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.
Knobs are the "in thing" right now. Tuna Knobs have recently smashed their Kickstarter goal after just 21 hours and DJ Tech Tools' Chroma Caps have caught the attention of our resident DJ, Sara Simms.
Are you just screeching the surface of Native Instruments' Traktor? Well, it's time to dig deeper and take your DJing skills to the next level, courtesy of Sara Simms.
DJing on the go is a real possibility thanks to Native Instruments' Traktor DJ for iOS. And one of the most convenient features, Metadata Sync, allows you to share info between Traktor Pro & DJ.
Don't settle on another boring DJ MIDI controller, check out what DJTech Tools' Midi Fighter is capable of. Sara Simms finds its step sequencer for Traktor and other creative features very appealing.
Orange Amplifiers have been a long-time favorite among guitarists and the new IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange App allows you to take the legendary Orange rig and effects with you on the go.
Why reach for the nearest preset in NI's Massive when you can design your own? Not only will this mean your sounds are unique, but you can learn lots and have fun in the process.
With the DJ app landscape becoming increasingly more crowded and saturated, what can a relatively new app like CuteDJ Pro bring to the party which hasn't been done before? Sara Simms gives it a spin.
Looking for a new pair of high-quality DJ headphones? Sennheiser's HD8 DJ could be for you. With their modern design and heavy hitting sound, Sara Simms tries them on for size.
Are you preparing a new mix for your next DJ set? DJ and producer, Sara Simms, shares some sage advice on the art behind a good DJ mix.
When you get called up to play a long set, you know you've arrived! But there are things you need to consider. Here's a guide from Sara Simms on how to program music for a longer set.
You want portable? We've come up with four excellent audio interfaces designed for the on-the-go musician, producer or DJ. Sara Simms shares her personal top-quality picks for audio interfaces here.
Most everyone has heard of David Guetta—one of the most popular DJs and producers in existence today. In this tutorial, Sara Simms shows how to create a basic synth line and beat in his style.
Want to record your electric guitar? There's a number of ways to approach this and Sara Simms (DJ and guitarist!) takes you through all the factors that'll affect how good your recording will be.
Mixed in Key just made the next version of their popular DJing software, Mashup 2, even easier to use than before. Full marks for its low price point too. But, did Sara Simms find it performs well?
Despite its name, bed tracks have nothing to do with sleep. They do, however, have everything to do with music production. Sara Simms explains how to start creating your own bed tracks using loops.
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