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Ableton’s Live 11 Lite is here, and it’s free for Live Lite users

Ableton has released Live 11 Lite today, and it’s available for free to all Live Lite owners. The upgrade offers an array of new features and updates to to the DAW to round out quite the capabilities it offers for music producers. Some of the key features included in the upgrade: Support for MIDI Polyphonic […]

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Weird DJ Gear: the underrated, the odd, and the ones that made history.

Editor’s Note – Over the years, we’ve seen a wide array of attempts to create DJ hardware intended to be the next “big thing”. There was, undoubtedly, much trial-and-error; many companies went for it, with a good idea in mind – and quite a few of them failed. But there are a handful that made an impact […]

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Beatport’s iOS app is here, & with it a company rebrand

Beatport is making the leap into the world of iOS with the release of their new mobile app for Beatport LINK users. It’s yet another step to grow the Beatport LINK ecosystem of DJ tools, with the intention of making an artist’s music searching, buying, prepping, and playing flow even easier. Now, with a Beatport […]

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Numark Party Mix $129 / $179 controllers – entry-level digs with streaming libraries, built-in speaker

Numark is back with two new entry-level controllers – the Party Mix II and Party Mix Live. With them comes a number of features that open doors for amateur DJs to sharpen their chops, expand their skills, and play tunes easily without the need for a full music library or, even… speakers. The features The […]

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Troubleshooting for DJs: how to tackle some of the most common technical issues

Harold Heath has just published his book ‘Long Relationships: My Incredible Journey From Unknown DJ To Smalltime DJ’ in which he details the ups and downs of low-level DJing life. Here Harold considers some of the many technical problems DJs encounter, and how to deal with them.  Any good DJ will tell you that the […]

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Vinyl Synthesis: play + sequence records as synths with Ableton Live 11

John Type, a DJ and producer based out of Italy + long-time turntablist and electronic musician, has discovered a unique way to play and sequence a vinyl record as a synthesizer using the new features available in Ableton Live 11 in his latest YouTube video. In a new video, his setup uses vinyl records that […]

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Outdoor DJ Gear: How Ean Golden throws an outdoor dance party

Par : Dan White

What makes an outdoor DJ gig possible for an everyday DJ without a massive budget, a crew, or a great relationship with the local permitting officials? Today, DJTT founder Ean Golden is back with a fresh new video sharing his insights from throwing a socially-distanced dance party in Santa Barbara, California. As is often the […]

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Review: Ableton Live 11 – the uber-DAW returns, but do you need it?

The time has finally come – Ableton Live 11 is here. A major update to Ableton Live rarely makes its way around, so we’ll dive into every big addition – including comping, tempo following, MPE support, new instruments, effects, Live Packs, and much more. But with that comes a few questions. How well does the new version […]

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Review: DDJ-FLX6 – a feature-packed, midrange controller for $599

Par : DJ Glitch

Pioneer DJ surprised us all with the release of the new DDJ-FLX6, a $599 Serato/Rekordbox dual compatible DJ controller. The FLX6 feels like a cross between the DDJ-1000 and DDJ-400, offering four channels and full-sized jog wheels by forsaking build quality and connectivity options. Filling the midrange gap I’ve always felt that the controller market […]

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Frank Wiedemann talks Circle of Live, creative processes, “playing free”, & more

Par : Angel Bali

Frank Wiedemann, a German musician and label owner of the iconic Innervisions and Bigamo Musik, is best known as one half of Âme and is also a member of electronic music acts A Critical Mass, Schwarzmann, and Howling. We sat down with him to hear about a number of exciting projects he has stirring – […]

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Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S7: a 2-channel battle mixer with new “Loop Midi” feature

Par : DJ Soo

Pioneer DJ has announced their latest mixer, and it’s looking like the much-anticipated, proper follow-up to the DJM-S9. Meet the DJM-S7, a 2-channel battle mixer that sits at $1,399 USD. A long time coming The DJM-S11 seemed more like a direct shot at the Rane Seventy-Two rather than an update to the DJM-S9. Many DJs […]

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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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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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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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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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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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