One of the most popular features of the Ableton Push is its "scale" functionality that places all the right notes in a chosen key across the grid of buttons. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to play chords, melodies and progressions without any music theory experience. The new Kontrol S series of keyboards from NI also unlocks countless scales and modalities for beginners unfamiliar with note structures on a traditional keyboard. At first glance, this appears to be welcome progress - but when you take away all the "wrong notes", have you also stripped away the magic of possibility?
By and large, the DJ gear that someone chooses doesn't effect how "good" or "real" of a DJ they are. But for DJs that play hundreds of shows in a year, the gear makes a big difference to consistently and comfortably being able to perform. Today we've put together a collection of the gear inside of some of the world's favorite DJs and live producers - read on.
The Ableton Push controller has always demonstrated power and control for producers when it comes to producing in the studio and performing tracks live. For many people, these are two separate processes but not for Berlin artist Keychee who transforms the Push into a swing sequencer, creating the ability to build and create harmonious sections live. Watch his live […]
With the recent news of the Numark NV controller launching with built-in screens, many DJs were left wondering why Numark was the first manufacturer to innovate in the market. Perhaps that's the power of InMusic (Numark's parent company) in full effect. Today we're speculating on what the other major manufacturers might be brewing up in their labs - and what their DJ controllers might look like if they added LCD screens.
Much like the impetus for Native Instruments to create Maschine and for Ableton to develop Push, Zurich-based artist Ander (just Ander) also wants electronic music to get out from behind the laptop. To do so, the tinkerer and composer made Station, a grid-based, LED-and-knob-driven, multi-unit controller that he runs with Ableton Live and Max for Live for maximum improvisational possibilities.
One of the most obvious places for controllerists to appear is behind a drum kit. Drummers have been working MIDI controllers into their rigs for over 20 years. Today we're sharing a performance by a drummer, DJ Seap, who's integrated a full Ableton rig into a live performance drum rig.
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect back on a great year of articles and a growing DJ TechTools community. It was a slower year in general for new DJ gear as compared to the early phases of the controller craze, but we had no shortage of interesting subjects to write about. Grab your time machine and check out what you might have missed or forgotten.
This week we have a very special treat for you, an in-depth journey into the mindset and technology of Dubfire, the talented and ubiquitous DJ with over 20 years of success under his belt. Part of our “How I Play” series, these videos offer an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most interesting DJs through […]