The Traktor Kontrol S8 and S5 are two powerful Traktor DJ controllers with screens. But their power is limited by what information is shown on the screen – and for some, the default display wasn’t good enough. Check out a project by some enterprising DJs to hack the screens on these controllers with advanced layouts.
Big news from Native Instruments - they're launching a brand new production controller called Maschine Jam. Jam takes elements of Maschine controllers and Kontrol S-Series keyboards and combines them with arrangement workflows found on the Push or Launchpad. Build a track on the fly and perform it live with the Maschine Jam.
Native Instruments today announced the latest release of the Komplete 11 suite and the more affordable Komplete 11 Select. The new suite is an even more comprehensive collection of instruments and effects. They've added 13 new instruments, including five Symphony Essentials instruments, Flesh, Emotive Strings, plus all new products for this generation.
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.