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Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR REMIXED – free updates, all-new pricing, and more

Native Instruments Traktor Remixed

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR REMIXED, a comprehensive revision of the TRAKTOR range to coincide with the imminent arrival of TRAKTOR PRO 2.5.

Due for release on May 30th – the same day as the TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 add-on controller – TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 is the catalyst for many important changes in the TRAKTOR portfolio that aim to simplify the TRAKTOR product range for DJs.

Free updates for TRAKTOR PRO 2 and TRAKTOR DUO 2 users

All users of TRAKTOR PRO 2 and TRAKTOR DUO 2 will receive a free update to the latest PRO 2.5 software as soon as it is available. The updated software version introduces the innovative Remix Decks™, which allow DJs to creatively remix and rearrange tracks before and during their actual performance. As of today, users of TRAKTOR DUO 2 and TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2 will receive a free upgrade to TRAKTOR PRO 2.

TRAKTOR PRO 2 software comes free with every TRAKTOR hardware

From today onwards, every TRAKTOR hardware item will automatically come with the latest full TRAKTOR PRO 2 version free of charge, which can then be comfortably updated to PRO 2.5 on its release. This applies to all TRAKTOR audio interfaces, controllers and scratch systems and is especially attractive to new customers. TRAKTOR PRO 2 previously retailed for $229/199 EUR and is now available with the TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 interface, for instance, for just $119/99 EUR.

Native Instruments Traktor product line

Special upgrade offer for old TRAKTOR versions

Users still running pre-PRO 2 versions of TRAKTOR software can upgrade to the latest version, thanks to a time-limited offer. Owners of software-only versions (TRAKTOR 1 to 3, TRAKTOR PRO and TRAKTOR DUO), as well as DJs using TRAKTOR SCRATCH, TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO or TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO, can update to the latest version for $44,50/39,50 EUR until April 30th 2012.

Changes to audio interfaces and scratch systems

The audio interfaces TRAKTOR AUDIO 10 and TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 are now exclusively available with their respective digital vinyl systems. TRAKTOR SCRATCH A10 (renamed from TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2), features the 10-channel interface, and is now available at the new price of $559/499 EUR. Similarly, TRAKTOR SCRATCH A6 (previously called TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2), contains the 6-channel TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 and can now be purchased for $339/299 EUR.

New pricing for other products

This “remix” of the TRAKTOR range also means permanent new price points for a number of products. The TRAKTOR PRO 2 software can now be purchased at the NI Online Shop for $89/79 EUR (previously $229/199 EUR), while TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 now costs $559/499 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Remixed

Findremix & Drops launch Killpixxie – “Rural Roads” Remix Contest

Killpixxie Rural Roads Remix Contest

Findremix and Drops have launched the Killpixxie – “Rural Roads” Remix Contest.

Killpixxie, a new comer to the scene in 2011, is the protege of the canadian based duo Beat Syndrome, who debuted last year on the label Drops by Liquid Inc with her first ever release by the name of Rural Roads, which included the the track sharing the same name. The sentiment was at the time for the label heads was that its not very often when they come across a new developing artist with such passion and drive for music and production delivering high quality and innovative music. this resulted in the immediate signing of this release and mainly due to the intricacy and innovation showcased in the track Rural Roads.

Now you have the chance to remix this track and win a release on Drops plus prizes from MeldaProduction, Softube, SoundCloud, Mixed In Key (including their new Mashup software) and One Small Clue.

Closing date for submissions is April 15th, 2012 23:59:59 GMT+1 (Central European Time).

More information: Findremix

The Loop Loft launches Bring the Funk (and the Flutes) Remix Contest – Win Over $1k In Prizes

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The Loop Loft has announced the Bring the Funk (and the Flutes) remix contest, a chance to win $1k in prizes from SoundCloud and The Loop Loft.

The Loop Loft Bring the Funk Remix Contest

Speed things up, slow things down, change keys, change time signatures, add your own drums, guitar, bass, vocals, synths, even more flutes, harpsichords, kazoos… whatever it takes to make an awesome (and funky) track. The 12 Loop Loft loops provided in this contest are just a starting point to let your imagination run wild.

The only rule is that you must utilize one of the provided flute loops in your Remix. The flute loop(s) can be featured in the track or used subtly in the background. Regardless, you MUST include the flute. Beyond that, ANYTHING goes.

Remix contest prizes

  • 1st Place: A SoundCloud “Pro” Account for 1 Year plus The Platinum Pack drum loop collection (a $850 USD value)
  • 2nd Place: A SoundCloud “Lite” Account for 1 Year plus The Producer Pack drum loop collection (a $155 USD value)
  • 3rd Place: A SoundCloud “Lite” Account for 1 Year plus The Bundle of Funk drum loop collection (a $75 USD value)

The deadline for submitting your remixes is March 1st, 2012.

More information: The Loop Loft

Soundtrack Loops launches Madison Park “Sunrise” Remix Contest

Soundtrack Loops has announced the Madison Park “Sunrise” Remix Contest.

Madison Park collaborate with Amsterdam’s Beechkraft on Sunrise. The dance smasher, currently turning heads on U.S. mix show radio just received it’s video treatment!

Soundtrack Loops Madison Park Sunrise Remix Contest

Madison Park “Sunrise” Remix Contest prizes

  • 1st place winner gets their remix released worldwide, three loop packs from Soundtrack Loops, and goodies from Madison Park.
  • 2nd and 3rd place winners will get their remixes released and one sample pack from Soundtrack Loops.
  • basicLUX T Shirts
  • basicLUX Catalog Package

All entries must be fully uploaded by midnight US CST on March 10th, 2012.

More information: Soundtrack Loops

Kmag launches Blu Mar Ten Remix Competition

Kmag Blu Mar Ten Remix Competition

Kmag has announced the Blu Mar Ten Remix Competition, a chance to win a release on the Love is the Devil remix project.

Blu Mar Ten formed in the 90s in the infancy of Drum & Bass, and have since produced a plethora of deep, atmospheric creations. Not surprisingly, they have been in high demand as remix artists for the likes of Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Terry Lee Brown and Joey Negro.

Kmag, Blu Mar Ten, Soundcloud, Surus, Loopmasters and Finyltweek have joined forces to give you the opportunity to remix ‘All Or Nothing’ from their latest album ‘Love is the Devil’, which made it to number 4 in Kmag’s 10 Best Drum & Bass Album 2011. The winning entry will receive a release alongside remixes from dBridge, Marcus Intalex, BCee, Joe Syntax, Unquote and Blu Mar Ten, as part of the Love is the Devil remix project.

“We want people to take the idea and make it their own,” says Chris from Blu Mar Ten. “Really stretch the track and do something different to it. We want to hear some character and invention.”

The winner will also win a SoundCloud pro account, 2GB of free Loopmasters sample packs and £100 to spend in the Surus music platform. One runner-up and the group choice winner (the entry in the group that is favorited the most) will win a SoundCloud Lite account, a free Loopmasters sample pack and £50 to spend in the Surus music platform.

Deadline for entries is midnight GMT on Sunday February 26th 2012.

More information: KMag Blu Mar Ten Remix Competition

Winter 2011 Sample Remix Contest: Expectations

Winter 2011 Sample Remix Contest - Expectations

I have been planning to do another music production contest for a while now, but moving house and having a new addition to the family meant I have had very little spare time. So I am pleased to still get things going before the turn of the year.

The theme for the contest is “Expectations“. With 2012 around the corner I think it should be a good inspiration.

The idea of this “sample remix” contest is to create a song using the sample pack created specifically for this contest. No other instruments (virtual or real) are allowed, no samples, recordings, or other sound sources. Just the samples in the contest pack.

I know this is quite a limitation, but hopefully one that will spark your creativity.

All the sounds in the contest sample pack were made exclusively with Rob Papen plugins. I tried to provide a good variety of loops and sounds so you have something to work with.

The download includes a total of 120 samples (24bit/44kHz): 33 melodic loops and 87 single shot sounds (36 melodic, 41 perc & 10 sfx). The archive is in RAR format. If you experience difficulties opening this file you can try the slightly larger zip version here.

Expectations contest sample pack Downloads size: 84.42 MB

Note that the sample pack is *not* some kind of connect the dots construction kit so you are allowed (and encouraged) to chop the samples up, process them to bits with effects and make them your own.

The deadline for submitting your entry is January 16th, 2012, 11:59pm CET. Winners will be picked based on quality and originality. A few days later the winners will be announced.

Rob Papen Punch, Predator & SubBoomBass

So what can you win?

Since all the sounds you are going to work with were done with Rob Papen plug-ins I thought it would be fitting to have them as contest prizes as well.

I am pleased to say that Rob has generously donated the following prizes:

  • 1st prize: Punch, SubBoomBass and Predator
  • 2nd prize: SubBoomBass and Predator
  • 3rd prize: SubBoomBass

Many thanks to Rob for offering these great plugins!

Contest rules

  • You may only use the samples provided in the contest sample pack. No other sound sources are allowed. However, you may process and manipulate sounds any way you want. Get creative!
  • Submit your entry in mp3 format (minimum of 192kbit) per email to contest@rekkerd.org before January 16th, 2012, 11:59pm CET.
    One entry per person is allowed, you will receive a confirmation of your submission.
  • Your entry should be composed specifically for this contest. By entering, you grant permission for your track to be published at the rekkerd.org website, through SoundCloud.
  • Prizes will be granted at the discretion of the rekkerd.org voting committee. There may be additional prizes for the runners-up.

Contest rules subject to change. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or comment on this post.

Contest entries

The submitted tracks will be listed here, ordered by date of entry.

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The winners

I now remember why I prefer to let you guys pick the winners… There were so many great quality & original entries, it was almost impossible to narrow the shortlist of favorites down to just three.

Alas, in the end only a few can take away the prizes:

  1. Noizefield – Expect the Unexpected
  2. Crystal Craft – Prince Of Egypt
  3. David F (AKA Totolitoto) – Arithmetic mean

Thanks to everyone who took part in the contest. I hope you had a good time making music, and perhaps you will join us again next time.

Cheers,
Ronnie

Delectable Records releases Easy Remix Kit – Tech House Edition Vol 2

Delectable Records has released Easy Remix Kit Tech House Edition Vol 2, a collection of 10 remix kits.

Delectable Records Easy Remix Kit - Tech House Edition Vol 2

This new set Easy remix kit has been designed exactly on dance producers and remixers demands: the purpose is to make the work as easy as possible, especially during the creative stages, using the different rhythm fluctuation and patterns, you’ll find inside the ten Remix Kits.

In each of the folder-tracks, you’ll find three rhythmic and melodic variations and progressions for each track ready to be mixed to your liking, these will give you instant results in making big Tech House Anthems. This way you’ll avoid losing precious time trying to find interesting rhythmic variations and you will be amazed by the stunning new hot ideas you have.

Easy Remix Kit – Tech House Edition Vol 2 features

  • 447 MB content, 24-bit quality.
  • 10 Remix Kits each containing 3 variations of 8 bars Bass loops, Cut Instrument loops, Groove loops, Hat loops, Micro Melodic loops, Snare loops, Voice loops, Kick Loops, Full Mix, One shot sounds, Tonal Fxs, and Breakdown Fxs.
  • Each sound is dry and clean with a little bit of compression so you can easy drop right into your arrangement.
  • 250 Rex2 Loops.

Easy Remix Kit – Tech House Edition Vol 2 is available to purchase for £14.95 GBP.

More information: Delectable Records / Easy Remix Kit Tech House Edition Vol 2

Korg releases iKaossilator Version 2

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Korg iKaossilator

Korg has released iKaossilator Version 2, adding audio export, iPad full-screen support, and many more new features to the music app for iOS.

Having hit the Number 1 sales ranking in the Music Category of App stores around the world* the “iKaossilator” gadget instrument app has now been updated to Version 2!

With the inclusion of many often-requested new features, iKaossilator is evolving at high speed. Announcing iKaossilator Version 2, the updated synthesizer app that allows anyone to make tracks like a pro using just their fingertips, regardless of their musical instrument abilities.

New in iKaossilator 2

  • Audio Export records and saves your performance, just as you heard it.
  • iPad native support allows the iKaossilator to fill the iPad’s large 9.7″ screen.
  • “SoundCloud” allows users to share and remix loops with other users worldwide.
  • “AudioCopy” provides an easy way to copy audio data between musical instrument apps.
  • Flex Play makes it easy to generate fills and breaks.

The iKaossilator 2 app is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Korg / iKaossilator