Every thursday we’ll be bringing back a helpful article from the DJTT archive. The article will be updated where necessary if any information is outdated. Whether you're just learning how to DJ or you've been DJing for years, this is a timeless article that will teach the importance of trusting the mixer levels. Originally posted by Ean Golden on May 16, 2010.
Serato has just launched a new minor update to the Serato DJ software (version 1.7.3) that adds official HID support for the new Pioneer XDJ-1000, the new media player that's ditched the CD drives. The new update means the entire XDJ unit "pre-mapped to Serato DJ when using HID mode, allowing you to use the XDJ-1000 to control many of Serato DJ’s features such as, Library Navigation, Looping, Slip Mode, Cue Points, Quantize, Sync and much more."
We've been a continual fan of Netherlands-based live performance artist Binkbeats, who crafts incredible songs out of digital and traditional instruments. His performances gained hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and in a new video shot at the Le Guess Who festival last November, we get to see a new set up that features the Midi Fighter Twister as the central hub of control for effects, volume, and more.
It is not everyday that we come across a routine with a blend of analog and digital gear. Today, we want to share Zachary Hollback's Pound for Pound routine that uses six different pieces of analog gear to create a grooving track live. When someone creates music with analog gear, it is comparable to a drummer drumming or a guitar player playing a riff. Analog gear comes with a sense of being and with the little quirks of live modulation, the sense of human touch can be heard which makes a track sound more textured and layered. Read more about the gear below and watch the routine.
Ever since the release of Serato DJ, it's been possible to purchase additional features or FX packs to expand Serato DJ's capabilities. Serato has released some very cool features this year including Pitch N' Time, an industry standard time stretching plugin, and Flip, which lets you create custom edits of your music in Serato DJ.
My Macbook is a pretty powerful DJ laptop, but even that powerhouse has started taking a dump over the past 6 months. The problem is caused by 2 main culprits. First, more tracks every week means the 250 GB hard drive is always maxed out. Last, the system drive (HDD) is dragging its sorry butt and taking forever to process data. The good news is that a close friend offered a clever way to solve both of those problems with one simple upgrade that costs anywhere from $250-$600.
Recently we've been soliciting community members to help us build amazing playable performance sound packs designed especially for the Midi Fighters. One of our favorite YouTube performers Tim Murray agreed to build a wild pack in Ableton Live that worked for the combination of a Twister and 3D together. Watch the resulting performance video he shot to show it off below, and read on to find out how to download the soundpack for free.
Xtreme Mapping is back! For a brief time the popular mapping software was absent from the Mac App Store. It appeared that development had stopped and that the software was no longer available to purchase. Thankfully that wasn't the case. Vincenzo Pietropaolo has added Traktor 2.7.0 support to Xtreme Mapping. If you're not familiar with Xtreme Mapping, it's a Mac only software designed to speed up your mapping workflow for Traktor. Read on for what's been added.