dominated the Online division of the DMC this year and then going on to win the entire title. Show More Summary

XDJ-700: Pioneer’s $699 Touchscreen Compact Player

We speculated that Pioneer would release a new media player in their XDJ line soon. But instead of an XDJ-2000, the DJ manufacturer is going the opposite direction and making a lower-cost digital player for the masses, the XDJ-700. See...Show More Summary

Komplete Kontrol 1.5: VST Support, New NKS Plug-In Format

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

The Komplete Kontrol-S keyboards have been on the market for a while now, but excitingly Native Instruments has continued to build up a software-side system that supports the line and makes it even more powerful. With a new update to...Show More Summary

Melodics: New Finger Drumming Practice App

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

Recently we've seen a big move to app-based education, using games and intelligent processes to rapidly refine skills and knowledge on a certain subject. Sam Gribben, former CEO of Serato, has taken this concept, applied it to learning...Show More Summary

Gain Staging For DJs + Staying Out Of The Red

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

A lot of DJs use expensive sound systems regularly, but without proper knowledge of how to set the gain stages on each piece of gear, you run the risk of damaging your system. Today, guest contributor DJ Soo has written up the basicShow More Summary

DJ Trainspotting: How To Find Out What A DJ Is Playing

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

A really incredible track is playing, and you've never heard it before. In an era of instant-gratification music selection, DJs and their audiences all want to be "in the know" about new, exciting tracks. How do you find out what track...Show More Summary

Using Headphones As A Microphone: Throwback Thursday DJ Technique

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

Any DJ who has ever worked a bar gig knows that, occasionally, you might be asked to announce something to the crowd. But if the DJ booth doesn't have a microphone, this becomes a bit more of a challenge. However, using a bit of old school DJ trickery, you can very easily use your headphones instead. Show More Summary

Akai MPC Touch: A Touchscreen Groovebox

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

Native Instruments and Numark have led the the pack on building out great-looking color displays on DJ controllers, but now Akai has introduced a touchscreen production MPC that allows manipulation of the on-screen sample chopping with just your fingertips. Read on for all of the details The post Akai MPC Touch: A Touchscreen Groovebox appeared first on DJ TechTools.

Drum Compression Basics: Creating Punchy Drums

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

About a month ago we featured the first tutorial from mixing engineer Hannes Bieger on how to clean up the high end of a mix. Today we've got a follow up piece in which he shares his techniques on basic drum compression. This is critical for almost every production, and often it's way too easy to apply way too much compression. Show More Summary

Serato DJ 1.8: Hardware Remapping, Key Detection + Shifting

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

There’s a new a major update coming out for Serato DJ that gives the entire platform a facelift. Until now, if a DJ wanted to remap their controller it was next to impossible without some creative engineering skills. In Serato DJ 1.8,...Show More Summary

Pioneer Rekordbox 4.0 DJ Software + DDJ-RZ First Look

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

We've had a chance to jump into the studio with the brand new Rekordbox 4.0 DJ software and explore how it works - and importantly, what the most exciting features are that set it apart from Traktor and Serato. Check out the full video...Show More Summary

Traktor Kontrol S5 Review: The True S4 Followup?

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

Today marks the official in-store date for the new Kontrol S5 controller for Traktor, and we’ve already got a number of DJs who have picked one up in the DJTT store. Many of you had questions about the unit and how it works, so we’ve got a deep-dive review of the controller in today’s article. Show More Summary

Rekordbox 4.0 Out Now; Rekordbox DJ Performance Pack 30-Day Trial

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

We've just finished shooting a hands-on video with the new DDJ-RX and Rekordbox 4.0 - but if you want a taste of the newest DJ software in the industry, now is the change. The new version of Rekordbox has been released, and with it a brand new Performance download that unlocks the DJ software element of it. Show More Summary

Novation Circuit: The Producer’s Standalone Instrument

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

A producer's DAW is rarely a simple machine - usually it's a combination of libraries, sounds, plug-ins, and instruments. When starting a new track it isn't always as simple as grabbing a guitar or drumming out a beat on a drum set and becomes more technical, it's almost too much. Show More Summary

Reloop Beatpad 2 Review: Has iOS DJing Finally Arrived?

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

Since the dawn of the iPad, we've gone from wondering if we'd ever DJ with it, to reluctantly trying to DJ with it, to happily DJing with it as a compromise in certain situations. With the new Reloop Beatpad 2 combined with Algoriddim...Show More Summary

Warining: OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) Breaks NI Software

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

OS X DJs and producers beware! Native Instruments has announced that by upgrading to OS X 10.11, (aka El Capitan), users will lose primary functionality of multiple DJ controllers, software plug-ins, and access to audio outputs on legacy hardware. Show More Summary

Traktor 2.10 Out Now: Kontrol S5 Support, Dual Aux Inputs

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

Live right now in the Native Instruments Service Center is a brand new version of Traktor, 2.10. There's only a few little changes, most notably the support of the upcoming Traktor Kontrol S5, which is due in stores this Thursday The post Traktor 2.10 Out Now: Kontrol S5 Support, Dual Aux Inputs appeared first on DJ TechTools.

Turn A Song Into A Live Remix Performance In Ableton + Maschine

2 months agoMusic / Dance & DJ : DJ TechTools

At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision...Show More Summary

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