Akai's APC line of Ableton Live controllers has seen a complete refresh just in time for the Musikmesse convention in Frankfurt, Germany. There are three new controllers that each target their own potential users. The original lineup was used by live performers around the world, and until Ableton's Push was released were considered the most integrated controller option available for Ableton users. Check out all of the details we have so far of each new unit below.
Pioneer's new powerful external effects unit, the RMX-500, comes in at a much lower price than the RMX-1000. Today, guest reviewer Mojaxx takes a close look at the unit, demonstrates all the features in a video, and offers his perspective on if Pioneer's new kit is worth picking up.
One of the frustrating things about using timecode systems is that they require an official soundcard that works with your DJ software of choice. If you want to use an alternative piece of hardware, you're out of luck. Today we're sharing a tutorial found on YouTube from "DJChadG" on how to get a mixer (in this case the DB2 or DB4) working with Traktor Scratch Pro.
Rick Fresco (aka Riccardo Betti, the winner of 2012′s Midi Fighter 3D contest) has released a brand new track and video, “Last Round”, featuring a finger-drumming routine on a Midi Fighter Pro. He’s also programmed the LED lighting on his backdrop controllers (2 Launchpads, 3 Midi Fighter 3Ds, and 2 Akai LPD8s) to go along with […]
A few years back we had a chance to send a Midi Fighter 3D to Robert Delong, an incredible live performer with a penchant for integrating video game controllers into his stage setup. Many of his older performances on YouTube feature a flight simulator joystick and old gamepads used to trigger clips and sound on […]
DJs who fear or start to experience tinnitus clamor for a better monitoring option so they don't have to blast headphones in competition with a massive sound system. Quite often, in-ear monitors are a good solution, helping to block out external sounds, like combination earbud/earplugs. Now, Pioneer is entering the in-ear monitor market, announcing two new models that parallel their DJ headphones line, featuring drivers tuned for DJ monitoring.
Technics introduced the SL-DZ1200 direct drive digital turntable in 2004, hoping to stake a strong claim onto the then-burgeoning digital DJ market. The Technics ultimately lost the race to Pioneer and Denon due to a number of hardware and firmware issues that plagued the units. But now, an independent gear modifier out of the UK is bringing new life to the SL-DZ1200s with a hardware modification. Learn about the history of the turntable and the new modification inside.
We don’t often share DJ competitions that we spot online to because there are so many out there. Many of them give bedroom DJs a chance to get on the big stage, get a an awesome gear/cash prize, or even get a chance to learn from some of the greats. That being said, Mixcloud has […]