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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.3

Serato has announced version 1.3 of its Serato DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

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

Changes in Serato DJ v1.3

  • Serato DJ FX Expansion Packs containing new FX powered by iZotope: The Wolf Pack, available as a free download, and the Back Pack, available to purchase for USD19.
    The Wolf Pack contains Epic Verb, Bit Crush, Tremolo, Repeater, Braker and Brake Echo, and the Back Pack contains Tape Echo, Looper, Time Stretch, Spiral Echo and Envelope Filter. Both packs contain a large number of Multi FX presets.
  • Favorite FX allows you to customize the effects select drop down menus that appear in Serato DJ, showing the FX you choose as your favorites.
  • Slip Mode for all supported Serato DJ controllers. When Slip Mode is activated you can manipulate the audio as normal (e.g scratching, Looping, triggering Cue Points etc), however once you have finished, the playback position is returned to where it would be if you had not manipulated the audio. Slip Mode can also be MIDI mapped to a secondary MIDI controller if your hardware doesn’t have a dedicated Slip Mode button.
  • Novation TWITCH, Vestax VCI-300 & VFX-1 Support.
  • Numark NS7 MKII Support.
  • Fixed Tap tempo lighting on Pioneer DDJ-SX.
  • Fixed the crossfader curve options being swapped in the Setup screen.
  • Changed vinyl button lighting on Vestax VCI-400 to make it more clear that you are in slip mode.
  • Numark MixDeck and MixDeck Express now show correct BPM when a deck is in Sync.
  • Fixed Play from First Cue Point Setup screen option stability.
  • Fixed platter scratching on NS7 with motor off and track paused.
  • Fixed needle-search on VCI-380.
  • Fixed a bug where Play from First Cue Point option was broken if track configured with first cue point.
  • Fixed Beatgrid Slip not working with motor off on NS7
  • Start/Stop time on NS7 is now remembered in software with motor off.
  • Fixed Slip/Shift mode platter interaction.
  • Fixed a bug where Shift + Beatgrid Adjust sometimes moved playhead when it shouldn’t.
  • Fixed deck showing incorrect pitch sometimes after switching layers
  • MIDI mapping of the Autoloop range shift buttons (< and >) unfortunately has been broken and users will need to remap them.

The Serato DJ v1.3 update is now available to download.

More information: Serato / Serato DJ

Native Instruments launches Traktor Kontrol S2 sale

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2

Native Instruments has launched a limited-time special offer on Traktor Kontrol S2, reducing the price of
the compact all-in-one DJ controller system to $399 / 399 EUR throughout August 2013.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is a versatile integrated DJ performance system that set a new standard in the 2-deck category. Offering DJs a more portable alternative to the professional 4-deck KONTROL S4 system, the KONTROL S2 provides a versatile ’2+1′ setup with two full-featured playback decks as well as comprehensive mixing features and effects with the same acclaimed sound quality.

Integrated with the included full-featured TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, the 2+1 concept adds an additional third channel for Remix Decks which opens up a wide range of additional creative performance techniques beyond the typical two-deck paradigm in its product category.

All essential functions, including looping, cueing, effects control, and track browsing have dedicated hardware controls, allowing DJs to focus on performance and not the computer screen.

Traktor Kontrol S2 is available to purchase for $399 / 399 EUR until August 31 2013, or while stocks last. Traktor Kontrol S4 is also currently available at a reduced price of $599 USD / 599 EUR until August 31 2013, or while stocks last.

More information: Native Istruments / Traktor Kontrol S2

Native Instruments releases TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2

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Traktor Kontrol X1 MK2

Native Instruments has released the updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, a new version of its compact and highly popular decks and effects controller.

With the same size and robust product design as the original controller, TRAKTOR KONTROL X1′s new features include touch-sensitive Browse and Loop encoders, 7-segment displays and LEDs for visual feedback, and an innovative multi-purpose touch strip for added tactile control. When combined with TRAKTOR PRO, the X1 MK2 delivers plug-and-play physical control over 2 track decks and 2 freely assignable TRAKTOR FX units – with or without the use of turntables or CDJs.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 allows direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux mode access. 7-segment displays, LEDs, and quality RGB back-lit buttons that match color with cue point types provide precise visual feedback even in the darkest conditions. The most significant new addition is a multi-purpose touch strip that delivers physical command over track position, pitch bend, and effects. Actions such as nudging, needle dropping, track seeking or setting loop length are now possible through simple finger swiping for customizable tactile control over these parameters in TRAKTOR PRO 2. LED indicators help DJs keep track of the assigned parameter without having to look at the computer screen.

Furthermore, the new TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 hardware now provides even more dedicated control over TRAKTOR PRO 2. Advanced Browse and Loop encoders respond to touch, providing direct access to different views and functions in TRAKTOR PRO 2.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 is available to purchase for $229 USD / 199 EUR. All X1 customers receive a personal $50 USD / 50 EUR e-voucher delivered by email upon registration of the X1 hardware.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL X1

Image-Line updates Deckadance to v2.2

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Image-Line has released version 2.2 of Deckadance, the DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

Deckadance 2.2 adds MIDI scripting so you, developers and the community can now create MIDI controller scripts to control Deckadance 2 for any MIDI controller including controller feedback, where applicable.

Scripts use the AngelScript language that follows the widely known C / C++ syntax and data types. To use a script, select it via the MIDI Scripting tab on the Preferences. Registered customers can also participate in the Deckascript forum to share scripts and get support writing them.

In addition to the above, Deckadance 2 fixes bugs reported so far with Deckadance version 2.1

Deckadance 2.2 is now available to download.

More information: Image-Line / Deckadance

Loopmasters launches 24hr Sale – 40% off DJ Tools

Loopmasters DJ Tools sale

Loopmasters has announced a 1-day sale on its DJ Tools sample packs.

Add sugar and spice to the sound of electronic music at the climax of a hot summer. Now even hotter with the Loopmasters One-Day-Sales.

Save 40% on Loopmasters’ own genre releases and stock up on the best sounds in the business!

HURRY! THIS SALE IS REALLY SHORT!

The sale ends August 5th, 2013, 11:59 PM GMT (London Time).

More information: Loopmasters / DJ Tools Sale

Industrial Strength intros Akkya 02 Traktor Decks – Drum and Bass

Akkya Traktor Decks Drum & Bass

Industrial Strength Records has released Traktor Decks – Drum and Bass, a sample pack by Akkya.

ISR is back with another extreme set of Dj tools for NI’s Tracktor Remix Decks. This round we pile up a slew of underground DnB sounds to mix and match for any Dj set

Akkya has followed and been part of Drum n Bass from its very beginning. Moving with each style. From Platinum Breakz, Photek, Ltj Bukem and the Fabio and Grooverider shows to Phace, Noisia and its current breed.

This NI Traktor Remix Set features slick collection of breaks and sounds that represent the changing forms of Dnb in all its best facets. These License free sounds are all ready to lock and load into Ni Tracker Decks. The 24 Bit audio can be used in any studio situation.

The sample pack is available from Loopmasters for £7.95 GBP.

More information: Industrial Strength / Traktor Decks Drum & Bass

Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2

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Native Instruments has announced the updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, a new version of the compact and highly popular decks and effects controller.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1

With the same size and robust product design as the original controller, the TRAKTOR KONTROL X1’s new features include touch-sensitive Browse and Loop encoders, 7-segment displays and LEDs for visual feedback, and an innovative multi-purpose touch strip for added tactile control. When combined with TRAKTOR PRO, KONTROL X1 MK2 delivers plug-and-play physical control over 2 track decks and 2 freely assignable TRAKTOR FX units – with or without the use of turntables or CDJs.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 allows direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux mode access. This allows fast and fluid cue point juggling and effects looping without the worry of losing phase or sync during performance. Quality RGB back-lit buttons, LED, and 7-segment displays provide precise visual feedback even in the darkest conditions. The effects section features 8 high-resolution potentiometers with buttons to match, and allows simultaneous control of all parameters on two (three in chained mode) TRAKTOR effects units.

The most significant new addition is a multi-purpose touch strip that delivers physical command over track position, pitch bend, and effects. Actions such as nudging, needle dropping, track seeking or setting loop length are now possible through simple finger swiping for customizable tactile control over these parameters in TRAKTOR PRO 2. Equally powerful with an all-digital DJ setup or in combination with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2, the touch strip relieves the need to manually adjust turntables or CDJs. LED indicators help DJs keep track of the assigned parameter without having to look at the computer screen.

The new TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 hardware now provides even more dedicated control over TRAKTOR PRO 2. Advanced Browse and Loop encoders respond to touch, providing direct access to different views and functions in TRAKTOR PRO 2. Touching the Browse encoder automatically switches to the full-sized Browser view, while touching the Loop encoders instantly activates key change and tempo. Furthermore, the touch strip also interprets deck functions based on status. When playback is stopped, the strip is assigned to track seeking or needle dropping. When playback is enabled, pitch bend becomes active.

Designed with premium-grade materials, the sleek new TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 is both robust and compact, offering DJs an effective and creative one-stop solution in any setting. The supplementary TRAKTOR KONTROL STAND is also available separately and elevates the unit to standard mixer height.

TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 will be available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop for $229 USD/199 EUR. It is available to pre-order now. All X1 customers receive a personal $50 USD/50 EUR e-voucher delivered by email upon registration of the X1 hardware.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol X1

Producertech offers 50% off Learn to DJ – Beginners Guide

Producertech idjcourse promo

Producertech has announced a 50% discount on the Learn to DJ – Beginners Guide video tutorial.

Anyone wanting to learn to DJ but without a clue where to start can now come to us for help! Our Beginners Guide provides lessons on all the basic skills needed to DJ on any format, from vinyl decks and CDJs to software like Traktor.

The final two modules teach a multitude of scratching techniques and provide an insight into the life of pro DJ Santé.

The course is available to purchase at 50% off by using coupon Code LMIDJ50 at checkout.

More information: idjcourse