DJ Software Reviews
The new Akai AFX & AMX Serato DJ controllers are finally in the DJbooth lab for the full review treatment.The Akai AFX is a small controller that lets users perform with multi-color performance pads, effects, hotcues, slicer, loops, navigation, and the new Serato Flip expasion while the Akai AMX is a mixing console & Serato DJ interface that controls the EQ, filters, headphones, volume linefaders, a mini-innofader crossfader and DVS Capable RCA inputs and outputs.
Allen & Heath has just announced that they are releasing a Digital USB version of the Xone:43 analog mixer which will be dubbed the Xone:43C. The new Xone:43C mixer will sport all of the analog goodness of its sibling including the iconic Filters and great sound quality along with adding a USB soundcard for DVS playback and an X-Link port to connect other Allen & Heath Digital devices such as the K1 or K2.
We recently reviewed the new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 which is a very powerful DJ controller for Traktor while also working as a DVS enabled mixer for external turntables and CDJ style control. The legendary DJ Shiftee has just completed a pretty sick turntable timecode DVS performance along with using some of the new cool features on the Traktor Kontrol S8 such as Freeze Mode. Check out this dope performance video to see what’s possible with the new S8.
Serato DJ 1.7.4 has just been released and with it comes the compatibility with the new Serato DJ Club Kit that will allow users of certain Pioneer and Allen & Heath four channel Club mixers to work in digital vinyl setup mode with external decks and Serato DJ software control. Users of the Pioneer DJM-900NSX/DJM-850 or the Allen & Heath DB2/DB4 and newly announced Xone:43C can connect to the computer via USB and have full Serato DJ timecode control with the club kit.
DJ Jazzy Jeff is one of the best DJ’s in the World and one of the main reasons I started spinning on the turntables in the first place. Serato has always been supportive of the World Traveling (Vinyl Destination) DJ and they decided to invite him out to Auckland for a quick interview and for a video of the famous Peter Piper Routine. Check out these videos after the jump.
Native Instruments has officially announced the arrival of their newest compact DJ controller for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2. The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the “deck” section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls. The D2 and the S8 will also use these remix deck controls to manipulate the new Stems file format.
Yesterday, Native Instruments announced a new open source music file format called Stems that will allow DJ’s to manipulate tracks like never before. Stems will break down songs into four different parts like bassline, melody, vocals, and drums. This way, DJ’s can now manipulate these four different parts separately with effects, cue points, loops, or whatever else one’s heart desires. The new format uses MP4 coding and the onus will be on the industry producers to create these partial files in conjunction with their normal track duties when music is made.
Epsilon continues to produce great DJ gear at a great cost with the release of its newest four-deck DJ controller called the Quad-Mix. The Quad-Mix is a very capable controller that comes bundled with VirtualDJ LE, has aluminum knobs, and has all the controls necessary for today’s DJ needs. The Quad-Mix is now available in white and black editions for the slim price of $350. Check out our quick Unboxing & First Impressions Video after the jump.
Just a few hours ago, I hopped on the Stanton ST-150 turntables and the Traktor Z2 Mixer for a quick freestyle session featuring songs from my newest mixtape release; Blazing Cuts February 2015. I took the camera out to give you a quick freestyle mixing session with some of my favorite tracks of this latest release. Check out my quick freestyle video session and download/stream my latest February 2015 mixtape inside.
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 like the Traktor Kontrol S8 and F1. Traktor Pro 2 comes 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 and record labels after the jump.
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