Apple has reportedly been granted a very intriguing patent that suggests an exciting new world of touch technology that could permanently cement the iOS line in the music control market. The flexibility of touch screens has made them a favorite control surface, but their lack of tactile feedback has limited widespread adoption, leaving traditional buttons and knobs safe - for now. In a new patent filing Apple describes a potential new technology that allows flexible screens to morph and change shape - providing tactile feedback along with a host of other mind-blowing applications.
Have you ever looked at a MIDI controller mapping and thought "what is is this foreign language?" Many people don't even attempt to edit and customize mappings because they don't understand how the files work. In today's article, we give you the basics of understanding a mapping so you'll be able can read the file and understand what it does with ease.
DJ TechTools' latest music concept turns the tables on traditional DJ paradigms, removing the dj booth and putting the crowd in control of the music. Built for Richie Hawtin's Enter party this summer in Ibiza, 12 independent touch wheels on a large circular table allow people to play one instrument in an evolving "dj mix" running through Ableton Live. This is by far our most ambitious controller ever - and the first that requires multiple people to play together. In today's article, we finally reveal the background of Orbit, and take you behind the scenes of this remarkable project.
For DJs, short loops can be expressive building blocks that, when used properly, can be a fun way to layer additional sounds into the mix. In today's tutorial, Ean shows off how to take loops with high and low frequency elements and make them into playable kick/ride hits with just a simple filter.
With the launch of Rekordbox 3.0, Pioneer will not only further entrench their existing users, but also attract new users; perhaps even those who’ve only worked with software solutions in the past. Many DJs prefer the plug-and-play simplicity of the CDJ ecosystem containing no less than 4 models. For those looking to buy new decks or upgrade […]
Hey guys and gals, we have an important question for you and need the community's help! Should DJ TechTools be able to use anyone's music in our tutorial videos - and does the use of that music help or hurt the artists? You are the best people to answer this question - so in today's post I turn to you for help, and feedback. More details and the backstory after the jump:
Many Ableton Live users know there is a simple and easy MIDI mapping engine available for controlling synths and tracks with any control surface. Map, click, turn, and control! Super easy – but did you know many controllers have more advanced “Remote Scripts” that give them instant -and more importantly dynamic- control over Live’s devices?
Let's face the music, folks: DJs love being the center of attention. Throughout the course of the night they are always looking for ways to remind people: "Hey, I'm not an over-paid iPod!" Mainly though, we love any kind of positive reaction from the crowd - the ultimate form of DJ crack. Many of these techniques are tired, overdone, and simply put, "easy pops". Here are five of the worst offenders, and their more creative alternatives.