One of the nice features of the new Traktor Pro 2 (and S4) is that when you create a Loop it automatically saves it in a folder for use to use in your DAW or anywhere else. It also labels the Loop so you know what track it came from so you can give credit where do if you so choose. I’ve been building a nice collection of tidbits and started throwing them into the new meta.dj app with some interesting results.
“Are you half producer and half DJ? Has your style outgrown the abilities of 2 virtual decks, digital wax and a mixer?” – soundtrends.com
For more info: soundtrends.com/apps/metadj-1
One of the great things about the Traktor S4 system is it’s Loop Decks and multicolored/use wave display. From a producers standpoint who DJs the DJ PowerTools sound packs could be interest. They are basically sounds specifically created for use within Traktor. We are at the point where Traktor can be used as a studio remix tool. In some ways it’s more fun than a carefully planned DAW session.
“DJ PowerTools are the world’s first sound packs designed for controllerists. Using cue points and effects, any DJ can play synth instruments inside DJ software and remix songs on the fly.” – djtechtools.com
For more info: djtechtools.com/store/dj-powertools.html
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Marc Houle is from Canada, lives in Berlin and is on the Minus label. Apparently is also has great taste in music. At least his taste matches with my own. You can decide for yourself if you want to live in a Liquid Sky soundtrack or not. He has this mix set with Downloads enabled so grab it while you can.
1) Rick Hicks – Dee Ex
2) Absolute Body Control – Is There an Exit?
3) AK 47 – Stop! Dance!
4) Nine Circles – Twinkling Stars
5) Aviador Dro – Telepatia
6) Rick Hicks – Beloved
7) Ciaran Harte – Love is Strange
8) Cinema 90 – In Ultra Violet
9) Fall of Saigon – She Leaves Me All Alone
10) Fiction Technology – In the City
11) Martin Lloyd – Equilectric
12) Iron Curtain – Condos
13) Rick Hicks – Rom Hero
14) Oto – Anyway
15) P1/E – 49 Second Romance
16) Polyphonic Size – Logione Polygonale
17) Scatterbrain – Crosses Over Verdun
18) Solid Space – A Darkness in My Soul
19) La Folie – Hew New Dress
20) Transparent Illusion – Demente
21) Cluster – Caramel
22) Twilight Ritual – Webman
23) Autumn – I Say Hello
24) Das Kabinette – The Cabinet
25) Moderne – Switch on Bach
26) Polyphonic Size – Mode
27) Raid Over Moscow – Yellow Finger
28) Oppenheimer Analysis – The Devil’s Dancers
29) Stereo – No More
30) La Folie – Portability
For more info: facebook.com/marchouleminus
Photo credit: Johnson Cameraface
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djay hits 1.2 with some nice features. We need a 12″ screened iPad ok Apple? By the way there’s no reason you shouldn’t load two copies of one of your own tracks in this thing and make a quick remix!
“Key Lock: Utilizing zplane.development’s advanced time-stretching technology, élastique efficient, Key Lock offers the ability to stretch the audio of each turntable individually in real-time, enabling users to change the speed of the song without affecting its pitch. Enhanced Audio Analysis: Features high precision beat-grid and onset extraction with a visual representation on the wave form; users can now beat-match songs with even greater precision. Loop / Cue Snapping: djay aligns loops and cue points to the song’s beat grid based on the enhanced accuracy of the audio analysis.” – synthtopia.com
For more info: algoriddim.com/djay-ipad
Here is a video of LA based Kid Chameleon (Matt Loniero) and his home brew helmet created out of an old Mac Plus. Who needs Daft Punk now? His friend Terrence Scoville pieced the headgear together.
“The helmet is the body of an old Apple computer, but the screen is replaced by an iPad, which fits in a slot that was cut into either side of the screen area. Inside, there is support for comfort.n LED patch that is reactive to sound is attached and its connections are all contained within the body of the computer and fed through the floppy disk drive out of the front.” – Matt Loniero
For more info: soundcloud.com/kidchameleon
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Here is a nice ten minute comparison of the current two best DJ Apps for the iPad. I’ve got both and I think djay from Algoriddim is the winner. It’s very close to being something I would use out in a club. Check out my recent posts on djay: djay for ipad and djay and tangerine.
“This movie compares two current DJ apps for the iPad – djay from Algoriddim and Sonorasaurus Rex from Pajamahouse.” – Rob Jones
I’ve been playing with the newly released djay for iPad app from algoriddim. It’s quite fun and you can make competant mixes with it. It’s getting rave reviews on the app store for good reason. As you can see in the screenshot above I was able to grab Absolute Body Control and Alien Sex Fiend directly from the iPads library. It’s nice that the artwork populates the virtual platters. I did have a few crashes which makes the app a no go for anything in front of an audience. However, if they can get the stability up they have a home run.
My biggest issue was not knowing the BPM of many of my songs. Instead of tapping my finger on a BPM iPhone app I found a great Mac application called Tangerine from Potion Factory that did the work for me. It took about 15 minutes to analyze my entire iTunes library which is about 90 gigabytes. It automatically put the BPM info into the iTunes BPM field.
The only thing I need now if for the djay app to display the BPM field when searching for songs in it’s browser. Pretty please?
“Plus, I’m writing this review with automix on and it’s still playing! A new song just came on and the transition was flawless! It crashed once at the beginning, but after a hard reset it was fine. Hey, another song is playing now!” – YourRadioFriend (iTunes review)
Man I have really drunk the Kool-Aid when it comes to touch interfaces. I’m loving all these Apps and here’s another one that looks like one fun toy. djay for iPad is not available yet. We have to wait for iOS 4.2 before this will grace our glass. It’s not Traktor S4 but fast forward in time a bit and we will have a contender. No?
“But with the imminent release of iOS 4.2, at least one developer is going to finally deliver a full featured iPad DJ app. We’ve learned that Algoriddim, the makers of the popular djay application for Mac, has ported djay over to the iPad, taking full advantage of the new iOS 4.2 audio features.” – macrumors.com
For more info: algoriddim.com
I’m surprised it took so long for Native Instruments to come up with a full hardware solution for Traktor. I’ve always been intrigued by M-Audio’s Torq and Xponent but I never actually saw anyone using Xponent in an actual nightclub. I think we will be seeing a lot of Kontrol S4s around. The hardcase with laptop stand is a very smart move by NI. I’m always making my own mixes using Traktor maybe this will finally push me to do it in front of people. $999 and $189 for the hardcase. If the hardware is rugged they have a winner.
“Custom-tailored for TRAKTOR, the S4 fuses a premium-quality 4 channel DJ mixer, a built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, an intuitive controller, and the flagship TRAKTOR PRO S4 software…” – native-instruments.com
For more info: native-instruments.com
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