Peter Adany has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Helix, an exacting turntable for DJs, producers & record fans, with unprecedented features & graphics.
Helix Beatmix demonstration.
So you are not into DJing, but you still love music? You can enjoy your favorite songs in a more engaging way. It’s like the satisfaction of playing your favorite vinyl LP, but in an advanced way: with an elegant, color-customizable turntable on your iPad, PC or Mac.
Do you play your own instrument? This app lets you easily and precisely adjust the pitch of songs so you can play in tune with your music.
The project is looking to raise $30,000 by Saturday September 15th, 2012.
Numark has announced that its Mixdeck Quad universal, four-channel DJ controller is now shipping.
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.
Loopmasters has introduced Rewind, a sample pack by Industrial Strength’s Lenny Dee.
Lenny Dee and crew thought it might be really handy to have a wild collection of rewinds, skips, jumps, spins, slow downs all in one handy pack.
There is nothing like a real hand pushed back spin, so we asked a few of our friends to get back spin crazy and help us get a really crazy selection of license free spins for you to use mash up and effect out.
We used the classic 1200MK2 and the Cdj 1000 Mk3 to make all the rewinds, and combined a lot of long and totally messed up spin samples for you to crash up and freak out.
The sample pack is available to purchase for £12.95 GBP.
The Producers Choice has released the Boom Bap Phonetics, a drum sample pack inspired by the sounds of J Dilla and Kev Brown.
Our sound designers painstakingly mimicked the EXACT drum sounds used by J Dilla, Kev Brown & Mad Lib.
The Boom Bap Phonetics drum kit is the ‘go to’ drum library for Boom Bap drum samples. The kit captures J Dilla’s signature styled drums by using the same filtering techniques, creative EQ & compression, and drum machines as the legendary producer.
Boom Bap Phonetics features
Over 170 drum samples, crafted using the following equipment: Akai MPC3000, SP-303 Sampler, P-505 Sampler, Technics Turntables w/ Dirty Vinyl Drums.
MPC READY – pgm files included so you can load into your unit fast and easily.
Each sound was recorded from vinyl record and split tested through different chains to get the perfect boom bap sound.
The sample pack is available to purchase for $29 USD.
Waves has announced the Mashup, a DJ app for the Apple iPad.
Technical GRAMMY award-winning Waves Audio and Musicsoft Arts join forces to bring you Mashup, the first DJ app to bring Waves studio-quality processing to the iPad.
Sure, you could spend thousands of dollars on gear, and lug around records, turntables, and mixers. Or, you could fire up Mashup, a complete mobile DJ booth, with studio-quality EQ and analog-style resonant filters, Vinyl Touch glitch-free scratching, and independent time-stretch and pitch-shift for each of its two stereo decks.
Mashup App features
Dual stereo decks with studio-quality EQ and FX.
Independent time-stretch and pitch-shift for each deck.
Analog-style resonant high pass/low pass filters with exclusive touch ribbon control.
Free downloadable music from top DJs and producers.
Vinyl Touch glitch-free scratching.
iPhone and iPod Touch support in remote headphones mode.
Fully optimized for the new iPad with Retina screen.
Waves MaxxVolume and MaxxBass provide loud, steady output and enhanced bass response (Premium Feature).
Play back any track in your library.
Mashup for iPad is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.
Hal Leonard Books has published Spin Now!, a book by DJ Shortee.
This DJ handbook puts you on the fast track to DJing, whether you want to be a digital DJ or vinyl junkie.
In Spin Now! and the accompanying DVD-ROM, Los Angeles DJ, world-class turntablist, producer, and classroom instructor DJ Shortee teaches you everything you need to know so you can start mixing tunes like the pros!
Spin Now! features
From CDJs, turntables, and DJ mixers to DJ Software, MIDI Controllers, and more, discover the tools of the trade and how to choose which are best for you.
Learn how to set up different gear and how to operate it correctly.
Find out where to get music and how to select your tunes in order to create your own unique sound.
Learn how to identify beats, count music, sync tempos, and match keys.
Master the basics of cueing, scratching, and droppin’ on the “one”.
Learn how to create seamless mixes through beat matching, blending, and EQing.
Discover useful practice techniques, get advice on how to promote yourself, learn how to survive your first gig, and more!
The included DVD-ROM contains specific exercises directly correlating with lessons in the text, including material that lets you play along in real time. Each technique is taught using both CDJs and turntables and can easily be applied to any DJ software and controllers. No matter what equipment you use, Shortee’s lessons are essential to learning how to DJ like a pro! Want to become a Pro DJ? Learn from one!
Spin Now! is available from Hal Leonard for $12.99 USD.
Serato has released version 2.0 of ITCH, the DJ software for Windows and Mac.
Serato ITCH is an integrated software and hardware system, designed to give music selectors and DJs new kinds of control. Serato and ITCH partners have made award winning DJ systems that operate without CD players or turntables.
Using the ITCH software you can DJ music on your computer with accurate control from a range of purpose built ITCH hardware.
Changes in ITCH 2.0
A fresh new look, with changeable Night & Day modes.
New SP-6 Sample Player including Sample Sync.
Multiple display modes to suit different styles of DJing – vertical, horizontal, stack and library views.
Re-optimised Serato SmartSync engine for precise grids and locked grooves.
Improved Library Management so you can easily copy crates & tracks to external drives for gigs.
Smart Crates which auto-fill using keywords from your music library.
Serato Playlists to share your tracklists either as you play, or online afterwards.
Album Art Views for enhanced browsing.
Improved Instant Doubles functionality, including support for 4 decks.
The ITCH 2.0 update is available as a free download.