Most DJs these days manage their music collections in iTunes, good old-fashioned folders, or even DJ software. According to Beatport, up to 90% of DJs that manage a music library use iTunes, and based on most feedback, no one really loves it. While iTunes was a decent music manager in the past, it's now a bloated media center that is less and less useful for DJs. Fortunately, the new version of Beatport Pro fixes that with a dedicated music manager for DJs and producers.
We are proud and happy to announce that our first community-sourced project and DJ TechTools' newest product, The Midi Fighter Twister, is now available for preorder. The first run of Twisters are sailing towards San Francisco right now and will be shipping in 2 weeks or less. To mark the occasion we shot a detailed look at the most discussed feature, the Traktor Sequencer, and some very lovely photos to showcase the Twister's final look.
Not that long ago, MySpace was the de-facto place for musicians and DJs to build a fan base. Over the last few years, the focus turned to Facebook, with an increasing emphasis on building followers and growing your page Likes. With the long term health of the platform and the value of Likes being called into question, we can’t help but ask: what’s next?
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.
If so, the timing could not be better. With classic 909 house back in vogue and hardware music tools on the rise, Roland returns to the picture in a big way with a new product line called Aira. We don’t yet know the full details but a number of teaser videos, and leaked photos provide […]
Over the years we've heard endless numbers of requests from digital DJs asking for help crafting clever effects combinations while mixing. Effects have many uses - from creating tension, to dynamically tweaking drums or vocals, to even filling in sparse tracks with a flourish. Watch today's tutorial and learn four new techniques - the Techno Fill, Vocal Repeat, Off-Kilter Echo, and Filter Kill.
Today's article is inspired by the king of loops: Mr Richie Hawtin, who masterfully moves around songs, layering loops into an energetic blend of drums that always stay in time. How does he do it? Fortunately for you, I asked him that exact question on the CNTRL tour. Today we're sharing one important concept from Mr. Hawtin that is critical for DJs looking to play musically with loops.
OK, you’ve figured out basic two track mixing, started blending four decks, and even thrown in a little beat juggling for good measure. What’s next in the pantheon of creative DJ mixing? How about advanced harmonic transitions? DJs talk all the time about taking people on a “journey”, but to really create a musical story […]