Engine DJ has released an update to their flagship software today, Engine DJ 2.0 – available for both desktop and OS. The new system brings a swath of new features that aim to streamline the user experience and strengthen any artist’s toolkit: a new interface with faster processing, a wireless Ableton Link capability, onboard lighting […]
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It seems that you may have enjoyed my last entry on the weird DJ gear out there, so I am back with a few more items that may have been forgotten through the eons of time. Today, we’ll explore four more items from my collection, created by brands I haven’t previously mentioned – and brands that […]
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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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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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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 […]
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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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 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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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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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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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 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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InMusic is never one to keep things too close to the vest. Over the years, we have seen so many different leaks about their various products (many of them from Rane). We often seem to find out about their upcoming releases long before they’re “officially” announced. Whether this is by design or a lack of […]
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Welcome back to the “what the heck happened to that company?” department. This time, Technics has really outdone themselves – adding a new model of SL turntable called the SL-100C. They’re promoting it as “low cost” and affordable, but the reality is, this new Technics turntable is expected to cost, at retail: £799 / €899/ […]
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Pioneer DJ has released the latest additions to its active monitor speaker line: the VM Series. Built with musicians who are spending more time playing and producing at home in mind, three new products have made their way down the pipeline: the VM-50, VM-70, and VM-80. The VM Series offers a smooth and sleek look […]
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The time has finally come – Ableton Live 11 is here. A major update to Ableton Live rarely makes its way around, so we’ll dive into every big addition – including comping, tempo following, MPE support, new instruments, effects, Live Packs, and much more. But with that comes a few questions. How well does the new version […]
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The capabilities of Denon DJ’s SC6000 and SC6000M Prime hardware continue to grow. As of this week, both players are now integrated with Serato DJ Pro. Jay Cunningham, Denon DJ’s Brand Marketing Manager, explains: “Our forward-thinking Media Players, powered by Engine OS, have always been at the forefront of innovation for some time now. “Adding […]
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Founded by longstanding DJ + producer Richie Hawtin and Andy Rigby-Jones, PLAYdifferently has stood as an intriguing brand within the music industry for years, known for its belief that a DJ’s tools should be “as creative and as unique as the artists who use them.” They first released their flagship MODEL 1 – a 6-channel […]
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Denon DJ has released a new firmware update for their X1800 PRIME and X1850 PRIME mixers, offering a number of fixes and improvements and one major new feature that just made livestreaming easier: Broadcast mode. Broadcast mode allows the main output mix to stream over USB audio channels 1 & 2, which is a requirement […]
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Pioneer DJ has announced their latest mixer, and it’s looking like the much-anticipated, proper follow-up to the DJM-S9. Meet the DJM-S7, a 2-channel battle mixer that sits at $1,399 USD. A long time coming The DJM-S11 seemed more like a direct shot at the Rane Seventy-Two rather than an update to the DJM-S9. Many DJs […]
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About ten years ago, what I call the “controller revolution” happened to the DJ world. While clubs and festivals were still dominated by turntables/DVS/CDJs, all-in-one controllers caught the DJ world by storm. Functional and affordable, controllers really tore down some barriers and made DJing much more accessible than before. At that point, most of the […]
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Guess what time of year it is? Even though NAMM 2021 is technically cancelled (yes, there’s a virtual replacement for it this year), early-to-mid January will still be full of gear news, leaks, and first looks. 2021 is no exception. In the last day, multiple leaks of the Rane One, a new DJ controller with […]
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There’s no doubt that 2020 was been one hell of a year. With a pandemic completely shutting down nightlife and wrecking the music industry as we know it, 2020 took quite an unexpected turn that left many DJs, producers, and music lovers scratching their heads a bit. But not all was lost this year –– a […]
Native Instruments‘ Maschine range is a series of “beatmakers” – production hubs designed for sketching and fleshing out tracks in a simplified workflow. Until now, all Maschine units required a laptop to function, serving as highly in-depth MIDI controllers for the Maschine software. However, that finally changes with the MASCHINE+: a standalone version of the […]
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As 2020 comes to an end, we’ve got a new more How I Play with an awesome artist for you. This time around, we heard from Washington D.C.-based DJ and producer Enamour. With releases on Desert Hearts Black, Lane 8’s This Never Happened & more, he’s known for his deep, melodic house and techno sounds. […]
The newest update of Serato DJ Pro features a big win for those of you with a newer Rane battle mixer. If you’ve got a Rane Seventy, Seventy-Two, or Seventy-Two MKII, you’ll now be able to access Serato’s Scratch Bank feature (as first introduced on the Pioneer DJ DJM-S11). Getting there is simple, too. Quickly […]
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In this review, DJ Soo takes on the long-awaited update in Pioneer DJ’s battle mixer arsenal. The DJM-S11 was released in the last month, five years after the DJM-29. How does it hold up? Keep reading for the very in-depth review. TL;DR: wow. First, a quick history of how we got to the S11 In […]
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Need to power up your home DJ and/or production studio? A good set of studio monitors is critical for hearing your mixes accurately, and you can attain a high-quality, booming system for around $200-300 per monitor. Whether you’re still hunkered down trying to make a go of live-streaming your DJ sets or you’re doubling down […]
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Here’s a bit of a November surprise: Pioneer DJ is announcing yet another new product, following up the DDJ-FLX6. This time it’s the DJM-V10-LF, a long fader version of their flagship top-end V10 mixer. Pioneer DJ has handily provided a comparison graphic of the only difference between the two mixers: much longer faders – 60 […]
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Back again with a new addition to their growing lines of controllers, Pioneer DJ announced their latest product today: the DDJ-FLX6. It’s a 4-channel controller that comes with a swath of new features, designed with the intention of allowing artists to perform intuitively with their own flow. Perform with rekordbox or Serato DJ Pro Perhaps […]
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