Several years ago, our own Mad Zach kicked off the sound pack trend here on DJ TechTools, and it's been growing a steady following ever since. Sound packs are a plug and play modern DJ/producer tool that allows you to play great music with nothing but two hands and a 16 button grid. In today's article we will tell you what they are, who makes them and how to get these amazingly fun DJ tools.
Things have been a little quiet in Berlin but today the silence is broken. Ableton has just announced a public beta for Live 9.2, the next major update to Live 9 since November 2013. There are some exciting new features that Live and more specifically Push users have been waiting for: use all 64 pads for drum racks, improved aftertouch implementation, and using the touch strip for modulation. Keep reading for more details and a Push performance from Mad Zach.
DJ TechTools is searching for our next tutorial star to showcase on the blog and youtube. With over 25 million views on YouTube alone, our channel has launched several careers including Mad Zach and Ean Golden and Chris Brackley. We are looking for the next wave of talent that deserves to be featured and has great things to share with the global DJ community. Learn how to be considered in this exciting post.
It's been a while since Mad Zach's last volume of soundpacks - so we're excited to announce that today the brand new Volume 4 is available in the DJTT store.
There's no doubt that our Midi Fighter arcade button controllers have been a huge win with the finger drumming community, with a rapid response rate and ability to withstand extreme abuse. This routine video matches up ill.Gates with Mad Zach and his brother Sabayon for a communal controller soundpack jam - in a fuzzy room, of course.
Mad Zach just wrapped up a brief US tour and was kind enough to record a quick How I Play interview from behind the booth at his gig in Oakland, explaining how he uses his Midi Fighter Spectras, Twister, and Moogerfooger to perform a dynamic set. Watch the quick interview inside as well as a complete video of his hour-long set later that night.
Mad Zach invites us into his Berlin studio and shows how he’s been using the Midi Fighter Twister in a production workflow with Ableton Live. Beyond the Twister just being a formidable companion for in-studio work, Zach also shows off how its sequencer can be used in a live performance setting. Watch to the end of the video for a spectacular performance using Twister, Ableton, and four Moogerfoogers.
Team Supreme is a group of producers who work on a weekly production cypher each week, with a new set of samples and rules for submissions. We were given the chance to curate their 111th week, and sent over Midi Fighter 3Ds and a soon-to-be-released Mad Zach Soundpack as the samples to start from.