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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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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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.

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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

Bamboo mixed by Rob Cifre (Tech House/Techno mix)

Bamboo coverA new tech house mix with a dash of techno, a bit harder then I would normally play at my residency, RelaxSundays.com. Currently these are my universal top 12 tracks. BUY THE MUSIC and SUPPORT all of the amazing artists keeping it real. This is how we do in the 203.

Free downloads to all my FB Fan members. All you have to do is visit my page and click like, after that click on the downloads link to download this and other mixes.

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Track list:
1. Ibizia Team (Original Mix) – George Prvatti & Guille Placencia
2. All About Music (Original Mix) – Fabio Ferro & Max Noize
3. Dem Mai Hoes (Original Mix) – Will Monotone
4. Tonkatsu (Original Mix) – Tim Richards & Arjun Vagale
5. Rolling Drums (Original Mix) – Pirupa & Hollen
6. Makaly (Original Mix) – Stefano Noferini
7. Trago (Original Mix) – Florian Gasperini
8. Temple Transfer (Nicole Moudaber Remix) – Mazu
9. Audio One (Original Mix) – Gaspar-T
10. Sin Saber Que Hacer – Mario H
11. Inocencia (Original Mix) – Mendo
12. The Player (Steve Mulder Remix) – Carl Cox