ALS is an acronym on everyone’s lips right now, none more so than Livid founder Jay Smith. Having been diagnosed with the disease, he’s set up a fundraiser, so that instead of wasting water, you can donate real cash to help fund research into this terrible condition.
What happens when supreme turntablist talent is thrown at a stack of Pioneer DJ technology? This session for the DJ Sounds Radio Show is what. See Tony Vegas and and Prime Cuts aka The Scratch Perverts take a journey through old school hip hop and more on CDJs and the new PLX-1000 turntables.
Native Instruments has released Traktor DJ 1.5. It’s not a big upgrade to the core software, but via the new in-app purchase model, you can now buy cool new features, the first of which is SuperSlicer. Imagine a slice broken into three layers, and being able to apply an effect to each. That’s SuperSlicer.
People have enough trouble mixing audio together. So I marvel at those who do video, and do it well. And Inklen’s MixEmergency 2.7 brings a very DJ-like eight slot sample player with full mapping ability. So now you can trigger all those one shots on those lovely controller pads.
When Panasonic essentially killed off the most iconic DJ brand and product when they pulled the plug on the Technics 1200, the world wept, especially at a time when vinyl seemed to be on the up again. And while other turntables have become available, for a good number of people, only Technics will do. And breaking news out of Japan may indicate that the Technics brand (not necessarily the 1200) could be coming back.
The Boiler Room Sessions are a very cool way to get up close and personal in the DJ booth from the comfort of your own home. Some legendary DJs have graced the assorted Boiler Rooms around the world, and this one from DJ Teeko is a cool showcase of technology and skills.
If you have a competitive DJ spirit, battling is where it’s at. But getting to a local DMC or IDA event isn’t always easy. But the internet gives everyone a way to take part. And the Digital Vertigo Scratch Battle 2014 is the perfect way to throw your snap-back hat into the arena and show your stuff to the whole world.
The Beat Junkies crew contains a total powerhouse of globally respected DJ skill. And as dedicated crate diggers, they’ve amassed a serious collection of tunes, as well as creating a huge amount of edits, mixes, and scratch material. And with a relaunched website comes the Beat Junkie record pool where for a subscription fee, you can dig into the growing curated collection.
Sound isn’t just about what you hear but also what you feel. When the bass drops and your guts do the same thing, the vibrational power of music is clear. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could feel the beat when mixing? That’s what feelthebeat aims to do via a wearable bluetooth metronome.
It’s showtime folks — DJ Expo that is. And with the rip-roaring success enjoyed by Numark with their NS7II at last year’s show, it makes perfect sense total their latest and greatest to the same show. The Numark NV will be available for you to maul and paw, but for those who can’t get to see it, there’s a new video showcasing the NV with Serato Flip.