Most DAW's and Maschine ship with a collection of drum samples but there are lots of drum collections out there for producers to expand on the stock sounds. Beat junkies forever crave more fodder for their rhythms, is there one drum collection that could leave the thump-thirsty quenched? Today Markkus runs through the sounds of four popular drum content bundles—priced from smaller budget to baller budget—to find out.
It's mid-way through January, meaning that NAMM is right around the corner. NAMM is one of the largest conventions in the musical instrument industry and is packed with gear announcements for DJs and producers. Lots of companies make product announcements and unveil their best working prototypes of things to come - so it's time to get excited! In this article, we look at some gear that we know will be at NAMM 2015 and also make some predictions on what surprises we might see.
Xtreme Mapping is back! For a brief time the popular mapping software was absent from the Mac App Store. It appeared that development had stopped and that the software was no longer available to purchase. Thankfully that wasn't the case. Vincenzo Pietropaolo has added Traktor 2.7.0 support to Xtreme Mapping. If you're not familiar with Xtreme Mapping, it's a Mac only software designed to speed up your mapping workflow for Traktor. Read on for what's been added.
Today we’re going to talk about a feature in Traktor that you may not be aware of, "snapshot" (this has nothing to do with selfies). In the latest version it is somewhat hidden. We're going to show you where to find it, how it works, and how it can speed up your fx workflow in your DJ sets. If you find yourself relying on a few common effects and settings then you’ll want to keep reading.
It's been a few months since the Kontrol S8 came out, and with a lot of them now floating around many owners noticed - there are not many good carrying options! With the S8 being considerably larger than your average controller, it does not fit in any common backpacks and will require it's own special protection. In today's article we cover a few of the options you have now, and start up a community discussion where YOU get to help us design the perfect mobile solution.
2014 was a notable year for the DJ world with a lot of big stories that broke here on DJ TechTools. We have assembled the most important ones based on the number of Facebook shares, comments, and general industry impact. Enjoy and share with your friends!
Track organization and preparation is key, especially as your library continues to grow. You want to make sure that your BPMs are correct, the beat grid is tight, and the file is locked to save these changes to the track. Today, Ean is going to share a very precious resource, his own personal track preparation keyboard mapping! Track preparation can be a time consuming process, especially if you're just using your mouse to do all the dirty work. This will help you save precious time when preparing your tracks by letting you quickly set detailed beat grids in very little time. The mapping and track preparation process has been fined tuned over 7 years. There's no need to reinvent the wheel, download the mapping and follow along.
Over the last few years, the 'CDJ that doesn't play CDs' has taken on almost mythical status in the DJ world, spoken of in hushed tones by those claiming to be in-the-know, and those who claimed to know somebody else who was. What is perhaps surprising, though, is that the first CD-less player is not a top-end replacement for the CDJ 2000 Nexus, but in fact a replacement for the more budget-minded CDJ-850. An interesting move on Pioneer's part – but has it paid off?