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.
Today’s article takes inspiration from the classic Instant Gratification Midi Fighter mapping. We’re going to show you how you can create your own one button FX build-ups. To get started, all you need is a MIDI controller and an available button to map the FX to.
Native Instruments announced this morning that they’re dropping the Kontrol Z2‘s price for a February “Heavy Valentine” sales special – marked down about $200 (25%) to a new price of $599 / €599. This becomes especially valuable to new Traktor users who don’t have a full version of the software yet, as the $599 pricetag […]
It's undeniable that a lot of DJs who have entered the field in the last decade lack proficiency at one of the core skills of DJing - beatmatching records by ear. Today, guest contributor Steven Maude shares insight on using features in DJ software to your advantage while learning how to beatmatch.
Harmonic mixing has become an integral part of a lot of digital DJs arsenals, reflected by the presence of key detection algorithms in a variety of softwares. We last stood just three entrants against each other in a harmonic showdown in 2012, but this year we've got 12 different algorithms competing in our key detection comparison. How does Traktor Pro fare versus Traktor DJ? Is Rekordbox reliable? Is the new Mixed In Key worth an upgrade?
Over the years we've heard endless numbers of requests from digital DJs asking for help crafting clever effects combinations while mixing. Effects have many uses - from creating tension, to dynamically tweaking drums or vocals, to even filling in sparse tracks with a flourish. Watch today's tutorial and learn four new techniques - the Techno Fill, Vocal Repeat, Off-Kilter Echo, and Filter Kill.
Today's article is inspired by the king of loops: Mr Richie Hawtin, who masterfully moves around songs, layering loops into an energetic blend of drums that always stay in time. How does he do it? Fortunately for you, I asked him that exact question on the CNTRL tour. Today we're sharing one important concept from Mr. Hawtin that is critical for DJs looking to play musically with loops.
Happy holidays! Two of the industry’s heavyweights, Ableton and Native Instruments, are taking Santa’s job and delivering free goodies to producers and DJs around the world this week. ABLETON DRUM PACK First, Ableton has just released a free 483 MB comprehensive package of some of the top drum loops in the Sample Magic back catalog. […]