January is here - which means companies are slowly rolling out their initial new products debuting at the currently-underway Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, or the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim later this month. The winner of "first new DJ product of 2015" appears to be - surprisingly - Casio. The company had released a co-branded Spin controller with Vestax last year, and now is launching two wild-design controllers for DJs and producers that happen to both look like everyone's favorite Kessel Run dominating starship.
Algoriddim is a household name when it comes to DJ applications. Their djay app for iOS and Android has been downloaded millions of times by users all across the globe who were looking for a way to get their feet wet in DJing. djay is also the name of Algoriddim's Mac dedicated software that has recently been given a total over-haul and redesign. Today, Algoriddim announced the release of djay Pro, the latest desktop DJ software for Mac OSX. I had the pleasure of talking to Algoriddim's CEO, Karim Morsy, who walked me through the software which has everything from automatic iTunes playlists to MIDI capabilities and even full Spotify integration.
Mixvibes has recently announced the release of Cross DJ 2.0 for the iPhone and iPad which comes with a new aesthetic and more features for the User. iOS devices are popping up left and right but with Cross DJ, there is a little more than just two audio players and volume control. Similar to their recent Cross DJ 3.3 update for the desktop, the iOS highlights recent progressions made in the software that focus on creating a new, alternative solution for mixing applications.
As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.
Touch devices for DJs and producers continue to pop up and the market of touch apps is growing even faster. Touch apps are a great way for artists to create unique controller units using a touch device they already have however, many of these apps either use WiFi or require a camera kit to connect […]
"Anyone can DJ." Ever heard the saying before? Today's DJ equipment makes it easier then ever to get started. While technology and media may be making DJ’ing more accessible to the wider community, DJ’s who play unique sets and have different playing styles are progressively becoming the minority. They're drowned out by the noise of Top 40 DJ’s who simply just fade one track into the next. You can show up to the club with a USB in hand and rock it, but then again, there are thousands of people who could do the exact same thing. But DJ equipment and technology has so much to offer, that in actual fact, it can help us put a unique edge on our sets. Here are 5 tools that can help you achieve that.
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.
We've decided to issue a challenge to our community who happen to have a Midi Fighter Twister - a routine video contest specifically for our encoder-laden controller. If you can craft a clever, unique, or exciting routine featuring the Twister, you could be chosen to win $500 store credit and the notoriety that comes with being featured on the DJTT blog and social media networks.