Just as I'm heading out the door to drive less than an hour away to the DJ Expo in Atlantic City, Native Instruments sends me a new press release about their new Traktor DJ Cable. The Traktor DJ Cable is now available for only $19.99 and it works as a DJ splitter cable which turns one eighth-inch output into two separate output sockets. This is imperative for DJ's as one output is used to cue (or pre-listen) to the music in the headphones while the audience listens to the master output through the speakers.
The new Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 has now shipped from Native Instruments to a local DJ gear store near you. The new Traktor X1 has most of the same functions as the original X1 including cue points, browse/load controls, effects, and loops, but adds a new touch-strip section in the middle of the unit that can control effects parameters, nudging for beatmatching, and for jumping to a particular section in a song. Our full review is on the way, but check out Felix Da Housecat using the X1 in this new NI demo.
Native Instruments releases five new Remix sets for Traktor DJ's to get busy with. The new releases include sets from contains sets from Tiga & Jori Hulkkonen, Moguai, Benjamin Damage, Pirupa and more.
Just a few short hours ago, I jumped on the Stanton ST-150 turntables and the trusty Z2 Mixer for a quick freestyle session and I had my camera rolling to show you all some mixing love. Every month I will complete a quick freestyle DJ session while choosing songs from my newest Monthly Mixtape series called "DJ Blaze - Blazing Cuts". My Blazing Cuts mixtape series consists of the hottest tracks that I chose for a particular month from the numerous songs on featured on DJbooth.net. Check out my quick freestyle video session and download my latest July 2013 mixtape.
A few short weeks ago, information surfaced from a popular DJ equipment sales site regarding a brand new Traktor X1 controller that was set to be released by NI the end of this summer. The rumors are now confirmed as the new Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2 has officially been announced by Native Instruments on Monday.
We've had the Traktor Kontrol Z1 mixing console interface in the DJbooth.net Lab for to test it out with the Traktor DJ App and the Traktor Pro and LE software. Check out the results in the full HD-Video and written review to see if this is the option for you. (The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is available now for $199 and comes bundled with Traktor LE for computer connectivity. The Traktor DJ App is now FREE from the App Store.)
Late last week, Native Instruments announced the third and final price-drop of its long-standing flagship 4-deck Digital DJ Controller called the Traktor Kontrol S4. I call this the third and final price-drop because NI has listed this offer to last from now until August 31st OR until stocks last. The writing has been on the wall for a fresh new round of all-in-one DJ controllers since the release of Traktor 2.5 and the remix deck functionality that the S2/S4 could never really take advantage of. The S4 is still a very capable DJ controller that also has a built in Traktor DJ Soundcard that allows DJ's to playback timecode vinyl or CD's with external turntables or CD decks. Take advantage of this sweet deal while you still can.
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.
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