Should The EuroXFader, A DJ-Style Cross-Fader For Eurorack, Go Into Production?

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Chris Blarsky of Ninstrument let us know about a new module design, the Euro-X-Fader, that brings DJ-style cross-fader control to Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The prototype Euro-X-Fader is shown above. It lets you do live cross-fading, and you can also use it as a CV controller for other modules.

Blarsky is wondering if there’s enough interest, among current Euro users or DJs, to merit moving the Euro-X-Fader into production.  Continue reading

Is Native Instruments ‘Stems’ Audio Format The Future Of DJing…Or Karaoke?

Native Instruments today introduced a new audio file format standard, Stems, at the Winter Music Conference.

Stems is an open audio file format that basically stores four ‘stem’ tracks (for example – bass, drums, melody & vocals) along with the full mix. The format is designed to simplify live remixing of tracks, because it provides a standard way to deliver remix-friendly audio.

When playing a track, the Stems format makes it easy to do drop out any of the four stem parts. Native is aiming at broad adoption by making Stems an open format. They also plan to release a free tool for creating Stems files, Stem Creator Tool.

In the video above, DJ TechTools‘ Ean Golden gives an overview of the new Stems format.   Continue reading

Korg Debuts Kaoss DJ Controller at 2015 NAMM Show

3264571421773664210At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg has introduced the Kaoss DJ, a USB and standalone DJ controller.

The Kaoss DJ features a built-in Kaoss Pad, Korg’s touch pad-based effects control surface. Compatible with any MIDI-compatible DJ software, Kaoss DJ also integrates with Serato DJ Intro software (available as a free download). Continue reading

Pioneer Intros XDJ-RX Rekordbox DJ System

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2015 NAMM Show: Pioneer Electronics has introduced the XDJ-RX Rekordbox DJ System, an all-in-one DJ console that incorporates two separate digital players, a mixer, and a built-in monitor.

The new DJ system is intended for users of Pioneer rekordbox music management software, which lets DJs play prepared music stored on a USB device, eliminating the need to connect or carry a separate computer for use as a music source.

The XDJ-RX’s featured 7-inch LCD screen provides a window of information including simultaneous display of music waveforms from each integrated player. The unit also emulates Pioneer’s well-known professional players with built-in key performance functions including HOT CUE, BEAT EFFECTS, SOUND COLOR FX and a new LOOP SLICE feature. Continue reading