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Reloop has just announced two new DJ Mixers that show a lot of promise and versatility in their makeup and functionality. The new Reloop RMX-22i and RMX-33i are two-channel and three-channel mixers respectively, and they are both packed with great features such as Four Sound Color Effects and the new split inputs and supplied splitter cable that allows smartphone and tablet DJ’s to easily connect and control the mix.
Allen & Heath has just announced that they are releasing a Digital USB version of the Xone:43 analog mixer which will be dubbed the Xone:43C. The new Xone:43C mixer will sport all of the analog goodness of its sibling including the iconic Filters and great sound quality along with adding a USB soundcard for DVS playback and an X-Link port to connect other Allen & Heath Digital devices such as the K1 or K2.
Pioneer has just announced that they are releasing a new lineup of powered studio monitors for DJ’s and producers. The new Pioneer RM-05 & RM-07 have HD coaxial drivers that place both the woofer and the tweeter on the same axis for superb sound and response across the frequency ranges. Around the back, there is a three-band EQ as well as unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR inputs. The RM-05 has a five inch woofer while the RM-07 has a seven inch woofer.
We recently reviewed the new Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 which is a very powerful DJ controller for Traktor while also working as a DVS enabled mixer for external turntables and CDJ style control. The legendary DJ Shiftee has just completed a pretty sick turntable timecode DVS performance along with using some of the new cool features on the Traktor Kontrol S8 such as Freeze Mode. Check out this dope performance video to see what’s possible with the new S8.
Serato DJ 1.7.4 has just been released and with it comes the compatibility with the new Serato DJ Club Kit that will allow users of certain Pioneer and Allen & Heath four channel Club mixers to work in digital vinyl setup mode with external decks and Serato DJ software control. Users of the Pioneer DJM-900NSX/DJM-850 or the Allen & Heath DB2/DB4 and newly announced Xone:43C can connect to the computer via USB and have full Serato DJ timecode control with the club kit.
DJ Jazzy Jeff is one of the best DJ’s in the World and one of the main reasons I started spinning on the turntables in the first place. Serato has always been supportive of the World Traveling (Vinyl Destination) DJ and they decided to invite him out to Auckland for a quick interview and for a video of the famous Peter Piper Routine. Check out these videos after the jump.
Numark has released three new headphones in their HF series to fit many different DJ’s needs. The HF150 headphones are collapsible and have a compact design for easy transport, the HF325 have an on-ear performance design, while the HF350 have an over-the-ear isolation design. All three sets of headphones have leatherette earcups for superior comfort and they all sport 40mm drivers for crisp and clean sound. Numark has sent us a new set of HF350 over-the-ear headphones so we could put it through the review paces. Check out the results after the jump.
The New Akai Pro Advance Series Keyboards will come in 25-key, 49-key, and 61-key variants and includes high-quality features such as the semi-weighted keybed, official MPC RGB backlit Pads, control knobs, rubberized mod & pitch wheels, and a high resolution full-color screen to view and change parameters. Check out this quick Advance Keyboard walkthrough video with Jennifer from Akai and T-GUT from the djbooth.
Native Instruments has officially announced the arrival of their newest compact DJ controller for Traktor called the Traktor Kontrol D2. The Traktor Kontrol D2 is essentially the “deck” section of the recently reviewed Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ controller and it sports the same hi-res screen and heavy remix deck control with multicolored backlit pads and volume controls. The D2 and the S8 will also use these remix deck controls to manipulate the new Stems file format.
The Native Instruments Maschine Studio is a very powerful tool that can be used as a centerpiece for any producers who want to make music. We reviewed the Maschine Studio last year and we found that it provides best-in-class control with two new hi-res color displays, a new edit section with a large jog wheel, and very responsive 16-multi-color backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads with an unlimited number of groups. From now until April 30th users can now purchase a new NI Maschine Studio for only $799; which is a pretty massive $200 discount!
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