By and large, the DJ gear that someone chooses doesn't effect how "good" or "real" of a DJ they are. But for DJs that play hundreds of shows in a year, the gear makes a big difference to consistently and comfortably being able to perform. Today we've put together a collection of the gear inside of some of the world's favorite DJs and live producers - read on.
DJTT friend and Midi Fighter aficionado Ill.Gates stopped in the DJTT studio to give us an exclusive behind-the-scenes of how his live setup works. The setup includes Serato Video, a Vestax VCI-300 controller, live VJing, and fingerdrumming on the Midi Fighter 3D. At the same time, ill.Gates is launching a brand new set of performance soundpacks on the DJTT webstore - watch the video and learn more inside!
A great technique for all Ableton finger drummers to learn is how to quickly divide a loop or sample up into parts and lay them out on a playable drum rack. This slicing can be done in time with the tempo of the sample, or it can even be done based on warp markers that […]
With the recent success of their exploding controller line, last week many in the DJ field wondered: Why did Pioneer sell their DJ division to investment company KKR for $551 million? Leadership in Japan has been talking about the sale of Pioneer DJ for months according to a source close to the deal and both companies. That source chatted with us on the condition of anonymity, revealing fresh details on the sale and what DJs might expect in the future.
We've seen the Traktor Kontrol S8 rumors and various leaks around the web, but today everything has been confirmed: Native Instruments is set to release a new jog-wheel free controller with dual screens that pull information directly from Traktor Pro. Watch the teaser introduction video inside to see the first glimpses at the controller.
For the past few years Ean has been developing a style of "light controllerism" that takes his live performance routines into the improvised worlds of house and techno. 4/4 dance music is all about the groove, so this transition required new tools and performance techniques, which offer a lot of creative control but won't kill the groove. Today he shows us his full setup in the hopes that some of the tech might inspire your workflows!
Here are some entertaining videos for your DJ-viewing pleasure this weekend. Got a few minutes or a few hours to spare? Here are a few options of DJ documentaries, shorts, and videos that range from scary to inspiring!
The deal to sell Pioneer's DJ equipment division has been inked, with private equity firm KKR acquiring all outstanding shares of Pioneer DJ for approximately 59 billion Japanese Yen - or about $551 million US dollars. Pioneer will retain about 15% share in the company and equivalent voting rights in the DJ manufacturer.