We recently hosted another open house in our San Francisco pop-up store, featuring tutorial sessions, the new Kontrol S8 hardware and a smoking performance from DJ Teeko, who expertly combines turntablism, controllers, and analog synths! Fortunately the cameras were rolling so we captured the best moments along with an improv Q&A session that covers his musical tools.
At its core, DJing is about playing great songs and transitioning between them smoothly. DJ software makers invent new features to set themselves apart, but sometimes it’s hard to tell how you would even use them! The Remix Decks are a prime example: great in concept, but practically speaking, most DJs don’t end up utilizing their potential […]
A pair of brilliant producers from Germany show Dj TechTools their advanced system of controller djing. With upcoming releases on Kaumpact and Minous records, keep an eye on their career which is likely to skyrocket!
After a bit of a wait, and many leaks along the way - the Traktor S8 controller has officially landed in stores near you. To help our readers out, we created a short video that shows a few interesting that you can do with the S8 for those with one in the mail or anyone that might be considering buying it.
One of the most popular features of the Ableton Push is its "scale" functionality that places all the right notes in a chosen key across the grid of buttons. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to play chords, melodies and progressions without any music theory experience. The new Kontrol S series of keyboards from NI also unlocks countless scales and modalities for beginners unfamiliar with note structures on a traditional keyboard. At first glance, this appears to be welcome progress - but when you take away all the "wrong notes", have you also stripped away the magic of possibility?
There are over one million apps in the apple app store, and many of them are music related. With so many new ideas coming out all the time, it’s nearly impossible to cover the space but every once in a while we stumble on a new iPad app that is truly inspiring. Today that app […]
Remember “Space Is The Place” with The Jonzun Crew? Released in 1983 on the magnificent label Tommy Boy, it was one of the most important electro tracks of the time. 31 years later, NASA has released a rocket ship full of Space sounds for you to use how ever you want. You can stack them up in your remix decks and shoot off a burner or two to get your crowds attention.
Last month we ran a "One Button Mapping" contest, in which everyone was invited to create special mappings that would be triggered by a single button. For example, a series of effects might be triggered in a cascading order with just one press. The results were fantastic, with a host of truly inspired entries that demonstrated the creative potential of personal mapping. Today we will show you some of the most interesting ideas, and announce the winner.