A few years ago, any aspiring DJ would buy a budget turntable/CD and mixer combo before eventually moving on to some high-end kit. Today, most will either go for a cheap controller setup to use with their existing computer, or jump straight into the top-flight gear that they see used by their heroes. However, there are still a lot of situations in which a budget mixer can be incredibly useful, so we've gone in search of the best mixer for under $300.
After much anticipation, Bitwig Studio, the DAW software that takes Ableton Live's ball and runs with it, has arrived to reinvigorate your music-making life. This comprehensive music production and performance platform goes heavy on user-friendly workflow features and light on clutter. The whole point is to unleash your musical creativity. But can it hang with the veterans of the industry? Is it just a re-designed Ableton Live copycat? We've sweated the details to let you know.
Want to build your own custom layout control surfaces on iOS? Besides the major players from Liine and Hexler, there's a newer upstart, Midi Designer Pro, that is worth considering. Today, Chris Brackley gives the software a full review, including tips on using it in real world DJ scenarios and a critical eye to how design can influence the perceived quality of DJ tools.
Serato recently introduced a new plug-in, Pitch N' Time, that claims to be the best DJ keylock algorithm on the market. Want to slow down a track 40% and keep it in key? It takes a powerful engine to make that happen. Today we investigate how well keylock works in three softwares - read more inside and listen for yourself.
Pioneer's new powerful external effects unit, the RMX-500, comes in at a much lower price than the RMX-1000. Today, guest reviewer Mojaxx takes a close look at the unit, demonstrates all the features in a video, and offers his perspective on if Pioneer's new kit is worth picking up.
Technics introduced the SL-DZ1200 direct drive digital turntable in 2004, hoping to stake a strong claim onto the then-burgeoning digital DJ market. The Technics ultimately lost the race to Pioneer and Denon due to a number of hardware and firmware issues that plagued the units. But now, an independent gear modifier out of the UK is bringing new life to the SL-DZ1200s with a hardware modification. Learn about the history of the turntable and the new modification inside.
Makers of the now-defunct Pacemaker DJ hardware are back with a brand new iPad application that breaks down one of the biggest barriers in DJ applications, making it possible to stream music directly from a major streaming service, Spotify. Targeted at users who already use Spotfiy but with enough features to make experienced DJs happy, you're likely to see Pacemaker at a house party near you. Get the full details on the app in today's article and video.
Today we're comparing two of the most significant DJ laptop/controller stands on the market. We're pitting the UDG Creator stand against the Crane Pro stand, both well-matched in price and features. So which one provides the most value to DJs? Learn more about each and how they stack up against each other in this feature.