The Traktor Kontrol S8 was leaked by Amazon and various other sources earlier this month and even though we already knew what this was, we decided to keep quiet until NI themselves let the cat out of the bag. They did so yesterday with a new Teaser Video showing various parts of the new Traktor Kontrol S8 and the shiny new screens that DJ's can use for playback rather than looking at the computer screen.
UDG has been protecting DJ's gear and accessories for quite a long time now and they have introduced a new entry-level line of sleeves and bags that come in at a great price point. The new UDG Urbanite sleeves and bags are made of heavy duty nylon and contain a good amount of foam and padding to protect many different size controllers and gear that are popular with today's DJ's.
Numark is on a roll at this year's BPM show in the UK with the release of a few new products. The product that seems to be making the most noise is the new NDX-500 Multi-media player and DJ controller. The NDX-500 is like an update to the other NDX models as it can playback music from USB drives, CD's, or even work as a USB MIDI controller with native Serato DJ support.
The newest DJ company on the block, Epsilon Pro is really starting to make a few waves in the industry 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 electronic DJ expeerience. The Quad-Mix is now available in white and black editions for the slim price of $350.
Serato Flip is finally here with the new Serato DJ update. With Serato Flip, DJ's and producers will be able to save their hotcue, censors, edits, and track mashups so the creation can be recalled on the fly with a push of a single button. Users can save up to six Serato Flips per track and I had a blast using this new feature at the Atlantic City DJ Expo last month. Serato HQ shows us how to use Serato Flip in this new video walkthrough.
Pioneer has just announced the third iteration in their entry level DJ controller called the Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3. Long ago, we reviewed the original DDJ-WeGO and it was a great controller for any new DJ and it had versatility to work with different software. The DDJ-WeGO3 continues where the original left off with a new sleeker design, stronger construction, and an included iOS lightning cable that also charges the iOS device while in use.
Earlier today, Reloop DJ announced their brand new auxiliary DJ controller for Serato DJ called the Reloop Neon. This small pad controller is similar to the recently released Pioneer DDJ-SP1 which also works with Serato DJ but the Reloop Neon is even more compact and is mapped to control all four deck's pad functions from a single Neon device including: Sampler, Pad FX, Slicer, Looped Slicer, Cue, Flip, Hot Loops, Loop, and Manual Loop.
Allen & Heath's newest modular MIDI controller called the Xone:K1 is essentially a Xone:K2 MIDI controller but without the built-in stereo soundcard interface and MIDI layering capabilities. The Xone:K1 is a universal MIDI controller that can be mapped/programmed to work with any DJ software and it has six push-button rotary encoder knobs, 12 knobs, four faders, and 30 three-color backlit performance buttons to take precise control over specific software functions. We have a new Xone:K1 in the lab for the full review treatment, but check out the unboxing and first impressions video while we get to work on the official review!
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