The most valuable tool a DJ has at their disposal is their ears. Unfortunately it's also the tool that gets abused the most. This is no surprise given the environments DJ's frequently find themselves in: nightclubs, music festivals, and DJ booths with the loud monitors. Prolonged exposure in these loud settings is very hard on the ears and if a DJ isn't careful, they risk damaging the only set of ears they have. Today Ean is going to share some valuable tips that DJ's can follow to protect their hearing and continue DJing for years to come.
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!
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.
Acclaimed UK producer and DJ, Hot Since 82, stopped through the DJTT office a few weeks ago for a quick chat about the evolution of DJ technology and the state of underground electronic music. Even though it was a bit chilly in the studio, Ean and Daley bundled up for what turned out to be […]
A number of readers have written in asking how in the “Stage Principle” tutorial the VU meters of each deck show up on the Kontrol X1 – so today we’ve got a tutorial explaining how anyone with any MIDI controller can map VU meters in Traktor! Watch the full tutorial after the jump and get mapping. […]
Native Instruments’ new controller appeared in stores at the beginning of last week, and after a few weeks of getting a chance to play with it, we’ve got a complete hands-on review of the unit. Check out Ean’s exclusive video review of the Traktor Kontrol MK2 and a photo gallery inside! Related
We noticed some great comments in response to yesterday’s video of Ean in Costa Rica and decided to let the cat out of the bag: DJ TechTools wants to take this experience on tour. We’re toying with the idea of planning a series of workshops and shows in Europe this fall and we want your […]
A few weeks ago Ean spent some time in Costa Rica getting to know the local DJ scene, playing a few shows, and teaching some classes to aspiring DJs and producers – and the folks over at DJLab Costa Rica were nice enough to shoot a great behind-the-scenes minidocumentary of Ean’s time in the country. […]