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

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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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

Open Mic: Do DJ’s Have A Responsibility To Play ‘Commercial’ Music?

nick-warrenDJ and producer Nick Warren had his set cut short over the weekend……because it wasn’t commercial enough.

Here’s what he had to say about it:

Apologies to everyone on the full dance floor last night in Seoul.

Someone who had booked a table had complained to the club that I was not playing commercial music, so the club told me to stop after an hour.

Words can not explain how i feel about that, to be honest.

For reference – here’s a Nick Warren mix, celebrating 15 years of his Hope Recordings label: Continue reading

Mixvibes Cross 3 – Video DJing Reinvented

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Mixvibes has introduced Mixvibes Cross 3, an update to their Mac + Windows DJ software that brings major new video features, frequency colored waveforms & more.

Cross now offers the full package of modern DJ software: colored waveforms, 4 decks, sampler, key detection, effects, MIDI, CDJ & Vinyl control, iOS remote and more.

Here’s a preview of the new version in action: Continue reading