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.
Pulselocker has been poised to become the top streaming library service for DJs since their original launch in 2012. With their new relaunch this year, they've expanded their collection and integrated the service right inside of Serato (with Rekordbox support on the way in an upcoming version). How does the streaming library service hold up in a real-world DJing environment? We take a closer look in this review of Pulselocker in Serato DJ 1.9.
Today we're releasing two more videos from Ean's series on using the Roland AIRA TR-8 alongside Ableton Live in a live performance setup. The first video focuses on using delay on hi-hats for a fresh live drumming feel, while the second shows how just a bit of bit crushing can make rides sound really cool. All of the effects are MIDI-mapped, turning the TR-8 drum machine into a powerful live instrument!
Recently, Ean played a gig at a unique venue without a proper DJ booth and came back to the office the next day wondering what good options existed for DJs who need to set up their gear in a presentable way. We've done a bit of research to find out what's on the market - keep reading to see our findings and to add your own solutions in the comments!
This seemingly major update adds the performance-oriented Live Loops view with tempo-synced Remix FX to the GarageBand for iOS music workstation app. Is this a vital new companion to DJs and live performers or more a watered down version of Novation Launchpad for iOS or Ableton Live? We dissect the new features in this Garageband review.
We're excited to present yet another video in our studio production series from Riverside Studios in Berlin. This time, production duo Pan-Pot show off a few clever techniques for recording handheld shakers and mixing them in a track, as well as share why it's important to get a solid rhythmic take on shakers and not rely Ableton's warp features to clean up a take.
This week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, there was some unique news for the DJing world - an Austin-based team of virtual reality experts and local DJ/producer Grimecraft have teamed up to launch the first VR DJ setups with a system called TheWave. Learn how this VR tech could bring DJ sets to audiences around the world - and watch a sample of a VR DJ set inside.
Just announced today at South By Southwest Interactive, there's news big news for DJs and producers alike: the Apple Music streaming platform will soon allow remixes, mashups, and mixes to be added to the platform. For DJs and producers, this means there's a chance for unlicensed works to actually get higher profile exposure, while a partnership with Dubset will allow the original artists to still receive royalties from the use of their work.