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.
Chirp, chirp, swirl, swirl... No, we haven't lost the plot. We're practicing the scratching techniques DJ Sara Simms shows below. Keen to improve your scratching techniques? Read this now.
Looking to the future is something Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers (and software) have been doing for a number of years. Find out if the Kontrol S4 MK2 brings the future closer.
NI's Trakor Kontrol X1 MK2 is here and includes some novel additions, a simplified layout to its predecessor and can be used as a MIDI controller for other software. Sara Simms checks it out.
Moving on from the basic use of chord progressions, Sara Simms is here to help inspire you on ways to build chord progressions in Pop Music.
If you're starting out writing songs or writing your own tracks it's a great idea to become familiar with chord structures. Sara Simms is here to help in this easy to understand primer.
Looking for easy to use, reliable DJ software? Mixed in Key think they have the answer with "Flow". Sara Simms is on hand to give it a spin in this review.
You've got an acoustic guitar and you want to record your latest strum-song. So, what next? Sara Simms drops her decks to walk you through the basics you'll need in order to capture those strings.
A truly mobile DJ controller for only $150? Too good to be true? Sara Simms spins some tunes on Numark's Mixtrack Edge and finds it easy to use, fun, functional and more in this review.
Creating a smooth transition between songs isn't just about beat matching. Sara Simms shows how to approach harmonic mixing (where two tracks are in related keys) to create a super smooth DJ mix.
Native Instruments Traktor can take care of beat-matching for you by locking the tempos of two or more tracks to allow you to concentrate on the creative side of DJing. Sara Simms shows you how.
Want to advance your mixing skills by incorporating a third deck into your sets? Sara Simms shares a few ideas on how you can use your third deck in Traktor to create results that sound great.
Bob Moog's last ever design was the Little Phatty Stage II. This monophonic analog synth with 37 keys is now discontinued, but Sara Simma got hold of one and gave it an in-depth review for old times.
Seems like more than ever everyone wants to gets their hands on an Akai MPC! No surprises there. And unsurprisingly the iMPC app for iPad has been very successful too. Sara Simms gets hands on.
Sleek, shiny and silver: the Akai MPC Studio looks every bit as good as its brethren. How does it perform? Is it the perfect tool for creative, mobile beat-makers looking for Akai's legendary pads?
It's time to go beyond just setting up Traktor... it's time to get creative and take your audience on a musical journey they'll never forget. Sara Simms shows you how.
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