Some potentially sad news reached our inbox this morning as a Japanese reader tipped us off that Vestax Corporation has apparently "ceased operations as of August 31st" (according to a Japanese news source). While unconfirmed, this doesn't come as a big surprise. Vestax has been noticeably missing from action over the past few years. Lacking any new products at NAMM 2014, the trusted manufacturer was also completely absent from the recent BPM tradeshow in the UK leading many to wonder if a demise was near.
The new Kontrol S8 flagship Traktor controller from Native Instruments is finally getting it's official launch today, and we've got an exclusive in-depth video that reviews all the S8 functions in our studios. Click in to watch it now and read all the details of this exciting new controller.
Let's drag out the white circle-shaped elephant in the corner. The nightlife industry is in large part designed to at the very least, enhance, and at worst, facilitate the consumption of mind-altering substances. Everything from alcohol, drugs, lights or otherwise is on the menu nightly. As DJs, it's almost guaranteed that you will come in contact with this fact at some point. So the question is (as the infamous D.A.R.E. shirts posited) - should you just "say no"?
Today we explore one of my favorite techniques for working in drums into a live deep house or techno DJ set - playing drum fills on a Midi Fighter 3D and using Traktor's effects to loop, extend, and modulate them. Done correctly, this becomes a powerful tool for any DJ looking to add a bit more interesting elements to their sets - so watch the full tutorial inside to get started.
Today's article comes from two ideas in the DJ TechTools article idea pool. First, how would you turn a play button into a "turntable stop effect" on non-turntable controllers? Related to that idea, we are excited to launch a "One-Button Mapping" contest in which everyone is invited to submit their best ideas for modular macro mappings. These are highly functional mappings that layer many useful functions onto one button so you can add them to your existing controllers for a little extra performance action.
Last week’s article on the lifespan of a DJ hopefully inspired some of you to consider that DJing can offer some compelling career opportunities. Just like any career, outcomes can vary wildly depending on your specialty and prowess. Today we look at three different types of DJs that you could become and the differences between these paths technically, creatively, and financially. Are you a club jock with your sights set on Ultra’s main stage, a flashy turntablist with DMC-winning tricks up your sleeve, or a finger-drumming controllerist with skills that would make Jeremy Ellis’ jaw drop? If you're thinking about getting into DJing, there's a number of ways to approach it, and today we take a look at some of the opportunities that each path presents.
Today Reuters reported, and Pioneer confirmed they are "considering" selling their highly successful DJ division. People familiar with the transaction indicated such a deal could be worth 570 million US dollars. Pioneer is certainly at the top of their game with some of the most popular DJ gear in the market bearing their stamp this year. Perhaps it's a good time to go out on top - but what does that mean for the DJ industry?
Serato DJ comes out with another strong release today that provides new functionality like Flip mode, along with some older loved features missing from Scratch Live such as AM mode (hide your tracks) and Chronological cues. A new MIDI Map panel also promises to provide deeper control over the software for those who may wish to dive deeper into the realm of customization. The update is available now from serato.com/dj.