All DJ Equipment News & Reviews
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.
The RedBull annual Thre3Style DJ competition is probably the most versatile and premier DJ battle face-off that combines all of the top three skills that the World's best DJ exhibit. These three skills consist of song selection, technical skill, and the ability to rock a crowd. Check out this quick documentary video by none other than Legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff as he takes us all on the journey through the 2014 RedBull Thre3Style DJ Competition.
In our next video for the weekly video series, I will share with you my favorite or personal best DJ headphones for under $100. DJ headphones need to be rugged and durable, while providing good isolation and high volume levels for accurate monitoring during a performance. The Urbanears Zinken check all of these boxes and much more.
Novation has always been bringing producers and live performers excellent controllers to apply their trade on and they've finally introduced a companion Soundcard and USB hub device to make it easy to connect all of that MIDI goodness to a hardware setup. The new Novation Audiohub 2x4 soundcard has a three-port USB hub, two inputs, and four outputs to connect all of the setup to a computer and other sound systems.
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.
Decksavers is our absolute favorite way to protect DJ gear here at the DJbooth.net Labs. We have Decksavers for the Stanton ST.150's, the Traktor Z2 mixer, the NI Maschine Studio, the Vestax VCI-400, and a cover for the Traktor Kontrol S4. Decksaver continues to add to their lineup with the new covers being released for various production pieces in the Roland Aira and Korg Volca ranges.
At last weekend's BPM 2014 show, Numark unveiled a new line of headphones for DJ's at different price points with different construction properties. The Numark HF series headphones all have great qualities for DJ's and we'll definitely get them in the lab for the review treatment. The HF150 headphones are collapsible and have a small design for easy transport, the HF325 have an on-ear performance design, while the HF350 have an over-the-ear Pro design.
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.
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