DJING TRICKS: Controltablism & Cue Sequencing (Video)


We’re always looking for cool news ways to merge the old ways of DJing with all that is hot in the modern DJ age. And Italian DJ John Type‘s new demo of what he has dubbed “controltablism” is a perfect example.

In the above video, John is using the Korg Electribe ESX-1 as a hardware sequencer, and is triggering hot cues inside Serato DJ. It’s such a ridiculously simple idea that I’m amazed more people haven’t done this. Triggering hot cues with manually with controllers has been done for ever, but to hook up a hardware sequencer is something that I don’t recall seeing before.

This isn’t unlike the sample sequencing feature that comes with the new Roland DJ-808, but does offer more creative options, not least being able to scratch the playing track as well as triggering hot cues in between. It’s also worth pointing out that this has been done in software for a long time. DAWs like Ableton live have had step sequencers for a while now. Sequencing is definitely a buzzword right now.


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