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Stagecraft releases Scratch Track turntable plugin

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Stagecraft Scratch Track

Stagecraft Software has launched Scratch Track, a virtual turntable instrument for Windows and Mac.

Add a turntable to your DAW with this simple plugin.

Supports almost every type of timecoded vinyl on the market (serato, traktor, MK2, torq, ms pinky), let’s you scratch tracks, samples, and even live input.

Has an adjustable crossfader curve for precision scratching, low latency, and cue points for playing samples in rapid fire. There is nothing else like it out there!

The Scratch Track for Windows and Mac (VST) is available to purchase for $20 USD.

More information: Stagecraft / Scratch Track

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Native Instruments launches limited time offer on TRAKTOR KONTROL S4

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4

Native Instruments has launched a limited time offer for the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, the all-in-one 4+1 channel DJ system.

As one of the best-selling DJ products of all time, the KONTROL S4 was designed to be the comprehensive one-stop solution for professional digital DJs. Breaking industry sales records on release, the KONTROL S4 is a 4+1 channel DJ mixer, software controller, 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, which also provides inputs to connect to DJ decks and turntables – all in one unit.

The hardware provides instant, physical control over the included TRAKTOR PRO 2 and can be expanded to be a full TRAKTOR SCRATCH system with the TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 SOFTWARE & TIMECODE KIT**. All relevant functions, including looping, cueing, effects control and track browsing, have dedicated hardware controls, allowing DJs to focus on performance, and not the computer screen.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is available to purchase for $599 USD/599 EUR until August 31st, 2013, or while stocks last.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL S4

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Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 now in stores worldwide

Native Instruments has announced the availability of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the world’s first 2+2 channel control mixer.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2

Z2 is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and provides two stand-alone channels with two full Remix channels, a high-quality soundcard, and a host of new features that offer DJs top-of-the line performance coupled with tour-ready reliability. These hardware and software advancements make TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 the first professional club mixer from Native Instruments.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2′s aircraft-grade aluminum chassis forms the foundation of the KONTROL Z2′s state-of-the-art design. Two stand-alone channels are each equipped with premium Innofaders™ and dedicated EQ and filter knobs. The KONTROL Z2′s installation height is optimized for integration into standard club setups for the best possible ergonomics during performance. Club sound systems receive pristine audio thanks to 24-bit Cirrus Logic converters and balanced XLR outputs while a separate booth output and microphone input ensure accurate monitoring inside the DJ booth.

The KONTROL Z2′s 2+2 design unites analog and digital DJing techniques.
Rear panel inputs provide connectivity for both turntables and CDJs, offering connectivity for both purely analog as well as timecode-based setups. Multi-colored LED cue point controls placed next to the KONTROL Z2′s intuitive master section and two additional TRAKTOR Remix Deck™ rotary knobs provide side-by-side control of TRAKTOR PRO software and analog sources, and a built-in USB hub allows direct connectivity to controller hardware. With TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, DJs now have access to all aspects of their workflows with one powerful command center.

Purchase of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 includes download of TRAKTOR PRO 2.6 – the latest version of NI’s flagship DJ software. The KONTROL Z2 integrates perfectly with the new features in the 2.6 update including the new Flux Mode and Macro FX. Flux Mode tracks the time during complicated scratch and effect performances, allowing for creative loop rolls or effects while returning the song accurately to the beat.

The 11 Macro FX – specifically created for TRAKTOR – have been designed according to classic DJ workflows, and condense complex effect performances onto a single control knob on the hardware. Wormhole, Bass-o-Matic, and Zzzurp give DJs new ways to create exciting buildups and breakdowns. Flight Test, LaserSlicer, and Event Horizon offer DJs extra impact for punch-ins, and mixing effects such as Polar Wind, Dark Matter, and Strrretch give DJs more expressive control over track transitions.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 also includes TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs* – rounding out this powerful control mixer with scratch capability. The KONTROL Z2 package is designed to provide options for all popular club workflows, setups, and controller configurations.


5 times DMC World Champion DJ Craze performs an impressive turntablism routine on the TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is now available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop, priced at $899 USD / 799 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol Z2

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Native Instruments introduces TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 control mixer + audio interface

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the world’s first 2+2 control mixer combining the industry’s leading DJ controller design with a high-quality soundcard and a host of new features, all housed inside an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis.

New creative features inside the acclaimed TRAKTOR PRO software expand creative possibilities while premium-quality Innofaders™ assure rock-solid dependability when DJing, making KONTROL Z2 the first professional club mixer from Native Instruments.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2
The KONTROL Z2′s 2+2 design unites analog and digital DJing techniques.

Two standalone channels provide connectivity for turntables or CDJs while two additional channels offer control over TRAKTOR Remix Decks, cue points and effects. DJs now have access to all aspects of their setups from one intuitive control hub. This combination of hardware and software accommodates a host of workflow preferences from vinyl and CDJ setups to elaborate controller configurations.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 was designed to deliver the reliability and pro sound quality essential for professional club DJing. Its installation height delivers the comfort required during performance while the aircraft-grade construction provides necessary stability when on stage and reliability when on the road. The KONTROL Z2′s 24-bit soundcard and professional XLR outputs deliver high-quality audio to club sound systems while a separate booth output and microphone input allow KONTROL
Z2 to integrate into any DJ booth. Advanced HID technology delivers seamless integration with CDJs including enhanced visual and tactile control of key features. A built-in USB hub adds connectivity for additional controllers without having to use the host computer’s USB ports, making it easy to integrate add-on controllers such as KONTROL F1 and X1.

The KONTROL Z2′s spacious layout ensures straightforward access to the high-quality knobs and premium-quality Innofaders™. The two primary channels each feature a dedicated three-band EQ, filter and fader section, while two separate, chunky rotary volume knobs offer control over the TRAKTOR channels. Four additional multi-colored LED buttons for each TRAKTOR channel assigned to control cue points and Remix Decks are placed in their own section on the KONTROL Z2 and an intuitive master section lets DJs comfortably browse files inside TRAKTOR and access advanced controls such as Sync and Quantize.

New Macro FX specifically designed for TRAKTOR combine multiple TRAKTOR effects on a single control on the hardware. Customised to classic DJ workflows such as breakdowns, punch-in or blends, Macro FX condense complex effect performances to a single action increasing the possibilities available to creative DJs. All new Flux Mode tracks the time during complicated scratch and effect performances, allowing for creative loop rolls or effects while returning the song accurately to the beat.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 also includes the latest version of NI’s flagship TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software and TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs rounding out this powerful hardware control mixer with software options for all popular club workflows.


Controller guru Ean Golden showcases the new TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is available to pre-order now for $899 USD / 799 EUR. It will available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2012.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2

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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

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Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol F1 and Traktor Pro 2.5

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL F1, a pad-based, USB-powered hardware controller built to control the advanced Remix Decks™ in the included TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 software.

TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 provides 16 multi-colored, touch-sensitive LED pads, an advanced global control section as well as an ergonomic mixer section including four volume faders and dedicated filter knobs. Designed specifically for DJing, the KONTROL F1 offers a DJ-centric workflow for launching clips in an intuitive way, allowing users to switch between up to 64 tracks, loops and one-shot samples on each deck.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1

TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 includes the full version of the TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 software, also available as a free update to all users of the TRAKTOR 2 generation. Version 2.5 introduces the innovative Remix Decks™, giving access to a powerful loop suite made up of 64 slots, each able to hold loops, one-shot samples or even tracks. DJs can control up to four Remix Decks at once and save their work as an entire Remix Set with its respective beat grids, BPM and key information in a new file format that can be comfortably imported into a track deck via TRAKTOR’s browser.

TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 was designed specifically to control the Remix Decks™ and provides full and tactile control over the new feature, benefiting from seamless bi-directional software-hardware integration and offering full visual feedback through the multi-colored LED pads. Advanced parameters such as Punch mode and FX assignment can also be comfortably changed from the KONTROL F1 and four smaller pads at the bottom of the matrix stop or mute a group of samples. Controlling Sync, Quantize, Sample Size, Reverse and other functionality, the comprehensive global section also features a push encoder to switch through the four pages of the 16 pads and offers a ‘Capture’ button, which allows DJs to grab samples from running tracks of each track deck within the TRAKTOR software, both before and during the actual DJ performance.

Each regular track deck within TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 can be switched to a Remix Deck, thus offering dedicated transport, sync and tempo master controls. This allows DJs to control an entire Remix Deck via Native Scratch timecode control with vinyl or CDs, or using the jog wheels of the KONTROL S4 and KONTROL S2 hardware.

TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 was designed to integrate perfectly into any TRAKTOR DJ setup. With the same form-factor as TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, KONTROL F1 fits neatly alongside standard DJ mixers and the all-in-one DJ systems TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 and S2. The TRAKTOR Bag provides reliable protection for the KONTROL F1 during transport, and also doubles as a solid stand, elevating the KONTROL F1 to standard mixer and turntable height.

TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 will be available on May 30th for a suggested retail price of $279 USD / 249 EUR. It will ship with a full version of TRAKTOR PRO 2.5. All owners of TRAKTOR PRO 2, TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 and TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 will receive TRAKTOR PRO 2.5 as a free update from May 30th.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol F1

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Image-Line updates Deckadance to v1.9

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Image-Line has released version 1.9 of Deckadance, a DJ mixing software application for Windows and Mac.

Control Deckadance using your mouse, keyboard, midi_controller, timecoded vinyl and or CD system. No other DJ software supports more control formats and is as committed to 3rd party controller support as Deckadance.

Image-Line Deckadance 1.9

Changes in Deckadance v1.9

  • New synchronization engine – Songs are now totally locked in sync for whatever functions are performed within DD. Importantly, Deckadance can now be fully synchronized in other hosts such as Live including BPM & Phase.
  • Snap & Quantize buttons – The GUI also gains new ‘Snap’ and ‘Quantize’ buttons to make cue point setting and jumps to cue points, seeks in waveforms & exit looping perfect synchronized with the beat.
  • Loop settings – Improved to work per-beat rather than per-bar. This means faster, tighter repeats are now possible.
  • Song manager – The song manager (SM) is now fully integrated into Deckadance. You can detach the SM window, great for multi-monitor setups. The SM includes iTunes integration for drag-&-drop between SM and iTunes. Import playlists and more.
  • File Browser – A new File Browser replaces the old one. Designed for improved integration, searches and working with your files in Deckadance.
  • Options & Setup – All setup and options have been organised into a unified tabbed system. Spend less time searching and more time tweaking options.

Deckadance for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $99 USD (House Edition) / $179 USD (Club Edition). New Image-Line customers receive 10% discount on their entire first order by using this link.

More information: Image-Line / Deckadance

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