ADE Conference 2011: Push The (Sync) Button: Yes or No?
During the conference at ADE 2011 (Amsterdam Dance Event), one panel discussed the controversial issue around the Sync button, which can be found in many of the popular digital DJing software. TraktorBible recorded the complete panel discussion for you.
Does Mixing No Longer Matter? — Push The (Sync) Button: Yes or No?
While sequencing, track selection and performing remain as important as ever for DJing, ADE asks whether the invention of the synch button; the one click perfect mix function, renders the fourth previously key factor, beat-matching, obsolete.
And whether it is or isn’t, what are the implications instant mixing, layering and looping offer for the new (and not so new) DJ prepared to embrace all the opportunities the latest new technology can deliver?
And with absolutely anybody able to technically mix as well as, if not better, than any other professional DJ, where does this leave those DJs who insist on still playing with vinyl and manually mixing in CDs? Particularly if next generation clubbers become intolerant of human error. ADE assembles a panel of equipment manufacturers and top DJs to push or not to push, the button.
Taken from the official ADE conference program
Moderator: Dave Clarke (GB/NL)Baptiste Grange (Serato / Discobole Media, DE)
Professional DJ for over 20 years, radio host, producer, remixer, consultant in both business and technical.
After 5 years working for Ableton and close to 10 years in the industry, Baptiste looks after the Serato brand in Europe.
Paul Hamill (Psycatron/Planet E/BBC Radio, IR)
Paul is one half of the highly successful Irish duo Psycatron who alongside partner Dave Lievense has appeared on Planet E, Cocoon, R&S and Bedrock amongst others. Paul also presents Ireland's longest running Electronic radio show on BBC NI. ATL Dance is into it's 11th year and works to support the music of Irish electronic artists.
Rik Parkinson (Pioneer, GB)
Having worked for Pioneer UK over the past five years as a Product Executive looking after training and demonstrating the equipment Pioneer manufactures, Rik recently moved into a European role developing the DJ hardware.
Gregor Tresher (DE)
Gregor Tresher began his career as a DJ in Frankfurt in the early '90s; today, he can be found playing that trade at venues around the world, from Berlin to Tokyo, Sydney to Los Angeles. Following two critically-acclaimed albums credited to his Sniper Mode alias, Tresher broke through as a producer under his own name via his 2005 releases Still and Neon, his remix of Sven Väth's "Komm," and his contribution to Cocoon's Compilation F, "Full Range Madness." In addition to releasing tracks on countless other esteemed labels, including Intacto, Great Stuff, Rebel One, Ovum, and Moon Harbour, Tresher launched his own eclectic imprint, Break New Soil, in 2009. Lights From The Inside is the third Gregor Tresher studio album, following his debut A Thousand Nights (2008) and The Life Wire (2009).
Terry Weerasinghe (Native Instruments, DE)
Head of marketing for Native Instruments and has spent the last decade working for DJ equipment manufacturers (Pioneer / Technics / Native).
Author: Rainer G. Haselier
Published on October 24, 2011