New Traktor Kontrol D2 Spotted in the Wild!

New Traktor Kontrol D2 Spotted in the Wild!

As I make this post, there is a live stream of Dubfire, MK, and Uner playing at WMC in Miami.

But the really interesting thing is what they are playing on… a pair of new Native Instruments controllers which Uner has referred to on his Facebook page as “Kontrol D2″. The new units appear to be the “deck” sections of the Kontrol S8, and they are placed on either side of a standard Xone:92 mixer.

Let’s have a quick look, and speculate at this little peek NI has given us.

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Filter by Key on Beatport: A Crapshoot

Filter by Key on Beatport: A Crapshoot

Over this past weekend, Beatport announced an update to its store which allows you to filter listings by musical key.  This sounds like a godsend to those who are all about mixing in key.

Harmonic mixing is no big secret these days,  but it’s also largely underutilized among DJs.  While certainly not a requirement, mixing in like (or compatible) keys opens up some pretty neat mixing options.  It’s just downright cool to overlay melodies, and end up with something beautiful instead of a disaster!

But by using Beatport’s key filter, you may be putting your faith where it doesn’t belong.

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Twenty DJs Over 50 Who Still Top The Bill

Twenty DJs Over 50 Who Still Top The Bill

While it can often seem to the public that DJing is a “young man’s game”, there are plenty of examples showing otherwise.  Many of the music genres that sort-of “came of age” alongside DJing are still very well represented by the pioneers that helped create them.

If there are any shining examples of the old adage, “age ain’t nothing but a number”, it’s these guys.  Between them, they’ve seen it all: the development of scratching, the rave glory days of the 90s, the advent of hip-hop… the list goes on.

Here are twenty influential DJs in the “Over 50 Club” who still rock out (in alphabetical order):

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Lil Louis and the Dangers of Hearing Loss

Lil Louis and the Dangers of Hearing Loss

At the end of January, house music legend Lil Louis was hospitalized in Manchester after suffering a potentially career-altering blow: an injury which has left him with permanent hearing loss.

This comes right on the cusp of Lil Louis’ release of his self-proclaimed “best album of [his] life”.  Someone apparently wandered into the booth and set off a CO2 cannon next to him, without notice, causing the injury.

The legendary producer/DJ left some words on his Facebook page that night, addressing the situation and explaining the reason he couldn’t play for them that night:

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PDJ 014 – All About Sound Quality

PDJ 014 – All About Sound Quality

Episode 14 – Do You Hear What I Hear?

Back in episode 13, I answered a call from Joseph regarding sound quality.  He asked when it’s worth it to invest in high-end audio gear (like sound cards, mixers, etc.)  But the question I actually answered had to do with production sound (speakers, amps, etc.)

Duh.  Apparently I wasn’t paying attention that day.

So, rather than just write a corrected answer, I decided to dedicate this entire episode to all things sound quality… including a re-answering of Joseph’s question.

In this episode, we dive into:

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Why DJing is Getting “Gadgety”

Why DJing is Getting “Gadgety”

There’s no shortage of experienced DJs that hate the digital age.

This is often attributed to the whole “barrier of entry” thing (i.e. – “nowadays, anyone can grab a controller and call themselves a DJ”). But there’s actually more to it than that. It’s that DJing means something entirely different to one person vs. the next.

LCD screens, beatgrids, MIDI maps… why do you need all that?

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Quality Matters (Lamentations for the “Good Enough DJ”)

Quality Matters (Lamentations for the “Good Enough DJ”)

If you’re a DJ who is not chasing a great musical experience for his or her audience, I’m not sure what to tell you.

If you’re truly a passionate music fan, you already know which qualities to pursue.  These qualities present themselves whenever you get the shivers, or get a huge smile painted on your face, when you experience your own musical moment.

The digital revolution has been constantly flipping the music industry on its head for years now, and what could be viewed as the most accessible way for new artists to share their craft is often formed into an excuse which explains their lack of success as a musician/DJ.

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Rane: Getting DJ Mixers Right

Rane: Getting DJ Mixers Right

The online DJ community is abuzz with chatter about Rane’s latest mixer announcements at NAMM, and with good reason… the iconic company dropped a few bombs at the show.  Not the least of which is the impressive and unexpected rotary wonder, the MP2015.

First things first, I have a confession to make: I have never owned a Rane mixer.  In fact, at the time of this writing, I’ve never owned a Rane product at all (though I’ve played on the occasional old-school Serato mixer here and there).

That being said, I really appreciate the company’s current approach to their mixer lineup… especially when compared to some of their competitors.

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Why Great DJs Fail (6 Examples of Misguided Artists)

Why Great DJs Fail (6 Examples of Misguided Artists)

kilmashotToday’s article is a guest post by Kilma, a DJ, radio host and writer from Winnipeg, MB.  Check out her awesome blog, Don’t Kilma Vibe, and her streaming radio show The Basement Sessions every Saturday night at KilmaMusic.com.

As the founder of Brand Me Silly, a writer for DJ Mag Canada, and radio host of The Basement Sessions, I have a lot of opportunities to work with great artists. Unfortunately, many artists find themselves short of their requirements: too little, too late.

Many artists are entirely misguided on things as simple as updating social media accounts, how to properly operate their own gear, and their understanding of the mental game.

Below are 6 misguided artists, whose mistakes can be learned from.

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Pioneer XDJ-RX: Evolution of the All-In-One DJ System

Pioneer XDJ-RX: Evolution of the All-In-One DJ System

In case you needed another pretty piece of DJ hardware to either lust after, or loathe over… Pioneer DJ is coming strong off the holiday season with its latest piece of gear.

Introducing the XDJ-RX: the latest screen-wielding all-in-one DJ unit.  Continuing the trend to break free from laptops, the RX is a truly standalone system.  No computer necessary (though, it is functional as a MIDI controller).  As you may expect, the noteworthy item on this new system is a big, shiny screen.

Let’s take a look at what Pioneer DJ’s latest has to offer.

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