The ecosystem of Serato products has expanded massively in recent years, with native control solutions appearing from many manufacturers. The latest company to step into the Serato world is Akai, with their new AMX and AFX units. But do they bring anything new to the table? We tested them to find out.
The much-lesser-known Summer NAMM is in full effect and today Novation announced their latest addition to their Ableton Live devices. The LaunchControlXL has less pads but more knobs, faders, and a wider range of control
Pepperdecks, the guys behind the original “Djoclate” mini-mixer, have announced their newest prototype, the micro-mixing utility called the “Djoclate II.” Adding headphone cueing functionality, the pocket-sized piece of tech is an interesting addition to the growing line of scaled down mixers on the market. Designed with small gatherings and house parties rather than club venues, the […]
Native Instruments today is announcing a brand new controller designed to fit right in alongside the X1 and F1 – the Traktor Kontrol Z1. Take the enormously successful Kontrol S4, shave off the deck controls and two of the channels, and you’ve got the basis behind the Z1. With integrated filters, a sound card, and […]
This morning the Native Instruments Traktor team released a teaser video of a new standalone mixer unit that appears to be a firm foray into professional DJ territory. The unit appears to be completely standalone mixer solution for both turntablists and controllerists who need a Traktor-certified mixer to put at the center of all of their gear. […]
This week both Denon and Pioneer’s DJ divisions announced updates to their DJ product lines. Earlier in the week, Denon dropped the latest version of their CDJ, the SC3900, along with Engine, a setup software designed to match Pioneer’s Rekordbox. This morning, Pioneer made official the rumors of a major update to their mixer line […]
You know that thing about starting with a penny and doubling up on every square of a chess board making you a very rich person indeed? It’s like that with DJ tools, except only the people at the start get rich. For every one innovation, there are so many copy cats that spawn other copy […]