Sara Simms captivates the world as an innovative musician, DJ, turntablist and electronic music producer. She's a multi-instrumentalist who's known for her love of music technology. Sara makes her mark in the music community by crafting diverse sets with styles ranging from pulsating techno to house. She balances technical skills with a refined musical sensibility and her approach to DJing focuses on improvisation through multi-deck mixing. Her passion for music has led her to tour through North America, Japan and Europe. Recently, she's played sets for Allen and Heath's live broadcast at the Amsterdam Dance Event, on Detroit's 313.FM and on Toronto's CTRL Room. Sara has an intriguing background as a jazz guitarist turned turntablist. She's competed in DJ battles in both Canada and the US, and was a runner in up the 'Scratch' – The Ultimate DJ Contest. Sara's DJ career began in Toronto with residencies at venues like This Is London, The Courthouse and The Ritz-Carlton. She's now focused on studio work and has founded her own label, Simmetry Sounds to release productions and collaborations. As an artist who stays on the cutting edge of new technologies, Sara has worked together with brands like Arturia, Casio, Fender, Genelec, Pioneer DJ, Mixed in Key, Moog Music Inc, Native Instruments and Roland. As a DJ, Sara has played events for legendary brands like Dior, Guess, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Victoria's Secret and Volvo. Sara's career highlights include: playing at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, opening for the Friendly Fires in Cannes, France, appearing on DJ QBert's 'Skratch University', a US tour with Melleefresh (Play Records), judging the Canadian DMC Championships, playing at AIR (Tokyo), W Hotel (Miami and Seattle) and performing at Pride Toronto.
DFX Quad from Drastic Music is a multi-FX module for Ableton Live that lets you mangle and process your sound in some cool ways - and all for just $20. Sara Simms fired it up...
Buying and maintaining a hardware Roland Space Echo is little more than an expensive dream for most people. Luckily, AudioThing's Outer Space Reverb might just offer an alternative...
Denon's pro-level DJ player has a 7-inch HD display with multi-touch gestures, 8-inch rugged metal jog wheel and much more besides. Sara Simms put it to the test.
Learning the secrets of harmonic mixing can be the key to unlocking even better DJ performances. Sara Simms explains the concept, and how to use it in practice.
The interconnects you use can be just as important as the gear at either end of them. Here, Sara Simms checks out two great-looking sets of cables - but how do they sound?
By creating custom MIDI maps or using a pre-mapped MIDI controller you can get great hands-on control of your DJ performances from hardware. Sara Simms shows you how to set it up.
The technology and methods used to perform electronic music live have changed immeasurably over the last couple of decades. But as Sara Simms explains, there's much more still to come.
Need help making chords or getting compositional ideas? Sara Simms checks out Mixed In Key's Captain Chords plugin, which aims to let you do just that.
If you've ever wanted to get into the world of Eurorack but not known where to begin, Sara Simms is here to share her own experience of diving in at the deep end, and what it taught her.
Arpitecht is a voltage controlled quantizer and rhythmic arpeggio generator for eurorack systems. Sara Simms fired it up and found out what it could do.
Roland's Boutique TB-03 synth is great for making acid bass sequences that evoke classic EDM tracks. Here's how to get started and make your first sequence.
2 channels, 4 decks and even a built-in sequencer. Could Roland's DJ-202 be the ultimate portable controller for DJs and performers? Sara Simms finds out.
Adding live effects to your DJ setup can bring an added level of dynamics to a performance. And if they're foot controlled, your hands are free to scratch! Sara Simms shows you how it's done.
Roland's TR-09 is a great-sounding drum machine, but if you're not familiar with old school programming styles it can be confusing at first. Sara Simms shortcuts you to some great beats.
The XONE:K2 is portable, durable and features X:LINK to enable you to connect two mixers together. Sara Simms added it to her DJ rig to find if it could do the business.
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