As a DJ technology site, DJWORX gets behind people and things that promote and advance the use of DJ gear, something that IDA World does better than any other DJ battle. Thus we are pleased to help promote the IDA World DJ Battle 2014. And as previous years, there’s a cool promo video with scratching and stuff.
Cassettes for scratching? Been there – done that. But it’s not been done in quite the same way that Jeremy Bell is proposing with his ScrubBoard Kickstarter project. It’s a unique take on the idea involves samples on tape, and moving a cassette player head back and forth, all controlled from the Seesaw Killswitch.
The 2014 DMC World Finals are taking place in London today. And DJ Woody has made this track especially for everyone who has gone into DJ Battle.
We threw ourselves in the deep at BPM 2014, and decided to film three days of demos in the very controlled environment of the Product Demo Stage. We think we did a pretty good job for our first attempt at such a thing, and bodes well for our imminent ventures in video. But we want to know what you think of how we did, and indeed what you’d like us to do video-wise.
It’s unusual to see a mixer and controller quite so suited to each other, but the Allen & Heath Xone:23C and Xone:K1are inextricably linked via the X-Link cable. Working in harmony, watch as Jamie Griffiths gives both units a solid bashing, ably assisted by Audio Technica’s Alex Jann.
Moving between DJ software isn’t an easy task. The limited options within iTunes helps, but all that proprietary goodness stays within the software. So software like Rekord Buddy has popped up to help make the transition easy. Didier Malenfant from Next Audio Labs was on hand to give us a walk through on the key features.
Wrapping up the more producer demo side of BPM 2014 is the Arturia MicroBrute. Distilling down the cooler parts of the MiniBrute, Alex Theakston from Source Distribution clearly loves this little box of tricks, to the point of incurring the muted wrath of the BPM 2014 noise police.
Ableton Live is a slightly abstract concept for DJs to grasp. But it need not be difficult to tame and understand, and that’s where the Ableton Push controller comes in. Watch Simon Lyon create beats and music just on the Push without needing to use his laptop screen.
In his last round of demo duties, Rob Anderson walks us through Pioneer’s tiny powerhouse of a controller. The DDJ-WeGO3 might not have the extensive feature set of the big boys, but it can certainly work properly with more software than just about any other controller on the market right now.
It’s not too much of a reach to say that Roland is the foundation of modern dance music. And those hardware foundations are now fetching some serious money on eBay. So when the Roland Aira range was announced, many of us positively squealed like giddy school girls. And at BPM 2014, we were treated to a performance and walkthrough from Harry Coade.