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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.5

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Serato DJ

Serato has released version 1.5 of its Serato DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

Serato DJ 1.5 is now available to download on serato.com.

This release supports a range of brand new hardware from industry leaders Pioneer and Rane, that work plug-and-play with Serato DJ, which now inherits our world class NoiseMap™ DVS technology.

As well as this, Serato DJ 1.5 also brings support for new controllers and existing Pioneer CDJ hardware.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.5

  • Added Serato DJ Hardware Support
    • Rane Sixty-Four
    • Pioneer DJM-900SRT
    • Pioneer DDJ-SR
    • Numark NS7 II
  • Added Serato DJ Accessory Support
    • Pioneer DDJ-SP1
    • Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus
    • Pioneer CDJ-2000
    • Novation Dicer
  • New Software Features
    • For Vinyl & CDJs
      • Serato NoiseMap™ Digital Vinyl System Added.
      • Absolute, Relative and Internal modes added.
      • CD/Vinyl Mode Setup tab including Vinyl Control, Vinyl Start Offset and Needle Dropping Options.
      • Calibration Scope Views for CD/Vinyl calibration.
      • Deck Setup configuration area for Pioneer DJM-900SRT.
      • Temp Cue functionality in DVS mode sets cue when platter is stopped and jumps to cue when playing.
      • Emergency Internal Mode; When you reach the end of the record using either REL or ABS modes, Serato DJ automatically switches to INT mode.
      • Safety Internal Mode; Control + Click the INT Mode button to switch to Safety Internal mode which will reset the tempo to zero, enable forward playback and disable sync.
      • USB insert allows you to use the DJ-FX as post fader effects for the Rane Sixty-Four.
    • For both Vinyl & CDJs and DJ Controllers
      • Virtual deck headers have been standardized across Horizontal and Vertical display modes in both 2 Deck and 4 Deck modes.
      • Introduced scrollable cue and loop containers.
      • Sync Off and Snap to Beatgrid for Simple Sync options.
      • Played Track Color blue/grey options.
      • The cue point trigger button and cue point color button on the GUI have been merged. Control + Click the cue point trigger button to modify the cue point color. The cue point numbers have also been removed.
      • Audio buffer size in DJ matches the value set in the ASIO control panel (for ASIO devices only).
  • Bug Fixes
    • Removed monitor (ch1/ch2) crossfader start on Numark NS7.
    • Fixed touch strip on Numark NS7 so it can swipe to the first beat.
    • Fixed fader start initialization problem on Numark NS7.
    • Fixed initilization on Vestax VCI-380.
    • Cleaned up vinyl button functions on Vestax VCI-400.
    • Fix Twitch Channel/Master Level LED.
    • Fixed stored loops lighting on Novation TWITCH.
    • Fix Vestax VCI-300 LED’s so they show channel level with PFL is enabled.
  • Other Changes
    • Mapped Loop Shift L/R to Shift Switch on Numark Mixdeck.
    • Added Loop Roll to the Numark NS6 & Numark NS7.
    • Mapped Pitch Range on the Vestax VCI-400.
    • Added Shift + Back button on the Numark MixDeck to do Library Navigation Forward.

Serato DJ is available to purchase for $129 USD. The version 1.5 update is now available to download.

More information: Serato

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Serato updates Serato DJ to v1.3

Serato has announced version 1.3 of its Serato DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

Serato DJ is our best feature set for all-in-one controllers. It delivers performance to meet the demands of DJs at the top of their game and sets a new standard for controller DJs.

Changes in Serato DJ v1.3

  • Serato DJ FX Expansion Packs containing new FX powered by iZotope: The Wolf Pack, available as a free download, and the Back Pack, available to purchase for USD19.
    The Wolf Pack contains Epic Verb, Bit Crush, Tremolo, Repeater, Braker and Brake Echo, and the Back Pack contains Tape Echo, Looper, Time Stretch, Spiral Echo and Envelope Filter. Both packs contain a large number of Multi FX presets.
  • Favorite FX allows you to customize the effects select drop down menus that appear in Serato DJ, showing the FX you choose as your favorites.
  • Slip Mode for all supported Serato DJ controllers. When Slip Mode is activated you can manipulate the audio as normal (e.g scratching, Looping, triggering Cue Points etc), however once you have finished, the playback position is returned to where it would be if you had not manipulated the audio. Slip Mode can also be MIDI mapped to a secondary MIDI controller if your hardware doesn’t have a dedicated Slip Mode button.
  • Novation TWITCH, Vestax VCI-300 & VFX-1 Support.
  • Numark NS7 MKII Support.
  • Fixed Tap tempo lighting on Pioneer DDJ-SX.
  • Fixed the crossfader curve options being swapped in the Setup screen.
  • Changed vinyl button lighting on Vestax VCI-400 to make it more clear that you are in slip mode.
  • Numark MixDeck and MixDeck Express now show correct BPM when a deck is in Sync.
  • Fixed Play from First Cue Point Setup screen option stability.
  • Fixed platter scratching on NS7 with motor off and track paused.
  • Fixed needle-search on VCI-380.
  • Fixed a bug where Play from First Cue Point option was broken if track configured with first cue point.
  • Fixed Beatgrid Slip not working with motor off on NS7
  • Start/Stop time on NS7 is now remembered in software with motor off.
  • Fixed Slip/Shift mode platter interaction.
  • Fixed a bug where Shift + Beatgrid Adjust sometimes moved playhead when it shouldn’t.
  • Fixed deck showing incorrect pitch sometimes after switching layers
  • MIDI mapping of the Autoloop range shift buttons (< and >) unfortunately has been broken and users will need to remap them.

The Serato DJ v1.3 update is now available to download.

More information: Serato / Serato DJ

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Loopmasters launches Vestax VCI-380 Competition

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Loopmasters has announced its Vestax VCI-380 Competition, a chance to win the ITCH controller from Vestax.


VCI-380 is a 2 channel DJ controller with a built-in Digital DJ mixer, powerful and creative, opening the door to limitless possibilities of controllerism.

Over the next few weeks we are giving five lucky people the chance to win a Vestax VCI-380 Controller – The Vestax VCI-380 is the new ITCH controller from Vestax. It features 5 performances modes, Pad FX and a stand-alone mixer & provides an arsenal of musical craft tools with perfect integrity, straight out of the box. Now is your chance to win one FREE.

Winners will be announced each Monday on the Loopmasters Facebook page. Entries will be accepted until August 12 at 5pm EST.

More information: Loopmasters / Vestax VCI-380 Competition

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Juno Download launches TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

Tekken Tag Tournement 2 Remix Competition

Juno Download has announced the TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition, a chance to mix tracks of the upcoming game.

To mark the upcoming release of the game TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2, Juno has teamed up with NAMCO BANDAI Games to give budding producers the chance to remix tracks from the game’s original soundtrack.

The remix stems for six different tracks are available to download for free from Juno Download, and remixers can upload their track to the TEKKEN remix competition SoundCloud dropbox for a chance to win these amazing prizes

Tekken Remix Competition prizes

Remix competition prizes

  • First prize winner will receive:
    • €500 cash prize.
    • Avid Fast Track C400 audio interface and Pro Tools MP software.
    • Vestax VCI-380 controller for Serato.
    • Novation Impulse 61 Keyboard Controller.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €200 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.
  • Four runners up will each receive:
    • €250 cash prize.
    • 12 month SoundCloud Pro account.
    • €50 Juno vouchers.
    • Mixed In Key and Platinum Notes.
    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ‘We Are Tekken’ collector’s edition.
    • A professionally mastered copy of their remix to be released on the official winning remixes free download EP.

The submission phase of the remix competition ends July 16th, 2012. Winners will be selected by the TEKKEN development team, and announceed via the Juno Download Facebook Page and Tekken Facebook Page on July 23rd, 2012.

More information: Juno Download / TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Remix Competition

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Vestax VCI-380 DJ Controller out now

Vestax has announced that its VCI-380 performance controller is now shipping.

Vestax VCI-380
The Vestax VCI-380 2 Channels USB MIDI controller for Serato ITCH.

VCI-380 is a 2 channel DJ controller with a built-in Digital DJ mixer, powerful and creative, opening the door to limitless possibilities of controllerism.

Mix, scratch, cue, effect, sample, trigger, loop and slice. Every feature of the VCI-380 is optimized to enhance the DJs performance and take a new approach in manipulating music.

Designed hand in hand with Serato, VCI-380 is bundled with ITCH, providing an arsenal of musical craft tools with perfect integrity, straight out of the box.

VCI-380 features

  • 2 Channels USB MIDI controller for Serato ITCH.
  • Built-in 24Bit/48kHz audio interface.
  • 2 x 8 Performance Pads with Velocity & Aftertouch.
  • 5 performance modes (Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Slicer, Roll, Sampler).
  • PAD FX function.
  • Channel FX controls.
  • Ribbon (strip) control for Pad parameters and Needle Drop.
  • Large scale 5 1/3 inch jog wheels with needle position display.
  • 2 Channel stand-alone audio mixer with Phono / Line input.
  • Hi-Pass filter, Trim and 3 band Eq on stand-alone mixer..
  • 2 Mic inputs with volume control.
  • Balanced Master output (XLR) & Booth output (RCA).
  • 19″ rackmount kit (optional).
  • Robust metal body construction.
  • CFX-2 (Digital Crossfader) compatible.

To celebrate the release of the VCI-380 Vestax has teamed up with Loopmasters and put together an exclusive FREE 500MB pack of content suitable for users of the VCI-380. Each VCI-380 includes a download ticket that grants access to the FREE 500MB pack.

More information: Vestax / VCI-380

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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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Vestax intros Pad-One, MIDI pad controller

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Vestax Pad-One

Vestax has announced the Pad-One, a portable MIDI pad controller.

The Vestax PAD-One is a solid robust MIDI pad controller, compatible with various DJ & DAW software and can be used to control any kind of MIDI device, including synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and electronic drums.

The aluminum chassis will never warp or crack, ensuring you long life durability and stability. The PAD-One can individually assign pads on the fly, and shows you each pads MIDI value on the 7seg indicator. Compact, solid and reliable, the PAD One is the ideal item to your DJ arsenal.

Pad-One features

  • 12 velocity & pressure sensitive LED backlit pads.
  • Individual LED color for each bank.
  • MIDI message for each pad can be selected with the PAD-One.
  • Real time control XY touch pad.
  • Solid aluminum die-casted robust chassis .
  • Full control of ROLL button tempo with the TAP button.
  • MIDI cable connection for control over various effect and sampler devices.
  • USB plug & play.
  • Excellent portability.

More information: Vestax / Pad-One

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