Using the increasingly redundant metaphor of without wanting to sound like a broken record, streaming is here. And there. And bloody everywhere. Tidal came to the Denon DJ Prime 4 last week, and this week sees Soundcloud GO+ and Beatport LINK make its way in Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox 5.6.1. Come on Pioneer DJ people — that deserves a v5.7 release at least.
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September 10, 2019: Bring infinite new sounds to your sets with rekordbox ver. 5.6.1. Released today, the updated version of our music management software seamlessly integrates with Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+.*1 So, you’ll be able to play tracks from either streaming service (subscriptions required) along with those in your rekordbox library when using rekordbox dj.
A DJ’s most powerful tool is his or her ability to find the best new music and use it to build exciting mixes. Now, with millions of tracks available online, the time is right to bring support for streaming services to rekordbox dj. This development to the software enables you to “crate dig” through SoundCloud Go+ and Beatport LINK’s vast, constantly evolving catalogs and find music to play in your performances. Enjoy the freedom to mix these tracks with those in your rekordbox dj library and use a host of features to create your own sound.*1 When using Beatport LINK PRO or Beatport LINK PRO+, you can even download songs and play them offline.*2
About rekordbox dj
All our DJ products that support rekordbox dj are compatible with Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+ upon subscription to the relevant service(s). Download or update to rekordbox ver. 5.6.1 to enable compatibility:https://rekordbox.com/en/support/link.php
Download link: https://rekordbox.com/
rekordbox dj: €115.83 (excluding VAT)
Premium Plan: €13.25 (excluding VAT) / month
Base Plan: €9.08 (excluding VAT) / month
If you use the Plug and Play hardware feature that enables the use of rekordbox dj without activating a license key, you can continue to use rekordbox dj’s Performance mode. Simply connect the hardware (DDJ-1000, DDJ-800, DDJ-400, or DDJ-200) to a PC/Mac that’s running rekordbox ver. 5.6.1.
About Beatport LINK
In order to use tracks from Beatport with rekordbox dj, you’ll need a subscription to Beatport LINK.
Find a list of countries where Beatport LINK is available here (as of Aug 15, 2019).
About SoundCloud Go+
In order to use music from SoundCloud with rekordbox dj, you’ll need a subscription to SoundCloud Go+.
Find a list of countries where SoundCloud Go+ is available here (as of Aug 15, 2019).
Want to know more about how to stream music with rekordbox dj? Check out the FAQ on our website.
KEY FEATURES OF REKORDBOX VER. 5.6.1
- Seamless integration from selected streaming services to rekordbox dj
Stream tracks from Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+, or download via Beatport LINK PRO or PRO+, and use many of the features in rekordbox dj to craft creative sets. The application will analyze the BPM, Key, and waveform for each track, and you can set and save Hot Cues and Loops. This means you can perform in the same way you would with music stored on your PC/Mac, and you can mix in tracks from either source whenever you want.
- Browse Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+ charts and playlists via rekordbox dj
Take advantage of the streaming services’ powerful track search features without leaving rekordbox dj. Browse the charts compiled by each platform for different genres of music, as well as user-created playlists, directly from rekordbox dj. Also, with SoundCloud Go+, you can find and select music from your listening history, liked songs, and tracks by people you’re following, all from the tree view within rekordbox dj.
- Related Tracks: Easily find music related to the track you’re playing
Use the original Related Tracks feature in rekordbox dj to automatically find tracks that are suitable to play next. The list is displayed in the tree view and is based on the metadata of the tracks you’re currently playing.*3 This helps you discover music you might not have found by yourself and build sets with tracks that mix together well.
*1 USB Export, Link Export, Link Monitor, Record, Capture, and loading to the Sampler are not available when playing tracks from Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+.
*2 Beatport LINK is a subscription service for DJs that makes Beatport’s catalog of over 6 million tracks available to stream directly into performance software such as rekordbox dj. The upgraded subscription plans, Beatport LINK PRO and Beatport LINK PRO+, also include an offline locker for up to 50 or 100 tracks respectively, allowing you to play these tracks without an internet connection.
SoundCloud Go+ is a streaming service for SoundCloud Limited. Subscribers can download and stream music content via the internet.
The use of Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+ shall comply with the rules of use on the respective services’ websites, as well as with the laws and regulations of copyright and international conventions of the respective countries.
*3 Related Tracks feature only works with tracks that have been imported to rekordbox dj (streamed tracks and those in the offline locker are automatically imported).
rekordbox (rekordbox dj) system requirements
Compatible OS Mac macOS Mojave 10.14 (updated to the latest version)
macOS High Sierra 10.13 (updated to the latest version)
macOS Sierra 10.12 (updated to the latest version)
Windows Windows® 10, 8.1, 7 (the latest service pack) CPU Intel® processor Core™ i7, i5, i3 Memory 4GB or more of RAM
* Disclaimer: Specifications and price are subject to change.
How many streaming services?
I can’t keep up. I’m losing track of what streaming service works with which software. I know algoriddim’s djay works with Spotify, because I do their videos. And it’s the one that’s always mentioned in a moany “why can’t my choice of software that isn’t djay work with Spotify?”… probably like this release to be honest.
Serato and Denon have Tidal but not Beatport LINK, and rekordbox doesn’t have Tidal, but does have Link. Something works with Deezer, and everything including Photoshop and my cooker work with Soundcloud Go+? Did I get it right?
I does make you wonder how much you’d have to pay in subscriptions just to keep up with it all, and indeed if being part of them all offers any tangible benefit. Does the top 40 exist on all of them?