Drum & Bass blog of an underground DJ

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/


3 responses

  1. You really have your mind closed to innovation, change, and the future.
    I asume you are one of that dinosaurs djs attached to the turntables complaining to any new change, specially when changes are readical or when you can afford.
    My friend, your ignorance is your dead…….. “some stupid tech you will not see in any DJ booth”…………..you should open your eyes more : )
    Best regards!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    • You really have no idea what you’re talking about, or you’re just a troll who cant spell.

      Firstly, don’t make assumptions. I am a digital DJ who started out on controllers and continue to use them in my live sets. I’m all for innovation and change and if something comes along that’s better than I currently have, I’ll use it.

      Taking a piece of equipment such as this to a gig, you’d not only need a van, you’d need a separate booth to put it in.
      To quote a DJ who has used this “The main problem with the system is if the projector moves while your using it miss-aligns and you have to reset. Not good when there is plenty of bass running through a club.”

      It ain’t really practical in my eyes. You could emulate this setup with 2 ipads. A little easier to carry, no?

      Secondly, don’t knock turntables. They are the root of the culture you aspire to, show some respect.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  2. I think what you are looking for is a solution that can be used in standard DJ booths along side the regular kit (ie. CDJ 2000 & DJM900). Here is our solution to your comment;

    Kontrol Surface 1974 multi-touch midi controller.


    I hope you speak favourably about our products in the future as we are trying to make progress and create new and innovative things!


    Alan Smithson, CEO

    December 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

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