Native Instruments just released iMaschine 2, an update to its iOS beatmaking app that can let you create an entire song on your mobile. New features include the Arranger which lets you turn loops into full-on productions by grouping and editing them into sections, and Step Mode which lets you draw drum hits and notes on a grid.
Digital DJ Tips reader Andre writes something we are getting asked a lot by readers at the moment, in one shape or form, about the new multitrack file format, Stems. He writes: “Hi guys! Who else other than Tractor will be incorporating Stem files in their controllers?”
With the new Traktor Kontrol S5, Native Instruments brings a third “next generation” Traktor controller to the market. If you’re sold on Traktor’s brave new world, which of the three is right for you? Our Kontrol S5 review (alongside our reviews of the Kontrol D2 and Kontrol S8) should help you to decide.
Apple released its latest operating system OSX 10.11 El Capitan this week, and DJ manufacturers have warned users not to perform the update because of incompatibilities with current hardware and software. Here’s a compatibility status list of DJ software and hardware, which we’ll be updating as the patches roll out.
Hold up on that update – Native Instruments says that Apple’s upcoming OSX 10.11 “El Capitan” update has some issues with legacy Traktor hardware. If you’ve got a Traktor Kontrol S4 MK1, Traktor Kontrol X1 MK1, Traktor Audio 2 MK1, Audio 8 DJ, Audio 4 DJ, Audio 2 DJ, or Maschine MK1, the new OSX update will crash your computer.
Native Instruments just launched its Stem Creator Tool, a free app that lets you make your own Stems files. Previously released as a beta version, the Stem Creator Tool combines up to five stereo audio files: One master file, which is the actual song, and up to four audio files which serve as the stems.
NI just launched an update to Traktor Pro 2. Now at version 2.10, it adds support for the company’s latest controller, the four-channel Traktor Kontrol S5. Other updates include switchable stereo Aux Input options in Traktor’s preferences section, as well as scratch support for older Traktor Scratch Certified hardware.