Turntable users rejoice: Serato just released Serato DJ 1.9.6, an update that includes DVS-specific tweaks like Smart Sync, improved Sticker Lock, and the new Anti-Drift feature. The latter calculates a track's overall average tempo and displays it, so instead of the usual jittery BPM (DVS users will know what I'm talking about), what you get is a stable tempo display that's perfect for beatmatching and executing longer mixes.
Last year from NAMM we brought you an exclusive video of the Mixars Duo scratch mixer (featuring me throwing Z-Trip off the decks to film it; all I can say is he's a very gracious man...). Here at NAMM 2017, the company is premiering an altogether more involved mixer: The Mixars Quattro.
Mixars - the new-kid-on-the-block Italian brand behind last year's well-received Duo scratch mixer - has just announced its first DJ controller, aheas of NAMM 2017. The Mixars Primo is a two-channel Serato DJ controller with hardware effects and a standalone mixer.
Pioneer DJ has upgraded its flagship Serato DJ controller to create the DDJ-SZ2. This new four-channel controller gives hands-on control of the latest additions to Serato DJ, including key shift, key sync, pitch play and Serato Flip.
Serato has announced the full public release of Serato DJ 1.9.5, which offers mixer compatibility with the Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 mixer, and HID compatibility with the Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2, the current flagship Pioneer pro DJ booth gear and the gear DJs are likely to encounter when playing A-grade clubs.
The Reloop Mixon 4 controller boasts several firsts: First four-channel controller specifically made for Algoriddim's djay Pro software; first controller to fit the iPad Pro in its physical mounting slot, and the flexibility to work with Serato DJ as well as djay Pro, meaning across the two platforms, it works with PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
Numark certainly isn't a brand scared to innovate, having produced the first DJ controller for Serato with screens (the Numark NV), and now, the first with displays built in to the jogwheels. What's more impressive is that the Mixtrack Platinum isn't a high-ticket item; in fact, it's aimed squarely at the budget end of the market. In today's review we'll see how it all stacks up...