There is a significant part of the DJ world in which vinyl will never die. From turntablists, to reggae jocks spinning 45s, to techno DJs like Sven Väth, the lure of black plastic is inescapable for many. So here we find ourselves, in 2014, with Pioneer, a company long associated with pushing the digital revolution, releasing a traditional analogue turntable. But is it a suitable replacement for the venerable Technics SL-1200? We tested one to find out.
The ecosystem of Serato products has expanded massively in recent years, with native control solutions appearing from many manufacturers. The latest company to step into the Serato world is Akai, with their new AMX and AFX units. But do they bring anything new to the table? We tested them to find out.
One of the many advantages of using a DVS system for DJing, which is often overlooked, is the ability to play from just one vinyl deck or CDJ, in case of equipment failure. In this article we discuss the technique for doing so, and how to achieve it using both Serato DJ, and Traktor.
DJ headphones are an intensely personal thing. They're the only weapon in a DJ's arsenal directly in contact with the body during their work, and as such, concerns of fit, comfort, sound, and style all have a part to play in choosing them. One design has risen above the fray, as unarguably the most consistently popular single model in the DJ world – the Sennheiser HD 25. More recently four other models of headphones with a very similar look and feel have come onto the market, most notably the brand new Pioneer HDJ-C70. This begs the question: what is the best HD-25-style pro DJ headphone?
When DJing, as we know it today, first shimmered into life in the discos of the late 70s, stick headphones were very much standard issue for all spinners. They've lost out in popularity to regular over-ear cans for many years now, but some stalwarts are still gripping tightly on to their sticks today. Why do they do so? And should you be following their lead?
With so many great DJ apps out on iOS, there is a need for affordable sound cards that can provide both headphone and master outputs for phones or tablets. Controller DJs also need a good sound card, and can play a very decent set with just two channels of audio and a small controller like the Kontrol X1. Fortunately, we've found three great options - the Reloop Play, Traktor Audio 2 MK2, and Griffin DJ Connect - in the market around $100, so read our round-up and comparison inside.
It's easy to scoff at the hyperbole that companies spout when presenting their new products. Writing this during the Apple keynote, I'm bombarded with lines like “the best phone ever made” and “revolutionary product”. Meanwhile in the DJ world, Numark boldly claim that their new NV is the Serato DJ controller that “changes everything”. Marketing hype, or justified? Watch the full video review inside where we spent some time putting the new controller through its paces.
Pioneer's CDJs are some of the most prevalent pieces of DJ hardware found in current DJ booths, and mixing harmonically has become a critical element of crafting a great set for many DJs. Today, Chris Brackley goes through a few of the best ways to mix in key on Pioneer's CDJ units - including a little-known trick on newer CDJs where they'll use a stoplight system to let you know if an upcoming track is compatible with the playing one. Watch the full thing and read more in today's article.