Beatport is a decade old. Let that just sink in for a moment. It seems like only yesterday that the clunky Flash interface hit the internet and beckoned us to throw our credit cards at the screen. But ten years on, Beatport has a new interface, and a string of stuff to coincide with its birthday.
There are sounds from my youth that are unmistakable even today. And despite many a software synth being able to do a good rendition of an analog synth, nothing quite does it like an original Moog. Bringing it right up to date is the Moog Sub 37, and Source Distribution’s Alex Theakston was on hand to gush effusively about it.
While DJs play music, and producers make music, there’s a crossover area in the middle for performance. James Pullen aka Mistabishi is an established artist who uses Electribes for his sets. Watch him cradle the new Korg Electribe for a full demo from BPM 2014.
When Serato and Numark get into bed, the result is usually a large controller. But when stablemate Akai Pro cosies up, it seems that the results are considerably smaller, but still ticking a lot of boxes. The Akai Pro AMX and AFX squeeze a lot into a small package, all of which can be seen in this demo from DJ Rasp and Rich Curtis at BPM 2014.
DJing is a diverse scene, where making music is becoming an important part of being a popular DJ. So complimenting Traktor is Komplete, and Native Instruments has just announced the Komplete Kontrol S keyboards to harness Komplete’s vast and awesome power. Owain Wilson was on hand to demo the new keyboard controller at BPM 2014.
Our Product Demo Stage at BPM 2014 allowed us to capture multi-angle video with live feed audio, the first of which is of the KingKorg synth. Korg’s Luke Edwards cast a spell over us as we watched from beginning to end.
EKS, Audio Artery, and One DJ have been inextricably linked. But in a tough hardware market, EKS has shut up shop, and turned its attention to One DJ, which it has bought out and is piling all of its resource into pushing the software forward, this time into v1.7 and the addition of VST effects.
It would seem that Pioneer Corp has made it’s mind up in record time, as the sale of Pioneer DJ is announced by KKR & Co. Read the story – there’s more to it than a straight sale to another company.
DVS is a tough nut to crack properly. The every process of converting a high pitched vinyl whine into good quality music that doesn’t break up or lag is not an easy thing to achieve. But after many years of trying, and a sustained period of late night coding, Virtual DJ 8 can now hold its head up high and delivers solid DVS performance.
While just about everything new has been announced just before BPM 2014, there is still a lot that we haven’t seen in the flesh. So we pottered around the show floor, played, took pictures, and wrote a few words to cover the sights of BPM 2014 Day 1.