Track organization and preparation is key, especially as your library continues to grow. You want to make sure that your BPMs are correct, the beat grid is tight, and the file is locked to save these changes to the track. Today, Ean is going to share a very precious resource, his own personal track preparation keyboard mapping! Track preparation can be a time consuming process, especially if you're just using your mouse to do all the dirty work. This will help you save precious time when preparing your tracks by letting you quickly set detailed beat grids in very little time. The mapping and track preparation process has been fined tuned over 7 years. There's no need to reinvent the wheel, download the mapping and follow along.
Over the last few years, the 'CDJ that doesn't play CDs' has taken on almost mythical status in the DJ world, spoken of in hushed tones by those claiming to be in-the-know, and those who claimed to know somebody else who was. What is perhaps surprising, though, is that the first CD-less player is not a top-end replacement for the CDJ 2000 Nexus, but in fact a replacement for the more budget-minded CDJ-850. An interesting move on Pioneer's part – but has it paid off?
It's been nearly two years with SFX Entertainment at the helm of Beatport, which in the last year alone has seen the launch of Beatport Pro (the desktop organization system + media player) and identically-named Beatport Pro (the new redesign of their online music store). Now Beatport.com is about to have a major pivot, according to the Wall Street Journal, designed to attract fans of the many festivals that SFX is also behind. The pivot? Music streaming
The tail end of December is rapidly approaching, meaning that it's time to be looking for any last minute holiday presents for your DJ friends, producer compatriots, or just as wishlist ideas for your family and friends. This guide is an awesome starting place - read on and share your own ideas with us as well!
DJs around the world use the Pioneer DJM 900 mixer in regular gigs without taking advantage of its powerful on board effects. In today’s article, Ean shares techniques on how to use creative crossfader routing and additional effects layered on white noise to generate a very playable tone useful for almost any style of DJing.
According to a brand new Native Instruments video released today, the widely respected techno/house DJ Carl Cox is now touring with the Kontrol s8 at the center of his rig. He uses the Kontrol S8 as a central mixer and remix deck control station along side two Pioneer CDJ-2000's. Watch the video after the break to learn why the switch up.
As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.
Over the last few years Native Instruments has released several controllers that integrate seamlessly with their software. First with Maschine, followed by integrated DJ controllers like the Kontrol X1, Kontrol S4, and most recently the Kontrol S8. While Maschine does have Komplete integration, people have been waiting for a keyboard from Native Instruments that integrates with Komplete. Native Instruments have released a lineup of dedicated keyboard controllers, the “Komplete Kontrol S-series”. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.