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Numark introduces Mixtrack Pro II DJ controller

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Numark has announced the Mixtrack Pro II, an enhanced and updated version of Mixtrack Pro, the world’s best-selling DJ controller.

Numark Mixtrack Pro II
Mixtrack Pro II 2-Channel DJ Controller with Audio I/O.

Mixtrack Pro II features a new streamlined design and a new expanded layout of professional controls, including 16 backlit multifunction drum pads and illuminated touchactivated platters. Hot cues, looping, and effects controls are all onboard, along with a built-in professional DJ audio interface. Building upon Numark’s longstanding partnership with Serato®, Mixtrack Pro II comes with Serato DJ Intro. DJs can also easily use Mixtrack Pro II with most popular DJ software, and it also comes pre-mapped for an optional upgrade to Serato DJ, the latest state-of-the-art professional software from Serato. Serato DJ includes a wide range of all-new features and capabilities, including stunning new effects powered by iZotope®, ultra-flexible and intuitive MIDI mapping, and the ability to set and trigger up to eight cue points.

“When we first released Mixtrack Pro, there was nothing else like it—it set the bar and gave DJs and aspiring DJs everywhere truly professional capabilities,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “Mixtrack Pro II is the next step of that evolution—the bar just got even higher.”

Mixtrack Pro II features

  • Illuminated, capacitive touch-activated platters.
  • 16 backlit rubber drum pads, 16 dedicated effects controls.
  • Complete mixer section with crossfader and 3-band EQ.
  • Audio interface built in, Serato DJ Intro software included.
  • USB-powered and class-compliant.

Numark will exhibit Mixtrack Pro II at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California. Numark will also be showing Mixtrack II, an all-new version of Mixtrack, which shares all of the same professional updates received by Mixtrack Pro II.

Mixtrack Pro II will be available in stores in January 2013 with an estimated street price of $299 USD.

More information: Numark

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Alesis intros DM Dock Kit & DM7X Kit drum sets

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Alesis has announced the DM Dock Kit and the DM7X Kit, two innovative new electronic drum sets.

Alesis DM Dock Pro Kit
The Alesis DM Dock Pro Kit iPad-integrated premium electronic drumset.

The DM Dock Kit is a six-drum, four-cymbal drum set based around the DM Dock, a revolutionary drum module for iPad unveiled by Alesis in 2012. The set features four toms, a snare, the Alesis StealthKick drum trigger, a hi-hat, two crash cymbals with choke, and a three-zone ride cymbal with choke. The DM Dock Kit’s rugged steel rack is instantly adjustable with hinged quick-release clamps holding the drum pads and integrated cymbal arms that are easily converted in seconds from boom-style to straight.

Alesis DM Dock

Building upon the widely acclaimed design of the Alesis iO Dock, the DM Dock drum module harnesses the power of iPad for drummers, giving them a stage-ready device with 13 professional trigger inputs and balanced ¼” stereo main outputs. Thanks to the WiFi, Bluetooth®, AirPlay®, and 3G wireless connectivity of iPad, the DM Dock empowers drummers to change and enhance their sound library at a moment’s notice. With a compatible app, drummers can download new drums, cymbals, even a complete kit to suit any musical style or venue. Alesis will exhibit the DM Dock Kit along with DM Touch, a percussion app specifically designed by Alesis for the DM Dock. The app allows drummers to create new kits in seconds by simply dragging and dropping drum icons onto a virtual drum kit.

“The power and flexibility of the DM Dock Kit can hardly be overstated,” said David Gill, Alesis Engineering Manager. “We encourage any drummer to come by the booth and try it out; the DM Touch app is the easiest way to customize and experiment with different drum sounds and configurations. Drummers have never had this easy of a workflow, and the DM Dock Kit itself is bulletproof!”

Alesis will also exhibit the DM7X Kit, a premium six-piece electronic drum set. With its ultraquiet rubber drum and cymbal pads, the DM7X Kit is ideal for professional drummers who want an electronic kit for quiet practice or for electronic percussionists looking to upgrade to a higher-quality kit with a professional module. The DM7X Kit features four 8” dual-zone toms, an 8” dual-zone snare, the Alesis StealthKick 2 compact drum trigger, a 10” hi-hat, a 10” crash cymbal with choke, and a 10” ride cymbal. The DM7X module is the newest module from Alesis and comes with 385 drum and percussion sounds arranged into 40 vintage and modern kits.

Alesis will exhibit the DM Dock Kit and the DM7X Kit at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis

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Akai Professional announces MPC Headphones & Earbuds

Akai Professional has announced MPC Pro Headphones, MPC Headphones, and MPC Earbuds, premium personal audio devices each designed for professional music production with Akai Professional’s newest line of MPCs.

Akai Professional’s new MPC headphones and earbuds are designed to match each new MPC in design, quality, and purpose. Each is designed to empower producers with the ability to hear their tracks and hone their craft with unmatched clarity and precision. In addition, MPC headphones and earbuds provide an exceptional experience for simply listening on the go to a personal music library.

Akai Professional MPC Headphones

MPC Pro Headphones feature powerful 50mm drivers and an over-the-ear design for premium isolation and comfort in the studio, while MPC Headphones come with precise 40mm drivers and an on-the-ear design ideal for portability and music production on the move. Both feature Akai Professional’s unmatched expertise in tuning and frequency response, as well as fully adjustable headbands, pivoting ear cups, and gunmetal aluminum and steel construction for a solid, comfortable fit. Overstuffed leather cushioning on the headbands and ear cups provides a luxurious listening experience for even the most demanding studio sessions. An audio cable with 1/8-inch connector and 1/4-inch adapter is included for music production, and a communication cable with a built-in microphone is also included for use with mobile phones.

“Headphones are a huge part of the production process,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “With the MPC headphones and earbuds, we’re simply doing what we’ve always done—delivering the tools musicians need to get fully immersed in their craft.”

MPC Pro Headphones / MPC Headphones features

  • Iconic Akai Pro build quality, tuning, and frequency response.
  • Powerful 50mm/40mm drivers with neodymium magnets.
  • Gunmetal aluminum and steel construction.
  • On-ear design with overstuffed leather cushioning.
  • Audio cable with 1/4″ adapter included.
  • Communication cable with built-in microphone included.

Featuring lightweight soft-touch ear clips with aluminum trim and volume control, MPC Earbuds are flexible, powerful, and designed for the active producer.

Akai MPC Earbuds

They’re engineered to be multi-purpose with the ability to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth® to any compatible music player for casual cable-free listening, or to connect via the included professional audio cable for latency-free performance during music production. The built-in lithium-ion battery recharges easily via USB (cable included). MPC Earbuds deliver Akai Professional’s superior tuning and frequency response for any track via precise 13mm drivers.

Producers can go wired or wireless by connecting or disconnecting the included 1/8-inch cable from the Akai Professional medallion that is located on the cable between the earbuds. The medallion also includes a built-in mic for using MPC Earbuds with a mobile phone.

MPC Earbuds features

  • Iconic Akai Pro build quality, tuning, and frequency response.
  • Lightweight ear clips with aluminum trim and volume control.
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery recharges easily via USB.
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for cable-free listening.
  • Cable with 1/8” connector for latency-free listening and music production.
  • Medallion with built-in mic and 1/8” input.
  • Precise 13mm drivers with neodymium magnets.

Akai Professional will display the new MPC headphones and earbuds at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Akai Professional

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Numark intros Orbit wireless handheld DJ controller

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Numark has introduced Orbit, a first-of-its-kind wireless handheld DJ performance controller.

Numark Orbit

Numark’s Orbit is the next step in the evolution of the performing DJ. Made to be held in the hands, strapped to your body using its built-in clip, or placed on the table, Orbit packs an unheard-of amount of control into an ergonomic game-controller-on-steroids design, which has every inch, inside and out, tailor-made for live performance. Orbit can be used wired via the included USB cable, which also charges it, or wireless using 2.4 GHz ultra-low-latency connectivity. Orbit features 4 selectable banks of 16 backlit pads, 8 on each side, for adding and blending effects, launching hot cues and samples, and more. Located in the center of Orbit are 4 bank selection buttons, 4 virtual knobs, and a large aluminum-faced touchsensitive control wheel, which controls the selected virtual knob for instantly tweaking effects and filters.

“If you want to be a serious DJ these days, you need the guts and the gear to get out on the stage and perform,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “Orbit embraces that reality to its core, empowering DJs with performance capabilities that will need to be seen and experienced to be believed. It’s intuitive, operating like an extension of the DJ—not to mention it’s the most fun you’ll ever have on stage.”

Orbit’s live-performance design extends even to the inside of the device, where it has an embedded 2-axis accelerometer, which can be assigned to 2 different parameters per bank and activated instantly via 2 shoulder buttons. All of Orbit’s controls are fully mappable, so DJs will be able to customize their settings for effects control, transport control, volume control, or any other MIDI parameter.

Orbit features

  • 2.4 GHz ultra-low-latency wireless performance control.
  • 16 backlit pads, 4 selectable banks, 16 virtual knobs per bank.
  • Internal two-axis accelerometer with shoulder trigger controls.
  • Use handheld, strapped to belt or body, or hung around neck.
  • Illuminated aluminum-faced control wheel.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Numark will demonstrate Orbit for the first time at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Numark

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M-Audio announces new M-Track Series audio/MIDI interfaces

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M-Audio has announced their new M-Track Series of USB audio/MIDI interfaces.

Offering three distinct models, the M-Track Series combines a robust feature set with extreme ease of use to create versatile audio/MIDI interfaces for every level of musician.

M-Audio M-Track Quad
M-Audio’s M-Track Quad four-channel USB Audio/MIDI interface.

Starting with phantom-powered XLR jacks, line inputs with guitar-level switching, TRS audio inserts, and latency-free monitoring, the M-Track Series provides a comprehensive range of inputs, outputs, and connection options designed to work efficiently in the modern studio or on the go. Simple controls, effective metering, and rugged chassis make the M-Track Series ideal for withstanding the rigors of day-to-day use. From the entry-level M-Track to the pro-line M-Track Quad, each model offers a reliable platform that can accommodate the myriad of devices that can come and go in a changing project studio.

“With a deep feature set and solid build, the M-Track Series provides each musician with the best value in audio interfaces available today,” according to M-Audio Product Manager Dan Steinberg. “Each model continues the M-Audio tradition of delivering a level of versatility, performance, and value that sets new standards among audio/MIDI interfaces. In addition, each interface includes Ignite by AIR music creation software; the Plus and Quad models also include Avid® Pro Tools® Express—complete with iLok—providing a tremendous advantage.”

M-Audio M-Track Quad
M-Track Pro & M-Track two-channel portable USB audio/MIDI interfaces.

M-Track Series

  • M-Track — This entry-level model offers two-channel operation. Each channel provides both XLR and 1/4″ inputs. Phantom power (48V) and guitar-level switching are provided. Professional audio converters and discrete preamp design deliver up to 24-bit, 48 kHz digital audio for use with virtually any software. 4-segment LED metering and multiple status lights provide real-time visual feedback. A single USB cable provides both power and data, making setup a snap. Intuitive controls include individual gain knobs, a convenient zero-latency mix knob, plus a headphone output with its own level knob. MIDI in and out jacks are provided, in addition to the balanced main 1/4″ outputs. Ignite by AIR music creation software and Ableton Live Lite 8 complete this powerful package.
  • M-Track Plus — At home in the more advanced digital studio, the step-up M-Track Plus is built on the M-Track’s foundation, with the addition of coaxial S/PDIF digital input and output jacks on the back panel and a robust metal casing. M-Track Plus comes equipped with Ignite by AIR music creation software plus Avid Pro Tools Express, complete with the iLok USB key—a $49.99 value.
  • M-Track Quad — The flagship of the family, M-Track Quad offers up to four simultaneous audio inputs. As with the entire M-Track family, the M-Track Quad features four individual mic inputs with selectable 48V phantom power, 1/4″ line inputs with guitar-level switching, and perchannel audio inserts. A second set of outputs operates independent of the monitor level control, providing extra versatility. The four-channel M-Track Quad includes an AC power supply plus three USB outputs, allowing it to function as a powered USB hub. MTrack Quad also comes equipped with Ignite by AIR music creation software plus Avid Pro Tools Express, complete with the iLok USB key—a $49.99 value.

M-Audio will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: M-Audio

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Numark intros iDJ Live II mobile DJ controller

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Numark iDJ Live II

Numark has announced iDJ Live II, a new mobile DJ controller that offers versatile control over a wide variety of computer-based and mobile DJ platforms.

An updated and enhanced version of Numark’s iDJ Live controller, iDJ Live II features an updated low-profile design and USB connectivity, allowing it to perform with both laptopbased and mobile DJ platforms. iDJ Live II features a standard layout of DJ controls, including a crossfader, EQ knobs, and capacitive touch-activated platters. The design of iDJ Live II has also been slimmed down with redesigned platters that are now illuminated and lowprofile. A headphone/speaker splitter cable is also included.

“iDJ Live II enhances and builds upon our original vision for iDJ Live—give anyone and everyone real DJing capability in a compact, comprehensive, and fun package,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager.

iDJ Live II features

  • Works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, plus Mac and PC laptops.
  • Seamless integration with Algoriddim’s djay and vjay apps (sold separately).
  • Algoriddim’s djay LE software for Mac included.
  • Crossfader, EQ controls, and capacitive dual-zone touch-activated platters.
  • Headphone/speaker splitter cable and stand for iPad included.
  • Available with USB and 30-pin or USB and Lightning connections.
  • Core MIDI- and standard MIDI-compatible.

Numark will display and demo iDJ Live II at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show, show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Numark

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Numark announces NS7 II 4-Channel DJ Performance Controller

Numark has announced the NS7 II, a dramatically enhanced and updated version of the industry’s most advanced and best-selling motorized DJ controller, NS7.

Numark NS7 II

For more than 20 years, Numark has set the pace in the world of digital DJing, empowering DJs with cutting-edge technology that has continually advanced the art form. In 2007, Numark and Serato® released NS7, a controller that blends different eras of DJing so completely it makes them virtually indistinguishable from each other. Since then, the powerful experience offered by NS7 has defined the top tier of DJ performance, setting the standard by which all other controllers are judged.

Now, with NS7 II, Numark is pushing the modern DJ’s performance capability even further, incorporating iconic technology from Akai Professional, the world leader in music production technology and creator of the legendary MPC. NS7 II’s 16 MPC pads can be instantly assigned to control five dynamic performance features in Serato DJ: Cues, Loop, Roll, Sampler, and Slicer. In addition, each pad features RGB illumination, allowing for a virtually endless amount of color variations assignable via MIDI. Vinyl platter control has never felt more familiar with its high- and low-torque motorized platters with real slip mats and real vinyl sitting on 3,600 ticks of resolution. NS7 II’s four-channel mixer works with or without a computer and includes a full array of external device inputs. Capacitive touch-activated filter, gain, EQ, and effects knobs are other features incorporated from Akai Professional, which turn the knobs themselves into control surfaces. DJs can use them for instant-on parameter control, blending effects, and instant frequency kills. “NS7 II is an interactive playground,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “It’s built to squeeze every ounce of capability out of Serato DJ and push your creative limits. It’s born to perform and to empower DJs with maximum live-performance creative capability.”

NS7 II features

  • 7” motorized turntables with 3600 ticks of resolution.
  • 4-channel mixer and 24-bit audio interface built in.
  • 16 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC pads from Akai Professional.
  • Capacitive touch-sensitive filter, gain, EQ, and effects knobs.
  • High- and low-torque turntable settings, 33rpm or 45rpm.
  • Comprehensive Loop, Sample, Slicer, and Hot Cue controls.
  • Strip Search™ virtual needle-drop technology.
  • Curve-adjustable CP-Pro crossfader.
  • Dedicated iZotope® effects controls.
  • Rugged all-metal construction.
  • Integrated laptop stand.
  • Serato DJ software included.

NS7 II will be unveiled at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show on January 24th.

More information: Numark

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