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Lack of App Creativity

We like observing trends at Crossfadr, from the shoes people take to the dance floor all the way up to the intangible swells that roll through the industry. We celebrate the differences between the Sydney and Seattle scenes. We've enjoyed watching jungle evolve through myriad hybrid faces and emerge again, [...]

By |2012-03-28T00:00:00-04:0003/28/2012|Opinions|0 Comments

Algoriddim's djay for Mac Review

The first thing you notice when you boot up Algoriddim's djay, $20 USD on the Mac App Store, is its simplicity. It's luxuriantly spacious - but it is a polished interface, featuring two big 1200-style platters complete with pilot lamps. These, and not the waveforms, are the focus of the [...]

By |2012-03-23T00:00:00-04:0003/23/2012|Reviews|0 Comments

Will The Real Pro DJ App Please Stand Up?

The explosion of music apps across a range of platforms has been a recurring theme for us here at Crossfadr, as we keep an eye on the dynamic world of DJ tech. We've seen apps that emulate hardware, apps that control software and a few rare apps that offer something [...]

By |2012-03-14T00:00:00-04:0003/14/2012|Opinions|0 Comments

Apps ain't Apps

Hands up if you're reading this on a phone? A tablet? Are you at work? On a bus? You can do this because Crossfadr is made to be supported by multiple platforms - it'll look and behave much the same in Opera as it will in Chrome or IE; your [...]

By |2012-02-27T00:00:00-05:0002/27/2012|Opinions|0 Comments

Review: Mixvibes Cross DJ Remote App

We’ve covered a lot of Mixvibes products here at Crossfadr. They’re a prolific little company, going head to head with a prodigious barrage of hardware, software, and apps - so far centred almost exclusively around their flagship mixing program Cross - against some titanic competition. Unlike the slower-moving juggernauts, they’ve proven [...]

By |2012-02-20T00:00:00-05:0002/20/2012|Apps|0 Comments

Whatever Happened To Paying Your Dues?

Simon Cowell’s latest eighteen-carat brain fart, an as-yet-untitled X-Factor for DJs, promises to thrust DJ culture further than ever down the snapping maws of a tween populace old enough to sense the imminent delights of consumer gluttony, but young enough to be free of the cloying shackles of cynicism. Ever [...]

By |2012-02-13T00:00:00-05:0002/13/2012|Opinions|0 Comments

A Mixxx Review

Ah, where would we be without open source? Ubuntu fans, you can put your hands down, both of you. Open collaboration breeds a kind of innovation characterised by a kind of fearlessness and verve that sponsored R&D can never hope to match. Contributors can remain sublimely unconcerned with things like [...]

By |2012-02-06T00:00:00-05:0002/06/2012|Reviews|0 Comments

DJs Are Geeks!

Controversial title, I know, but I stand by it. Not in a nasty way – geek is the new black, after all – and not universally either, but I maintain that more DJs these days are geeks than ever before. Partly that’s because there are so many more DJs today, [...]

By |2012-02-03T00:00:00-05:0002/03/2012|Opinions|0 Comments

From 12” to 8GB: The Evolution of DJ Media

Steve Reich and other pioneers might have used tape to manipulate and blend sound sources, but the traditional medium – the defining symbol, really – of the DJ has always been the LP. For most of the five decades since broken funk beats started shuffling out of the Bronx, the [...]

By |2012-01-30T00:00:00-05:0001/30/2012|Opinions|0 Comments

Crossfadr at NAMM 2012

NAMM is America's biggest music trade show, bringing the titans and the up-and-comers of the industry to sunny Anaheim, CA to show off their latest and greatest wares. Crossfadr is the internet's finest source of DJ news, pitting some of this generation's most distinguished thinkers against the churning sea of [...]

By |2012-01-18T00:00:00-05:0001/18/2012|News|0 Comments