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Philips and Armin van Buuren intoduce M1X-DJ System

Philips M1X-DJ System

Philips and Armin van Buuren have launched the M1X-DJ System, a combined DJ controller and sound system.

Combining a sleek design aesthetic and easy-to-use interface with innovative technology, the M1X-DJ allows anyone who wants to mix, play and share their music in one portable device. It combines a DJ controller and sound system that comes integrated with an Apple Lightning connector and Bluetooth® connectivity and works seamlessly with the djay 2 app from Algoriddim.

“Fans often ask me what equipment they should buy when they want to start mixing themselves,” said Armin. “A lot of kit can be expensive, so with the M1X I wanted to create something that’s accessible for everybody. The other great thing about the M1X is that you can play it wherever you want, whether that’s the beach, the park or your street: it’s the ghettoblaster reinvented for today.”

“Music drives us, especially in its ability to let people express themselves through their own unique sound,” said Ruggero Nardone, senior manager consumer marketing, audio at Philips Lifestyle Entertainment. “The M1X-DJ makes mixing, playing and sharing tracks simple. Everyone loves a great party and this product will deliver a great music experience, whatever the setting.”

“We are thrilled about the release of the M1X-DJ,” said Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “djay users of any skill level will be excited to control their music in a whole new way with this unique new DJ system.”

The Philips M1X-DJ System includes speakers that output an impressive 80-Watts of sound. Optimized for iPad® and compatible with the iPhone 5®, the system includes an Apple ‘Lightning’ connector and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Using the djay 2 app, you can switch between tracks on your playlist or mix tracks together for a sound that is truly your own. The integrated DJ controller allows you to mix and scratch your music using two professional grade platters, cross faders and controls – just like a professional DJ would use.

The system is simple to use and provides an authentic DJ experience for beginners to professionals, depending on how you choose to use the features. With multiple inputs and outputs, aspiring artists can link up multiple M1X-DJs or bigger stereo systems for a more club-like sound. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to share your favorite music from Bluetooth-enabled devices. When the party moves outside or to a remote location that may not have accessible power, the M1X-DJ will play for five hours with D cell batteries.

To help make the most of your mix, the Philips M1X-DJ works seamlessly with Algoriddim’s djay 2, an intuitive DJ app that makes it easy to get started fading and mixing tracks. Downloaded by millions of users around the world, Algoriddim’s djay has won the prestigious Apple Design Award and has charted as the #1 top paid app on the iTunes App Store. The app makes it easy to get started for beginners and has advanced features for those with more experience.

The Philips M1X-DJ Sound System will be available in November 2013 with a recommended retail price of 399.95 EUR.

More information: Philips

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Native Instruments releases video on creative beat producers and performers in Japan

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Native Instruments today released the first of a series of videos showcasing respected Japanese producers, performers, and DJs.


Five artists give detailed insights into their individual creative processes with MASCHINE – Native Instruments’ groove production system seamlessly integrating tactile hardware and advanced software.

After a widely successful launch of Native Instruments’ Japanese office in Tokyo earlier this year, the company is beginning a series of activities with skilled local artists to further expand its footprint in the Japanese music production and DJ equipment markets.

Five-time DMC world champion DJ team KIREEK uses MASCHINE to intuitively create beats on the fly, dragging them directly into TRAKTOR PRO for an instant transition from their studio setup to playing live. International touring artist KAITO from the Cologne-based Kompakt Records lineup constantly discovers new ways of working on dance music in a way which is only possible with MASCHINE. Tokyo’s star performance duo HIFANA loves the comprehensive collection of sounds and use MASCHINE in their live setup on stage. Samplesmith DJ Baku uses MASCHINE as his main production tool to sample records from various genres and to find new musical inspiration. Fukuoka’s beat specialist OLIVE OIL has discovered MASCHINE as his go to tool – not only for sampling old records but even for mixing and arranging entire tracks without any additional software.

More information: Native Instruments / Maschine

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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