Even though most of our audience is made up of advanced or intermediate dj's we get a lot of new dj's on the site every month who are hungry to learn. The fundamentals never get stale, so we will be rolling out a new "how to dj" article every month for those that are just joining the ranks. Phrasing is one of the most important musical fundamentals out there, so this month we get started there.
At its core, DJing is about playing great songs and transitioning between them smoothly. DJ software makers invent new features to set themselves apart, but sometimes it’s hard to tell how you would even use them! The Remix Decks are a prime example: great in concept, but practically speaking, most DJs don’t end up utilizing their potential […]
The time has finally come, Facebook's "Like to Download" feature is no longer available. If you're unfamiliar with the feature, it allowed page owners to offer free content such as music downloads in exchange for "likes". The announcement was originally made back in August and DJTT weighed in on why it's a good thing for artists. However if this is a feature you want to keep using, then ToneDen has a solution.
After a bit of a wait, and many leaks along the way - the Traktor S8 controller has officially landed in stores near you. To help our readers out, we created a short video that shows a few interesting that you can do with the S8 for those with one in the mail or anyone that might be considering buying it.
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?
Today we’re going to look at 5 great online Ableton courses that will help get you started with Ableton and take your production to the next level. Why take a course? There’s lots of free video’s and Ableton tutorials online. Couldn’t you just learn everything you need to know about Ableton without spending any money? One of the challenges with using free resources is that you can waste a lot of time trying to find the right video or tutorial. Additionally it’s easy to jump around and learn things in the wrong order. It’s like learning Calculus without knowing basic addition/subtraction. The good news is most of the courses we’re going to look at have been designed with beginners in mind. So even if you have no experience with Ableton, these courses will guide you step by step to show you how everything works in Ableton. (*Note: Most of the courses would be applicable to Live 8 and Live 9)
With the Kontrol S8 controller set to be arriving in less than one week, Native Instruments has released a brand new update to Traktor Pro, bringing it to version 2.7.
One of the many advantages of using a DVS system for DJing, which is often overlooked, is the ability to play from just one vinyl deck or CDJ, in case of equipment failure. In this article we discuss the technique for doing so, and how to achieve it using both Serato DJ, and Traktor.