The world changed with the advent of the first downloaded MP3. Many are still trying to make sense of how to harness the power of media-free digital music, and look at new ways to distribute not just individual tracks, but also DJ sets. Enter Playnode — a combination of Bittorrent Sync, apps, and custom servers, that essentially leases DJ sets from a central server and distributes them directly to wherever you want.
Tablets are established within DJing, and their use is becoming more diverse too. While some use them for full-on DJing, their use as an accessory is growing all the time. TKFX runs on iOS and Android and is designed to give much greater control over Traktor’s effects.
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.
In the digital age, DJs have an increasing need for audio interfaces. This has never been truer since iPads and iPhones emerged as a real player in the DJ scene. But they really need a good interface to make them more useful. So having reviewed it, we’ve got 3 x Griffin DJ Connect audio interfaces to give away.
With iOS being multi-channel audio capable, it’s time for hardware manufacturers to step up and harness the 30 pin and Lightning ports, and to finally bring real stereo outputs for headphones and speakers. Griffin has always been active in the Apple peripheral market, and has made the DJ Connect — a small and eye-catching bus powered audio interface that means saying goodbye to the mono splitter cable.
Applying their established controller skills to the iOS market, the Reloop Beatpad wears many hats, but is aimed at algoriddim’s djay. Review follows.
Hot on the heels of the Traktor Audio 2 comes the Griffin DJ Connect. Working with OS X and iOS, it gives proper stereo cueing and master outputs.
Flush from the award success of Junglator, Studio Amplify is giving it away, and gives you a first glimpse of their new NOiZE music performance app too.
Traktor DJ 1.4 brings Mixcloud integration and new “free” and “unlockable” effects. Are in-app purchases ahoy?
Want to spin with just a phone and a wireless controller? Watch DJ Player and Thalmic’s Myo armband play nice together.