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Meet Howler, a 2-in-1 device that records + livestreams high-quality audio from any source

Amsterdam-based Howler Audio has launched a Kickstarter campaign running through November 24 for their new forthcoming product: a dual, two-in-one recording and streaming device that fits in the palm of your hand. The hardware, aptly named Howler, offers high-quality recording in WAV or MP3 formats as well as the ability to livestream through the device. […]

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Pioneer DJ’s DJM-S5: Pro-level features at a mid-level price

Par : DJ Soo

In May 2022, Pioneer DJ announced a series of new products throughout the month. Speculation ran rampant. Will we finally see a DJM-900NXS2 update? Maybe a DDJ-1000 MK2? Every week saw a different announcement as anticipation hit a fever pitch – but the first reveals were nothing more than a white XDJ-XZ colorway and a […]

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alter.audio’s Timetosser adds Loop, Slice modes in new firmware update

Timetosser – the playable audio resequencer from alter.audio – released a v. 1.1.0 firmware update earlier this week after first demoing it at Amsterdam Dance Event’s Gear Lab. If you’re unfamiliar with Timetosser, it’s a live performance tool that can be used either as a standalone device or with your computer, where you can link […]

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Denon DJ SC Live 2 + SC Live 4: built-in speaker standalone units; supplanting Prime 2 / Prime 4?

Par : Dan White

Teased for a while and officially “announced” on the Serato DJ blog yesterday, Denon DJ has announced two standalone all-in-one units – the SC Live 2 and SC Live 4. These two units probably replace the forever out-of-stock (perhaps due to chip/parts shortages?) Prime 4 and Prime 2 units. Those original Prime units were first […]

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Ableton releases Note, an iOS app for making music on the go

Ableton just made it drastically easier to start and save your track ideas even when you’re away from your studio – for Apple users, at least – with the launch of their new iOS app: Note. Built with the intention of offering as a scratch pad for for creators to capture initial project ideas, it’s a game […]

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Mixcloud launches Tracks for producers to upload original music

Mixcloud is making moves in favor of creators, as the platform has launched a feature rivaling SoundCloud: the ability to upload original tracks. Artists can now share their own music alongside mixes and livestreams – which makes Mixcloud the first and only platform that supports quite the trio: livestreaming, short-form tracks, and long-form audio. Check out […]

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Serato Stems: what DJs are doing with real-time stem separation added to Serato DJ

Par : Dan White
Serato Stems mixes

Last week in a beta update to Serato DJ, we finally saw the future of DJ mixing arrive – real-time stem separation. This is pretty huge as it marks a large population of open format DJs getting access to a technology that works incredibly well in top 40 / club mixing situations. Mashing up acapellas […]

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Worth the wait: Nektar Aura’s latest software update is a beatmaker’s dream

Since its 2020 release, I’ve seen the Nektar Aura as a controversial piece of hardware. Viewing it through the perspective of an avid Native Instruments Maschine user, my expectations were limited by my references back to the Maschine user environment. However, the Aura is a beast all of its own – one worth experiencing with a […]

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How to produce a track that a mixing engineer won’t hate you for

A mixing engineer’s job is to make productions sound both technically solid and artistically engaging for the listeners. Although engineers have many tools to achieve this, it’s key to remember that mixing is not magic – and ultimately, the better the balance of the tracks they get from a producer at the start, the better results […]

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How I Play: Stimming (a 2022 update) and the Instant Mastering Chain

You remember how in 2015, we did a great How I Play with live hardware performance wizard Stimming? Well, he’s back for more with this 2022 update. Earlier this year, Stimming launched his first piece of production hardware – the Instant Mastering Chain. It’s an analog audio processor chain built for artists on the go, as […]

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Breaking the Four by Four: a primer on playing in odd time signatures with drum machines

We've got a great piece that acts a primer to odd time signatures. Specifically, we'll talk about how drum machine users can program their devices to play with some of the odder time signatures out there.

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We made USB-C to USB-C Chroma Cables, here’s more about them

Par : Dan White
USB-C to C Chroma Cables

Continuing our theme of “making things that people keep asking us for” that we’ve taken on this year, the DJTT product team has launched USB-C-to-C Chroma Cables. Here’s a little bit about these cables and why we’re making them now. Not interested in the backstory and just want better USB-C cables? About these new Chroma […]

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Traktor Pro 3.6 releases, as well as a feature roadmap…

Par : Dan White

This week, Native Instruments’ Traktor Pro 3.6 has finally hit Native Access. The major release brings two new subscriber-locked features, Pattern Player and Ozone Maximizer, as well as a number of other smaller fixes. Importantly, NI has also released a clear roadmap for features that they hope to work on in the near future, bringing […]

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Future DJ Gear Concepts: A Rane PRIME Standalone

Par : DJ Glitch
What if Rane and Denon combined for a Prime standalone?

Welcome back to the series where we imagine the very-near-future of DJ gear. Today, what happens if you combine Rane and Denon DJ...

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Step up your production/DJ game with Roland’s SP-404A: sampling, loop importing, + more

Roland first released the iconic SP-404 in 2005 – then in 2009 as the SP-404SX, and again in 2017 as the SP-404A. The fourth and last release came from Roland in 2021, which came with the introduction of the MK2 version of the sampler. This SP-404 is the ultimate tool for samples, and the current […]

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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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