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Embracing Lockdown: How DJs + producers are protecting their mental well-being

Par Matty Adams
Embracing Lockdown

Everyone in the dance music community has felt the impact of social isolation and a global shutdown. In today’s article, guest contributor Matty Adams has talked to nine DJs around the world about how they’re prioritizing their mental health and adjusting to our new reality. The current world isn’t easy for dance music Staring down […]

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Traktor Pro 3.3.0 is coming with XDJ-1000MK2 support, Kontrol S2/S3 get MIDI mode

Par Dan White
Traktor Pro 3.3 Public Beta adds XDJ-1000MK2 support

In Native Instruments’ “Traktor Pro Public Beta Test” forum, there’s been a fair amount of activity since early January. The news is that Traktor Pro 3.3 is coming out in the near future, and a number of new features and bug fixes are included – including XDJ-1000MK2 support. At the same time, two controllers finally […]

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What the Big Five Personality Traits can tell you about what kind of DJ you are

Par Matthew Takata
DJ personality types

What type of DJ you are might highly relate to your personality. Learn the five personality traits and what they have to do with your DJ life

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DJM-V10: Pioneer DJ’s new 6-channel mixer looks like it was designed by a techno DJ

Par Dan White
DJM-V10 mixer from Pioneer DJ

A new DJM-V10 mixer from Pioneer DJ has 6 channels, master isolators, four band EQ, per-channel compression knobs and sends for each channel. You could be forgiven for thinking that we’re listing features on an Allen & Heath DJ mixer. The new unit is expected to be present today at NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, so […]

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The Rane Seventy: a new battle mixer designed to directly compete with the DJM-S9

Par Dan White

InMusic is on a roll with product releases this NAMM. Rane DJ is the next brand inside of the company to roll something out: the Rane Seventy mixer.  Look, we know the spec sheet already leaked over the weekend and everyone knew this release was coming. What we didn’t know was that Rane teamed up […]

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Denon DJ’s new Prime Go all-in-one standalone has a 4+ hour battery in it

Par Dan White
Denon DJ's Prime Go

This morning Denon DJ have introduced two new pieces of hardware – the Prime 2 and Prime Go. While the Prime 2 is a pretty easy-to-understand piece of gear (think a two channel Prime 4), the Prime Go is a more advanced piece of hardware that deserves a much closer look. Keep reading for all […]

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Denon DJ’s X1850 Mixer: an aesthetic refresh and that’s about it

Par Dan White
Denon DJ X1850 mixer NAMM 2020

We’re happy that Denon DJ is updating their Prime series players to add a few more features and a new look. At the same time, they’re also updating their flagship mixer, now the X1850 Prime. There’s very little different versus the X1800 Prime, as we’ll cover in this article. X1850 DJ Mixer Gear: X1850 Prime […]

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SC6000 + SC6000M Prime: Denon DJ Just Announced An Even Better Prime Player

Par Dan White

Two new media players from Denon DJ take the best things about the Prime series media players and make them even better. Meet the SC6000 Prime and SC6000M Prime, two new units that have been just announced by Denon DJ moments ago. As we noted yesterday, it’s NAMM season. NAMM 2020 officially kicks off next […]

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DJ2GO2 Touch: Numark Updates Portable DJ Controller With Capacitive Jog Wheels

Par Dan White
DJ2Go2 Touch - Numark's New Update

In the lead up to NAMM 2020 (which starts next week), we’re going to be covering a lot of new gear that’s set to hit the DJ market. Here’s the first one: Numark’s DJ2GO2 Touch, which is an incremental update of Numark’s hyper-portable pocket DJ controller. It’s largely the same as the last iteration, but […]

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Cue Points That DJs Should Set On Every Track: DJ Fundamentals

Par Ean Golden

What prep tool can every DJ do on their tracks before they play them? Cue points! They’re a powerful tool for both planned mixes and on-the-fly routines. In this DJ Fundamentals video, Ean shares the cue points that he thinks every DJ should be setting on tracks. Watch and enjoy! Critical Cue Points to Set […]

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Sonarworks Reference 4: Can A Plugin Improve Your Mixdowns?

Par Matthew Takata

As a music producer, there are few parts of your process more crucial than your mixdown phase. No matter what genre you’re in, properly balancing each element in your original productions can mean the difference between a club killing track and a dancefloor flop. We were highly intrigued to hear about a plugin that claims […]

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Review: Kali Audio Mountain View Bluetooth Input Module

Par Markkus Rovito
Review - Kali Audio MV-BT Bluetooth module

if you’d like to add Bluetooth audio compatibility to your existing setup, Kali Audio has a low-cost dedicated module for you: the MV-BT. This review examines the unit’s audio quality, performance, and value.

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Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-XZ: Two Decks Standalone, Two Other Channels As Inputs

Par Dan White
Pioneer DJ's XDJ-XZ

We’ve been staring down the barrel of a new Pioneer DJ piece of gear for the last few weeks. Today we finally are getting to see the XDJ-XZ, a brand new standalone and controller hybrid unit. The big surprise: instead of being 4 decks standalone, this unit runs as two decks standalone, and two as […]

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DJ Fundamentals: How Phrasing Can Make or Break a DJ Mix

Par Ean Golden

For new DJs, phrasing is a challenging concept to grasp. Even for practiced musicians, the idea of layering songs on top of one another isn’t the easiest to explain, so in today’s video, Ean breaks it down. Learn how to count phrases, and how to practically apply them in different genres for creative results. In […]

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DJ Fundamentals: Using Reverb To Make A DJ Mix Sing

Par Ean Golden

Ean returns with yet another video in his series on YouTube that’s focused on the fundamentals of DJ effects. This time, he’s focused in on reverb effects, and how – if used properly – they can make magic happen in your DJ mixes. Watch the video below to learn how reverb works in DJ software, […]

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Serato DJ Pro Advanced Control Added To Denon DJ’s Prime 4, SC5000Ms

Par Dan White

What happens when two companies truly work together to build better experiences for DJs? Denon DJ and Serato seems to have done that with a new update for their entire Prime standalone line. The update adds Serato DJ Pro controller mode support to the Prime 4 and SC5000M. Serato DJ Pro “Controller Mode” On Prime […]

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How Well Do Those Spinning Platters Work? A Comprehensive SC5000M Review

Par DJ Soo
SC5000M Review

TL;DR – It’s the SC5000 with a spinning platter. Need more than that? Here’s an extensive review of the motorized jogwheel member of the Prime ecosystem. Since DJTT’s Dan White already wrote a comprehensive review of the original SC5000, this won’t be a full review of the unit. Rather it’s primarily a look at how […]

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DJ Fundamentals: Using Delay Effects

Par Ean Golden

Ean’s back with the first video in his new series back on YouTube. In this video, he goes over some of the fundamentals behind using Delay. If you’ve ever wondered all of the ways in which delay works, what each parameter of it does in DJ software, and how to effectively deploy it in a […]

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Traktor Kontrol S3: The Middle Child For The MK3 Traktor Generation

Par Dan White

As we reported on last week, the Traktor Kontrol S3 is here. Today we can confirm the official announcement of the DJ controller. Native Instruments has sent over their confirmation and initial specs and photos, which seems to place the controller comfortably between the Kontrol S2 MK3 and Kontrol S4 MK3. Ean’s First Thoughts Want […]

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Kontrol S3 Spotted In Traktor Pro 3.3 Public Beta

Par Dan White
Traktor S3 - Photoshop mockup, not a real image

Remember how the Native Instruments team promised there would be new Traktor hardware before the end of the year? There’s a chance that the first hints of that are coming true, with a new preferences menu appearing in the public beta release of Traktor Pro 3.3 reading “Traktor S3”: Sadly in the actual menu itself, […]

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DDJ-XP2: Pioneer DJ’s New Controller Unlocks Powerful Rekordbox and Serato DJ Functionality

Par Dan White

Say hello to the DDJ-XP2 – this is a new accessory controller designed for use in either the Rekordbox/CDJ ecosystem or alongside Serato DJ Pro. The controller not only maintains the original functionality of the DDJ-XP1, but also adds a ton of new exclusive features in each of the softwares it works with. Keep reading […]

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Traktor Team Shares Update: Legacy Controllers on Traktor DJ 2, Catalina support for TP3, New hardware

Par Dan White
An update from the Traktor team in 2019

If you’re a Traktor DJ, or have been recently, it can be hard to read some of the more dire-sounding news recently from the Native Instruments HQ. But today, a message was posted by Friedemann Becker- one of the leads of the Traktor team – sharing more details around what’s underway. Keep reading for the […]

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Virtual DJ 2020 Launches With New UI, Beatport Link, an Event Scheduler, and more

Par Dan White
Virtual DJ 2020

This past weekend, Atomix launched a brand new version of their DJ software, Virtual DJ 2020. The biggest change in the new update is visual: the team has completely redesigned the DJ software’s interface with a more modern look. Keep reading to learn more about the other big updates, including Beatport Link streaming music, an […]

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