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Pioneer blasted “you’re on mute” on a studio monitor – and sent it to space

Wondering what Pioneer Pro Audio has been up to during the pandemic, when sales of their high-end speaker install systems have likely slumped due to venues and festivals being sidelined for a year? Turns out, they’ve put some of their energy into an incredibly cathartic mission to space for everyone who’s spent a year in Zoom meetings. […]

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Mixers, music, and the Brothers Macklovitch: a chat with A-Trak

Par : DJ Soo

Canadian-born A-Trak has been a known commodity in the music and DJ industry since he won the 1997 DMC World championship at 15 years of age. Known as much for his prolific music production career as his DJ prowess, A-Trak has remained a staple in the DJ and electronic music scene for over two decades.  […]

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Rekordbox’s new Professional plan: unlimited cloud storage for your library

rekordbox is now offering unlimited cloud storage for artists with the launch of its new Professional plan. Platform users who subscribe to the plan will be able to save their library across multiple devices, as well as manage all of their tracks and metadata in the cloud. For artists who want the safety net of […]

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A beginner’s guide to adding DJ tracks to your synthesizer set

Par : Nils Lobie

To start: let’s paint a picture. You spent quarantine holed up away from shows and decided to get into synths, drum machines, samplers, and the wide world of hardware noise generators and effects. Now, you have a newfound love of live jamming on your shiny, blinky gear that you want to share with the world […]

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Chicago’s Alinka: “Take your time, don’t take shortcuts, don’t give up.”

Alinka Ratner’s story will be a familiar one to most DJs: she fell in love with house music and DJ culture as a teenager, bought decks and taught herself to mix. She eventually got a warm-up DJ role for Justin Long’s .dotbleep party at Chicago’s Smart Bar which she held down for nearly a decade. […]

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Review: Rane x A-Trak’s collab is a striking new take on the Rane Seventy

Par : DJ Soo

Rane DJ is no stranger to DJ collaborations. Back in the 2000s, they released the Grand Master Flash edition of the Empath. In 2012, they released the Z-Trip edition of the Sixty-Two. Now, in 2021, Rane is collaborating with the legendary A-Trak to unleash the Seventy Signature A-Trak Edition. Released just last year, the Seventy […]

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DJ edits get a licensing deal: Beatsource’s new deal with Sony, UMG, Warner adds 100k edited tracks to LINK

Beatsource has taken quite the leap forward today in the world of music licensing and accessibility for artists. The company is partnering with Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and multiple independent labels to allow Beatsource LINK to share adapted versions of popular songs with its subscribers, opening the door to a library […]

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Rane releases an A-Trak Signature Edition of the Seventy battle mixer

Turntablists and A-Trak fans, this one’s for you. RANE and A-Trak announced their collaboration today: an A-Trak take on Rane’s beloved Seventy mixer. It’s a limited edition battle mixer titled – you guessed it – the Rane Seventy A-Trak Signature Edition. The mixer is built on the foundations of the Seventy, with a handful of enhancements made […]

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How to produce professional-quality radio shows + podcasts: the ultimate guide

From your first podcast, to your fiftieth radio show, there's always room to improve your production. This guide shares a ton of tips on making the best possible radio show and podcast recordings.

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Future DJ Gear Concepts: Denon DJ SN6000M

Par : DJ Glitch

In our next Future DJ Gear series piece, we’ve aimed to conceptualize a standalone “turntable” version of the Denon DJ SC6000 player. Meet the SC6000M. In this edition of our Future Gear Concepts series, I aimed to conceptualize a standalone “turntable” version of the Denon DJ SC6000 player. Denon DJ’s SC6000 and its already existing […]

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Ableton’s Live 11 Lite is here, and it’s free for Live Lite users

Ableton has released Live 11 Lite today, and it’s available for free to all Live Lite owners. The upgrade offers an array of new features and updates to to the DAW to round out quite the capabilities it offers for music producers. Some of the key features included in the upgrade: Support for MIDI Polyphonic […]

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Mixxx – the free DJ software – gets a major update with 2.3.0 release

Par : Dan White
Mixxx 2.3 release

One of the most valuable free tools out there for DJs often goes undiscussed. Mixxx – which is a totally free, open-source, cross-platofrm DJing software – has gone through a big push over the last year to get it to a new release, 2.3.0. While we’ve covered Mixxx many times in the past on DJTT, […]

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Traktor Pro 3.5: CDJ-3000 HID mode, Beatsource / Beatport LINK

Par : Dan White
Traktor Pro 3.5 with streaming and CDJ-3000 HID integration

We’ve known it was coming for a bit, but today the updated Traktor Pro 3.5 has released. The fresh version of Traktor Pro boasts two new features that are likely to be well-received: the new streaming library features for Traktor (via Beatport and Beatsource LINK) and advanced HID integration with Pioneer DJ’s flagship CDJ-3000 players. […]

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Weird DJ Gear: the underrated, the odd, and the ones that made history.

Editor’s Note – Over the years, we’ve seen a wide array of attempts to create DJ hardware intended to be the next “big thing”. There was, undoubtedly, much trial-and-error; many companies went for it, with a good idea in mind – and quite a few of them failed. But there are a handful that made an impact […]

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Interview: Stimming on his new album, pigeons, & straying from functionality

Hamburg-based electronic music producer Stimming has made quite the impact over the years with his uniquely intriguing take on house music and mesmerizing live performances. We got to know a bit about his production process back in 2015 (check out his How I Play), and he has undoubtedly continued to evolve his sound to push […]

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Interview: How John B turned his attic into a worldwide livestreaming powerhouse

Par : Dan Cole

Drum & bass icon John B was already leaning into the world of livestreaming before the pandemic hit. With his gigs drying up, the DJ/producer decided to dive head-first into the online world, challenging himself to create a regular streaming show that was totally different from anything else that was out there. The result?  A […]

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The DJM-S11 vs the Seventy-Two MK2: a review battle for 2-channel supremacy

Par : DJ Soo

Amid the dumpster fire that was 2020, we somehow saw the release of more high-end gear in a single year than I can remember. Between the Pioneer DJ DJM-V10, Denon SC6000 gear finally hitting store shelves, the Rane Seventy, the Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000s, and the Rane Twelve MK2s, there was a glut of professional – […]

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Beatport’s iOS app is here, & with it a company rebrand

Beatport is making the leap into the world of iOS with the release of their new mobile app for Beatport LINK users. It’s yet another step to grow the Beatport LINK ecosystem of DJ tools, with the intention of making an artist’s music searching, buying, prepping, and playing flow even easier. Now, with a Beatport […]

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RipX DeepRemix: split stereo files, create and remix stems with this AI software

Audio software manufacturer Hit’n’Mix has released a new source separation, sampling, and song creation program: RipX: DeepRemix. The new software sits at a price reachable for all levels of musicians: £79 inc VAT for UK, €85 inc VAT for EU, and $99 for North America & rest of the world. DeepRemix uses AI isolation algorithms […]

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Returning to IRL DJ gigs? Here’s 7 ways to quell stage anxiety without alcohol.

As the world gets back on track, there’s finally what looks to be a bright future for nightlife around the globe. And as our favorite clubs, bars, and festivals prepare to open their doors once again, that means artists will be back to playing on real stages, in real life – no more Twitch streaming or […]

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Interview: Mathew Jonson on his “Freedom Engine Academy” and production process

Par : Angel Bali

With a career spanning over 18 years, Mathew Jonson is known and loved by many for his well-crafted melodic sounds and outstanding live performances. Almost 20 years after the release of his debut album, “A Box Full of Magic” on Dekmantel, Jonson has toured the world and signed music to numerous influential labels, including Crosstown […]

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Meet SEEDJ: a digital acceleration platform, academy for DJs to grow professionally

Announced earlier this month, a new web platform for DJs looking to grow in their career & skillset has emerged: SEEDJ. Self-described as “the first digital accelerator for techno, house, and tech-house DJs and producers”, it’s a one-stop platform that was created to bring “the services necessary for professional growth as a DJ/Producer” together under […]

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Review: Novation’s Circuit Tracks is an even better Circuit groovebox

Par : DJ Glitch

Novation has just released the Circuit Tracks, an improved version of its beloved Circuit groovebox. The original Novation Circuit is largely responsible for the resurgence of hardware music production gear, and has a soft spot in many producers’ hearts due to its highly intuitive workflow. The Tracks builds on the impressive legacy of the original […]

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Numark Party Mix $129 / $179 controllers – entry-level digs with streaming libraries, built-in speaker

Numark is back with two new entry-level controllers – the Party Mix II and Party Mix Live. With them comes a number of features that open doors for amateur DJs to sharpen their chops, expand their skills, and play tunes easily without the need for a full music library or, even… speakers. The features The […]

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How I Play: SAYTEK and Nadia Struiwigh explored live performances in a pandemic

In spite of all the optimism oozing from our social media feeds whenever a new lineup is announced, the world continues to navigate life with great caution. With more than 125 million cases and over 2.7 million deaths, the novel coronavirus has been circling its way around the globe for more than a year now […]

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Troubleshooting for DJs: how to tackle some of the most common technical issues

Harold Heath has just published his book ‘Long Relationships: My Incredible Journey From Unknown DJ To Smalltime DJ’ in which he details the ups and downs of low-level DJing life. Here Harold considers some of the many technical problems DJs encounter, and how to deal with them.  Any good DJ will tell you that the […]

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Traktor Pro 3.5 beta: now with Beatport LINK streaming…

Beatport, Beatsource, and Native Instruments have teamed up to bring a Beatport LINK integration to TRAKTOR’s PRO 3 software – and through it, the ability to use LINK software on TRAKTOR’s line of controllers. TRAKTOR PRO users can now utilize both Beatport and Beatsource LINK in a Public Beta mode, with an official launch coming in […]

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Watch: Rheyne’s modular synth jam with MIDI Fighter 3D, Hexinverter Mutant Brain

We’re back at it with awesome routines from artists who’ve found unique ways to use our MIDI Fighter gear. Rheyne, an artist known for his live looping, modular synth work, and audiovisual experiments, recently jammed out with a Hexinverter Mutant Brain controlled by a MIDI Fighter 3D. The Mutant Brain was used as a MIDI […]

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Mixed In Key 10: improved key detection, cue point exporting, & a UI update

With fifteen years of key detection software under its belt, Mixed In Key has become a household name for many artists. Its latest iteration, Mixed In Key 10, celebrates 15 years of the software – and introduces a number of new features that DJs and producers can utilize in their creative endeavors. Major ones worth noting: […]

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VirtualDJ’s 2021 Summer Edition: export individual track stems to your USB & more

VirtualDJ‘s new 2021 Summer Edition of its flagship software has arrived – and with it, a few major features that will make DJing quite interesting for its users. For starters: VirtualDJ PRO now enables you to export separated track stems onto your USB. The big one: track stem exporting As a refresher: last summer, VirtualDJ released […]

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