A new modular controller called Palette has started to ship. Made up of fader, knob, and button modules that snap together via magnet, Palette hooks up to your laptop via USB through its core module, which is the heart of the entire system. You then build your controller around it, adding up to 18 modules in total.
The latest update to Virtual DJ, 8.1, comes with Shazam integration, connecting to your Shazam account and listing all of your Shazamed tunes within the browser section of Virtual DJ 8. You can then either play these songs from your library if you have them, or stream them through the software's ContentUnlimited service.
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.
This leaflet here at the BPM Show alerted me to the forthcoming version of Virtual DJ - 8.1 - and I can report that it has what at first seems to be a strange feature for DJ software: Shazam integration. However, once you realise what they've done, it's actually pretty awesome...
Reloop has just announced the latest addition to its RMP range of CD/USB/Midi hybrid media players/controllers, the RMP-4. It can act as a Midi controller (natively for Virtual DJ, Traktor mapping also included), and has four performance modes too, with eight trigger pads controlling hot cues, hot loops, loops roll and sampler functions.
Digital DJ Tips member Dave writes: "For a while I was using Virtual DJ which provided unlimited streaming of over 15 million songs for a monthly fee. However, they are trying to re-group after their provider Grooveshark shut down. Any ideas of other programs that provide that much music content?"
Today's post was inspired by a thread on the Digital DJ Tips forum, from where this answer comes. Our reader said: "I think I’ll use Virtual DJ or Serato, but it really doesn’t matter to me: I’d rather get a controller and buy software accordingly." As you'll see, though, we don't think this is the right way to go...