DJ headphones are an intensely personal thing. They're the only weapon in a DJ's arsenal directly in contact with the body during their work, and as such, concerns of fit, comfort, sound, and style all have a part to play in choosing them. One design has risen above the fray, as unarguably the most consistently popular single model in the DJ world – the Sennheiser HD 25. More recently four other models of headphones with a very similar look and feel have come onto the market, most notably the brand new Pioneer HDJ-C70. This begs the question: what is the best HD-25-style pro DJ headphone?
For the past few years Ean has been developing a style of "light controllerism" that takes his live performance routines into the improvised worlds of house and techno. 4/4 dance music is all about the groove, so this transition required new tools and performance techniques, which offer a lot of creative control but won't kill the groove. Today he shows us his full setup in the hopes that some of the tech might inspire your workflows!
DJ TechTools' latest music concept turns the tables on traditional DJ paradigms, removing the dj booth and putting the crowd in control of the music. Built for Richie Hawtin's Enter party this summer in Ibiza, 12 independent touch wheels on a large circular table allow people to play one instrument in an evolving "dj mix" running through Ableton Live. This is by far our most ambitious controller ever - and the first that requires multiple people to play together. In today's article, we finally reveal the background of Orbit, and take you behind the scenes of this remarkable project.
Spotted last week on Twitter was this crazy modified Numark Mixtrack controller from DJTT reader Zach Willett, with the jogwheels removed and two Midi Fighters dropped into the chassis. We wanted to learn more, so Zach sent over photos of the construction process and a few more details on the actual mod itself.
Big changes are afoot here at DJ TechTools and because this is a community website, everyone needs to be involved in that process. We are considering everything from new gear to review, to expanding our reviews and tutorials and even a full site redesign, so don't miss this opportunity to get your opinion in. We are so serious about including your feedback - that we're even giving away $15 store credit to everyone who completes the survey!
For the last few months we've been building out a brand-new pop-up store and community space in our office in the Dogpatch, San Francisco, and we're excited to announce that the doors are finally opening this week. After the jump, learn more about what we're doing in this space, how you can get involved, and what our plans are for the future.
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.
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.