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.
Our good friends over at Pioneer DJ spent some time with DJ Blakey in late 2012 in order to get him familiar with the Pioneer DDJ-SX when it was originally announced. The Pioneer DDJ-SX is still one of the best DJ controllers out on the market today for the full Serato DJ software and there is also a new mapping to use the controller with Traktor Pro 2. Be sure to check out our full HD-Video and written reviews of the Pioneer DDJ-SX and watch the cool performance video below for some mixing inspiration.
Earlier this week I decided to hit up the trusty Stanton ST-150 turntables and Traktor Z2 Mixer for yet another quick freestyle session featuring songs from my newest mixtape release; Blazing Cuts December 2013. I had my camera rolling to give you all some turntable & controller style love to close out the year. 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 my latest December 2013 mixtape. My Blazing Cuts mixtape series will consists of the hottest tracks that I chose for a particular month from the numerous songs on featured right here on DJbooth.net.
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.
The Black Friday sales from last week will continue on for the next few days for DJ's and Producers who are interested in saving some money on Serato or Native Instruments products. The Serato team has a whole webpage of 50-percent-off items including special edition noisemap control vinyl, slipmats, and more while Native Instruments has launched the THANKSGIVING XXL which is an extensive 50% off Thanksgiving sales special on most of their products including KOMPLETE, MASCHINE Expansions, and TRAKTOR PRO 2 all at the NI Online Shop.
The Electrix Tweaker is a DJ MIDI controller that can be used to control many different software types using its large number of buttons and pads. The Tweaker is a compact and portable controller that features an intuitive layout which is perfect for the studio, the stage, and the DJ booth. It would work well as a main controller or as an add-on to an existing DJ or production setup. Electrix has released a new Custom Traktor Remix Deck Mapping so that users can control all the Remix Deck goodness with the onboard controls of the Tweaker.
If you've been keeping up with Traktor, then you know that the Remix Decks allows DJ's to perform like producers in real-time while beatmashing and remixing with different sounds, loops, 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.
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