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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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

Tonight! Wed May 9th Online Interview on DJ__MtP Radio!

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So I was interviewed for a radio show, and it will air tonight:

So, today, is Wednesday. Know what that means? Another big installment of Dj__MtP Radio coming your way. Tonight we have Dj__MtP‘s live set from Tripping Out EDM, Rob Bamboo Cifre‘s live mix from Relax Sundays last sunday, DJ-Daysix‘s electro house mix. As an added bonus, tonight we have a brand new promo mix from Steve Killamonjaro dropped live for the first time tonight! Oh and we have a interview with Bamboo. No Big deal really. We start it up at 8 so tune in to your favorite station :)

 

Pretty neat, starts at 8pm EST and you can tune in here: DJ__MtP Online Radio Show on Mixlr

Rob Cifre aka Bamboo Live at Relax Sundays 5/6/12

Bamboo Live at Relax Sundays 5/6/12

Bamboo at Relax Sundays 5/6/12 (Photo by @triciadick on instagram)

So a little explanation is in order. I was mixing out of DJ Matt Kinney who was on a vinyl Serato setup and then it fades out a bit quickly near the end, trust me it sounded good live when DJ Dread took over on the vinyl Traktor setup.

I did this with my lovely Traktor Kontrol S2 ‘Bumblebee’ with the S2D2 Mappings – created by the very talented developer, Jiggle. Live at my residency in Stamford, CT:  Relax Sundays
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