DJ tool adds Spotify, better MIDI support
Thanks to numerous technological advances over the past 40 years, the tools -- and skills -- needed to cut and mix music together in a live environment has been drastically reduced. What used to require multiple record decks, crossfaders, and not to mention a large library of vinyl records, has been reduced down to a single piece of software that can run on a laptop. Algoriddim, a company that has become well known for its iOS DJ apps, recently released a new Pro version of its desktop app Djay. Built specifically for OS X, Djay Pro takes full advantage of 64-bit processing, multi-core track analysis, and Retina displays, but does it do so in a way that is accessible to anyone? We have spent the last few weeks digging around the app to find out.
New headphone suspended ear cup design inspired by studio microphone mounts
Two new pairs of over-the-ear headphones were announced by 808 Audio today, taking a new approach to the ear cup design. The Performer Headphones -- released in wired and Bluetooth models -- use ear cup suspension technology in an attempt to give users a better fit during long play sessions, or in professional audio applications like DJ sets.
All-in-one DJ solution looks to remove focus on laptops, adds high-resolution displays
A new entry in Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers was unveiled today, with the Traktor Kontrol S8. The newest model in the company's flagship line looks to change the way DJ move into the future, by pulling emphasis away from the laptop in order to focus more on the crown. Native Instruments does this by adding technology to controllers, such as high-resolution LCD displays that respond to touch-sensitive controls.
Serato Flip integration allows 'hot cue combination' loops, builds on previous deck
Pioneer Electronics announced a new DJ controller today, one that the company touts as being the first to include Serato Flip functionality. The new DDJ-SX2 controller contains purpose-designed buttons, improved reaction time of the jog wheel, and multi-colored performance pads. Additionally, the DDJ-SX2 brings some additional features to the table, including a built-in sound card, assignable settings, and multiple connection options behind its aluminum top panel.
Spotify access now integrated in djay for Premium account holders
The music-mixing app djay for iPad and iPhone has been updated to version 2.5, offering Spotify integration to those with Premium accounts, enabling users to unlock as many as 20 million streaming songs for use within the app. A free seven-day trial of Spotify Premium is available to all djay 2 users. In addition, the new update introduces Match (powered by The Echo Nest) that recommends complementary tracks.
Digital greeting card software features over 5100 graphics
Chronos today announced its release of its greeting card creation software, Greeting Card Shop. The program allows users to create, mail and digitally share cards and invitations on OS X. Greeting Card Shop's features include support for double-sided cards and invitations; single, double and tri-folding compatibility; and support for multiple cards or invitations per page. Panels can be edited singularly, or as multiples -- which assists with editing graphics that traverse more than one panel.
App for iOS can control DJ deck functions over Wireless Direct
Pioneer has created a DJ system that can be controlled through an app. The XDJ-R1 can follow commands sent from a "remotebox" app on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch over Wireless Direct, allowing the DJ to move around a venue and still have control over most of the deck's functions. This includes controlling the volume levels, playlist management, and the ability to mix songs from a USB device.
Device features enhancements to simplify rookie DJ mixing
The professional sound and visual division of Pioneer Electronics USA debuted its most affordable DJ controller to date, the DDJ-WeGO. The compact system is intended to allow creative mixing of users' own music on a budget. The unit is available in five body colors-- white, black, red, green, and violet. A multi-color LED backlight for the jog wheel as well as the user interface of the bundled Virtual DJ software can be color customized.
Car audio brand targets high-end studio market
Pioneer may be best known for its vehicle electronics, however the company has also worked to establish its presence as a high-end brand in the DJ and music-production markets. The S-DJ05 speakers epitomize the expansion, placing the Pioneer brand on a pair of active reference monitors. In our full review, we try out the new speakers and attempt to determine if the offering is worth its hefty price tag.
iPad app offers BPM tracking, sound effects, loops
Little Worlds Studio has launched a new iPad DJ app, DJ World Studio, with a low-latency, vinyl- and CD-styled interface that supports multi-touch input. The app features both pitch-bend wheels and vinyl scratch turntables, with side-by-side audio waveform displays for easier cuing and mixing. It can import MP3s from any source and remix songs live.
DJ edition aimed at budget and amateur mixers
Fidelity Media has done some "fine tuning" on its MegaSeg DJing software, creating two editions and also tweaking some features and adding some presets, with the hope of making the product more affordable to those on a budget or just starting out, while making the program more powerful to experienced DJs and even professional TV and radio broadcasters.
More stable, and now 20 percent off
Fidelity Media's popular DJing software MegaSeg has been updated to v5.5.3, introducing more than 30 stability and performance enhancements throughout the application, also fixing a rare issue with the category browser. The update is free for existing v5.x users. To celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the software is on sale for 20 percent off it's regular price until November 30th.
Visual cues given greater prominence
Mac-only pro audio/video DJ and broadcast automation software MegaSeg has been updated to version 5.5, introducing a new Wave Viewer, redesigned decks and trackpad beat syncing and scrubbing compatible with MacBook trackpads as well as Apple's Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse. MegaSeg developer Fidelity Media says over 100 refinements are included in the update, which is free for MegaSeg v5 users.
New add-on "remixes" DJ, music tools
Ableton, a German company best known for its Ableton Live music-creation software, and New Zealand-based Serato, makers of Scratch Live, have collaborated on a hybrid product, for DJs and producers alike, called "The Bridge."
DJ mixing game with have remixing, rhythm play
Numark has previewed its new iPad game, Scratch: The Ultimate DJ. The game combines free-form DJ tricks and rhythm gameplay, using songs from numerous hip-hop artists. Numark is using technology from partners Alesis, Akai and ION. It allows players to remix songs using their own beats and effects, along with an external scratch deck.
DJ software accesses iTunes, has automix, sampling
MacNN's review of djay3.1, a comparatively inexpensive Mac-only DJ software title, found it simple enough to work with iTunes yet complex enough to compete with more expensive DJ software. It accesses a user's iTunes library and can play, program and manipulate the tracks. Using a dual-turntable interface, it allows cross fading, equalizing and gains on each deck. MacNN found the new interface easier to navigate, with an uncluttered and intuitive layout.
Mix both video and audio together
DJMixersoft has released an update to DJ Mixer Professional. The software provides tools for mixing music or video, along with a variety of effects and filters for altering media. Version 2.0 brings new tools for mixing video and audio together, while BPM detection enhancements are claimed to help synchronize tracks. Support has also been added for either automatically or manually mixing tracks.
Additional Snow Leopard support, new video mixer
DJMixersoft has introduced DJ Mixer Professional 2.0, the latest version of its DJ mixing software. The app enables users to automatically or manually mix different songs, with tools for beat-matching, synchronizing, and pitch scaling. Version 2.0 adds support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, while allowing users to mix video clips. The video feature provides pitch, break, and scratch functionality.
Device complements Traktor Scratch setups
Native Instruments on Tuesday introduced the Traktor Kontrol X1, a new controller for DJ software. The device is based on the Traktor DJ platform and designed to be used with timecode-controlled configurations including hardware mixers and turntables or CD decks. Two X1 units can also be combined for setups with four turntables.
Audio 2 DJ debuted as NI's smallest USB interface
Native Instruments on Wednesday released the Audio 2 DJ, the company's smallest USB audio interface geared for DJs. The device is designed for use with Traktor or other performance software. Two 1/4-inch outputs can be used to route stereo signals to an external mixer, or as a master output and headphone monitor when using a software mixer.
MegaSeg DJ mixer updated
Fidelity Media says it has added over 40 improvements to its MegaSeg v4.5 DJ mixer and radio automation system, including Leopard compatibility. Version 4.5 also adds drag-and-drop support for iTunes, improved compatibility with multiple audio sources, MIDI control functions and presets and support for the Apple Remote. MegaSeg is a professional DJ application, supporting regular or beat-mixed segues between songs or music videos, sound effects via hot keys, scheduled playlists and other automated features.
Ableton releases Live 7 LE
Ableton has released Live 7 LE, its affordable professional-grade music-making solution. Built on the Live platform, the single-screen music production and performance solution offers most of its Ableton Live 7's new features for recording, songwriting, remixing and DJing. It includes studio-quality recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz; 64 audio tracks and unlimited MIDI tracks per project, MIDI sequencing for software instruments; and more than 20 built-in audio effects, including a host of creative delays, filters, distortions, studio compressors and EQs. The software also offers two software instruments-Simpler for creative sample-based synthesis, and Impulse for dynamic, sampled drums as well as support for VST and AU effects/instruments (along with automatic plug-in delay compensation).
Hercules Mobile DJ MP3
Hercules has released the Mobile DJ MP3, a device it calls the world's "first wireless digital mixing mini-controller." Intended for novice DJs, the Mobile lets people pick tracks while away from their computer, and has controls for pitch, crossfading, effects, loops and over 25 other options. There are two jogwheels for scrolling and scratching, which are matched by two independent volume sliders. Should a DJ fail to pick tracks in time, the Mobile can be set to automatically pick a follow-up of its own.
Traktor Scratch 1.2 update
Native Instruments today unveiled Traktor Scratch 1.2, a free software update to its professional digital DJ system, adding a number of features, as well as improved performance. Traktor Scratch uses digital turntables and CD-based DJ systems to alter digital music tracks. The new version also features tighter integration with iTunes, and enhanced time code tracking. New users can purchase Traktor Scratch for $700.
First Look at Djay 2.0
Mixing music as a disc jockey can be an cluttered proposition, requiring turntables, a mixer, expensive needles, among other pieces of equipment. A decent collection of vinyl can also prove to be unwieldy for some who don't have vintage record or specialty shops nearby. Algoriddim's Djay 2.0 provides users with most of the resources they will need for doing gigs and live parties. By using an iTunes library to provide mixing material, users require little more than the app, a Mac some headphones and speakers, maybe a USB audio interface if they want to do some of Djay's more advanced features.