Decksavers is our absolute favorite way to protect DJ gear here at the DJbooth.net Labs. We have Decksavers for the Stanton ST.150's, the Traktor Z2 mixer, the NI Maschine Studio, the Vestax VCI-400, and a cover for the Traktor Kontrol S4. Decksaver continues to add to their lineup with the new covers being released for various production pieces in the Roland Aira and Korg Volca ranges.
A brand new company called LyxPro has just released a cool set of headphones that are advertised as being great for DJ's and Sound professionals alike. The LyxPro HAS-20 headphones have large 50mm over-the-ear drivers, good passive isolation, and a folding/swivel design for easy transport and one-ear monitoring. We have a set of LyxPro HAS-20 headphones in the lab for the review treatment, but check out the unboxing video to see my first impressions.
Native Instruments has officially announced their three new MIDI Keyboard controllers for music makers that will work flawlessly in conjunction with all of sounds and instruments in the brand new Komplete 10 software suite. The NI Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards will come in 25-key S25, 49-key S49, and 61-key S61 variants with different sizes and price points to appease different users.
Native Instruments has just released a quick teaser video for what looks to be like a new Keyboard controller for music makers to control all the cool sounds in the KOMPLETE production library. In the teaser video, you can clearly see LED screens that show current selections and some distinct black and white keys for users to play with. I'm sure we'll know more about this new Keyboard controller soon enough, but check out the teaser video and let us know what you think it is!
Akai has just announced that they are releasing two brand new modular/mini controllers for the Serato DJ software. The Akai AFX is a small controller that lets users manipulate multi-color RGB performance pads, effects, hotcues, slicer, loops, navigation, and the new Serato Flip expasion while the Akai AMX is a mixer-like device that controls the EQ, filters, headphones, two volume linefaders, a mini-innofader crossfader and DVS Capable RCA inputs and outputs.
Novation recently announced a new product to sit along side the Launchpad Control S to bring users an even more complete experience when teamed up with the Ableton Live software. The new Launch Control XL is like the missing piece to the Novation/Abelton lineup as it contains the eight faders, 24 knobs and 16 multicolored buttons to seamlessy integrate into the Abelton Live mixing section.
Brian Cox is a famous Hip-Hop and R&B producer that's worked with all the big named artists in the industry over the past 10-plus years. Bryan Cox sits down with Native Instruments and discusses how he uses the iMaschine App to start his music-making process, and then transfers the project to the full sized Maschine Studio so he can add the finishing and mixing touches to the final product.
A few months ago we finished the in-depth HD-video and written reviews of the new Native Instruments Maschine Studio Music Production MIDI Controller. We found that the Maschine Studio is an extremely powerful device that can help music makers produce professional tracks while using it as the production centerpiece. Check out the new Native Instruments Maschine Workflow Tutorial six-Part video series which will guide and show users how to create a new beat from start to finish.
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