Native Instruments have pushed a new update to Traktor DJ, bringing it to version 1.4, and adding a few commonly-requested features to the iOS app.
The humble microphone—not the most glamorous piece of gear, but, for many DJs, it’s an essential tool that shouldn't be overlooked. Today, we evaluate four different mics for DJ use.
Over the past few months, we’ve amassed a sizable collection of guitar effects pedals and delved deep into their usability for DJs. Today Ean Golden shares with you some tips and tricks on how to integrate these awesome analog/digital effects into your digital DJ setup while also offering recommendations on which models sound the best.
Like so much dance music in the world today, Chicago’s footwork style owes a big debt to house. Sure, it may not sound anything like the deep-and-soulful vibes of classic Marshall Jefferson or Frankie Knuckles tracks, but the hyper-paced sound (and its attendant culture) shares a similar lineage with so many house subgenres, having worked its way through multiple scenes within a scene, providing the soundtrack for dance crews to battle it out on the floor, and becoming a worldwide phenomenon in the process. Here’s what you need to know about what it is and how to make it.
Some DJs would prefer to not hear this, but sync exists. In fact, while it may be new to some people (Scratch Live users), the technology has been around for years. Sure, plenty of DJs eschew it, but for those who don’t, it’s important to have the resources and knowledge to use it properly. In this piece, you’ll learn how to set beatgrids and use Simple and Smart Sync in Serato DJ.
Seeing a producer take a strong performance-based approach to playing live is always refreshing, and KiNK doesn't disappoint in this wild routine recorded at Resident Advisor's Sessions studio.
Pop music comes in all shapes and sizes, but when you’re mixing it in the club setting, all that really matters is the fact that each track adheres to a pretty traditional formula. Whether it’s a hip-hop tune, a slab of indie rock, or even Justin Bieber’s latest hit, each one typically falls into the intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/outro standard. Those elements are the building blocks for today’s lesson about mixing pop tracks, from DJ TechTools’ Ean Golden.
Berlin/NYC-based producer Travis Stewart wears a number of production hats—whether as part of Sepalcure, JETS, or Dream Continuum. But the moniker with which he’s most commonly associated is Machinedrum, under which he’s released a slew of singles and LPs for Planet Mu, Hotflush, Ninja Tune, and more. His story of success is based on a few key factors: keeping it simple, interesting, and collaborative.