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.
Changing and modifying drum loops and samples can help your music stand apart from others that might be using the same sound packs. Here's 5 ways to make yours sound unique.
Featuring a 16 pad sampler & step sequencer & Dave Smith Instruments analog filters, Pioneer DJ's TORAIZ-SP-16 is aimed at forward thinking DJs & producers. Sara Simms finds out if they hit the mark.
VocALign Pro 4 automatically analyzes the patterns of two audio signals and edits one to match the timing of the other. If you're editing audio could this be your new best friend? Sara Simms finds out
Is it a controller? Is it a synth? The Roland A-01 is a small, portable MIDI controller and 8-bit sound generator with a step sequencer. Sara Simms finds out if it's as attractive to play as it looks.
Pioneer DJ mixers, like the DJM-2000NXS, are well respected amongst DJs and FOH engineers. Why? They sound great. But what makes them sound so good? Sara Simms investigates...
Boundaries between musical genres are constantly blurring, shifting and moving. If you want to combine house and drum n bass, or other styles, here's 5 super quick tips to help.
So you want your DJ sets to be full of creative effects? Sara Simms shows how to add four effects to your mixes when DJing on Pioneer Mixers like the DJM900.
Imagine being able to book and pay for a DJ using an app on your phone... AGNT does that and a whole lot more. Whether you need to book a DJ for club, disco or wedding, AGNT can make life easier.
The AIRA range of hardware music machines are inspiring to get hands on with. In this tutorial, Sara Simms shows how easy and satisfying it is to create techno tracks using the TR-8, TB-3 & MX-1.
Have you ever wondered what Turntablism is, or its history and origin? Well, you've come to the right corner of the internet. Sara Simms provides a fascinating look into the history of turntablism.
Learn how to take your deep house productions to the next level with these 5 tips from producer and DJ, Sara Simms.
Analog Candy is fairly new to the market with sample packs for musicians and producers. Sara Simms take a closer look and listen to Ice Choir and TR-LAX (6 classic processed TR drum machines).
In this video and article tutorial experienced DJ, trainer and author, Sara Simms, shows you how to add Chirp and Chirp Flare Scratches to your DJ performance repertoire. Every DJ should watch this.
Curious about NI's Stems format but unsure how to get started? Mixing with Stems is easier than you think. Here's how to incorporate Stems into your performance using the latest version of Traktor.
There are certain tips and skills DJs pick up through trial and error to help them get the dance floor heaving to their mixes. Save yourself the time and pain with these seven tips from Sara Simms.
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