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Numark NS7 II performance DJ controller now shipping

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Numark has announced the availability of the NS7 II, a dramatically enhanced and updated version of the industry’s most advanced and best-selling 4-channel motorised DJ controller/mixer.

Numark NS7 II

Numark has set a breathtaking pace for digital DJ’ing for more than 20 years, empowering DJs with cutting-edge technology to continually advance the art form to hitherto unparalleled heady heights. In 2007, Numark and Serato® unleashed the original NS7, a clever controller/mixer combo that brought a level of performance with digital media that had never before been achieved, accurately reproducing the look and feel of vinyl, beautifully blurring the boundaries between different DJ’ing eras so successfully that it made them almost indistinguishable. Since then, the powerful practice proffered by the NS7 has defined top-tier DJ performance, perfectly setting the bar by which all other controllers can be justifiably judged. Until now, that is!

Now Numark is pushing contemporary DJ performance capabilities even further forward with its all-new NS7 II, incorporating iconic technology from Akai Professional, music production technology trendsetter and creator of the MPC legendary lineup. The NS7 II’s 16 MPC® pads can be instantly assigned to control five dynamic performance features in Serato DJ — namely, CUES, AUTO/ROLL, LOOP, SAMPLER, and SLICER. Moreover, each pad features RGB illumination, allowing for an almost endless amount of colour variations via MIDI. Vinyl platter control has never felt more familiar courtesy of its high- and low-torque motorised platters with real slip mats and real vinyl sitting on 3,600 ticks of resolution!

NS7 II features

  • 7-inch motorized turntables with ultra-high-resolution MIDI (3600 ticks per rotation).
  • 4-channel mixer and 24-bit audio interface built in.
  • 16 multi-color MPC® pads from Akai Professional.
  • Capacitive touch-sensitive filter, EQ, and effects knobs.
  • Genuine vinyl discs and real felt slipmats for unmatched tactile control.
  • The most intuitive and seamless control for Serato DJ available.
  • Connect and mix CD players, turntables, MP3 players, or any other external source.
  • Mixer can operate standalone, with or without your computer.
  • High- and low-torque turntable settings.
  • Comprehensive Loop, Sample, Slicer, and Hot Cue controls.
  • Strip Search™ virtual needle-drop technology.
  • Serato DJ software included.
  • Curve-adjustable CP-Pro crossfader.
  • Dedicated iZotope® effects controls.
  • Rugged all-metal construction.

The NS7 II costs 1,199 EUR / $1,499.95 USD / £999 GBP.

More information: Numark / NS7 II

Ableton updates Live to v9.1

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Ableton has updated its Live music production software to version 9.1, providing several significant improvements for users of Live 9 and Push.

Ableton Live 9.1
Live 9.1 takes advantage of multiple monitors to show you more at once.

Live 9.1 introduces support for two windows, including the option to place the windows on different monitors. Want to use the Session View mixer while keeping an eye on the Arrangement? How about using one monitor for tweaking effects parameters and another monitor for editing a MIDI clip? We hope this feature will please those users who told us how keen they are on dual monitor support, and it certainly promises to be a workflow booster for many music-making scenarios.

For Push owners, Live 9.1 introduces a brand new melodic step sequencer. Enter notes manually, or play them in, then edit each note in the sequence precisely – all via the hands-on interface of Push. Plus, you can now edit automation with step-by-step accuracy – maybe open up a filter for single notes, or add a splash of reverb to the last notes of a sequence.

Finally, there are a couple of under the hood changes that we’d like to draw your attention to. Live 9.1 includes a new rendering algorithm for better quality audio when exporting from higher to lower sample rates – for instance, going from 96kHz to 44.1kHz. Also, rendering now uses multiple cores, which can result in much faster exports. Ultra high-quality rendering and faster renders – now in Live 9.1.

Read the release notes for more details on what is new in Live 9.1.

The update is free for all owners of Live 9 (manual download required, earlier versions of Live 9 will not automatically update to Live 9.1).

More information: Ableton / Live

Faderfox launches DJ44 for Traktor Pro & Ableton Live

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Fadefox has announce the release of DJ44, the first in-case controller for Traktor Pro and Ableton Live.

Faderfox DJ44

The DJ44 is the first member of a new line called SOLID CONTROL. The device is packed in a covered alu case with massive alu faceplate and high quality controls.

You will find all necessary controls to mix perfectly with two decks using the internal software mixer and effects of Traktor Pro. The compact size makes it possible to play everywhere you want. Unpacking the unit is very easy by simply clicking and removing the cover.

Extra large keys with a nice tactile feeling, pots and encoders with rubber knobs and a lot of LEDs and two displays give you an absolutely ergonomic instrument to rock the dancefloor. Last but not least the unit is also a good companion for Ableton Live if that is your prefered DJ software.

The DJ44 controller is available to purchase for 499 EUR (incl. VAT).

More information: Faderfox / DJ44

Native Instruments announces MASCHINE STUDIO & MASCHINE 2.0

Native Instruments has announced MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE 2.0, the new flagship groove production studio and next generation of MASCHINE software.

Considerably bigger than the original hardware, MASCHINE STUDIO provides expanded tactile control and new hi-resolution color displays, setting a new precedent in intuitive, hands-on, computer-based beat production. As with the acclaimed MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO, MASCHINE STUDIO is an integrated solution combining the latest software technology with a hardware-based workflow.

MASCHINE 2.0 features a host of enhancements – including a new mixer page and dynamic drum synth plug-ins – designed to deliver more power and speed to all three MASCHINE production studios.

NI Maschine Studio

Providing complete hardware control over virtually all software functions, MASCHINE STUDIO’s workflow is centered on 16 highly-responsive multi-color backlit pads, a new Edit Section with jog wheel, a Level Section and two hi-resolution color displays – a major hardware advancement. The displays enable producers to focus on MASCHINE’s hardware workflow, providing detailed visual feedback of the software’s powerful features. When editing samples or working in MASCHINE’s clip-based pattern sequencer, the displays show an overview of the full selection on the left screen while the right screen allows for detailed fine-tuning when slicing, editing, and composing. When browsing, the displays provide easy navigation and selection of projects, groups, sounds, instruments, effects, and samples with KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects product icons visible directly from the hardware.

NI Maschine Studio

A new Edit Section provides dedicated buttons and a jog wheel with LED indicators for visual feedback and enhanced functionality. The jog wheel allows quick adjustments to volume, tempo, and swing settings, and speeds up browsing and editing. The Level Section provides a convenient volume knob and a multi-purpose meter display for master, group, sound, and cue levels plus monitoring for up to four selectable input sources when a multi-channel audio interface is connected. Dedicated control buttons allow fast switching between MASCHINE STUDIO’s sampler, arranger, mixer, and browser, and provide direct access to channel settings and an all-new plug-in strip. For producers already using external equipment, one MIDI input and three MIDI outputs allow MASCHINE STUDIO to function as a command hub, controlling all equipment from one comprehensive controller. On the underside of the unit, a highly sturdy, built-in collapsible stand provides the optimal angle for working with MASCHINE STUDIO.

NI Maschine 2.0

MASCHINE 2.0 presents a major revision of Native Instruments’ groove production software, delivering a host of powerful features to MASCHINE STUDIO, and both generations of MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. A tag-based attribute browser makes samples and presets easy to find while the new plug-in strip make MASCHINE’s internal plug-ins much more accessible by displaying their individual user interfaces instead of generic buttons and knobs. A brand-new, dedicated mixer page provides detailed level adjustment and flexible routing of MASCHINE 2.0′s aux sends, plug-ins, and unlimited groups and insert effects. A new audio engine with multi-core technology adds sidechaining and allows higher instrument, effect, and plug-in counts, faster load times and more. High-quality 32-bit float internal summing delivers the latest advancements in professional sound quality.

NI Maschine 2.0 Drum synth

Also new and exclusive to MASCHINE 2.0 are five drum synth plug-ins meticulously developed with Native Instruments’ years of experience in software synthesis. Each instrument caters to a specific drum type, and delivers an easy-to-use interface. The plug-ins are capable of a wide range of sounds – from crisp and digital, to warm and analog, featuring accurate acoustic-sounding drums. Because they are based on synthesis, producers have a refined level of control over the sound of each drum.
Not only are these plug-ins fully-adjustable and automatable directly from the MASCHINE hardware, they now add a signature sound aesthetic to the world of MASCHINE.

Maschine 2.0 Mixer with plug-ins

In addition to hosting any VST or Audio Units plug-in, MASCHINE 2.0 comes with an 8+ GB sound library of professional, production-ready sounds. Also included are full versions of Native Instrument’s acclaimed MASSIVE synthesizer, the unique synthesizer for percussive and mallet sounds PRISM, the powerful compressor SOLID BUS COMP, and the meticulously sampled vintage electric piano SCARBEE MARK I, providing a versatile setup ready for any production task. MASCHINE can be used as a standalone on either MAC or PC systems, but also loads as a VST, Audio Units or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs for seamless integration with existing production environments. MASCHINE 2.0 software features batch export of full songs, groups, and single sounds in lossless WAV or AIFF formats in up to 32-bit/192kHz quality. Import of older MASCHINE projects, iMASCHINE projects, REX files, and MPC programs is also fully supported.

MASCHINE STUDIO is available for purchase at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 for $999 USD / 999 EUR. MASCHINE 2.0 is included with MASCHINE STUDIO and all MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO products shipping on or after November 1, 2013.

Current MASCHINE users can purchase MASCHINE 2.0 on the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2013 for $99 USD / 99 EUR. Customers who purchase MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO between October 1, 2013 and November 1, 2013 will receive MASCHINE 1.8 with purchase and a free download for MASCHINE 2.0. They will be able to download the new software on November 1, 2013.

More information: Native Instruments / MASCHINE STUDIO

Native Instruments releases updated TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 & S2

Native Instruments has announced the release of new versions of the 4+1 channel DJ system TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and its 2+1 channel counterpart, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4
The S4 and S2 perfectly combine a premium DJ mixing interface, built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, and an intuitive interface engineered for seamless control of TRAKTOR software.

Both all-in-one DJ systems now offer an improved look and feel with added control over the latest TRAKTOR PRO 2 features. Furthermore, both the S4 and S2 are now plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ – the world’s most successful DJ app for iPad and iPhone.

Trusted by countless professional DJs for unparalleled creative possibilities and supreme work flow, the sharply redesigned TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 now feature color-coded RGB buttons that trigger and identify loops, cue points, and samples for improved visual feedback. Also upgraded are the high resolution jog-wheels, which now feature aircraft-grade aluminum plates for increased durability and performance. The advanced Flux Mode feature is now instantly accessible on the S4 and S2 via dedicated buttons on each deck, and TRAKTOR PRO 2’s Remix Deck controls can now be accessed directly from the units. TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 introduces a new separate booth output on the main out section of the rear panel which can be switched between Main or Booth, allowing for separate booth output volume – essential for many pro DJs.

In addition to offering all core TRAKTOR PRO 2 controls, the KONTROL S4 and S2 are now plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ – even more closely uniting hard and software. Both units deliver physical control for every function including cue points and Freeze Mode. Boasting a compact size, robust build, and innate TRAKTOR DJ integration, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the ideal choice for iOS-based DJ setups.

Both TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 include a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 with Remix Decks® software, opening up a wealth of creative possibilities. TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 are now available in stores worldwide and at the NI Online Shop.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is available to purchase for $799 USD / 799 EUR, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 costs $499 / 499 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments

Blue Cat Audio updates Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer to v2.03

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Blue Cat MB-7 Mixer 2

Blue Cat Audio has announced the release of several updates for Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 2, the multi-band processing plug-in with VST hosting capabilities.

The updates mainly improve compatibility with additional VST plug-ins (including VST Shells), adds support for virtual instruments hosting, tempo synchronization and more (full list below). A free add-on skin is now available for download to streamline the usage of the plug-in in single band (broadband) mode.

The plug-in can be purchased alone or as part of three bundles: Blue Cat’s Energy Pack, Blue Cat’s MB Dynamix Pack or Blue Cat’s All Plug-ins Pack, the complete Blue Cat Audio collection bundle. The special introduction offer (20% off) is still available until September 30th.

Changes in MB-7 Mixer v2.03

  • The plug-in can now host VST instruments.
  • Added support for plug-ins bundled into a VST Shell.
  • Hosted VST plug-ins can now sync with the host’s tempo.
  • AudioSuite support (offline processing) for the AAX version.
  • Some VST plug-ins that required tempo sync used to crash on load or produce no sound.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with FabFilter plug-ins.
  • Some VST plug-ins used to crash when reloading a Pro Tools session in Pro Tools 11.

Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 2 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/DirectX) is available to purchase for 74 EUR / $96 USD until September 30th, 2013 (regular 99 EUR / $129 USD). The upgrade from Blue Cat’s MB-7 Mixer 1 is 19 EUR / $25 USD.

More information: Blue Cat Audio / MB-7 Mixer 2

Avid intros S6 Control Surface

Avid has announced the S6 Control Surface, a major new addition to its industry leading family of control surfaces for sound recording, mixing and editing.

Avid S6

Avid S6 is designed for audio professionals in the most demanding production environments, delivering the performance needed to complete projects faster while producing the best sounding mixes. In addition, S6 provides mixing professionals with a state-of-the-art solution that easily scales to meet their current and future challenges.

“Working in ever more complex environments with fast project turnarounds, mixers need intuitive, tactile control of editing and mixing, and the ability to easily work with other artists, engineers, and facilities,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and services at Avid. “Drawing on more than 20 years of leading edge innovation, the S6 delivers the game-changing modularity, superior ergonomics, and streamlined collaboration to meet mixers’ changing business requirements.”

Built on the same proven technology that is core to the industry-leading ICON and System 5 product families, the Avid S6 enables mixers to quickly turn around complex projects while swiftly handling last-minute changes. With its unparalleled ability to simultaneously control multiple Pro Tools® and other EUCON™-enabled DAWs over simple Ethernet, S6 also speeds workflows and enables network collaboration on a single integrated platform.

Avid S6 modular design

S6 features

  • Revolutionary modular design — Adapting to every stage of a user’s business, the S6 control surface can be customized with the addition of the modules needed to match current workflow. It can be horizontally and vertically scaled as the client base grows. Pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surfaces may be purchased with the required faders, knobs, etc. already provided or, with S6 M40, further personalized with different channel control combinations.
  • Superior ergonomics — A traditional, familiar console layout allows easy transition from previous systems. The multipoint touchscreen quickly and easily accesses plug-ins, large track counts, surround panning and more, while top-lit status knobs and high resolution OLEDs add operational efficiency. Additional 12.1” displays on S6 M40 systems further enhance instant project overview by providing deep visual feedback on key items such as channel names, audio meters, routing, clip names, and scrolling waveforms. Ultimate recall enables quick location for last-minute mix changes.
  • Intelligent studio control — Compatible with Pro Tools and other popular EUCON-enabled DAWs, S6 enables detailed work on up to eight audio workstations simultaneously, as well as the ability to switch sessions in seconds from a single control surface across the facility. High-speed Ethernet connectivity makes it easy to reconfigure operations as business requirements dictate.

The S6 control surface will be available worldwide in Q4 2013. As a modular system, S6 is available at a variety of prices, with M10 configurations starting at $21,995 USD and M40 configurations starting at $43,480 USD.

More information: Avid / S6 Control Surface

Native Instruments announces updated TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 & S2 DJ systems

Native Instruments has announced new versions of both the industry-leading 4-channel DJ system TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and its 2-channel counterpart, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2.

The KONTROL S4 and S2 perfectly combine a premium DJ mixing interface, built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, and an intuitive interface into a powerful all-in-one DJ system engineered for seamless control of TRAKTOR software. Both units now offer an improved look and feel with added control over the latest TRAKTOR PRO 2 features.

NI Traktor Kontrol S4
KONTROL S4 and S2 are now plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ – the world’s most successful DJ app for iPad and iPhone.

Trusted by countless professional DJs for its unparalleled creative possibilities and supreme work flow, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 now features a sleek new design with 8 color-coded RGB buttons that trigger and identify loops, cue points, and samples for improved visual feedback. Also upgraded are high resolution jog-wheels which now feature aircraft-grade aluminum plates for increased durability and performance. The advanced Flux Mode feature is now instantly accessible on the KONTROL S4 and S2 via dedicated buttons on each deck, while TRAKTOR PRO 2′s Remix Decks controls can now be accessed directly from the units.

Traktor Kontrol S4

Built to the same professional standards as the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, the KONTROL S2 has also been redesigned with RGB backlit buttons, reinforced knobs, and high-res jog wheels also with new aluminum plates. In addition to offering all core TRAKTOR PRO 2 controls, the KONTROL S2 is now plug-and-play with TRAKTOR DJ, delivering physical control for every function including cue points and Freeze Mode and thus yet again redefining on how to embrace integration between hard- and software. Its compact size, robust build, and innate TRAKTOR DJ integration make TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 the ideal choice for iOS-based DJ setups.

Both TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 include a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 with Remix Decks® software, opening up a wealth of creative possibilities.

Traktor Pro 2

TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers powerful cue, loop, and sampling functions, a suite of over 30 effects, pro-grade EQs, and fluid playback control of up to 4 decks. DJs can instantly add live editing and sampling to their sets with the use of TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks. Eight Remix Deck slots can hold a total of up to 64 loops or one-shot samples and ready-made Remix Sets from renowned artists are available for instant use.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 also now boast flawless integration with the revolutionary TRAKTOR DJ app for iPad and iPhone. With a 2-channel mixer, 3-band equalizers, and eight professional effects, TRAKTOR DJ brings the quality of TRAKTOR PRO software to the compact and tactile iOS platform. Both units charge connected iOS devices when in use.


Controllerist Mad Zach performs a spectacular routine on both TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 with TRAKTOR PRO 2 and TRAKTOR DJ.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2 will be available for $799 USD / 799 EUR and $499 USD / 499 EUR respectively. Both can be pre-ordered at the Native Instruments online store.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol S4 & S2