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? Related
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.
Big changes are afoot here at DJ TechTools and because this is a community website, everyone needs to be involved in that process. We are considering everything from new gear to review, to expanding our reviews and tutorials and even a full site redesign, so don't miss this opportunity to get your opinion in. We are so serious about including your feedback - that we're even giving away $15 store credit to everyone who completes the survey!
In celebration of summer, we are rolling out a special treat for all of our loyal readers. All Midi Fighters, including the new Twister and 3D, are only $199 for the month of June. Take this opportunity to get some of the most reliable and fun MIDI hardware out there at a very affordable price. Previous Twister customers will receive emails with coupons to offset the discounted price.
Marketing, promotion, and tricks aside, transitioning from one song to another is at the core of what every DJ does. Therefore it's not surprising that one of the most requested tutorials continues to be how to use effects for transitioning between tracks. Though there are many gratuitous and overboard uses of effects out there, they can be masterfully utilized as powerful mixing tools to shape sounds and make room for new tracks. In today's video, I am happy to share two of my very favorites.