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.
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.
For DJs, short loops can be expressive building blocks that, when used properly, can be a fun way to layer additional sounds into the mix. In today's tutorial, Ean shows off how to take loops with high and low frequency elements and make them into playable kick/ride hits with just a simple filter.
When preparing your set for a live performance, there are a lot of exciting options that both Ableton and your MIDI controller provide you—and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Today we show you five great tips and tricks for using the Midi Fighter Twister and Ableton to perform live.
At DJ Techtools, we're always the lookout for unique topics for tutorials and demos. Sometimes the best stuff is very simple but often overlooked. In this video, we'll take a look at the Layout Manager in Traktor Pro and Traktor Scratch Pro to help you maximize that screen real estate for any type of DJing situation.
Mad Zach invites us into his Berlin studio and shows how he’s been using the Midi Fighter Twister in a production workflow with Ableton Live. Beyond the Twister just being a formidable companion for in-studio work, Zach also shows off how its sequencer can be used in a live performance setting. Watch to the end of the video for a spectacular performance using Twister, Ableton, and four Moogerfoogers.
If you’re a DJ who is looking to make the transition to producing your own tracks, today’s tutorial is a simple way to get you started. Rather than diving head first into creating an original track, we’re going to show you how to make a DJ intro edit using Ableton Live.
Marketing, promotion, and tricks aside, transitioning from one song to another is at the core of what every DJ does. Therefore it's not surprising that one of the most requested tutorials continues to be how to use effects for transitioning between tracks. Though there are many gratuitous and overboard uses of effects out there, they can be masterfully utilized as powerful mixing tools to shape sounds and make room for new tracks. In today's video, I am happy to share two of my very favorites.