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.
Last week’s article on the lifespan of a DJ hopefully inspired some of you to consider that DJing can offer some compelling career opportunities. Just like any career, outcomes can vary wildly depending on your specialty and prowess. Today we look at three different types of DJs that you could become and the differences between these paths technically, creatively, and financially. Are you a club jock with your sights set on Ultra’s main stage, a flashy turntablist with DMC-winning tricks up your sleeve, or a finger-drumming controllerist with skills that would make Jeremy Ellis’ jaw drop? If you're thinking about getting into DJing, there's a number of ways to approach it, and today we take a look at some of the opportunities that each path presents.
Remember the last time a major feature was introduced in Traktor Pro? No, unlocking Remix Deck support for all controllers doesn't count. Neither does having a mapping window that expands when you drag the corner. Berlin's Native Instruments has stayed relatively quiet while Serato DJ and a number of other smaller softwares have been in the limelight. The silence is slowly starting to show cracks - with a second video just uploaded in the "Future of DJing" series, this time featuring techno duo Pan-Pot. Watch below (or watch the first one with MK here):
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.
Hey guys and gals, we have an important question for you and need the community's help! Should DJ TechTools be able to use anyone's music in our tutorial videos - and does the use of that music help or hurt the artists? You are the best people to answer this question - so in today's post I turn to you for help, and feedback. More details and the backstory after the jump:
Let's face the music, folks: DJs love being the center of attention. Throughout the course of the night they are always looking for ways to remind people: "Hey, I'm not an over-paid iPod!" Mainly though, we love any kind of positive reaction from the crowd - the ultimate form of DJ crack. Many of these techniques are tired, overdone, and simply put, "easy pops". Here are five of the worst offenders, and their more creative alternatives.
The tech-blog world is blowing up with reports that social-media giant Twitter is in talks to acquire SoundCloud. We're not sure how founded the rumor actually is, but such an acquisition could have serious implications (positive and negative) for producers and DJs around the world. We take a closer look at how Twitter might affect day-to-day SoundCloud users in this article—come speculate with us.
The original set of DJ tech tools were the record, mixer, and turntable. After over 15 years of music sales moving to CDs and digital music files, reports from 2013 are showing that vinyl sales are actually rising - up 31%. Are DJs a driving force in this resurgence? In today's article, we reached out to DJ-centric record stores around the US to find out if vinyl is really making a comeback.