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Native Instruments Thanksgiving Special—50% off Komplete instruments & effects, Maschine Expansions and Traktor Pro 2

Native Instruments has announced its Thanksgiving Special, a limited time promotion on selected products in the Komplete, Maschine and Traktor range.

Native Instruments Thanksgiving Special
50% off various Native Instruments products for 5 days only.

Fill up this Thanksgiving with three incredible offers. Whether you’re into TRAKTOR, KOMPLETE or MASCHINE, there’s a special half-price deal just for you. But deals this good don’t last long. If you’ve been waiting to build or expand your setup, the next five days is the time to do it – this Thanksgiving special ends Monday, November 26, 2012*.

Thanksgiving Special

  • 50% off all Komplete Instruments and Effects
  • 50% off all Maschine Expansions plus Imaschine for $0.99 / 0,89 €
  • 50% off Traktor Pro 2 – Now only $44.50 / 39,50 €

This special offer is valid from 11:00 (CET) on November 22, 2012 to 24:00 (CET) on November 26, 2012. The special offer is only valid on full software versions of products – upgrades are not a part of the special.

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Native Instruments introduces new generation of artist-based TRAKTOR Remix Sets

Native Instruments has introduced a new generation of TRAKTOR Remix Sets set up for immediate use with the latest TRAKTOR software with Remix Deck technology.

Native Instruments Traktor Remix Sets

These exclusive premium-grade loops and one-shot sample packs provide DJs of different musical genres with complete tracks by renowned artists for enhancing sets, jamming and live remixing. Released in cooperation with leading online music retailers, the series kicks off in style with M.A.N.D.Y., who are celebrating 10 years of Get Physical with their track ‘Twisted Sister’, out now exclusively on Beatport.

Programmed for ease-of-use and flexibility, the ‘Twisted Sister’ Remix Set™ provides DJs with 64 loops and one-shot-samples that are divided into different sections, identified by groups, pages and colors. All pages contain the original track split into four easy to use groups for drums (red), bass (pink), synthesizer lead (green) and sound effects/vocals (blue). While pages 1 and 2 contain the key elements of a track, pages 3 and 4 are the performance pages providing performable synths and additional vocal shots. With this new generation of TRAKTOR Remix Sets, DJs now have the ability to truly perform live.

TRAKTOR’s Remix Decks were introduced with the new version of NI’s flagship DJ software TRAKTOR PRO 2.5, which came as a free update for all existing users of TRAKTOR PRO 2. Remix Decks allow DJs to creatively remix and rearrange tracks before and during their actual performance.
With the all-new generation of TRAKTOR Remix Sets, DJs of any genre get inspiring fuel to perform live edits, layer individual parts, or work individual song elements by different artists coherently into their own DJ sets with total freedom, creating their own trademark sound.

Each regular track deck within TRAKTOR PRO 2 and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 can be switched to a Remix Deck, thus offering dedicated transport, sync and tempo master controls. With its 16 stylish, multi-colored pads to fire loops and one-shot samples, the TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 was designed specifically to control the TRAKTOR Remix Decks and provides full and tactile control – DJs can combine this with Native Scratch timecode control via vinyl or CDs, or use the jog wheels of the KONTROL S4 and KONTROL S2 hardware.

TRAKTOR Remix Sets are available exclusively through major download shops for less than $4.99 USD.

The ‘Twisted Sister’ Remix Set™ by M.A.N.D.Y. is available now exclusively at Beatport.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR Remix Sets

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

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

Delectable Records releases Breakdown FX Tools

Delectable Records Breakdown FX Tools

Delectable Records has released Breakdown FX Tools, its first library totally focused on stems, sound fx, tools for DJs, Live Artists and Producers.

Breakdown FX Tools has a wide range selection of transitional and rising sounds, long evolving elements and effects designed to fit into your productions perfectly. This package is especially useful if used with the new innovative Traktor Remix Decks features. Giving a dramatic effect within your productions, you can take advantage of this sound selection to obtain inedited effects by live-capturing your favorite loops while DJing.

Breakdown FX Tools features

  • 80 stems and 110 sound fx (24-bit quality), key signed and separated into bar length.
  • Includes 23 keysigned tensions, 12 kick tools, 33 rising tools, 12 snare tools, 37 filler sfx, 43 filler sfx, 30 sfx booms.
  • All samples are recorded at 125Bpm and premastered with high-end hardware.

The sample pack is available from Loopmasters for £21.95 GBP.

More information: Delectable Records / Breakdown FX Tools

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

Native Instruments launches time-limited special offer on TRAKTOR KONTROL S4

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4

Native Instruments has launched a time-limited special offer on its TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ system for a limited time.

Forget what you know about DJ controllers and DJ software. TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 was designed from its conception as a fully integrated system where software and hardware are fused in perfect harmony. Once you experience it, you’ll immediately feel how simple, yet powerful and fluid a professional DJ system can be. TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is the culmination of a 10-year vision and experience only Native Instruments can provide. So whether you’re a seasoned TRAKTOR user looking for the ultimate controller, or just entering the world of digital DJing, the S4 delivers like no other can.

Custom-tailored for TRAKTOR, the S4 fuses a premium-quality 4 channel DJ mixer, a built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, an intuitive controller, and the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software with Remix Decks™ into one fully professional solution – the ideal one-stop package for DJs who want pro features, instant usability and go-anywhere portability.

This TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 is available to purchase for $799 USD / 799 EUR until August 31st, 2012. The offer is available at participating retailers and at the NI Online Shop, until stock lasts.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol S4

MidiPads drum pad controller goes iPhone with v1.6

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MidiPads (Traktor)

Crossfire Designs has released version 1.6 of MidiPads, bringing the drum pad controller previously available for iPad to the iPhone.

It has got the same features as the iPad version, but to respect the smaller area, it features a slidable layout similar to the Facebook app. Instead of a customizable bottom part, two additional pages allow customizing the layout.

MidiPads for iPhone is a drum pad controller and sports 64 drum pads, which can be resized in both size and area. The bottom part is fully configurable by the user with resizable touchpads, faders and buttons. Both faders and touchpads support snapping to a value, fading to the touch position (duration user-configurable) and bouncing.

One very unique feature is the drumpad-integrated X/Y-controller: Change your instruments’ or your effects’ sound just by moving your finger while still triggering – very useful also for DJ software like Traktor Pro.

MidiPads for iPhone features

  • Supports Core MIDI interfaces like iRig MIDI and Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer II.
  • Supports network MIDI over WiFi.
  • Supports virtual MIDI to trigger other iOS MIDI Apps with virtual MIDI support.
  • All Midi sources/destinations can be connected individually.
  • Presets (interchangable with other users, midipads can be started with them from other apps, e.g. Dropbox).
  • All elements customizable (color, label, Midi channel, CC/key, range…).
  • 64 drum pads, resizable area (4, 9 or 16 pads per page).
  • Two fully customizable pages.
  • Several modes to influence velocity: Finger velocity, Two-finger-tap, vertical pad position, random velocity, and min and max velocity always definable.
  • Touch pads and faders support snapping, automatic fading and bouncing.
  • Use drum pads as tap or toggle buttons, either in key or CC mode.
  • Drum pads can act as X/Y controller and pad at the same time (trigger your effect and change it with just one finger!).
  • Faders can act as VU meter and fader at the same time.
  • Drum pads can show incoming values (e.g. that a sample is on that pad).
  • Send pitch bend or modulation over faders, touch pads or drum pads.
  • Gravity controller (use iPhone’s rotation axis as controller).
  • Easy Midi learn for each controller, as a learn CC value is sent on CC selection.
  • Lock mode locks all elements that would hinder your performance.
  • Supports all 16 midi channels (for each element and its sender separately!).
  • Drum pads can blink on incoming midi sync and hence support you with the beat.
  • Extensive help covering connection, editing the user interface and troubleshooting.
  • Multiple senders for each axis and knob.

MidPads for iPhone is available to purchase at the iTunes App Store, priced $3.99 USD. A free MidiPads Lite version with limited features is now also available for iPhone.

More information: MidiPads for iPhone / MidiPads Lite for iPhone