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.
Over the last few years Native Instruments has released several controllers that integrate seamlessly with their software. First with Maschine, followed by integrated DJ controllers like the Kontrol X1, Kontrol S4, and most recently the Kontrol S8. While Maschine does have Komplete integration, people have been waiting for a keyboard from Native Instruments that integrates with Komplete. Native Instruments have released a lineup of dedicated keyboard controllers, the “Komplete Kontrol S-series”. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
LANDR is a new online service that offers to master your music files in just moments. Whether you use it on finished stereo productions, individual song tracks, samples or full DJ sets, the LANDR algorithms master WAV or MP3 files. But is that really possible, or is it too good to be true? We test the service and invite a professional mastering engineer to pit his results against the automated LANDR results. Hear the results and enter an Ellen Allien remix contest for a chance to win a free year of LANDR and other huge prizes.
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)
Remember “Space Is The Place” with The Jonzun Crew? Released in 1983 on the magnificent label Tommy Boy, it was one of the most important electro tracks of the time. 31 years later, NASA has released a rocket ship full of Space sounds for you to use how ever you want. You can stack them up in your remix decks and shoot off a burner or two to get your crowds attention.
A great technique for all Ableton finger drummers to learn is how to quickly divide a loop or sample up into parts and lay them out on a playable drum rack. This slicing can be done in time with the tempo of the sample, or it can even be done based on warp markers that […]
Teased last week, Native Instruments has released a brand new line up of hardware for their Komplete Suite, the S-Series. These keyboards are designed to be an integrated solution for production, opening up a large amount of control similar to how the Maschine hardware works alongside its software companion. Watch our exclusive first look video that we shot when NI visited DJTT headquarters last week inside.