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.
A little over two years ago, Vestax released the Pad One which is a completely MIDI Mapable and compact controller which works nicely for both DJ and production style needs. The Vestax Pad One sports an all aluminum chassis, 12 Velocity Sensitive Performance Pads, an X-Y touch-pad, and the ability to make MIDI edits on the fly without touching the computer. Check out our quick mini-video review and summary to see if the Pad One can fit into your own personal setup.
Today, Serato DJ released the new 1.6 Beta download to the public which brings all of the other Rane DJ mixers and DVS soundcards up-to-date with the newest Serato DJ features and functions. The Rane SL2, SL3, SL4, Sixty-One, Sixty-Two, and Sixty-Eight can all now reap the benefits of using the new Serato DJ platform instead of the "soon-to-be-retired" Serato Scratch Live software. Remember, this is only a Beta release, so Serato users are warned not to use this software in live performances because its not yet fully tested.
Yesterday, Denon DJ Division announced their brand new flagship controller the MC6000MK2 which is an update to their original top-tier controller which adds Serato DJ compatibility,Slip Mode, new Jog Wheels, Loop Roll, and more. The MC6000MK2 is a high-powered four channel DJ controller and standalone mixer with all of the functionality of the original with compatibility with almost all MIDI-enabled DJ software including Serato, Traktor, VDJ, and Mixvibes Cross. The MC6000MK2 still keeps that same durable build quality and compact footprint that made the original a huge success. The MC6000MK2 will be available in January 2014 for $699 and it will come bundled with Serato DJ Intro. Watch the in-depth video and press release for more info.
Today, Serato has announced the release of the Remote Mini App for iPhone/iPod Touch users. The Serato Remote Mini App is a trimmed down version of the iPad Remote App that allows DJ's to use their iPhone or iPod Touch to load tracks, instant double, set and trigger Cue Points, Loop, Samples, and manipulate FX when used in conjunction with Serato DJ or Serato Scratch Live.
Monster is bringing us a new and ultra-portable DJ system called GO-DJ. The GO-DJ device has a built in mixer, storage for music, dual screens for deck controls, and an audio interface for speakers and headphones. This compact unit is only a bit larger than most cell phones and has lots of functions that DJ's can use to play at a small gig or in the comforts of their own home.
The Pioneer XDJ-R1 is a new all-in-one DJ system that can be used in many different ways and using many different combinations of media for music playback. The Pioneer XDJ-R1 can function as a two-deck DJ controller that can work with almost any DJ software of your choice (comes bundled with Virtual DJ LE). The XDJ-R1 can also function as a true standalone two channel DJ mixer, it can playback audio files directly from on-board USB flash/hard drives, and it can even be used in conjunction with Rekordbox and Remotebox in order to wirelessly control most of the DJ functions using compatible iOS & Android Wi-Fi enabled devices that are running the Rekordbox Pioneer DJ library software. The XDJ-R1 goes even a step further than the XDJ-AERO we reviewed late last year by adding dual CD slots in the front of the XDJ-R1 to allow users to playback music from CD’s. All of these functions can be performed on each deck individually meaning the DJ has the choice of using the XDJ-R1 in hybrid mode to mix between different tracks in various different playback modes.
Magma has recently released a group of new DJ gear bags that provide ample protection, good comfort, and enough room to hold a primary device, a laptop, and a number of extra goodies to take along for the trip. The Magma Digi Control Bags come in three different sizes (L, XL, & XXL) to fit different DJ equipment and they are made with Heavy-duty and waterproof Ballistic Nylon to ensure the gear is protected during transport. Check out the full HD-Video review to see if the Magma Digi Control Bags will suit your needs.
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