While the DJ industry keeps chucking great lumps of hardware to cater for the needs of software, the iPad continues to offer a highly configurable interface. The Traxus Traktor Remote offers extremely comprehensive control of Traktor’s effects. Jared Helfer takes a look, and catches up with the creators for a chat.
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.
Having a few spare hours to kill, we did what any self-respecting DJ would do – bust out the video camera and record a Numark NV demo. And eat cookies.
A man with money and an obsession with vinyl is likely to make for a great story. The New York Times details Zero Freitas and his humungous collection.
This week has seen some big announcements from the Serato camp. A lot of this is around the new Serato DJ DVS add-on that lets suitable partner controllers run Serato DJ DVS without the need of external interfaces. You just plug in your turntables and media players and you’re off. But we’re still not sure how much of a need there is. Serato will have done their homework, but we’d like you to tell us if the need is real, perceived, or non-existent.
In the wake of the shutdown to Technics, it seems that the rest of the market have come out of the shadows and are experiencing a resurgence. But these are different times and there’s a diverse user base with using turntables in different ways. And we’d love for you to tell us how you use them by checking some boxes in polls.
As DJ and production gear gets increasingly high tech, thus its suitability to be used by props departments increases. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has done it, and now US spy thriller Covert Affairs sees Auggie Anderson (a blind character) replace computer screens with a wide range of DJ and production gear. Seems legit.
In the digital age, DJs have an increasing need for audio interfaces. This has never been truer since iPads and iPhones emerged as a real player in the DJ scene. But they really need a good interface to make them more useful. So having reviewed it, we’ve got 3 x Griffin DJ Connect audio interfaces to give away.
A brief excursion to London for a visit to Native Instruments UK new offices (lots of windows, wood and bare brick – lovely) gave me a insight into their roadmap, and their new #futureofdjing hashtag was a key part of the presentations. But this is just NI’s vision, and they are not the only player of the DJ game. So what do you think is the #futureofdjing? The floor is yours. Unleash opinions.
Pioneer mixers are ubiquitous, and as such are an ideal bed fellow for the Audio Innovate mini Innofader. The relationship hasn’t always worked out well, and has seen AI come up with all manner of hacks and fixes. So we approached their DJM-T1 mixer with some trepidation, but with AI’s help, we got them working nicely together. And we made a video to show it in action.