Denon DJ intros MC4000 Serato controller & DS1 Serator interface

Denon DJ has announced the MC4000, a new Serato MIDI controller.

Denon DJ MC4000

The all-new MC4000 is a 2-deck Serato MIDI controller for the professional DJ, wrapping in- demand audio manipulation tools in a robust steel chassis. In addition to precision touch-activated jog wheels, performers get access to dedicated hot cue and sample pads for on-the-fly creativity.

Long-throw 100mm pitch faders and an intuitive control layout deliver natural operation when balancing complex set elements. Known for their emphasis on sound quality, Denon DJ includes a premium 24-bit audio output path for noticeably clearer mixes.

Denon DJ’s highly regarded dual microphone inputs are complemented by a studio-grade echo effect, and “ducking” feature—effortlessly moving vocals to the top of the mix without riding faders. The MC4000 includes Serato DJ Intro and will be compatible with Traktor 2, and Virtual DJ 8.

MC4000 features

  • Premium 2-Deck controller for Serato.
  • Includes Serato DJ Intro; user-upgradeable to Serato DJ.
  • Touch-activated jog wheels for accurate scratching and track cueing.
  • Dedicated hot-cue and sample trigger pads with illuminated feedback.
  • Long-throw, 100mm pitch faders.
  • All-new control layout for effortless, intuitive use.
  • Dedicated EQ and FX controls on each channel.
  • (2) balanced mic inputs with 2-band EQ, Ducking, and Echo effect.
  • Compatible with Traktor 2 (via .tsi files) and Virtual DJ 8.
  • RCA Aux input for external device mixing.
  • Balanced Main and Booth Outputs.
  • Pro-grade steel construction.

The MC4000 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £299.99 GBP.

Denon has also introduced the DS1, a breakthrough interface for users of Serato NoiseMap – the system used to control a Serato-based digital music library using a turntable or compact disc player.

Denon DJ DS1

The DS1 is plug and play with Serato DJ, extending Denon DJ’s hallmark audio quality and reliability to club DJs and turntablists who prefer the feel of vinyl, but desire the flexibility a digital music library provides.

At the core of the all-new DS1 is a bi-directional audio interface with two sets of RCA stereo inputs for turntables or professional CD players. As users manipulate the vinyl or CD NoiseMap signal, Serato DJ software mirrors the control signal—controlling digital tracks on-screen in real-time for beatmatching, cueing, scratching, and track juggling.

Playback audio is distributed by the DS1 to a mixer or loudspeaker system in studio-grade 24-bit quality via two sets of RCA stereo outputs.

DS1 features

  • Premium Digital Vinyl System (DVS) interface for Serato DJ.
  • Interfaces turntables and CD players using Serato NoiseMap with a Serato DJ-based digital music library.
  • Plug and play with Serato DJ—no purchase necessary.
  • (2) sets of stereo RCA inputs and outputs for left and right decks.
  • Studio-grade 24-bit digital to analog conversion.
  • Supports 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates.
  • Dedicated grounding post for use with turntables.
  • Single USB cable connection to a computer for power and audio.
  • Includes (2) Serato NoiseMap control tone vinyl records and CDs.
  • Includes USB and stereo RCA cables.
  • Rugged, all-metal construction; carrying case included.

The DS1 will be available in Q2 with an MSRP of £229.99 GBP.

More information: Denon DJ

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Loop Lounge releases Soul Of The Machine

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Loop Lounge Soul Of The Machine

Loop Lounge has announced the release of Soul Of The Machine, a DJ Traktor Remix Sets pack by Simon Owen.

LOOP LOUNGE presents “Soul Of The Machine”, a collection of dark techno sounds crafted specially to be used with effects, allowing DJs to create infinitely unique variations of its theme.

DJs have long chosen Traktor for the ability to combine and layer loops to create progressions on the fly. With the “Soul Of The Machine” set, DJs have total control over isolated elements and enjoy the added artistic flexibility and freedom that comes with it.

Each of the four remix sets is broken down to its key parts and numbered for easy logical use. In the booklet, commonly used techno audio effects that work well with the loops are also listed, providing DJs with a starting point for their experimentation.

Soul Of The Machine is available for purchase for £14 GBP (.wav package) / £16 GBP (.trk package).

More information: Loop Lounge / Soul Of The Machine

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Native Instruments Happy Holiday – Free Replika delay, Traktor DJ remix sets & e-voucer

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Native Instruments has announced a limited-time holiday giveaway as a thank you to all its users.

Native Instruments Happy Holidays
The giveaway includes the REPLIKA delay effect, ten free TRAKTOR Remix Sets, and a 25 USD/EUR e-voucher.

REPLIKA is a simple to use delay effect for a wide range of spatial sounds. Three effect modes – two delays and a powerful diffusion algorithm – are built into a streamlined and easy-to-use interface. The ‘Modern’ mode is a digital delay that delivers the crystal-clear repeats of contemporary delay devices. ‘Vintage Digital’ mode reproduces the charismatic grit of early studio delays. The ‘Diffusion’ mode delivers a fresh sound that rides the line between delay and reverb. REPLIKA also integrates a high-class resonant filter and classic phaser. Adding modulation is easy with simple combinations of three intuitive knobs and two buttons to choose between phaser and filter – lowpass, highpass or notch.

DJs benefit from ten free TRAKTOR Remix Sets selected from the year’s most sought after Remix Set releases. The selection includes Pezzner, Tom Trago, Wellenrausch, My Digital Enemy, and more. TRAKTOR Remix Sets are premium-grade loop and one-shot sample packs, configured for use in the Remix Decks in NI’s flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 DJ software. Using Remix Decks, DJs can explore new expressive possibilities and live remixing. All ten TRAKTOR Remix Sets are available together or separately as a free download.

As an added bonus, everyone is encouraged to participate in a prize draw for the chance to win one of Native Instruments flagship products – a KOMPLETE KONTROL S49 with KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE, a TRAKTOR KONTROL S8, or a MASCHINE STUDIO. Until December 31, anyone can enter to win one of these prizes at www.native-instruments.com/happyholidays2014. Three winners will be announced after contest closure – one for each prize.

The free gifts are available from the NI website until December 31, 2014. From January 2014, REPLIKA will cost $49/49 EUR/£44 GBP. The e-voucher expires on December 31, 2014.

More information: Native Instruments / Happy Holiday

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Native Instruments releases the fourth video in THE FUTURE OF DJING series featuring Carl Cox

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Native Instruments has launched a new video on the Future of DJing, featuring Carl Cox.

Native Instruments today continues the #futureofdjing discussion with the fourth in a series of videos aimed at exploring how technological innovation plays a role in shaping the future of DJ culture. Previously featuring artists MK, Pan-Pot, and Nic Fanciulli, the next installment in THE FUTURE OF DJING video series features pioneering UK house and techno legend Carl Cox on how he keeps his musical passion alive, and how TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is taking a new generation of creativity forward.

Instrumental to the success of electronic music in the UK, Carl Cox has since been considered a true musical ambassador and innovator – still keeping fresh and drawing crowds, year after year. Shot on location in Sydney, Australia, the video shows Carl at the Stereosonic Festival talking about how his passion for DJing is rooted in his love for sharing quality music with others – and fueled by cutting-edge new technology.

Technology as a source of inspiration is one reason why Carl Cox is embracing the new TRAKTOR KONTROL S8, and discovering all the creative power the flagship all-in-one TRAKTOR controller offers. He describes what he likes most about the S8 is the creative challenge it presents to his performance and how enhanced Remix Decks control allows to“…actually produce something right now, live in front of an audience.” Carl provides a first-hand look at the changing art of DJing – highlighting that new DJ technology like TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is“… enabling to create the next generation of sound.”

The story continues online with #futureofdjing.

More information: Native Instruments

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Loop Lounge launches DJ tools collections

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Loop Lounge

Loop Lounge has announced the launch of an audio arsenal for DJs to creatively and imaginatively integrate into their musical performances be it in clubs, arenas or bedrooms.

Through partnership with professional musicians, producers, DJs and sound engineers, Loop Lounge presents collections of DJ tools to discerning DJs for use at leisure or on the fly to create their own unique and distinctive vibe.

Each of the collections is professionally mastered to ensure optimal quality for a variety of users. They are available in .wav or .trk sound file formats; the latter of which allows for their manipulation via the Traktor Pro DJ package. This feature grants users the flexibility to improvise, remix and edit live sound by integrating samples into their mixes to heighten creativity – a unique selling point in itself.

Loop Lounge packs

New at Loop Lounge

  • Reckorder Project: Beats, Breaks & Bass by DJ Narrative is a DJ Tool collection inspired by Breakbeat, Glitch Hop and Bass music. Uplifting, dynamic and powerful sonic elements provide a large artistic choice of tools to the creative and experimental DJ and electronic producer.
  • Le Monde Sombre by Emile adheres to the sensibilities of House, Bass and Techno – dark atmospherics abound. Conversely, many of the samples – some including sung vocals and World Percussion – give each audio set an aural ambiguity that allows them to be played with many other genres.
  • Latin Percussion Session by Ian Tripp was specifically designed to allow DJs to easily utilise Latin percussion flavoured breaks and grooves in their own tracks. The samples conveniently vary in length and the instrumentation is such that it’s imbued with the frenetic energy of a live performance.

The packs are available for purchase for £13 GBP (.wav) / £15 GBP (.trk). A free trial pack is also available to download.

More information: Loop Lounge

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