OFFICIAL: Serato DJ 1.7 is out now

serato dj 1.7 Flip DVS

The symbiosis between Serato and its hardware partners often means that new shiny is dependent upon our friends in New Zealand getting their ducks in a row and having everything ready for multiple partners. Such is the case with Serato DJ 1.7, which delivers Flip and DVS capability for a number of manufacturers. Read all about it after the jump.

The Reloop Neon Serato DJ controller, with extra pictures

Reloop NEON Serato DJ Flip Controller (10)

While everyone gets damp downstairs about mothership controllers, it’s often the small ones that have the biggest impact. The Novation Dicers became a fairly standard fixture thanks to size and cost. And now the next generation of more capable but still affordable Serato controllers is here. The Reloop NEON is all that pad based goodness found on big boy controllers condensed down into a single unit.

NI’s Komplete teaser — lots of blurry lights

komplete teaser

If you could take my brain and extract company secrets, somewhere in the cortex ooze would be what this teaser video from Native instruments is. I went to London, saw cool stuff, including this Komplete thing but in sharp focus. And soon enough you will too. For now, frame by frame the video and see what you can make out.

BPM 2014 — teaching the business and skills of DJing

BPM 2014 learning training seminars (1)

BPM 2014 is just two weeks away. And while we get ready to host the all new Product Demo Stage, it’s important to underline everything else that is happening. While many of you will wander from stand to stand playing with the plethora of new shiny, you could also take in some excellent discussions and training, all of which is free, and from leading industry names.

AI — fitting S2 and S4 with Innofaders so you don’t have to

Audio Innovate mini innofader Kontrol S2 S4 fitting

Opening up an expensive piece of electronics to attempt transplanting another expensive piece of electronics is not to be entered into lightly. Thus Audio Innovate is offering Kontrol S2 and S4 controllers fully pimped out with Innofaders, and with a full 12 months warranty.

Epsilon Inno-Propak — decks and a mini Innofader mixer

Epsilon Pro Inno-propak djt-1300 turntable mini innofader inno-mix 2 (1)

Getting into DJing via the vinyl route is expensive. Single turntables are costing more than a whole controller does. So Epsilon Pro’s Inno-Propak is a welcome antidote, with a pair of high torque DJT-1300 USB turntables and a mini-Innofader equipped Inno-Mix 2 mixer for just $799.

Jay Smith’s Every 90 Minutes ALS fundraiser

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ALS is an acronym on everyone’s lips right now, none more so than Livid founder Jay Smith. Having been diagnosed with the disease, he’s set up a fundraiser, so that instead of wasting water, you can donate real cash to help fund research into this terrible condition.

Pioneer PLX-1000 in action with The Scratch Perverts

scratch perverts Pioneer plx-1000 turntable

What happens when supreme turntablist talent is thrown at a stack of Pioneer DJ technology? This session for the DJ Sounds Radio Show is what. See Tony Vegas and and Prime Cuts aka The Scratch Perverts take a journey through old school hip hop and more on CDJs and the new PLX-1000 turntables.

Traktor DJ 1.5 – SuperSlicer and beyond


Native Instruments has released Traktor DJ 1.5. It’s not a big upgrade to the core software, but via the new in-app purchase model, you can now buy cool new features, the first of which is SuperSlicer. Imagine a slice broken into three layers, and being able to apply an effect to each. That’s SuperSlicer.

MixEmergency 2.7 adds sample player and Hap video

Inklen mixemergency 2.7

People have enough trouble mixing audio together. So I marvel at those who do video, and do it well. And Inklen’s MixEmergency 2.7 brings a very DJ-like eight slot sample player with full mapping ability. So now you can trigger all those one shots on those lovely controller pads.