In the history of dance music, there have been some pretty killer cover tunes—LCD Soundsystem’s take on Carl Craig’s “Throw” immediately comes to mind—but few performers can make an existing track quite his own like Dutch multi-instrumentalist Binkbeats (aka Frank Wienk). What he does in the studio is nothing short of amazing as he reconstructs jams by Caribou, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, and plenty of others in an on-the-fly, one-man-band style.
Seeing a producer take a strong performance-based approach to playing live is always refreshing, and KiNK doesn't disappoint in this wild routine recorded at Resident Advisor's Sessions studio.
After much anticipation, Bitwig Studio, the DAW software that takes Ableton Live's ball and runs with it, has arrived to reinvigorate your music-making life. This comprehensive music production and performance platform goes heavy on user-friendly workflow features and light on clutter. The whole point is to unleash your musical creativity. But can it hang with the veterans of the industry? Is it just a re-designed Ableton Live copycat? We've sweated the details to let you know.
There comes a time in every DJ's career where mixing two decks is no longer creatively challenging. Three or more decks, cue point juggling and effects mastery are all ways to up the excitement, but they lack the creative expression of music making. It's at this point that drum machines, synths, and truly musical hardware can unlock new territory in DJing. In today's article, we will show you how to exactly that by connecting Native Instruments' Maschine with Traktor.
Enough of the teasing already. We can finally tell you all about the new Roland Aira series, a group of meticulously modeled digital instruments based on the legendary Roland "xox" series -- analog classics like the TB-303 Bassline and TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, pieces that kicked off entire genres of dance music. The new TB-3, TR-8 and VT-3 Voice Transformer will be available in March, with the System-1 synth, inspired by the old SH-101, following in May or June.
Ready for a wireless, cheap controller that gives you control of almost everything in Ableton? Today we’re looking at the brand new Touchable 2 app from Zerodebug. Find out how it stacks up against the other Ableton iOS control apps out there – and against the Push hardware itself.
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, both talented multi-instrumentalists and skilled producers in their own right, take on live performance and live production in this video for their collaborative project, Darkside. Watch as the two spend ten minutes on their track “Paper Trails” in a session for Resident Advisor: What’s That Controller? We also wanted to enlist […]
What do you call someone who programs an entire set live with lines of code? A coderist? We’re not sure, but either way this TED performance by Andrew Sorensen at TEDXQUT is pretty impressive (although it’s a bit slow to start – fast forward to about 6:00 for it to get interesting). The language that Andrew […]