Pioneer launches PLX-1000 direct drive turntable

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Pioneer has launched the PLX-1000, a professional direct drive DJ turntable.

Pioneer PLX-1000

The DJ quality PLX-1000 direct drive analog turntable is designed for DJs who enjoy the look, feel, and performance of vinyl for music playback.

The model offers a highly familiar, user-friendly control layout, high-torque direct drive mechanism, and exceptional audio playback quality. Combine the PLX-1000 with a Pioneer professional series DJM mixer for an ideal system for true vinyl enthusiasts.

PLX-1000 features

  • User-friendly control layout.
  • High-torque direct drive system.
  • Designed for optimal sound quality.
  • Tempo control with variable width levels.
  • Detachable power and audio cables.

The PLX-1000 has a list price of $699 USD.

More information: Pioneer / PLX-1000

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Native Instruments launches Heavy Valentine – Limited-time TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 sales special

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 Sale

Native Instruments has launched a limited-time February special on TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the highly acclaimed 2+2 channel DJ control mixer that unites analog and digital DJing techniques.

Featuring two standalone channels each with Remix Deck controls, and an integrated 24-bit audio interface, TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is the perfect pro-mixer for TRAKTOR DJs. Rear panel inputs provide connectivity for both turntables and CDJs, offering connectivity for purely analog as well as timecode-based setups. With a robust aircraft-grade aluminum enclosure, the Z2 is equipped with top-notch knobs and buttons, multi-colored cue point controls, and advanced Innofaders™ for durable, tactile mixing. TRAKTOR PRO 2’s Macro FX and Flux Mode are also directly accessible from the Z2’s dedicated buttons. An integrated USB hub even allows connectivity for multiple TRAKTOR KONTROL F1 and X1 controllers with plug-and-play simplicity.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 includes the latest version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software. Trusted by countless professionals, TRAKTOR PRO 2 offers DJs up to four virtual decks, intuitive looping and cueing functionality, and a wide range of over 30 effects. In addition, integrated Remix Decks technology allows DJs to instantly record, loop and sample audio for on-the-fly remixing. For DJs who combine the flexibility of digital DJing with classic analog systems, the Z2 also comes with TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2* timecode vinyl and CDs.

TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is available to purchase for $599 USD/599 EUR/£499 GBP until February 28, 2014 (regular $799 USD/799 EUR/£679 GBP).

TRAKTOR PRO 2 and TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software are provided as a download following registration of the TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 mixer.

More information: Native Instruments / TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2

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Sonic Emblem releases Sonic SPN turntable spin plugin

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Sonic Emblem has released Sonic SPN, a freeware effect plug-in that emulates turntable spins.

Sonic SPN features

  • Spin Speed Shift with LFO.
  • 50%~200% Shift Range.
  • 6 Types Waveform (±SAW ±TRI ±SQU).
  • 16Bar~≒8Beat LFO Rate (Synchronize with BPM).
  • LFO Phase is retriggered when change from Rate0 (also Host Transport Start).
  • Click Noise Reduction.
  • Support Automation.
  • UI for Touch Device.

Sonic SPN is available as freeware for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS). Requires Pluggo.

More information: Sonic Emblem / Sonic SPN

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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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Diego Stocco’s Duet for Leaves & Turntable

Diego Stocco posted Duet for Leaves & Turntable, another brilliant demonstration of the beauty of music made with everyday objects.

Recently I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn’t turn out as I was expecting. Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else.

For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators).

More information: Diego Stocco

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