Tech tools and hardware

  • One of the most fun ways to use a DAW is to add outboard devices - synths, MIDI controllers, and more. Today's article is a guest post from Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Burnett sharing a few clever ways to use out-of-the-box devices alongside Live. Keep reading to learn how to experiment with MIDI-mapped VSTs, triggering FX with external sequencers, and more.

    The post Augmenting Ableton: 5 Creative Tips With External Devices appeared first on DJ TechTools.

    Post date: 29/05/2017 - 6:55pm
  • Any DJ with a sizable collection of music on their hard drive knows that the MP3 is far from dead, despite a rash of clickbait articles in recent weeks. In today's article, contributor Steven Maude assesses what it would take take for a new file format to replace MP3. What would have to change? Is it even a vaguely realistic possibility considering what tools people are using to play music? Keep reading for an in-depth analysis.

    The post Replacing MP3: Is A New Format Likely For DJs + Listeners? appeared first on DJ TechTools.

    Post date: 26/05/2017 - 11:06pm
  • Want to make your own custom MIDI controller for DJing, production, or visuals, but don't have the money or time to make a DIY controller? In this article, we spotlight a project that DJTT friends Traxus Interactive have been working on that allows multitouch control of Traktor in Google Chrome.

    The post Build Your Next Traktor MIDI Controller In Google Chrome appeared first on DJ TechTools.

    Post date: 26/05/2017 - 7:43am
  • It's exciting when a serious new competitor comes onto the market, and this week, it's Denon DJ's turn to enter the fray. Their new SC5000 Prime players (and potential CDJ challengers) are finally launching this week. We're working on a full review over the next few days, but in the meantime, we've got answers to a few frequently asked questions and an unboxing video to share.

    The post Denon DJ SC5000 Prime: Unboxing, FAQ, and Units In Store appeared first on DJ TechTools.

    Post date: 24/05/2017 - 5:37pm
  • In today's video, we take a closer look at the impressive live rig used by notorious techno savants and live performers, Octave One. The duo is famous for their live shows, which they've perfected for over 20 years. Watch the full interview in today's How I Play feature, and get a sense of what it takes to run such a multi-faceted setup.

    The post How I Play: Octave One Shows Off Their Live Techno Setup appeared first on DJ TechTools.

    Post date: 22/05/2017 - 6:38pm
  • The old days of spending Saturdays in a brick and mortar shop looking to buy records and gear are fading memories. However, these small shops are still around in cities across the United States. From San Francisco to New York, we tracked down some of the unique stores for DJs and producers. Inside, these stores are one of a kind and the passion for buying records and gear from local enthusiasts is alive and well. No corporate chains allowed here.

    The post Hidden Gems: Unique DJ Stores around the US appeared first on DJ TechTools.

    Post date: 19/05/2017 - 12:48pm
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