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.

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

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.

Sewe What It’s Like To Be A Turntablist’s Scratch Record

dj-woody-vinyl-povDJ Woody posted a clever video this week where he mounted a camera onto the center a of scratch record and then went to town for a quick minute-long session. It’s a pretty awesome point-of-view – quick flashes of Woody’s hands on the mixer and on the crossfader. It’s a bit disorienting, but still fun […]

Button Fetish: Daedelus’ Journey From 4-Track To Monome

daedelusIf you think watching electronic music live is boring, you’ve clearly never watched Daedelus go crazy with his Monome. Born Alfred Darlington, the Los Angeles-based producer is the Van Halen of the Monome controllerism scene. In today’s interview, we talked with him about his favorite gear, the state of electronic music, and his work with MIT engineers that will change musical performances forever.

Pitch Fade: DJ Marketplace App for iOS

pitchfade-appLaunched this morning, Pitch Fade aims to bring DJ booking off of Craigslist and into a self-contained application.

Bitwig Studio Released: Download Demo Version Now

bitwigAt long last we’ve reached the launch day of Bitwig Studio, the self-proclaimed “next generation of music software” for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Starrted by a group of former Ableton employees, the new DAW hopes to stake out a strong claim on the production market with a set of features that directly respond […]

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