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 […]
A routine from Mad Zach incorporating all of the performance gear in his studio: a Native Instruments Kontrol S4, two Midi Fighter 3Ds, a Maschine, and an Ableton Push.
One of our favorite features of the Ableton Push is the ability to set the controller to act as a scaled instrument – with standout root notes that allow very easy riffing and melody/harmony performance. We’ve seen this feature emulated software, but today we’re sharing a project by Netherlands-based programmer and electronic artist Fabrizio Poce that […]
Mad Zach has just released a new compilation volume of his renowned sound packs – and this time, they are fully compatible with Traktor’s Remix Decks. In today’s video, Zach shares some creative ways to play with sound packs, including how to finger drum with a Kontrol F1, sequence a sound pack with Ableton Push, […]