We recently hosted another open house in our San Francisco pop-up store, featuring tutorial sessions, the new Kontrol S8 hardware and a smoking performance from DJ Teeko, who expertly combines turntablism, controllers, and analog synths! Fortunately the cameras were rolling so we captured the best moments along with an improv Q&A session that covers his musical tools.
In a recent interview with RedBull Music, Baauer divulged that the "Harlem Shake" was attached to his name and made people an association of a style specific to him. Read more inside about Baauer's new album technique and how he captured natural sounds from the world around us.
There is a significant part of the DJ world in which vinyl will never die. From turntablists, to reggae jocks spinning 45s, to techno DJs like Sven Väth, the lure of black plastic is inescapable for many. So here we find ourselves, in 2014, with Pioneer, a company long associated with pushing the digital revolution, releasing a traditional analogue turntable. But is it a suitable replacement for the venerable Technics SL-1200? We tested one to find out.
Even though most of our audience is made up of advanced or intermediate dj's we get a lot of new dj's on the site every month who are hungry to learn. The fundamentals never get stale, so we will be rolling out a new "how to dj" article every month for those that are just joining the ranks. Phrasing is one of the most important musical fundamentals out there, so this month we get started there.
Pioneer has sneakily debuted a brand new media player for DJs - the XDJ-1000 - that takes the CD out of the CDJ. Instead, it's purely designed for Rekordbox, USB drive, and HID control purposes - finally bringing to the masses a relatively affordable solution for digital playback in a professional CDJ-style design.
We've decided to issue a challenge to our community who happen to have a Midi Fighter Twister - a routine video contest specifically for our encoder-laden controller. If you can craft a clever, unique, or exciting routine featuring the Twister, you could be chosen to win $500 store credit and the notoriety that comes with being featured on the DJTT blog and social media networks.
The ecosystem of Serato products has expanded massively in recent years, with native control solutions appearing from many manufacturers. The latest company to step into the Serato world is Akai, with their new AMX and AFX units. But do they bring anything new to the table? We tested them to find out.
At its core, DJing is about playing great songs and transitioning between them smoothly. DJ software makers invent new features to set themselves apart, but sometimes it’s hard to tell how you would even use them! The Remix Decks are a prime example: great in concept, but practically speaking, most DJs don’t end up utilizing their potential […]