We wrote earlier this week about the official declaration of bankruptcy that Vestax is going through in Japan, but now there's reason to believe that the brand won't fizzle out or even get sold. The US distributor for Vestax, Mixware, sent over a new update, presumably from the Vestax team in Japan.
Over the last few years, the 'CDJ that doesn't play CDs' has taken on almost mythical status in the DJ world, spoken of in hushed tones by those claiming to be in-the-know, and those who claimed to know somebody else who was. What is perhaps surprising, though, is that the first CD-less player is not a top-end replacement for the CDJ 2000 Nexus, but in fact a replacement for the more budget-minded CDJ-850. An interesting move on Pioneer's part – but has it paid off?
Tis' the season and Native Instruments has announced a special holiday deal. For a limited time only (until Dec 31st), buy Maschine MK2, Maschine Studio, or Maschine Mikro MK2 and get seven Maschine Expansions free – tailor-made production kits for contemporary and vintage sounds, worth almost $350!
Algoriddim is a household name when it comes to DJ applications. Their djay app for iOS and Android has been downloaded millions of times by users all across the globe who were looking for a way to get their feet wet in DJing. djay is also the name of Algoriddim's Mac dedicated software that has recently been given a total over-haul and redesign. Today, Algoriddim announced the release of djay Pro, the latest desktop DJ software for Mac OSX. I had the pleasure of talking to Algoriddim's CEO, Karim Morsy, who walked me through the software which has everything from automatic iTunes playlists to MIDI capabilities and even full Spotify integration.
It's been nearly two years with SFX Entertainment at the helm of Beatport, which in the last year alone has seen the launch of Beatport Pro (the desktop organization system + media player) and identically-named Beatport Pro (the new redesign of their online music store). Now Beatport.com is about to have a major pivot, according to the Wall Street Journal, designed to attract fans of the many festivals that SFX is also behind. The pivot? Music streaming
The tail end of December is rapidly approaching, meaning that it's time to be looking for any last minute holiday presents for your DJ friends, producer compatriots, or just as wishlist ideas for your family and friends. This guide is an awesome starting place - read on and share your own ideas with us as well!
Mixvibes has recently announced the release of Cross DJ 2.0 for the iPhone and iPad which comes with a new aesthetic and more features for the User. iOS devices are popping up left and right but with Cross DJ, there is a little more than just two audio players and volume control. Similar to their recent Cross DJ 3.3 update for the desktop, the iOS highlights recent progressions made in the software that focus on creating a new, alternative solution for mixing applications.
According to a brand new Native Instruments video released today, the widely respected techno/house DJ Carl Cox is now touring with the Kontrol s8 at the center of his rig. He uses the Kontrol S8 as a central mixer and remix deck control station along side two Pioneer CDJ-2000's. Watch the video after the break to learn why the switch up.