DJ Equipment News & Reviews

Serato DJ 1.8 Announced

The new Serato DJ 1.8 software has been announced and it will include some major new updates like the ability to remap DJ controller functions and Key Detection/Key Shifting.

Akai MPC Touch Announced [Video]

AKAI PROFESSIONAL has announced the latest incarnation of its’ award winning controller, the MPC. The newest version, entitled the MPC Touch, is exactly as the name implies as it features a 7” touch screen that revolutionizes the famous controller.

NI Stem Creator Released

Native Instruments has now released the final version of their Stem Creator Beta App that we all had a chance to use for ourselves a few months ago.  The Stem Creator App is now released for producers, labels, DJ’s and everyone else to start creating these Stem files for performances.  Check out the full press release and more after the jump.

Numark NS7III Unboxing & Performance [Video]

Our own Numark NS7III is now in its way to the lab for the full unboxing and review/demo treatment by yours truly.  In the meantime, Numark has released its own unboxing & setup video as well as a cool Serato DJ performance video to show users what its like spinning on the new NS7III with those three shiny screens that allow DJ’s to finally ditch the laptop screen for good.

Maschine Crystal Daggers Expansion

The NI Team continues releasing brand new soundpacks for users of its popular Maschine Production Stations to keep things fresh for aspiring producers when making new tracks and beats. The newest MASCHINE Expansion for contemporary mainstream EDM is called Crystal Daggers and it comes with lots of sharp bass and thick beat samples for EDM with a Hip-Hop & R&B flavor thrown in.  There’s also a version available for the iMaschine iphone app for only $1.  Check out the details after the jump!

[Review] Grain Audio OEHP.01 Headphones

Grain Audio is a relatively new professional audio company that produces some cool audio products.  The OEHP.01 over-the-ear headphones sport 40mm drivers, lightweight and comfortable construction, and walnut wood earcup enclosures that house the speakers.  Check out our full review video to see if they are a good fit for DJ’s and Producers.

Maroon 5 with Native Instruments Maschine [Video]

The world famous band Maroon 5 uses Native Instruments Maschine hardware and software to make lots of their music.  Check out this quick video and press release showing the NI team interviewing Maroon 5 as they go to the Conway Studios in Hollywood to watch the band make some magic.

Traktor 2.10 Update

The new version of Traktor is now available.  The new Traktor 2.10 update provides support for the newly announced Traktor Kontrol S5 and it also includes the required Controller Editor update for the S5.  There’s the normal housekeeping items and bug fixes as well.  Check out the details after the jump.

[Review] KRK Rokit 5 Monitors & 10S Subwoofer

Everyone who’s been in the DJ or production realm for any amount of time will immediately recognize the KRK brand of active studio monitors with their all black body construction and signature yellow cones in the woofers.  Today we have a pair of KRK Rokit 5 G3 active Monitors and a 10S studio subwoofer in the lab for the full out review treatment.

[Review] Traktor Kontrol D2

NI has sent us two of their newest compact DJ controllers for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2 for the full review treatment.  The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the “deck” section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix/stem deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls.  The D2 and the S8 uses the remix deck controls and screens to manipulate the new Stems file format.