There’s a new a major update coming out for Serato DJ that gives the entire platform a facelift. Until now, if a DJ wanted to remap their controller it was next to impossible without some creative engineering skills. In Serato DJ 1.8, there’s now user MIDI remapping tools, as well as key detection, and an update to Pitch ‘n Time DJing allowing […]
A producer's DAW is rarely a simple machine - usually it's a combination of libraries, sounds, plug-ins, and instruments. When starting a new track it isn't always as simple as grabbing a guitar or drumming out a beat on a drum set and becomes more technical, it's almost too much. Since just playing around with the music isn't as simple in the electronic world as traditional instruments, Novation has tackled this by announcing the Circuit, a brand new type of groove box.
Controllers come in all different shapes and sizes, but there's no one-size-fits-all solution for every DJ or producer. Sensel is creating an interaction device that anyone can use in countless ways. Dubbed the Morph, it is a pressure-sensitive multi-touch device, and allows users to add their own overlays to the surface to give it physical controls. Read more about it and watch the Kickstarter video inside.
Many moons ago there was The Bridge - a joint effort by Serato and Ableton to link the two pieces of software. When The Bridge came out five years ago there wasn't a lot of reaction from the DJ world. The software wasn't revolutionary, but it was a useful tool that has since been forgotten (or put on the back burner) by both companies. However, Andrew Robertson has developed an Ableton Live device (based on research at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London) called the BeatSeeker to serve as a simpler bridge between Ableton and other music-making software.
DJing has advanced from a two deck affair to reasonably incorporating four decks in more advanced sets, but there hasn't been a DJ software that easily allows DJs to venture beyond "simple" four deck mixing. For the DJs looking to mix on eight decks (with full Stem file support) the time has come with Mixed in Key's new DJ software, Flow 8 Deck.
When it comes to DJ software the most under-utilized piece of hardware is the track pad which is often only used to select and drop tracks onto decks. The folks at Algoriddim recently announced a new update to their budget friendly DJ software, djay Pro, that introduces multi-touch control which is the first of its kind to leverage the OSX Multi-Touch and Force Touch capabilities. They've also expanded to more Pioneer products with an extensive list of supported hardware. Read more below and watch a video demonstrating the new updates.
In the last few years, we've seen a renewed interest from manufacturers in making their own version of one of the most iconic pieces of DJ gear, the turntable. Numark's new TT250USB is Numark's new turntable, and just like the Pioneer PLX-1000 table, it's designed to look very similar to the classic Technics SL-1200. Read on for photos and details.
Pioneer came out with the DDJ-SB last January to give new beginner DJs a controller for Serato DJ Intro and now Pioneer is cracking open a slightly lower price point with the newly updated DDJ-SB2. The new DDJ-SB2 starts out with a MSRP of $249, and boasts all the features of the DDJ-SB with newly added four deck controls, a quantized […]