I am thrilled to share my excitement about my new DJ setup, centered around the incredible Pioneer XDJ-RX3 as my current DJ controller. The standout feature that drew me to this powerhouse is its expansive touchscreen, borrowed from the CDJ-3000, which proved to be a game-changer compared to my previous DDJ-1000SRT. The generous screen real estate not only enhances the overall user experience but also provides an intuitive and seamless workflow during performances.
What truly sets the XDJ-RX3 apart for me is its versatile functionality as an all-in-one system, allowing me to effortlessly transition between Serato and Direct USB use. This flexibility has not only streamlined my setup but has also significantly expanded my creative possibilities. The XDJ-RX3 the best of both worlds for my DJing endeavors. The convenience of USB stick compatibility coupled with the advanced features of the XDJ-RX3 has truly elevated my DJing experience to new heights.
Upgrading from my trusty 2015 MacBook Pro to the 2023 M2 Max has proven to be an absolute game-changer for my creative endeavors. The power-packed capabilities of the M2 Max have revolutionized the way I approach my Live Sets. The New M2 provides me with the power to seamlessly run multiple resource-intensive applications simultaneously. The enhanced performance is particularly evident when I’m in the midst of a DJ set, utilizing Serato, MixEmergency, Resolume, and the Insta360 Link app.
The MacBook Pro’s prowess becomes especially apparent when I’m intricately sending music videos from MixEmergency to Resolume via Syphon. It effortlessly mixes different layers, and incorporating live camera feeds from the PTZ camera. Additionally, Resolume’s NDI compatibility allows me to roam the stage with my iPhone, sending live feeds directly to the mix. The M2 Max’s processing power and efficiency truly make it a beast! This helps me elevate my creative possibilities and setting the stage for seamless, high-performance multitasking.
The Akai APC 40 MKII has become an indispensable tool in my creative arsenal, particularly in the realm of visual performances with Resolume. As the backbone of my live visuals, the APC 40 MKII serves as an intuitive and dynamic controller, allowing me to trigger and manipulate various elements seamlessly.
Starting with the foundational layer that includes MixEmergency, camera feeds, and pre-show video loops, the Akai facilitates a smooth integration of these components. With approximately 5 layers of VJ video loops, a full-screen solid color layer, and a top layer adorned with different logos. The APC 40 MKII provides a tactile and responsive interface for on-the-fly adjustments. This controller’s ergonomic design and responsive pads make it incredibly easy for me to enhance the visual experience. Adding effects, smoothly transitioning between cameras, and injecting bursts of excitement during musical build-ups and breakdowns using the VJ loops and solid colors. The Akai APC 40 MKII, in essence, has become my creative command center for elevating the visual narrative of my performances.
Navigating the intricate web of connections for my extensive tech setup was initially a daunting prospect, but the CalDigit TS4 emerged as my ultimate solution to streamline and simplify the process. This single device acts as the nexus, connecting almost everything seamlessly to my MacBook Pro with just one Thunderbolt cable. From controllers to the touch screen and the Insta360 Camera, the TS4 efficiently manages the connections, reducing cable clutter and minimizing the complexity of the setup.
The HDMI out and SSD directly linked to the MacBook Pro, the TS4 also serves as a power hub for both the laptop and the Insta360 camera. The added benefit of a wired network connection to the Ubiquiti AP for NDI completes the package, ensuring a robust and reliable infrastructure for my creative endeavors. In essence, the CalDigit TS4 has become the backbone of my interconnected tech ecosystem, providing a centralized and efficient solution for managing the diverse array of devices in my setup.