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What Do DJs Love?

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DJs around the world often fight about genres, software choices, and the right way to mix a song, but there are a few things that all DJs love no matter where they’re from and what kind of music they play....

Serato Pyro: Can A Casual App Take Over House Party DJing?

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There’s an unspoken competition in the casual music app industry now to see who can design the best party mode / basic auto DJ mode in their music software. We’ve seen Pacemaker and Spotify both recently ...

Musical Creativity: Born Out of Limitations + Restrictions

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In today’s editorial piece, guest contributor Brian Funk (aka Afro DJ Mac) has put together a great overview of the creative process from the perspective of a musician and producer. Learn how to take ...

Trax & Wax: Monthly Vinyl Subscription Service For Dance Music

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Record clubs were a big thing in a different era of music – where you would pay a small fee and sign up to get music every month. Now a new service, Trax & Wax, is planning on bringing the record club&...

Guide to Buying Secondhand / Used CDJs

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The new CDJ-2000NXS2 media players are set to hit stores late February, but as with any new generation of product that comes out, it creates an influx of used gear on the market. Today we share our tips on buying use...

First Details Of PLAYDifferently: Allen & Heath / Richie Hawtin Project

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We first broke the news of a Richie Hawtin and Allen & Heath collaboration during NAMM week, when the first details emerged. It’s pretty clear that the project is some kind of mixer – but now the firs...

How I Play: EPROM Interview

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The West Coast bass scene has been one of the most constantly evolving music worlds in the United States for the last decade, and one of our favorite producers in that world is Portland’s EPROM. In today’...

Ableton Live 9.6: Link’s Debut

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Ableton announced the release of Live 9.6 yesterday, bringing with it a plethora of improvements, from slicing audio to a Drum Rack, to extending Push 2 capabilities. Along with the in-house updates, Live 9...

Rekordbox 4.0.6: MIDI Mapping Arrives In Performance Pack

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Rekordbox DJ got released late last year with a slew of features – but one of the most requested features for Pioneer DJ was to add mapping support to the software so that any controller could be MIDI mapped. W...

Amazon vs Beatport: Where Can DJs Get The Best Deal On Music?

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For years, Beatport has staked a claim as one of the top music stores for DJs – but just like any other product, there are competitors on the market. A clever Reddit user has taken the top 2200 songs from each ...

Twisted Gratification: Instant Gratification FX For Midi Fighter Twister

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The Midi Fighter Twister is our all-knobs controller, so we decided to design a new MIDI mapping for it that combines the power of Traktor’s FX with the expressiveness of 16 encoder knobs. Today we’r...

SFX Entertainment Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Beatport To Carry On

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We’ve all watched carefully as SFX Entertainment, founded by Robert Sillerman, has consolidated a large part of the electronic music events market under one conglomerate. The company hasn’t been able to s...

Using A Roland TR-8 To Play Expressive Synths In Ableton

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The Roland AIRA TR-8 is an incredibly powerful standalone performance and production tool – but what would happen if you super-charged it with a bit of creative MIDI mapping and sound manipulation in Ableton Li...

How I Play: Rodriguez Jr Interview + Live Rig Walkthrough

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We had a chance to shoot a How I Play interview with French producer and DJ Rodriguez Jr recently at Public Works here in San Francisco, and he took us on a tour of his live setup. His rig focuses around Ableton Live...

Mixvibes Set To Launch iOS Looping App

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Usually the teaser videos start to die down the week after NAMM, but Mixvibes has wisely waited and just dropped a teaser for a new iOS app. From what we can tell so far, it looks to be focused on looping and samplin...

Recording Kick Drums For Use In Electronic Productions

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Continuing with our series of live instrument tutorials from Riverside Studios, this tutorial from Henne Müller is focused around recording kick drums. The technique is a bit different than traditional kick reco...

Rekord Buddy 2.0 Beta + Code Giveaway

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Digital DJs who want to try other DJ software but have invested a lot of time and energy into their collection of metadata (cue points, loops, beatgrids, etc) have had a tough decision to make anytime they consider s...

CDJ-2000NXS2 + DJM-900NXS2 Hands-On Review (at NAMM)

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The most popular  DJ gear at NAMM by far were the new CDJ-2000NXS2 media player and DJM-900NXS2 mixer. The new models are an incremental upgrade (most of the features expand on other solid Pi...

ROLI Seaboard Rise and Grand: MIDI Keyboards Reimagined

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Two of the most interesting pieces of production gear we got to get our hands on at the NAMM show were the ROLI Seaboard Rise and Grand models, with the latter having just been released earlier this week. T...

Playground App: An iOS Instrument That Gets Touch Control Right

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The DJ industry isn’t as mobile device-obsessed at this NAMM as in recent years, but we did spot one unique app being shown in the always-awesome basement, a new iOS app called Playground. The fr...

NAMM 2016: Zoom ARQ Aero Rhythmtrack

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It’s always fascinating to see companies at NAMM that step outside of their comfort zone, and this year, we think Zoom (famous for great portable recorders) deserves recognition for the Zoom ARQ. It’...

NAMM 2016: Denon DJ VL12 Turntable; Could DVS Coming For Engine?

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Denon DJ’s prize jewel on the NAMM floor is the standalone MCX-8000 controller, but they also introduced details on a new VL12 turntable that might be of interest for DJs specifically because it&rsquo...

NAMM 2016: Mixars Debuts, DUO + CUT Battle Mixers

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We’ve seen some very vague teasers from a new brand, Mixars, that kicked off their company at this year’s NAMM 2016 convention. The brand is focused on (unsurprisingly) DJ mixers and has launched a c...

NAMM 2016: Rane MP2014 Rotary Mixer

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This morning at NAMM 2016, Rane launched a new two-channel mixer in their MP rotary line, the Rane MP2014. It carries almost all of the awesome features of the highly-successful MP2015 that debuted last year, and com...

Pioneer Shows Prototypes of CDJ-Tour1 + DJM-Tour1 With Built-In Rekordbox DJ

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Most of the announcements at NAMM 2016 seem to be screen-focused, and Pioneer DJ wasn’t going to be left out. Under glass, they’re showing a new prototype line of DJ hardware, the Tour series. Designed to...

NAMM 2016: Hercules P32 DJ Controller Unveiled

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Today marks the first day of NAMM 2016, and Hercules is coming out strong with the P32 DJ controller, designed for live remixing, sample triggering, and slicing. It’s essentially 32 RGB pads with a MIDI mixer i...

Rekordbox DJ To Add Pulselocker Integration

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When we heard of the return of Pulselocker’s streaming DJ library service last October, it was exciting – but now Pioneer DJ has added fuel to the fire with a new announcement: Rekordbox DJ’s perfor...

Richie Hawtin + Allen & Heath Working On A DJ Mixer Together?

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Details are sparse so far, but Richie Hawtin announced at an exclusive NAMM 2016 event that he has partnered up with manufacturer Allen & Heath and been working on a top-secret project that’s set to d&eacut...

NAMM 2016: Numark Dashboard, Heads-Up Display For Serato DJs

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We’ve kicked things off with our coverage of NAMM 2016 (follow along on Instagram or see all of articles here), and one of the more interesting announcements came from Numark, who are showing off a new acc...

Apple Launches Music Memos; GarageBand iOS Update

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Apple has long been a critical brand for producers, musicians, and DJs, but in recent years many of their software music tools have fallen out of vogue as more specialist companies have dominated. Today Apple has unv...

Reloop MIXTOUR: Sleek Controller for Djay 2 + Pro

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News keeps pouring this time of the year (NAMM 2016 starts tomorrow) and Reloop isn’t holding back. Earlier today they announced the new Reloop MIXTOUR which gives you full control over two ...

NAMM 2016: Roland A-01 MIDI Controller + Analog Generator

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Ahead of the NAMM 2016 show, which starts on Thursday in Anaheim, Roland has released details of the A-01, a new highly portable controller that connects to DAWs, tablets, CV/GATE and MIDI gear. The A-01 is an incred...

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