Before the introduction of DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstation) and laptops, most electronic music was created using a variety of analog gear. However as the cost of software and laptops dropped, more people started learning how to make music with their laptop. For younger producers, making music with a laptop is all they know. Today Ean Golden is going to show how you can start making music without a laptop and without breaking the bank.
Many people are now carrying a wide range of gear with them on the road or in the studio, and this brings up the common question: what is the right way to set it up? All of your devices including controllers, sound-cards, and dj consoles have different power demands so it's critical to know the right and wrong way to use USB hubs when connecting them all to the computer.
The most valuable tool a DJ has at their disposal is their ears. Unfortunately it's also the tool that gets abused the most. This is no surprise given the environments DJ's frequently find themselves in: nightclubs, music festivals, and DJ booths with the loud monitors. Prolonged exposure in these loud settings is very hard on the ears and if a DJ isn't careful, they risk damaging the only set of ears they have. Today Ean is going to share some valuable tips that DJ's can follow to protect their hearing and continue DJing for years to come.
In dance music, it's all about how a song hits in the club, so often DJ's will play their creations in progress during a set or give early versions to friends. Early on, new tracks don't have the polish or mastering you expect from a finished track. In order for the demo to stand a chance, it needs to hit hard and sound nearly complete. So, to make your demo’s rock - you need a good mastering chain in your DAW, and in today's article a serious engineer will show us how.
DJ TechTools is searching for our next tutorial star to showcase on the blog and youtube. With over 25 million views on YouTube alone, our channel has launched several careers including Mad Zach and Ean Golden and Chris Brackley. We are looking for the next wave of talent that deserves to be featured and has great things to share with the global DJ community. Learn how to be considered in this exciting post.
It's been a few months since the Kontrol S8 came out, and with a lot of them now floating around many owners noticed - there are not many good carrying options! With the S8 being considerably larger than your average controller, it does not fit in any common backpacks and will require it's own special protection. In today's article we cover a few of the options you have now, and start up a community discussion where YOU get to help us design the perfect mobile solution.
New Year's Eve can be a blessing and a curse for DJs. Endless gig opportunities (thanks to the fact that nearly everyone on the planet is at a party) but very high expectations from drunkards that expect it to be the best party of the year. Whether you are playing a ballroom, bedroom, or a friend's living room, here are some useful tools that will help you come prepared.
According to a brand new Native Instruments video released today, the widely respected techno/house DJ Carl Cox is now touring with the Kontrol s8 at the center of his rig. He uses the Kontrol S8 as a central mixer and remix deck control station along side two Pioneer CDJ-2000's. Watch the video after the break to learn why the switch up.