hISTORY OF DJ TECHNOLOGY

Moon, Cocoa Bros., and legendary DJ's like Jazzy. The first super cool 19-inch Numark DM1775 mixer had five sliders and four seconds of sampling memory. How do we make this sound good? The technology has pushed the music and the music pushed the technology. The size of a lunch box with 12 knobs. There was a market for people to come play pre-recorded music at events, Fotais reflects of his mobile DJ days. DJ Quest: No tricks are impossible without Hamster Style, but the texture sound achieved by Hamster style is more unique than traditional style, by affecting the accents of the individual notes. The story, in fact, seems to start with audio engineer Alex Rosner, who in 1971 built a primitive three-channel device with sliders and a cueing function called Rosie to allow DJ Francis Grasso to easily switch from one record to the next in his residency.



hISTORY OF DJ TECHNOLOGY

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A few years backwell actually quite a fewthere was a crew of turntablists who, at the time, called themselves the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters. Like most music mixers of that era, especially those outside of the major club hubs of New York,.A., or Miami, Fotais was forced to make due with a melange of early DJ equipment and homemade solutions. While youll still find analog enthusiasts scouring milk crates at record shops, on the hunt for the perfect obscure sample, a DJs setlist is no longer limited by the amount of vinyl they can carry from club to club. Both of these veterans are eager to insist that they are not judging the current crop of rapid-fire DJs as inferior to the predecessors. That concept still exists with the DJM 900 Nexus. But in the hands of these innovators, the manipulation of the vinyl on the turntable and the crossfader, became a dexterous art form unto itself. The Technics SL-1200 series, the original Ones Twos, mightier Than the Sword secured its place as the most common series of turntables used by DJs soon after its launch in 1972. Its 50/50 people wanting the Pioneer and wanting the Allen Heath, says Fotias, speaking of the 100-odd DJs who perform at Movement each year. Foton (as his old rave colleagues often call him recalls Numark as one of the first manufacturers to get a DJ mixer in the hands of the masses. Mike Fotias is production manager for the Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival, responsible for the dozens of DJ set-ups and festival-grade sound systems running simultaneously through the annual Memorial Day Weekend event. The dreaded sync button, as Tremayne puts it, allows for a much faster style of putting music together, one perfect for what Fotias (and many others) call the ADD mixing style of the younger generation. The company simply considered the sampler to be a more important feature, given the size and cost restrictions of what feature sets could be put in a single unit for a reasonable price.

And as those decades have passed, so too have multiple waves of technological innovation that saw the DJ mixer evolve from the bastard Frankenstein of live band mixers MacGyvered together by early electronic enthusiasts to a multi-billion dollar consumer electronics colossus of computer controllers competing for mass-market. E S mixers out of France are completely hand built, he enthuses. DJM600 / Image: Flickr, they werent using the best components, they werent worried about sound quality, Fotias recalls. I saw with the onset of dubstep and bass music, its very short attention span, says Fotias. The sample had a big start/stop push button, and four smaller buttons that each represented one second of memory.