The Akai Advance 49 controller with VIP software puts all your VSTi plug-in sounds at your fingertips, at the same time in the same place. Imagine browsing many thousands of presets—every single one from your collection, including Native Instruments Komplete—narrowing them down to the perfect sound and then loading them onto a controller that’s pre-mapped for your controls. Then you load up to 8 sounds from different plug-ins to play together in one monster patch. The Advance 49 could revolutionize your music production workflow.
A great sounding set of studio monitors can do wonders for our productions. We’re not looking for something to add magic to our tracks; instead we want an honest representation of the music. Most people will be listening on systems that color music in one way or another. Clear sounding monitors with a flat response will help us sculpt a mix that sounds good on any system. Today we look at a set of affordable studio monitors that do just that, the Samson Resolv RXA5 Active Studio Monitors.
We've been tipped off by Native Instruments that they're prepping the announcement of a brand new piece of DJ gear at this years Winter Music Conference, already underway in Miami. Right now details are pretty vague - but it seems like Traktor enthusiasts Dubfire and MK will both be involved in the launch of the product somehow, perhaps even using it during a livestream set to take place Thursday March 26th
Rotary house mixers are a fabled tool from music's past beloved by house DJs around the globe. Along with vinyl, their popularity seemed to wain in recent years but the response to Rane's new MP2015 mixer suggests that perhaps people are ready for a throwback with some modern tools. This digital power-house packs a mean punch but comes with a hefty price tag - is it worth it?
Ever since Native Instruments released the Maschine Studio with large color displays, DJs have imagined a Traktor controller with full resolution displays. Last November DJs got their wish when Native Instruments released their first Traktor controller with fully integrated screens, the Traktor Kontrol S8. The controller has been out for a while, and our own Ryan Dejaegher has been putting it through the real world trials to see if it's worth the investment.
Years after their first appearance, many Thunderbolt ports still go unused. If you're running low on USB ports for your DJ rig, live show or studio, a Thunderbolt audio interface can free up a USB port while providing crazy fast bandwidth for pristine high-resolution audio at near zero detectable latency. We put two portable, DJ-appropriate Thunderbolt soundcards through the paces for your consideration: the Universal Audio Apollo Twin with onboard DSP and included plug-ins, and the Resident Audio T4 with MIDI I/O.
It has been a few years since we've seen anything new come out of Rane, one of the most well-known DJ mixer manufacturers that has stayed prominent since their first DJ mixer back in 1986 (it was the MP 24, designed for a disco sound designer, Richard Long). Rane is today announcing an upgrade to a product that many thought was defunct, the TTM57. Read on to learn more about this new mixer, the TTM57MKII.
Crane Hardware have made quite a name for themselves in the DJ industry with their previous laptop stands; the Pro, and Plus. Offering vast amounts of adjustability, along with lightweight but sturdy construction, they've appeared in booths all over the world. Now they've released the Elite, the long-awaited successor to the Pro. Is this the next evolution in stand design? We tested it to find out.