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.
As the technological landscape of dance-music production continues to evolve, producers are faced with a conundrum: With a plethora of production platforms, hardware/software bundles, plugins, and modular pieces of software, what is the best way to sequence drums? Today we talk with producers about which methods they prefer.
Electronic Music school Dubspot wanted the perfect controller to put in front of its students — something resembling a console mixer MIDI controller that was simple, straightforward, and easily worked with any DAW and other software. However, they found that what they really wanted was the 15-year-old, long-discontinued Evolution UC-33, and that nothing else like […]
Four hard-working DJ TechTools staff members and three volunteer reporters took on the sights, sounds, and smells of NAMM 2014 in the hopes of finding the most interesting and inspiring products of 2014. If you have any use for amazing DJ effects, deluxe DJ controllers, game-changing drum programming software or a next-level DAW, you’ll want to read and watch our findings now.