From Klipsch sound systems to modified Technics turntables, hear about the DJs using tech to push the sounds of a mix.
The art of DJing has developed dramatically over its short—but storied—history as the DJ tool kit has had to respond to new musical movements that demand certain mixing techniques. At the same time, technological advances like those ushered in by digital DJ controllers and mixers like Richie Hawtin’s PLAYdifferently have introduced an array of new tricks to the club music world.
But despite all of these new flashy bells and whistles, some of the best ways to push the sound of a DJ mix forward is by using some good old fashioned analogue craftsmanship. From modifying tone arms and using cork slip mats for betting cueing to returning to some archetypes of old school DJing like lollipop headphones or rotary mixers, there are plenty of new ways to sharpen up your DJ skills in unique ways.
Attack Magazine has invited some of the best DJs in the business to share how they bring their DJ game to the next level with unexpected gear. Ryan Shaw built a custom rotary mixer for extra performance and has modded technics turntables à la loft party legend, David Mancuso, while Red Light Radio head Orpheu The Wizard hunted in thrift stores to find a beautiful audiophile sound system to beef up his sound. To read the whole article head to Attack Magazine here. Below, watch Electronic Beats catch up with the pioneering audio experimenter Walter Giers.