Take a look at some of the software/equipment some of the producers and DJ’s we have interviewed so far like to use for all their production needs. Let us know what you software or hardware you like to use in the comments.
Rane DJ- DJ Big Wiz breaks down in full details the features of the new Rane mixer TTM57MKll at NAMM 2015.
Lab Integration: Neyrick V-Control Pro
With LabLifePro Founder and original member of The Pharcyde’s Romye Robinson
I created LabLifePro to explore the many questions I had and still have about what products and tools producers and Dj’s use to create and play music. There are so many options from digital to analogue and it’s very
easy to buy equipment hastily, and without thorough knowledge of what you are really investing in. I have done it myself numerous times throughout my career.
I wanted to create an informative and inclusive platform for both the new upcoming producer/DJ to the seasoned lab rat vet to utilize. It was important to me to hear first hand what some artists are using for their setup and how they are using the equipment to create and translate that into user friendly information for our site visitors.
On Global Studio Mobilization :
I spend the majority of my time solo in the studio. The V control pro is my go to tool for controlling everyday programs
such as Final Cut Pro 7, Reaper, and Adobe Premiere. My main
use for the app is Pro Tools because this app allows me to remotely record from the sound booth with a functional transport, add plugins such as eq and compressors all from my IPad .
Prior to using this program, I had to use a Bluetooth qwerty keyboard and remember the shortcuts for each individual program with no control of adding or controlling any plugins.
A major plus is that it gives you an actual automation control over Adobe Premiere tracks which can be rather time consuming with the Adobe Premiere program alone. For those who are fortunate to own an iPad or iPad mini its a solid purchase.
Small home studios who can’t afford a mixing board or controller for their DAW or Video program you may want to check this setup out to see if it works for your recording needs.
Implemented in the Future:
To be honest, I really have only touched the surface of this program so there’s nothing I would say it needs right now. Making things more user friendly is always best. Of which I am sure is in the way with future updates.
The Lablife Pro crew recently caught up with New York’s DJ O. Gee and asked him to share his thoughts on his use of the AKAI MPC Studio. O. Gee has toured as a DJ and produced works with the likes of De La Soul, Big L, CL Smooth and Sadat X to name a few.
Since the early 90’s, my name in the production game has been O. Gee or DJ O. Gee on some of my earliest works. I’m affiliated with the D.I.T.C Crew (Diggin’ In The Crates), whose members included Big L, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, O.C, Diamond D, Buckwild, Showbiz and AG.
ON GETTING STARTED IN THE GAME:
I started out as a producer using a combination of the EMU SP-1200 and AKAI S950. I wanted to create more versatility within my production, so I evolved into using the MPC200/2000XL and MPC 4000.
ON GLOBAL STUDIO MOBILIZATION:
I definitely travel with my MPC studio everywhere. The use of the of the MPC Studio is a win fall for AKAI as it allows for all of the portability and expandability that an in the box unit could never bring. Using it in stand alone mode and as a plug-in in various DAW’s is so easy to do. You have to remember that this is truly a MPC. If you are knowledgeable and can get around any of the previous MPC’s, then the Studio and the Renaissance are both perfect fits.
ON WHAT O.GEE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IMPLEMENTED IN THE FUTURE:
I would like to see the implementation of a flip up or touch screen, audio I/O, USB hub and a general midi mode that can set up the unit and also be used as a controller. Let’s just understand that AKAI shook the game up again when they released these two ground breaking products. There are many other companies out there that are still playing catch up and have even had to rebuild their units.
Find out more and get connected with DJ O. Gee after the jump.
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