DJ Equipment for Beginners

The Vinyl Revival So, want to be a DJ? Like any musical pursuit, practice makes perfect. And if you’d like to practice regularly, you’re going to need a solid set-up or rig to hone those technical turntable skills. Even Annie Mac started out in her bedroom. Now, if you’re into your dance or hip hop,… Read More

5 Design Classics

Hey Good Looking On the Dawsons blog, we prioritise function over fashion when talking about the instruments we’re excited about. With this said, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of eye candy. In today’s blog we’re purely about the aesthetics. This is our list of design classics, available today! Fender Stratocaster As American as apple… Read More

How To Make Hip Hop Beats

Fire in the booth As a genre, hip hop has become something altogether more sprawling and diverse than it was 20 years ago. Where the early pioneers favoured a simple setup involving little more than sampled sounds, turntables and microphones, nowadays producers have a wealth of instruments and technology with which they can create their beats…. Read More

A Beginners Guide to the Novation Launchpad Pro

A complete video tutorial of the Novation Launchpad Pro Learning how to make beats, sample sounds and create your own tracks should be a fun learning curve, not something that scares you. When you open up that shiny box containing your Launchpad Pro, chances are (if you’re a beginner that is) you’re going to wonder… Read More

A Beginner’s Guide To The Novation Circuit Groove Box

A complete video tutorial of the Novation Circuit If you’ve ever wondered where and how to start your journey into the world of electronic dance music, chances are you’ve felt it might be a little daunting. And we don’t blame you. With the sheer amount of gear available to you, it can be hard trying to… Read More

The Evolution And History Of DJ Equipment

Two turntables and a microphone DJing has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1940’s. As music was introduced into radio stations as a way of breaking up the talking, there grew a requirement for specialist equipment on which the radio presenters could play their tunes. As the musical element grew in… Read More

Using Cuepoints In Your DJ Set

Using Cuepoints when DJ-ing is one of the biggest advantages of a digital set-up- here are 5 great ways to use them Digital DJ-ing brought with it a bounty of features that weren’t possible with vinyl. Many of these related to the fact that digital mediums were able to jump instantly from one point in… Read More

What Are Hot Cues?

If you’re new to DJing, or honed your skills on vinyl, hot cues might be a mystery – here’s what they do… When DJ equipment started to move from traditional, vinyl based rigs, to digital setups, a whole raft of new features started to appear- Hot Cues were one such feature. All DJ’s were familiar… Read More

What Is Audio Latency?

What is audio latency? – We look at what causes it, and how to fix it Audio latency is the scourge of the recording world. Wherever there is computer-based recording, you’ll hear talk of it. If you’re new to recording and music tech, you might well wonder what it is, and why it’s such a… Read More

How To Plan A DJ Set

Regardless of the gig, you need to know how to plan a DJ set – here are some tips how to do it… Like any performance, planning underpins a DJ gig to varying degrees, so if you want to perform well, you really need to know how to plan a DJ set. It might seem… Read More