The Evolution And History Of DJ Technology
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If you go to any club today and take a look at the DJ booth you will probably see a variety of devices,
levers, wires and machines that the DJ skillfully uses to get the club jumping night after night. You may
not recognize every piece of equipment each DJ uses but the modern, highly technological set up
definitely marks a huge departure from the simple two deck vinyl record based systems that were used
right up until the 1980s.
DJ technology history has come a long way in recent years, moving from simple turntable systems to
modern DJ Midi Controller Technology and you can track it from it’s earliest origins right here!
DJ MIDI Controller Technology
DJ MIDI controller technology has revolutionized DJ-ing in recent years, adding a digital dimension to
sets and employing computer technology that allows DJs to play music from a wide variety of files, from
MP3 to .wav, and deconstruct and edit songs as and when they like. Software did not immediately take
off as a result of the sound quality of the tracks but, as it improved, DJs have increasingly turned to DJ
MIDI controller technology.
DJ MIDI controller technology incorporates computers, digital musical instruments and various other
devices as a single entity. MIDI is short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and it allows each of the
elements that are connected together to communicate with each other and integrate together
Incorporating a range of features, software elements and hardware machines, turntables and CD decks,
the most up to date DJ controllers allow the individual DJ to inject a little creativity into his or her set,
providing a simulated vinyl experience without the limitation that laptop DJ software often provides.
Getting the Best Hardware for Your Software
Of course, there is plenty of hardware available to use alongside the Traktor, Itch and Scratch software.
For example, the Numark NS7 USB DJ controller is an intuitive controller that comes with a two-channel
scratch mixer, a responsive turntable and high torque motor, amongst other features. Alternatively, the
Vestax VCI-300 MkII offers functional simplicity. Both are optimized to work with the Serato Itch
But some manufacturers of hardware also offer their own software. For example, M-Audio created the
Xponent, an all in one DJ MIDI USB DJ controller to work seamlessly with their own software, Torq.
Although it is not the most intuitive combination, it is highly reliable and has all the features you would
want in such a system.
If you did want to enjoy DJ techniques like scratching during your sets then you may opt for the Hercules
DJ Control Instinct instead. The pressure detecting jog wheels feel incredibly natural and mimic the way
in which you would scratch a vinyl record. They also bend the pitch within tracks. The mixer area is
clearly separated from the deck area too so you can make the most of every track.
There are also other elements of hardware available, such as the Akai APC40 Ableton Live Controller, a
dedicated performance controller that has high quality controls, 16 endless encoders, 9 45mm faders
and 109 buttons overall, all of which are designed to give the DJ complete control over real time mixing,
production and remixing.
As you can see, DJ technology has come an awfully long way in a very short time. Although history has
proved that DJ technology has always opted for quality over innovation and so only embraced CD and
digital technology widely when it’s been highly developed, it is advancing more quickly than ever before
today. With version after version of software being released with more features than ever, it will be
interesting to see what the next developments will be!
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