A Wedding DJ’s Thoughts On The Pioneer XDJ-R1

I didn't pay too much attention when Pioneer announced the XDJ-R1.  This was because I've started to lose confidence in Pioneer's ability to innovate and maintain their dominance in the industry - especially as the industry starts moving away from CDJ's.  The lackluster execution of Rekordbox has been a thorn on Pioneer's side for [...]

How To Connect Two Microphones To A Rane 62 Mixer

The Rane 62 is a feature rich mixer for Serato users.  The only drawback for wedding DJ's like me is it supports only one microphone.  One approach to overcome this issue is to buy a microphone pre-amp or another small format mixer.  Both will work but it's another device to connect and need a backup [...]

My Top iPad Apps For Wedding DJs

I'm a heavy user of the iPad ever since I bought my iPad 2 almost two years ago.  The touch interface and its ultra portability opened up new possibilities for me in my craft.  I've had a few friends here in Toronto ask me about  my weapons of choice so I decided to put this [...]

Ableton Live 9 Out Now

Ableton Live 9's New Interface Ableton Live 9 was finally released last week.  I had a chance to play around with it and  produced some new cool remixes for weddings. The interface hasn't changed much, which is a good thing.  The learning curve is low for folks who are already familiar with Ableton [...]

Serato Scratch Live 2.4.4 Beta Is Now Public

Serato released Scratch Live 2.4.4 Beta to the public today.  This release is focused more on bug fixes and improvements in stability.  The most notable fix is for the kernel panics seen with SL-4, Sixty-Two and the Sixty-One.  I've never experienced these issues myself while DJing weddings in Toronto - knock on wood. I wouldn't [...]

Pioneer Unveils The CDJ-2000 Nexus. Will I Buy One?

Pioneer finally shared all the juicy details on their new flagship CDJ  product, the CDJ-2000Nexus.  At first glance, it does not look any different from its predecessor, the CDJ-2000.  This is a good thing since most DJ's will already be familiar with it.  The learning curve for the upgrade will be minimal. CDJ-2000nexus [...]

Is The Pioneer CDJ-2000 MK2 Coming In September?

Update: The CDJ-2000 Nexus has been announced.  Click here. Pioneer just dropped a teaser on what looks like its next generation flagship CDJ.  Pioneer DJ - An Evolution.  As a CDJ-2000 user, I'm absolutely excited.  Based on what I've seen, this new CDJ might have the following key features: Multi-deck sync.  There was a "Master" [...]