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Native Instruments introduces the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 – now iOS-ready

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Native Instruments has announced new iOS compatibility for the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2, the world’s smallest premium DJ audio interface.

NI Traktor Audio 2 iOS-ready

Now plug-and-play with the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ – the pro DJ app for iPad and iPhone – TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 transforms iOS devices into a mobile, crowd-worthy DJ setup. Designed for ultimate portability, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 delivers pristine, premium 24-bit/48 kHz audio in an unsurpassed pocket-sized format.

The ultra-compact TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 now joins the growing list of iOS compatible hardware by Native Instruments. With the release of iOS version 7.1, TRAKTOR AUDIO 2, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, S2, and Z1 now all connect seamlessly to an iPad or iPhone running the latest version of TRAKTOR DJ. With an even slimmer, streamlined profile, the updated TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is more portable than ever. Two 1/8 inch stereo outputs allow for seamless track cueing and headphone monitoring in TRAKTOR PRO 2 or TRAKTOR DJ. The outputs of the TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 can be connected to a standard DJ mixer, allowing two TRAKTOR Decks to be mixed with familiar tactile control.

TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 connects to laptops or iOS devices using the included mini-USB or 30-pin to USB cables. Using the AUDIO 2 with iPad 4 and iPhone 5 requires a 30-pin to Lightning adapter. When using TRAKTOR DJ on an iPhone or iPad, connecting the optional power supply increases the overall output volume and keeps the connected device charged. TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 includes TRAKTOR LE 2. Two decks, three effects, and all essential mixing features provide a ready-to-use package designed for entry-level DJs.

TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 is available to purchase for $99 USD / 99 EUR / £89 GBP. A $50 USD / 50 EUR / £44 GBP e-voucher will also be sent to users upon registration of the included TRAKTOR LE software.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR AUDIO 2

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Native Instruments launches TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 limited-time ‘Spring Breaks’ special

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Spring Breaks Traktor Kontrol X1 Special

Native Instruments today launched ‘Spring Breaks’ – a limited-time special offer on the highly-acclaimed TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 decks and effects controller. Until March 31, 2014, customers can purchase TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 and receive a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software for free.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 provides seamless, intuitive control. DJs get plug-and-play physical control over 2 track decks and 2 TRAKTOR FX units. The integrated multi-purpose touch strip offers inspiring tactile control over looping and FX via finger swiping, as well as convenient access to track nudge and needle drops. Adding to TRAKTOR KONTROL X1′s playback and effects control, capacitive touch sensitive encoders provide instant visual feedback on TRAKTOR PRO 2′s features.

Trusted by countless professionals, TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a wide range of over 40 effects. Integrated Remix Decks technology allows instant looping and sampling for on-the-fly remixes.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is available for $199 USD / 199 EUR / £169 GBP. The offer is valid from until March 31st, 2014. The TRAKTOR PRO 2 license included with purchase of TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 during this offer is not eligible for resale.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol X1

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IK Multimedia launches GrooveMaker 2 for iPad

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of GrooveMaker 2 for iPad, the most powerful mobile loop based music making app with a patented “groove generator” engine that lets anyone create professional quality non-stop grooves, beats and songs in real time.

IK Multimedia GrooveMaker 2 for iPad

GrooveMaker 2.1 adds universal compatibility that provides iPad users with an intuitive groove making interface and full suite of professional tools and effects for creating music and grooves on the go on an iPad.

GrooveMaker 2 provides a completely new and intuitive way of making music by using groups of loops called songs (60 loops per song) that always sound good together, and users use these to build grooves and complete songs.

GrooveMaker 2 gives users total control over the creation, mixing and remixing process from a newly designed iOS 7 style interface and intuitive controls, loop import, automatic mixing controls, loop effects, mastering effects, groove sequencing and export controls. With GrooveMaker 2, anyone can make music and be a DJ, anywhere, any time.

GrooveMaker 2 for iPad is available to purchase for $9.99 USD / 8.99 EUR.

More information: IK Multimedia / GrooveMaker 2 for iPad

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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.6

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Serato DJ

Serato has announced version 1.6 of its Serato DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

The latest update for Serato DJ includes Rane Hardware support, Pitch ‘N Time DJ Expansion Pack, Quantize, Nameable Cue Points, Jet Pack FX Expansion Pack, support for the Pioneer DDJ-SZ & Numark V7 Pro Controllers and the brand new Denon DJ MC6000MKII & Reloop Terminal Mix 8 DJ Intro Controllers and a healthy dose of maintenance bug fixes for continued stability and performance.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.6

  • Rane Hardware Support: Support for the Rane SL2, Rane SL3, Rane SL4, Rane Sixty-One, Rane Sixty-Two and Rane Sixty-Eight.
  • Pitch ‘N Time DJ: Allows you to speed up or slow down your track to extreme tempo values while maintaining its key perfectly, with the highest quality and definition of any available software.
  • Serato DJ FX Expansion Pack – Jet Pack: A Trippy, Spacey & Rave infused FX Pack including: Shepard Filter, U.F.O., Space Verb & Bass Ducker.
  • Quantize: Quantize mode allows you to set and trigger Cue Points on beat. Make sure you have your beatgrids set!
  • Nameable Cue Points.
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9 Support.
  • Hardware Support: Pioneer DDJ-SZ, Numark V7 Pro Controllers, Denon DJ MC6000MKII & Reloop Terminal Mix 8 DJ Intro Controllers.
  • Added Serato DJ Accessory Support: Pioneer CDJ-900, Denon DN-HC1000S.
  • Other New Features: Stack View Mode, Open/Close crates from hardware, Improved Cue Point and Loops Display area.

See the release notes for detailed information on the update.

Serato DJ is available to purchase for $129 USD. The new Pitch ‘N Time DJ and Jet Pack expansion packs are available for $29 USD and $19 USD respectively.

More information: Serato / Serato DJ

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Allen & Heath launches Xone:23 DJ Mixer

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Allen & Heath has announced the Xone:23, a high performance 2+2 channel DJ mixer.

Allen & Heath Xone:23

The new mixer is packed with pro features that would normally be found in the booth of a top-rated club, including an enhanced version of the legendary Xone filter with resonance control, VCA faders, 3 band total kill EQ, illuminated switches, crossfader curve selector, with styling inspired by the flagship Xone:DB4.

At the heart of the mixer is the renowned analogue Voltage Control Filter (VCF) system offering Low-Pass and High-Pass filters, frequency sweep and ‘mild to wild’ resonance control. There is also an FX loop to connect to third party FX units, which route back in through the filter system.

The 2 stereo channels feature independent level controls for each input enabling up to four stereo sources to be simultaneously routed to the mix, as well as the dedicated send and return system for external FX. The mixer can also be upgraded with the latest Innofader for enhanced scratch performance, available as an accessory from Allen & Heath.

The main mix output and mic input are on professional standard balanced XLR’s, and there is a dedicated record output. The Xone:23 is equipped with comprehensive monitoring facilities, including a booth output with its own volume control, a cue mix control, and signal levels clearly displayed on the 9 segment peak hold meters.

Styled on the Xone:DB4, the Xone:23 includes soft touch, backlit controls, light-piped meters and a distinctive new shaped steel faceplate.

Xone:23 features

  • 2+2 channels with dual phono/line inputs.
  • VCF Filter system – low-pass + high-pass filters plus frequency and resonance controls.
  • 3-band true total kill EQ.
  • External FX loop.
  • Mic input on balanced XLR, with 2-band EQ.
  • Balanced main mix out on XLR.
  • Independent booth out.
  • Record out.
  • 3.5mm and 1/4? headphone outputs.
  • Touring grade build quality.
  • Super smooth VCA channel faders.
  • User changeable crossfader.
  • Innofader compatible.
  • Crossfader curve switch.
  • 20dB pro standard headroom.
  • Ultra low distortion.
  • 2mm Steel face plate.
  • 9-segment signal level monitoring.

The Xone:23 will be presented at the Winter NAMM 2014, January 23rd -26th, at booth #6464. It is expected to ship in April, 2014, at a suggested retail price of £242 GBP (ex. VAT).

More information: Allen & Heath / Xone:23

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Future Loops releases Ultimate DJ Tools Bundle 2

Future Loops Ultimate DJ Tools Bundle 2

Future Loops has released Ultimate DJ Tools Bundle 2, a limited edition sample pack bundle for the Holiday Season.

Ultimate DJ Tools Bundle 2 features several of their Dance Music sample packs (House, Tech House, Techno, Bass House, Electro, Complextro, Progressive & more..) and includes Drum Loops, Synths, Vocals, Bass, Drum Kits, Presets & more.

With over 38 GB and 34.000+ samples, Ultimate DJ Tools Bundle 2 is available at a highly reduced price for a limited time only.

The bundle is available to purchase for 199.95 EUR.

More information: Future Loops / Ultimate DJ Tools Bundle 2

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IK Multimedia releases GrooveMaker 2 for iPhone & iPod Touch

IK Multimedia GrooveMaker 2

IK Multimedia has released GrooveMaker 2 for iPhone and iPod touch, the most powerful mobile loop based music making app with a patented “groove generator” engine that lets anyone create professional quality non-stop grooves, beats and songs in real time on the go.

GrooveMaker 2 has been completely redesigned with a slew of powerful new features, giving users total control over their creations while functioning as a live performance powerhouse app.

GrooveMaker 2 provides a completely new and intuitive way of making music by using groups of loops called songs (60 loops per song) that always sound good together, and users use these to build build grooves and complete songs. GrooveMaker 2 gives users ability to mix and remix their creations from a newly designed iOS 7 style interface and intuitive controls, loop import, automatic mixing controls, loop effects, mastering effects, groove sequencing and export controls.

There are literally millions of groove possibilities that can be constructed and deconstructed with GrooveMaker 2. Over 3,600 available loops from a continually expanding library of over 60 collections for virtually every style of groove music including House, DubStep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Electro, D’n’B, Trance, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and artist’s packs from Ace of Skunk Anansie, Chris Domingo and Cool & Dre and more.

There are tons of new and powerful performance features in GrooveMaker 2. The new Grid Interface allows users to literally “draw” new grooves by dragging their finger across the screen, as well as being able to change the length of individual loops and grooves down to 1/4 of a bar. Additionally, GrooveMaker 2′s time-stretch engine allows complete tempo changes (up to 200% and down to 50%) without affecting the pitch of the loops.

GrooveMaker 2 also features a suite of up to 16 creative effects users can apply “on the fly” to mixes
and grooves, including staple effects like delay, reverb, filter, flange and wah, but also specialized effects designed forlive DJ performance like stutter, noise, twist, tail, brake and spin. Furthermore, one of the most requested features is now fully implemented in GrooveMaker 2: audio recording and audio import (E-mail, FTP, SoundCloud, and more).

Changes in GrooveMaker 2

  • Completely redesigned iOS7 style interface.
  • New single application allows you to have all your loop collections in one place via inapp purchase (any GrooveMaker 1 loop packs bought previously are unlocked and usable in GrooveMaker 2 upon registration).
  • 16 Packs available in 60 song collections (1 song included in the free version, 4 songs included in the full version and more available via in-app purchase).
  • New Grid interface allows for simplified loop remixing – even by “drawing”.
  • Single loop duration and groove duration can be freely selected down to ¼ bar, with new 1/8 to 1/32 live-repeat function on full grooves for dramatic effects.
  • 16 available FX with automation and touch-pad like interface.
  • IMPORT functions allows to import audio files or record your own grooves within the existing collection (available for in-app purchase in the Free version).
  • New high-quality time-stretch for seamless groove tempo variation from 50% to 200% of original BPM without changing the pitch.
  • New real-time recorder of your remixing performance.
  • New master control with Compressor, EQ and Filter.
  • New sharing features include Audio Copy, E-mail, Wi-Fi, FTP and SoundCloud.
  • Compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and X-Sync (with iRig MIX).

GrooveMaker 2 is available to purchase for 8.99 EUR. A free version can be downloaded on the App Store.

More information: IK Multimedia / GrooveMaker 2

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