When DJing, as we know it today, first shimmered into life in the discos of the late 70s, stick headphones were very much standard issue for all spinners. They've lost out in popularity to regular over-ear cans for many years now, but some stalwarts are still gripping tightly on to their sticks today. Why do they do so? And should you be following their lead?
Today we explore one of my favorite techniques for working in drums into a live deep house or techno DJ set - playing drum fills on a Midi Fighter 3D and using Traktor's effects to loop, extend, and modulate them. Done correctly, this becomes a powerful tool for any DJ looking to add a bit more interesting elements to their sets - so watch the full tutorial inside to get started.
With the recent success of their exploding controller line, last week many in the DJ field wondered: Why did Pioneer sell their DJ division to investment company KKR for $551 million? Leadership in Japan has been talking about the sale of Pioneer DJ for months according to a source close to the deal and both companies. That source chatted with us on the condition of anonymity, revealing fresh details on the sale and what DJs might expect in the future.
There's something in the air around the Naonext Crystall Ball MIDI controller: your hands, coaxing any parameter you assign to its five infrared sensors. The accompanying 24-button pad grid either assigns parameters to the sensors or works like traditional pads. With 24 banks of 5 control sets each, there are thousands of programmable controls to give your airborne hands plenty more to do than just pump up a crowd. Let's see how it performs with software like Traktor and Ableton Live.
We've seen the Traktor Kontrol S8 rumors and various leaks around the web, but today everything has been confirmed: Native Instruments is set to release a new jog-wheel free controller with dual screens that pull information directly from Traktor Pro. Watch the teaser introduction video inside to see the first glimpses at the controller.
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!
In 1983, Grand Master Flash was making history and paving the way for the future of turntablism. Grand Master Flash pioneered the way for DJs and innovated numerous techniques. Today we have an antique routine that doubles as a fun tutorial from the master himself. Grand Master Flash demonstrates what the whole world wants to know, “What is a break mix?” Break out your notebook and watch how to do a break mix below.
Here are some entertaining videos for your DJ-viewing pleasure this weekend. Got a few minutes or a few hours to spare? Here are a few options of DJ documentaries, shorts, and videos that range from scary to inspiring!