MIDI Keyboard Defined DJ Performance System

Christopher Dewey, Jonathan Wakefield, Matthew Tindall

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This paper explores the use of the ubiquitous MIDI keyboard to control a DJ performance system. The prototype system uses a two octave keyboard with each octave controlling one audio track. Each audio track has four two-bar loops which play in synchronisation switchable by its respective octave’s first four black keys. The top key of the keyboard toggles between frequency filter mode and time slicer mode. In frequency filter mode the white keys provide seven bands of latched frequency filtering. In time slicer mode the white keys plus black B flat key provide latched on/off control of eight time slices of the loop. The system was informally evaluated by nine subjects. The frequency filter mode combined with loop switching worked well with the MIDI keyboard interface. All subjects agreed that all tools had creative performance potential that could be developed by further practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression NIME 2018
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
EventNew Interfaces For Musical Expression - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, United States
Duration: 3 Jun 20186 Jun 2018
http://www.nime2018.org/ (Link to Conference Website )

Publication series

NameEdit Proceedings of the conference on New Interface for Musical Expression (NIME)
ISSN (Electronic)2220-4806


ConferenceNew Interfaces For Musical Expression
Abbreviated titleNIME 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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