Since the dawn of the iPad, we've gone from wondering if we'd ever DJ with it, to reluctantly trying to DJ with it, to happily DJing with it as a compromise in certain situations. With the new Reloop Beatpad 2 combined with Algoriddim Djay 2, could the day of no-compromise iPad DJing finally be upon us? Join us for our in-depth examination.
OS X DJs and producers beware! Native Instruments has announced that by upgrading to OS X 10.11, (aka El Capitan), users will lose primary functionality of multiple DJ controllers, software plug-ins, and access to audio outputs on legacy hardware. With any big upgrade there are bound to be a few hiccups, but they are rarely caught this quickly.
Live right now in the Native Instruments Service Center is a brand new version of Traktor, 2.10. There's only a few little changes, most notably the support of the upcoming Traktor Kontrol S5, which is due in stores this Thursday
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.
Native Instruments' Stems have been out for a while now and some DJs have already started incorporating them into their sets. DJ Shiftee also took advantage of the added hardware support that is included in the D2 controllers. His routine blends old and new hardware that shows a new way to play with Traktor's Stem Decks.
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.
Traktor Pro 2.8 brought support for the Kontrol D2, as well as several other features. Quietly included in that update were mapping options for “MIDI Controls”, which allows Traktor to read MIDI signals from one device and parse this input as a MIDI signal for another device. Essentially, this feature allows you to control not only Traktor, but also external VSTs, DAWs, and MIDI hardware with one device, and also allows you to integrate those controls with Traktor’s built-in modifiers and environment states. Read more to see how this powerful mapping feature can seamlessly extend your live performance outside the bounds of Traktor.
If you ever use the Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus at gigs, you may notice it doesn't have a straightforward option for recording directly through the soundcard. However with a few quick setting changes in the Pioneers settings utility and audio routing in Traktor, you can record your live set without the need of a second sound card, or additional gear or recording devices.