My deepest thank you.

This is a Message to all the DJs who have ever played at one of our events. (including live PAs):

I would seriously want to thank you for being there and making the event amazing regardless of the time slot. You made my dreams come true. The vibe, the way the entire day/night melted together because of the perfect synergy amongst all acts. Thank you for being professionals. Thank you, regardless of whatever situation was at hand, we did it for the people. Thank you for understanding that i had a vision and thank you for making that vision come to life.

It’s those people and the people they play for is why i do this. People who truly enjoy the Music. The vibe is all that matters… for that one moment in time we were all one, dancing to the beat of the drum. Thank you all for making it happen over and over for the past 20 years…

-Swing Kids (Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSwingKids)
This is how we chill from 93′ til – ‪#‎WeKeepYouMovin‬

The Bamboo FXBox for the Midi Fighter 3D (Mapping)

Bamboo FXBoxSo, without further ado, I can finally present my new mapping for the Midi Fighter 3D. Being the geek that I am, instead of using one of the amazing mappings available on the DJ Tech Tools website, I decided to create something customized to my rig. After much use on the road and at many different gigs I am happy enough to share with the rest of you. The FX are setup to work mainly around the 125-132 BPM range. I haven’t tested them out with any other ranges but with a bit of tweaking you can get it to work for your own sound.

The mapping will be available as soon as the firmware is updated, and will be free on the DJ Tech Tools mapping area of the site. Continue reading

The Octopus – Cable Management for the DJ on the Go, Cheaply

There comes a time when you start bringing a lot of equipment with you. Each piece of equipment will have at least 1 wire you need to attach to it. Multiple power plugs may need to be plugged in. USB cords in and out of the computer. USB Hubs.. power plugs, hard drives. The list can go on.

I normally bring a NI Kontrol S2, a NI Maschine Mikro (mk1), a NI Kontrol F1, and my favorite toy of all, the Midi Fighter 3D. I’m using a Belkin 4 port powered USB hub and of course my Apple MacBook.

I need 4 USB cables for my equipment, plus 1 USB for the Hub to connect to the computer. I now need 3 spots on a power strip. 1 for the MacBook, 1 for the S2 and 1 more for the USB Hub. When you travel from gig to gig 3 spots is a lot to ask for on a busy power strip. I needed a solution to make the set up and take down quick and painless. Something that would help with organizing and storing all at once. I needed a cheap solution, because.. why not.

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Prepping your record bag in Traktor with the Midi Fighter 3D (Mapping)

Midi Fighter 3D
Bamboo’s playlist prep tool.

Back before the digital world, right before a gig, I would have to go through my records and fill up my bag with the vinyl I would most likely play depending upon the gig. Fast forward to today, I needed something to quickly go through my tracks from various playlists and add said tracks to a preparation playlist, or, my digital record bag if you will. I created this mapping to work with the midi fighter 3D from DJ Tech Tools. It will be available for free from the DJ Tech Tools mapping database on their site.

This map reduces the time needed to prepare your tracks. It should only be turned on during this time otherwise it will interfere with other maps. Continue reading

Launching Traktor & Maschine, turn off Wi-Fi, close all Apps, all with a keyboard shortcut.

*Updated* The other day I was reading an article on DJ Tech Tools called “DIY Autosave in Traktor”. It talked about setting up a keyboard shortcut and using a third party app called ‘QuickKeys’ in order to autosave your collection and a few of your settings. Great article, so go read it if you haven’t read it yet.

Since it’s almost 2013 and I get lazier (or smarter) as I age I decided to automate the difficult task of opening up my Traktor and Maschine software while closing all other applications and turning WIFI off, all mapped out to a keyboard shortcut. The beauty of DJTT’s article is that it uses an application that works for both Windows and Mac OS X. Again, I am lazy so you will get the non third party Mac only tutorial.

Automator Chooser

First thing we need to do is open up “Automator” located in your Applications/Utlities/ Folder. Choose ‘Service’ for the type of document we are creating. We chose service instead of an application so we can give it a keyboard shortcut later. Since we are not sending any inputs to our service application change the ‘Service receives selected’ ‘text’ to ‘no input’ in ‘any application’.

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WIP Bans Traktor, but what really is the problem?

Im not sure if you heard, but the Spanish Promotion Agency, WIP, banned Traktor from  their events. They informed everyone by making a now deleted note on Facebook, got picked up by all the big online mags.. Mixmag, DJ Techtools and a whole bunch of other sites…

Before we get started here is a quote from the note (via DJ Tech Tools):

 “The real issue is with “artists” who swear they can play any format be it CD, vinyl, usb and or Traktor but whose Traktor sets are nothing but stale, bland and outright insulting to a paying crowd and promoter.

We’ve  also grown tired of the endless issues with missing cables, problems with timecode (learn how to use your gear before you play out), taking up the previous Dj’s time to set up your gear (cause you didn’t want to come to the club early and set up your Traktor), how is it you play 5 times a week and still don’t know how to set it up right?

And, more importantly we’re fed up with the general laziness shown by 99% of “artists” that we’ve seen and heard playing Traktor.”

Personally I think that this is starting to highlight a major problem with today’s DJ and Promoter.
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Who doesn’t like some free music? The Bamboo Podcast is up!

I have restarted my podcast on iTunes, with mixes from the past… New mixes will also be up on there. So if you love some good house or techno… then subscribe today! I will also host guest DJ mixes every now and then.

iTunes link to the Bamboo Podcast (sk)

Episode 1 is going to include 4 mixes… All free and available for downloading and all your burning pleasures. All I ask is that you enjoy them… Being a part of history I decided to share them with you all.

Life is Good cover imageFirst mix “Jungle:istix” is from 1993 when I still spun Drum & Bass… or Jungle as it was called. It is a very airy, intelligent sound.. more of a rainy day mix. It was recorded on CDJs way back when, when I was told I wasn’t a DJ because I used CDs. (Sounds familiar? Now that I am using a laptop) The irony is that it went from digital to analog and now back to digital. In either case I hope you enjoy the mix, I remember making it way so long ago.

 

Jungle:istix cover (1993)The Second mix was from the 1996 era, I believe recorded live at a rave? I called the tape ‘Life is Good’. Back in 96 everything was pretty good. I start off with some house music some classics can be heard, such as the HA Dance… Progresses into techno and acid techno. A lot of those tracks were white labels and it’s been so long on both of these mixes that I don’t have a track list. So I apologize.

 

Every week I am going to try and upload some new music, some past mixes… Some new mixes… if you love some good house, tech house or techno then this is your new home.

Welcome.
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Maschine Mikro with a Kontrol S2 on one Mac using a Live Input Deck

So recently a friend of mine, DJ__MtP (Swing Kids) decided to give me a new early birthday present. (I’m still expecting a late one, MtP) Basically he is getting the bigger better version of Maschine so he gave me his first generation Maschine Mikro.

First thing I wanted to do was to take the output of the Maschine Software and re-route it back into one of my decks via live input in Traktor. With this method I can control Maschine’s output via Deck C. I’m able to control it’s E.Q., volume and add Traktor effects to the deck. You can also record your Maschine patterns using the loop recorder. Be sure to change the source to CUE  and turn on the Monitor Cue on to be able to single out just the Maschine. Continue reading

From the mental case known as Rob Cifre aka Bamboo