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Roland Launches DJ-707M, A $999 Hybrid Controller and Live Sound Audio Console

Par Dan White
Roland DJ-707M

What happens when a company decides they want to really pay attention to the demands of mobile DJs when releasing a product? Today, Roland is announcing their new DJ-707M, which is being touted as a four-channel Serato DJ Pro controller with features that you might find on live sound audio consoles and loudspeaker management systems. […]

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Beatport Will Remove Tracks That Have Never Sold

Par Dan White
Beatport is removing unsold tracks

Everyone in the electronic music industry knows there’s dramatically more music being released than there is music that people want to listen to or DJ with. But what happens when one of the biggest online stores for digital music starts pruning their collection? Starting late this year, Beatport is starting a “yearly storage clean-up procedure” […]

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Mixcloud To Limit Free Playback (Slightly), Aims To Build Paid Listeners

Par Dan White
Mixcloud to limit free listening

At the end of July, Mixcloud posted a Medium article addressing their community and sharing a few fundamental changes that were forthcoming on the platform. In short, the new changes will mean less freedom of listening for unpaid, free listers – and more restrictions lifted for users who subscribe. It’s all with an aim to […]

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Interview: Marco Faraone shares his favorite DJ tools, current must-plays, and career advice

Par Angel Bali

Marco Faraone (Uncage, Rekids, Drumcode) is a prolific and versatile producer whose incendiary live sets have earned him the attention of all the right people. Hit play in the video to watch and listen to some of his set at BPM Portugal 2018, then keep reading beyond that for his DJ tips, career advice, and […]

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Overview: Why We Dig Arturia’s MicroFreak

Par Josh Olds
Arturia Microfreak

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting gear we think is awesome. It’ll include some solid new pieces of production, performance, and DJing equipment. Up first is the Arturia MicroFreak, a powerful hardware synth that, at the price point, is incredibly unique. We added the MicroFreak to the DJTT store a few months ago, […]

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Nightmares in Clubland: DJ KA5’s Worst Gig Ever

Par Matthew Takata

This month, DJTT contributor Matthew Thomas is stepping in for this month’s edition of Nightmares in Clubland. This series has us asking veteran club DJs about their “worst night ever” while DJing. You can often learn a lot from these less than ideal nights nights – and have a laugh looking back on them. This […]

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Dr. Dot: Paint With A Midi Fighter Twister

Par Jeffrey Alan Scudder
Painting with your Midi Fighter Twister

Ever seen spiral art in action? The basic concept focuses around using a spinning canvas platform that you apply paint onto, creating unique patterns and geometric shapes. Now imagine spiral art taken to the modern digital era – that is exactly what one intrepid DJTT community member and programmer has done. Meet Jeffrey Alan Scudder, […]

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Super Simple + Fast Sound Design In Ableton Live

Par Dan White

If you’re a music producer, sometimes you want to be able to crank out ideas quickly in your DAW. For beginner producers, aside from scrolling through and loading device presets, it can be intimidating to make your own instruments from scratch. In this video, producer Peaks of Valleys does some really great speedy sound design […]

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Serato DJ Pro 2.2 Released: Day Mode, Play Count, Better Streaming Track Analysis

Par Dan White
Serato DJ Pro 2.2 daymode

Coming out of beta today is the brand new update Serato DJ Pro 2.2 (as well as Serato DJ Lite 1.2). The update finally brings two highly-requested features to the Serato DJ software, Day Mode and Play Count, as well as a number of smaller improvements. Keep reading for details, watch the overview video, or […]

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Traktor Mod Adds Moving Waveforms to S4MK3s Screen Display

Par Dan White

The Traktor Kontrol S4 MK3 is great, but you know what would make it way better? Real moving waveforms, just like a CDJ! One intrepid modder, Joe Easton, has released a $5 mod that allows DJs to use moving waveforms, zoom level, and browser view (including key) on the S4MK3. See a quick video of […]

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Watch: M4SONIC’s “In The Kitchen” Fingerdrumming Series (on Midi Fighter 3Ds)

Par Dan White

M4SONIC was one of the early YouTube finger drumming pioneers, launching into fame in the same era as Madeon did. These early videos helped make live pad performances seem accessible and easy for everyone nearly seven years ago.

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Traktor Pro 3.2 Out Now: Watch Chris Liebing Demo Better Harmonic Mixing In Traktor

Par Dan White
Chris Liebing demos Traktor Pro 3.2

There’s a new version of Traktor Pro 3.2 that’s just been released this morning by Native Instruments. The update is focused primarily on adding features that improve harmonic mixing / key matching functionalities. The new features that help this include a new time-stretching algorithm, a new Key Lock and matching widget, and a new deck […]

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Streaming Music: what the DJ industry really thinks

Par Dan White
What the DJ industry REALLY thinks of streaming music

Ever wonder what folks at Pioneer DJ, Soundcloud, Denon DJ, Beatport, Dubset, and more think about the future of music in DJ booths? This year at IMS Ibiza, we got to see an awesome panel discussion on “Streaming In The DJ Booth”. A number different music and DJ-oriented companies were represented, and we asked IMS […]

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Learning Synths: Ableton Will Teach You Synthesis In Your Browser

Par Dan White
Learning Synths - by Ableton

For many producers, synthesis is at the core of their creative process. Being able to program and create sounds a number of different hardware or software synths is a skill that pays massive dividends, but can often be a hard space to get started in. As a follow on to Learning Music, a browser-based music […]

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Hacking Rekordbox FX, and adding RMX-1000 control

Par Teo Tormo

What’s the best hardware to use with Rekordbox FX? A lot of the functionality of the Rekordbox DJ software is locked away. In this article, DJTT contributor Teo Tormo shares how he has unlocked some of the power features of Rekordbox DJ’s effects, and even made it possible to control the effects with an RMX-1000 […]

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DJing Tips from The Stanton Warriors

Par Harold Heath
Stanton Warriors DJ tips

The Stanton Warriors are English DJ and production duo Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley. Many DJTT readers are familiar with this pair, who specialise in party-friendly, bass music bangers. They’re long-time DJs as well – DJing and producing for over 20 years. We had a chance to talk with Dominic for a bit to hear […]

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Numark Scratch: A $500 battle mixer with pads, FX paddles

Par Dan White

What happens when a budget-minded brand makes a return to their roots? That’s exactly what has happened with this new Numark Scratch mixer, announced today. The Scratch seems designed to check all of the expected turntablist workflows that come with fancier mixers (like the DJM-S9 or Rane Seventy Two) at a much lower price point […]

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In The Mind Of A DJ: Jus-Ed Interview

Par Angel Bali

Founder of respected label Underground Quality, Jus-Ed's approach to music is authentic, dedicated, and serious. He holds residencies at Tresor (Berlin) and Djoon (Paris). In today's interview, Jus-Ed explains his commitment to DJing, what he thinks it takes to become a good DJ, and shares his passion for music overall.

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iTunes discontinued in new macOS Catalina, less-bloated Apple Music app to replace it

Par Dan White
The End of iTunes, Apple Music takes over

Today at WWDC 2019 (Apple’s annual developer conference) we heard the first official news about a much-talked about development to music management: the end of iTunes. We wrote about this in April, and it’s true: in the upcoming macOS Catalina release, iTunes is no more. The OS will instead come with three apps that replace […]

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Traktor DJ 2 With Soundcloud, Retina Support Out Now For Windows, Mac, iPad

Par Dan White
Traktor DJ 2 released today

Traktor DJ 2 – a brand new beginner-focused version of Traktor launches today. It’s set to be the platform on which many future versions of Traktor will be built on top of – so even if you’re not interested in the software from the current feature set, it’s worth learning more about. In case you […]

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Ableton 10.1 Released: User Wavetables, Automation Shapes, Delay + Channel EQ

Par Dan White

Ableton Live 10.1 gets a full release today, with a substantial number of new features that producers can get excited about. The update is free, having gone through several months of public beta testing after being announced back in February Live 10.1’s New Features The new 10.1 update released today has a number of new […]

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Mine S: Customizable Modular MIDI Controller Has Successfully Crowdfunded Their 2019 Redemption Campaign

Par Dan White
Mine S modular controller

Every once in a while there are DJ technology products that give us flashbacks here at DJTT. Modular MIDI controllers are one of those topics – many people have come to the conclusion that a build-it-yourself MIDI controller that can be re-assembled on the fly is a great idea. But it’s rare to see these […]

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SC5000 + Prime 4 are getting Beatport, Beatsource, Soundcloud, and Tidal Streaming

Par Dan White

Wondering when streaming music libraries will show up in standalone DJ hardware? Denon DJ announced their standalone Prime Series DJ hardware (SC5000, SC5000M, and Prime 4) will all have streaming services added to them in Summer 2019.

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Denon DJ Engine Prime 1.3.1 Update: Rekordbox Import, Key Sync, On-Device Playlist Editing

Par Dan White

Denon DJ is finally starting to ship the Prime 4 all-in-one standalone player this week (check it out in the just-refreshed DJTT store here). Alongside this product release comes a very large update to the Engine Prime preparation software, as well as firmware updates for the SC5000/M media players. Here’s a quick overview of each […]

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NI to release a brand new Komplete Audio 6 MK2

Par Dan White

Digging well into their product vaults, Native Instruments has just announced that they’re releasing a new Komplete Audio 6 MK2 soundcard. This is a refresh of the original Komplete Audio 6 that they put out way back at the start of the decade in 2011. New generation NI design, with more I/O This Audio 6 […]

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Pioneer DJ Might Be Sold Again In 2019, But They’re Not “Exiting The DJ Business”

Par Dan White
Pioneer DJ could be getting sold again in 2019

Initial reports are coming out that Pioneer DJ is going to be sold off to to new buyers later this year. According to an article published on the Nikkei Asian Review, both Pioneer Corporation and KKR (an investment firm that owns the majority share of Pioneer DJ) are already in talks to sell off Pioneer […]

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