We've been tipped off by Native Instruments that they're prepping the announcement of a brand new piece of DJ gear at this years Winter Music Conference, already underway in Miami. Right now details are pretty vague - but it seems like Traktor enthusiasts Dubfire and MK will both be involved in the launch of the product somehow, perhaps even using it during a livestream set to take place Thursday March 26th
Rotary house mixers are a fabled tool from music's past beloved by house DJs around the globe. Along with vinyl, their popularity seemed to wain in recent years but the response to Rane's new MP2015 mixer suggests that perhaps people are ready for a throwback with some modern tools. This digital power-house packs a mean punch but comes with a hefty price tag - is it worth it?
Ever since Native Instruments released the Maschine Studio with large color displays, DJs have imagined a Traktor controller with full resolution displays. Last November DJs got their wish when Native Instruments released their first Traktor controller with fully integrated screens, the Traktor Kontrol S8. The controller has been out for a while, and our own Ryan Dejaegher has been putting it through the real world trials to see if it's worth the investment.
Years after their first appearance, many Thunderbolt ports still go unused. If you're running low on USB ports for your DJ rig, live show or studio, a Thunderbolt audio interface can free up a USB port while providing crazy fast bandwidth for pristine high-resolution audio at near zero detectable latency. We put two portable, DJ-appropriate Thunderbolt soundcards through the paces for your consideration: the Universal Audio Apollo Twin with onboard DSP and included plug-ins, and the Resident Audio T4 with MIDI I/O.
It has been a few years since we've seen anything new come out of Rane, one of the most well-known DJ mixer manufacturers that has stayed prominent since their first DJ mixer back in 1986 (it was the MP 24, designed for a disco sound designer, Richard Long). Rane is today announcing an upgrade to a product that many thought was defunct, the TTM57. Read on to learn more about this new mixer, the TTM57MKII.
Crane Hardware have made quite a name for themselves in the DJ industry with their previous laptop stands; the Pro, and Plus. Offering vast amounts of adjustability, along with lightweight but sturdy construction, they've appeared in booths all over the world. Now they've released the Elite, the long-awaited successor to the Pro. Is this the next evolution in stand design? We tested it to find out.
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?
Over the last few years Native Instruments has released several controllers that integrate seamlessly with their software. First with Maschine, followed by integrated DJ controllers like the Kontrol X1, Kontrol S4, and most recently the Kontrol S8. While Maschine does have Komplete integration, people have been waiting for a keyboard from Native Instruments that integrates with Komplete. Native Instruments have released a lineup of dedicated keyboard controllers, the “Komplete Kontrol S-series”. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.