Author: DJ TechTools

Funktion-One’s Tony Andrews on Setting Up Soundsystems – From Wembley Stadium to Your Bedroom

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Tony Andrews is a renowned soundsystem designer and the owner and founder of Funktion-One, perhaps dance music’s most famous soundsystem manufacturer. The company has influenced global electronic music in countless ways with its groundbreaking technology, superb sound quality, and enormous bass, but undoubtedly clubbers and DJs will know Funktion-One best from its giant stacks in the world’s top clubs, including Space Ibiza, Berghain, Output, and Trouw.

Review: Bitwig Studio Digital Audio Workstation software

bitwig-studioheaderAfter much anticipation, Bitwig Studio, the DAW software that takes Ableton Live’s ball and runs with it, has arrived to reinvigorate your music-making life. This comprehensive music production and performance platform goes heavy on user-friendly workflow features and light on clutter. The whole point is to unleash your musical creativity. But can it hang with the veterans of the industry? Is it just a re-designed Ableton Live copycat? We’ve sweated the details to let you know.

Forget The Laptop: Numark/Akai Tease Software-Embedded DJ Controllers

numark-ns7-mk2-screenWhat if you didn’t have to bring your laptop to the gig, just your controller? Sure, we’ve had a few real and concept offerings over the last few years, including Stanton’s SCS.4DJ (released but never quite got the user interface/software dialed), my own Kontrol S4 MK3 mockup, a few others – but today we got wind of a few controllers that could make the concept a reality.

Routines: Battle of Undiscovered Fingerdrummers

finger-drummer-controlleristsToday we’re featuring three inspiring routines that show different sides of drumming-centric controllerism. Behind the routine in each of these videos are undiscovered YouTube stars that most controllerism aficionados haven’t heard of. We’re still waiting for the DMC of controllerism so that each of these performers could have a chance at winning a world championship! […]

The Midi Fighter Twister Officially Lifts Off

TWISTER-MAINWe are proud and happy to announce that our first community-sourced project and DJ TechTools’ newest product, The Midi Fighter Twister, is now available for preorder. The first run of Twisters are sailing towards San Francisco right now and will be shipping in 2 weeks or less. To mark the occasion we shot a detailed look at the most discussed feature, the Traktor Sequencer, and some very lovely photos to showcase the Twister’s final look.

What DJs Can Learn From Frankie Knuckles’ Legacy?

Frankie1_ledeIf you’re even a passing fan of electronic music, it’s likely that you know that one of its icons, DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles, died earlier this week at the age of 59 from complications related to type 2 diabetes. The “godfather of house music” was a true legend, the kind of artist to whom one could point as a real cultural lynchpin; without his influence, dance music in 2014 would likely be an entirely different beast. Having given birth to house music in Chicago in the late ’70s and early ’80s via his clubs the Warehouse and later the Power Plant, Knuckles (born Francis Nicholls in New York City) was a dedicated craftsman and inventor, honing his skills as a DJ by playing marathon sets to open-minded audiences and helping to make the remix its own art form by constructing extended versions of classic soul and disco tunes with a pair of reel-to-reel tape decks and a 909.

Routine: DJ Seap Live Drumming + Ableton Push + Midi Fighter 3D

drumming-ableton-pushOne of the most obvious places for controllerists to appear is behind a drum kit. Drummers have been working MIDI controllers into their rigs for over 20 years. Today we’re sharing a performance by a drummer, DJ Seap, who’s integrated a full Ableton rig into a live performance drum rig

Review: Midi Designer Pro iOS Controller Designer

midi-designer-headerWant to build your own custom layout control surfaces on iOS? Besides the major players from Liine and Hexler, there’s a newer upstart, Midi Designer Pro, that is worth considering. Today, Chris Brackley gives the software a full review, including tips on using it in real world DJ scenarios and a critical eye to how […]

Kontrol S4/S2 Pricedrop + Midi Fighter Twister Golden Ticket Contest

kontrol-s4-s2-ticket-blog-artIt’s April 1st, but today’s sale news isn’t a prank. Native Instruments has issued a price drop on the legendary Traktor Kontrol S4 and S2 MK2 controllers. The controllers are now available – $699 and $449. As most DJTT fans know, we’re long supporters of the Kontrol S4 and S2 hardware as one of the […]

How To Play Long (5+ Hours) DJ Sets

dj-harvey-long-dj-setsMost DJs who play a lot of gigs will at some point get the opportunity to take on a marathon gig, spinning tracks for upwards of 5 hours. As the length of a set increases, the more it differs from a “normal” set. How can you prepare for sets that last all day or all night? Read on for our tips, including advice from experienced long-haul performers Elite Force, David Morales, and DJ Harvey.