Hands-on with the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

July 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Music Radar demos NI’s latest DJ controller, which works for both Traktor Pro 2 and Traktor DJ for iOS

It features mixer controls for two channels – each with faders and controls for gain, three-band EQ and a rotary which can be switched between controlling either Traktor’s filter or one of the software’s effects.

The Z1 also features a built-in audio interface, and allows tracks to be cued via an independent headphone output with its own volume and blend controls.

More info here >>

MASCHINE, Aerobic, and the Astounding Groove

June 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Native Instruments REAKTOR’s Aerobic just begs to be used inside MASCHINE. There are any number of ways to use Aerobic inside Maschine, but let’s look at two specifically: 1) as a drum synth whose individual hits can be triggered by MASCHINE’s Pads, and 2) as a DJ-style loop-mixing setup.

Traktor Cue Point Strategies: Reference and Performance

June 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Back to basics! Ean goes through the basics of great cue point placement and usage in Traktor Pro. Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/10KXgIu

With 300 to 500 songs (minimum) in a digital DJ’s regular rotation, it’s nearly impossible to remember every song’s structure, but knowing your music remains one of the most important requirements for all DJs. Upon loading a new track, the most important things to know instantly about a song are:

  1. Where is the first beat?
  2. Where is the best place to start mixing?
  3. When does the vocal, bass line, or main part of the song begin?
    Stated differently, where should I be done with the mix?
  4. Where are the most natural mix out points in the song?

Fortunately most DJ software has a variety of cue points that can be used as flags to remind you of the critical places in a track. Traktor has a set of cue points which are different colors and serve different purposes, so these are best suited for flagging a track.

NI’s Traktor DJ for iPhone hands on videos

May 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Phil Morse of Digital DJ Tips gives a ten-minute talkthrough of all the main features of Traktor DJ for iPhone from Native Instruments, a groundbreaking DJ app for iPhone. Full review at: http://www.digitaldjtips.com/2013/05/…

The Verge’s Trent Wolbe is joined by Jim Mazur to show off the new Traktor DJ app for iPhone. Previously only available on the iPad, Traktor DJ allows you to mix music using an easy touchscreen interface.

Introducing Traktor DJ for iPhone

May 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

TRAKTOR DJ, the pro DJ app for iOS, is now available for iPhone and iPod Touch. More info and videos: http://www.native-instruments.com/tra…

Deliver devastating DJ sets using familiar iPhone gestures, with beautiful waveforms at your fingertips. Set up beat grids, cue points and BPM tags on your iPhone to sync with your TRAKTOR PRO setup. Perfectly adapted to the iPhone’s compact screen estate, TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone puts professional DJing in the palm of your hand.

TRAKTOR DJ for iPhone is available now at the iTunes App Store for only $4.99 / 4.49 €.
http://ow.ly/kzEzo

The iPad version is available for only $19.99 / 17.99 €.
http://ow.ly/kzEGz

Tracks by Modeselektor – Pretentious Friends (Instrumental version), Berlin (Instrumental version)

DJ: Numark Orbit software

April 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

New software for Numark’s Orbit controller allows for easy DJ operation without complex MIDI mapping.

The unit might have a toy feeling – but it could absolutely could have a place as a secondary controller for those looking for a very handheld unit to add to their setup. The controller has attachments that will allow it to be worn around the neck, a belt, or in other ways that make it easy to access.

The comparisons to a video game controller are the most apt in terms of controls as well – with trigger controls on either shoulder of the unit. The mappings on display at the Numark booth weren’t anything to write home about, but we found ourselves easily imagining some cool jogwheel based effects for the controller.

New from Image Line – Deckadance 2 | Mac & PC DJ Mixing Software

April 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Fruity Loops has been busy lately…

Version 2 of the DJ mixing application works either as a standalone program or as a VSTi inside your favourite host. Deckadance can also host any VST compliant softsynth or effect.

Control Deckadance using MIDI controllers, timecoded vinyl and CD systems..

Choose 2 OR 4 decks. Smart knobs link many interface targets to one knob. GrossBeat automated glitch, stutter & scratch functions. Isolator FX chain up to three FX per deck and apply to Low/Mid/High or all bands. Customizable interface and Smart panels select Cue, Grid, DVS, Key, Smart Knob and Tempo controls.

Full specs here >>

Pioneer Mixer DJM-750

April 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Pioneer’s new DJM-750 four-channel digital mixer takes FX manipulation and software synergy to new levels, thanks to the new Boost Colour FX and a built-in 24-bit/96 kHz USB sound card.

Available in classic black and sleek silver, the DJM-750 is loaded with features to inspire creativity. The new Boost Colour FX adds a second effect to the Sound Colour FX in play, and lets DJs control the parameters of both FX with just one knob. The mixer boasts 13 Beat FX — including the new VINYL BRAKE — with a dedicated Level/Depth knob for tactile control of the wet/dry mix.

For more information visit, www.pioneerdj.com

Track used,
Artist : Si Begg
Title : bangON nuttersGROOVE
http://www.sibegg.com/

DJ Shiftee Takes On Traktor DJ

April 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DJ Shiftee hits the streets of Berlin to showcase his mind-blowing mastery of Traktor DJ. http://www.native-instruments.com/tra…

TRAKTOR DJ brings the leading pro DJ software to iOS with an intuitive app for instant, high-impact DJ sets. Create mixes in seconds — put your hands directly on beautiful waveforms and manipulate them using gestures you already know.

[Please note: Traktor DJ is being used as two additional decks in the club scene. It is patched into the mixer through a Traktor Audio 6 interface. It is not being used to control Traktor Pro 2.]

More DJ Shiftee:
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http://twitter.com/djshiftee

Richie Hawtin with Traktor DJ for iOS

February 22, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

TRAKTOR DJ in action. Richie Hawtin prepares tracks on the beach, then tears up the club – all on his first day with TRAKTOR DJ. More at: http://www.native-instruments.com/tra…

TRAKTOR DJ is available at the iTunes App Store for $19.99 / 17,99 €

TRAKTOR DJ brings the leading pro DJ software to iOS with an intuitive app for instant, high-impact DJ sets. Create mixes in seconds — put your hands directly on beautiful waveforms and manipulate them using gestures you already know.

Auto tempo detection makes track syncing effortless while iTunes integration turns your library into a virtual crate to dig through — TRAKTOR PRO’s acclaimed sync engine keeps tracks locked together so mixes hit hard. TRAKTOR DJ also syncs effortlessly toTRAKTOR PRO 2, allowing you to share essential track data — beat grids, BPM counts, and cue points.

Track heard: Hobo – Incise (coming soon on Minus)

FM open up the brand new NI Traktor DJ iPad app and take a look at it in action. We get some first impressions and check out the features and usability of the touch-screen iOS DJ app.

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