IK Multimedia has announced the release of GrooveMaker 2 for iPad, the most powerful mobile loop based music making app with a patented “groove generator” engine that lets anyone create professional quality non-stop grooves, beats and songs in real time.
GrooveMaker 2.1 adds universal compatibility that provides iPad users with an intuitive groove making interface and full suite of professional tools and effects for creating music and grooves on the go on an iPad.
GrooveMaker 2 provides a completely new and intuitive way of making music by using groups of loops called songs (60 loops per song) that always sound good together, and users use these to build grooves and complete songs.
GrooveMaker 2 gives users total control over the creation, mixing and remixing process from a newly designed iOS 7 style interface and intuitive controls, loop import, automatic mixing controls, loop effects, mastering effects, groove sequencing and export controls. With GrooveMaker 2, anyone can make music and be a DJ, anywhere, any time.
GrooveMaker 2 for iPad is available to purchase for $9.99 USD / 8.99 EUR.
Native Instruments has launched a limited-time February special on TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the highly acclaimed 2+2 channel DJ control mixer that unites analog and digital DJing techniques.
Featuring two standalone channels each with Remix Deck controls, and an integrated 24-bit audio interface, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is the perfect pro-mixer for TRAKTOR DJs. Rear panel inputs provide connectivity for both turntables and CDJs, offering connectivity for purely analog as well as timecode-based setups. With a robust aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure, the Z2 is equipped with top-notch knobs and buttons, multi-colored cue point controls, and advanced Innofaders™ for durable, tactile mixing. TRAKTOR PRO 2′s Macro FX and Flux Mode are also directly accessible from the Z2′s dedicated buttons. An integrated USB hub even allows connectivity for multiple TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 and X1 controllers with plug-and-play simplicity.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 includes the latest version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software. Trusted by countless professionals, TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a wide range of over 30 effects. In addition, integrated Remix Decks technology allows DJs to instantly record, loop and sample audio for on-the-fly remixing. For DJs who combine the flexibility of digital DJing with classic analog systems, the Z2 also comes with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2* timecode vinyl and CDs.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is available to purchase for $599 USD/599 EUR/£499 GBP until February 28, 2014 (regular $799 USD/799 EUR/£679 GBP).
TRAKTOR PRO 2 and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software are provided as a download following registration of the TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 mixer.
Twisted Tools has announced the release of ULTRALOOP, a first-of-its-kind loop remixing sampler with a fast and intuitive visual workflow for Native Instruments Reaktor.
ULTRALOOP combines advanced loop layering, comping, effect processing and automation techniques to generate new grooves, riffs and song ideas.
You can use ULTRALOOP with the included factory sample library or to remix your own samples, injecting new life into any existing loop library.
At the core of ULTRALOOP is an advanced loop layering engine and sequencer, capable of both layering and comping – a production technique that allows you to flip between layered tracks that are playing back simultaneously, by muting and un-muting slices of each layer.
Up to eight tracks with loops of any BPM can be layered or comped together in real-time and can be further processed using the all-new Gestural FX engine. The Gestural FX engine automatically generates dynamic effect movements that ramp and modulate over time, using a suite of creative effects designed to produce endless fills, articulations and variations.
Loop Remixing Sampler.
Advanced layered sampler engine with intuitive interface.
Visual loop compositing.
Generative Gestural FX to create fills, articulations and variations.
Specialized track sequencer with mono and poly draw modes.
Layered playback and editing of up to eight tracks simultaneously.
Independent controls per layer, organized into parameter cells with sliders.
Automatable Preset Grids per parameter group, with 17 memory slots each.
8 Global Scenes per snapshot.
Preset Grids and Scenes are playable via mouse, MIDI or OSC.
Extensive randomization options.
Time and pitch stretching to allow loops with different BPMs.
Flexible multi-output routing per layer.
Master Punch control.
Control nearly every parameter with included iPad Lemur OSC Template by Antonio Blanca.
3+ banks of presets.
2224 Sound Variations.
Over 800mb of included factory sample content by from Enig’matik Records, Loopmasters and Sounds of Revolution.
Optional Expansion Packs by cutting edge artists such as Dusty Fungus, Chris Carter and Si Begg.
ULTRALOOP is available from the Twisted Tools Shop for $69 USD. Requires Reaktor 5 full version. Additional Expansion Loop Packs can be purchased for $19 USD each.
Celemony has introduced Melodyne and Remix, a new tutorial series for the Melodyne audio editing software.
In a new tutorial feature devoted to the creative use of Melodyne, Celemony is focussing on remixing.
Melodyne is known as a great tool for the correction of intonation errors and the optimization of vocal tracks, but is capable of much more. A series of video tutorials now shows how Melodyne helps to separate a vocal part from its accompaniment, how to produce crazy echoes and other effects with Melodyne’s characteristic audio notes and how to use audio-to-MIDI to double or replace sounds.
Fundamentals, such as how to adapt loops fast to new musical contexts and the more efficient use of Melodyne in a DAW, are also dealt with. Artists’ interviews and statements, important tips from the manual, remix examples from users, and a buyer’s guide to the various editions of Melodyne round off the series of tutorials.
Ninja tune has launched Ninja Jamm, a free mixing and jamming app for iOS that lets anyone instantly remix music from the Ninja Tune label using touch control, state of the art effects and killer music from Ninja artists.
The app is a revolutionary fusion of music and software for the iPhone brought to you by the musical innovators at Ninja Tune and the design wizards at seeper.
Combining aspects of DJing, remixing and producing, the app lets anyone experience the excitement of playing with electronic music. Ninja artists such as Bonobo, Amon Tobin, Mr Scruff and Coldcut, provide the tunes for you to jamm with.
As each tune plays, you can switch seamlessly between the original licks and bonus clips, created by highly trained remix Ninjas, whilst glitching and effecting each channel and firing oneshot samples over the top.
Unlike many other music apps, the Jamm experience is very hands-on and immediate- your human feel is their key to enjoying freestyle mix possibilities. You can touch, tilt, shake and use multiple fingers and thumbs to Jamm and record, create a killer version of a favourite Ninja Tune and instantly share it with the world through Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
The Ninja Jamm app comes bundled with a free Tunepack, Beats and Pieces3 from Coldcut, the cut’n’paste classic from the DJ duo who helped define both the modern remix with Paid in Full and mashup with Journeys By DJ. More Tunepacks from Ninja artists are available for in-app purchase.
Soundation Studio has announced its first remix contest with stems from the recently released song “Moon of Dreams” by new artist Egine featuring T-Pain.
Go to www.soundation.com and hit “Remix Now” which opens up the “Moon of Dreams” song stems for the first 1:30 of the song directly in Soundation Studio.
Soundation is the free music making app that works right from your web browser with 8 virtual instruments, 11 real-time effects, imports wav and midi files and records audio.
Post your remix into the Egine Remix Group directly from Soundation Studio and the top 20 vote getters will be presented to “Growing Soul Records” and they will select a winner.
The winner will get the full stems and a contract from “Growing Soul Records” to release the official Club Remix of “Moon of Dreams” plus $500. If you have ever wanted to try remixing this is the perfect opportunity with the software and song stems all in one place for free!
The deadline for contest submissions is May 10th, 6:00 pm EST, 24:00 CET.
Native Instruments has announced the release of its TRAKTOR DJ, a unique, hands-on DJ app built from the ground up for iPad aimed at DJs of all levels from novices to touring professionals.
Created by the same team behind the top-selling TRAKTOR brand, TRAKTOR DJ strikes a balance between instant, fun usability and advanced, professional features. TRAKTOR DJ allows users to intuitively access their music in a whole new way while also complementing the TRAKTOR family through bi-directional content synchronization with TRAKTOR PRO software.
TRAKTOR DJ puts the waveform in the center of user interaction, featuring two decks, each with dedicated 3-band EQ and filter sections, as well as 8 proven TRAKTOR effects. Utilizing familiar iOS Multi-Touch gestures like pinch and swipe, TRAKTOR DJ brings a professional quality mixing experience to iPad – equally suited to full performance or on-the-go set preparation. Users can intuitively manipulate waveforms by touch, “grabbing” their music with two fingers to instantly set a loop, perform scratches, mark cue points for live re-editing, and scrub, browse or navigate through tracks – the key functions of the TRAKTOR PRO 2 software, re-designed for touchscreen interaction.
TRAKTOR DJ introduces the completely new Freeze Mode, which lets users slice up a waveform into playable parts for on-the-fly remixing and entirely new musical performances. The app also allows users to create beat grids in real time, intuitively mapping out a song’s groove without having to stop the music. DJs are encouraged to discover the full extent of TRAKTOR DJ’s capabilities at their own speed via the Notification Center, which tracks the user’s progress through the app’s features and unobtrusively offers tips, tricks, and techniques from within the app.
With over a decade of technological refinement through the evolution of TRAKTOR, TRAKTOR DJ’s automatic tempo detection and sync engine are now accompanied by precise downbeat analysis. This makes beat mixing completely straightforward and frees users to creatively interact with their music via the touch interface. Full iTunes music library integration of TRAKTOR DJ means DJs can easily search their library for the next track. Unique to TRAKTOR DJ, the app introduces a recommendation engine that uses advanced tempo, key, and timbre detection algorithms. TRAKTOR DJ recommends compatible tracks from your iTunes library with the same tempo and harmonic structure in real time, facilitating smooth and ear-pleasing mixes for users of all levels. Both the advanced downbeat and key detection features will also be available to TRAKTOR PRO customers with a dedicated 2.6.1 software update.
Complementing the existing range of TRAKTOR products, TRAKTOR DJ bi-directionally syncs track settings and properties with TRAKTOR PRO 2. This gives DJs an ideal workflow for planning a set while on the move. Users can also transfer all their stored work in TRAKTOR PRO directly to TRAKTOR DJ – all beat grids, cue points, loops and BPM counts seamlessly transfer between iPad and TRAKTOR PRO 2 and back via a free Dropbox account.
Additionally, because of the powerful Core Audio engine built into iOS, TRAKTOR DJ 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 iPad using the iPad Camera Connection Kit™ for optimum audio quality and pre-listen and cue functionality, or to a splitter cable with dedicated cue and master controls. All of this allows TRAKTOR DJ users to easily record their mixes live on their iPad, or pump their music out to the house in the highest quality possible.
A video of visionary DJ Richie Hawtin’s first day with TRAKTOR DJ, in which he prepares a set and performs live with the app at BPM festival in Mexico.
The TRAKTOR DJ App for iPad (requires iOS 6.0 or higher) is available to purchase for $19.99 USD / 17.99 EUR from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com/TRAKTORDJ.
Native Instruments today launched their annual holiday giveaway with two special gifts as a thank you to all registered users. Until December 31, both gifts are available for download from the Native Instruments website.
For producers, DRIVER is a filter distortion effect designed for subtle to drastic sound manipulation, while five new Remix Sets for TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks will be released as a free bundle for Native Instruments’ DJ community.
DRIVER is a creative filter distortion effect for adding dynamic motion and texture to source material, designed by the creator of MASSIVE. The filter section delivers a wide range of effects, from extremely smooth to completely saturated. DRIVER offers low pass and notch filters, plus a distortion unit and versatile modulation sources. The diversity and quality of the resulting sound are consistently inspiring, and let producers segue smoothly from a warm, high-quality filter effect to all-out sonic mayhem. An envelope follower and audio modulation allow users to animate or transform the original signal, taking the sound beyond what the filter and distortion sections do alone. DRIVER can also be triggered via sidechain for dynamic effects that move with the music and integrates seamlessly with MASCHINE.
The five TRAKTOR Remix Sets in Native Instruments’ holiday giveaway provide users with diverse sounds ready for immediate use in TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks. TRAKTOR Remix Sets are premium-grade loop and one-shot sample packs, providing DJs with new expressive possibilities for their sets, allowing live remixing and creative track manipulation. TRANSISTOR PUNCH and DROP SQUAD are sets of new samples based on sounds from successful MASCHINE Expansions. DEEP GROOVE provides users with a set of sounds specifically created for deep house and techno styles, while ETHNIC PERCUSSION provides loops and one shots featuring rhythms from Indian and Latin music traditions. HOLLYWOOD CRUNCH is an exclusive Remix Set created by producer Comfort Fit, featuring hand-selected sounds from his personal collection. All five TRAKTOR Remix Sets are available together as a free download.
These special offers are available until December 31 from the Native Instruments website.