DJ Equipment News & Reviews
As Traktor continues to move forward, the Remix Decks are the new ways DJ's can perform in real-time while beatmashing and remixing with different sounds, loops, and samples. The Remix Decks originally came with Remix sets to get users started with certain standard sounds and loops, but Native Instruments has made sure to keep releasing Fresh and New Remix Sets for users to play with all for a small fee. The six new Remix Sets in this latest release are available on Beatport, Whatpeopleplay, and Juno and contains sets from Steve Bug, Tube & Berger, Bambounou, and more...
Last week, Denon DJ has announced the new update V.1.1.0 of their new Engine software which will make for a more enjoyable experience when using it in conjunction with the SC2900 and SC3900 Multi-Media players. Hot off the heels of the announcement, Denon has sent us a new Denon SC2900 for a full written and HD-Video review. The SC2900 is essentially the jog-wheel version of their SC3900 Multi-Media player which has an actively spinning platter with a true vinyl feel. The jog wheel has a multi-color LED ring around it to give the DJ key indicators during playback. The SC2900 has four on-board hot cue buttons, loop controls, separate start/stop adjustment knobs, Slip-Mode, and easy to use browsing controls. The Full review will be completed shortly, but watch the unboxing and first impressions video to see the unit fresh out of the box.
For this week's Turntablist Video Friday series we'll see Chris Karns (2013 Master of the Mix Competitor, 2011 DMC USA & World Champion, 3x Red Bull Thre3style Winner, and touring DJ For Yelawolf) ripping it up on the Technics 1200's along with a Rane Sixty-Two mixer and the Serato DJ software. Check out Chris Live mix called "How to Set a Trap" to see some serious skills with some of the hottest and latest Trap Music that we all love.
The Pioneer DDJ-S1 was released back in 2011 and was designed to work with perfectly Serato Itch. We reviewed the controller and found it to be a great DJ control surface for Serato software DJ's. Now that Serato Itch software has been replaced by Serato DJ with a better layout and new features, the DDJ-S1 owners can now reap the benefits by downloading the new firmware and Free Serato DJ upgrade to get the full use out of their controller. Check out the full press release, download links, our video review, and the new Serato DJ/DDJ-S1 performance video after the jump.
The Vestax HMX-05 Headphones are the newest headphones released by the Vestax Pro DJ Division and are sure to be a hit with Vestax DJ controller and Mixer users who want a versatile headphone for their listening or DJ needs. The Vestax HMX-05 headphones are available in a Red/Black color scheme that looks perfect along side the Vestax PMC-05proIV mixer or their VCI-400 and VCI-380 DJ controllers. Let's take a closer look to see if they're a suitable DJ option for those in search of a new set of headphones for both the DJ booth and for daily listening. Review after the jump.
The Denon DJ Engine Music Management Software gets a new update with some cool new features to make using the Denon SC2900 and SC3900 an even more enjoyable experience. With the new Engine V1.1.0 software update update for PC/Mac and iOS there is also a new Firmware update for the Denon SC2900/SC3900 players which will make the user experience more fluid and accurate. Check out the new features and the update link after the jump.
Mixware.net is bringing the UDG Creator Laptop Stand to this side of the pond for DJ's and producers to have a new all purpose foldable laptop stand to help with the audio equipment setup. This new UDG Creator Laptop Stand folds down to a nice compact size for easy storage and has height and angle adjustments for convenience and setup versatility. It's made of durable metal and has two tiers of support for various items. Check out the press release and other information after the jump.
This year's 2013 Boom DJ Battle promises to be a great event for DJ's or anyone who loves music and simply wants to have a great time. The Boom DJ Battle is the country's largest under 21 DJ competition that has the top young DJ talent all over the country compete against one another for Boom DJ Supremacy. The registration for the contest is now open to all DJ's ages 14-21 with registration closing on Thursday May 30th. Finalists will be chosen on June 3rd and the final competition and other festivities will be held at Toyota park on June 15th 2013 at the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash. Details inside.
The Numark NS6 has been out on the market for almost two years now, but its still one of my favorite controllers to use with Serato. During our HD-Video review, we loved the build quality, tight jog wheels, and excellent fader feel along with the plethora of input and output options that are available to the users. The NS6 now gets a free software upgrade from Serato Itch to the new and improved Serato DJ and DJ CXL is in the Numark Studio to give a quick demo video of the new look and features. Check out the performance video and my (throwback) NS6 review after the jump.
The Novation Launchpad S was announced earlier this month as the successor MIDI controller to the original Novation Launchpad which allows DJ's and Performers to control Ableton Live or any other performance with great precision and ease. The new Novation Launchpad S has 64 Tri-Colored Pads, brighter LED's, and a faster refresh rate than the original and it also works nicely with the iPad. The Lauchpad S also comes bundled with a version of Ableton Live so that users can start performing and creating music right out of the box. Check out the press release & Video after the jump.