2014 has been a very exciting year with Native Instruments, Pioneer, and Serato introducing new products and software updates in an ever-increasing rate, yet, I have to confess, in the rush to LED glitz and glory some basic functions are still missing. Here are seven Traktor features we’d love to see Native Instruments implement in 2015.
DJs have not only entered the mainstream but have become an integral part of the modern rock band. In the following article we explore: How is DJ gear and EDM culture changing the traditional band? Is this new alliance between DJs and rock bands a welcomed change or simply a fleeting fad? How have modern rock bands, such as Incubus or Maroon 5, already incorporated Traktor and Ableton into their setup?
One of the most popular features of the Ableton Push is its "scale" functionality that places all the right notes in a chosen key across the grid of buttons. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to play chords, melodies and progressions without any music theory experience. The new Kontrol S series of keyboards from NI also unlocks countless scales and modalities for beginners unfamiliar with note structures on a traditional keyboard. At first glance, this appears to be welcome progress - but when you take away all the "wrong notes", have you also stripped away the magic of possibility?
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: