Akai Professional Intros AFX & AMX DJ Controllers

Akai Professional today introduced two new DJ controllers, the AFX and AMX.

The AFX and AMX are both USB devices that add hands-on controls to a variety of DJ setups ranging from Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl (DVS), minimalist controllers, HID-capable CD transports, and more.

The AFX, a controller for both modern electronic dance music artists and turntablists, features an array of knobs, pads and buttons for advanced track manipulation. The AMX is a plug and play mixing control surface, with inputs for Serato NoiseMap control signals. AMX unlocks the full-version of Serato DJ, and features a 24-bit, 96 kHz audio interface for sending the mix to a speaker system.  Continue reading

Stanton SCS.4DJ at Summer NAMM

Stanton_SCS4DJAt the 2014 Summer NAMM Show: DJ gear-maker Stanton is showing its SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation with a new version (5.0) of the rig’s operating software.

Stanton’s SCS.4DJ USB Mixstation is the first fully-integrated solution to offer a broad range of functionality and performance in a DJ rig, removing the need of a laptop. Continue reading

Numark Announces NV Controller For Serato DJ

Today Numark announced NV, its intelligent controller for Serato DJ.

The Numark NV features two 4.3-inch, high-resolution full color screens that provide extensive visualization of Serato’s flagship DJ platform and advanced interactive controls. The backlit performance screens deliver vivid, real-time visualization of Serato DJ; complete with spinning Virtual Decks, effects (FX), Cue Points, waveforms and more. Supporting four decks of control, its screens also provide song library navigation and detailed waveforms respective to each deck. These features allow the performer to manage set elements with the source laptop closed or out of sight without sacrificing functionality.

FX, EQ and filter knobs are capacitive – responding with a twist, a touch or both. All-new touch-activated metal platters provide jog, scrub and scratch duties while intelligent adaptive platter technology optimizes touch-response based on the user and host environment. A total of 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads provide intuitive control over 10 pad modes for finger drumming, sample slicing, effortless looping, hot cues and more. Continue reading

House Icon MK in Native Instruments Video: ‘Future of DJing = No Vinyl’

Native Instruments today kicked off “The Future of DJing,” a new video series featuring international artists and showcasing how new technologies found on Traktor products inspire creativity.

Throughout the summer, The Future of DJing series will profile the artist, and explore how technological innovation plays a role in their performance. With The Future of DJing video series, Native Instruments says they aim to kick-start discussions with artists, labels, and the media about the future of DJing.
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Algoriddim DJay 2 + Spotify Put 20 Million Songs In Your DJ Crate

Algoriddim has partnered with Spotify to put 20 million songs in your DJ crate.

The latest version of DJay 2 adds Spotify integration, a new audio FX section, UI improvements and more. The combination of a near infinite music library, support for hardware controllers, Audiobus support and integrated effects make Djay a compelling alternative to traditional DJ systems.

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New Documentary Looks At The Reality Of Techno DJing

Kvadrat is a feature-length documentary that looks at the reality of techno DJing, through the example of Russian DJ Andrey Pushkarev.

Filmed as a hybrid between a road-movie and a music video, the film not only illustrates the festive atmosphere of techno night clubs, but also reveals the lesser known side of this profession: weeks of track selection, lengthy travel, difficult schedule. Continue reading