Native Instruments has announced a new ‘Happy Hour’ sales special for the TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the 2+2 channel DJ control mixer.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 was launched in November 2012 as the world’s first 2+2 channel control mixer. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Z2 features two stand-alone channels with controls for two Remix Decks, and a high-quality 24-bit soundcard. The Z2 is also equipped with top-of-the line knobs and buttons, multi-colored cue point controls, and advanced Innofaders™. XLR outputs and a separate booth output ensure club compatibility, and allow monitoring. The hardware provides connectivity for both turntables and CDJs, offering options for both analog and digital setups. Users also get dedicated controls for the ‘one-knob’ Macro FX and Flux Mode – expressive features of the included TRAKTOR PRO 2 software.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 ships with the latest version of NI’s flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software. TRAKTOR PRO 2 includes over 30 studio-quality effects, powerful Macro FX, plus Flux Mode – a unique feature that tracks the time during advanced effect performances, allowing DJs to drop back in time with the beat after complex performance routines. For DJs who like to combine the flexibility of digital DJing with the feel of analog systems, the Z2 also comes with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2*. Timecode vinyl and CDs are included in the package. With TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, DJs now have access to all aspects of their workflow from one powerful command center.
The Happy Hour special runs from June 1st until June 30th, 2013, until midnight, Central European Time (CET). During this period, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is available to TRAKTOR users for $599 USD/599 EUR. Customers purchasing from a retailer will need to present a valid proof of purchase for a TRAKTOR product to be eligible.
The Mixxx free and open source DJ software for Windows, Mac and Linux has been updated to version 1.11.
Mixxx has everything you need to start making DJ mixes in a tight, integrated package. Whether you’re DJing your next house party, spinning at a club, or broadcasting as a radio DJ, Mixxx has what you need to do it right.
After over a year of work by the team, Mixxx 1.11.0 adds several exciting new features including 3-band colored waveforms, a completely new and high-accuracy beat detector, HID controller support, a session history feature, a new beatloop-roll effect, a library preview deck, point-and-click MIDI mapping, advanced search, and much more!
An overview of what’s new in Mixxx v1.11 can be found here. A detailed list of changes is available at the Mixxx blog.
Mixxx is available to download for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as source code (GPL v2).
Native Instruments has announced the release of the TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone App, available now on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.
Following the release of the unique, hands-on DJ app for iPad, TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone delivers the same intuitive workflow and advanced feature set as the iPad version, with an optimized interface to fit the screen real estate of iPhone and iPod touch. The TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone App is aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals. Users of TRAKTOR PRO, Native Instruments’ flagship DJ software for Mac and PC, can also complement their setups with bidirectional content synchronization with TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone.
The release of TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone is the realization of one of Native Instruments’ long-term visions – to use touch-controlled waveform displays to create a more direct way to interact with music. The success of the iPad version demonstrates this new paradigm has been eagerly adopted by the DJ and wider iOS community.
TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone follows its iPad counterpart in putting the waveform at the center of user interaction. A user interface optimized for the iPhone’s screen size delivers the same dedicated 3-band EQ and filter sections, and 8 proven TRAKTOR effects as the iPad version. Users can view both decks simultaneously or use the convenient touch slider to quickly adjust the size of each waveform in relation to the other. This allows users to set loops, perform scratches, mark cue points for live re-editing, and scrub, browse or navigate through tracks with the same precision and ease available to iPad users – all in the most portable version of the industry-leading professional DJ software to date.
Also on board are TRAKTOR DJ’s advanced performance features. Freeze Mode lets users slice up a waveform into playable parts for on-the-fly remixing and entirely new musical performances. Users can also create beat grids in real time, intuitively mapping out a song’s groove without having to stop the music. TRAKTOR’s refined automatic tempo detection, sync engine, and precise downbeat analysis make beat mixing completely straightforward and free users to creatively interact with their music via the touch interface. A powerful recommendation engine uses advanced tempo, key, and timbre detection algorithms to recommend compatible tracks with the same tempo and harmonic structure in real time. This allows users of all levels to create smooth and earpleasing mixes. Users have access not only to their TRAKTOR collection, but also the music available on their iPhone or iPod touch. And thanks to TRAKTOR DJ’s Notification Center, users learn the app at their own pace, unobtrusively receiving tips, tricks, and techniques from within the app.
TRAKTOR DJ bi-directionally syncs track settings and properties with TRAKTOR PRO. This gives DJs an ideal workflow for planning a set when on the move. Users can also transfer their stored work in TRAKTOR PRO directly to TRAKTOR DJ – all beat grids, cue points, loops and BPM counts seamlessly transfer between iPhone and TRAKTOR PRO and back via a free Dropbox account. Additionally, because of the powerful Core Audio engine built into iOS, TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone also offers ultra-low latency playback, manipulation and recording while also supporting professional class compliant hardware audio interfaces, such as the TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 and 10, something currently not possible on any other mobile platform. DJs can connect these and other devices to their iPhone using the Camera Connection Kit™ for optimum audio quality and pre-listen and cue functionality, or via a splitter cable with dedicated cue and master controls. All of this allows TRAKTOR DJ users to easily record their mixes live on their iPhone, or pump their music out to the house in the highest quality possible.
TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone is available to purchase for $4.99 USD / 4.49 EUR from the App Store.
Following the unveiling of all-new DJ innovations at Musikmesse 2013 in Germany—including the new Mixtrack Quad and Mixtrack Edge controllers—Numark has announced that Serato DJ is now compatible with the Numark NS7, NS7FX, Mixdeck and Mixdeck Express DJ controllers.
Serato DJ is already compatible with Mixtrack Pro and Mixtrack Pro II, and compatibility with the top-selling NS6 four-channel DJ controller was announced in February—a free upgrade for NS6 owners.
“We’re committed to giving DJs the best tools possible,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “That’s why we’ve worked so quickly and so closely with Serato to bring Serato DJ to more and more Numark controllers. The Numark-Serato combination is what DJs are asking for.”
Serato DJ includes a wide range of all-new features and capabilities, and the latest version—Serato DJ 1.2.0—also brings the addition of Multi FX Mode for all. Multi FX Mode is a powerful and easy-to-use effects mode that unlocks the next evolution of creative control.
The Numark Mixdeck, Mixdeck Express, Mixtrack Pro and Mixtrack Pro II controllers are eligible for a free 14-day fully functional trial version of Serato DJ and, for a limited time, can be upgraded completely to Serato DJ for $129 at serato.com/dj/buy.
Compatibility with the Numark N4 and Mixdeck Quad controllers is expected to be available this summer.
Zerodebug, formerly known as AppBC, makers of the popular touchAble app, has announced d(- -)b, the first Modular DJ App for iPad.
d(- -)b delivers the full DJ experience on the iPad.
Made by the team behind touchAble, the popular controller app for Ableton Live, d(- -)b provides endless possibilities for DJs with an iPad. Its modular approach lets the app adapt to the user, not the other way around.
DJs can choose from pre-installed templates or create their own interface with up to 6 decks – on one or several pages – making it the perfect tool for any use- case.
The comprehensive in app editor makes it simple to configure your very own DJ setup. The numerous modules include everything a DJ needs, and allow for an incredible amount of flexibility and customization.
With beautiful color-coded waveforms instead of fake vinyl platters and accurate tools for both worlds of beat-matching: Grid & Sync or Pitch & Nudge – it opens the door to a whole new world of touchable DJing.
With support for Multi-Route Audio, d(- -)b turns the iPad into into a professional DJ setup – powerful, customizable, portable.
“We waited a long time for a professional DJ application for the iPad ..and ended up doing it ourselves. We are very happy to finally share this with the public.”, states Christian Blomert, head of development.
d(- -)b features
Custom browser with access to the iTunes library.
Ultra low-latency touchable waveform with spectrum color-coding.
Comprehensive in-app editor lets you create your own interfaces with up to 6 decks – on one or several pages.
Track analysis with automatic tempo and grid detection.
Manually grid tracks if the detection is off.
Stereo-Pre-Cueing: -> multi-route audio to precue tracks in stereo. Works with any class-compliant audio device via USB and the iPad Camera Connection Kit. -> split output audio to do mono monitoring.
4 cue points per deck.
3 band EQ with kill switches.
optional limiter with variable headroom
EQ Snap and EQ “Magic Triangle”.
Pitch coarse & fine faders for 10% / 1% pitch control.
Loops from 1/64th to 8 bars.
Loop roll while track keeps playing.
Listen to the dry/wet monitor signal on headphones while recording the main stereo mix – without multi-route or split-audio!
Wide range of settings make the app less restrictive, more customizable. d(- -)b is just at the beginning of its journey and will be updated regularly.
The already impressive list of planned features spans audiobus support, MIDI mappings, MIDI Clock as well as several Effects.
d(–)b is available at an introductory price of $9.99 USD from the Apple App Store (regular $16.99 USD). d(–)b officially supports the iPad 2 and up, including the iPad mini, running iOS 6 and above.
Loopmasters has released Essential DJ Mixtools, a handpicked selection of the hottest extended loops and samples from the Loopmasters DJ Mixtools sample series released to date.
DJ MIXTOOLS from LOOPMASTERS is a concept for forward-thinking DJs and live artists. Imagine buying a track but then being able to separate that track into its key elements and having ROYALTY FREE access to remix, effect, chop and loop the parts in your own individual style to create an exciting and refreshing new mix… Welcome to the world of DJ MIXTOOLS.
In detail Producers should expect to find 80 24Bit Samples including a collection of 11 Energetic Long SFX samples, 10 One Shot SFX, 14 Lead Synth Hooks, 3 Crisp Top Loop Tools, 9 Subliminal Bass Tools, 5 Dramatic Breakdown Tools, 3 Bouncy Percussion Tools, 8 Punchy Drum Loop Tools, 5 Vocal Stems and 12 Melodic Chords and Music Tools.
Serato has announced the release of Scratch Live 2.4.4, the latest free software update for Serato Scratch Live DJs.
With this release we have focused primarily on fixing bugs and improving stability. In particular issues that have been reported widely on our forum, most significantly the CD drive crash and kernel panics seen with the Rane SL4, Sixty-One and Sixty-Two.
The other significant change is that the Scratch Live installer no longer installs the Rane Core Audio drivers on Mac. However, these Core Audio drivers are still included in the Scratch Live 2.4.4.dmg for users to install manually. This was a necessary step for OS X 10.8 support.