It’s been a tough couple of years for DJs. The pandemic that derailed all of our plans throughout 2020 and 2021 hit the nightlife industry particularly hard. Clubs were some of the first places to close and one of the last things to reopen, and although we’re almost back to normality now, the effects on the industry are still being felt.
It also changed the face of DJing somewhat. With clubs shut, many pro DJs went online – finding outlets to stream, mix and connect with an audience without being in the same room as them. While streamed DJ sets are nothing new, many artists who might previously have never heard of platforms like Twitch found themselves dealing with a fresh reality. This issue, with our Art of DJ Mixing cover feature, we’re here to help you update your skills for 2022. Whether you’re mixing in a club, on the airways or online, we’ll update you on the need-to-know gear and techniques.
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Louis La Roche – The UK producer on his love of hardware synths and finally creating his authentic disco album
Jenny Hval – The Norwegian experimenter on synths, mics and getting obsessed with EQ
Little Boots – The British synth pop artist on crowdfunding her new album and her formative influences
Gábor Lázár – The boundary-pushing artist on breaking free from the forms of conventional music gear
Classic Album – Fred Everything on his classic Light of Day
Talking Shop – Casually Here on his love of hardware synths
The art of DJ mixing – From streaming mixes to transition tips – give you DJ skills a 2022 update
Producer’s Guide – Master the latest batch of Roland Boutiques
Retrospective – The troubled history of bassline
Steinberg Cubase Pro 12
Analogue Solutions Fusebox X
ADDAC System 308
Akai MPK Mini MK3
KRK KNS Series headphones
Austrian Audio CC8 Stereo kit
Gibson Maestro effects pedals
Arturia Efx Fragments
Excite Audio Lifeline Expanse
Old School Euphoria – The hands-in-the-air sounds of ’90s trance and rave are back in vogue. Stock up on euphoric riffs with our latest bundle!
Swung and Skippy – Channel the loose grooves of UK garage with this pack of heavily swung, groove-infused loops, licks and lines.
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