DJ Equipment News & Reviews
As I'm working feverishly on the Rane Sixty-Two Serato SSL Mixer review this past week, I've noticed a few new emails from the Serato Team regarding a slew of new control vinyl in brand new colors. The first release includes the three different Neon colored control vinyl which are available in yellow, green, or pink which run only $39 a pair due to tiny label defects that don't affect performance. The latest release includes a new Glow-in-the-Dark vinyl with the new CV02.5, Performance Series Control Tone for the best tracking and tightest control for $49 a pair.
The DJ Pro headphones are the top-of-the-line cans from SMS Audio with their over-the-ear design, 40mm drivers, fold-able hinges, and comfortable leather with memory foam earpads. Even though they are advertised and designed for DJ's, we'll take a deeper dive in our video and written reviews to let you know how they truly hold up under pressure.
With the introduction of Traktor 2.5 last year, the Remix Decks are the new ways DJ's can perform like producers in real-time while beatmashing and remixing with different sounds, loops, and effects. The Remix Decks originally came with a few beginner Remix sets to get users started, but NI has made sure to keep releasing Fresh and New Remix Sets for users to play with all for a small fee. The five new Remix Sets in this latest release are available on Beatport and What People Play and contains sets from Fatboy Slim, Steve Aoki, Daniel Dexter, and more. Check out the press release and links after the jump.
Last week, (only a day after the Traktor Z1 was announced) the popular DJ Equipment website PSSL accidentally posted a new product by Native Instruments which appears to be the Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2. The original Traktor Kontrol X1 came out a few years ago and is commonly used by Traktor DJ's as a playback companion controller with DVS setups or other mixing consoles. The updated X1 has most of the same functions as the original with a few new additions including RGB backlit buttons for Remix Deck control, Flux Mode buttons, a Touch Sensitive Strip for beatmatching/nudging and much more.
The 2013 Online DMC Championships of 2013 are going on right now and the competition is definitely getting intense. Last week I brought you Redmist's Round 4 performance that I thought was a sure-fire win. It turns out that Round 4 is now in the books and Vekked takes top honors with an incredible performance of crisp scratching and a great overall performance. Check out Vekked Round 4's first place performance as he tears it up on the Rane mixer Sixty-Two and a pair of Stanton STR8-150 turntables.
A few short months ago, we reviewed the Rane Sixty-One Serato Scratch Live Professional DJ mixer which boasts great build quality and an interal SSL soundcard interface so that DJ's can connect vinyl or CD timecode for digital music playback via computer. The new Rane Sixty-Two mixer builds upon the SSL interface and high-quality craftsmanship of the Sixty-One by adding on-board MIDI controls so that DJ's can trigger cue points, samples, Loops, and effects. Rane recently sent us a brand new Sixty-Two Z Limited Edition (with cool Z-trip Artwork & Pro RCA Cables) mixer for a complete video and written review that will be completed shortly, so watch this space. Watch the Unboxing & First Impressions video after the jump.
Native Instruments has recently a pricedrop for the new Maschine MK2 Custom Kits which allows users to change the style and look of their production hardware. The Custom Kit is a replacement metal front-plate and knobs that come in 5 different color schemes to make your Maschine stand out from the norm. The new pricing of these kits is now only $29, so be sure to customize your Maschine with this cool new deal. Check out our Custom Kit Install video and full written review of the new Maschine MK2 after the jump.
Hot off the heels of this month's Traktor Kontrol Z2 discount offer from Native Instruments, the Traktor Kontrol Z1 portable mixer and interface has just been announced. The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is a compact two-channel mixer that works seamlessly with both the Traktor DJ App for portable and "on-the-go" mixing with the iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod Touch and the Traktor Pro/LE DJ software for desktop/laptop control. Check out the full press release, introduction video, and my thoughts after the jump.
The 2013 Atlantic City DJ Expo starts in only two short months from now! Beginning from August 12th to August 15th almost every major DJ equipment manufacturer in the world will be on-hand with all of their brand new shiny DJ gear for everyone to use, touch, fondle, and purchase as us DJ's see fit. We always bring you top Video coverage at every years' event and this time will be no different. DJ Premier will also be on-hand at this Year's DJ Expo as one of the star-guests of the show. Check out the full press release and get your Free Exhibit Only Pass with the Promo code inside.
The Pioneer DJM-T1 is a heavy-duty Traktor Scratch Certified two-channel professional-grade DJ mixer with built in Traktor MIDI controls for many of the advanced DJ software features such as loop, samples, hot cues, effects and much more. The Pioneer DJM-T1 exhibits all of the classic and well-known Pioneer Mixer build quality with a full-metal chassis, sturdy faders, and reinforced knobs. Check out this episode of Turntablist Video Friday to see DJ toMU rip it up on the Pioneer DJM-T1 and a classic set of 1200's inside.