Where is Digital DJing Going?
We live in interesting times for sure, innovative technology is moving everything forward at breakneck pace.
Nowhere else is this more true than in DJ gear. We are nearing a precipice which may hearald quite a change in the gear used by DJ’s to bring music to the masses. The young blood are picking up controllers to start, not turntables, and who can afford a decent set of CDJ’s on the average wage? Not me.
This was clearer to me than ever at this years BPM. Pretty much all the stands from the big companies had some form of software controller on display. The only turntables I saw were by DJ’s performing at the event. Kinda wierd that the pros on show, whilst using Serato/Traktor/VDJ still use the old tech of the turntable rather than fully digital with a controller. You couldnt buy a turntable at the event, it wouldnt be hard to pick up a Kontrol X1 though, or a Denon controller, or a etc, etc.
Its only a matter of time before the young digital DJ’s are rolling up to booths and putting their controllers ontop of the TT’s and smashing out a killer set that could put some of our top DJ’s to shame. Afterall, the crowd dont care about how its beatmatched, they only care how it sounds.
With this in mind heres some stupid tech you will not see in any DJ booth, ever: http://www.smithsonmartin.com/products/
You can own this magnificent piece of hardware for as little as $3875! But dont forget you need a laptop too, and a sound card, and some DJ software, and deep pockets!
Even if I could afford this, and it was an incredible piece of kit, how the hell would you fit that in a booth!?
But I digress, enough tech, more on the subject matter. I can’t put it much better than Luke James over at Digital DJ Tips in his recent article, head on over and have a read: http://www.digitaldjtips.com/2011/11/how-digital-is-saving-the-art-of-djing/