October 31, 2014
Today, the future becomes the present, as Native instruments’ months of media carpet bombing and hashtag owning comes to end, and their worst kept secret becomes a reality. The Traktor Kontrol S8 should now be trickling into shops near you.
October 30, 2014 By Jared Helfer
When you’ve got the most revered DJ headphones in your roster, why on earth would you bring something else out? Well that’s exactly what Sennheiser has done with the HD8 DJ headphones. But they’re not just another HD25 variant and instead go for a different market. Jared Helfer wears, listens, and writes. And fails to break them too.
October 29, 2014 By Mark Settle
In at this deep end, this old Apple block had to suffer the torment of spending two whole weeks making eight different Android devices dance for Algoriddim’s latest round of videos. But instead of sending them all to Algoriddim, they’ve said that we can give one away. And to win it, all you have to do is tell us why you think your DJ life will be better, and which device it’ll be.
October 29, 2014 By Mark Settle
All in one controllers makes your DJ life a little less cluttered. But you still need something to put it in when you’re out and about. Flight cases are often overkill, so UDG has come out with the Urbanite range — large bags and sleeves designed to keep your investment just that little bit safer. Mark Settle loads expensive gear into them and potters around the Worxlabs.
October 28, 2014 By Dan Morse
We’ve got three winners for the Friday Giveaway Griffin DJ Connect audio interfaces. Check to see if you’re one of them!
October 28, 2014 By Mark Settle
Some may like to think that the Algoriddim people have had their fingers in their ears shouting “lalala I can’t hear you” when reading online comments about the lack of Android version to match the iOS and OS X versions of their djay software. Nothing could be further from the truth, and announced today is what many people wanted — djay 2 for Android.
October 27, 2014 By Dan Morse
We know you’re all waiting for version 3 of Traktor Pro, especially with the Kontrol S8 being announced. But it looks like you’ll just have to do with v2.7 for now, but it does bring some useful updates including a mappable freeze and slicer, iTunes improvements and support for old timecode.
October 27, 2014 By Jared Helfer
The adoption of mobile devices into DJing has been slow but steady, with solutions that exists entirely as apps, or using the iPad laptop style to drive the apps. But the Modulares Interface approach is to fully encase an iPad inside a frame and build your own configurable controllers with modular components. Jared and Dan take a look.
October 24, 2014 By Dan Morse
With Android L and its promised low latency just around the corner, Mixvibes has been apply a little spit and polish to its groundbreaking Cross DJ for Android. Version 2 brings some interesting new features, but equally heaps the pressure on the rest of the market to bring out their own take on the Android platform.
October 23, 2014 By Mark Settle
Getting hands on DJ gear at a trade show is cool. But Pioneer DJ do not want you to lay your hands on their new gear at all. Their Future DJ concept shown at Ceatec 2014 is a gesture based system for controlling music and effects. Not so much waving your hands in the air… more a little to the left and right but not too far because you’ll overbake the effects.
October 22, 2014 By Dan Morse
As DJs, the album format doesn’t figure too highly in our playing out lives. And the digital age makes it much easier to just churn our single after single sausage factory style. So it seems that the story telling picture painting format of the album is ob the way out, demonstrated by the lack of million seller in the US in 2014.