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.
Five years down the road from the debut of the Xone:22, Allen & Heath has updated its entry-level mixer to the Xone:23, taking into account some of the most requested user modifications for the 2 + 2-channel DJ mixer. While the overall functionality is largely unchanged, the Xone:23 has some major updates to the internal circuitry, aesthetics and layout. We were on the scene at NAMM 2014 for the full rundown and video.
After doing an admirable job playing catch-up last year, Mixvibes Cross 3 gives the others something to catch-up to: a well-appointed video DJing feature set with plenty of flexible mixing options, effects, recording and video sampling slots. If you’ve considered adding video to your DJ sets, you owe it to yourself to read all that Cross 3 can do.
Harmonic mixing has become an integral part of a lot of digital DJs arsenals, reflected by the presence of key detection algorithms in a variety of softwares. We last stood just three entrants against each other in a harmonic showdown in 2012, but this year we've got 12 different algorithms competing in our key detection comparison. How does Traktor Pro fare versus Traktor DJ? Is Rekordbox reliable? Is the new Mixed In Key worth an upgrade?
No DJ ever really makes it anymore without producing tracks, and getting into that game can be daunting, but Native Instruments’ Maschine Studio expertly combines a powerful, straightforward beat- and music-creation software with a top-notch controller. Whether you want it as a stand-alone system or expansion tool, Maschine Studio has something to offer to your musical goals.
Ready for a wireless, cheap controller that gives you control of almost everything in Ableton? Today we’re looking at the brand new Touchable 2 app from Zerodebug. Find out how it stacks up against the other Ableton iOS control apps out there – and against the Push hardware itself. Related