So you just got booked to play a new club night starting up in your town. You're on top of your game in preparation for this gig: the playlists are sorted, you synced the back-up USB sticks, hell you even knocked together a couple re-edits to test out. Then the inevitable happens: the promoter hits you up with a dreaded request: "Can you send me your bio ASAP?"
The original Akai APC40 is one of the rare breed of products in the computer music age to achieve iconic status. Launched in 2009, the APC40 (followed by its more compact sibling, the APC20) was, along with the Novation Launchpad, the first dedicated, plug-and-play Ableton Live controller to hit the mainstream market. Five years later, Akai are releasing a re-imagining of the original APC40, the Mk2. Will it be as widely adopted as its forebear? We spent some time with it to try to find out.
Over the last few days, DJ-centric media has started latching to an upcoming change in Facebook’s Terms and Conditions for Pages. The change will effectively eliminate “Like To Download” applications that exchange download access to songs, remixes, soundpacks, etc. in return for a press of the Like button on a page. As much as many artists […]
In the digital age, it’s simple for DJs, performers, and producers to access resources and information for improving, learning, sharing or making music. However, this vast world of information can become distracting and as a result, it's easy to be demotivated in our respective art forms. You may remember these DJ power utilities posted a while back - in that vein, here are five solid pieces of software that will enhance creativity and productivity in the studio, at home, and out gigging.
The 1996 film Vibrations is maybe one of the worst movies you'll ever see about the world of dance music. Its plot revolves around a guitarist who loses his hands in a car crash, only to find himself, after numerous twists, transformed into a leading figure on the US rave circuit when his new tech-whiz friends create robotic hands and tools for him to produce and perform electronic music. With James Marshall and Christina Applegate in the lead roles, Vibrations is the epitome of '90s cyberpunk hokeyness—but for its acting and writing, not necessarily its message. At its core, it aims to illustrate that when it comes to expressing yourself, particularly as a DJ, where there's a will, there's a way. In that spirit, today we look at a few DJs who have adapted their production and performance environs to suit their disabilities, proving that indeed anyone can DJ if you surmount a few obstacles and put your mind to it.
Akai is launching two new controllers for Serato DJ that have a small form factor but unlock full control of the software. We've got details on the AFX, a effects and cue point focused controller, and the AMX, a two channel mixer with a soundcard.
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.
Serato DJ continues get serious feature additions in 2014 with an upcoming new release, 1.7, that will incorporate a new way of recording custom cue point juggles and playing them back. It's called Serato Flip - and it could be a killer feature for all kinds of DJs looking to build more intricate routines in a DJ software.