Pioneer DJ has been trying very hard over the last year to bring their DJ software to every DJ who uses their gear. From introducing a whole second lie of DDJ controllers, to integrating DVS – and now they’re bundling the software with their only pure-standalone gear, the XDJ-RX. Read on for the details.
DJ gear manufacturers usually create controllers that are optimized for separate DJ software companies such as Traktor or Serato. Denon is taking a different approach with the release of their latest controller the MCX8000. When we first heard about the MCX8000 and Engine during NAMM 2016, Denon was really quiet about the software and how it would interact with the controller. Prior to current developments, Engine was Denon's music organizational tool, similar to Pioneer's Rekorbox. Later, Denon stated that the software would support all features of the MCX8000 besides the sampler and beat-gridding capabilities. Now, Denon is ready to elaborate on the Engine 1.5 software and what makes it more than just a playlist manager.
The ultimate goal for any DJ application is to optimally and efficiently handle audio. Mixvibes, the company behind Cross DJ, knows this and that is why the company is boasting a universal, redesigned update, Cross DJ 3.0, for iOS and Android devices. Cross DJ 3.0 includes a new audio engine for iOS, a fresh interface, and MIDI support for Android compatible controllers.
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 […]
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.
After opening up their beta of an upcoming DJ software one month ago, Pioneer DJ is finally revealing a first look at the Rekordbox DJ software interface, as well as two new controllers that are designed to be used in parallel with the software. Read more about the software inside and see the DDJ-RX and DDJ-RZ controllers.
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.
Serato in the past year has continually developed the software to include a multitude of features from HID support with the XDJ-100os to Serato Flip. With the new beta version, 1.7.4, there is support for industry-standard mixers from Pioneer and Allen & Heath, along with a handful of new features. Club Kit License for Serato DJ Now Supported Serato […]