Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Future Of DJing


Finally, the Economist post just stops dead at discussing what’s happening today, not tomorrow. We’re now at a time where drastic changes in DJ technology are happening slowly. There are always interesting new controllers always being designed, but they’re only iterations on what’s already out there. Nothing yet has really seen the entire DJ community collectively selling their existing kit and moving on.
That’s not that surprising. Two turntables and a mixer served many DJs well for a good couple of decades. Are we resigned to only small incremental improvements?
Maybe not. With the growth of powerful technology companies with extensive music interests (Spotify, Soundcloud, Google, Apple, Amazon), innovation might even come from outside the traditional players in the DJ hardware and software market. Could your next best track selection come from an artificial intelligence from one of these companies?
DJs critical of today’s situation may have more to complain about in the future. The rest of us will look forward to how those tools get used.

What’s Wrong With DJing Being Accessible ???

Making DJing more accessible by removing the initial barriers can only be a positive. More people can be actively involved with the culture and, in return, this can imbue them with a newfound respect for the DJs who they admire, when they discover that becoming a competent DJ is trickier than they thought.
A wider involvement also pushes the bar higher for people to distinguish themselves. Not so great for DJs comfortably resting on their laurels, but fantastic for those of us who want to see where this art can go next.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Two Very Different Ways To Protect Your DJ Gear

It's a false economy to buy an expensive DJ controller, and head out to gigs without thinking about how you're going to protect it. In this article and video, we'll look at two very different solutions illustrating the two ends of the protection spectrum, namely the Magma CTRL case, and the Magma DJ Controller Hard Case

Let's start with the kind of case you see being loaded onto trucks by roadies for bands, and that I've been using since I was a teenager for my DJ gear - namely, the boxy, wooden hard cases. With metal edging and reinforcements, big chunky clasps holding them tight, and heavy duty foam padding internally shaped to fit whatever device the case is sold for, they are the ultimate in DJ gear protection.
The example here is the Magma DJ Controller Hard Case for the Denon DJ MCX8000, and as you'll spot in the video, they are designed so you can store all your cables and adaptors with the DJ controller in the same case. Also, thanks to the spacing around the unit and a removable front panel, you get easy access to all the inputs, outputs and other front / back controls, meaning it is not necessary to remove the controller from the case when DJing.For mobile or touring DJs, or those who want to add an extra professional look to the way they present their DJ gear, this is all good - although if you are setting up in a tight DJ booth, the opposite might be true. Downsides? They're heavy, bulky, relatively expensive and harder to store when you're not using them. None of which can be levelled at the second type of case we looked at...
For many DJs, this is all the case they'll ever need. The one we're looking at here is the Magma CTRL Case, a minimalist, tightly fitting semi-soft case with a zip around the whole edge of it, and with both hand carrying handles and a shoulder strap.
Clearly much less substantial than a hard case, they are also less protecting, because while they're what I call "semi-hard", something heavy dropped on this case is likely to cause damage to what's inside. Unlike the hard case, they have no room for anything else (although backpack and trolley versions often do), and you can't DJ with your controller still in it, because you can't access the front and rear to plug stuff in, so they're strictly a "transport" solution.
However, compared to no case at all, they are a no-brainer: for occasional use, or for gigs where you know that due to tight space in a DJ booth your controller is coming out of its case as soon as you arrive, having a case like this is so much better than nothing, and coupled with a far cheaper price than a "pro" style case, it's easy to see why this option is so popular.