For many DJs, a digital DJ controller is a great way to play. But for some, the flexibility, expansion potential and usually superior audio quality available through building a DJ system from separate components means that this is often a preferred route. Allen & Heath’s Xone:43C is designed to be the heart of just this type of system.
The Numark NS7III is the latest incarnation of a truly special line of DJ controllers. The NS7 was the ultimate digital take on “two decks and a mixer”. The NS7II went all controllerism on us, with Akai Pro pads, four decks and a whole host of digital developments. Now, with the NS7III, onboard screens have arrived.
Serato DJ 1.8, which adds built-in key detection and display, is available now. This is a free update for all DJs with supported Serato DJ hardware or licences, and you can download it as ever from the Serato website. This release also includes an update to Pitch ‘n Time DJ allowing key shifting and key sync.
Numark just released its flagship Numark NS7III DJ controller. It’s an update to Numark’s NS7II, which is the only DJ controller with actual spinning jogwheel platters. The NS7III adds three onboard LCD screens to an already impressive package, giving visual feedback of virtual decks from Serato DJ as well as library browsing and stacked waveforms.
If you’ve been holding back on updating to the latest iTunes version (18.104.22.168 at press time), you can safely install the update without fear of it messing up your iTunes playlists within Serato DJ (1.7.8), Traktor Pro 2 (2.10), and Virtual DJ 8 (8.0.0). We’ve also tested it with Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox (4.0.1) and Algorddim’s djay Pro (1.2.1).
Serato users will soon be able to DJ with music streamed directly from the internet, thanks to the company’s new partnership with music subscription service, Pulselocker. As of Serato DJ 1.9, subscribers to Pulselocker Pro will be able to search for, play, and keep offline copies of any of a 44 million-strong library, for use within Serato DJ.
Serato just announced that you can now take part in the Serato DJ 1.8 Public Beta. The upcoming Serato DJ version will come with key detection and key shifting baked in, along with an update to Pitch ‘n Time and the ability to remap Serato DJ functions on supported hardware controllers.