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.
2014 has been a very exciting year with Native Instruments, Pioneer, and Serato introducing new products and software updates in an ever-increasing rate, yet, I have to confess, in the rush to LED glitz and glory some basic functions are still missing. Here are seven Traktor features we’d love to see Native Instruments implement in 2015.
"Anyone can DJ." Ever heard the saying before? Today's DJ equipment makes it easier then ever to get started. While technology and media may be making DJ’ing more accessible to the wider community, DJ’s who play unique sets and have different playing styles are progressively becoming the minority. They're drowned out by the noise of Top 40 DJ’s who simply just fade one track into the next. You can show up to the club with a USB in hand and rock it, but then again, there are thousands of people who could do the exact same thing. But DJ equipment and technology has so much to offer, that in actual fact, it can help us put a unique edge on our sets. Here are 5 tools that can help you achieve that.
Our own Chris Brackley (aka Mojaxx) has a Kontrol S8 right now for an upcoming review of the flagship Traktor controller. Over the last few months we've seen loads of people ask all kinds of questions about how reasonable it is to use the S8 in a real mix, how the jogwheel-free layout really works, etc - and Chris has set out to demo exactly that in this new mix.
Maschine has announced a brand new update to their software that adds to Maschine. The update, which came out in Service Center today, improves the functionality of the software through changes to scales and chords, the arpeggiator, and key board integration. Read more below about the new features of Maschine 2.2. Improved Production Tools The basis […]
If you have ever seen a TED talk, you know that they usually run around 5-20 minutes and feature a professional of a field giving a compelling presentation on a topic. Sometimes these talks feature muscians and artists who show the world a piece or performance. Tim Exile, a musician and DJ, went to Switzerland and gave a TEDx talk to demonstrate his live instrument called The Flow Machine. Through his talk he gives an impressive live performance using unique technology and turns the event from a normal TEDx Talk into a mock Boiler Room set (with an even more livelier audience).
Shiftee and Enferno came out with a comeback to SNL about being a DJ. A-Trak is on a mission to separate the real DJs apart from the ones who just press play and throw their hands in the air. Today Craze released a new scratch routine using two Technic 1200s, a Kontrol Z2, and Maschine MK2 that […]
Serato was not the only one to update their software this week. Native Instruments quietly rolled out the latest update to the Traktor DJ app which appears to be a major improvement over the previous version. Read more inside about how NI incorporated Audiobus, external file management, and a lot more into the Traktor DJ 1.6 update.