Marc Houle is not a DJ—in fact, he'd be the first to tell you that he's never really learned how to mix beyond fading one track out and another in—but that doesn't mean he can't rock a club. His live show, which he brought to MUTEK's stage a few weeks back in Montreal, consists of little more than Ableton Live, a vocoder, and TK, but his piece de resistance is a special prototype controller made by Livid for a Minus Records tour a few years back. He gave us a look at how it works, and told us about his new album, in today's video interview.
With the recent news of the Numark NV controller launching with built-in screens, many DJs were left wondering why Numark was the first manufacturer to innovate in the market. Perhaps that's the power of InMusic (Numark's parent company) in full effect. Today we're speculating on what the other major manufacturers might be brewing up in their labs - and what their DJ controllers might look like if they added LCD screens.
The much-lesser-known Summer NAMM is in full effect and today Novation announced their latest addition to their Ableton Live devices. The LaunchControlXL has less pads but more knobs, faders, and a wider range of control
Touch devices in a DJ’s gear bag is starting to become more of a common practice with better designed applications and faster devices. More performers, like The Glitch Mob, James Zabiela, and Kill Paris, are starting to rely on using touch devices in their sets. Even so, a group of DJs from the Netherlands feel there is something missing that many DJs require in a controller. Tuna Knobs are the world’s first control knobs for your touch screen.
Spotted last week on Twitter was this crazy modified Numark Mixtrack controller from DJTT reader Zach Willett, with the jogwheels removed and two Midi Fighters dropped into the chassis. We wanted to learn more, so Zach sent over photos of the construction process and a few more details on the actual mod itself.
Mad Zach just wrapped up a brief US tour and was kind enough to record a quick How I Play interview from behind the booth at his gig in Oakland, explaining how he uses his Midi Fighter Spectras, Twister, and Moogerfooger to perform a dynamic set. Watch the quick interview inside as well as a complete video of his hour-long set later that night.
Is there a perfect mixer for under $300? Back in April, we reached out to our readers to help us identify a selection of mixers around that price point which would be most interesting to review as a group. Today, we present the results of that test. We've gathered mixers from Allen & Heath, Pioneer, DJ-Tech, and Behringer—all of which can be found in stores for around $300 or less—to help you make that choice perfect budget-mixer choice.
As the technological landscape of dance-music production continues to evolve, producers are faced with a conundrum: With a plethora of production platforms, hardware/software bundles, plugins, and modular pieces of software, what is the best way to sequence drums? Today we talk with producers about which methods they prefer.