Earlier today, I turned on the Stanton ST.150 turntables and the Traktor Z2 DJ Mixer for yet another quick freestyle session featuring songs from my newest mixtape release; Blazing Cuts May 2014. Even though we just moved to a new location, I had to get my camera rolling to give you a quick mixing session with some of my favorite tracks of this latest release. Every month I'll try to complete a quick freestyle DJ session while choosing songs from my newest Monthly Mixtape series called "DJ Blaze - Blazing Cuts". Check out my quick freestyle video session and download/stream my latest May 2014 mixtape
Earlier today Native Instruments released a new video featuring DJ MK in Glasgow speaking about his DJ experience and where the DJ game is headed today. NI has always had its foot in the Production door with the Maschine and Komplete and they have a steady foot on the DJ side of the house with Traktor. They started to bridge that gap with the Remix decks but we're pretty sure that NI is going to mix the Production and DJ software in a revolutionary way.
Native Instruments MASCHINE production hardware is one of the best and most powerful studio solutions one can buy when it comes to making beats. For a limited time new potential customers can save $200.00 on the MASCHINE STUDIO, $100.00 on the MASCHINE, and $50.00 on the MASCHINE MIKRO. Check out our reviews of the MASCHINE lineup but hurry if you want to take advantage of the savings as the offer ends May 31.
The Traktor Remix Decks allows DJ's to perform like producers in real-time while beatmashing and remixing with different sounds, loops, hotcues, and effects using different controllers. The Remix Decks originally came with a few 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. Check out the seven new Remix Sets created by various artists.
Native Instruments is offering a $50 discount on the new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 and the S4 MK2 from now until the end of the month (April 30th) or until supplies last. This brings the price of the new S2 down to $450 and the price of a new S4 down to only $700. The Interesting part about all of this to me is the fact that they mention the deal is good until "supplies last" which makes me speculate as to whether or not NI has a new controller coming soon.
The Traktor Kontrol Z2 is currently my weapon of choice for my own DJ gigs, everyday mixing, and scratching routines. The Z2 mixer has professional build quality and comes with everything users need to get started with a full Traktor Digital Vinyl System including the timecode vinyl/CD's and the full Traktor Pro 2 software right in the box. Users only need to supply a compatible computer, CD/vinyl decks, and music files to start spinning. NI has just announced a new Z2 'Heavy Valentine' Sale which drops the price to only $599 from now until Feb 28th.
Today NI has released an Urgent update for all Traktor Pro 2.6.6 users that will fix a critical data-loss issue that causes playlists to become corrupted after tracks in a user library have been relocated. NI is asking all current 2.6.6 users to immediately upgrade to the new 2.6.7 file which is now located in the Native Instruments Service Center for free download.
First and foremost, I hope you are all enjoying the holidays as much as I am. Native Instruments also hopes to make this holiday season a bit more enjoyable by giving all who purchase a new Traktor Kontrol Z1 a free copy of the full flagship Traktor Pro 2 software. We originally reviewed the Traktor Kontrol Z1 compact mixing console a few months ago and we noted that it only comes bundled with Traktor LE (light edition) with limited features. From now until January 10th, 2014 anyone who purchases a new Z1 can take advantage of all the additional functionality using the free upgrade to Traktor Pro 2.
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