Hello DJ’s, its been a looooong time since our last post, so here’s to the new year! *Raises a cold beer bottle* …Cheers!
This post is a draft that I have had sitting around for a good year and never actually posted it, probably lack of time to write a proper story. So here goes the post without all of my extended jabbering.
You all have heard it and have probably taken part of one of those arguments about DJs being musicians and the tools of the DJ being instruments. Are they? Are they not? This issue is constantly debated so I am not going to start another big debate here, just watch and let’s wrap this thing up, ok?!
OK, so it doesn’t have strings, and yes, it needs electricity (unlike a guitar or a piano), but it is one of the best examples I can give of how our trade continues to evolve and the steps that DJ’s supporting the core of our craft will more than likely have to take in the near future in order to outgrow the stale, and at times lame market we stand within (yes, I am talking about you, button pushers!) 😀
I just can’t wait to learn more about this concept and what has happened to it (since 2008 or so?)! I’ll make a post about it when I find out more.
Meanwhile check out more musical badass-ness here:
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Novation. In the studio it has taken me a while to get going with a Novation ReMOTE 37SL Midi Controller which I I’ve yet to figure out completely, its extensive array of menus are somewhat cumbersome to navigate. A latency problem that creates a “creeping” or “progressive” latency effect pretty much renders the whole keyboard section of the controller unusable after a few minutes of turning it on. Weird thing is that it seems as though the faders and knobs work just fine (no latency)!
But let’s put that aside, now take a look at Novation’s new “Dicer”, a combo of two controllers that are Midi mappable to our favorite DJ programs and can be used to control just about any parameter in the software of your choice.
And there is a simple answer: You won’t have to wait too long. They are coming! Sign up to our mailing list (see bottom of website) or follow us on Twitter/Facebook and you’ll get the update when we are ready to ship.
Meanwhile we’ll wet your appetite with the latest promotional video that the folks at Native Instruments have released onto the masses.You may have already drooled over your keyboard while watching DJ Rafik 2007 World DMC Champ jammin on the latest NI hardware (more on that after the break)… but this time long time TRAKTOR supporter DJ Craze is back on the NI set with a pair of sweet-ass gold-plated Technics 1200’s, a Pioneer DJM-909, TRAKTOR PRO, and NI’s most recent addition to their line of exceptional DJ hardware: The X1 Performance DJ Controller.
If you used to carry your sampler around to launch samples, airhorns, beats and other such elements while mixing you no longer have to depend on a separate piece of gear to accomplish this tasks. ScratchLIVE 1,9 and above offers 4 banks containing 6 samples each (24 Samples Total) that can be configured every which way and loaded with anything, a mix, a song, a sample, anything.
The new SHORT-KUTS™ for ScratchLIVE 2.0 features new stickers that clearly mark the sampler’s function keys and all new shortcuts available in ScratchLIVE 2.0.
Video courtesy of SERATOHQ
One of the most requested features by users of ScratchLIVE™ software was to have FX within the software and to be able to control more than 2 tracks at once. Serato ScratchLIVE™ 2.0 delivers!“Serato SL3 version 2.0 beta – now with three or four decks! 3 or 4 turntables in Serato, finally! AND effects. You the DJ-FX module allows for midi-assignable Braker, Crusher, Delay, Echo, Flanger, HPF, LPF, Phaser, Repeater, Reverb, Reverser and Tremolo. You can potentially use six effects per channel simultaneously, as they’re arranged in two sets of three and can be multi-channel assigned. Big things are a-coming for sure…