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.
The new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 and Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 Digital DJ controllers were just released to the public last week and we've already completed the reviews which shows why these units work excellent with the Traktor Pro 2 software and the Traktor DJ App. The Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 have many similarities and differences so I've decided to create a quick comparison video to show potential buyers what they'll be missing or gaining by purchasing one or the other.
The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 is the new and second iteration of the original Traktor 2-channel Digital DJ Controller that was released a few short years ago under the Kontrol S2 name. The new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 has a few hardware updates that will complement the new updates that the Traktor Pro 2 software has received over the last few years. The Native Instruments DJ controllers have an outstanding history in respects to the way they always match up to their Traktor software perfectly. The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 is now available for $500 at retail and our full Video review will let you know if its worth the investment. Please see our review of the Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 for the details on the four-channel version of this same DJ controller by Native Instruments.
Numark has released the new iDJ Live II Digital DJ controller that is compatible with all iOS devices and both PC and Mac computers. This versatile DJ controller is priced at only $100 and contains all the on-board DJ controls necessary to start spinning immediately. The iDJ Live II comes bundled with Algoriddim's LE software for Mac and Virtual DJ LE for PC while the Algoriddim DJay and VJay apps are available for purchase at the App store for all other iOS devices.
The new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 and S4 MK2 Digital DJ controllers were just released to the public last week and we've got review units in the lab for full out video and written reviews. The new controllers boast improvements to the original designs by adding multi-color hotcue/remix deck pads, hi-res aluminum metal plate jog wheels, FLUX mode buttons, and Traktor DJ iOS compatibility. The original S2 and S4 DJ controllers were the perfect 2-channel and 4-channel mixing consoles for the Traktor software. The Traktor software has seen lots of new updates since the release of the original S2 /S4 so it's only natural that NI releases new controller interfaces to access the new advanced features such as remix decks controls and FLUX mode. We'll have the full reviews completed shortly, but check out our unboxing & first impressions videos in the meantime to see what comes in the boxes.
Mixware.net has just announced two new DJ controller cases from Magma that will be available in the US shortly. The Magma Multi-Format Workstation XL and Multi-Format Workstation XXL are universal road cases designed to fit all the most popular DJ controllers from all the major brands out on the market today. The Multi-Format Workstation cases are perfect for DJ's who may want to protect multiple controllers or for those who wish to update/upgrade their setup without having to different a new case.
Cross DJ for iPad 1.4 has been released and with it comes MIDI controller support! The Cross DJ software which is available for only $9.99 for the iPad will now allow DJ's to control eight different compact and very popular DJ controllers including the Numark Mixtrack Pro 2, Pioneer DDJ-WeGO, and the Hercules RMX 2 among others. All the user needs is an Apple iPad Camera Connection kit and its all completely plug and play. Check out the full press release other purchase info in the article.
Serato DJ 1.5 has now been released. This means that the era of Serato Scratch Live and Itch is coming to an end. Last month Serato announced that they would combine all of their Serato based DJ software into one software to rule them all which is known as the Serato DJ 1.5 release. The new release will now work with the new Pioneer DJM-900SRT, DDJ-SR, DDJ-SP1, and the Rane Sixty-Four. Of course all of the other Serato DJ controllers are also able to work with the new Serato DJ 1.5 and there's a few bug fixes and housekeeping items addressed in this update as well.
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