Major news this morning out of Berlin's Native Instruments - the first features from an upcoming release of Traktor Pro 4 have leaked, and we've got the world exclusive. There's new software integrations, a replacement to traditional DJ cables and wires, and even a new special edition version of the Kontrol S4 MK2. Read on for all of the details.
Having cautioned DJs and producers using Macs about a month and a half ago against upgrading to OS X 10.11.1 (El Capitan), Native Instruments has announced today that the issues are resolved.
We've heard from a number of DJs who have aging or heavily used Kontrol S4s with issues on their channel faders who no longer have a warranty on the unit and want it to be useable again. Today we've got a tutorial from guest contributor and pro audio service engineer, James Oliver, on how to open up a Kontrol S4 MK2 and switch out the faders.
At the crossroads of DJing and production lies the evolving role of the live producer/performer. Not truly a DJ, but more than a producer, it begs the question – what does "playing live" mean in this day and age? It's a personal decision - some will choose to DJ – itself an honorable and life-long quest - while others will seek more performative live experiences. In today’s tutorial, Mad Zach shares one strategy for taking a finished song and using parts of it to create a performable kit in Ableton and Maschine.
Recent months have seen lots of news related to Native Instruments Stems files, from Mixed In Key's Flow DJ software incorporating support, to Ean's tutorial on cracking the files into custom instrumentals. Today we take a closer look at an independent piece of the puzzle, Dubseed, which is an independent marketplace for buying, selling, and downloading free Stems files. Read on to learn more about how Dubseed could help Stems really take off.
At this point, many of you have probably heard about the Stems concept from Native Instruments, which allows you to play songs with four parts and isolate each part from one another - for example, removing the drums. While these files are available for purchase on many online stores, until now you needed to use NI hardware and software to isolate the parts and use their power. Today Ean shares how anyone can isolate a Stem file's individual elements using a simple, free process for Mac and PC, allowing you to create custom instrumentals that will play in any DJ software or hardware.
We've seen what Native Instruments' Traktor team has been capable of with the integration of Stem Decks and the new on-controller screens over the last 12 months, but today we're looking forward and imagining what might become reality in Traktor Pro 3.0. One of the big, often-promised features we might see is full Maschine/Traktor integration - so today we're rounding up specific features DJTT readers want to see in this hypothetical future software pairing.
Native Instruments has announced the newest controller in their all-in-one DJ lineup: the Kontrol S5. This all-in-one DJ interface eliminates the jogs wheels from the Kontrol S4's layout and adds in with the future looking screens of the S8. More compact and affordable than the S8, it will give DJs the screens they want at a more realistic price. Get all the details on the new Kontrol S5 inside.