At its core, DJing is about playing great songs and transitioning between them smoothly. DJ software makers invent new features to set themselves apart, but sometimes it’s hard to tell how you would even use them! The Remix Decks are a prime example: great in concept, but practically speaking, most DJs don’t end up utilizing their potential […]
In 1983, Grand Master Flash was making history and paving the way for the future of turntablism. Grand Master Flash pioneered the way for DJs and innovated numerous techniques. Today we have an antique routine that doubles as a fun tutorial from the master himself. Grand Master Flash demonstrates what the whole world wants to know, “What is a break mix?” Break out your notebook and watch how to do a break mix below.
Pioneer's CDJs are some of the most prevalent pieces of DJ hardware found in current DJ booths, and mixing harmonically has become a critical element of crafting a great set for many DJs. Today, Chris Brackley goes through a few of the best ways to mix in key on Pioneer's CDJ units - including a little-known trick on newer CDJs where they'll use a stoplight system to let you know if an upcoming track is compatible with the playing one. Watch the full thing and read more in today's article.
Kutski, a former BBC Radio 1 presenter and DJ, is known for being a bit of a Pioneer-gear aficionado, so it's not surprise to see CDJ-related tutorials and videos coming from him. In this video he's tackling the recent addition of Slip Mode to the CDJ line, something that he notes in the video stays relatively unused in many DJ sets.
When preparing your set for a live performance, there are a lot of exciting options that both Ableton and your MIDI controller provide you—and sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Today we show you five great tips and tricks for using the Midi Fighter Twister and Ableton to perform live.
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.
After a long night of drinking, the snare often fights with the kick about who is more important to the song. Here is what we do know: great versions of both are required to make people really dance. We already covered getting the perfect kick last month, so now it’s time to trigger the second […]
DJ TechTools is taking music releases to the next level with Mad Zach’s first single “Evil Lurks on a Summer Day”. Instead of a traditional 2-track release onto Beatport, we’re publishing the entire Ableton project file, a fully interactive sound pack and a tutorial on how to play the song using grid controllers. It’s something new […]