This year's NAMM was pretty exciting in the DJ world, with many of the big names in the industry making significant product announcements. We've covered a lot of the new gear over the last few days, so to round things up we're choosing our favorite finds to award with NAMMies - an old DJTT tradition honoring innovation at the NAMM Show.
The most valuable tool a DJ has at their disposal is their ears. Unfortunately it's also the tool that gets abused the most. This is no surprise given the environments DJ's frequently find themselves in: nightclubs, music festivals, and DJ booths with the loud monitors. Prolonged exposure in these loud settings is very hard on the ears and if a DJ isn't careful, they risk damaging the only set of ears they have. Today Ean is going to share some valuable tips that DJ's can follow to protect their hearing and continue DJing for years to come.
Last year at NAMM, Roland was showing their then-secret AIRA lineup in a secret hotel suite - but this year their new gear is right out in the open. The MX-1 is part mixer, part soundcard, and part step sequence effector. After the jump, learn why this might be a critical new tool for DJs and producers alike.
We've heard a lot of intrigue about the Launchpad Pro, launched just this week at NAMM 2015 - if you missed all of the details, you can read about the controller's advanced functions in this article. We were lucky enough to have LA-based producer and educator Thavius Beck agree to do an on-the-fly routine on the Pro.
Last November DJ TechTools challenged members of the community with the Midi Fighter Twist-Off Contest. Whoever could produce the best video routine showcasing the Midi Fighter Twister would be the recipient of $500 in store credit and would have their video featured on the DJTT Blog and social media networks. We received several entries and have finally chosen a winner. Read on to find out who the Twist-Off champion is.
We’ve already seen the impressive powerhouse portable Audiofuse soundcard that Arturia has launched at NAMM 2015, but there’s a second solid announcement from the French manufacturer – a controller with a built in sequencer that’s designed for live performance. Read on for the details! Related
Denon DJ has some exciting announcements in store for NAMM 2015. First is a new 2 deck all in one controller for Serato DJ, the MC4000. Next is the HP2000, over the ear DJ headphones with a large 50mm neodymium magnet drivers. Finally, Denon has announced a new interface for Serato DJ, the DS1. This a huge since the DS1 is the first Serato compatible soundcard from a company aside from Rane. Keep reading for full details.
Prior to NAMM 2015 Akai announced a new line up of keyboards, the Advance Keyboard. It looks like that wasn't all from Akai, they have just announced 2 new analog products, the Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat. The Timbre Wolf is a 4 voice analog synthesizer while the Tom Cat is an analog drum machine similar to 2014's Rhythm Wolf. Keep reading to find out if this analog gear is for you.