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Numark announces support for Serato DJ for NS6, NS7 & V7 DJ controllers

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Serato DJ

Numark has announced a collaboration with Serato, the worldwide innovator in digital DJ software, to include their new Serato DJ software with select Numark controllers.

For more than 20 years, Numark has set a pace in the world of digital DJing that no competitor has been able to match, empowering DJs with cutting-edge controllers that continually advance the art form. A deep and long-standing partnership with Serato was established more than 6 years ago, and has resulted in an entire range of professional controllers that have eliminated the line between hardware and software. The NS7, V7, and NS6 controllers define the top tier of DJ performance, reigning as the go-to controllers for DJing and setting the standard by which all other controllers are judged.

Building upon that legacy of partnership and innovation, Numark is proud toannounce that the acclaimed Serato controllers, NS7, V7, and NS6, will all support Serato DJ, the most advanced DJ software ever created. Additionally, any Numark DJ who already owns an NS7, V7, or NS6, will be eligible for a free update to Serato DJ. Owners of Numark’s controllers that are compatible with Serato’s DJ Intro software will also be eligible to upgrade to Serato DJ for $199.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are about Serato DJ,” said Chris Roman, Product Manager, Numark. Our professional NS6, NS7 and V7 customers will be able totake advantage of a whole new set of creative tools, and the hundreds of thousands of Serato DJ Intro users who own our controllers will be able to easily upgrade to the most advanced DJ software ever created.”

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, the ability to set and trigger up to eight cue points, a totally refreshed user interface, four-deck mixing, and more.

Beginning in December, DJs who own the following Numark controllers can upgrade to Serato DJ, and for a limited time this will also include a license for the powerful Serato Video plug-in: MixtrackPro, N4, Mixdeck, Mixdeck Express, and Mixdeck Quad. NS6 will begin shipping with Serato DJ in early Q1 2013, with NS7 and V7 to follow shortly thereafter.

More information: Numark

Numark ships Mixdeck Quad DJ system for iPad and more

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Numark has announced that its Mixdeck Quad universal, four-channel DJ controller is now shipping.

Numark Mixdeck Quad
Based upon the popular Mixdeck controller, the Mixdeck Quad kicks it up a notch by adding support for core MIDI on the iPad, opening the world of apps like Algoriddim’s djay to your DJ rig.

Mixdeck Quad is a four-channel professional DJ controller and player with integrated effects. It offers a uniquely intense DJ experience with the capability to mix virtually any kind of media, including CDs, MP3 CDs, and USB flash drives—each of which have onboard support via slot-loading drives and top-facing ports. Additionally, DJs can mix software on their laptop and iPad at the same time. Mixdeck Quad comes complete with Serato DJ Intro software and is pre-mapped for Traktor Pro 2 and VirtualDJ Pro and offers seamless integration with Algoriddim’s djay app for iPad, winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award (sold separately).

“This is all-in-one mixing at its finest,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “With Mixdeck Quad unleashed to DJs everywhere, we can’t wait to see how they’ll make use of its versatility and massive amount of capability—it’s going to be an intense ride.”

Mixdeck Quad also comes with innovative Crossplay technology, which allows DJs to play USB content from either port on either deck. Each of the decks has integrated, beat-synced DSP effects that include chop, echo, filter, flanger, pan, and phaser and is completely adjustable with a dedicated wet-dry fader controlling them all.
All the professional inputs and outputs that DJs need are built in, including professional balanced XLR outputs and inputs for external sources such as turntables and CD players. There’s also a direct stereo output from each deck for use with timecode control interfaces like Serato Scratch Live software. BPM analyzation and Tap Tempo are included and DJs can control other MIDI software with no timecode needed using a simple USB connection.


Numark Mixdeck Quad Introduction.

Mixdeck Quad features

  • Complete system with CD, MP3 and USB decks, four-channel mixer, and computer audio and MIDI interface.
  • MIDI integration of decks and the mixer for controlling both computer software and iPad apps.
  • Works seamlessly with Algoriddim’s djay for iPad app, winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award.
  • DJ parties of all sizes with your compatible iPad, iPod or iPhone.
  • Serato DJ Intro software included.
  • Built-in professional USB audio interface with balanced XLR outputs.
  • Crossplay Technology: mix USB flash drive content from either port on either deck.
  • Four-channel mixer with EQ/rotary kills, replaceable crossfader, and MIDI control.
  • Two large, backlit displays for BPM, CD/MP3 text tags, and folder navigation.
  • Beat-synced DSP effects with wet-dry fader: chop, echo, filter, flanger, pan, phaser.
  • Key Lock holds pitch while you independently manipulate its BPM.
  • Seamless looping, sampling, and easily accessible hot cues.
  • Automatic BPM analyzer and Tap Tempo for manual BPM entry.
  • Slide BPM ±6, 12, 25, and 100% or bend with pitch buttons.
  • Inputs: Two mic (XLR and 1/4″), Four aux (RCA stereo pairs), 30-pin iPad connector, computer (USB, stereo).
  • Stereo Outputs: Main (balanced XLR & RCA), Booth (RCA), Record (RCA), Deck 1 (RCA), Deck 2 (RCA), Cue (1/8” & 1/4”).
  • iPad Core MIDI and audio support.
  • Also works with djay, VirtualDJ Pro and Traktor Pro (each sold separately).
  • Class Compliant: this product is immediately compatible with every current and future version of Mac OS X and iOS and with Windows (98SE and up) operating systems.

Mixdeck Quad is available to purchase for an MSRP of $1199 USD and an estimated street price of $999 USD.

More information: Numark / Mixdeck Quad

Juno Download launches TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

Tekken Tag Tournement 2 Remix Competition

Juno Download has announced the TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition, a chance to mix tracks of the upcoming game.

To mark the upcoming release of the game TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2, Juno has teamed up with NAMCO BANDAI Games to give budding producers the chance to remix tracks from the game’s original soundtrack.

The remix stems for six different tracks are available to download for free from Juno Download, and remixers can upload their track to the TEKKEN remix competition SoundCloud dropbox for a chance to win these amazing prizes

Tekken Remix Competition prizes

Remix competition prizes

  • First prize winner will receive:
    • €500 cash prize.
    • Avid Fast Track C400 audio interface and Pro Tools MP software.
    • Vestax VCI-380 controller for Serato.
    • Novation Impulse 61 Keyboard Controller.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €200 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.
  • Four runners up will each receive:
    • €250 cash prize.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €50 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.

The submission phase of the remix competition ends July 16th, 2012. Winners will be selected by the TEKKEN development team, and announceed via the Juno Download Facebook Page and Tekken Facebook Page on July 23rd, 2012.

More information: Juno Download / TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

Vestax VCI-380 DJ Controller out now

Vestax has announced that its VCI-380 performance controller is now shipping.

Vestax VCI-380
The Vestax VCI-380 2 Channels USB MIDI controller for Serato ITCH.

VCI-380 is a 2 channel DJ controller with a built-in Digital DJ mixer, powerful and creative, opening the door to limitless possibilities of controllerism.

Mix, scratch, cue, effect, sample, trigger, loop and slice. Every feature of the VCI-380 is optimized to enhance the DJs performance and take a new approach in manipulating music.

Designed hand in hand with Serato, VCI-380 is bundled with ITCH, providing an arsenal of musical craft tools with perfect integrity, straight out of the box.

VCI-380 features

  • 2 Channels USB MIDI controller for Serato ITCH.
  • Built-in 24Bit/48kHz audio interface.
  • 2 x 8 Performance Pads with Velocity & Aftertouch.
  • 5 performance modes (Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Slicer, Roll, Sampler).
  • PAD FX function.
  • Channel FX controls.
  • Ribbon (strip) control for Pad parameters and Needle Drop.
  • Large scale 5 1/3 inch jog wheels with needle position display.
  • 2 Channel stand-alone audio mixer with Phono / Line input.
  • Hi-Pass filter, Trim and 3 band Eq on stand-alone mixer..
  • 2 Mic inputs with volume control.
  • Balanced Master output (XLR) & Booth output (RCA).
  • 19″ rackmount kit (optional).
  • Robust metal body construction.
  • CFX-2 (Digital Crossfader) compatible.

To celebrate the release of the VCI-380 Vestax has teamed up with Loopmasters and put together an exclusive FREE 500MB pack of content suitable for users of the VCI-380. Each VCI-380 includes a download ticket that grants access to the FREE 500MB pack.

More information: Vestax / VCI-380

Serato updates ITCH to v2.1

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Serato ITCH

Serato has updated its ITCH dj software to version 2.1.

The latest version features enhancements and bug fixes for all Serato ITCH users with 2.1 offering improved stability and increased performance.

2.1 continues Serato’s commitment to providing the best possible software for people who love music.

Changes in ITCH 2.1

  • New Features
    • SP-6 Hardware control.
    • Simple Sync mode added for two deck controllers.
    • Smart Sync pitch behavior changes.
  • General Bug Fixes
    • Fix for crash on relocate lost files.
    • Fix for hang when switching banks on the SP6.
    • Fixed bug which could cause pitch to jump suddenly after loading a new track over a sync’d track and moving the pitch slider. Only occurs if there is only a single sync’d deck.
    • Fixed SP6 pitch sliders not working correctly.
    • Fixed ctrl-click on the SP6 pitch slider jumping to the wrong value.
    • Fix for Reverse not working when in Relative Pitch after turning off Sync.
    • Hot Cueing while in armed sync now switches to Auto-Tempo so that the sync’d pitch is used.
    • Fix for SP6 not loading the play mode preference as Sync in some cases (randomly).
    • Fix for SP6 pitch resetting when loading the same track to the deck of the same number.
    • SP6 Trigger Mode now working for the Denon HC5000.
    • Fixed Denon HC5000 displaying the wrong pitch when in relative pitch and not updating.
    • Fix for pitch jumping if a doubled-slaved track was nudged into tempo mode.
    • Sync should no longer be turned off when a track is loaded on a paused or empty deck.
    • Fix for armed auto-tempo not jumping to correct tempo when using cue or temp cue (which can cause a jump if you then push play).
    • Empty Crates are no longer deleted.
    • Fixed a bug where Crates could get incorrectly deleted.
    • Fix for edit box not displaying highlighted text when using ctrl-a to select all.
    • Fix for focus incorrectly shifting to the crates list after editing multiple tags.
    • Fixed bug where Sync would not turn off when loading a track with no bpm and beat grid.
    • Fixed several bugs where playing a track with sync could keep doubling the track’s pitch.
    • Fixed for possible incorrect BPM when using doubled/half BPMs in smart sync mode.

More details (including changes for specific hardware) here. The ITCH 2.1 update is now available to download at no cost.

More information: Serato / ITCH

Serato releases Serato DJ Intro

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Serato DJ Intro

Serato has announced the release of Serato DJ Intro, a brand new DJ software for music enthusiasts around the world.

Serato DJ Intro allows for traditional two deck mixing of digital music files from a computer. When teamed with a controller, Serato DJ Intro offers a fun and intuitive DJ experience.

Serato DJ Intro is the newest piece of software to join Serato’s illustrious DJ range, which includes popular professional DJ solutions, Scratch Live and ITCH.

“Serato DJ Intro will transform the way people interact with music,” explains Sam Gribben, CEO of Serato Audio Research. “It’s amazing to see how the Serato DJ experience has evolved, and now a whole new generation of people can discover what professionals around the world have trusted for years.”

Serato DJ Intro features

  • Two tracks can be mixed simultaneously using traditional DJ controls – scratch, nudge, pitch bend, EQ.
  • Serato Sync locks tracks together for seamless grooves.
  • Serato Crates make audio file management easy and advanced iTunes integration gives you instant access to personal library and playlist information.
  • Cue points allow you to quickly access specific parts of songs.
  • Loops repeat selected sections and can create new intros, outros and extended mixes.
  • DJ-FX will enhance any DJ set, with popular effects including delay, filter and reverb, and up to three FX chainable for each deck.
  • The Sample Player can play up to four short samples, audio loops, sound effects or full length tracks in addition to the two tracks you’re mixing. .
  • Plug-and-Play connectivity makes it simple and fast to setup your supported Serato DJ Intro controller, computer and software and start DJing.

Serato DJ Intro for Windows and Mac is available to download now.

More information: Serato / Serato DJ Intro

Juno launches Groove Armada Remix Competition

Juno has launched the Groove Armada Remix Competition, an opportunity to have your remix on Groove Armada’s own label and also to win an assortment of top line products.

Juno Groove Armada Remix Competition

To celebrate the release of their Red Light project, Groove Armada are offering budding producers the chance to remix ‘RJ’s Theme’ from their latest Red Light Vol 1. EP. Download the parts here to be in with a chance of winning:

  • Your mix released on Groove Armada’s WORKit! label
  • £300 of Juno vouchers
  • Rane SL 3 for Serato Scratch Live (worth £488.50)
  • Ableton Live 8 (boxed) (worth €449)
  • Ableton Online Course from Manchester Midi School (worth €299)
  • SoundCloud Pro account (worth €250)
  • Mixed In Key
  • Platinum Notes

The Groove Armada Remix Competition submission phase ends on Oct 10th 2011. Remixes will be judged by Groove Armada, and the winner will be announced online.

More information: Juno / Groove Armada Remix Competition

Point Blank Online launches DJ skills with Serato Scratch Live course

Point Blank Online has launched a new course DJ skills with Serato Scratch Live, a chance to get to grips with a staple of modern DJing; Serato Scratch Live.

Serato Scratch is an ideal platform for DJs who want to retain the feel and style of mixing with vinyl but don’t want to carry a big box of records or CD sleeve to every gig. Using one in a range of bespoke Rane USB interfaces, Scratch Live brings vinyl and laser disc into the 21st century, allowing full mix control of digital audio files via a conventional turntable or CDJ.

DJ Blakey / DJ skills with Serato Scratch Live

Now at the helm of this new course is DJ Blakey. The more discerning mix fans will already know that he is a DMC world champion and has hosted his own show on Radio 1 sister station 1Xtra. Other achievements you might not be aware of are his residency at Fabric in London and his 2007 tour with Jurassic 5. It’s fair to say that Blakey knows his stuff and that if you want to learn how to mix, particularly with software like Serato Scratch Live, you could not ask for a better tutor.

During the course you will learn how to utilize Scratch Live to its highest potential at every stage of the mix; from loading tracks, beat matching and scratching to multi-deck mixing, looping and adding effects. The course also details how to use various controllers in conjunction with Scratch Live including the Rane TTM 57 SL mixer.

If you want to play regular gigs as a DJ or already do, then you will undoubtedly benefit from using Scratch Live. Where better to learn these skills than with industry professional tutors at Point Blank Online? We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Point Blank’s DJ skills with Serato Scratch Live is 4 weeks in duration and costs £355 GBP (approximately $530 USD). The course is available to book now.

More information: Point Blank Online