As iPad DJ apps steadily get cooler and cooler, eventually something’s got to give and make the tablet more of mainstay in DJ rigs. Zerodebug’s d(–)b takes one more small step on that path. Its modular interface for up to six deck control, along with some useful performance features and reliable beat grid analysis and syncing make it one to watch. Is it worth the nominal app fee? We examine the v.1 results inside.
It’s been more than six years since Image-Line launched Deckadance 1.0. After many incremental updates, the version 2 beta has now reared its head to registered users. With a redesigned modular interface, 4-deck support, Smart Knobs, the slick Gross Beat rhythmic effect and other enhancements, Deckadance looks to give the giants of DJ software a run for their money for a second time. Read our full pre-review inside!
The parade of compact, affordable, all-in-one controllers marches on with the Numark Mixtrack Pro II taking the spotlight. This clear improvement over the original ditches stiff buttons and giant jog wheels for a sleeker design, including 16 inviting MPC-style pads for playing your samples, loops, and cue points. Out-of-the-box integration with Serato DJ Intro and maps for other software make it a formidable controller – read our full review inside.
With the new UC3 (third-generation universal MIDI controller), one-man German company Faderfox may have dished out the tastiest bite-sized morsel of controllerism since its founding in 2004. Its included Ableton Live setting only scratches the surface. Go deeper, and the UC3’s 17 physical controls are multiplied by 8 Groups per Setup, and 16 saved Setups. That’s a whole lot of control in one tiny, lightweight box – read on as we put it through the ringer for a world exclusive first review.
If you haven’t been updated on MixVibes Cross over the last six months, there was a frenzy of development that saw the 10-year-old French company add crucial features like sample decks, quantizing, multi-effects and much more to this low-cost, open-platform DJ software. With version 2.3, Cross tacks on HID integration with Pioneer CDJs and a few other goodies to lure you in. And if you want to use your iPad as a controller, this could be the program for you – read our full review after the jump. Continue reading Review: MixVibes Cross 2.3 DJ Software
When you’ve got to record a set quickly and easily, you reach for a Tape. This retro-styled audio interface captures MP3 files to any USB device that you provide. Just plug your master output into it, and the Tape can pass the audio through to speakers, a mixer, or an amp. But is vintage chic and MP3 recording enough for you to press play on this niche DJ gadget? We’ve got the full review of one of the world’s first units.
As the little $20 DJ software that could, Algoriddim Djay has been stepping up its hardware support game. Two compact new controllers — Vestax Spin 2 and Pioneer DDJ-WeGo — natively support Djay with a sub-$350 price tag and then divert from there. The Spin 2 directly connects to iPad and iPhone, but only for Algoriddim products, while the WeGo broadens your horizons with Traktor and Virtual DJ support.
Continue reading Review: Pioneer’s DDJ-WeGo and Vestax’s Spin 2 Go Head-to-Head
Contrary to what you see in ads, there’s more to headphones than which rapper or DJ has signed off on endorsing them. Particularly for the rigorous demands of DJs, headphones have to deliver amazingly clear sound quality, high sound pressure levels, extreme durability, road-worthiness, ideally provide a little bit of unique panache. We pitted five models against each other from the likes of Beats By Dre, Pioneer, Sennheiser, V-Moda, and Wicked Audio to see which cans deserve your cash. Read on for the goods.