The main screen on Mixed In Key’s new DJ software: It may look like a simplified version of Traktor, but there’s some clever stuff going on under the hood.
Announced last week and now in private beta, Mixed In Key’s DJ software (“Danceability” appears to be the working name, but they’re also running a suggestions box for the finished title) promises to bring some of Mixed In Key’s existing technologies, plus a healthy dose of new thinking, to the DJ software arena.
We’ve spent a weekend playing with it, and today can give you some first thoughts. It’s not ready for a full review so we’ll save that till the public 1.0 is out, so treat this as a first reaction and summary of its potential rather than an appraisal.
The Reloop Jockey 3 Remix is physically the same as the Jockey 3, but has a whole new firmware and mapping layer to add some exciting ‘macro FX’ for the creative DJ.
In this video, I catch up with Christian from Reloop to find out about the thinking behind the new Reloop Jockey 3 Remix.
We discuss the “macro FX” idea (lots of effects mapped to one control), how the Reloop’s FX layer can put exciting new tools in the hands of the creative DJ, and how this controller offers an alternative to the Kontrol F1 route of creative DJing.
The Vestax PBS-4 allows anyone to broadcast a mixture of audio and video directly to the web. Great for DJs wanting to play live sets to a global audience, either from their clubs or their bedrooms!
Vestax PBS-4 preview: In today’s online world, there are more ways than ever to showcase your DJing and VJing talents. Podcasts, videocasts and DJ performances can all be broadcast to the world from your bedroom, giving you a chance to build a following and develop your skills “in public” that didn’t exist a decade ago.
And, of course, if you’re a clever up-and-coming DJ who’s already playing out, you can also broadcast live from your venue. It’s now perfectly possible to broadcast a DJ set on the web using cheap cameras (maybe one over your decks, and one on the crowd), a sound feed from your mixer, a second laptop, and a broadband connection. The Vestax PBS-4 is designed to help you do just that…
When Midi controllers and DJing first met, nobody knew what to call the emerging scene. “Mapping buttons to software in order to control recorded music” didn’t really cut it. Just as well, then, that Moldover – one of the scene’s earliest champions and now one of its brightest lights – was around to invent the term “controllerism”.
In the last week Native Instruments debuted Moldover’s performance video of its new Kontrol F1 hardware (see below watch it), and we managed to catch up with the man himself for this exclusive interview. So if you’re wanting to forge a name for yourself in controllerism, if you’re interested in knowing the skills that really matter in today’s electronic music culture, or you just want to know more about one of EDM’s nicest and most original characters, read on…
Serato Scratch Live video: The plugin, due March 2012, improves on this, with ITCH support being the big draw for controller users.
Serato’s flagship ITCH controller software now includes hardware control of sample decks with the option of full video support via a plugin, according to two separate announcements by the company this week.
The software’s sample decks are in addition to up to four decks of normal playback (unlike Traktor’s two decks plus samples) – and by adopting full video support (like Virtual DJ), it has taken a big distinguishing feature from that software and made it its own too.
Tiesto performing live as I write this, at XS in LA, as part of the Consumer Electronics Show...
As I write this, Tiesto is finishing playing a gig at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – which is being simultaneously video broadcast live on Twitter. When you read this it’ll have finished, but the 90-minute set will then be looped for 48 hours in the same place, so you can head over there and watch it at your leisure.
What you think of Tiesto and his music is not, of course, the point here (he plays what you’d expect, a commercial trance/pop set). The point is that it is now possible to have a live, streaming video going out across Twitter (complete with fans’ tweets), and then preserve it there for all to see for a period of time afterwards too.
Master the ins and outs of synching in Traktor: Today's video shows you how.
Ever wondered what’s going on behind the scenes when you click “sync” in Traktor? What “master clock” and “auto” mean? Maybe you’re curious how DJs sync Traktor with external programs like Ableton Live or Maschine, or would like to know how to successfully sync samples with songs?
Sync is one of the biggest mysteries for novice controllerists, especially those coming from vinyl or CDJs, and Traktor’s sync – while flexible – is not the easiest to understand. So today we have a special guest video post that does a great job of explaining all. Watch the video below…
Go get it - The full Traktor 2 range of software and hardware is now available from stores worldwide.
The wait is officially over – Native Instruments has just announced that the entire new generation of six Traktor products is now available in stores worldwide, we can exclusively reveal. Plus, read on for a brand new promo video.
Straight from the company itself: “Berlin, March 30th, 2011 – Native Instruments today announced that the Traktor 2 generation is now available in stores worldwide. The new Traktor generation establishes the next level of versatility and ease-of-use with its Traktor Pro 2 software and Traktor Scratch Pro 2 digital vinyl system as well as its two-deck Duo versions.
Here’s a video to inspire you. London’s Michael May, aka DJ Mikey Four, describes the DJ’s role as an entertainer, a reflector of the mood of the crowd, and as an educator (but never at the expense of the other two).
Michael also shares a personal reflection from the night he was called to perform in London’s Club Koko, two nights after London’s July 7, 2005 terrorist bombings…
The Xone:DB4 controlling Ableton Live at the heart of a custom DJ set-up.
Last year we reported from the BPM Show in the UK on Allen & Heath’s new DJ mixer, the all-digital Xone:DB4.
While you’re unlikely to go out and buy one right now (it’s insanely expensive – US$2,899 / £2,323 / €2,758), we think it marks a milestone for digital DJing, which is why we’re glad to have Allen & Heath’s Andy-Rigby Jones talk us through it in our exclusive video below.
Judging by the global lack of availability right now and the number of people who contact Digital DJ Tips with questions about it, the Numark Mixtrack Pro is the budget controller that’s grabbed everyone’s attention over the past few months.
And not surprisingly, too – it’s well built, well laid out, just the right size, has excellent jogwheels, comes with a built-in sound card, and retails at a very keen price: US$249 / £169 / €194.
'Get away from me with that laptop, charlatan!'. Theo Parrish doesn't have too much time for the new digital breed of DJ. Pic: Matt Cohen
There’s an interesting interview with Theo Parrish on the Scion Audio Visual website, where he eloquently explains why he’s continued to play on vinyl instead of embracing laptop DJing.
He describes how, in his view, there’s no way any laptop DJ can compete with “a guy who’s been playing for years and knows his records,” arguing that such a a DJ would “burn you every time.” Kind of writes off digital DJing as a waste of time, doesn’t it?
A screenshot of the new version of Traktor Scratch Pro, taken from the video.
In a YouTube teaser video released today (you can watch it at the end of this post), Native Instruments reveals the new version of Traktor Scratch Pro, alongside what looks like an updated audio interface.
The video, a minute-long montage showing Dennis Ferrer and the Martinez Brothers performing live in a club, contains what is clearly a new version of Traktor Scratch Pro and also what looks like a new audio interface too.
The Midi Fighter: Hold it up and show your audience what you're doing.
Long before the Midi Fighter, when DJing was all about two record decks and a mixer, basically the idea of customising your gear from the ground up was a non-starter. Turning a Technics turntable around by 90 degrees to make scratching easier was the biggest innovation to hit DJing in a decade.
Saying that things have changed is probably the understatement of the new decade! Midi and digital music means that anything you can imagine, you can usually find a way of doing. From DJing with just your laptop to adding any number of Midi control surfaces of which the Midi Fighter controller is just one, it’s really in your hands what you use to DJ with when you embrace digital.
Purists are going to hate it, but I guarantee even some of them will catch their breath at how damned cool djay for the iPad is (update: see our full djay for iPad review)
It’s currently under development but previewed here in this video from MacRumors. Look how far we’ve come since someone realised a particular model of Technics hi-fi turntable was actually quite good for blending records with!
OMG, we’re REALLY excited about this month’s Creative Uses for Old CDs. Not only do we get to make a hovercraft, which means we find another use for one of those crappy old CDs we don’t DJ with any more since going digital, but we also get a BRILLIANT video explaining how to do it!
Wait, wait, it gets better. It works with old vinyl too, and to introduce this fantastic twist, Rachel, the presenter of the video says: “Here’s one I prepared earlier… 20 years earlier, in fact!” LOVE IT!
Numark’s new Mixtrack (US$129
/ £128) / €152) budget DJ controller is gaining considerable interest, what with it being a keenly priced unit with some really good features for the money. Let’s take a closer look at it in our full Numark Mixtrack review…
First things first – this is not pro DJ kit, but it’s not too bad, either; while it has a plastic chassis, it’s still sturdy and heavier than expected. Even though the faders aren’t “long throw” (ie they’re short, so it’s harder to make fine adjustments), they’re still smooth and the crossfader is nice and loose, just how it should be. And while the feature-set is limited (not a lot of bells and whistles here), it still has kills (my Vestax VCI-300 can’t manage that) and effects (ditto).