We've said it before, and we'll say it again: DJs and dance music producers are a bunch of nerds. That's not a bad thing, because what they end up doing with the different pieces of software and hardware has helped birth a worldwide scene. As with other contemporary genres, the advancements in the tech fields have done a lot to help dance music grow. Just consider the way information spreads virally via the Internet or how new pieces of equipment open the doors for artists to express fresh sonic ideas.

Today, we take a lot for granted. For one, we're in such a fast-paced world that new tech seems to emerge every pay cycle. But, there is a plethora of older equipment and software packages that dance music producers need to succeed. Want to understand the tools employed to create your favorite tracks? Take look at the most important technological advances in dance music history.