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Capturing a true pandemic-era album: dive into A Path Untold’s production of Sourcery

Today, we’re exploring the depths of the Sourcery album, the latest release from California-based musician A Path Untold – a project from producer and composer Daniel Merrill, who has been creating and releasing under the moniker since 2015. It’s his third full-length album – and his most intricate and ambitious album yet. Not familiar with A Path […]

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What’s Ean Been Up To?

Par : Ean Golden
Ean Golden in a workshop

Hey! It’s been a minute! Our long-time editor and now GM of DJ TechTools – Dan White told me “Ean, people are probably curious what you are up to lately”. Fair enough, considering I haven’t posted any new articles myself in quite some time. After 12 years, 500 articles, and 300 videos, I needed a […]

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Ecler DJ is back, launches WARM2 rotary mixer

Par : Dan White
a two channel rotary DJ mixer designed by Ecler with wooden sides and big chunky rotary dials on top

We covered the teaser back in 2021 that Ecler – a long-standing pro audio brand that had largely abandoned their DJ product lineup – was returning. This month, the Barcelona-based company announced the WARM2 – a two-channel analog rotary mixer. It’s their first new DJ product in 13 years, so let’s take a closer look […]

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Review: Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-RX3 – more effects, but the new screen is hit-or-miss

The XDJ-RX3 is the third edition of Pioneer DJ’s all-in-one series, a much-appreciated member of their DJ gear family for artists who appreciate its portability, affordability (we can’t all pay to have the dream of a mixer and three CDJs at home, as much as that’d be nice, right?), and features that have developed over […]

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Toolroom launches Infinite: a one-knob audio plugin w/ parameter customizing, 40 presets + more

Toolroom Academy has released their first audio plugin for producers today – a single-knob utility designed by Mark Knight and producer James F. Reynolds named INFINITE. The plugin, priced at 39.99 Euros with a currently-offered free trial for users, aims to offer a smooth process in which artists can utilize its 40 presets as a part […]

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Rekordbox 6.6.4: Cloud Analysis uses other DJs analysis files + stream support for bpm supreme

Pioneer DJ’s flagship software has a new update coming this summer – and with it, two key features to note. rekordbox ver. 6.6.4 was announced today, which offers a brand-new Cloud Analysis tool and support for the streaming service bpm supreme. Let’s take a look at the latest additions. Cloud Analysis: get quicker track data, thanks […]

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Algoriddim’s djay makes DVS on iPhone possible, integrates Neural Mix into their control vinyl

Par : Dan White
djay Pro on iPhone with DVS control

The djay software from Algoriddim has been on a strong kick this last decade, and this week, they’re announcing DVS support! That’s right, the app is finally getting full control via turntables using their own time code vinyl. DVS support is hardly anything new on computers, but as far as I can recall, it’s only […]

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Pioneer DJ’s new DJM-S5: a USB-powered 2-channel scratch mixer to use with Serato DJ Pro

Serato DJ Pro users, this one’s for you. Pioneer DJ has announced the latest addition to their mixer family: the new DJM-S5. Designed specifically for usage with the Serato DJ Pro software, it’s a bright red, two-channel, scratch-style design mixer priced at $839 USD. Scratch DJs may find familiarity in the layout, as it’s similar […]

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Traktor’s new beta cycle has begun: 3.6 to include iZotope products, maybe NKS support?

Par : Dan White
Traktor Pro 3.6 beta and iZotope's Ozone Maximizer side by side

Last week, Native Instruments touted something that’s a welcome sight for DJs still in love with the powerful Traktor ecosystem: a new beta. The new version, launched in NI’s Traktor Pro Public Beta forum, is Traktor Pro Beta 3.6.0.313. This is a beta that’s building towards an eventual Traktor Pro 3.6 (the current public release […]

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You should produce your vinyl records via short-run lathe cutting – here’s why.

Why you should produce your vinyl records using short-run lathe cutting featured image

The barriers to entry for music producers have mostly been obliterated. Between the multitude of digital distribution platforms and the self-contained ecosystem of Bandcamp, music producers needn’t – and often don’t – bother with record labels and physical releases. So then, the question becomes: why does the vinyl market not only persist, but continue to grow?   Collectability, […]

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Pioneer DJ releases white XDJ-XZ-W, but more products to come…

Par : Dan White

It might be no surprise anytime Pioneer DJ teases a sequence of new releases that the first thing is usually a new color way of an existing product. This time, it’s the XDJ-XZ, which is getting a white version, the XDJ-XZ-W. The new white colored version of the XDJ-XZ will cost $2,499, and we’ve already […]

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Engine DJ’s latest 2.2 release: bug fixes, new features like Active Loops, Virtual DJ Computer Mode, Metronome + more

Engine DJ has released a new edition of their flagship software, version 2.2 – and with it an array of new features and bug fixes for both OS and desktop. New features & fixes: Active Loops, FX Time Division + more On the hardware/OS feature front, check out the latest additions: Active Loops – you can […]

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Serato DJ Pro now supports Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-RX3 with latest update

Serato released its most recent update to its DJ software, Serato DJ Pro 2.5.11, earlier this month – and with it, a big door that opened for DJs interested in using Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-RX3 – the 2-channel, all-in-one piece of DJ hardware – with it. The XDJ-RX3 will now unlock Serato DJ Pro for free when […]

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Chrome Caps: We’re making Gold Chroma Caps, here’s how to be the first to get them.

Par : Dan White

Chrome Caps - a new version of Chroma Caps that have a reflective metallic appearance coating on the outside to give them an incredible shine and to make your DJ gear really stand out.

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Audiophile sound systems, Mancuso, & building a DJ career: DJ Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy is a broadcaster, producer and DJ. She’s most recently remixed A Certain Ratio, Mildlife and Róisín Murphy and has just released her Cosmodelica remix of Lady Blackbird’s ‘Lost And Looking’. We thought it would be a good opportunity to talk to her about her DJ career, working with the legendary David Mancuso and […]

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Mobile Streaming: the best sound cards for broadcasting on the go

Par : DJ Soo

Well, here we are – closing in on year two of this global pandemic. Are you as over it as we are? Looking back at 2020, one of the defining movements of DJing was the overwhelming adoption of live streaming. With most of the world entering one form of lockdown or another, DJs flocked to […]

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Ableton Live 11.1: native support for Apple Silicon, new Max for Live tools

The latest update to Ableton Live launched today, version 11.1 – a free download for Ableton users that, most importantly, adds native support for Apple computers that run on the M1 Silicon chip. If you’re working off one of the M1 Macs that were released in 2020 or 2021 (you can see a full list […]

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Pioneer DJ’s new DDJ-REV1: a battle-style scratch controller for Serato DJ Lite

In addition to yesterday’s launch of the DDJ-REV7 from Pioneer DJ, they simultaneously shared a new two-channel controller that comes with a Serato DJ Lite integration: the DDJ-REV1. At a price point of $259 USD – catering to those with smaller budgets – it offers two PLX turntables and a DJM-S series mixer. It’s been developed […]

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Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-REV7: is this finally the Pioneer DJ revolution we wanted?

Par : DJ Soo

Well, this one came out of left field… Spinning platter controllers and players made an unexpected comeback in the last few years. While the Numark NS7 had enjoyed three different iterations, it was always a niche product and was never widely adopted. Fast forward several years and we saw a spinning platter renaissance thanks to […]

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Stimming’s new portable, analog mastering studio: The Instant Mastering Chain

If the perfect piece of gear for your live set doesn’t exist, well – why not build it? Or, at least, that’s what Stimming has done with his first piece of production hardware. Meet the Instant Mastering Chain. Created as a partnership with DOCtron, the device is a fully analog audio processor chain that weighs […]

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The Beatport Plan: a $10/mo subscription to DJ from your browser with full track playback

Beatport has launched a new subscription offering that will allow users to more fully utilize their browser-based DJ web app – a $9.99/month tier called The Beatport Plan. 10 bucks a month – not a bad price to pay to be able to explore Beatport’s library in its entirety without the frustration of short samples. The Beatport […]

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Guess who’s back? Ecler to return with a new mixer in 2022

Par : Dan White

Ecler, a Spanish pro audio company with a long history of making DJ mixers, has been out of the DJ products game for the last decade. But today a new video cropped up – a highlight reel of their historical reputation, if you will – that announces their big news: Ecler’s DJ division will return […]

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New CDJ-3000 firmware update: play tracks directly from your cloud library

The latest firmware update was released today for Pioneer DJ’s CDJ-3000s – version 2.0 – with a new rekordbox feature introduced that allows artists to play music directly from their location saved in the cloud. The ability, titled rekordbox CloudDirectPlay, connects the dots between music in your library and music on your CDJs without the need […]

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Jessy Lanza: “If you love the track you’re playing, you can convince the crowd to love it too.”

The latest installment in the prestigious DJ-Kicks series is from DJ, musician and vocalist Jessy Lanza. She’s an artist influenced by a wide range of music including soul, funk, footwork, garage and R&B and her DJ-Kicks mix, a mix she describes as “in pursuit of the bleary 4 am feeling” deftly bestrides a number of […]

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SoundSwitch’s Control One: a lighting controller + DMX interface built for DJs

If you’re a DJ interested in controlling the lighting for your performances too, this may peak your interest. SoundSwitch has released a new controller, the Control One, that gives artists the ability to manage light fixture color, movement, intensity, automated light shows, FX, and more. It’s compatible with a number of popular software platforms, DAWs, […]

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A 2021 Gift Guide For DJs

Par : Dan White
2021 Gift Guide for DJs

Ahead of the intense holiday season that is sure to be a bit stranger than usual due to shipping and supply chain insanity, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit an old favorite: the holiday gift guide for DJs. As in the past, we’ve taken a closer look at not only the […]

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