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Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-XZ: Two Decks Standalone, Two Other Channels As Inputs

Par Dan White
Pioneer DJ's XDJ-XZ

We’ve been staring down the barrel of a new Pioneer DJ piece of gear for the last few weeks. Today we finally are getting to see the XDJ-XZ, a brand new standalone and controller hybrid unit. The big surprise: instead of being 4 decks standalone, this unit runs as two decks standalone, and two as […]

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Spleeter: Signal Separation Tool Trained on Deezer’s Library is Pretty Impressive

Par Dan White

We’re written about signal separation before – it’s the process of taking a finished work (a track, for instance) and separating up into its parts (stems). We’ve seen a number of academic and commercial attempts at advancing music signal separation forward, but most of them take a fair amount of tweaking, additional processing, or have […]

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Review: Hercules’ $199 DJControl Inpulse 300

Par Ean Golden

We rarely look all the way to the budget-minded controllers when thinking about DJing, but sometimes it’s important to think about the tools that new DJs have. In today’s sponsored review, DJTT founder Ean Golden takes a close look at the Hercules DJ Control Inpulse 300. DJControl Inpulse 300 The DJControl Inpulse 300 is a […]

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How Well Do Those Spinning Platters Work? A Comprehensive SC5000M Review

Par DJ Soo
SC5000M Review

TL;DR – It’s the SC5000 with a spinning platter. Need more than that? Here’s an extensive review of the motorized jogwheel member of the Prime ecosystem. Since DJTT’s Dan White already wrote a comprehensive review of the original SC5000, this won’t be a full review of the unit. Rather it’s primarily a look at how […]

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Routine: SOUNTEC’s “Psycho Saiyaan” on Midi Fighter 3Ds

Par Dan White

We have long enjoyed SOUNTEC’s high-powered remixes on various pad and button controllers. This week he put out a brand new routine that’s a powerful remix of a Bollywood song, and is even including the project file for aspiring finger drummers to try themselves. Here’s the link for the project file download This two-handed routine […]

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DJ Fundamentals: Using Delay Effects

Par Ean Golden

Ean’s back with the first video in his new series back on YouTube. In this video, he goes over some of the fundamentals behind using Delay. If you’ve ever wondered all of the ways in which delay works, what each parameter of it does in DJ software, and how to effectively deploy it in a […]

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DDJ-XP2: Pioneer DJ’s New Controller Unlocks Powerful Rekordbox and Serato DJ Functionality

Par Dan White

Say hello to the DDJ-XP2 – this is a new accessory controller designed for use in either the Rekordbox/CDJ ecosystem or alongside Serato DJ Pro. The controller not only maintains the original functionality of the DDJ-XP1, but also adds a ton of new exclusive features in each of the softwares it works with. Keep reading […]

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Promoters + Clubs Paying Boiler Room Licensing Fees For “Non-Broadcast” Branded Parties

Par Anon
Boiler Room asking clubs to pay licensing fees?

What happens when you have a highly recognizable brand and you want to monetize it more? This article spotlights an instance of party branding that might have gone too far (we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments). There are new Boiler Room-branded parties, without any associated livestream broadcast, that local clubs and promoters […]

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Will “The End Of iTunes” Break DJ Software in macOS 10.15 Catalina?

Par Dan White
Apple Music app replaces iTunes in Catalina

Since the macOS Catalina was announced in June, many DJs have expressed serious concern about potentially losing one of the most commonly used organizational tools: iTunes playlists. iTunes is set to disappear from macOS in 10.15 Catalina (due to be released next month) and will be released by a new app, simply called Music. In […]

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Nightmares in Clubland: Justin Nyce’s Worst Gig Ever

Par Matthew Takata

DJ Techtools regularly sits down with a veteran club DJ to ask them about their “worst night ever” at the club. While Justin has been a staple on the East Coast for over 10 years, he’s most commonly seen bouncing back and forth between his home state of Ohio and Las Vegas. With residencies all […]

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What’s The Best Beginner DJ Gear in 2019? Let’s Discuss.

Par Dan White

What makes a great piece of beginner DJ gear? In today’s article, we’ll dive into a few ideas about starter DJ equipment and seek to provide a clear path for a DJ who – today – says they want to start DJing. The Needs Of A Beginner DJ There’s a number of things to take […]

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Roland Launches DJ-707M, A $999 Hybrid Controller and Live Sound Audio Console

Par Dan White
Roland DJ-707M

What happens when a company decides they want to really pay attention to the demands of mobile DJs when releasing a product? Today, Roland is announcing their new DJ-707M, which is being touted as a four-channel Serato DJ Pro controller with features that you might find on live sound audio consoles and loudspeaker management systems. […]

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Mixcloud To Limit Free Playback (Slightly), Aims To Build Paid Listeners

Par Dan White
Mixcloud to limit free listening

At the end of July, Mixcloud posted a Medium article addressing their community and sharing a few fundamental changes that were forthcoming on the platform. In short, the new changes will mean less freedom of listening for unpaid, free listers – and more restrictions lifted for users who subscribe. It’s all with an aim to […]

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Nightmares in Clubland: DJ KA5’s Worst Gig Ever

Par Matthew Takata

This month, DJTT contributor Matthew Thomas is stepping in for this month’s edition of Nightmares in Clubland. This series has us asking veteran club DJs about their “worst night ever” while DJing. You can often learn a lot from these less than ideal nights nights – and have a laugh looking back on them. This […]

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Super Simple + Fast Sound Design In Ableton Live

Par Dan White

If you’re a music producer, sometimes you want to be able to crank out ideas quickly in your DAW. For beginner producers, aside from scrolling through and loading device presets, it can be intimidating to make your own instruments from scratch. In this video, producer Peaks of Valleys does some really great speedy sound design […]

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Serato DJ Pro 2.2 Released: Day Mode, Play Count, Better Streaming Track Analysis

Par Dan White
Serato DJ Pro 2.2 daymode

Coming out of beta today is the brand new update Serato DJ Pro 2.2 (as well as Serato DJ Lite 1.2). The update finally brings two highly-requested features to the Serato DJ software, Day Mode and Play Count, as well as a number of smaller improvements. Keep reading for details, watch the overview video, or […]

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Watch: M4SONIC’s “In The Kitchen” Fingerdrumming Series (on Midi Fighter 3Ds)

Par Dan White

M4SONIC was one of the early YouTube finger drumming pioneers, launching into fame in the same era as Madeon did. These early videos helped make live pad performances seem accessible and easy for everyone nearly seven years ago.

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Learning Synths: Ableton Will Teach You Synthesis In Your Browser

Par Dan White
Learning Synths - by Ableton

For many producers, synthesis is at the core of their creative process. Being able to program and create sounds a number of different hardware or software synths is a skill that pays massive dividends, but can often be a hard space to get started in. As a follow on to Learning Music, a browser-based music […]

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Numark Scratch: A $500 battle mixer with pads, FX paddles

Par Dan White

What happens when a budget-minded brand makes a return to their roots? That’s exactly what has happened with this new Numark Scratch mixer, announced today. The Scratch seems designed to check all of the expected turntablist workflows that come with fancier mixers (like the DJM-S9 or Rane Seventy Two) at a much lower price point […]

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iTunes discontinued in new macOS Catalina, less-bloated Apple Music app to replace it

Par Dan White
The End of iTunes, Apple Music takes over

Today at WWDC 2019 (Apple’s annual developer conference) we heard the first official news about a much-talked about development to music management: the end of iTunes. We wrote about this in April, and it’s true: in the upcoming macOS Catalina release, iTunes is no more. The OS will instead come with three apps that replace […]

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Ableton 10.1 Released: User Wavetables, Automation Shapes, Delay + Channel EQ

Par Dan White

Ableton Live 10.1 gets a full release today, with a substantial number of new features that producers can get excited about. The update is free, having gone through several months of public beta testing after being announced back in February Live 10.1’s New Features The new 10.1 update released today has a number of new […]

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Mine S: Customizable Modular MIDI Controller Has Successfully Crowdfunded Their 2019 Redemption Campaign

Par Dan White
Mine S modular controller

Every once in a while there are DJ technology products that give us flashbacks here at DJTT. Modular MIDI controllers are one of those topics – many people have come to the conclusion that a build-it-yourself MIDI controller that can be re-assembled on the fly is a great idea. But it’s rare to see these […]

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