DJTechTools Sep 30, 2016

Today is an exciting day for button pushers as the Maschine Jamis officially available in stores. Earlier this month we reported on the new controller from Native Instruments and all that new things Maschine Jam brings to the table. This new controller combines a lot of elements of past controllers and OddKidOut highlights the new features in his routine:

Gear used in this video:

  • Pads:Maschine Jam(Now shipping from the DJ TechTools Store)
  • Software:Maschine 2.5

In a matter of minutes, OddKidOut composes a track using only the Maschine Jam. The sequencing and performance capabilities allow OddKidOut to build up and break down a track in less than two minutes. He starts by using the Smart Strips to build a melody from which he drops a beat into a bass heavy verse. Throughout the entire performance, he switches between Step, Pad, and Piano Roll Mode to demonstrate the power in the controller. This routine shows that this controller is useful for sequencing, finger-drumming, and live instrumentation.

The Maschine Jam elaborates on the all-in-one mentality some producer’s had with Maschine which makes for an even more robust instrument. With the right amount of preparation and practice, producers can easily turn tracks into a full performance just using one controller. OddKidOut’s routine shows us a glimpse into what could be done on this new piece of hardware.

Watch more inspiring DJ routines by clicking here and seeing every routine we?ve ever posted on DJTT.

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DigitalDJTips Sep 30, 2016
The days of dodgy sounding YouTube rips being played indiscriminately by DJs who know no better may be numbered - good news, we say. Read this article and more in this week's Friday Roundup, our weekly trawl around DJing and music websites to uncover the stories that matter... The post Friday Roundup: Ripping From YouTube May Soon Get Harder appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DJTechTools Sep 29, 2016

It’s been almost exactly one year since the last major update to Traktor, and today we’ve gotten confirmation that a brand public betaof Traktor Pro 2.11 islaunching. Traktor 2.11 is actually going to bring a few major features – including Ableton Link integration and a MIDI-mappable Remix Deck step sequencer. Read on for an overview of this new update and details on how to get the Beta.

Many Traktor users and Beta testers have already gotten an email this morning announcing a new version of Traktor Pro:

“After the positive response to the 2.10.3 bug fix update and the exciting news that macOS Sierra fixes the long-standing audio issues observed by some Mac users, we now plan to release two brand new features for the performing DJ – Ableton Link and the Step Sequencer for Remix Decks.

These features are very easy to use and will add a new dimension to your creative arsenal.”

Ableton Link Integration

Ableton Link in Traktor

Ableton Link in Traktor’s menubar

It seems like every DJ software is jumping on Ableton Link bandwagon. If you’re not yet aware, Link is a tempo-syncing protocol that works between apps on a single device, or across a wireless LAN. This means that DJs can now sync the tempo of Traktor with a ton of apps – check them all out here.

From the details included with the Public Beta, here’s how you set up Link:

  • In the application header, you’ll see the new button labelled “LINK”.
  • Tapping this button will engage LINK and submit the Master Clock to the LINK timeline
  • The meter will start showing the bar-phase of the Link timeline
  • LINK auto-discovers any other Linkable application on the same computer or on your local network, wired or wirelessly.

It’s worth pointing out here that Ableton Link also works with Serato, Ableton, and iMaschine– and we suspect as a result we’ll soon be seeing it added toMaschine as well.

It’s also worth noting that because Traktor only has beats and not bars in their track decks, there’s a bit of manual syncing that needs to be done using the heads up display for Link:

“TRAKTOR’s sync engine does not have the notion of bars – TRAKTOR decks therefore always sync to the nearest beat.

Nevertheless, in context of Link, the shared timeline is used to define the first beat of a bar by all Link enabled applications supporting bar-sync such as Ableton Live, Serato DJ and iMaschine.
We therefore provide a meter in the TRAKTOR header showing the bar-phase of the Link timeline, allowing TRAKTOR users to start their tracks on the downbeat of the shared Link timeline.”

Considering the reliability of Ableton Link over traditional MIDI clock syncing, we’re excited to see how this fares. Anyone want to see us do a Traktor <> Ableton <> Serato Link test?

Remix Deck Step Sequencer

Sequencing Remix Decks in Traktor? That’s old news for Midi Fighter Twister owners, but now it looks like Native Instruments has built their own solution inside of the software. The new Remix Deck Step Sequencer willallow simple sequencing of the Remix Decks.

There’s no user interface within the software right now that allows you to see the step sequencer, it only is visible if you have a controller that is either pre-mapped (see below) or MIDI mapped to the sequencer. As with Stems, it seems like NI is focusing on the S8/D2/F1 compatibility first:

The Remix Deck step sequencer running on the Kontrol S8

The Remix Deck step sequencer running on the Kontrol S8

If you own a Kontrol F1, D2, or S8, the new 2.11 version of Traktor comes with pre-built mappings for the step sequencer in the software. But even if you don’t own these controllers, you can still MIDI map the sequencer functionality yourself in the Controller Manager.


A few additional notes on the Step Sequencer based on our use of it so far:

  • Sequencer play is independent of Deck play – it can get a little confusing
  • There’s per-deck swing control that works pretty well
  • No volume control per step (something present on DJTT’s Midi Fighter Twister step sequencer for Traktor)
  • Sequencer defaults to 8 steps per slot, you can extended to 16 steps in 1 step increments
  • No way to extend the sequence length beyond1 bar (4 beats)
  • If you load a new Remix Set, the sequence remains the same – no way to save sequences per Remix Set yet

If you make a MIDI mapping for your controller for Traktor, consider uploading it to DJTT’s extensive Maps repository so everyone can try it out!

How To Get The Traktor 2.11 Public Beta

This new update will be another free download for current users of Traktor Pro 2.

If you’ve previously signed up for Traktor betas, you should be able to log into your CenterCode account and access the new beta version and documentation for 2.11. If not, apply for the testing opportunity on CenterCode with a new account using this link:

Reminder:Don’t start playing gigs with this version of Traktor as it is a beta version – not all the bugs will be worked out yet. If you need to roll back to a previous version of Traktor, here’s our article on that.

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DJTechTools Sep 29, 2016

Based on an initial report fromthe Financial Times, there’s a reasonable chance that streaming-music giant Spotify could buy SoundCloud. We’ve heard many times before that SoundCloud was on the market, including famous talks with Twitter. It turned out that Twitter was only investing – but it seems like Spotify buying SoundCloud could be a reality.

Why Spotify Buying SoundCloud Makes Sense

SoundCloud was one of the first streaming music sites to really carve out a unique niche for themselves – but unlike the more successful streaming businesses, the business plan has always been in question. Only last yeardid SoundCloud really start monetizing playsvia advertisements and a membership that allowed listenersto skip them.

So why would Spotify buy Soundcloud? There’s three solidreasons that we can think of:

  • Library:Sure, Spotify has a massive library ofreleased music. But adding on SoundCloud’s repository of over 125 million songs would be huge, particularly because a lot of that content will be unreleased and original work that otherwise wouldn’t make it onto Spotify. Especially if they solve licensing for remixes – read on.
  • Solving Licensing On SoundCloud Content:We reported earlier this year that Spotify started working with MixBank to legally stream DJ mixes, mashups, unofficial remixes, bootlegs, etc. While this hasn’t really started to appear in content yet, we could very easily see Spotify running the entire SoundCloud library through MixBank’s licensing process and then getting the rights to stream everything (even content that was previously taken down) on their service. This would behuge for DJs and producers who have felt the squish from recent copyright takedowns on SoundCloud.
  • Active Users:Spotify has way more users that SoundCloud, but as TechCrunch reported earlier this year, SoundCloud has way more monthly active listeners: “Spotify has only 75 million active users compared to SoundCloud?s more than 175 million monthly listeners.” Adding a whole bunch of active users to Spotify will be a major boon for their monetization (ads or membership) strategy.

A Good Investment?

This is more up for debate, but let’s just say that in terms of valuations, SoundCloud is a tiny drop in the bucket compared to Spotify. This means that putting together the capital to buy SoundCloud at their recent $700 million valuationwould be pretty easy. Spotify wasvalued at $8.5 billion in June of 2015 – so not too extremeof an investment for them.

Would it be worth it? That’s the question at hand – let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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DigitalDJTips Sep 29, 2016
Huge news today: The full Scratching For Controller DJs online interactive video course has just this second gone on sale. This is the first and only time you'll be able to get this in 2016, and places are limited, so don't hang around; read on to find out how you could take a place on this unique and industry leading training course. The post Scratching For Controller DJs Released appeared...

DigitalDJTips Sep 29, 2016
Pioneer's RM-07 (and the smaller RM-05) are professional active monitor speakers aimed at the DJ/producer and producer market. In die-cast aluminium and with the tweeters mounted right in the middle of the woofers, they are as heavy as they are striking. In this full review and talkthrough video, we take a closer look at them. The post Review & Video: Pioneer DJ RM-07 Active Monitors...

DJTechTools Sep 28, 2016

There was a high-profile article published in The Economist recently about DJing. The central theme: it’s getting easier to DJ, and as a result, the art form might be dying. We’re not convinced that DJing is on its last gasp, so in today’s article, DJTT contributor Steven Maude analyzes and refutes some of the claims made.

Yes, Anyone Can DJ. Standing Out Is Another Question.

The Economist is not where you’d expect commentary on the state of DJing in 2016. Butlast month they posted an articleasking: “Now that anyone can be a DJ, is the art form dead?

Spoiler: the answer errs on the side of “no” which nicely fits with Betteridge’s humorous law of headlines(in short, if an article ends in a question mark, the answer is no).

When mainstream publications examiningDJing, it’s worthnotingwhat they get right and wrong. The article ? and it’s a well-written one for a general audience ? spots many features of today’s DJing, but more than oncemanages to reach the wrong conclusions. In this article we take a look at why and how The Economist fails to see the whole picture.

Let’s take look why.

DJ Technology Changes

Is software-based track analysis killing DJing?

Is software-based track analysis killing DJing?

The Economist’stake is that the advent of CDJs ? and, by implication, software ? has removed much of the technical competency required. Tools like beat and key detection, it’s claimed:

“have made it easy for those with limited talent to sound professional.”

Beatmatching has long been thought of as a foundation of DJing. One theory about why ittook so long for laptops and CDJs to replace trusty 1200s is that this view was deeply entrenched among audience and performers alike. If no-one’s beatmatching, what’s the DJ being paid for?

Anyone who’s tried DJing will quickly find that this isn’t the case. Sync and key matching aren’t going to instantly transform you into a festival headliner.

These technologies are good, but not perfect. Here at DJTTwe’ve found that key matching software is getting there, while not completely reliable. Likewise, relying on beat sync may well lead you astray when you least expect it.Neither of these “automated” tools are a bulletproof replacement for well-trained ears.

Skills That Technology Can’t (Yet) Accommodate:

Beat and key matching algorithms, as well as other digital features like cue points and waveform views, have removed some of the work from DJing. That’s not to say that DJing is simple. Plenty of technical aspects haven’tbeen eliminated:

Technology Has Changed The Scope of DJing:

It’s important to recognize that technology has freed DJs from busy work, but also augmented the range of tools available, whether that’s effects, loops, sometimes even visuals too. These additions, if used with discretion, can help elevate what a DJ does.

That said, The Economist articlerightly points out that DJing is more than just technology or technical skills. Being able to read the crowd and having a great music selection are critical too.

Democratizing Music


Another big shift is how DJs build their music selections and curate their collection.TheEconomist post concludes that the days of DJs being able to make unusual finds are over.:

“Today, virtually every dance record is available to download through specialist dance-music sites such as Beatport.”

Digital storeslikeBeatport and tools like Shazam do make it easier to build up a collection of what you’ve heard. In reality, this is only good for widely released, current dance records – and doesn’t cover the entirepicture.

Older Releases Lost To Time:

A whole world of older music isn’t available digitally, at least legally. Particularlyunderground dance music, where the web presence of once-dominating labels is now reduced to a simpleDiscogs page and users lamenting their passing.

Who has the rights to that music? Where are the producers, the label owners and the master tapes or digital files? If Beatport is to dance musicasSteam is to PC gaming, where’s the music equivalent of GOG.comto dig and digitize the lost classics? That music might still be out there, but either preserved as YouTube rips or listed for sale at wallet-worrying prices.

Self-Published Tracks

Another big shift is howeasy it is to record music and to self-publish. Make a track, and share it with the world in a few seconds once it’s done. There’s a huge amount of unsigned music out there. Because of this, it’s always possible to discover gold on Bandcamp or SoundCloud that almost everyone else has passed by.

Taken together, all this means there’s a massive music catalogue ? past and present ? out there to sift through. DJs might be digging with clicks and not in crates ? but this labour isn’t disappearing soon.

Making A Name For Your DJ Self

Selling your mixtapes on the street like Donald Glover isn't the most legit way to get yourself heard. (Image Credit: College Humor / Derrik Comedy)

Selling your mixtapes on the street like Donald Glover – not how you’ll become afamous DJ. (Image Credit: College Humor / Derrik Comedy)

The article is quite right in citing production as being one important route for DJs to establishing themselves. I’d struggle to name more than a few well-known DJs who don’t produce. Even of those, they’re usuallyhosting radio shows or running labels instead.

Any of today’s aspiring DJs may well also have to act as their own social media manager, trying to develop a big enough following that they can prove they can pull in an audience.

This blend of skills ? DJ as crowd-pleasing performer andas marketer and promoter ? isn’t something you may have needed years ago, when you might have been one of a few DJs in town.

What’s Wrong With DJing Being Accessible?

Lil Jon's son, pictured, put out a mixtape at age 12.

Lil Jon’s son, Young Slade (pictured), put out a mixtape at age 12. (Photo credit:

Making DJing more accessible by removing the initial barriers can only be a positive. More people can be actively involved with the culture and, in return, this can imbue them with a newfound respect for the DJs who they admire, when they discover that becoming a competent DJ is trickier than they thought.

A wider involvement also pushes the bar higher for people to distinguish themselves. Not so great for DJs comfortably resting on their laurels, but fantastic for those of us who want to see where this art can go next.

The Future Of DJing


Finally, the Economist post just stops dead at discussing what’s happening today, not tomorrow.We’re now at a time where drastic changes in DJ technology are happening slowly. There are always interesting new controllers always being designed, but they’re onlyiterations on what’s already out there. Nothing yet has really seen the entire DJ community collectively selling their existing kit and moving on.

That’s not that surprising. Two turntables and a mixer served many DJs well for a good couple of decades. Are we resigned to only small incremental improvements?

Maybe not. With the growth of powerful technology companies with extensive music interests (Spotify, Soundcloud, Google, Apple, Amazon), innovation might even come from outside the traditional players in the DJ hardware and software market. Could your next best track selection come from an artificial intelligence from one of these companies?

DJs critical of today’s situation may have more to complain about in the future. The rest of us will look forward to how those tools get used.

Header photo credit: Monster Kids on YouTube.

Do you think the art form of DJingis too accessible?Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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DJTechTools Sep 28, 2016

We?re excited to share a new routinestraight out of Native Instruments’ Tokyoartist lounge featuring GENRE BNDR,which includes,DJ Rafik (2007 DMC World Championship Champion),Kireek (2007-2011 DMC World Championship Team Champion), andDJ Yuto (2016 DMC World Championship Champion). This remarkable routineincorporates live turntablism, controllerism, and finger-drummingall into one routine ? a clever synchronized dance between fourDJs. Watch below as the power-teamgetdown in the lounge:

Gear used in this video:

  • Pads:Custom-madeMaschine MK2s
  • Mixers: Kontrol Z2s
  • Turntable:Technic 1200s
  • FX Controller: Kontrol X1 MK1
  • Software: Traktor, Maschine

It is always excitingto see high-quality routines come out that feature DJs flexing on the decks. However, we don’t often witness four DJs mix together on a level like this ? a complete change from the Ultra live streams of DJ duos “mixing”. These guys, on their own, show us a wide set of skills from turntablism to finger-drumming, and then play off one another at the same caliber as a well-seasonedband.

Groups like Genre BNDR shows that it is possible to team up with friends and play live. It will take a lot more time and practice – much like a band – but the results can be amazing and the process looks ridiculously fun.

Watch more inspiring DJ routines by clicking here and seeing every routine we?ve ever posted on DJTT.

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DigitalDJTips Sep 28, 2016
We always get a ton of questions about scratching when we run our annual free scratch training event (heads up: it's closing soon, and it's free to take the training, so be quick...) So, we made a quick video answering those questions about learning to scratch on controllers that always come up time and time again. The post Video: All Your Controller Scratch Questions Answered appeared first on...

DigitalDJTips Sep 28, 2016
We review scores of DJ controllers here in the studio, but nothing quite beats playing a full night on a unit to find out its strengths and weaknesses. I recently took our loan sample of the Denon DJ MCX8000 to a charity event and played a six-hour set on it. Here's my report... The post My First Gig With The Denon DJ MCX8000 appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

We saw an early version of Bomebox in January of 2015 at NAMM. This is Bome Software’s first hardware product, designed act as the central hub for connecting all types of audio gear withoutan additional computer. Keep reading to find out more about this recently released device.


Bomebox connecting an MPD-218 controller to an Elektron Analog Rytm (photo credit: tsutek on the Elektronauts forums)

Bomebox connecting an MPD-218 controller to an Elektron Analog Rytm (photo credit: tsutek on the Elektronauts forums)

  • Price: ?199 (~$223 US)
  • Manufacturer:Bome
  • Availability:Now available (released late August)
  • Key Feature:Connects and powers MIDI/USB/audio gear without a computer

When the BomeBox was first teased at NAMM 2015, Bome was still waiting on the device to pass various certification tests. It took muchlonger than expected – requiring changes to the unit itself to be able to be sold in the US and abroad. But at last in August, Bome’s founderFlorian Bmers was excitedly able to announce that the BomeBox was available and shipping.

BomeBox’s Key Features

So what does this small box even do, and why should DJs, producers, and performers care? In short, the BomeBox is able to connect almost any type of gear togetherwithout a separate computer, and pass control messages back and forth. As an example, you’re able to connecta classic Roland synthesizer (MIDI) to a Midi Fighter 3D (USB) – with only the Bome Box between the two. Connecting USB-MIDI to 5-pin DIN MIDI devices is a breeze, with all ports forwarding by default.


But this is Bomes – so the functionality goes far beyond simple port forwarding.The BomeBox has the ability to run scripts on the MIDI data that it is receiving from every device in real-time. This all works in parallel with Bome’s MIDI Translator Pro software – which allows you to route and interpret MIDI messages in unique ways between software programs and hardware devices.

You need a computer to create the mappings to connect devices together in clever ways, but once those mappings are loaded onto the BomeBox, it’s a fully standalone operation.

Why Do We Need BomeBox?

When MIDI first was introduced to the public at the 1983 winter NAMM show, it was an extraordinary feat. Two collaborators, Dave Smith (then-president of Sequential Circuits) and Ikutaro Kakehashi (founder of Roland) designed and developed the MIDI interface together, allowing audio gear from different manufacturers to talk to each other.

The first gear to be connected? A Prophet 600 and a Roland JP-6 synthesizer:

The very first MIDI connection ever!

The very first MIDI connection ever!

Since 1983, the biggest change in the musical instrument industryhas been the personal computer, and the development of devices that don’t connect to others via MIDI cable. There’s USB MIDI controllers, Ethernet control surfaces, tablet-based Wi-Fi devices, and much more – but they’re each designed with a specific use case in mind. The BomeBox bridges the gap, much as MIDI did in the early eighties, allowing all kinds of devices to talk to each other.

I/O + Technical Specs


The BomeBox might act as the central hub in future live performance/production setups, but the design is clearly focused on staying minimal and utilitarian. The most important part about the unit itself is naturally the inputs and outputs, which include:

  • MIDI in & out with very low latency
  • USB 2 Host (Type A receptacle) for connecting MIDI controllers, synthesizers, serial ports, USB Hubs, etc.
  • 2x Ethernet 100MBit/s
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz
  • Power: uses approx 150mA, either
    • via Micro-USB Type B: standard cell phone charger, or
    • via Power over Ethernet (PoE): Ethernet In port



  • Provides power for
    • connected USB-MIDI devices (max. 1A)
    • other daisy chained BomeBoxes via PoE Out (if powered via PoE)
  • ?HD Protocol? ready
  • Dimensions: 121mm x 96 mm x 38 mm (4.8? x 3.7? x 1.5?)
  • Weight: 180g

Versatile in Power

A helpful feature for portable rigs is that the BomeBox has versatile power solutions. As noted above – it can be powered over Ethernet, but also can use standard external battery packs – like the ones you might use to charge your cell phone when you’re away from an outlet:

A simple USB battery pack can power the BomeBox for a long time

A simple USB battery pack can power the BomeBox for a long time

The BomeBox also can send up to 1 amp of power on the USB Type A port, or be used alongside a powered USB hub if you have multiple devices (larger MIDI/USB controllers, etc) that need power via USB.

We’re excited to get a BomeBox here at DJTT and review it in the coming months. What would you connected together with one of these devices? Share in the comments below.

More Mapping Magic: MIDI-Maping Tone Play Cuepoints

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DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

The Traktor Kontrol S8 and S5 are two powerful Traktor DJ controllers with screens. But their power is limited by what information is shown on the screen – and for some, the default display wasn’t good enough. Check out a project by some enterprising DJs to hack the screens on these controllers with advanced layouts.

Out With The Old (Screens), In With The New

Customizing your DJ setupis one of the most exciting parts of being a DJ. We love to find new ways to modify gear to make it our own. This can mean adding stickers, custom knobs, changing the software layout, building a unique DJbooth, or any number of other projects.

But with modern digital DJ equipment, there’s often a closed system that prevents modification on the digital/software side. This often comes when there’s a new big advance – like adding display screens to DJcontrollers. Having a window into Traktor on the Kontrol S8, S5, and D2 is great, but what if you want to change what you’re seeing? Too bad – until now.

Playing With QML Files

QML is a markup language based on Javascript used for programminguser interfaces. Native Instruments uses QML files to help tell Traktor Pro what information is displayed on the screens on the Kontrol S8/S5/D2. Owners of these controllers already know what these displays look like. But what if they could be changed?

Two different Traktor power users took on their own independentforays into making their own versions of the heads-up displays on these controllers.

Sydes Custom Kontrol Screens

First up isSydes, a user on the Native Instruments forums who, in late July, started a now-popular thread on the topic of modding these screens. He writes:

I have always wondered why the display of the S8 are so dull and boring and do not provide the info everyone is asking for. […]

I have rewritten the deckheader file completly from scratch, so it makes more sense and allows for easier modifications. [..]this is a first attempt at a new display format, showing lots more info then before, thus even further reducing to look at the PC screens.My ultimate goal is to completely remove the need for PC screens :)

His new heads up display shows substantially more information on the track screen:


As well as showing more details on the browser screen (I love that he has added indications for matching keys here with the four decks in the bottom right – green is one step away, orange is two steps away):


In addition to way more information overall, there’s Camelot keys instead of Traktor Open Key. Really handy for those of us who are used to looking at key one way on all tracks.

You can download the most recent (August 16th) version of Sydes’ deckheader here (installation instructions at the end of this aticle) – or read the entire thread on the NI forums to see if there’s something newer.

ErikMinekus’s Two Kontrol Screen Options

A second Traktor user also made serious forays into replacing the default screens on these controllers. ErikMinekushas his versions organized a bit better on GitHub, and there are two versions available:


The Kontrol Edition maintains a similar layout as originally, but with a few minor changes for usability

  • Kontrol Edition: Default layout, but with spectrum waveform colors, and a lot of small annoyances fixed. See the readme for details.

The Nexus edition makes a few changes that make the Kontrol S5/S8/D2 screens look a bit less like NI gear and a bit more like Pioneer

  • Nexus Edition: Contains the same waveform colors and fixes from above, but the layout and features are inspired by CDJ/XDJ players.

Wondering what the functions and annoyances that have been changed are? Here it is straight from the read me:

Changes in appearance:

  • Camelot keys
  • FX overlay is always large
  • Spectrum waveform colors
  • Track deck header displays beats, remaining time, tempo and BPM

Changes in functionality:

  • BPM coarse and fine adjustment are flipped
  • [D2] Shift + Deck switches between deck A/C and B/D
  • Timings have been improved
  • Use the Browse knob to zoom in and out of the waveform
  • Waveform zooming has been improved so that more beats are visible

How To Install

Erik’s written up a great simple guide on how to install custom QML files with Traktor – this shouldwork with any of the threeprojects above:


  • Navigate to /Applications/Native Instruments/Traktor 2
  • Right click, then click Show Package Contents
  • Navigate to Contents/Resources/qml
  • Make a backup of this folder!
  • Replace the CSI, Defines and Screens folders
  • Restart Traktor


  • Navigate to C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\Traktor 2\Resources64\qml
  • Make a backup of this folder!
  • Replace the CSI, Defines and Screens folders
  • Restart Traktor

We hope to see continued development of alternative display screens on all controllers – the more customization, the better! Maybe NI could even take a hintfrom these projects and allow users to customize their screens without having to mess around with QML files?

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DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

We’ve been treated to a lot of previews of the new version of Serato DJ via Roland’s DJ-808 announcement and Ableton’s Link news. But the software finally is rolling out to the public today, and has a host of new features. Read on for the full details.

Serato DJ 1.9.3 Features

This new Serato DJ 1.9.3 release is just now being heavily pushed by Serato, with the bulk of the features having been announced or part of the public beta. Here’s the full list of features that are includedon this version:

  • Serato DJ’s Sampler is finally being refreshed. Say goodbye to the SP-6! Now its four banks of eight slots – and the UI design has been slightly altered as well:
Serato DJ's new sampler layout

Serato DJ’s new sampler layout

  • Additional bugs fixed, and other stability updates that fix CPU spikes, memory leaks, audio issues, and much more. This also includes driver updates that allow OS X El Capitan support for SL 2/3/4 sound cards.
  • Support for the Roland DJ-808 controller (this includes Pitch ‘n Play tone play cue mapping – but there’s no clear section for it in the user interface yet)
  • Ableton Link support (read more here) – allowing DJs to quickly link their tempo with other Serato DJ software, Ableton Live, and other devices on a wireless network. We’ve heard some really exciting news here with link that’s still top-secret as well… stay tuned. Serato has put out this video that’s a quick overview of Link:

  • A new MIDI mapping panel that allows much more advanced control over deck modes, loop sizes, library manipulation, and much more:
Serato DJ MIDI panel

Serato DJ’s new MIDI panel

Have you had a chance to use the new version of Serato DJ yet? Let us know how it’s going in the comments.

This is a free update to Serato DJ, available as a free download here on the official Serato site. Read the full release notes here.

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DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

When DJing, one of the worst things you can hear is sudden, unexpected silence. Audio dropouts with digital DJ gear happen all too easily. In today’s article, guest contributor Tenova shares a guide ofcommon solutions to problems that cause most audio dropouts for DJs.

Audio Dropouts: A DJ’s Worst Nightmare

There are few worse things that could happen in a DJ set than an audio dropout.

Unfortunately, audio dropouts are far more common than one may think, and they equally impact Traktor and Serato users. Any DJwho has ever had a dropout happen during a set knows the agony that can result from dead silence in the club and the anxiety that can follow these incidents.

What’s more, often times these issues can be no fault of your own. Even the most resources and best prepared/supported DJs can have problems. Hell, even Tiesto has experienced audio dropouts before:

As unfortunate as these occurrences are, there’s almost always a logical explanation. Sound suddenly stopping is actually a symptom of a larger issue. The cause can almost always be diagnosed and addressed, and precautions can be taken to prevent them from happening.

This guide is by no means a comprehensive list of every issue that can possibly cause a dropout. Instead, it highlights the most common causes of one of the worst technical issues a DJ can face.

Did your DJ softwarecrash, or did the audio simply stop?

There is an important distinction to be made here when diagnosing why your audio has dropped out in your DJ software of choice. Did the program quit entirely, or did the program stay open and the audio simply stop?

If the program itself has closed unexpectedly,it’s most likelya software-related, and you can skip ahead to the software causes section of this guide.

Physical Causes of audio dropouts:

Is your computer up to specification?

I am often amazed at which many DJs choose to trust with the integrity of their performance. Below are the suggested specifications for optimal performance of both Traktor and Serato. To me, these are the absolute minimum requirements any working DJs should have in their machines if they expect expects their software to function flawlessly.

  • Traktor Pro 2: Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM
  • Serato DJ: Intel Core i3, i5 or 1.7, 1.07GHz, 4GB RAM, USB 2.0 port or higher

It is possible to run Traktor or Serato on less sophisticated setups, you are inciting potential trouble in doing so.

Solution: Only use a machine that is up to specification.

Photo credit: Windows Central

Photo credit: Windows Central

Are you using a PC?

I’ve diagnosed/fixednumerousDJs’ laptops suffering from a myriad of issues. There’s no doubt: catastrophic issues in digital audio processing are far more common on PCs than on a Mac. (My bias:I own aPC for production and a Macbook for DJing)

Here’s a story ofone of those issues from my own experience.

I once diagnosed technical issues for a notabletouring DJ (name withheld on request). He wanted to save money and purchased a PC to tour with as opposed to a Mac. While practicing for a festival set, awful distortion started pumping through his monitors playingtracks from his Traktor setup.

He called me. Twelve hours of research later, I found that his particular model of PC had a BIOS setting where the processor would intermittently discharge additional electricity throughout the motherboard. This somehow affectedthe audio card, and distortion ensued. The manufacturer had no solution, and Native Instruments has very little incentive to try to find a fix. It’s a weird issue – but the kind of thing that just doesn’t happen with Macbooks.

Apple is a vertically integrated company across their hardware and software products.Very little variation exists between Apple laptop models. This isn’t the case with, where literally hundreds of thousands of manufacturers exist.

The more standardized DJ?s setups are, the less fewer resources software companies have to spend diagnosing why an issue is occurring on a particular device. This leads to faster turnaround times when addressing tech issues. For these reasons, more DJs use Macbooks than any other computer.

Updates to operating systems and DJ software are notorious for causing issues, and each update presents a new opportunity for an issue to arise based on the unique makeup of each user’s machine. Think about it: if an incompatibility were to arise between a DJ software update and an operating system/piece of hardware, which group of users do you think that the technicians at Traktor or Serato would give priority to?

Solution: Consider buying aMacbook.


What qualityof USB cables are you using?

Not all USB cables are created equally. A USB cable is one of the most mass-produced items on the planet, and there are different degrees of quality.

Cheaply manufactured USB cables offer little protection from outside interference. Sources of outside interference include cell phones, radio waves, and a multitude of other things you wouldn’t expect. Any interference on this path can cause a disturbance in the signal, as well as in your music. Quality USB cables will include at least one ferrite core, or a magnetic clasp that attached to the outside of your cable to prevent interference.

Solution: get professional-grade USB cables. DJTTmanufactures Chroma Cables, some of the best USB cables on earth.

Editor’s Disclaimer: we didn’t ask Tenovato mention or endorseChroma Cables, but we’ll take the compliment.

How well do you takecare of your cables?

Cables, particularly USB cables, deteriorate over time.Improperly wrapping USB cables will cause them to deteriorate faster.

For this reason, “over/under” wrap your USB cables to ensure the longest lifespan out of them.Here’s a great video demonstrating this:

Solution: Over/under wrap your USB cables and replace them regularlyto be on the safe side.

Voltage Fluctuations: a big issue that nobody talksabout

Some nightclubs are notorious for cutting costs in every way imaginable. What may appear to be a top-notch operation could very well be poorly wired. Here’s another story:

At my first big club residency, myself and another resident DJexperienced multiple audio dropouts on both of our respective nights. Both of our audio devices would randomly disconnect from our laptops during the night. The program would not crash, but rather the connection between the mixer and software would be lost.

He was a Serato DJ. I was using Traktor. Thisnightmare went on for two weeks. The club owners insisted we keep opening and would continually hound us about our “technical difficulties.”By process of elimination, it would be veryhighly unlikely that we both had faulty equipment.

Several hours of research led me to believe that the entire DJ booth at this particular nightclub was powered off of one circuit. Despite the club’s constant attempt to cut costs, they outfitted the DJ booth with two DJ setups, two mini refrigerators, a fog machine, a fan, and at one point, a Fireball Whiskey machine.

I mentioned this setup to club management, but it largely fell on deaf ears. It wasn’t until their DJM-900 mysteriously quit working altogether that they began to listen.

Plugging a multi-meter into a free plug on the power strip revealed that the voltage was jumping around drastically throughout the night, particularly when the fog machine would engage.

This voltage fluctuation is terrible for electronics, and years of it eventually led the club’s mixer to the Pioneer repair center. In the short term, however, these fluctuations are enough to cause a disconnect between a laptop and an audio device, resulting in an audio dropout.


If you are doing everything right and are still experiencing audio dropouts, I highly suggest taking a look at the outlets from which you are getting power, asking the club management about how the booth is wired, and potentially plugging a multimeter into a free outlet on the circuit to watch for these fluctuations.

One solution for this is plugging yourcomputer and audio device into an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS for short). This ensures a constant flow of electricity, and voltage fluctuations have no impact.UPSs are cheap and plentiful, and can often be found at your neighborhood electronics store. I have one on my rider for club gigs, and always take one along for my mobile gigs.

Solution: Learnthe wiring of your DJ booth, and make sure that there are multiple circuits to power your setup and whatever else is in the booth. Avoid plugging devices that hog electricity into the same circuit as your laptop and soundcard.

Software Causes of Audio Dropouts

How much Hard Drive space do you have available?

A hard drive can become full very fast! A large DJ library can fill a drive very quickly, and it’s easy to lose track of how much free space one may have.


If you’re experiencing glitches or dropouts, make sure that you have the absolute minimum of 20% of free space available on your drive. Filling it past 80% can create issues with drive indexing, local caching, etc and potentiallycause audio issues.

Solution: Use an app likeOmniDiskSweeper to clear out unnecessary files clogging up your hard drive. Consider upgrading to a larger Solid State Drive if necessary.


Corrupt files wreak havoc!

One of the unfortunate realities of digital audio processing is the potential for file corruption. To save a lengthy discussion about drive sectors: File corruption can happen at any moment. That being said, a corrupt audio file can crash either Traktor or Serato when loaded. Serato users have it better than Traktor users in this arena, as Serato will display an icon next to the track name, indicating that the file has become corrupt.

Multiple programs exist for scanning one’s collection for corrupt files and fixing them.

Solution: Run an app like MP3 Scan + Repair weekly to ensure no files have become corrupt. Import & analyze each file prior to playing them at a live gig.

Have you streamlined your Mac?

Macbooks aren’t ready to DJ withstraight out of the box. Fifteen minutes of tuning can go a long way, as far as increasing performance and negating any potential issues.

Solution: Follow Mike Charles’ awesome Macbook optimization guide. Note that much of this is still relevant even though the article is from 2009!

Come prepared, be proactive!

If there’s one theme of thisarticle, it’s“sh*t happens!” Being a proactiveworking DJ can prevent technical mishaps. As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

All clichs aside, I encourage all DJs to have an emergency backup in the event that something goes seriously wrong. Even beyond the realm of technical mishaps, drinks get spilled, hard drives crash and bad things can happen.

  • Keep a 1/8th inch cable in your DJ bag & an iPod full of DJ mixes.
  • Have a backup laptop.While not necessarily related to the discussion of audio dropouts, I keep a cloned version of my Macbook Pro the trunk of my car in the event of a major disaster. The show must go on, after all!

Consider going without the laptop when possible.

Every time I’m in a situation where I’m playing more House centric and there are CDJs available, I opt to ditch the laptop entirely. While I don’t find it reasonableto do this for a mixed format club set, eliminating the laptop is a surefire way of eliminating the threat of a dropout.

Barring a mechanical error, which would be the fault of the club who owns the gear, I find using CDJs and a thumb drive to be far more reliable than any digital DJ software.

Tenova (Thomas Hricik) is a guest contributor to DJ Techtools.

Have your own audio dropout horror story or solution? Share in the comments.

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DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

About a year ago, Apple released OS X 10.11, El Capitan – and DJs around the world either experienced or heard about the many issues that plagued digital DJ software. Even now, many DJs and producers have held off on updating. This week Apple releases macOS Sierra, 10.12. Read on to learn what the state of DJ software is with this new release.

Warning:Do not update to macOS Sierra if your current DJ setup is stable and you have an important gig coming up. Always have a backup plan or way to roll back your operating system. Don’t take risks!

Traktor Pro With macOS Sierra


Let’s start with the most exciting development. WithEl Capitan, there have continued to be a number of major issues for users of Traktor’s hardware, mostly related tolarger CoreAudio problems. According to Native Instruments,

“after working closely with Apple and intensive testing, macOS Sierra delivers very stable audio performance on all our current-generation hardware devices.”

If you’ve experienced issues with stuttering audio and dropouts, many beta testers have confirmed that macOS Sierra seems to fix these with the new version of Core Audio:


There are a few legacy devices that are still having issues with their audio output which, according to NI, still seem to have crackling issues. Native Instruments has mentioned on CenterCodethat they will stop support of these devices with this new update:

  • Kontrol S4 MK1
  • Audio 8/4/2 DJ

Serato DJ withWith macOS Sierra


Serato DJ also had some hiccups with El Capitan – most of which wereresolved after an arduous few weeks with serious issues. To ward off any potential issues this time around, Serato has sent out a mass email letting their users know the current status of their software. The main warning is for legacy Serato Scratch Live users:

As Scratch Live is a legacy product, we don?t recommend updating to macOS Sierra as there may be unknown issues.

However, we?ve been testing Serato DJ across the beta versions of Sierra and should be able to confirm support shortly after the official release.

If you have supported hardware for Serato DJ, we recommend upgrading.

Note that similar to Native Instruments, Serato have stop supporting older devices and sound cards – like the Rane TTM57 (MK1) mixer and Rane SL1 soundcard.

Rekordbox DJWith macOS Sierra


Rekordbox noted earlier this summer that, “We will not be officially supporting Sierra until after the official public release and we’ve had an opportunity to verify compatibility. During this time, you may try it at your own risk, Pioneer DJ does not guarantee performance, assumes no responsibility for loss of information, and will not provide support should you encounter any problems.”

So far we haven’t heard of any major issues – just a few posts on the Rekordbox forums and Facebook groups that seem to indicate everything is working without issue:


Ableton Live With macOS Sierra


Ableton has written up a support article on their site sharing a bit of details about Live 9 and the new macOS. It’s a similar story here – no major issues so far. They note that only the newest version of Live 9 is confirmed to be working well:

“We are not aware of any issues affecting the latest version of Live 9 under macOS Sierra. However, older versions of Live 9 cannot be expected to function flawlessly, nor isLive is supported on the beta version of macOS Sierra.”

And the same goes for Max for Live:

“As of version 7.2.4, Max for Live will work in macOS Sierra. However, for users that upgrade the OS (as opposed to reinstalling it), it is necessary to perform a Java 6 SE installation a new time.”

Apple is set to make macOS Sierra available for download tomorrow – Tuesday the 20th. Details on their site here.

Do you have any experience with Sierra and other DJ software? Let us know in the comments.

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DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

Mobile DJ apps are getting better and better with the increasing power capabilities put into smartphones. Apple is rolling out the iPhone 7 with a faster processor and even without an audio jack, companies like DJiT from France are finding ways to make smartphones work for DJs. The latest app coming from DJiT is edjing Mix,the 6th edition of the DJ app. It’soptimized for iOS 10, has a brand new user interface, and DVS/MIDI support.

edjing Mix: The Finale in edjing Suite

The arrival of edjing Mix completes asuite of apps from the company – incudingedjing Scratch andPro. EdjingMix contains a brand new interface that simplifies the complexity DJ hardware. This edition also brings along a sampler and hardware integrationthat increases the potential usesfor this app. Interestingly enough, DJiT simplifiedthe UI to the point where the company claims “each feature is now accessible in 1 touch” with the added capability of having multiple windows open at once across all menus.

The app is optimized for iOS 10 and takes advantage of the latest audio technology available to mobile devices. The new Core Audio Engine included in edjing Mix provides high-quality output and allows multiple instances of audio to run at once which gives way to higher quality sampling. Edjing Mix also contains an auto-gain feature called Smart Volume which adjusts the gain of tracks without compromising the sound quality.

Sampler and DVS Control

EdjingMix includes a new sampler with the familiar colored drum pads on each deck that is found usually in physical DJ hardware. While it is important to note that the samples included are essentials for DJs, the icing on the cake is the fact that samples can be linked to the crossfader. This means that the volume can be dependent on the sample pressed which saves the DJ from accidents while attempting to crossfade on a tiny screen.

DJs may be reluctant to use a phone to DJ in a club however this supports DVS and MIDI. Traditional DJ hardware is capable of controlling parameters via a MIDI controller and an adapter. DJs can also go the DVS route. By routing a turntable playing timecode to the phone via an audio port DJs can use hardware to control their tracks. Just as DJs use Serato or Traktor Scratch, edjing Mix offers the same capability except with the convenience of being on a device that fits in a pocket. Edjing Mix is also compatiblewith DJiT’s latest hardware, Mixfader, the Bluetoothcrossfader.

The app also integrates Deezer and Soundcloud to make a DJ’s library even more extensive. DJs can also record and share mixes right from the app.

EdjingMix is available for free on the App Store and is iOS 10 ready– whilea versionfor Android is “coming soon”.


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DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

Pioneer DJ’s top-of-the-line CDJ-2000NXS2s have been missing a critical feature from the previous model: HID support. Serato and Traktor users have been mostly out of luck in terms of getting this high-end new kit to work with their software. In a new Facebook post, Pioneer DJ is hinting at HID Traktor support, and maybe something to do with Stems as well?

CDJ-2000NXS2 HID Traktor Support?

In the below Facebook post made on the official Pioneer DJ page early Friday, there’s a CDJ-2000NXS2 pictured, as well as a laptop with Traktor on the screen. The caption reads “Coming soon!” – which is a bit of a slap in the face for early adopters who have had NXS2s for months and not been able to use their multi-thousand dollar gear with leading DJ softwares Traktor and Serato.

Coming soon!

Posted by Pioneer DJ onFriday, September 16, 2016

Despite the delays, it’s great to see that Pioneer DJ is making advances here that make the flagshipCDJ unit once again a ubiquitous DJ tool. We’re hoping that the HID experience is even more seamless than in the past – and that being able to use a pair of CDJs as the audio output has been even more simplified (the old CDJ Aggregator tool was always a bit unreliable).

CDJ Stems Support?

Perhaps the most interesting element of this post from Pioneer DJ is what’s displayed on the screen of the laptop running Traktor.Both decks are playing Stems files instead of normal Track Decks.

This could be accidental, but it seems unlikely. We’re not entirely sure what functionality could be added by a CDJ. It’s likely still just standard deck control – maybe with the ability to turn on and off different Stems files using the four colored cue point buttons on the left side of the CDJ?

Stay tuned for news as Pioneer and Native Instruments release this new update.
What do you want to see included as a feature?

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DJTechTools Sep 27, 2016

Compared tocue points, looping, and effects, beat jump is one of the more rarely discussed DJ software features. It?s underutilizedby a majority of DJs, mainlybecause manyDJs don?t know how to use it effectively. Beat jump is a powerful tool not only during performance, butit canspeed up preparation time as well.

What Is Beat Jump?

Beat Jump Top

Imagine throwing on a new track in the middle of your set, but you aren?t sure where to mix it in seamlessly. You have to scrub back and forth through the track to find the right spot, then worry about how far back you need to bring the track to give you enough time to mix in. In the heat of a set, having to go through those steps can take you out of the moment and ruin your groove. Beat jump can simplify this process and make it feel effortless.

Beat jump allows you to skip forward or backward through a track on beat, based on the beat grid. The on beat part is what makes this feature a game changer. With a few clicks of the mouse you can find the part of a track you are looking for and not worry about phrasing.

Currently beat jump or something similar is available in:

  • Traktor Pro
  • Rekordbox DJ
  • Serato DJ
  • Pioneer DJ’s XDJ-1000 (MK1/2) and CDJ-2000NXS2

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Using Beat Jump

Beat Grids

Beat Jump SDJ Grids

Keep in mind when using beat jump make sure the beat grid of the track is correct. Beat jump works around the beat grid, so if the beat grid is off the beat jump will be off as well.

Beat Jump LengthBeat Jump Length Traktor

Most software that has beat jump allows you to select the length in beats that you would like the move through the track. Be sure that you have the correct length select before you start jumping through the track.

Forward Or BackwardBeat Jump Forward Backward RDJ

Along with length controls there are controls to jump either forward or backward. Make sure that you are aware of which button you are hitting as they are usually placed pretty close together. This can be less confusing when using a controller with tactile buttons.

3 Great Uses For Beat Jump

Setting Cue Points

Beat Jump cue point set

For DJs who place their cue points based on song structure, beat jump speeds up the track preparation. For example, I like to place a cue point at the beginning of an intro, mid-way through the intro, andat the end of the intro. Beat jump allows me to just click through the track on time instead of having to scrub through the track.

Learning Song Structure On The Fly

Beat Jump song structure

When introducing new songs into your sets there is a period of getting familiar with the track. Some songs might have 32 beat build up, some may only have 24 beats. Using beat jump to get move through the track on beat makes learning each song much faster.

Saving Mis-Cued Drops

Beat Jump mis-cues

Here’s an example ofhow beat jump can be the most useful:

  • Mixing out of a song witha 32 beat choruswiththe next song cued
  • Hit the cue point on the incoming track, but you realizethat the incoming track has a64 beat intro. This would create some phrasing issues
  • Use beat jump to correct the position of the incoming track – jump forward 32 beats and avoid having to loop one of the tracks

Now Put It To Use!

Adding beat jump to my preparation and performance work flow has been nothing but positive.It’seasily overlooked and definitely under-appreciated. Give beat jump a try, add it to one part of your DJ process.

Here’s a video walkthrough of how to use beat jump with Rekordbox, Serato, and Traktor, as well as examples of the usesI explained above:

Watch next: Ean’s Tutorial On Loop Move Macros in Traktor

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DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
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DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
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DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
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We've just released the second free scratch training video of this week's programme, meaning there is now over an hour of complete free tuition for you to get stuck into - spending just 60 minutes on these two videos this weekend could change your DJing life forever! The post Your Second FREE Scratch Training Video Is Now Live appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
We've got the top 100 disco tunes of all time, the first pop song composed by artificial intelligence, Kaskade hitting back at rave drug allegations, and a piece on why most festival DJ sets (allegedly) suck. It's all in your Friday Roundup of music and DJing stories from around the web this week. Have a good one! The post Friday Roundup: The Top 100 Disco Records Of All Time appeared first on...

DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
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DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
Serato just announced the release of Serato DJ 1.9.3. The latest version of the software comes with Ableton Link baked in, meaning you can sync it up with other Ableton Link-enabled apps, including Ableton Live. The Serato Sampler also gets an upgrade, and the new Roland DJ-808 controller is now supported. The post Serato DJ 1.9.3 Out Now, Syncs With Ableton appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
We're excited to announce that our free Scratching For Controller DJs interactive video course is back for 2016! This hugely popular video training series is now into its fourth year, and we've just put the first episode live - remember, it's completely free to all. The post Starts Today: Free Scratch Training For Every Reader appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Sep 27, 2016
When just about anyone can make a mixtape using DJ software, there's never been a better time to make a mix show. As more people stream content, a mix show acts like a bridge between the classic DJ mixtape and the modern talk podcast. Check out some tips for making your own mix show in this piece. The post 7 Essentials For A Successful Online Mix Show appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

What is Link? 

Link is an Ableton technology used for synchronising Serato DJ with other devices and applications, usually over a local network.

It can be used to synchronise two Serato DJ instances on separate computers, synchronise Serato DJ with other Digital Audio Workstations (such as Ableton Live), or other devices and applications.


What do I need to use Link?


  • Serato DJ 1.9.3 or higher
  • Serato DJ-compatible hardware
  • An ad-hoc or local network connection (unless Ableton Live is being used with Link and Serato DJ on the same computer)
  • If using Link to connect with Ableton - Ableton Live 9.6 or higher
  • A Link compatible application


What applications can be controlled using Link?


Currently it's available with the following desktop applications;


  • Ableton Live
  • Serato DJ
  • Reason
  • Max


It's also available via a multitude of iOS apps, and more desktop and mobile applications are planned to include support in the future.


For more information and up-to-date list of compatible applications, please refer to Ableton's Link website.


Ableton also have a more general Link FAQ.


How do I setup Link?


Ableton Link is available in Serato DJ 1.9.3.

Download Serato DJ 1.9.3 & Update.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

We enlisted Montreal producer Shash'U to put the Roland DJ-808 to the test. See why the DJ-808 is more than a DJ controller as he uses the built in TR-S, Sampler, PnT DJ, FX and more, adding a whole new level to his performance.

Roland DJ-808 Key Features

  • Integrated TR-S drum machine offering the iconic 606, 707, 808 and 909 drum sounds in a 16-step sequencer, which can also trigger the newly improved 8-slot Serato DJ Sampler.
  • RGB coloured performance pads give performers and DJs control for all the usual Serato DJ features such as Hot Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler as well as TR Pad Mode for the drum machine and Pitch Play.
  • The unique Roland VT Voice Transformer is something new for Serato DJs, offering a number of powerful effects including pitch shifting and vocal key matching to playing tracks via the Auto Pitch feature.
  • Two AIRA link USB ports offering seamless connection with Roland synths and instruments. This offers a huge range of creative possibilities for live performance rigs, remixing and music production.
  • Control for all of the professional level Serato DJ features such as Serato Flip, Pitch ‘n Time DJ Key Shifting and Sync, Looping and all library and play controls.
  • Serato DJ Enabled - no extra license required. Also includes a license for Pitch ‘n Time DJ.
  • Purchase the DVS Expansion Pack and connect turntables or CDJs.
  • 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
  • Dual-deck mode to control two Serato DJ decks simultaneously
  • Large range 100mm pitch faders for accurate level control in the mix
  • 1/8” and 1/4” headphones jacks, combo XLR input jacks, built-in phono pre-amp, and audiophile sound quality 

Learn more about the Roland DJ-808 and Serato DJ.

Serato Sep 27, 2016
Estamos organizando muy pronto nuestra primera serie de clínicas de Serato en Latinoamérica! Con fechas alineadas en Argentina, Chile, México y Brasil, es la oportunidad perfecta para conocer al equipo, aprender las últimas funciones de Serato DJ, descubrir consejos y trucos, y conectar con otros DJs.  

También celebraremos showcases con los campeónes de Red Bull Thre3style, así que venga y aprende de los mejores :)

Si viénes a la clinica, tienes también la oportunidad de ganar buenos premios de Serato y otras marcas: licencias de Serato DJ Suite, una mezcladora Pioneer DJM-S9, remeras, gorras,.. 

Hasta pronto! 


Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 28 Septiembre @ ARJAUS, Av Congreso 3541, Buenos Aires.
  • Presentado por DJ Stuart y DJ Byte, el actual campeón del mundo Thre3style.
  • RSVP

Santiago, Chile

  • 30 Septiembre @ Dj School Chile, Hindenburg 667, Providencia.
  • Presentado por DJ Stuart y DJ Byte, el actual campeón del mundo Thre3style.
  • RSVP

Ciudad de México, México

  • 5 Octubre @ G Martell, Calle Cerro Tlapacoyán 7, Col. Copilco, Ciudad de Mexico.
  • Presentado por DJ Unit27.  
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Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 
  • 8 Octubre @ Malha, R. Gen. Bruce 274, São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Presentado por Nedu Lopes y DJ Byte, el actual campeón del mundo Thre3style.
  • RSVP
São Paulo, Brasil 
  • 10 Octubre @ DJ Ban, R. Carlos Sampaio 53, Bela Vista, São Paulo. 
  • Presentado por Nedu Lopes y DJ Byte, el actual campeón del mundo Thre3style.
  • RSVP
Serato Sep 27, 2016

Find the key that fits! Logan from Serato HQ discusses harmonic mixing and how you can easily use the key shifting and key sync tools in Serato DJ to make your mixes sound smoother than ever.

Serato DJ now has key detection / display as well as updates to Pitch 'n Time DJ, allowing DJs to shift the root key of their track and also sync this with the other deck. What this means is that your mixes can now sound perfect every time. If you've ever mixed two tracks and thought, "THIS SOUNDS SO HOT OMG," it's probably because the two tracks were in key.

Learn more about Pitch 'n Time DJ

If you have any questions, ask us below in the comments section :)

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Serato Sep 27, 2016

Serato DJ 1.9.3 Update

Serato DJ 1.9.3 is now available with a number of new features and improvements such as:

  • Ableton Link support - link tempo with other DJs and devices over a wireless network.
  • The Serato DJ Sampler has been updated from the classic SP-6 with two extra slots, as well as a number of changes to the design for better usability.
  • Support for the Roland DJ-808 controller.
  • Bundled driver updates, providing El Capitan support for the Rane SL 2, SL 3 and SL 4. More info regarding macOS Sierra support.
  • An improved and refreshed look for MIDI mapping.
  • Various bug fixes, changes and stability improvements.

Ableton Link

Serato DJ now supports Ableton Link in 1.9.3. Ableton Link provides a way of syncing Serato DJ to Ableton Live, syncing multiple Serato DJ setups as well as your Serato DJ setup with supported iOS Apps - all wirelessly. 

What is Ableton Link? 

How to set up Ableton Link for Serato DJ

Roland DJ-808

  • Integrated TR-S drum machine offering the iconic 606, 707, 808 and 909 drum sounds in a 16-step sequencer, which can also trigger the newly improved 8-slot Serato DJ Sampler.
  • RGB coloured performance pads give performers and DJs control for all the usual Serato DJ features such as Hot Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler as well as TR Pad Mode for the drum machine and Pitch Play.
  • The unique Roland VT Voice Transformer is something new for Serato DJs, offering a number of powerful effects including pitch shifting and vocal key matching to playing tracks via the Auto Pitch feature.
  • Two AIRA link USB ports offering seamless connection with Roland synths and instruments. This offers a huge range of creative possibilities for live performance rigs, remixing and music production.
  • Control for all of the professional level Serato DJ features such as Serato Flip, Pitch ‘n Time DJ Key Shifting and Sync, Looping and all library and play controls.
  • Serato DJ Enabled - no extra license required. Also includes a license for Pitch ‘n Time DJ.
  • Purchase the DVS Expansion Pack and connect turntables or CDJs.

Learn more about the Roland DJ-808 for Serato DJ.

Make sure you have the latest firmware & drivers from Roland.

Serato Sampler

  • Includes two extra sample slots, allowing a total of eight samples to be loaded at once.
  • Mapped across all supported hardware.
  • A redesigned interface with new simple / advanced view modes for ease of use and also flexibility for complex control.
  • Simple Sync now supported for the Serato Sampler.
  • More improvements listed in the full release notes.

This release also includes a number of important stability improvements for all Serato DJs. Read the full list of bug fixes, changes and additions in the Serato DJ 1.9.3 release notes.

Download and update to Serato DJ 1.9.3

Serato Sep 27, 2016

We’ve been testing Serato DJ across the beta versions of macOS Sierra and should be able to confirm support shortly after the official release.

So please hold off upgrading for now.

If you need any help or have any questions, please contact Serato Support.

macOS Sierra and Scratch Live: As Scratch Live is a legacy product, we don’t recommend updating to macOS Sierra as there may be unknown issues. If you have supported hardware for Serato DJ, we recommend upgrading - download Serato DJ.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

We are continuing  the Serato DJ 1.9.3 public beta with added support for Ableton Link. Also included are new features and improvements such as:

  • The Serato DJ Sample Player has been updated from the classic SP-6 with two extra slots, as well as a number of changes to the design for better usability.
  • An improved and refreshed look for MIDI mapping.
  • Various bug fixes, changes and stability improvements.

Ableton Link

Serato DJ now supports Ableton Link in 1.9.3. Ableton Link provides a way of syncing Serato DJ to Ableton Live, syncing multiple Serato DJ setups as well as your Serato DJ setup with supported iOS Apps - all wirelessly. 

Read more about Ableton Link here.

Serato Sampler

  • Includes two extra sample slots, allowing a total of eight samples to be loaded at once.
  • Mapped across all supported hardware.
  • A redesigned interface with new simple / advanced view modes for ease of use and also flexibility for complex control.
  • More improvements listed in the full release notes.

This release also includes a number of important stability improvements for all Serato DJs. Read the full list of bug fixes, changes and additions in the Serato DJ 1.9.3 release notes.

Join the Serato DJ 1.9.3 beta:

Serato Sep 27, 2016

Local musician, producer and DJ, Jeremy Toy, gives the all-new Roland DJ-808 his first spin - with a special challenge from Radio NZ to perform a live remix of the Morning Report theme :)

Learn more about the Roland DJ-808 for Serato DJ.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

Congratulations to Denon DJ for taking out the "Ultimate DJ Controller" category with the MCX8000, at the 2016 DJ Mag Tech Awards! 

This powerful controller has dedicated control for the latest Serato DJ features including Serato Flip, Pitch 'n Time DJ key shifting and key sync, as well as features that have become standard such as cues, loops, library, Beatgrid editing, Slicer, samples, sync, keylock etc. With the added bonus of in-built screens, Engine compatibility and DVS upgrade capability, it offers a uniquely flexible controller for a home setup, bar or club.


Key Features

  • Serato DJ Enabled - requires no additional software license and is plug-and-play.
  • 2 high definition on-board displays to move your focus away from the computer.
  • Comes with Pitch 'n Time DJ license included.
  • Unique Key Mode allowing you to trigger cue points on the performance pads, whilst simultaneously key shifting for easy tone play.
  • Dedicated hardware control for Serato Flip Expansion Pack for creating edits and advanced cue point performance.
  • 2 USB inputs for Denon DJ Engine standalone technology.
  • 4-deck control for Serato DJ.
  • Serato DVS Upgrade ready.
  • Professional 4-channel digital mixer with 2 microphone inputs.
  • 3 built-in instant effects for Engine playback and line inputs.
  • Velocity-sensitive, RGB lit performance pads for Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer and Samples.
  • Ethernet connection to control lighting and video.
  • Strong Metal construction and low profile design.

The Denon DJ MCX8000 is supported as a plug-and-play Serato DJ Enabled controller, requiring no extra software license. With the purchase of a DVS Expansion Pack license you can connect turntables / CDJs and use Serato Control Vinyl or CDs.

Download Serato DJ software.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

Fool's Gold producer-don and DJ powerhouse A Trak brings us a breezy, synth-charged single with "Parallel Lines'. Featuring vocals from indie-pop duo Phantogram, this pressing comes as an exclusive clear 7" record with audio on the A side and Serato CV02.5 Control Tone on the B side. 


  • Side A - A-Trak "Parallel Lines" ft Phantogram
  • Side B - Serato Control Tone CV02.5

Only a handful of these were pressed - don't sleep on this one! 

7" Serato Pressing - A-Trak "Parallel Lines" ft Phantogram (single) - buy here. 

Serato Sep 27, 2016


Serato and Roland announce the first DJ controller from Roland, the DJ-808. A professional 4-channel DJ controller with built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, external instrument connectivity and deep Serato DJ integration. This will redefine what it means to DJ.

Developed in close collaboration with both companies from the very beginning, Serato’s software expertise is combined with Roland’s excellence in hardware to develop the most advanced piece of DJ hardware yet. The integration of a drum machine with a DJ controller opens the door to an entirely new way of DJ expression, and the 808 is an iconic place to begin.

See the DJ-808 up close and in action.

For the first time, there is an instrument for DJs that allows seamless movement between the DJ booth, live stage or the studio. Serato and Roland worked closely to ensure professional level quality and a vinyl like scratch experience with some of the lowest latency platters of any DJ controller in the market today. There is deep integration with Serato DJ, having the most advanced set of DJ performance controls available. The DJ-808 has endless possibilities for DJs - it brings the studio, booth and stage closer than ever before.


Roland DJ-808 Features

  • Integrated TR-S drum machine offering the iconic 606, 707, 808 and 909 drum sounds in a 16-step sequencer, which can also trigger the newly improved 8-slot Serato DJ Sampler.
  • RGB coloured performance pads give performers and DJs control for all the usual Serato DJ features such as Hot Cues, Loop Roll, Slicer, Sampler as well as TR Pad Mode for the drum machine and Pitch Play.
  • The unique Roland VT Voice Transformer is something new for Serato DJs, offering a number of powerful effects including pitch shifting and vocal key matching to playing tracks via the Auto Pitch feature.
  • Two AIRA link USB ports offering seamless connection with Roland synths and instruments. This offers a huge range of creative possibilities for live performance rigs, remixing and music production.
  • Control for all of the professional level Serato DJ features such as Serato Flip, Pitch ‘n Time DJ Key Shifting and Sync, Looping and all library and play controls.
  • Serato DJ Enabled - no extra license required. Also includes a license for Pitch ‘n Time DJ.
  • Purchase the DVS Expansion Pack and connect turntables or CDJs.
  • 24bit/96kHz audio fidelity
  • Dual-deck mode to control two Serato DJ decks simultaneously
  • Large range 100mm pitch faders for accurate level control in the mix
  • 1/8” and 1/4” headphones jacks, combo XLR input jacks, built-in phono pre-amp, and audiophile sound quality

Learn even more about the DJ-808 DJ Controller.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

The 2016 Global Spin DJ Expo is a special event happening on the 17th September in New York City for DJs to try out the latest in music technology, network and be part of the culture. Scratch DJ Academy will be there offering DJ lessons and much more...

"The GSDJE expo promises to bring together the global DJ community for one day of education, innovation and inspiration.  The GSDJE is sure to create a unique opportunity for our Sponsors and Exhibitors to connect with consumers receptive to music technology, services, music culture and lifestyle brands. The expo insures to connect attendees with the world’s leading music resources to help guide those who DJ as a hobby as well as those who are serious about their careers and wanting greater success."

- From GSDJE website.


Metropolitan Pavilion – 125 West 18th Street, New York City.


Saturday 9-17-16, 12pm - 6pm.

Head to the Global Spin DJ Expo website to buy tickets.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

As you might have seen in the media, iconic London club Fabric might have to close its doors and we don't want to see that happen. Fabric is a staple in London nightlife and has been open since 1999, had over 5000 artists perform and seen countless artists gain chart success after breaking tunes there.

Recently Fabric has been in the spotlight after two tragic drug-related deaths and the subsequent suspension of their license that's closed the venue until the local Islington council meets to decide on its future. 

With support from over 50,000 DJs as well as the Mayor of London, the #SaveFabric campaign is in full swing to stop the loss of even more London nightlife but still needs more support. 

Read more and sign the petition to Save Fabric!

Serato Sep 27, 2016

With 7,170,034 minutes of SeratoCast listened and over 50 mixes released, listen to the one that started it all... DJ Jazzy Jeff: Sometimes I Just Want To Play Some Music. 

Listen to other SeratoCast mixes from Serato Artists.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

Do your scratches have a unique flow? How do you practice and develop this? DJ Angelo shows how to train your scratch flow in his first episode of Cut Class for BPM Supreme.

Check out more from BPM Supreme.

Serato Sep 27, 2016

Watch a new video from Denon DJ with LigOne, performing his Origami routine on the MCX8000 for Serato DJ. Check out his use of Pitch Play, a new feature for performing interesting tone-play routines which can be accessed directly on this controller.

See other routines from Serato DJs.

DJTechTools Aug 26, 2016

SeratoandRoland released a splash page on Serato’s site that teases an exciting partnership for both DJs and producers. The details are unclear as to what device and/or software the two companies have been cooking up in the lab. We have the latest and will be release further updates in the coming weeks as more news is released.

What We Know

This partnership is something that has been brewing for a while according to a teaser video from Serato. Shinsuke Takami, Planning Group Manager of Roland, began talking to Nick Maclaren, Head of Product Strategy of Serato, in Fall 2013. Since then, it is assumed that both companies have come together to work on product development; using resources from both sides.


The tagline for this partnership is, “World Class Software meets World Class Hardware”. This hints at a possible collaboration involving a device manufactured by Roland with Serato software. We know both companies are investing in the future of electronic music performance. What could they be working on?

Speculate and Wait

The full announcement will be coming out on September 9th, 2016 as part of the 909 Day worldwide celebration. Serato is hosting a live stream of the event from Auckland that includes “a special announcement”. Many are starting to speculate as to what this partnership will bring. A few ideas include:

  • AIRA DJ Gear
  • A “Bridge” between Serato and Roland Gear
  • Drum Synthesizers in Serato
  • Full MIDI Integration

DJ TechTools is just as curious as the rest of the world. We will be keeping a close watch on Serato and we will report back on 909 Day with (hopefully) more news as to what this partnership means. Watch the teaser videoon Serato’s website.

Do you have an idea as to what this partnership could bring?

Let us know below!

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DJTechTools Aug 26, 2016

One of the hardest parts about the business of being a dance music producer is getting your tracks in places where listeners can hear and buy them. But unlesss you’re signed to a label or have a great distribution partner, this can be a challenge, and services will charge serious percentages of your earnings. Today, we take a closer look at Ditto – a service that hopes to simplify this process and reduce fees for music producers.

Selling tracks online is how many dance musicproducers make a steady income (especially if they’re not playing gigs regularly). Therefore, it?s vital forartists to distribute tracks to electronic-oriented platforms – Beatport in particular – in addition to themainstream stores/serviceslikeiTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

With these DJ-focused stores, you?re guaranteed to reach an audience more likely to buy.Thiscan make all the difference to your total sales and the royalties you stand to earn – and ultimately will be a major factor in your financial success as an artist.

How Producers Get Music In Digital Stores

You?re an independent DJ with a back-catalogue of tracks that you?re ready to get out to your fans; but where do you start? First of all, you?ll need to find a good music aggregator.

A music aggregator will get your music into the online stores and out to your fans. Choosing the right aggregator is particularly important, especially for DJs and producers looking to get their music onto the best platforms for the best price.Unfortunately, there are very few aggregators who will distribute music to Beatport. Of those thatdo, producersmay have to pay extra charges or sacrifice some of your royalties to get your tracks on to the most important platforms for DJs and producers.

However, independent music distributors Ditto Music have just launched a new unlimited distribution service aimed specifically at DJs and producers, offering everything they need to get their music into the biggest mainstream and EDM-oriented stores in one simple package. It?s called Ditto DJ Plus.

Ditto: Release +Monetize Music


  • Service:Ditto DJ Plus
  • Company:Ditto Music
  • Price: $149 per year

The key featureof Ditto Music’s “DJ Plus” plan it to allowingunlimited releases for almost every store that DJs and producers find to be important – and they’ve managed to do it while charging only an annual fee. The process to release a track is pretty simple. Create a new release (see image above) and add artwork and images, then add your tracks:


Then Ditto offers you an easy selection option to decide where you want to release your music:



The stores includeBeatport and Juno, as well as iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and other streaming and download platforms.

The service costs 99/$149peryear and comes with a number of added benefits. Most importantly, the artistkeeps 100% of the rights and royalties to theirmusic – andall of the money they earned from the sales of tracks. If you happen to already have a Ditto Plus subscription, the introductory price is 49/$79 for the first year.

Other Music Aggregators


There are other music distribution companies to choose from, but most do not distribute music to Beatport at all. This leaves DJs and producers without a way to get their music into the world?s most popular electronic music store.

Tunecore is one of the biggest players in the indie music distribution industry, but they do not offer the option to distribute to Beatport or Juno, which means that DJs using their service will miss out on the platform?s massive potential.

The same is true for CD Baby and DistroKid. However, when it comes to CD Baby, not only will their clients miss out on distribution to Beatport, but also a 9% cut of their royalties, which the company will take from your earnings as part of their service.

Now finding a company who will distribute music to Beatport, specifically, is not hard. There are smaller aggregators out there which do release music to Beatportbut be careful with less established distributors. Companies like Level, Label Engine (Lazy Rich‘s project), and Labelworx all offer distribution deals to Beatport. The cavet is that commission is often 20% or more of the artist’s royalties. (Some aggregators even charge monthly fees too!) It is also important to point out that many of these companies who distribute to Beatport are for independent labels. An independent artist using one of these label-focused services may often find low returns on investments.

Things to Consider

Make sure to ask yourself the important questions before signing up to their service. Do you trust them with your music? Is their pricing clear? Will you keep all of your royalty earnings? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then it is unlikely to be the best option for you. A simple earnings projection can also help a lot here as it can help you understand what cost-structure is best for your level of predicted music sales.In the digital age, it is very important to have clear and concise control over your music. Copyrights, royalties, and distribution are intricate parts of the music industry. The task of finding a professional company to guide you through the process is crucial.

Get Up and Running with Ditto

You can find out more about Ditto DJ Plus and try the service for yourself here. You can start adding tracks to your account for free to familiarize yourself with the process.

You?ll be able to start uploading your music and planning your releases straight away after signing up. Then just sit back and watch as your tracks appear on Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, Juno and any other music stores you choose. In our research, Ditto appears to be one of the best music aggregators around and depending on how much music a producer is looking to release, the DJ Plus plan is a killer investment.

Do you use a music aggregator to distribute your music? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below?

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DigitalDJTips Aug 26, 2016
In this week's Friday Roundup, we've got a feature on why great DJs aren't afraid to take risks during their sets, even if it means clearing the floor just to try something new. We've also got a piece that ponders whether DJing's lowered barriers to entry have killed the art form (spoiler: they haven't). These and more in our weekly roundup of news. The post Friday Roundup: You?re Not A True DJ...

DigitalDJTips Aug 26, 2016
Serato just announced a partnership with Roland, the Japanese music giant behind legendary synthesisers and genre-defining drum machines like the TR-808 and TR-909. The only detail shared was that the two companies are working on something that will "redefine what it means to be a DJ", which will be unveiled on 9 September 2016. The post Serato Partners With Roland, New Project Underway appeared...

Serato Aug 26, 2016

Serato announces a new partnership with Roland, a world leader in music hardware.

Serato and Roland are joining forces to create something truly unique and that will redefine what it means to be a DJ. Drawing on the combined experience of both companies, this shared vision will be realised in a special announcement on "909 Day" (September 9th).

Young Ly, Serato CEO says: "Roland is an exciting new partner for Serato. It's inspiring to be working closely with a company with such rich heritage and expertise in the musical performance and production world, and responsible for so much of the music that DJs play night after night. Both companies are closely aligned in our vision for the future of DJing and performance, and we're excited to reveal this to the world."

As part of the 909 Day worldwide celebration, Serato HQ will be hosting a streaming event live from Auckland, New Zealand, where a special announcement will be made. You don't want to miss this!

Sign up to be the first to know.

DJTechTools Aug 25, 2016

Pioneer is back at it again with another product release. This time, they’ve decided to bring some of the exclusivefeatures of the CDJ-2000NXS2down to the more affordable XDJ range. Check out the new features of the updated XDJ-1000MK2 and get the DJTT low-down.



While it doesn’t seem like a major overhaul compared to the original, the newfeatures and workflow improvements make theXDJ-1000MK2 a much more powerful player. However, just like the Nexus-2 line, this update has come along with a slight price bump. It does make us wonder if some fo the new features will make it to the original XDJ-1000 (with a firmware update) or if it’s being left behind.

There is no word if Pioneer is planning to work with Traktor and Serato to ensure these work via HID yet. We are still waiting for them to add this along with timecode support to the Nexus 2 range so if you rely heavily on this feature you might want to hold off on buying till this intergeneration is clear.

Price: $1199/?1299

Availability: Mid-to-Late September 2016 (click here to pre-order yoursat the DJTT store)


  • The XDJ-1000MK2 inherits high-quality audio from the CDJ-2000NXS2. Along RCA outputs, a digital output sendspristineaudio, and the power circuit for analogue audio is completely separate from the digital circuit, reducing noise.
  • FLAC &ALACplayback is now supported for high-quality sound, as well as MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files.
  • Upgraded High-resolution colour LED touch screen (again, same one as the CDJ-2000NXS2) with RGB waveformview
  • Finding the righttrack to play next is easy thanks to Track Filter, which filters tracks by My Tag, BPM and key, and the new Matching feature displays tracks you’ve previously tagged when they’re mixed with the track that’s playing.
  • 8 Hot Cues are now supported compared to the traditional 3 on most Pioneer players.
  • RekordboxDJ Plus Pack compatibility is a given and the software will be updated soonto extend support for it.
  • You can now plug a DDJ-SP1 to control yourHot Cues, auto loops and Slip Mode. One DDJ-SP1 can control up to four XDJ multiplayers using Pro DJ Link.
  • Pro DJ Link offers seamless integration and shares beat grid information with the new TORAIZSP-16.


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Sticking with your setup or is it a worthy upgrade for you? Join the discussion below!

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DigitalDJTips Aug 25, 2016
Pioneer DJ just announced the XDJ-1000MK2 multi player. It builds on the original XDJ-1000 released last year by including library browsing features like Track Filter and Track Matching, both of which are inherited from the flagship CDJ-2000NXS2 media player. It also supports high resolution FLAC and ALAC lossless music files. The post Pioneer DJ XDJ-1000MK2 Launched, Improves Browsing appeared...

Serato Aug 25, 2016

Watch a new B2B scratch routine from DJ City with Battle Ave's Ichy the Killer and Bakon One, using the Mixars DUO for Serato DJ.

Take a closer look at the Mixars DUO for Serato DJ.

DJTechTools Aug 24, 2016

Pioneer DJ’s hybrid sampler/sequencer, the TORAIZSP-16 has been one of the most anticipated product launches of the year for DJs and producers. The TORAIZ marks the first time that Pioneer has built a standalone unit designed for live production/performance. DJTT contributor Stu G got an opportunity to check out the unit last week – watch his full overview in today’s exclusive first look video.

Hands On With The TORAIZ SP-16:

First Impressions

The Toraiz SP-16 Sampler by Pioneer DJ and seems at home both in the studio and at live gigs. For a stand-alone unit, the possibilities and applications of this unit are very impressive.

There are many features that really stood out on this unit, so selecting only 3 became a compromise of highlights; I found the following to really shine.

  • The unit is COMPLETELY STAND-ALONE. Not having to connect to a computer was fantastic. After spending a day sampling and chopping some of my favorite vinyl breaks, I brought the unit to a studio session in the evening and had 16 scenes of inspiration ready to add to the track. For live performance, it was great to perform and test new Ideas. I had a new track sequenced out on the SP-16 but wasn?t sure about how long the break and drop should be or in what order was best, I brought the unit to a few gigs and was able to test out some different variations and see what was the best for a solid crowd response.
  • The 7-INCH TOUCHSCREEN was really impressive. It allowed access to everything the unit can do, and the way the menu screens are set up you never have more than a few layers to get to every functionality. A touchscreen highlight is the browser window; a text search option that allows you to instantly find the samples you?re looking for. This text feature, along with the ?track? function button under the pads allows you to load all 16 tracks/ pads extremely quick.
  • The DAVE SMITH ANALOG FILTER sounds incredible with some of the smoothest low and high pass sweeps you can find on a filter. The ?Drive? knob will give anything you pass through it a solid boost of warmth, punch, and analog goodness. One trick I found in the studio was running my basslines and drums out of the DAW and into the SP-16. Then, setting the SP-16 track to ?thru? and passing the audio through the Analog Filter and back into the DAW, the drive knob gave each track an extra warm and punchy presence in the mix.

One thing that I felt could be improved upon was the amount of effects that are available. Currently, there are only four effects. The included effects are very high quality and hopefully Pioneer will have firmware updates that bring over all the remaining effects off of units like the DJM900NXS2.

Quick Jam On TORAIZ SP-16

With the SP-16, there are many applications. For live gigs, the ability to have 16 loops all time stretch in real-time is incredible. You can have full songs composed of one shots, melodic instruments, and top loops and everything will playback quantized regardless of the tempo. This, along with the Link cable, makes integration into a Nexus DJ setup quick and flawless.

For production purposes, the SP-16 was great from hip hop and pop, to house and techno. Having a portable, stand-alone unit to bring to record shops and chop samples on the fly was inspiring. Pioneer?s execution of concept of the Toraiz shows that a standalone sampler can perform great in live and studio environments without a compromise of capabilities.

What do you think of Pioneer DJ’s first foray into production gear?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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DigitalDJTips Aug 24, 2016
Novation just announced an update to its Launchpad app for iPhone and iPad. Now at version 3.0, the Launchpad app supports Ableton Link, which allows you to sync it with other Link-enabled software such as Mixvibes' Cross DJ Pro, Remixlive, and even Ableton Live for inter-app jamming and performances. The post Launchpad For iOS Lets You Jam With Other Music Apps appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Aug 24, 2016
Pulselocker - the subscription streaming music service available within Serato and Pioneer DJ software - has just teased its forthcoming iOS app. This is the only screenshot we have, but the app will clearly offers users the ability to explore, work on playlists, and preview music right from their phones. The post Pulselocker To Add iOS App For Playlisting On The Move appeared first on Digital...

DigitalDJTips Aug 23, 2016
Z-Jay is a concept DJ controller made of three interconnected tablets. It folds out to form a device with three touchscreen surfaces that mimic the standard "two decks and a mixer" set-up. According to developer Luid Pro, the Z-Jay will have a customisable graphic interface for each of the three tablets. The post Z-Jay Is A Foldable Controller You Can Wear On Your Back appeared first on Digital...

DJTechTools Aug 22, 2016

2016 has brought a mass popularity to live streaming video on the web. In the DJ world, this has meant even more opportunities to play in front of a digital audience. However, many DJs have encountered resistance due to copyright issues. In this article, we take a closer lookat how copyright law plays (or doesn’t play) a role in live streaming DJ sets on Facebook Live

We first thought to cover this topic after a conversation in the DJTTforums came up about receiving a takedown notice on Facebook over a live stream. Shout out to the contributors in this thread!

DJ Streaming Legalities + Music Rights

Let?s talk real quickly about copyright and DJ sets. It?s easy to assume that because you own a song, you?re allowed to play it in a DJ set of any type. According to US copyright law, this is incorrect. There are several types of rights for music, including:

  • Public Performance (transmitting or performing the work in public)
  • Reproduction (copying/duplicating)
  • Digital Performance (internet streaming)

When you DJ in a venue, it?s up to that venue to make sure they have a license for public performancefrom major rights organizations. In the United States, the most common ones are ASCAP and BMI. Having thatlicense means that DJs can play recorded music registered with those organizations, bands can cover songs, etc.

This works the same way for radio stations – but their license is for broadcast. This means that they are authorized to play music into public airwaves.

Radio stations have music licenses - but many streaming services do not

Radio stations have music licenses – but many streaming services do not

Many streaming services do not have a clear relationshipwith rights organizations. When you fire up a live stream and start broadcasting the hottest tracks to the internet, this is very similar to a radio station. Theoretically, anyone can tune in and hear you playing copy written music.

This is where copyright law starts to fall behind: DJ sets are not a protected form of free speech, and they generally do not fall under ?fair use?. As a result, copyright takedownsdohappen on various sites. Read on to learn what we know about the current state of copyright takedownson various streaming sites:

Facebook Live

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Facebook is largely credited with the mass distribution of streaming tools by building in Facebook Live into every account on their site. Mobile support meant that most smart phone users now have a perfectly capable streaming device in their pocket.

Is There Copyright Detection On Facebook?

Unlike othersites like YouTube and Soundcloud, Facebook for a while didnotappear to have a system for detecting copy written work inside of a video.YouTube’s prominent “ContentID” allows rights-holders to aggressively look for infringing works and issue automatic takedown notices.

In the last few weeks, a few occasional notices have started popping up for users saying that their stream has been flagged for copyright automatically – which may be a slow implementation of a new copyright detection system. It doesn’t stop the stream, but may impact how the video recording can be used after it is finished.

Is Live Streaming DJ Sets On Facebook Legal?

The only way to request a copyright takedown on Facebook appears to be by filling out a form, manually.

The only way to request a copyright takedown on Facebook appears to be by filling out a form, manually.

As far as we know, Facebook Live doesn’t have any streaming audio licenses with rights organizations like BMI or ASCAP. It’s very similar to the early days of YouTube – video is a massively growing part of Facebook, so many people suspect the company isdoing everything possible to not have to address the issue and potentially hampergrowth.

That being said, just because there isn’t a way to detect infringing works doesn’t make streaming legal. If a label holding the rights to a song somehow saw you using their songs in a stream, andreally wanted to take legal action against you, they would have sufficientgrounds to start a case.

Remember, DJ Techtools is not a legal advisor – so even though we can say it’s unlikely that DJs will start getting sued for mixing on Facebook Live, it’s not a guarantee.

Have There Been Takedowns of Facebook Live DJ Streams?

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Based on our research, not significantly – yet. We?ve heard scattered reports of DJs experiencing copyright-based takedowns, but because of the apparent lack of an automatic engine to detect infringement, they have tended to befew and far between.

As we noted above, some copyright notices have started appearing during streaming – but generally this will still allow you to keep streaming if you hit “OK”, but might limit the length of the stream or the ability to save/rewatch it after the fact. Details on this new system are fairly limited – we’re guessing it is still in the testing phases, and we will update this article as we learn more!

The current consensus is that most takedowns on Facebook Live are a result of someone watching your stream and manually reporting you for copyright infringement.This is good for DJs because the reach of your video (who sees it) will be most likely limited to your friends (or if a page, your followers) and their friends – and anyone who you share it with.

However, many people on Facebook seem to be abusing this “wild west” of copyright. Facebook willallegedly take down content when reported – but many digital creators have reported instances of Facebook not taking down content even when it?s a blatant copy of an original work (this is a bit different from a DJ mix, which is a derivative work).

Watch the below video from prominent YouTuber H3H3H3 on the issue at hand (note: strong language):

Read our tutorial on how to stream on Facebook Live with good DJ audio – even from your phone!

The post Live Streaming DJ Sets On Facebook Live: Copyright Issues? appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DigitalDJTips Aug 22, 2016
Just over a week ago, Hercules released the new DJControl Instinct P8 - it now features eight pads (hence the ?P8? in the name), and seems to conform to the more contemporary idea of what a DJ controller looks like while retaining the small form factor. Is it any good for beginners? We find out? The post Review & Video: Hercules DJControl Instinct P8 Controller appeared first on Digital DJ...

DigitalDJTips Aug 22, 2016
Digital DJ Tips user James writes: "I'm a Traktor user, and I like the potential of Stems as it fits with my beat-gridded house style. I've had little temptation or need to look in any other direction, but this week has made me start to wonder if a change might be up for consideration..." The post Over To You: Should I Switch To A New DJ Software? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DJTechTools Aug 21, 2016

Remember that era just after turntables, and just before CDs, when magnetic cassette tapes were the music medium of choice? While tapes never took off asDJing tools, the ScrubBoard uses the same technology for a unique hybrid tool. Watch a brand new video of it in action in today’s article.

The ScrubBoard is Back!

If you missed it the first time around, the ScrubBoard was a concept that debuted back in 2014 by innovatorJeremy Bell. The basic idea was to use magnetic tape as an alternative to a turntable, with a moveable tape head that you can slide across a strip of tape. It allows a more precise level of control than on a moving turntable platter.

The bonus here is that Jeremy has also added a kill switch to the unit that can act as a transform switch, tagging the audio on and off. It’s a serious evolution from the original ScrubBoard concept – and rubber bands hold the whole thing together. Watch it in action:

Jeremy writes:

“[..,]I’ve also been spending a lot of time practicing, so now I actually have some solid skills, unlike in my previous videos! I’m looking for a good live venue to show off my newfound ScrubBoard chops, but in the meantime, please enjoy this video excerpt of my live set.”

Unfortunately when the ScrubBoard went to Kickstarter status it didn’t end up getting funded, falling about $9,000 short of the goal. We’d love to see it get another crack at making it big time – which is why we’re featuring it here on the DJTT blog.

Classic Tape Scratching From 1991

Jeremy Bell is of course only the mostrecentinnovator to cut it up on tape. There’s a classic performance (embedded below) from the 1991 DMCs where the Latvia’sMr. Tapescratched entirely on magnetic tape. If you’ve never watched it – take a few minutes and witness the magic (along with those annoying disco whistles):

And who could forget Ruthless Ramsey – scratching on two boombox-style tape players, complete with body tricks?

[h/t to Mark at DJ Worx for being the first to share Jeremy’s new video]

The post ScrubBoard Is Back; DIY Scratching With Tapes appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DigitalDJTips Aug 21, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Darren Yerro writes: "As a producer and DJ, I'm at the point in my career where I have a lot of streaming numbers and plays from big names for my remixes, but I'd like to use that as leverage to get my DJing career at the same level. Should I start from ground zero by gigging locally? What would you suggest?" The post Your Questions: As A Producer, Should I Be Hawking For...

DigitalDJTips Aug 21, 2016
In this week's Friday Roundup, we've got a feature on track superstar Olympian Usain Bolt and his passion for DJing (he's been at it for years now, if you didn't know). We've also got pieces on how to juggle your worklife with DJing, a list of the top earning DJs of 2016, and some news of a familiar prospective SoundCloud buyer. The post Friday Roundup: The World's Fastest Man Is Also... A DJ?...

DigitalDJTips Aug 18, 2016
There are thousands of DJs out there - how do you set yourself apart? Besides improving your technique and developing your own sound, getting your name in front of people is crucial. Growing an engaged following on social media is a key component of your DJ branding and marketing. Here are our five tips... The post 5 Killer Instagram Tips For DJs appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

Serato Aug 18, 2016

Our friends at LANDR have offered the chance to have one of your tracks mastered by the man behind the boards for Kendrick Lamar, Derek "MixedByAli" Ali.

Having been responsible for the engineering and mastering for Section.80good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp a Butterfly and untitled unmastered, Ali has an incredible ear for quality. This competition is a great chance to have your own music get the best possible treatment to stand out amongst the rest.

LANDR, who develop online mastering software, are running this competition to promote their new Private Sharing feature which as they say "gives you everything you need to share tracks privately and securely, get valuable feedback and make better music all in one place".

The winner will receive a private mix session with Derek Ali - a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from one of the best in the game. Here's how to enter:

  1. Login to LANDR or signup for an account.
  2. Upload and master your best demo track.
  3. Click “Share” to submit your track.
  4. Share with and two other email addresses of your choice.

Winner announced September 5th and remote mixing session will be arranged for mid-September.

Terms and conditions

  • Participants must be registered LANDR members. If you are not yet a member, signup for an account here and instantly receive 1 free WAV.
  • Participants must send their track using LANDR’s new Private Sharing feature by sharing it with and two other people of their choice
  • Track has to be original and unreleased with copyright belonging to the sharer
  • Submissions will be open on Aug. 15, 2016
  • Tracks must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. EST Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
DJTechTools Aug 18, 2016

We first heard of Qbert’s Thud Rumble working with Intel over a year ago, with the goal to bring microcomputers into the DJ booth and eventually replace laptops. Yesterday, at Intel’s IDF keynote, Qbert showed off a prototype of theirInvader mixer – with a touchscreen display showing Traktor Pro on the mixer. Keep reading for what we know so far.

Thud Rumble Invader Mixer With Intel Inside

  • Gear: Invader mixer (prototype)
  • Designer:Thud Rumble
  • Expected Price:$1,699
  • Availability:Shipping end of 2016
Thud Rumble prototype

[Photo credit: AOL, Roberto Baldwin]

Say hello to Qbert’s dream laptop-free mixer? These prototypes units are still very much basic test runs – but so far the feature set seems to be:

  • touchscreen display (looks to be about a 10″ screen)
  • two-channel mixing section
  • EQ / browse encoders / knobs still seem to be in development
  • 8 cue buttons (arcade buttons) for each deck
  • Windows 10 / Intel processor
  • currently no soundcard, although they are “working with Native Instruments” to have an audio interface made
  • additional HDMI out for video mixing

In terms of size, the final Invader mixer could be “as thin as two centimeters” with feet to adjust it up to standard mixer/turntable height. But with a smaller surface area touching the DJ booth, it’ll be critical for those feet to be super grippy, especially since so much lateral motion (cutting on the crossfader and channelfaders)

The back of the Invader prototypes. Photo credit: AOL, Roberto Baldwin

The back of the Invader prototypes. [Photo credit: AOL, Roberto Baldwin]

For now, these prototypes are very much just that – it’s not a final mixer by any means. Check out the above photo – at this stage,the Invader mixer isappears to just bejust a MIDI controller with a built-in touchscreen to the faceplate, and a computer sitting underneath. There’s not even a back I/O section yet – in these prototypes they’re using external Traktor sound cards.

But Is A Mixer With A Computer Inside It Really Better?

Invader mixer screen

The touchscreen on one of the Invader prototypes. [Photo credit: AOL, Roberto Baldwin]

“[…] the Invader negates the need to drag your personal data around with you. Fainer points out that you already have to carry a mixer around. “You don’t want to be carrying your laptop around too. You have your whole life on that thing,” he says.” – Engadget

We’re not entirely sure that this type of logic works for many DJs who aren’t dedicated touring professional turntablists. Most workingDJs:

  • buynew songs that live and are organized on their laptop without transferring them to a second computer (maybe a USB stick for CDJ users)
  • tweak and adjust their DJ software settings on their laptop without needing their mixer nearby
  • use their laptop for multiple purposes
  • often use other people’s mixers and don’t carry their own to each gig

The other drawbacks to having a mixer with a computer inside include:

  • needing to always have a keyboard and mouse ready if anything goes wrong
  • it’s only really useful for DJing having a big mixer in the way means it’s nearly unusable as a normal machine
  • always will need wall power as it’s a desktop computer – not a laptop with a battery (a power glitch will mean a complete restart)

Share your thoughts in the comments;
Would youwant a dedicated computer inside of a DJ mixer?

Other Similar Mixer/Computer Projects

While Thud Rumble might be the first company to successfully get a mixer with a built-in computer to market, we’ve covered a number of other similar projects right here on DJ Techtools.

It’s very much worth nothing that the OBMFLM4 mixer that we covered last November, designed by Sean Ober – looksvery similar to Thud Rumble’s Invader prototype – built-in screen, and a plethora of arcade buttons all over the face. Very different purpose – but very similar concept.

[header photo and additional photos of the Thud Rumble prototypevia our friends at Engadgetin their full article on the Invader]

The post Thud Rumble’s Invader Mixer Puts A Computer In A Mixer appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools Aug 18, 2016

Portablism is making waves, with more DJs delivering scratch routines in the wild. While some companies have already created equipment that has been co-opted bythe portablism movement, there hasn’t been very much gear made just for this audience – until now. Introducing thePTO1 Scratchturntable fromNumark.The new turntable is the onlyall-in-one solution featuring a mini-speaker and crossfader built-in.

  • Product:PT01 Scratch
  • Manufacturer: Numark
  • Price: $129
  • Availability: Later this year

The PT01 Scratch is a revamp of the now-discontinued PT01 Turntable that was marketed as a turntable for vinyl enthusiasts to “find those hidden gems and lost classics in any record store[… with]your own private listening station.” This updated model takes a different direction and is made specifically for scratch DJs.

The unit features a built-in crossfader switch aka the Adjustable Scratch Switch? which is said to perform longer than ordinary faders, and is replaceable. The Adjustable Scratch Switch can also be positioned for either right-handed or left-handed scratching styles. The turntable can be set to 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM and has a built-in cartridge.


For audio, DJs can easily connect their phone or any audio source with a 1/8″ stereo connection to scratch to the beat. However, the PT01 Scratch can also connect to standard DJ equipment using RCA outputs. A headphone output is available in1/4” or 1/8” connections for private listening.

The PT01 Scratch runs on six AA batteries and can also be plugged into an outlet via the included AC adapter. DJs also have the option of connecting the turntable to a laptop via USB to record vinyl digitally. It is unclear whether this records the input from the needle or the overall master channel.

This turntable is poised to be an affordable investment into portablism DJ culture. Given the simplicity, this could be a nice piece of gear to bring on the road for some fun, care-free scratching without the complexity of setting up standard DJ gear.

The PT01 Scratch will be releasedlater this year atasuggested retail price of $129.

The post Numark PTO1: Portable Turntable With Built-In Crossfader appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DigitalDJTips Aug 18, 2016
Pizza Hut has announced a limited edition DJ controller built into a pizza box. It syncs via Bluetooth to your laptop or smartphone and works with DJ software including Serato, letting you control two decks and a mixer by simply touching the cardboard controls printed on the box itself. The post Get A Slice Of The Action With This DJ Controller Pizza Box appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Aug 18, 2016
Here we go again... with people seemingly having lots of fun scratching halfway up mountains on portable turntables ("portablism", dontcha know), Numark has rushed out a new take on its PT01 portable deck, with a "scratch switch" built in to let DJs cut in/out from a backing track fed in via a phone or similar. The post "That's Not Real Scratching, It's An Insult..." appeared first on Digital DJ...

DigitalDJTips Aug 18, 2016
Thud Rumble, the company founded by legendary turntablist DJ QBert, just unveiled a prototype of The Invader. It's a two-channel scratch mixer with a touchscreen and a Windows PC built into the unit, so you can theoretically install and use any Windows DJ app that's compatible with The Invader. It comes with eight buttons for cues per channel, two volume faders, a crossfader, and other...

DigitalDJTips Aug 18, 2016
Novation just announced Scale Mode for the Launchpad Pro, which is part of a new firmware update. Scale Mode lets you pick a scale in Ableton Live, the notes of which are then mapped out on the Launchpad Pro's 64 pads. This makes it easier to write melodies and chords because any pad you press will be "in key". The post Launchpad Pro's Scale Mode Helps Anyone Write Music appeared first on...

DigitalDJTips Aug 18, 2016
SoundSwitch, the hardware / software bundle that syncs Serato DJ with DMX lighting, has just announced the SoundSwitch 1.0 app. It lets you code your own light shows, which are then embedded into music files. When those songs are played in Serato DJ, the data gets sent from SoundSwitch to your DMX lights. The post SoundSwitch 1.0 Software Released, Free To Try appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DJTechTools Aug 16, 2016

Putting performance pads on DJ controller is the common refrain of the market in the last few years, and Hercules’ just-announced DJControl Instinct P8 is no exception. This new controller is a remake of a previous budget Hercules’ with a few changes – keep reading to learn more.

Hercules DJControl Instinct P8

  • Gear:DJControl Instinct P8
  • Manufacturer: Hercules
  • Price:$129.99
  • Availability:September 2016

The original DJControl Instinct launched back in 2012 as a very basic entry-level DJ controller – and with this new version, is is still in that category. It’s a simple USB-powered MIDI controller, with RCA outs, a headphone jack, two jog wheels, a mixing section, and performance pads – and not much else. Here’s the official feature list:

  • Effects controls and adjustments; dedicated
  • Sync, Cue and Play/Pause buttons
  • separate modes on each deck
  • temporary Loop mode [read: Loop Roll] using the pads, or permanent Loop mode using the encoder
  • 3-band EQ
  • extended functions via the Shift button
  • built-in sound card with a dual stereo RCA output for mixing
  • a stereo 3.5mm mini-jack output for previewing
The new P8 version, at left, and the older DJControl Instinct, at right.

The new P8 version, at left, and the older DJControl Instinct, at right.

On the new P8 model, the pads have been (smartly) moved to the bottom of the controller, less likely to accidentally hit the jogwheel when using them. Hercules has also removed the oddly tapered faders and EQ knobs on the controller, instead going with faders and knobs very similar to those on the jogwheel-free Hercules P32 – read our review here.

While overall the new designs that Hercules are coming up with are much cleaner and modern, we are a bit surprised at the on-jogwheel graphics. It’s feelsbit overkill and gaudy – but might be appealing to younger kids and not seasoned industry veterans?

Hercules does include software with the DJControl Instinct P8 – a version of their own DJUCED 40 software – which is totally usable for DJs just starting out. But if a DJ is expecting to learn the most common software in the industry, they’ll have to buy it separately and find a MIDI mapping, if available.

The post Hercules DJControl Instinct P8: Performance Pads On Budget DJ Gear appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools Aug 16, 2016

Serato should win the prizefor “most often updated DJ software” – because they continue to keep rolling out new updates. Today, Serato DJ 1.9.3 went into public beta, incorporating a new sampler with additional slots, and an improved MIDI mapping interface. Read on for the details.

Serato DJ 1.9.3 Public Beta

Here’s the full changelog (currently) for this version of Serato DJ:

New Features

  • Update to Sampler (previously called SP-6), includes:
Serato DJ's new Sampler (formerly SP-6 - click to expand)

Serato DJ’s new Sampler (formerly called SP-6, now it has four banks of 8 slots)

  • New Sampler layout design for simple and extended views
  • 8 available sample slots per bank
  • Simple Sync available for Sampler slots
MIDI mapping interface

The new MIDI mapping panel (click to expand)

Other Changes

  • Updated MIDI mapping interface for easier visibility (see screenshot above with the new MIDI panel)
  • Keyboard shortcuts adjusted to included Sampler slots 7-8

Bug Fixes

  • Tracks not being marked as played correctly with Pioneer DJM-850
  • Potential kernel panic when toggling USB Insert FX on Rane TTM-57MkII
  • Potential audible pop or click after playing from cue point or temp cue
  • Pitch slider on master deck in sync controlling slave deck pitch when in sync and paused
  • Playhead position incorrect starting the software in REL, then switching to INT mode before pressing Play using motorized platters
  • Dragging iTunes files to the Serato DJ library takes a long time to import
  • Incorrect output lighting on Denon DJ MCX8000 parameter buttons while in Pitch Play performance pad mode
  • Potentially high CPU usage and audio distortion after track with Pitch ?n Time DJ enabled passes the end of the track and pauses
  • WAV files potentially being corrupted after writing tags

The Serato DJ 1.9.3 Public Beta is available as a free download on the Serato forums. Simply agree to their terms and conditions and start trying it out!

Remember, this is a beta version of a DJ software, sodon’t rely on it for your gigs.Only use personally well-tested updates when you’re playing out in public!

The post Serato DJ 1.9.3 Beta: New Sampler and MIDI Mapping Interface appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DJTechTools Aug 16, 2016

Denon DJ has announced a brand new DJ controller, the MC7000, a feature-heavy 4-channel unit with two built-in soundcards. That means that two DJs can be using the setup at the same time with two different laptops, which until now was only possible on the Pioneer DDJ-SZ. Keep reading for a video overview and all the details.

Denon DJ MC7000

We often see a few bits of DJ gear get announced around this time of year – the week of the DJ Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Denon DJ is going big with this announcement of the MC7000.At first glance, this is effectively is a non-standalone, no-screens version of the MCX-8000 that was unveiled earlier this year.

The biggest feature that is being championed on this controller is two discrete USB audio interfaces, allows DJs to trade-off seamlessly, or to concurrently use theunit to mix back to back.

MC7000 Feature Set


  • 16 Velocity-Sensitive Performance Pads
  • New Dedicated Key Matching and Changing Controls
  • Solid 6-inch Touch-Capacitive Platters with Tracking LED


  • 2 Mic Inputs with Dedicated Controls
  • XLR Booth and Master connections
  • 4-Channel DJ Controller with Digital Mixer
  • Dual USB Audio Interfaces
  • 3 Serato Expansion Packs Included (Pitch ?n Time, Flip, and Video; worth $200)
  • Solid Compact Design

With this level of feature-set and included software, it’s becoming pretty clear that Denon DJ / InMusic (which includes Numark) isvery serious about taking on Pioneer DJ, who have dominated the controller market over the last two to three years.

For $999, it’s not a bad price either. For comparison, the Pioneer DJ DDJ-SZ is $1,997 – and aside from some onboard effects, there’s not that much that it does that the MC7000 doesn’t have.

Interested in owning this controller? Sign up here to get an email when preorders launch (we won’t spam you beyond a single email).

The post Denon DJ MC7000: A Dual Audio Interface DJ Controller appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DigitalDJTips Aug 16, 2016
Hercules just launched its the Hercules DJControl Instinct P8, an updated version of its DJControl Instinct controller. It's a compact, two-channel controller with jogwheels and performance pads, and is meant to be used with the supplied DJUCED 40 software. It also comes with its own audio interface onboard. The post Hercules DJControl Instinct P8 Launched appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Aug 16, 2016
Native Instruments just announced an update to Traktor Pro 2. Now at 2.10.3, the new version addresses and fixes nearly all known crash issues in both Windows and Mac computers, something that's been talked about a lot by our Traktor-using readers for quite a while now. The post New Traktor Update Solves Crashing Issues appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DigitalDJTips Aug 16, 2016
Serato just announced the public beta for Serato DJ 1.9.3 that includes an updated eight-slot Sample Player. It builds on the classic SP-6, which has had six sample slots since its introduction. The update also includes an improved Midi controller mapping interface. The post Serato DJ Finally Gets 8 Sample Player Slots appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

Serato Aug 16, 2016

Denon DJ MC7000

Announcing, the Denon DJ MC7000 available in a forthcoming release of Serato DJ. Check out the video and images below for the first look at this controller and read why you should be excited.

The Denon DJ MC7000 is Denon DJs latest 4-channel Serato DJ Enabled controller with dual USB inputs. The two USB connections give the added functionality of being able to play B2B and make hand over between DJs a breeze. Not only is the MC7000 Serato DJ enabled, it also includes 3 Serato DJ Expansion packs - Pitch ‘n Time DJ, Flip and Video.

The dual 6-inch platters have a touch-capacitive design with rotational LED displays, giving maximum feedback to optimize track manipulation performance in real time.

The MC7000’s new dedicated Key Matching and adjusting controls for Serato Pitch 'n Time DJ give the ability to instantly and harmonically match or adjust musical keys of tracks for enhanced performance capabilities.

In addition, the MC7000 is Serato DVS Upgrade Ready, giving the ability to extend the setup with the MC7000 to include turntables or CJs with Serato control tone.

Key Features

  • 4-Channel DJ Controller with Digital Mixer
  • Dual USB Audio Interfaces - Connect 2 Computers at once
  • 3 Serato Expansion Packs Included (Pitch ‘n Time, Flip and Video)
  • 16 Velocity-Sensitive Performance Pads
  • New Dedicated Key Matching and Changing Controls
  • Solid 6-inch Touch Capacitive Platters with Tracking LED
  • 2 Mic Inputs with Dedicated Controls
  • XLR Booth and Master connections
  • Serato DJ DVS Compatible
  • Solid Compact Design 
Serato Aug 16, 2016

Serato DJ 1.9.3 is now in public beta, adding a number of new features and improvements including:

  • The Serato DJ Sample Player has been updated from the classic SP-6 with two extra slots, as well as a number of changes to the design for better usability.
  • An improved and refreshed look for MIDI mapping.
  • Various bug fixes, changes and stability improvements.

Michael Redwood (Serato Product Team Manager) says: “The Serato Sampler gets some well deserved attention in this update, as well as continued improvements to stability and performance for working DJs. We appreciate all the support and involvement from our community and the Serato DJ 1.9.3 public beta is a great time to test out our latest update and give feedback directly to the team.”

Serato Sampler

  • Includes two extra sample slots, allowing a total of eight samples to be loaded at once.
  • Mapped across all supported hardware.
  • A redesigned interface with new simple / advanced view modes for ease of use and also flexibility for complex control.
  • More improvements listed in the full release notes.

This release also includes a number of important stability improvements for all Serato DJs. Read the full list of bug fixes, changes and additions in the Serato DJ 1.9.3 release notes.

Join the Serato DJ 1.9.3 beta:

DJTechTools Aug 15, 2016

Being able to quickly find great tracks from aDJ libraryto mix into a setis a critical skill. To get good at it, DJs need to be intensely familiar with their musicandhave a sense of what the crowd wants. But it also helps to have a solid organizational system for your library, one that you can quickly reference and remember what a particular track sounds or feels like.

In this article, DJTT contributor PDot shares a great process for tagging and coding DJ libraries super-efficiently. Check it out and share your own ideas in the comments!

Acoding system for organizing music has become my most important and most used tool as a DJ. Not only does taggingyour trackschange how you think aboutmusic organization, it also willimproveyourability to find the perfect song at the perfect time. There are many ways of organizingyour DJ collection, but I have found a variation of the ?Sixxx? coding system works best for me.

What Exactly Is A Coding System?


Acoding (or tagging) system is a method of putting your music into different categories to make songs easier to find. You can have codes for all kinds ofmetadata–things likegenre, mood, era, set times, region – just about anything. It’s this extremeflexibility thatmakes codingyour collectionsuch a powerful tool.

How Will Coding My Tracks Help Me DJ?

It’s impressive how quickly your mind will adjust to putting a new system like this in place. Because you’re doing the tagging, you learn the rules of the system, and know exactly what each code/tag means. Here’s a few of the great benefits that come with a well-coded collection:

  • Makes finding the right song faster and easier
  • Coding ?playlists? are live updating =no more worrying about adding new songs to playlists
  • System is custom tailored to you, your library, and how youDJ
  • Helps solve?What do I play next?? moments during your sets

How Does A Coding System Work?


A coding system relies on the search functionality of your DJ software to make smart playlists on the fly. By typing in a few short keywords you are able to niche down even the most immense DJ library into just the songs that fit that moment of your gig.

Here?s a quick rundown of how to manually createyour own coding system:

  1. Create a list of codes that will be useful for you and your DJ library (protip: start with a few codes, you can always add more later)
  2. All codes must begin with a special character such as ?[? or ?{?. Forexample: [DEEP], [BIGROOM], [FIDGET]
  3. Choose a specific ID3 tag field (I use the comments field) to put the codes in
  4. Add codes to relevant songs. Most songs will have multiple codes!(protip: Using the ?Append To Selected Tag? DougScripts speeds this up)
  5. Test it out! Use thesearch function in DJ software to make sure the code system is working correctly

VERY IMPORTANT: You must use a special character at the beginning of your tag that does not show up in any other ID3 tags in your library.

Coming Up With Your Own System

FinishedCodeThe flexibility of atag/codesystem is what makes it a great way to organize music. You can create a system that is very broad, or create something more complex. You can break your DJlibrary down into small, well-curated playlists that are accessible very quickly.

Here’s a list of some of myowncodes – use these as a good starting place for ideas to start your own system:

Genre:I have a two level genre code system:

1st Level: Broad tag for certain genres or similar genres

  • [DNC]: Overall tag for any dance music
  • [HH]: Overall tag for any Hip-Hop music
  • [REGG]: Overall tag for Reggae influenced music

2nd Level: a second tag for sub-genre or region

  • [DEEP]: Deep house
  • [TROP]: Tropical house
  • [FRNC]: French sample/loop based house
  • [LA]: West coast Hip-Hop
  • [NY]: East coast Hip-Hop
  • [DNHL]: Dancehall
  • [REGTN]: Reggaeton

Set Time:Different parts of the night call for different types of music. Break down alibrary with codes for each part of the night:

  • [EARLY]: Songs that I would use to open with
  • [PRIME]: Primetime songs that get more of a crowd reaction
  • [AFTER]: Songs I?d play to wind down the night

Era:I also add a code for the decade the song comes from. This especially is helpful if you ever playa themed party, like an 80s night:

  • [80S]: Songs from 1980-1989
  • [90S]: Songs from 1990-1999
  • [00S]: Songs from 2000-2009

While searching for one song using codes, you’re able to see even more songs you have already predetermined that might work with the first song you are looking for. This is a great way to run into a song in your library you may have forgotten about or haven?t played awhile. Or if you draw a blank in the middle of a set, type in a few codes and run into a track that might just save the night.

Tagging Your DJ Library With Other Tools


If you’re not into manually entering in codes for all your tracks, there are a few apps that can help you with that. Both Beatport Pro and Rekordbox allow for you to tag all of your tracks with custom tags/codes. Just be aware of what field that your codes are saved under because you want to make sure that they are searchable in whatever DJ software you use.

Here is a video overview how to create a coding system using iTunes:

Have your own ideas for DJ collection tagging? Share your processesin the comments below!

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DigitalDJTips Aug 15, 2016
Denon DJ just announced the MC7000 controller for Serato DJ at DJ Expo 2016. It's a four-channel controller that comes with two USB ports onboard for connecting up to two laptops, two 6" touch-sensitive jogwheels with 16 performance pads, and dedicated key sync and key change controls all housed in a rugged chassis. The post [DJ Expo 2016] Denon DJ MC7000 Serato DJ Controller appeared first on...

DigitalDJTips Aug 15, 2016
Numark just announced its new PT01 Scratch portable turntable at DJ Expo 2016. Aimed squarely at portable turntablists, or "portablists", the Numark PT01 Scratch is a compact turntable with a Scratch Switch, which looks like an on/off crossfader. It runs on batteries and comes with a speaker for portable scratching. The post [DJ Expo 2016] Numark PT01 Scratch Portable Turntable appeared first on...

Serato Aug 15, 2016

Serato is excited to partner with Sample Music Festival in Berlin this year, the first international event for turntablists, finger drummers and beat producers. Two days of workshops, performances, keynotes and exhibitions.

Sample Music Festival 2016, 17–18 September @ Gretchen Berlin

Buy Tickets

17.09.2016 Saturday: 


  • Alex Sonnenfeld (QbertSkratchUniversity)
  • Dj Rob Bankz (6xDMC/IDA World Champion)
  • Johannes Kreidler (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg)
  • Tommy Tone (SAE Bochum)
  • D-Styles (InvisblSkratchPiklz, BeatJunkies)
  • DJ Raedawn (TTM Academy Brooklyn/NewYork)
  • Dj Rafik (6xDMC World Champion)
  • Ryan Ross Smith (Rensselaer Institut New York) 


  • Skratch Lordz (UK/Ireland) Cutting Room
  • Finals dt. Turntablism Meisterschaft (IDA Germany) -close-
  • Dj Unkut (3xDMC WorldChampion)
  • Dj Rafik (6xDMC World Champion)
  • Doshy (Saturate, Rwina, Lowrider Rec.)
  • D-Styles (LowEndTheory L.A)
  • Skillz Machine (Belgien)
  • Soulmind (TroughMySpeakers Berlin)

18.09.2016 Sunday:


  • Ryan Ross Smith 
  • D-Tale/DJCity „Industry Insights & Promotion“
  • S-Trix „Turntablism Routines“
  • Tim Kroker „Finger Drumming“
  • Arkaei „Controllerism 2.0“
  • GRZLY Adams „Traktor & STEMS“
  • Doshy „Analog <> Digital“
  • Audio 88&Yassin „Q&A“
  • Sample Science Session


DigitalDJTips Aug 14, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Andrea Marcovaldi writes: "I?m a '50-year-old boy'. Together with some friends of mine I started to organise some throwback parties with a lot of success, and for that reason I?d now like to learn how to DJ. I'd like to get started with some very entry-level / budget gear to see if I like DJing..." The post Your Questions: I Want To Become A Throwback Party DJ! appeared...

DigitalDJTips Aug 13, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Tony writes: "I've hit what I would call a DJ's block: I'm still mixing and trying to sort out gigs, but it just feels like every mixtape I record isn't good enough. It's not like I don't want to spin anymore, but right now I don't feel like I'm making any progress in my DJing, and I really would like to get unstuck." The post Your Questions: "Help, I'm Struggling With...

DJTechTools Aug 12, 2016

Traktor users have been patiently waiting for any type of major update to the software. We’ve seen advanced features like Stems come out – but there’s been very little attention to the basics of DJing with the software. With this micro-update, Traktor Pro 2.10.3 there’s not too much to report, although a user in our forums seems to think something is coming soon.

Traktor Pro 2.10.3 Features / Updates

There’s really only a tiny selection of things in the changelog for this new update – the biggest of which is a soundcard certification for the Rane MP2014 rotary mixer. Having these boutique mixers ready-to-go in Traktor is nice, but most Traktor users will never own or use one of these high-end beauties regularly.

Here’s the changelog for the new update – with a serious focus on making the platform more stable:

  • Most currently known crashes in Windows and OSX fixed
  • Fixed blurry or missing waveforms on track loading
  • Fixed occasional Stems misalignment
  • Rane MP2014 mixer now Scratch Certified
  • AUX input routing now configurable on TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 and Z2

Never Update Before A Gig

Here it is again, our regular reminders to DJs everywhere: if you have a gig coming up in the next 48 hours, don’t update to a new version of anything. Software, hardware drivers, operating system, it doesn’t matter – unless you’ve thoroughly tested a new setup, it’s not worth it to risk something going wrong.

Something New Coming for Maschine?

Take this rumor with a grain of salt, but a user on the DJ Techtools forums confirmed that the new Traktor version is stable, and that there’s something afoot with Maschine:

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This is the first we’ve seen anything like this mentioned around the web. Is a new version of Maschine coming? Is this being mentioned in connection with a Traktor update intentionally, or is it just a coincidence? Isragverp just making it all up? Let’s all speculate in the comments below.

Traktor Pro 2.10.3 is available today in Service Center or in your Native Instruments website account as a free update.

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DJTechTools Aug 12, 2016

Genres are constantly a topic of debate for every music lover and DJ. The way that musicstores decide on genres can actually impact the success of tracks and artists, so wouldn’t it be great for DJs, labels, and fans to influence that process? In this interview with Beatport, we found out a bit about their new approach to genre tagging.

Genre Management at Beatport

?We expect to launch new genres by the end of August?

As a Beatport employee (during the time when the still site existed in Flash)I headed up a department that later became known as ?Content Merchandising?. During these earlier stages of growth and development, we referred to it simply as genre management. Our job, as a team, was to manually ensure that all tracks on the site were assigned to their correct genre profile ? a profile that was defined and set by Beatport.

Times have changed, but gripes regarding Beatport?s genre classification system have remained. It?s an innocuous problem that has seemingly been unfixable. Until now.


Beatport’s original Flash-based website (serious throwback!)

Beatport plans to change the site?s genre system to meet modern needs and reflect the changing nature of DJ culture. DJ TechTools spoke to the VP of Marketing Terry Weerasinghe to find out more about the firm?s new approach to their genres, while touching upon the company?s future.

Future House

Since launching over thirteen years ago, the store?s original genre classification system has arguably failed to match the overall changes in the electronic music scene. The primary categories; Drum & Bass, Deep House, House, Techno, Progressive House and Trance are still there ? and along the way, pages for Dubstep, Indie Dance and Hip-Hop were added. So what?s the plan now?

DJTT: What?s happening with Beatport?s new approach to genres?

Beatport: “This is something that the public has been asking for, and hands up, we?ve heard them. The important thing to say is that there is not one correct definition of a genre. We just want to make finding good music easier for our customers.

For instance, you have quite a broad spectrum of music under House now and this includes some of the new Future House as well as well as the more classic records, but the reality of House music is that it is an everything-goes underground dance genre.

We?re not going to be making these decisions on our own. We?ve put together a committee of industry experts. We?ve got key people from some of the main labels involved, including Kompakt, Toolroom, Spinnin and Aus. Each has provided a DJ to be a part of the panel. Before we finalize any changes we?ll be conducting an audio survey where we play our new genres to DJs who?ll give us feedback as to whether or not this is the right way forward. With all things said and done, we expect to launch these new genres by the end of August.”


DJTT: What are these new genres going to be?

Beatport: “It looks likely these will include ?Big Room? and ?Future House? which will contain music dedicated to the festival crowd. We?ve already launched a ?Dance? chart, which is already live, because what we?ve seen recently, is a vast increase in dance songs coming out with song-like structures ? these are tracks that are eventually going to make the way into the pop charts, tracks like ?Animal?, or ?#SELFIE by the Chainsmokers.”

Future Proofing

Genres are styles are constantly in flux, and even definitions and understanding of how genres work are changing. Progressive House was once epitomized by the likes of Sasha and Digweed. Nowadays Bedrock releases often fall under the tech-house category, whereas the likes of Innervisions have the characteristics that once defined this legendary progressive period. So how does Beatport expect to be able to keep up with all these changes?

Is this going to be future-proof?

Beatport: “Yes, this is the reason we?re putting together a committee. The committee is currently more focused more on the house side of things, but we?ll add more genres when needed. Techno and tech house are fairly [accurate] at the moment. The bass side is the next bit we?re going to look at. Every six months we?re going to be reviewing the genres on Beatport going forward.”

Is there a time when you think genres will become redundant, like Glitch-Hop?

Beatport: “I think DJs will always need genres as a way of finding new music. We have 25,000 new releases most weeks and genres help to narrow down the tracks you?ll need to search through. We have to stay relevant in terms of what people are playing. We will also have to retire genres and bring in new ones. The main thing is staying ahead of the trends, and working with the artists and labels in those areas.”


Some of the tags in Beatport Pro will be used in the new process

How has crowdsourcing genre tags helped you come to this point?

Beatport: “As a Beatport Pro user you?re able to tag your tracks how you?d like to tag them and different tracks mean different things to different people. In the future we?ll be able to use that data in our algorithms to help people find things and that way we can get around potential cultural differences. For example, if you?re a user in Brazil you could just use data collected in [your country], because people use vastly different terms there than they would do in Berlin, for instance.

Genre tagging?s importance becomes apparent when content is only crowdsourced. When you look at the Deep House chart on Soundcloud, there are currently tracks by Drake and Ed Sheeran in the Top 10 because it?s based on public tagging with no definition or control of the genre. We have to set an industry standard, and we have to do that with our customers and key people in the industry. It?s not the worldwide definition of what that genre is, but what it is on Beatport it has to be consistent so that you can find that thing more easily.”

The Cancelled Sale

(What If) DJs Buy Back Beatport

The sale of Beatport got called off earlier this year – read our article about what might have happened it DJs bought the site here

Late last month SFX?s prosed sale of Beatportwas cancelled. The media giant, emerging from a Chapter 11 winding-up process ? now with a new CEO and structure- opted to pull company?s sales, citing improved financial results as the reason. So what happens now?

What can you say about SFXcancelingplans to sell Beatport?

Beatport: “The changes we?ve made have laid a strong foundation for Beatport and dramatically improved our profitability. Being focused on the store is enabling us to make positive strides to improve, making it possible to finally change our genres, and to add a pre-order system, which has been the biggest request from our labels and suppliers.”

How did you actually manage to improve profitability?

Beatport: “By concentrating on the core business. Right now all of our labels are focused on generating revenue on the store and all of our social media is focused on great music. We?re trying to get back to being that nerdy music store.”

Challenges Still Remain

Gone are Beatport?s streaming platforms, mixes and new features. By engaging with leader figureheads and listening to users, there is hope for the site and a future that looks more promising.

Remaining under the custody of SFX will still be a concern, and as Thump very articulately put it, ?The company still faces the same existential challenge it’s been struggling to answer for most of its history??the impending obsoletion of downloading?.

How would you change genreclassificationon Beatport or other stores?
Share your ideas in the comments!

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DigitalDJTips Aug 12, 2016
In this week's Friday Roundup, we've got a feature that weighs in on pre-planning a DJ set as bass house DJ Jauz shares his thoughts following a festival performance where his set wasn't transferred to a USB drive. This and more in our weekly roundup of DJ news from around the web. Have a great weekend! The post Friday Roundup: Should You Pre-Plan Your DJ Sets? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

Serato Aug 12, 2016

Styles upon styles upon styles... This month we are honoured to celebrate the 5-Foot Assassin's legacy with "Nutshell", a Serato x Phife Dawg pressing.

"Nutshell" comes as a 2x12 pair and pays homage to the late legend's treasured team, the New York Knicks. The artwork features Phife, front and back, sporting Knicks gears, while the vinyl comes in signature Knicks' blue and orange with a marbled effect.

Comprising three Phife Dawg cuts, the pressing includes "Nutshell" produced by J Dilla, as well as the exclusive track "French Kiss" feat Illa J, produced by Potatohead People. It then comes full circle with "Dear Dilla", Phife's touch tribute to the late and great beatmaker, produced by Dj Rasta Root and V Rich.

Only a very limited number of these were pressed. Get in quick while they're still up for grabs.

Purchase from the Serato Online Store

Or buy from Smokin Needles Records here.

DigitalDJTips Aug 11, 2016
The Denon DJ MCX8000 is a popular controller for Serato DJ, but it has an ace up its sleeve: It also works with Denon's own Engine software. Engine lets you analyse your collection beforehand, pop it onto a USB drive, then play with it on the MCX8000. And that, in our view, makes it the perfect backup solution for gigging Serato DJs. The post Using Engine As A Serato Backup With The Denon DJ...

DigitalDJTips Aug 11, 2016
DJs are the centre of attention at a party, whether we like it or not. We are entertainers and artists, and as such there's a healthy amount of ego to maintain. However, it's all too easy for things to go to your head, especially if you've experienced some form of success and, perhaps, even power. Here are five things to avoid... The post 5 Warning Signs That Your DJ Ego Is Getting Too Big...

Serato Aug 11, 2016

SoundSwitch 1.0 Now Available

SoundSwitch gives DJs the ability to seamlessly integrate DMX lighting with live audio by attaching lighting cues/effects to audio files so when played through Serato DJ the customised lighting display occurs automatically.

SoundSwitch 1.0 is now available, and you can now download and trial the software before purchasing the hardware, meaning you can set up lighting for tracks and give the software a go before purchase.

SoundSwitch key features include:

  • Familiar DAW style track based editing
  • Attach custom lighting scripts to individual audio tracks
  • Playback lighting scripts synced with Serato DJ
  • Use crossfader and upfaders to blend lighting Scripts and Autoloops
  • Cloud based fixture library
  • Autoloops
  • Venues Tabs let DJs setup seven different lighting rigs
  • Performance Mode hot keys

Learn more and Download

DJTechTools Aug 10, 2016

Sampling from old recordscan be a great way to get inspiration from generations and times past. Vinylis also agreat source of analog tone to craft, mangle, and tune. In this quick tutorial, Mad Zach shares his techniques for building a unique soundpack out of a simple vinyl sample.

Sample Vinyl Records To Build A Soundpack

Mad Zach Pro Tips: Finding ASample

When you’re looking for a sample, it’s good to identify a part of the record where one of the instruments is isolated. Often these sections are located at the beginning or end of the track. On old records I?ve found that often the darker, more twisted tracks are featured on the Bside. Make sure to check both sides!

A common technique for searching the entirerecord quickly is to move the record needle around, listening for about 5 to 10 seconds between each movement.Use your hand to spin the record backwards and forwards looking for something tasty.

Recording record movement can be cool as well ? use the pitchfader to slow down or speed up samples before recording them. If you turn off the motor so that the record isn’t spinning, you can move the record around at variable speed in either direction, creating cool effects.

One of my favorite tricks is to turn off the power on the turntable, but continue recording as the record slowly slows down until it’s not moving anymore. This creates a cool pitch dive slow down effect that I like to use my finger drumming routines.

Remember that you can use the EQ and filter on your DJ mixer to get the samples sounding awesome before they even hit the computer. You even can run the turntable through some hardware effects like delay, reverb, and filters – all before recording.

Recording the Sample


Recording the sample should be pretty straightforward. Make sure to run a cable from your DJ mixer into your audio interface, and route that signal onto a new track in your DAW.

I like to record my vinyl samples at 96 kHz sometimes, because when you record a high sample rate, you can slow the samples down dramatically and they will stay crispy and fat. Forthat classic MPC-style sound, you’re going want to choose 16-bit, because that?s the old school way (and itstill sounds dope).

Secure Your Drum Sounds

I usually start with some cool drum sounds already loaded up in the drum rack. With drums in place beforehand, it’s easier to search for hooks and try them outimmediately over a beat. For this video I grabbed some of my favorite drum one-shots from Volume 5 of my latest Mad Zach finger drumming soundpacks.

Loading TheSampleToDrumrack


Once you’ve recorded your sample, drag it onto a new cell in your drum rack and hit the corresponding button on your controller to trigger the sound. Continue tappingthat pad/button while movingthestart point within Simpler, searching for tasty bit.

When you found a nice section to work with, it can be cool to try pitching down an octave, reversing it, filtering, or even adding warping (more on that in a futurevideo!).

With the first sound tuned and dialed, I usually copy it onto one or two other empty slots in the drum rack and adjust the pitch on those new instances to make a playable melody.

A Word On Sound Placement +Finger Drumming

Even though Ableton’sDrum Rack has 127 slots available, I like to keep my sound count to 16 or under at first. This allows me to keep the idea focused and use my finger drumming muscle memory to generate ideas instantaneously.

I also like to put the same kinds of sounds on the same slots. For example, the bottom two rows are mostly all drum sounds. The top two rowsare usually filledwith atmospherics, hooks, bass sounds, risers, etc. If things get really wild, you can always fill up more than 16 cells – but I recommend starting small. It’s better to generate a focused idea (do one thing well) before introducing too many other variables.

A quick note on legal issues related to samples:Sampling is subject to copyright laws, and you generally can’t sample someone else’s work without their permission. If you’re not making money on it, it might be fine for personal use– but be careful.

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DigitalDJTips Aug 9, 2016
Finger drumming and cue juggling are performance skills that can help set you apart from other DJs who are happy to just mix two songs together. Melodics is an app that aims to teach you how to do those, and in this article I list my top three reasons for getting the app and sticking with it. The post 3 Reasons Why I Grew To Love This Finger Drumming App appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

Serato Aug 9, 2016

Check out the latest UKF: In the Mix video routine from Captain Crunch as he spins, cuts and blends his way through a selection of some of the finest halftime beats featured on UKF over the past year.

Check out the rest of the UKF x Serato "In the Mix" series.

DJTechTools Aug 8, 2016

We’ve only seen quick glimpses on social media ofPioneer DJ’s groundbreaking new TORAIZ SP-16 hardware sequencer. Afew daysago, a series of videos were finallyreleased that give us a better look at the unit and how it works. Get advanced, pre-release insight into this unit inside.

What Is The TORAIZ SP-16?

The first announcement of the TORAIZ SP-16 was back inApril 2016, over four months ago. Let’s start with a quick refresher on the basic stats of this unit:

Key Features:

  • Full-color 7″ touch screen
  • 16-step sequencer and16 performance pads with velocity for live performance
  • Beat sync (via PRO DJ LINK) with CDJs to lock in time with tracks and quantize loops to the master deck
  • Analog filters by Dave Smith (the same as on the Prophet-6 synth)

On August 5th, Pioneer DJ released a series of tutorials on their YouTube channel that share more insight into the TORAIZ SP-16 than we’ve ever seen before. They’re fairly dry and low-energy tutorial videos – so we’ve summarizedthe most important partsin each section below:

How TORAIZ Projects/Samples/Tracks Are Structured

On the TORAIZ, there’s a fairly simple structure to how your work is stored:

  • Projects are the top-level of organization
  • Each project stores16 scenes, 1 arrangement, and amixer state
  • The TORAIZ can storeas many projects as there is memory for
  • Scenes have 16 patterns, and assignment information for 16 tracks
  • Each Track is a sample player on a pad – it stores information on the amp envelop, insert FX, and any associatedsequence.
  • Sample Tracks are based around a sample as the source of audio
  • Through Tracksuse external input as the sound source
  • Patterns can be 4 to 64 beats long

TORAIZ Sample Browsing /Assignment

This video mostly is showing off how you browse and search for samples when working on the TORAIZ. Browse samples via the internal folder structure, or you can search for them with the on-screen keyboard (which is only a few inches wide).

TORAIZ Pad Modes

  • When no pad mode lights are lit, each pad justplaysthe associated track (without selecting it for manipulation on the sequencer or screen)
  • Track Mode:Selects the track assigned for a pad (think of this as putting a “focus” on a specific track for the entire unit. This allows quick sequencing and parameter adjustment
  • Mute Mode: Allows you to quickly mute/unmute tracks. This is like a simple mixer functionality. Shift + a pad in this mode will solo/unsolo anytrack
  • Slice Mode:Automatically slices a sample across all 16 pads so you can play / trigger any individual part of it
  • Scale Mode:Pitches a sample across 16 pads, increasing in 1 semitone on each pad.

TORAIZ SP-16’s Step Sequencer

The TORAIZ’sstep sequencer works pretty much like one might expect – particularly for users coming from a workflow like on the Roland AIRA TR-8.

  • The color of the sequencer buttons correspond to the track being sequenced – this is nice for very quick reference of what you are manipulating
  • Start sequencing a track by hitting the associated pad (while in Track pad mode), or by tapping the track on the screen
  • Parameter automation can be recorded using the step modulation function – hold down a step key and turnone of the 6 parameter knobs below the screen.
  • It seems like you can easily map the ADSR of samples, the playback time, pitch, etc
  • With the record button on, you can play samples and adjust parameters in real-time instead of step-by-step. Quantization is available in the project BPM screen

Dave Smith Analog Filters

  • Drive allows a user to quickly add overdrive and distort a track with the filter section. An OVER light indicates when distortion is “in process”.
  • Low pass and high pass are self-explanatory filters – and interestingly, only Low Passcan be manipulated with the Resonance knob.

Trigger Types

There are three trigger types on the SP-16’s sequencer:

  • Full: Triggers everything: the sample, amp envelop, and parameters.
  • Half:Only triggers the envelope – the sample is not retriggered
  • Parameter:Only triggers the manipulated parameters – not the sample or the envelop

What About Sampling + Using Alongside CDJs?

So in the videos above, we’ve had a chance to finally see the TORAIZ SP-16 in action. One thing is very much missing: sampling. So far, there hasn’t been any media released that show the sampling process in action.

We expect that how the SP-16 integrates into the rest of a “typical” Pioneer CDJ setup will becritical in the success of the unit. If it’s a no-brainer that plays nice withthe industry standard for track playback, every CDJ user will at least try the TORAIZ out. If it’s too complex or not intuitive, it won’t as easy of a sell. We’re betting Pioneer DJ knows this – and that a performance video of the sampling process is in the works.

We’re still waiting on a chance to get a first hands-on with the unit – look for a video in the coming weeks!

Editor’s Update: it looks like more details on the operation of the TORAIZ SP-16 have been revealed in the official manual which was just recently released.

The post How Pioneer’s TORAIZ SP-16 Sampler/Sequencer Works appeared first on DJ TechTools.

DigitalDJTips Aug 8, 2016
When it comes to portable lighting for smaller venues, modern technologies have really made a difference, allowing manufacturers to make smaller, cheaper units that do more. The Swarm Wash FX from Chauvet DJ is a great example, coming with four types of lighting built into one unit. We take a look at it in this review. The post Review & Video: Chauvet DJ Swarm Wash FX Light appeared first...

DigitalDJTips Aug 8, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader Babble Jam asks: "I have been ripping from YouTube and SoundCloud because it gets me the music free and easily. I am thinking that I should clean up my act, but I am young and lack the funds to purchase all my tracks from sites like Beatport and iTunes. What are my viable, economically sound options?" The post Your Questions: "What's The Cheapest Way To Get Music Legally?"...

DigitalDJTips Aug 8, 2016
Digital DJ Tips reader DJ Nshyap writes: "What should I wear when I DJ events like weddings, corporate shows and birthday parties? And should DJs be dressed in fashionable / flashy clothes, or are jeans and shirts fine when doing club gigs?" The post Your Questions: What Should A DJ Wear At Shows? appeared first on Digital DJ Tips.

DJTechTools Aug 5, 2016

Liine, makers of the popular Lemur iOS app, recently released an update to their Skram app that greatly enhances it?s functionality and adds new ways to share your creations outside of the iOS platform. Best of all, for a limited time it?s free – read Tarekith’s review inside.

Skram for iPad

  • App: Skram
  • Developer:Liine (makers of Lemur)
  • Price:Free on iTunes store
  • Requirements:Most iPads, iOS 9.0 or later
  • Pros: Great sounds.Lots of performance-based tools to help you create your songs on the fly. Interesting sequencer options.Free!
  • Cons:Clear button too close to the mute button. No undo.I had a couple of crashes when trying record and export performances.No Audiobus support.

For those not familiar with Skram, it?s an iPad-only app designed around a sort of groovebox concept.

  • up to 4 devices playing at once, each with it?s own dedicated sequencer or a more advanced arpeggiator
  • these sequences are only 1 bar long, but youget 2 sequences to switch between for each device for a little more variation
  • 3 sequencer types you can interact with depending on which instrument you?re using; while they’re all similar in operation, there are a few differences between them:

Drum Sequencer

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The Drum Sequencer for the drum machines comes with 8 pre-programmed patterns you can switch between on the fly, or to use as a starting place for your own beats.

You can of course start with a blank slate and make your own patterns too, so you?re not stuck with the factory defaults. The drum sequencer is also the only sequencer that lets you change the velocity of each step, which is done by dragging up and down on the 16 sequencer steps to make them louder or quieter.

Pitch Sequencer

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The Pitch Sequencer gives you 8 steps, each of which you can change the pitch of according to the global scale setting. The scale settings let you choose the root note, as well as one of 7 scale types, and these can be changed on the fly after the fact to allow key changes in your songs. Liine have even helpfully made complimentary keys to your current one brighter on the selection wheel, making it easier to make sure these changes don?t clash harmonically (unless you want them to).

The Pitch Sequencer can also be shorter than 8 steps if you want, allowing for some polyrhythmic action if that?s you?re thing.

Arpeggiator Sequencer

The Arpeggiator is another sequencer that lets you specify notes from the current scale, and then plays them back in the order they were selected. Both the Arpeggiator and Pitch Sequencer come with 16 different rhythmic variations to choose from, so you?re not stuck with repetitive 1/16th notes for the sequence.

Like most things in Skram, you can change the rhythm variations on the fly for more variety in your sequences.

Skram’s Sound Generators / Devices

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When it comes to the sound generators (these aredevices in Skram speak) you have 4 built-in Devices to chose from with the base pack. The new and free ?Riot? pack adds an extra 4 Devices. These are:

  • BR-909, a 909 styled drum machine with 6 different drum sounds to tweak.
  • Heatstroke, a synth specializing in ?washed out sounds to chill you out?.
  • Orphic, which makes bell and other FM style tones
  • Skram, a 303 inspired bass synth.
  • Azure, this time an 808 styled drum machine.
  • Crimson, for sharp leads and short bleeps.
  • Jade, a sub bass synth.
  • Neon, described as ?rave horns to keep the neighbors awake?.

Mix and match up to 4 of any of the Devices, even using 4 of the same Device if you want. All the Devices have between 4 and 6 knobs to tweak, allowing you to further shape the sound to your own liking. Helpfully, when you start tweaking a knob, a vertical line appears next to your finger allowing you to see in finer resolution the knob?s parameter values.

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Users of Propellerhead?s Thor synth will be familiar with this concept, and it definitely makes more precise movements easier.

On each Device it takes only a button press to mute the Device, or you can use the global mixer view to change the volume balance between the Devices. Another button let?s you flip between each Device?s controls or sequencer, or choose another Device from the list of 8. Clear a Device?s sequence with one button press as well, though personally I find this is too close to the mute button,andaccidentally deleted a sequence on accident a few times. There?s no undo as well.

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Aside from the global scale and volume mixer, there are also controls to change the tempo of your project, enable Ableton?s Link for syncing, record and export your performances, and a useful help button that leads you to a concise tutorial showing you how everything works. Recorded performances can be shared via email, Audio Copy, or Airdrop. You can also connect Skram with other apps like Auria or Cubasis via Inter-app Audio, though sadly there is no Audiobus support for those that prefer that.

Skram: Final Thoughts

The sounds you can get from Skram are very well done, and all the Device controls seem tailored so that they give you just enough range to make the synth sounds unique to you. The Device graphics are interesting, with a guitar pedal vibe.

The 1 bar sequences bight be a bit short for some people, but it keeps things focused and performance-based. This is an app you interact with instead of programming in advance and then sitting back (like you might with a DAW).

Skram fits into amiddle ground of apps. More capable thanPropellerhead?s Figure, but not quite as involved as Korg?s Gadget. With the new (currently) free IAP, there?s a huge range of great sounds to choose from.

There?s something here for all kinds of musicians looking for a portable sketch pad for the music making. I?m sure more Device packs are on the way via IAPs, so the palette of sounds will only grow in time. And hey, it?s free if you act fast, so what?s to lose?

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