It was 1998 in a club called the Unit in Sheffield, UK, when I first witnessed live scratching. Like many I was transfixed. I didn’t have a clue who the DJ was, but I remember how utterly amazing the noise sounded and how the fingers would move so fast they appeared to dance around the fader often in a ‘pinching’ motion. It was bemusing, fantastic, and mysterious all rolled into one. Before the time of YouTube it took many years to understand why the hands and fingers moved the way they did. Partly by trial and error and partly by scanning a VHS tape of the 1998 DMC world championships and a Vestax Prime Cuts tutorial, I worked out that the key to it all was the ‘orbit’ scratch.
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.
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.
New Year's Eve can be a blessing and a curse for DJs. Endless gig opportunities (thanks to the fact that nearly everyone on the planet is at a party) but very high expectations from drunkards that expect it to be the best party of the year. Whether you are playing a ballroom, bedroom, or a friend's living room, here are some useful tools that will help you come prepared.
DJs around the world use the Pioneer DJM 900 mixer in regular gigs without taking advantage of its powerful on board effects. In today’s article, Ean shares techniques on how to use creative crossfader routing and additional effects layered on white noise to generate a very playable tone useful for almost any style of DJing.
As DJ technology continues to evolve, the division between controller DJs and turntable DJs seems to be getting bigger. Both styles of DJing have their advantages and ultimately try to achieve the same result. Even A-Trak commented on this subject saying DJing is about taking risks and not just what you use at the club.
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 […]
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.