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!
Native Instruments put out a brand new interview video earlier this morning focusing on house legend and 20 year DJ veteran MK. In the video, MK waxes poetic on the state of DJing and it's transformation to digital - as well as sharing his own feelings on how software and controllers like his Kontrol X1 MK2 have changed his approach to the craft.
We first launched Maps.djtechtools.com in July of 2012, hoping to create a highly useful resource full of MIDI mappings for anyone who owns a controller. One of the most exciting side-effects of the site has been the onslaught of community-designed mappings created that might otherwise not have ben possible. Users are borrowing concepts, refining ideas, and repurposing controllers for incredible new uses. Today we're highlighting some of the most popular and most interesting mappings that use DJ controllers in a unique or unintended way.
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 […]
For most DJs, upgrading to the latest controller takes time and money that they don’t have – so today we’re sharing a DJTT reader’s low-tech solution for adding colored buttons to a Traktor Kontrol X1 MK1. Read on to learn how to do it yourself and customize this controller for a fraction of the cost […]
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!
While on the CNTRL tour, Ean was able to shoot today’s video with German DJ and producer Loco Dice. From onstage at the soundcheck before this Illinois show, Ean chats with Loco about his setup and checks out how he melds live looping and external delays to create incredible builds. Watch the full video inside!
World-renowned hotel reviewer A-Trak put up a new routine in what’s becoming a regular video series for him, entitled Short Cuts. It’s pretty clear that he’s making the move completely over to Traktor Scratch in these videos, as he’s rocking the Audio 10 and Kontrol X1. Check out his multi-costumed performance in the full video below: […]