Mixvibes releases Cross DJ v2.0 app for iOS

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Mixvibes has released version 2.0 of Cross DJ for iOS, a major new version of the DJ app for iPad and iPhone, bringing in fresh graphics, a redesigned layout and an all-new waveform view.

Mixvibes Cross DJ

Real DJing on iPad: Turn your iPad into a complete DJ system! Mix your iTunes tracks in perfect sync, add effects, loops and more. Automix your songs for non-stop music. Record your set and share it on SoundCloud. Music lovers, mix at your next party and impress your friends. Pro DJs, Cross DJ uses the same engine as Pioneer’s rekordbox. It’s like having 2 CDJs in your pocket.

Changes in Cross DJ v2.0.5

  • New interface
    • Geometric shapes and clean textures.
    • Bigger EQs, larger pads, full display of artwork on the decks.
    • 2 main colors, consistent with Mixvibes graphic identity.
    • Faster app runtime & 50% smaller app size.
  • Hardware-inspired layout
    • EQ visible all the time.
    • Separate tabs: swipe to display a different tab on each deck (e.g FX + loops).
    • Bigger and more accurate pitch-bend zone.
  • Waveform view
    • Hit the sync meter to access this new view.
    • Pitch sliders for tempo control.
    • Pitch-bend mode for nudging..
    • Beat grid editing made simple: double or halve BPM with 1 button.

For a limited time, Cross DJ for iPad and iPhone is available at a 30% discount in a Christmas Sale. The update is free for all current users.

More information: Mixvibes

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Native Instruments releases the fourth video in THE FUTURE OF DJING series featuring Carl Cox

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Native Instruments has launched a new video on the Future of DJing, featuring Carl Cox.

Native Instruments today continues the #futureofdjing discussion with the fourth in a series of videos aimed at exploring how technological innovation plays a role in shaping the future of DJ culture. Previously featuring artists MK, Pan-Pot, and Nic Fanciulli, the next installment in THE FUTURE OF DJING video series features pioneering UK house and techno legend Carl Cox on how he keeps his musical passion alive, and how TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is taking a new generation of creativity forward.

Instrumental to the success of electronic music in the UK, Carl Cox has since been considered a true musical ambassador and innovator – still keeping fresh and drawing crowds, year after year. Shot on location in Sydney, Australia, the video shows Carl at the Stereosonic Festival talking about how his passion for DJing is rooted in his love for sharing quality music with others – and fueled by cutting-edge new technology.

Technology as a source of inspiration is one reason why Carl Cox is embracing the new TRAKTOR KONTROL S8, and discovering all the creative power the flagship all-in-one TRAKTOR controller offers. He describes what he likes most about the S8 is the creative challenge it presents to his performance and how enhanced Remix Decks control allows to“…actually produce something right now, live in front of an audience.” Carl provides a first-hand look at the changing art of DJing – highlighting that new DJ technology like TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is“… enabling to create the next generation of sound.”

The story continues online with #futureofdjing.

More information: Native Instruments

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Loop Lounge launches DJ tools collections

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Loop Lounge

Loop Lounge has announced the launch of an audio arsenal for DJs to creatively and imaginatively integrate into their musical performances be it in clubs, arenas or bedrooms.

Through partnership with professional musicians, producers, DJs and sound engineers, Loop Lounge presents collections of DJ tools to discerning DJs for use at leisure or on the fly to create their own unique and distinctive vibe.

Each of the collections is professionally mastered to ensure optimal quality for a variety of users. They are available in .wav or .trk sound file formats; the latter of which allows for their manipulation via the Traktor Pro DJ package. This feature grants users the flexibility to improvise, remix and edit live sound by integrating samples into their mixes to heighten creativity – a unique selling point in itself.

Loop Lounge packs

New at Loop Lounge

  • Reckorder Project: Beats, Breaks & Bass by DJ Narrative is a DJ Tool collection inspired by Breakbeat, Glitch Hop and Bass music. Uplifting, dynamic and powerful sonic elements provide a large artistic choice of tools to the creative and experimental DJ and electronic producer.
  • Le Monde Sombre by Emile adheres to the sensibilities of House, Bass and Techno – dark atmospherics abound. Conversely, many of the samples – some including sung vocals and World Percussion – give each audio set an aural ambiguity that allows them to be played with many other genres.
  • Latin Percussion Session by Ian Tripp was specifically designed to allow DJs to easily utilise Latin percussion flavoured breaks and grooves in their own tracks. The samples conveniently vary in length and the instrumentation is such that it’s imbued with the frenetic energy of a live performance.

The packs are available for purchase for £13 GBP (.wav) / £15 GBP (.trk). A free trial pack is also available to download.

More information: Loop Lounge

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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.7.2

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Serato

Serato has released version 1.7.2 of its Serato DJ professional DJ software for Windows and Mac.

Serato DJ delivers all the features and performance to meet the demands of DJs at the top of their game and sets the new standard for controller DJs. Our best feature set for all-in-one controllers.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.7.2

  • Support for OS X Yosemite — Now with official support for OS X Yosemite.
  • MIDI Output Lighting — Map various features to your secondary MIDI controller and have the LED’s illuminate in response to your actions. Create custom mappings that are highly visible in the club.
  • Sticker Lock — Keep your routines tight with Sticker Lock. A new feature based on a Scratch Live feature that allows you to place a sticker on your control vinyl that will line up exactly when your track starts or cue points everytime. Combine this feature with drop to cue and instant doubles for more control without having to look at the screen.
  • Instant start for motorised platters — Instant Start feature added for all controllers with motorised platters. To enable, turn your controllers start time knob to the zero position.
  • Support for Remote 1.2 — Serato Remote 1.2 introduces PLAY, SYNC, QUANTIZE and CUE POINT NAME DISPLAY features to all Serato DJ users. Along with some quality and stability improvements. Play & pause tracks, activities sync and toggle quantize directly from Serato Remote without having to touch your laptop or controller. Know exactly what cue you’re triggering with Cue point names and colors inherited directly from Serato DJ.
  • Various maintenance and bug fixes, details here.

Serato DJ is available for purchase for $129 USD.

More information: Serato / Serato DJ

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Native Instruments launches Heavy Holidays sale on Traktor Kontrol Z2

Native Instruments has announced a limited-time holiday special on its Traktor Kontrol Z2, a hybrid DJ control mixer designed for Traktor Pro 2 software.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 Heavy Holidays

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 unites analog and digital DJing technology with two standalone channels, dedicated control channels for two Remix Decks, and an integrated 24-bit audio interface – the perfect pro-mixer for both classic and digital control with TRAKTOR. With a robust aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure, the Z2 is equipped with top-notch knobs and buttons, multi-colored cue point controls, and advanced Innofaders™ for durable, fluid mixing. TRAKTOR’s Macro FX and Flux Mode are directly accessible from the Z2’s dedicated buttons that allow for spontaneous creativity.
The rear panel’s two RCA inputs provide connectivity for both turntables and CDJs for analog vinyl/CD and or timecode-based setups. And for controllerists, an integrated USB hub even allows connectivity for multiple TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 and X1 controllers, expanding setup possibilities with plug-and-play simplicity.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 includes the latest version of the flagship TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software. Trusted by countless professionals, TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 offers DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, timecode control, and a wide range of over 30 effects. In addition, integrated Remix Decks technology allows DJs to instantly record, loop and sample audio for on-the-fly remixing. For DJs who combine the flexibility of digital DJing with classic analog systems, the Z2 also comes with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 timecode vinyl and CDs.

Traktor Kontrol Z2 is available for purchase at a $200 USD / 200 EUR discount until December 31st, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol Z2

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