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Akai Professional omtrps AFX & AMX controllers for Serato DJ

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Akai Professional has announced the AFX and AMX, two new controllers for Serato DJ.

Akai AFX and AMX controllers
Over a USB connection, AFX and AMX each add extensive hands-on controls to a variety of DJ setups ranging from Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl (DVS), minimalist controllers, HID-capable CD transports, and more.

AFX, a controller for both modern electronic dance music artists and turntablists, features an intuitive array of knobs, pads and buttons for advanced track manipulation. Ten pad modes enable DJs to trigger samples, set and launch hot-cues, slice songs, and assemble loops on the fly from 8 velocity-sensitive, backlit pads. Touch-activated FX knobs provide sound sculpting prowess with a creative twist – a Touch mode allows the knobs to respond with a turn, a tap, or both. An endless controller with LED readout delivers needle-drop access to any point in the track for efficient workflow.

AFX is the first Official Serato Accessory to include exclusive controls for Serato’s newly minted Serato Flip Expansion Pack. Serato Flip allows users to record their Cue Point and Censor actions, which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start in an instant. Serato Flip lets users create and save up to 6 “Flips” per track, ready for playback in the studio or club. Voucher codes for the Serato Flip Expansion Pack and the popular Back Pack FX Expansion Pack are included with every AFX.

AMX is a plug and play mixing control surface with inputs for Serato NoiseMap control signals. AMX unlocks the full-version of Serato DJ, and features a 24-bit, 96 kHz audio interface for sending the mix to a speaker system. With gain, EQ, Filter knobs, two line faders, and a mini innoFADER crossfader, AMX is the ideal central hub for a Serato DJ setup utilizing turntables or CD controllers with Serato NoiseMap (DVS). Further, AMX is the first interface to take advantage of Serato’s newly announced DVS Expansion Pack. Each EQ and Filter knob is touch-activated for generating all-new sonic expressions. Transport and library navigation controls complete the mouse-less experience that combines the power and flexibility of Serato DJ with the hands-on hardware experience DJs demand.

“Producers and DJs exist in worlds that have been colliding at a rapid rate. Today’s leading artists want to manipulate music in real-time with the level of control Akai Professional has made famous in the studio, ” noted Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “AMX and AFX let DJs of all walks expand their control set and take advantage of every ounce of performance power Serato DJ offers.”

AFX features

  • Expands audio command control of Serato DJ; FX, loops, cue points and more.
  • Serato Flip-capable -create custom edits, extend your music or re-imagine it altogether in the studio or club.
  • Includes Serato Flip and Back Pack FX Expansion Packs, a $49 value.
  • 4 decks of control over a single USB connection.
  • 9 touch-activated knobs for effects tweaking and EQ kills.
  • 8 velocity-sensitive, backlit pads with RGB feedback.
  • 10 pad modes for triggering hot cues, loops and slices.
  • Powered by a single USB connection.

AMX features

  • Mixing surface with 24-bit/96 kHz audio interface for Serato DJ.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no upgrade purchase required.
  • 2 sets of phono/line inputs for Serato DJ timecode signals such as DVS & HID (DVS Expansion Pack sold separately).
  • 9 touch-activated knobs for cutting-edge EQ kills and Filter sweeps.
  • Pro-grade, adjustable mini innoFADER crossfader.
  • Powered by a single USB connection.

The AFX and AMX will be on display at DJ Expo, Booth 416, August 12-14th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The controllers will be available for purchase this fall priced at $199.99 USD/£139.99 GBP/179.99 EUR for the AFX and $249.99 USD/£179.99 GBP/229.99 EUR for the AMX.

More information: Akai Professional

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Serato introduces Serato Flip Expansion Pack

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Serato Flip

Serato has introduced Serato Flip, a new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows you to create custom edits, extend and re-imagine your music.

Available this September with Serato DJ 1.7 – Flip allows you to record your cue point and censor actions which can be saved and looped, ready to re-trigger and start an instant. Use Serato Flip to create and save up to 6 Flips per track, ready for playback in the studio or the club.

The original idea of being able to record and playback cue point information in a simple way was first pitched to us by NZ producer P Money, who was already using Serato to put beats together by manually triggering cue points.

Not only a great beat sketch pad, Serato Flip can also be used as a powerful DJ tool. The simple, yet effective control set designed with the DJ in mind allows you to use it in your set in a number of ways:

  • Make clean edits of your tracks by recording censor actions.
  • Extend intros, breakdowns or outros for better mixing.
  • Create transition sections in your songs for changing tempo or beat structure.
  • Advanced tone-play and performance.
  • Auto-skipping verses or choruses in songs.
  • Making beats.

Serato Flip features

  • Record Cue Point & Censor Automation — Click record once to arm recording. Once you hit the first cue or censor, recording begins. Hit record again to set the end point of your Flip.
  • Prepare & Edit Tracks In Offline Mode — Use Serato Flip without your hardware connected.
  • Flip Saving — Save 6 different Flips per track. Serato Flip information is saved to your tracks metadata and doesn’t edit the audio of the track. You can delete cue points and your Flip will still be remembered.
  • Hardware Controls, Keyboard Shortcut & Midi Mappable — Control Flip directly from your computer or your controller with a keyboard shortcut and hardware controls being mapped for supported current and future hardware. Flip controls are also MIDI mappable for use with the MIDI controller of your choice.
  • Looping / Loop Snap — Choose whether your recorded Flip plays through once or loops. Select whether your looped Flip will snap to an end-point that’s on beat with your track.
  • Recall and Replay — Turn Flips ON / OFF and start your Flip on track load or whenever you like.
  • Make perfect edits — Platter movements aren’t recorded so you can move the platter to an exact point and trigger a cue point to make the perfect Flip.
  • Name your Flips — Just like Serato DJs nameable Cue Points you can also name your Flips. The name of your Flip will appear in the deck info area when the track is loaded.

Serato Flip will be available as a paid Expansion Pack in Serato DJ 1.7, coming this September. It will be available for purchase in-app and on the Serato Online Store for $29 USD.

More information: Serato

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Numark intros NV controller for Serato DJ

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Numark has announced NV, an intelligent controller for Serato DJ.

Numark NV
Featuring high-resolution color screens that provide extensive visualization of Serato’s flagship DJ platform and advanced interactive controls, NV opens all-new doors for the modern performing artist.

With two 4.3-inch, full-color screens integrated into its sleek, compact chassis, NV completely redefines the software-hardware experience for professional DJs. Using NV, performers experience feedback of Serato DJ – an award-winning software platform for digital DJ’ing – within critically acclaimed Numark hardware. Another first for DJ controllers, NV includes downloadable Remix Packs from world-renowned Toolroom Records, allowing artists to remix with audio stems from the leading electronic dance music label.

NV’s backlit performance screens deliver vivid, real-time visualization of Serato DJ; complete with spinning Virtual Decks, effects (FX), Cue Points, waveforms and more. Supporting four decks of control, its screens also provide song library navigation and detailed waveforms respective to each deck. Now, performers can manage set elements with the source laptop closed or out of sight without sacrificing functionality. Further, eye travel from the laptop screen to the controller is eliminated for seamless operation.

“NV has that ‘x-factor’ DJs have been searching for,” says Karl Detken, Numark Marketing Director. “It completely re-imagines the DJ experience while infinitely expanding creative performance options. Feedback elements are placed in the middle of the action, not away from it. The crowd will never again question what the DJ is doing in the booth, nor will the DJ question what they are doing with their hands.”

Incorporating the groundbreaking touch-activated controls and performance pad modes introduced with NS7II, NV empowers progressive track manipulation on-the-fly. FX, EQ and filter knobs are capacitive – responding with a twist, a touch or both. Now, DJs can unlock textures and transitions limited only by the imagination. All-new touch-activated metal platters provide jog, scrub and scratch duties while intelligent adaptive platter technology optimizes touch-response based on the user and host environment. Users can expect the tactility and reliability needed for the stage’s biggest moments, every time. A total of 16 velocity-sensitive pads provide intuitive control over 10 pad modes for finger drumming, sample slicing, effortless looping, hot cues and more. The ultra-thin NV and its intelligent controls were painstakingly crafted to inspire confidence in transit or in the booth.

“With its embedded, full-color screens, the Numark NV is a breakthrough in digital DJ controller technology,” noted Serato CEO AJ Bertenshaw. “Numark has achieved an unprecedented level of integration with Serato DJ that blurs the line between hardware and software. We cannot wait for performers to experience it first-hand.”

Numark NV features

  • Integrated displays let you focus on the music, not the computer.
  • Full-color, 1:1 real-time visualization of Serato DJ software.
  • Intelligent, touch-activated EQ, filter and effects knobs.
  • Groundbreaking effects tweaking, EQ kills, and filter sweeps.
  • 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with backlit RGB feedback.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ (included) – no purchase necessary.
  • 4 decks of cutting-edge Serato DJ control.
  • 10 pad modes for triggering samples, cues, loops, and slicing.
  • 2 dual-zone wheels with adaptive touch technology.
  • Includes Toolroom Records Remix Packs.
  • Toolroom Records Remix Pack features audio stems from the world’s premier dance music label.

NV will be showcased at the DJ Expo, August 11-14 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. NV will available for purchase this fall, priced at $699.99 USD.

More information: Numark / NV

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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.6

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Serato DJ

Serato has announced version 1.6 of its Serato DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

The latest update for Serato DJ includes Rane Hardware support, Pitch ‘N Time DJ Expansion Pack, Quantize, Nameable Cue Points, Jet Pack FX Expansion Pack, support for the Pioneer DDJ-SZ & Numark V7 Pro Controllers and the brand new Denon DJ MC6000MKII & Reloop Terminal Mix 8 DJ Intro Controllers and a healthy dose of maintenance bug fixes for continued stability and performance.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.6

  • Rane Hardware Support: Support for the Rane SL2, Rane SL3, Rane SL4, Rane Sixty-One, Rane Sixty-Two and Rane Sixty-Eight.
  • Pitch ‘N Time DJ: Allows you to speed up or slow down your track to extreme tempo values while maintaining its key perfectly, with the highest quality and definition of any available software.
  • Serato DJ FX Expansion Pack – Jet Pack: A Trippy, Spacey & Rave infused FX Pack including: Shepard Filter, U.F.O., Space Verb & Bass Ducker.
  • Quantize: Quantize mode allows you to set and trigger Cue Points on beat. Make sure you have your beatgrids set!
  • Nameable Cue Points.
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9 Support.
  • Hardware Support: Pioneer DDJ-SZ, Numark V7 Pro Controllers, Denon DJ MC6000MKII & Reloop Terminal Mix 8 DJ Intro Controllers.
  • Added Serato DJ Accessory Support: Pioneer CDJ-900, Denon DN-HC1000S.
  • Other New Features: Stack View Mode, Open/Close crates from hardware, Improved Cue Point and Loops Display area.

See the release notes for detailed information on the update.

Serato DJ is available to purchase for $129 USD. The new Pitch ‘N Time DJ and Jet Pack expansion packs are available for $29 USD and $19 USD respectively.

More information: Serato / Serato DJ

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Serato introduces Remote Mini app for iPhone

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Serato has announce the release of Serato Remote Mini, its first official App for iPhone and iPod touch.

Serato Remote Mini

The Serato Remote Mini is a special version of the Serato Remote, designed specifically for use with your iPhone or iPod touch. Designed to compliment an existing Scratch Live or Serato DJ setup, we took the best parts from the Serato Remote and stripped it back for better usability with the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. Now you can have the Serato Remote with you at all times, ready to whip out for a little extra control at your next party.

Serato Remote Mini will connect seamlessly to your Serato laptop software and work with all supported Scratch Live and Serato DJ hardware. Load tracks, instant double, set and trigger Cue Points, Loops and Samples and manipulate FX. Connect over USB for ultra low latency or wirelessly, freeing you to move around the stage.

We’ve designed the app with real world performance in mind. Similar to the Serato Remote for iPad®, the Serato Remote Mini has library control, plus three performance tabs: PADS, SP6 & FX, all have been meticulously designed for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Serato Remote Mini for iPhone and iPod touch is available to purchase for $4.99 USD.

More information: Serato / Serato Remote Mini

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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

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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.5.2 + Chip Pack FX Expansion Pack

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Serato has released version 1.5.2 of its Serato DJ software.

This latest update for Serato DJ includes brand new FX powered by iZotope for Serato’s new FX Expansion Packs. Scrollable FX drop-down menus, support for the Vestax VCI-100 MKII, Numark MixDeck Quad and the brand new Pioneer DDJ-SB Serato DJ Intro controllers.


Watch Tom, one of the Serato software developers, demo the new Chip Pack FX Expansion Pack and be in to win a Serato DJ + Chip Pack license!

Changes in Serato v1.5.2

  • Added Hardware Support
    • Vestax VCI-100 mk II.
    • Numark MixDeck Quad.
    • Pioneer DDJ-SB.
  • New Software Features
    • New Chip Pack DJ FX Expansion Pack.
    • Added scrollable FX drop down menus.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed Novation Dicer showing unpredictable behavior.
    • Fixed strip search on Numark NS7 always jumping to the beginning of a track.
    • Fixed DDJ-SP1 so it can not enter Slicer Modes 1 & 2 when in ABS Mode.
    • Fixed the platter resolution on the Vestax VCI-300.
    • Fixed Novation Twitch pitch adjustment being latching when loading a new track.
    • Fixed Novation Twitch effect depth on left hand deck sometimes not working .
    • Fixed lighting on the Numark NS6 jog wheel.
    • Fixed DDJ-WeGo Deck D platter controlling Deck A on the DDJ-WeGo.
    • Fixed non adjustable upfader curve on the MixDeckQuad.
    • Fixed Performance Pads 7 and 8 not turning off in sampler mode on the VCI-380.
    • Fixed FX LEDs in Single Mode on Twitch.
    • Fixed FX Scroll on Numark Mixdeck Pro.
    • Fixed NS6 gets stuck in Beat Grid Slip Mode.
    • Fixed VCI-380 Double track load.
    • Fixed MC2000 gets stuck in Fast FWD/RWD mode when Shift is released first.
    • Fixed brightness levels for Novation dicer in auto loop mode and inactive loops.
    • Fixed wrong colour for cue button on the Novation Twitch.
  • Other Changes
    • Simple Upfader Start on the NS7 and NS7MKII: holding shift and using the upfader performs upfader start.

Serato DJ for Windows is available to purchase for $129 USD. The Chip Pack costs $19 USD.

More information: Serato

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