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Rane ONE first look review: the Rane feeling in a all-in-one DJ controller

Par : DJ Soo

About ten years ago, what I call the “controller revolution” happened to the DJ world. While clubs and festivals were still dominated by turntables/DVS/CDJs, all-in-one controllers caught the DJ world by storm. Functional and affordable, controllers really tore down some barriers and made DJing much more accessible than before. At that point, most of the […]

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Rane One: First leaks of a new motorized platter Serato DJ controller

Par : Dan White

Guess what time of year it is? Even though NAMM 2021 is technically cancelled (yes, there’s a virtual replacement for it this year), early-to-mid January will still be full of gear news, leaks, and first looks. 2021 is no exception. In the last day, multiple leaks of the Rane One, a new DJ controller with […]

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Gear Roundup: Our Top Picks of 2020

There’s no doubt that 2020 was been one hell of a year. With a pandemic completely shutting down nightlife and wrecking the music industry as we know it, 2020 took quite an unexpected turn that left many DJs, producers, and music lovers scratching their heads a bit. But not all was lost this year –– a […]

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MASCHINE+ Review: Finally, a standalone Maschine, albeit with a $1,400 pricetag

Par : DJ Glitch

Native Instruments‘ Maschine range is a series of “beatmakers” – production hubs designed for sketching and fleshing out tracks in a simplified workflow. Until now, all Maschine units required a laptop to function, serving as highly in-depth MIDI controllers for the Maschine software. However, that finally changes with the MASCHINE+: a standalone version of the […]

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How I Play: Enamour

As 2020 comes to an end, we’ve got a new more How I Play with an awesome artist for you. This time around, we heard from Washington D.C.-based DJ and producer Enamour. With releases on Desert Hearts Black, Lane 8’s This Never Happened & more, he’s known for his deep, melodic house and techno sounds. […]

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How the pandemic has pushed producers’ (Scuba, Josh Butler, Avision, Robert Babicz, and Fabio Florido) creative boundaries

Every year has a couple of defining moments, but nobody could have ever predicted the magnitude of surprises that 2020 had in store. This year has produced countless paradigm-shifting developments, and the past nine months has brought the lives of people around the world to a grinding halt. From waves of swelling social change and […]

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DJ Streaming Tips with DJ Kue

Par : Dan White

Streaming DJ sets has become one of the most reliable ways to play “out” regularly as a DJ these days. But for many DJs, it can be hard to see how exactly to get started streaming, or what a really nice professional setup might consist of. In this new video with guest DJTT contributor DJ […]

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djay added Gesture Control – use your hands to control the mix!

Algoriddim’s djay Pro AI for iPad has released a new update with quite the twist: the ability to control the app with – you guessed it – hand gestures. Gesture Control, also referred to as “Air DJing”, is the first AI-powered hand tracking system built for DJs. It means that users can now mix and manipulate their […]

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Serato DJ Pro update adds Scratch Bank for Rane battle mixers

The newest update of Serato DJ Pro features a big win for those of you with a newer Rane battle mixer. If you’ve got a Rane Seventy, Seventy-Two, or Seventy-Two MKII, you’ll now be able to access Serato’s Scratch Bank feature (as first introduced on the Pioneer DJ DJM-S11). Getting there is simple, too. Quickly […]

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Simina Grigoriu shares DJ insights: “Experimentation is key. Try EVERYTHING.”

Born in Romania, raised in Canada, now living in Berlin, Simina Grigoriu describes herself as a “DJ and producer, a mom and a wife, a two-time immigrant and a citizen of the world.” She’s gradually perfected her sound over the course of her decade-long career in music. She produces techno with diamond-hard, dance floor grooves, […]

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DJM-S11 Review – is this the most advanced scratch mixer ever?

Par : DJ Soo

In this review, DJ Soo takes on the long-awaited update in Pioneer DJ’s battle mixer arsenal. The DJM-S11 was released in the last month, five years after the DJM-29. How does it hold up? Keep reading for the very in-depth review. TL;DR: wow. First, a quick history of how we got to the S11 In […]

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15 minute rapid tests: the light at the end of the tunnel for events?

Par : Dan White
Festivals with rapid testing

Imagine: you roll up to the festival gates for the first time in what feels like a lifetime. You’re ready to hand over your tickets, but first, medics come up to the car in protective equipment. Everyone in your car gets a quick nose swab, and the team clears your car to enter the festival […]

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Best Affordable Studio Monitors For Your Home Setup: Our Picks

Best affordable studio monitors for DJs and producers

Need to power up your home DJ and/or production studio? A good set of studio monitors is critical for hearing your mixes accurately, and you can attain a high-quality, booming system for around $200-300 per monitor. Whether you’re still hunkered down trying to make a go of live-streaming your DJ sets or you’re doubling down […]

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DJM-V10-LF: a longer fader, no crossfader edition of the 6-channel Pioneer DJ mixer

Par : Dan White
DJM-V10-LF

Here’s a bit of a November surprise: Pioneer DJ is announcing yet another new product, following up the DDJ-FLX6. This time it’s the DJM-V10-LF, a long fader version of their flagship top-end V10 mixer. Pioneer DJ has handily provided a comparison graphic of the only difference between the two mixers: much longer faders – 60 […]

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Guitar Center in Chapter 11, PSSL out of business – but DJs should shop locally

Par : Dan White
Guitar Center underwater

Two large US-based music gear vendors – Guitar Center and PSSL – on the rocks after an incredibly challenging year for retail sales of professional music gear. The reality is that a lot of companies have suffered this year in our industry, and with incredibly small amounts of governmental assistance for individuals and small companies. […]

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Stream from Beatport in VR with Tribe XR’s new LINK integration

If you’re a DJ with no decks at home, or wishing you could play on that club setup you love so much, listen in. Tribe XR, a virtual reality platform for DJing, has teamed up with Beatport to integrate Beatport LINK into their program. This move ultimately makes it possible for Tribe XR users to use […]

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Yes, you can now play DOOM on a XDJ-RX2

Par : Dan White
DOOM on XDJ-RX2

Well, this wasn’t exactly the type of hack that we thought someone might do to DJ gear, but we’re here for it. In a video uploaded to YouTube by a guy named Andy, or TheRasteri, you can see the original DOOM running directly on a Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 standalone. Pretty amazing: More Details The entire […]

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Mixcloud founder: here’s what DJs need to know about music copyright

Par : Nico Perez

DJs around the world are becoming increasingly aware of copyright rules due to takedowns and mutings online – but the complex nature of music means that things aren’t always as clear as they could be. Today, I hope to shed some light on this space that has been something of a gray area for many artists. […]

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Pioneer DJ’s new DDJ-FLX6: a Rekordbox/Serato DJ controller with new FX and scratch features

Back again with a new addition to their growing lines of controllers, Pioneer DJ announced their latest product today: the DDJ-FLX6. It’s a 4-channel controller that comes with a swath of new features, designed with the intention of allowing artists to perform intuitively with their own flow. Perform with rekordbox or Serato DJ Pro Perhaps […]

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Interview: Ellen Allien shares, “a great DJ mixes the people into a dream.”

In her long career, Ellen Allien has seen many changes in the industry, from the transition from vinyl to digital and eventual triumph of the MP3, to the various genres, fashions and fads that have come and gone in dance music. Through it all, she’s remained committed to her own particular, underground vision of techno. […]

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How one trio turned livestreaming into a sustainable COVID business

Meet Keila, Garrett, and Alex – three friends, roommates, and artists who were hit hard by COVID-19. In their spare time, they’re co-founders of the West Coast-based artist group, Inquiry Collective – but their full-time jobs were taken away when the pandemic hit. Like many DJs, producers, and visual artists, they took to livestreaming as a creative […]

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Interview: Detroit Swindle – “Played at the right moment, these tracks can really create magic.”

The music of Detroit Swindle is largely house, but takes in a wide range of influences. Compare, for example, their recent laid-back, electro-soul remix of Hablot Brown’s ‘GO’ to their burgeoning collection of soul-infused 4/4 underground jams on their Heist catalogue. Their 2018 album ‘High Life’ featured a strong mix of jazz flavoured cuts, melodic […]

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DJs can now stream offline from SoundCloud with new subscription

Offline streaming comes to Soundcloud DJ plan

In the everlasting race to get more subscription revenue, SoundCloud is appealing to their creators. The streaming platform has continued to focus on monetization in recent years, creating new ways to bring in income while still supporting artists of all sizes with a place to upload their audio content. Today, they launched a new SoundCloud […]

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CDJ-3000 vs 2020: review + analysis of Pioneer DJ’s new player

Par : Dan White
CDJ-3000 a closer look

What improvements have been made on the CDJ-3000 vs CDJ-2000NXS2? Why is Pioneer DJ releasing a new CDJ now, and what's still missing on these $2,299 media players?

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This is Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S11: Scratch Bank, Four-deck controls & more

Earlier this week, we speculated what Pioneer’s DJM-S11 could potentially look like, ahead of the assumed October 15 launch date that Pioneer has been teasing on their socials. Today, we find out how much of our original predictions are true. DJM-S11 Announced today, Pioneer DJ’s new DJM-S11 is a two-channel, four-deck battle mixer that links […]

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Neural Mix stem separation control with Midi Fighter Twisters + djay

Par : Dan White
Neural Mix control with Midi Fighter Twister

For the last few weeks, we’ve been working on a project in collaboration with Algoriddim, who launched their own Neural Mix stem separation technology inside their iOS djay software back in August. The goal: to build the ultimate mapping to control the djay Pro AI for our Midi Fighter Twisters. The project is complete and […]

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Future DJ Gear Concepts: What features Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S11 will probably have

Par : DJ Glitch

In our latest Future DJ Gear series piece, we’re taking a look at the potential new battle mixer from Pioneer DJ: the DJM-S11. Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S9 is a much-beloved mixer amongst scratch DJs. However, arguably even more loved was the late DJM-909, which featured a touch screen and much deeper control. The DJM-S9, which “replaced” […]

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Digital Record Pools: Revisiting ZIPDJ

Par : Nick James
ZIPDJ Revisit Review

It has been nearly four and a half years since we took a look at one of the hidden gems of the record pool world: ZIPDJ. Since our last review, a lot has changed for the company. It sports a brand new website, a new logo, and even more music than before. We figured it […]

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Mixcloud launches ticketed livestreams for artists via Mixcloud LIVE

In a pandemic world where venues are closed and many artists have lost their primary source of income as DJ gigs disappeared, the London-based streaming service Mixcloud has stepped up to provide a new stream of revenue (no pun intended) for artists who are livestreaming. The platform’s new ‘Tickets’ feature allows artists to use their […]

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DJs can now stream Beatport, Beatsource directly in Serato DJ Pro

Serato DJs, this one’s for you: the much-anticipated integration between Beatport, Beatsource, and Serato DJ Pro has arrived. Today, the companies announced that Beatsource LINK and Beatport LINK are now usable via Serato’s DJ Pro software. We first saw similar integrations of LINK programs into DJ gear earlier this year with Denon’s on-hardware streaming capabilities, […]

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