The original Akai APC40 is one of the rare breed of products in the computer music age to achieve iconic status. Launched in 2009, the APC40 (followed by its more compact sibling, the APC20) was, along with the Novation Launchpad, the first dedicated, plug-and-play Ableton Live controller to hit the mainstream market. Five years later, Akai are releasing a re-imagining of the original APC40, the Mk2. Will it be as widely adopted as its forebear? We spent some time with it to try to find out.
With the DDJ-SZ, Pioneer have clearly set out to produce the ultimate all-in-one DJ controller for Serato DJ. Have they succeeded? We put it to the test in our review, watch the full piece and read more details inside.
Most DJs these days manage their music collections in iTunes, good old-fashioned folders, or even DJ software. According to Beatport, up to 90% of DJs that manage a music library use iTunes, and based on most feedback, no one really loves it. While iTunes was a decent music manager in the past, it's now a bloated media center that is less and less useful for DJs. Fortunately, the new version of Beatport Pro fixes that with a dedicated music manager for DJs and producers.
Want to build your own custom layout control surfaces on iOS? Besides the major players from Liine and Hexler, there's a newer upstart, Midi Designer Pro, that is worth considering. Today, Chris Brackley gives the software a full review, including tips on using it in real world DJ scenarios and a critical eye to how design can influence the perceived quality of DJ tools.
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect back on a great year of articles and a growing DJ TechTools community. It was a slower year in general for new DJ gear as compared to the early phases of the controller craze, but we had no shortage of interesting subjects to write about. Grab your time machine and check out what you might have missed or forgotten.
At NAMM this year, we saw no new DJ hardware from Novation – no Twitch 2.0, no Nocturn refresh – instead they’ve focused on the production side of things. Novation’s entries into the iPad software/hardware market, the Launchpad and Launchkey apps, explores a modular kind of system where the apps can work separately, together, or […]
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
Push is a new controller from Ableton that features a high-performance 64-button grid, backlit LED screen, and a plethora of function buttons dedicated for total control over Ableton. Although at quick glance Push might look a bit like a Novation Launchpad on steroids, it’s actually much more. Read and watch Mad Zach’s full review inside: […]