There was a time, pre-1971, when all mixers were mono, and the thought of wearing headphones during a nightclub gig was laughable. Dance club DJing came into its own as an art form in the 1960s, but DJs back then were still stuck with mixers designed for radio broadcasting. Sound systems were custom installed at […]
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Engine DJ has released an update to their flagship software today, Engine DJ 2.0 – available for both desktop and OS. The new system brings a swath of new features that aim to streamline the user experience and strengthen any artist’s toolkit: a new interface with faster processing, a wireless Ableton Link capability, onboard lighting […]
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Steve Bug has spent his life in dance music, beginning with discovering disco music via his parent’s record collection and then getting into electro and breakdancing in the early 80s. House music first caught his attention in the late 80s and he quickly decided to devote his life to 4/4 culture. Beginning as a DJ […]
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The flagship CDJ-3000s from Pioneer DJ may have just become more appealing to Serato DJ Pro users, as they’ve announced that the gear is now compatible with the USB-HID control feature of the software. This means that Serato DJ Pro users can connect their PC or Mac to the CDJ-3000 and browse their entire Serato […]
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No matter what size, type, or genre of performing DJ you may be, let’s agree on one thing we have in common – some kind of pre-gig prep. So, we got curious – especially now that so many artists are returning to IRL shows and DJ booths for the first time post-lockdown. How long had it been […]
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Pioneer DJ is back with a new fresh look on a DJ controller: a matte white edition of their DDJ-FLX6. The 4-channel controller, titled the DDJ-FLX6-W, offers all the functions of the original FLX6 with a limited-run, standout color in case you’re looking to make a statement at your next DJ gig. Beyond the white […]
It seems that you may have enjoyed my last entry on the weird DJ gear out there, so I am back with a few more items that may have been forgotten through the eons of time. Today, we’ll explore four more items from my collection, created by brands I haven’t previously mentioned – and brands that […]
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It’s a well-known fact in the music industry that Mixcloud offers its own streaming platform, Mixcloud Live (first announced back in April 2020), that allows artists to legally livestream music and video without dealing with copyright take-downs. Just this week, Beatsource LINK announced a new partnership in conjunction with Mixcloud to utilize this capability – offering […]
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Outlandish with colour and hedonism, Hard House as a genre rose to prominence in 1998 as it enjoyed almost a decade of bliss under the bright lights of the dance music skyline. Despite not experiencing the popular heights of its glory years, the legacy of the genre is still being written today by such respected […]
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If you’re in the market for DJ or production gear, you might have noticed two big trends right now in 2021. It’s really hard to get gear right now (many, many products are out of stock) and prices seem to be increasing. With DJTT’s unique footing (in addition to the blog, we also make our […]
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Wondering what Pioneer Pro Audio has been up to during the pandemic, when sales of their high-end speaker install systems have likely slumped due to venues and festivals being sidelined for a year? Turns out, they’ve put some of their energy into an incredibly cathartic mission to space for everyone who’s spent a year in Zoom meetings. […]
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Canadian-born A-Trak has been a known commodity in the music and DJ industry since he won the 1997 DMC World championship at 15 years of age. Known as much for his prolific music production career as his DJ prowess, A-Trak has remained a staple in the DJ and electronic music scene for over two decades. […]
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rekordbox is now offering unlimited cloud storage for artists with the launch of its new Professional plan. Platform users who subscribe to the plan will be able to save their library across multiple devices, as well as manage all of their tracks and metadata in the cloud. For artists who want the safety net of […]
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To start: let’s paint a picture. You spent quarantine holed up away from shows and decided to get into synths, drum machines, samplers, and the wide world of hardware noise generators and effects. Now, you have a newfound love of live jamming on your shiny, blinky gear that you want to share with the world […]
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Alinka Ratner’s story will be a familiar one to most DJs: she fell in love with house music and DJ culture as a teenager, bought decks and taught herself to mix. She eventually got a warm-up DJ role for Justin Long’s .dotbleep party at Chicago’s Smart Bar which she held down for nearly a decade. […]
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Rane DJ is no stranger to DJ collaborations. Back in the 2000s, they released the Grand Master Flash edition of the Empath. In 2012, they released the Z-Trip edition of the Sixty-Two. Now, in 2021, Rane is collaborating with the legendary A-Trak to unleash the Seventy Signature A-Trak Edition. Released just last year, the Seventy […]
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Beatsource has taken quite the leap forward today in the world of music licensing and accessibility for artists. The company is partnering with Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and multiple independent labels to allow Beatsource LINK to share adapted versions of popular songs with its subscribers, opening the door to a library […]
Turntablists and A-Trak fans, this one’s for you. RANE and A-Trak announced their collaboration today: an A-Trak take on Rane’s beloved Seventy mixer. It’s a limited edition battle mixer titled – you guessed it – the Rane Seventy A-Trak Signature Edition. The mixer is built on the foundations of the Seventy, with a handful of enhancements made […]
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From your first podcast, to your fiftieth radio show, there's always room to improve your production. This guide shares a ton of tips on making the best possible radio show and podcast recordings.
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In our next Future DJ Gear series piece, we’ve aimed to conceptualize a standalone “turntable” version of the Denon DJ SC6000 player. Meet the SC6000M. In this edition of our Future Gear Concepts series, I aimed to conceptualize a standalone “turntable” version of the Denon DJ SC6000 player. Denon DJ’s SC6000 and its already existing […]
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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One of the most valuable free tools out there for DJs often goes undiscussed. Mixxx – which is a totally free, open-source, cross-platofrm DJing software – has gone through a big push over the last year to get it to a new release, 2.3.0. While we’ve covered Mixxx many times in the past on DJTT, […]
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We’ve known it was coming for a bit, but today the updated Traktor Pro 3.5 has released. The fresh version of Traktor Pro boasts two new features that are likely to be well-received: the new streaming library features for Traktor (via Beatport and Beatsource LINK) and advanced HID integration with Pioneer DJ’s flagship CDJ-3000 players. […]
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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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Hamburg-based electronic music producer Stimming has made quite the impact over the years with his uniquely intriguing take on house music and mesmerizing live performances. We got to know a bit about his production process back in 2015 (check out his How I Play), and he has undoubtedly continued to evolve his sound to push […]
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Drum & bass icon John B was already leaning into the world of livestreaming before the pandemic hit. With his gigs drying up, the DJ/producer decided to dive head-first into the online world, challenging himself to create a regular streaming show that was totally different from anything else that was out there. The result? A […]
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Amid the dumpster fire that was 2020, we somehow saw the release of more high-end gear in a single year than I can remember. Between the Pioneer DJ DJM-V10, Denon SC6000 gear finally hitting store shelves, the Rane Seventy, the Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000s, and the Rane Twelve MK2s, there was a glut of professional – […]
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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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Audio software manufacturer Hit’n’Mix has released a new source separation, sampling, and song creation program: RipX: DeepRemix. The new software sits at a price reachable for all levels of musicians: £79 inc VAT for UK, €85 inc VAT for EU, and $99 for North America & rest of the world. DeepRemix uses AI isolation algorithms […]
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