Native Instruments has just announced in an "unofficial" off the record Q&A on the NI forums that Traktor will add HID support in an upcoming update for the Pioneer CDJ-900NXS and the latest media player, the XDJ-1000. Along with more HID support, Native Instruments also discusses the long awaited Traktor and Maschine integration, and why metadata sync is no longer in Traktor DJ/Traktor Pro 2. Keep reading for more details.
Today we're excited to feature the travel setup for one of the founding members of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beastie Boys collaborator and tour DJ, the Serial Wax Killer himself, the one and only Mix Master Mike. Mix Master Mike has had a very successful career and continues to be at the top of his game, playing shows around the world. Let's look at the gear that he uses the road.
While DJ apps continue to spill into the app stores there has been only a trickling of hardware devices for these DJ apps. Hardware built to be used with a phone or tablet is tricky as the computing power each one has however there are still companies, like DJIT, who look past the technical limitations. The company who made the Edjing DJ app (available on Windows, Android, and iOS) is preparing to release the Mixfader which is, you guessed it, a crossfader for the app.
It seems these days that more and more apps are coming out on the market for the iPad and iOS. While there is a lot of copy cats and poorly programmed apps, there are some that offer viable solutions for the DJ looking to get more out of there iOS device. Inklen introduced the Tonetable app in 2011 which is a DVS control device for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. DVS control for iOS is really cool but the folks at Stagecraft took the app to the next level by creating a compatible VST. Read more below about how Tonetable now can be used to create scratch effects in any VST compatible DAW and what Scratch Track brings for producers.
Following up on monday's popular "Why New DJs Should Start on Vinyl", we thought it'd be good to look at the importance of sampling records for producers and DJs. When digging for samples, it’s easy to fall into the trap of working with the same re-cycled digital libraries floating around the internet, yet there are thousands of records that have been long forgotten and can not be found digitally. Today Tiann discusses why producers and DJs should start sampling vinyl and tips for guiding their search.
In our latest "Artist Gear Setup" series, we get a look at the essential travel gear for Swedish DJ and progressive house producer, Jeremy Olander. You won't find any alcohol or tequila in his bag. Rather Jeremy's travel essentials demonstrates how travelling DJs and producers can take better care of themselves while on the road. This is especially important to keep energy levels up and increase creativity.
The super duo E.A.S.Y. is back with a live performance of their second single "Pop Music", which is available as a free download on Craze's Slow Roast Records label. When a track gets the thumbs up from a 5 time DMC Champion you know it's gonna be good.
Hearing loss in DJing is no laughing matter. The career of a DJ is filled with towered speakers, blown monitors, and over compensated headphones. If you don't take care of your ears when your out in the field you can be at risk of losing a vital body function that you need to DJ. That is why it always important to practice preservation techniques to save your hearing.