DJ culture and music technology go hand in hand from the very start – from first crossfader and direct-drive turntable to Recordbox and Stems. Electronic Beats gathers bunch of iconic DJs and some leading music tech companies’ representatives to talk about the influence of technology and innovation in DJ world, advantages and challenges it brings and what to expect in the near future. A must-watch for anyone who spends some time behind decks.
NI are back and they’re BAD. This time DJ ‘s should be happier than ever – after couple of new DJ controllers introduced this September, Native Instruments hit the market again with the major update for their Traktor DJ software – Traktor Pro 3.
4-deck DJ software got a serious facelift – updated user interface is still familiar from the previous version, but now it’s flatter and sharper for more clarity when mixing in difficult environments. But not everything is only for your eyes – there are plenty of under-the-hood improvements. Elastique 3 algorithm was introduced for smoother time-stretching and master limiter was improved for more accurate gain control. 40+ deck effects now are boosted with 8 new single-knob post-fader Mixer FX’s that allow to create complex transitions and build ups in no time. Another bold announcement is meant to flatter all DVS lovers and scratchers – Traktor Scratch is now included in Traktor Pro 3 and will allow to use any other sound card in
It is easy to tell that electronic music vocalists are not the most-loved ones by music tech manufacturers. But Roland is trying to fill this gap and announces the updated version of its Aira VT-3 vocal transformer, the VT-4.
Roland VT-4 is an effect processor that can spice up your vocal performance or make a radical transformation of your voice characteristics – it’s all up to you considering all controls are at your fingertips. Device was clearly built by having live performing vocalists in mind – easy hands on controls, no push pedals and no need for complicated setup with a computer and plug-ins. 4 voice-altering effects (Robot, Megaphone, Vocoder, Harmony), pitch-shift, Auto-Pitch (for Auto-tune style vocal pitch correction) are controlled with 4 sliders, handful of buttons and couple of knobs. There’s also an adjustable Wet/Dry signal balance and 4 spatial effects available (REVERB, ECHO, TEMPO DELAY, DUB ECHO). All effects of VT-4 work on its own, but MIDI input a
How does a MIDI keyboard on steroids look like? Just like Novation SL MK3. Novation’s new SL MK3 comes with much more than just a facelift or couple flashy lights added. With the ability to work standalone SL MK3 is not your simple controller keyboard anymore - it has become a studio hub to connect and control your entire setup, whether it is computer-centred or hardware-based.
Usual USB and MIDI connectivity options, expanded by two sets of CV outputs, allows it to control your modular setup while internal 8-track sequencer along with arpeggiator helps to cut ties with a computer even easier. RGB pads, buttons, sliders and knobs provide a full hands-on control while colour LCD screens and LEDs give all necessary visual feedback– which allows to focus more on sound instead of a computer screen. Fully compatible and deeply integrated with all major DAWs, Novation SL MK3 keyboards are available in 49 and 61 key versions.
It’s hard to keep your cool this autumn when keyboard manufacturers are dropping new product announcements. Native Instruments and Novation already revealed their secrets. Now it’s time for Akai to step in. Not so long ago the company announced their FL Studio dedicated FIRE controller and now they are coming back with some improvements on their best seller for a couple of previous years – MPK Mini MK2 keyboard.
Unit, most frequent in many producers mobile setup, from now on can be battery-powered and will be called MPK Mini Play. Beefed up with a small OLED screen for more convenient browsing, built-in speaker and more than 128 internal sounds, MPK Mini Play is not only a compact USB MIDI controller but a small and fun music instrument too that can always find a place in your backpack.
Pioneer DJ just announced its new multi-purpose HDJ-X5BT wireless closed-back headphone. Well-balanced, comfortable to wear, robust and compact HDJ-X5BT does it all – one three-hour charge gives you up to 20 hours of wireless listening time, built-in microphone allows you to answer your calls if a headphone is paired with your smartphone and it is possible to choose from three colours available to perfectly match your style. Unfortunately, HDJ-X5BT is not meant for wireless DJing, because of Bluetooth latency. Therefore, it comes with a 1.2m coiled cable that automatically deactivates Bluetooth when connected, allowing you to use it as a regular DJ headphone.
It’s time for all the synth-heads to pop champagne – after more than three decades Moog is back with a new polyphonic synthesizer Moog One. Even Moog themselves (and their name already became a synonym for synthesizer) call it an ultimate unit with the unprecedented ability to control the sonic expression. 3 VCOs, 2 analog filters, an analog noise generator, an analog mixer, 4 LFOs, an arpeggiator and many other settings can be easily controlled straight from the front panel with 73 knobs, 144 buttons and a LCD screen for digital effects – all enclosed in aluminium and hand-finished ash cabinet.
Analog purists will enjoy the One’s analog sound engine, while more tech-loving users are provided with additional digital effects. Moog One is available in 8-voice and 16-voice polyphony configuration.
Have you ever thought the drum machine you own is too small? Or the public transportation in your town, let‘s just say, is less than inspiring?
Then Berlin calls! This year 20th Red Bull Music Academy takes place in Berlin and pays tribute to some of the most iconic music hardware units - you can finally make your track sound BIG on the world-largest sequencer or ride your favourite drum machine themed tram.
While Academy participants will stay busy improving their skills, city visitors can enjoy Red Bull Music Festival, which has plenty to offer: Robot Koch and Pusha T, just to name a few, are among the highlights. Red Bull Music Festival is happening until 12th October, 2018.
Worldwide known studio monitoring technology manufacturer, ADAM Audio, extends its product range with their first professional studio headphones, the Studio Pro SP-5.
These premium-quality closed-back headphones boast a broad frequency response range from 8 Hz to 38 kHz. ADAM SP-5 utilizes Ultrasone’s patented S-LOGIC Plus technology which allows to provide a clear sound and very detailed spatial image within the most natural sound experience possible, thus making it perfect for pro audio monitoring and mixing duties.
Sturdy and comfortable design will allow you to have the headphones as a precise monitoring solution not only in the studio but on the road too.