There comes a time in every DJ's career where mixing two decks is no longer creatively challenging. Three or more decks, cue point juggling and effects mastery are all ways to up the excitement, but they lack the creative expression of music making. It's at this point that drum machines, synths, and truly musical hardware can unlock new territory in DJing. In today's article, we will show you how to exactly that by connecting Native Instruments' Maschine with Traktor.
Mixed In Key has announced the release of a brand new 2.0 version of their Mashup software this morning, bringing the software into 2014 with a slew of new features. The software has come a long way since we first reviewed the software in it’s 1.0 release (there wasn’t even copy/paste or clip editing back […]
Today's review shows how to create a beat, mangle its sounds, and manipulate the unique BreakTweaker sequencer to achieve evolving rhythms that won't create repetition fatigue. Compatible with any DAW software, BreakTweaker could be the first step on the path to music production or the new secret weapon in a well-equipped producer's studio.
At the end of a long night behind the decks, it's tough to remember all the tracks you've played over the course of a few hours. Thankfully, both Serato and Traktor have a few very useful built-in features for sharing your sets. Read on to learn some of the lesser-known playlist secrets in both softwares.
Almost any DJ has the tools to perform with video, especially with well-developed software like vjay, Serato Video, MixEmergency, and recently Cross all streamlining the process. But not that many take on the challenge of video DJing, and even fewer do it in a unique way, instead sticking to mixing from one music video to the next. DJ Woody, one of the most prolific visual turntablists, made the transition back in 2010. Learn about his switch from DJing to VJing, and read his tips for new visual jockeys in this interview.
DJ IZN is back with another routine, this one a collaborative bit with Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid. The two styles blend really well together, with Skratch Bastid cutting on top of IZN's controllerism melody triggering on a Maschine and Kontrol F1.
Short and sweet: video DJing software MixEmergency is rolling out a new version that is compatible with the 1.6 version of Serato DJ, released earlier this month. Serato’s release of a new unified codebase under the DJ moniker means that many Scratch Live users will be migrating to the new software in the coming months. Since […]
Having a comfortable and inspiring creative space is important to your work as a DJ and music producer. So how do you create an environment that sounds good and inspires you to create without spending a ton of cash? The answer is in a Chinese art and practice known as Feng Shui. Read on for some tips and tricks to maximize the creativity and the sound quality in your space.