Production


[Review] Reloop Keypad Compact DAW Workstation

The Reloop brand makes some great DJ equipment that we always review here in the DJbooth.net Lab with good results. They've decided to throw their hats into the production realm with the release of the new Reloop Keypad and Keyfadr controllers which are compact, USB-powered, and affordable DAW Workstations that both come bundled with Ableton Live Lite 9 to allow users to start creating music right out of the box. The Keypad controller (pictured above) has the same 25 mini piano keys as the Keyfadr, but it also adds the 16 Velocity Sensitive (and backlit) pads that producers have grown to love.


[Review] Maschine Studio Music Production MIDI Controller

Native Instruments has launched the new Maschine Studio MIDI-controller production system along with the new version 2.0 of its software and we've got our hands on both for a full written and video review. The new Native Instruments Maschine Studio hardware is bigger than both the Maschine and Maschine Mikro and provides best-in-class control with two new hi-res color displays, a new edit section with a large jog wheel, and the same responsive 16-multi-color backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads. The Maschine 2.0 software provides lots of improvements to the user interface and works better and faster on all three Maschine Production devices. Check out the full HD-Video and written reviews below to see if this powerful production controller is for you.


[Video] Native Instruments Maschine Studio Unboxing & First Impressions

Native Instruments has just announced their new flagship Production hardware, the Maschine Studio, and new software, Maschine 2.0. The new Maschine Studio hardware is bigger than the original and provides best-in-class control with two new hi-res color displays, a new edit section with a large jog wheel, and responsive 16-multi-color backlit pads. The Maschine 2.0 software provides lots of improvements to the user interface and works better and faster on all three Maschine Production devices. We have a new Maschine Studio in the DJbooth.net lab for the full video and written reviews which will be available shortly. Check out the unboxing & first impressions video to see all that comes in the package.


[Review] BKE The Beat Thang 1.3.0 Portable Production Studio

The Beat Thang Mobile Production Studio by Beat Kangz is a portable music-creation device which allows users to arrange and manipulate the pre-loaded samples, drum kits, and instruments to create beats in the studio as well as on-the-go. The Beat Thang is advertised as the “worlds first fully portable mobile production studio”, allowing producers to craft beats without the need for a computer or external power. This review will focus on the new Beat Thang 1.3.0 update which provides a hardware and software with a nice refresh that makes the Beat Thang even more powerful by leveraging more processing efficiencies for a smoother operation.


[Video] The Beat Thang 1.3.0 Unboxing & First Impressions

The BKE Beat Thang digital production station was released a few short years ago and we were happy to report that this powerful machine was easy to use and built to last. The Beat Thang now undergoes a hardware and software refresh with a new 1.3.0 update that makes the Beat Thang even more powerful by leveraging more processing efficiencies for a smoother operation. There's also more sounds and samples added to the thousands that are already on-board and a new MIDI clock feature that allows users to connect multiple MIDI controllers and production software.


[Video] NI Maschine Studio Announced

Native Instruments has just announced their new flagship Production hardware, the Maschine Studio, and new software called Maschine 2.0. The new Maschine Studio hardware is even larger than the original and provides best-in-class control with new hi-res color displays, a new edit section with jog wheel, and excellent 16-multi-color backlit pads. The Maschine 2.0 software provides lots of improvements to the user interface and works better and faster on all three Maschine Production devices.


[Review] Beats By Dr. Dre Beats Pro Headphones

We recently reviewed the new Beats By Dr. Dre Mixr Professional DJ headphones and we were impressed with the build quality, the sound signature, and all the other features that worked well inside the DJ booth. The Beats Pro headphones have a completely solid steel/aluminum construction, an over-the-ear design for good isolation, and a folding-swivel construction for one-ear monitoring and storage. Watch the complete review video to see how they hold up through the tests.


Akai Announces RPM500 and RPM800 Monitors

Akai, the legendary studio production station company, has announced the release of two new Studio reference monitors called the RPM500 (with a 5-inch woofer) and the RPM800 (with an 8-inch woofer). These new powered monitors boast great balance, sound, and build quality at a competitive price point. Each of these RPM monitors also have High Frequency Trim, Mid-Range Boost, and Low Frequency cutoff controls along with XLR, TRS, and RCA inputs on the back. Check out the full press release and pricing in the announcement.



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