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Mixxx 1.8.0, free DJ software updated

Mixxx, the free, open source software for performing live DJ mixes, was updated to version 1.8.0.

Developed by a diverse community of DJs, Mixxx is a complete replacement for a conventional “turntables and mixer” DJ setup, and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Mixxx (Deere skin)
“Deere” skin, new in Mixxx 1.8.0

Changes since Mixxx v1.7.2

  • Looping
    • Loop-in, Loop-out, and Reloop/Exit buttons added to our main skins.
    • Loop point indicators on main waveforms and waveform summary displays.
  • Hot cues
    • Most of our skins gained 4 hot cue buttons, and Mixxx now internally supports up to 32 hot cues per deck.
  • A brand new database-powered library, with:
    • iTunes library and playlists access (Windows and Mac OS X)
    • Rhythmbox library and playlists access (Linux)
    • A brand new, faster library scanner
    • Crates!
    • A simple Auto DJ mode, which crossfades to the next track in the Auto DJ queue.
    • Analyze view, which allows you to run bulk BPM detection on your songs
    • Featured Artists bundle (Windows and Mac OS X)
    • Revamped Song Properties dialog
    • Re-arrangeable, hide-able columns
  • Tons of new artwork:
    • New Deere, Shade, Phoney, and LateNight skins
    • Better descriptions in tooltips and snazzy new look
  • MIDI
    • New PortMidi-based MIDI device backend, supports using multiple devices at once
    • Timers in the MIDI scripting engine
    • New MIDI mappings:
      • Hercules DJ Control e2
      • DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter
      • Reloop Digital Jockey2
    • Updated MIDI mappings:
      • Hercules DJ Control MP3, RMX, MK2
      • Stanton SCS.3d, SCS.3m
      • M-Audio Xponent
      • Behringer BCD3000
      • Vestax VCI-100
      • MixMan DM2
  • Other stuff:
    • A massive rewrite of our internal mixing engine
    • More intelligent disk access to help optimize audio latency
    • Optimized waveform rendering at 30 fps
    • Ramping pitch-bend option, smoothly applies temporary pitch adjustment for nudging
    • Import comment tags from MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC/WAV metadata.
    • New library and preferences icons
    • Improvements to UTF-8 handling
  • Over 50 bug fixes and more!

More information: Mixxx

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Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol S4 Pre-Order

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4

Native Instruments has announced that TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, its first integrated DJ system, will be in stores beginning November 1st.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 represents a new level of software and hardware integration that makes DJing more versatile, more intuitive and more fun. The full-featured controller combines a four-channel mixer section with ergonomically laid-out high-quality control elements and an integrated audio interface, all designed to professional specifications.

The included TRAKTOR PRO S4 software offers the full feature set of TRAKTOR PRO, further expanded through powerful new performance functions and an optimized user interface. Based on ten years of digital DJing expertise, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 gives DJs of all genres unparalleled creative possibilities with supreme work flow and ease-of-use.

Traktor Kontrol S4 will be available for a suggested retail price of $999 USD / 899 EUR, with the optional flightcase being available for $189 USD / 169 EUR. Pre-orders are also now accepted in the NI Online Shop.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol S4

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Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4, integrated DJ system

Native Instruments has announced Traktor Kontrol S4, an integrated DJ system with state-of-the-art performance capabilities and intuitive tactile control.

Based on ten years of digital DJing expertise, TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 combines a special version of the TRAKTOR PRO software with an advanced hardware controller, both developed in unison to give DJs of all genres unparalleled creative possibilities with supreme work flow and ease-of-use.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 represents a new level of software and hardware integration that makes DJing more versatile, more intuitive and more fun. The full-featured controller combines a four-channel mixer section with ergonomically laid-out high-quality control elements and an integrated audio interface, all designed to professional specifications.
All relevant functions including looping, cueing, effects control and track browsing are immediately accessible on the robust and portable hardware, while dynamic multi-color backlighting, LED status displays and comprehensive level metering allow DJs to focus on their performance rather than on the computer screen.

The included TRAKTOR PRO S4 software offers the full feature set of TRAKTOR PRO, further expanded through powerful new performance functions and an optimized user interface that offers superior usability under all conditions. Two flexible Sample Decks can add up to eight simultaneous one-shot samples or beat-synced loops to the mix, opening up creative remixing and mash-up possibilities that go far beyond conventional DJing techniques. The unique Loop Recorder also allows DJs to capture and overdub audio loops from the live mix, cue signal or an external input on the fly, and drop them back into the mix at any time.

The dual touch-sensitive jog wheels on the KONTROL S4 hardware offer extremely precise and responsive deck control due to a new patentpending electromagnetic technology, complemented through Native Instruments’ high resolution NHL protocol that provides superior performance over conventional MIDI. The integrated low-latency 24bit/96kHz audio interface is based on the acclaimed AUDIO 4 DJ, and provides professional signal quality to match the most high profile club systems.

External time-code control via turntables and CD decks will be enabled through a future software upgrade. To accommodate touring DJs, a professional flightcase that doubles as an adjustable performance stand will also be available as an accessory for TRAKTOR KONTROL S4.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 features

  • Highly integrated 4-deck TRAKTOR controller and flagship software.
  • Plug & play – all you need to start mixing is your computer and MP3s.
  • 4-channel mixer with ergonomic layout, 2 high-res jog wheels.
  • 2 analog inputs with phono and mic preamps for hooking up turntables, CD players or external audio gear.
  • TRAKTOR PRO S4 software – pro features, supreme usability; features 4-deck mixing and effects, plus all-new Sample Decks and a powerful Loop Recorder.
  • 2 customizable FX units with 28 performance effects for adding your own trademark sound.
  • Powerful MP3 management with iTunes® integration and iPod® compatibility.
  • Built-in 24bit/96 kHz soundcard features pristine, award-winning audio quality.
  • All components designed by the same team – precision German engineering.
  • Includes 40 original loops and 10 full tracks from the world-famous Loopmasters Studio.

Traktor Kontrol S4 will be available this winter for a suggested retail price of $999 USD / 899 EUR. The Traktor Kontrol Case will be available at the same time for $189 USD / 169 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Traktor Kontrol S4

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Short links for February 26th, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Neurosonics Live (Vimeo)

Chris Cairns of Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. posted another Neurosonics video, the Holographic Drumkit and Turntables test.


DRUMS: WILL CLARK, TURNTABLES: JFB, HEADS: BEARDYMAN

# GroovePacks Free Stuff

GroovePacks has released a new sampler freebie featuring 10 Sampler instruments (Live 8 and Sampler required).

The instruments were made using samples from our Foundation 1 & 2 sample packs, and also some waveforms from the default Ableton library. Open the info view to see additional information on each rack. You get some great sounding sfx, bass, pad and rhythmic sounds. Install instructions are on the zip file. Enjoy!

# OTO machines – Biscuit

Hardware unit with real 8-bit A/D and D/A converters, true analog multimode filter with resonance control, an FX section with Waveshaper, Delay, Pitch Shifter and Step Filter, and more…

OTO Biscuit
OTO Biscuit

Add depth, texture and organic behavior to synths, basslines, drum machines and virtual sounds from computers with BISCUIT !

By using 8-bit converters, digital processing and analog resonant filters, Biscuit opens up a wide range of sounds from harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts to warm and fat 8-bit sounds.

Producers, deejays, musicians and sound lovers can use BISCUIT to extend their sound creation possi- bilities.
BISCUIT will find its place in studios, on stages or even in clubs.

via CDM, where you can also find an interview with creator Denis Cazajeux.

# SNOOKY001 DRUMKIT « timothyJ:

Free drumkit by Timothy Preut:

new drumkit called SNOOKY001. It is a combo of some kinda retro meets grimey meets elctronic. Have fun using these sounds.

Drumaxx & Ableton @ ModulateThis!

# Image Line Drumaxx Tutorial – Routing Pad Output to Separate Audio Tracks in Ableton Live

Mark Mosher posted a tutorial on how to route pad output of Image-Line's Drumaxx percussion synth to separate audio tracks in Ableton Live.

Image Line has just released a new Percussion Modeling Instrument called Drumaxx made by Maxx Claster. Drumaxx includes 130 drumkits, 900 drum patches, 200 drum patterns. If you use Sawer, Sakura, Morphine, Poizone, or Toxic Biohazard instruments, then you are familiar with Maxx’s work.

Image Line is offering Drumaxx as a “name your price” download for limited until March 31st,2010 with a minimum price of $13 USD with $1 going to support Haiti earthquake victims. With a deal like this I thought it was a “no brainer” so I picked it up.

One of the coolest features is that each of the 16 physically modeled drums can be routed to individual tracks within your host so you can add additional effects. Below I’ll show you how to set this up on Ableton Live.

# Studio Wormbone

Trevor Dutton wrote in to let us know that he’s hiring out the services of his electronic music studio.

Studio Wormbone is a compact and efficient state of the art recording and production facility located in a quiet forest setting just outside the Emerald City of Seattle.

Owned and managed by sound designer/producer Trevor Dutton, Wormbone Studio specializes in all aspects of electronic music, sound design, and cutting edge audio production.

Trevor has also released a number of sample packs, now available from Producer Loops.

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Sonokinetic releases Turntablism

Sonokinetic Turntablism

Sonokinetic has released Turntablism, a sample library featuring turntablism loops and elements.

Over 500+ loops dedicated to mind blowing turntablism dj skills. Divided into tempi; 80, 90, 100, 110 and 120 BPM’s and turntablism-fx, this collections provides for a broad range of diversity for you compositions. And 175+ elements like original historical quotes and speeches.

Turntablism features

  • 515 Apple loops, 515 24 bit , 48kHz wave files.
  • 7 EXS24mkII patches + sample-folder (515 loops and samples), 7 Kontakt patches (with artwork), 5 folders with REX2 files (425 loops).
  • 6 long applause ambiences, 50 cool and hilarious Bush quotes, 30 all-time famous quotes, 80 historical speeches and quotes form epic people like Einstein, JFK, Churchill, Nixon and many more, 25 vintage Americana quotes, 17 vinyl crackle sound effects.

Turntablism is available to purchase for 39.90 EUR.

More information: Sonokinetic / Turntablism

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Review: Goldbaby Productions The CustomDMX

Goldbaby CustomDMX

After doing two synth sample libraries — FatsoSynths Vol 1 and Tape101 —, Goldbaby returns with another drum sample library: The CustomDMX.

Besides drum machines recorded on tape machines, sounds sampled on the vintage MPC60 and SP-1200, and drum machine sounds pressed on vinyl & played on various turntables, we now have new type of treatment: The DMX + Prommer.

The Oberheim DMX is a classic drum machine that uses sampled PCM (Pulse Code Modulated) audio for its sound source. To store the individual sounds it uses EPROMs (Eraseable Programmable Read-Only Memory). The chips on these EPROMs can be erased by exposing them to ultraviolet light and you can (re)program them with a PROM burner, also called a Prommer. You can watch a video of Goldbaby creating a custom EPROM here.

Goldbaby writes:

Countless hours were spent creating these 8 bit custom EPROMs. Then installing them in the DMX and recording the result . This was definitely a labour of love! Get hold of some really unique old school drum sounds.

The CustomDMX features

  • 1182 x 24 bit – one shot wav samples.
  • Plus the DMX groove templates!
  • Battery, Guru, Refill and Wav formats.

I had a go with the Battery version which also includes 15 kits to get you going right away.

The samples include drum machine sounds from various sources (DMX, 808, 909, Drumulator, Mbase, MXR, MicroTonic, and more…), sampled and processed in several ways. The DMX standard drums are available as raw samples, re-sampled ones and you get a folder of UBK Fatso goodness. There’s also a folder with various sounds like eastern percussion, SH-101 fx, sampled vinyl hits, etc.

The CustomDXM is available for purchase for $24 USD (includes all formats).

So what do I think?

As you would expect from an 8-bit drum machine, the CustomDMX samples have that same lovely lo-fi sound that the original ones have. The DMX was used by a lot of artists in the early 80′s so you might recognize its sounds from hit songs like Holiday by Madonna, Rockit by Herbie Hancock & Bill Laswell, and Prince’s Purple Rain, to name just a few.

Besides the DMX samples there are plenty of other sounds in this library. Goldbaby even included a bunch of vocoded sounds. Goldbaaaaybaaaaaiyah! This is another top notch sample library of sounds I don’t really need, but does one ever have enough unique drum sounds? I guess not!

What else can I say… Just head on over to the CustomDMX product page and listen to the demo mp3s, these sounds speak for themselves.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / The CustomDMX

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ION announces four new Vinyl-To-Mp3 Turntables

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ION PROFILE LP

ION has announced a new series of vinyl-transfer turntables: PROFILE LP, PROFILE FLASH, iPROFILE and PROFILE EXPRESS.

Each new turntable in ION’s PROFILE series is designed with contemporary, low-profile looks. PROFILE LP, PROFILE FLASH and iPROFILE are finished in sleek, piano black, while PROFILE EXPRESS is finished in sleek silver.

Each model enables consumers to turn the music on their vinyl records into flexible MP3 files they can listen to on a computer, load onto an iPod or record to CD. All models can convert virtually any standard record, including 33, 45 and 78 RPM.

New Vinyl-To-Mp3 Turntables

  • PROFILE EXPRESS and PROFILE LP are LP-conversion turntables that offer a standard USB connection, enabling users to connect to a Mac or PC. Once connected, users can easily and quickly transfer music directly to an iTunes music library as MP3s, using ION’s exclusive EZ Vinyl Converter software. PROFILE LP also contains a protective dust cover.
  • PROFILE FLASH enables users to convert music on records to MP3s without connecting to a computer. PROFILE FLASH records music directly onto an SD card or USB flash drive for listening in portable music players and mobile phones with micro SD slots.
  • iPROFILE records directly from vinyl to an iPod without requiring a computer connection. The LP-conversion system features a turntable with a Universal Dock for iPod.

More information: ION

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