How To Use Any MIDI Controller With WeDJ + Cross DJ IOS Apps

There are great DJ apps for iOS that let you connect a controller and use your iPad as a complete DJ system. Unfortunately, some of those apps only allow you to use specific controllers. Today, guest contributor Teo Tormo explains how to get around these restrictions and use whatever MIDI controller you want with Pioneer DJ’s WeDJ and Mixvibes’ Cross DJ. WeDJ and Cross DJ only allow DJs to use a very limited list of controllers. This is often because of commercial settlements, or because the same brand that develops the app also sells the controller. But if you don’t have one of the “allowed controllers” there is a way to fool the apps and make them believe that one of those controllers is c

Maschine MK3 review: Less like a MIDI controller and more like an instrument

Author: Scott Wilson Native Instruments’ new Maschine is the most radical redesign to the controller since it transformed beatmaking back in 2009. But is the new model just a re-skinned version of eight-year-old hardware? Scott Wilson finds out if the Maschine MK3 is worth the cash. Every producer wants that one thing that does it all in the studio. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran, the promise of a piece of hardware that allows you to make professional-sounding music no matter your ability level is extremely alluring. Few companies understand this quite like Native Instruments, whose Maschine set the blueprint for a system that seamlessly combines hardware and softwa

The Next FL Studio Will Be Version 20 + Native Beta Version for Mac Now Available!

With the release of FL Studio 12.5.1, Mac users are closer to a full version: Image-Line has announced the native, 64-Bit, FL Studio macOS/OS X BETA is open for public testing. This version doesn’t yet have all the features of the Windows version, but there are signs that in the very near future will be no differences. To see what still needs to be done, see this table. Looking at the PC version, the 12.5.1 update brings a lot of new features as well as fixes. A complete list of what’s new in FL Studio 12.5.1 PC can be found at this link. For those wondering if there will be a 13 version of FL Studio, the Image-Line company came up with a response that (maybe) surprised everyone. Now we know

Maschine MK3 review: Less like a MIDI controller and more like an instrument

Native Instruments’ new Maschine is the most radical redesign to the controller since it transformed beatmaking back in 2009. But is the new model just a re-skinned version of eight-year-old hardware? Scott Wilson finds out if the Maschine MK3 is worth the cash. Every producer wants that one thing that does it all in the studio. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran, the promise of a piece of hardware that allows you to make professional-sounding music no matter your ability level is extremely alluring. Few companies understand this quite like Native Instruments, whose Maschine set the blueprint for a system that seamlessly combines hardware and software into one package.

The Next FL Studio Will Be Version 20 + Native Beta Version for Mac Now Available!

With the release of FL Studio 12.5.1, Mac users are closer to a full version: Image-Line has announced the native, 64-Bit, FL Studio macOS/OS X BETA is open for public testing. This version doesn’t yet have all the features of the Windows version, but there are signs that in the very near future will be no differences. To see what still needs to be done, see this table. Looking at the PC version, the 12.5.1 update brings a lot of new features as well as fixes. A complete list of what’s new in FL Studio 12.5.1 PC can be found at this link. For those wondering if there will be a 13 version of FL Studio, the Image-Line company came up with a response that (maybe) surprised everyone. Now we know

Ableton announced "Live 10"

Music producers and performers have waited for a new update to Ableton Live, and today Ableton Live 10 has been officially announced. The new update includes a host of new devices, a serious upgrade on composition, mixing, and browsing workflows, new default sound libraries, Max for Live built-in, and more. On the hardware side, Push is getting an update as well. Software: Ableton Live 10 Release Date: Q1 2018 Price: $99 (Intro) / $449 (Standard) / $749 (Suite) Promotion: Ableton is running an upgrade discount – all Live 9 editions are 20% off, and any new purchase of Live 9 will get a free upgrade to Live 10 when it comes out One of the main focuses of this new update seems to be Ableton wa

FL Studio 12.9 BETA 1 Time Signatures

WHAT'S NEW in FL STUDIO 12.9 BETA 1 Automatic PDC - Automatic PDC should now work for all normal use-cases (please report issues). We still need to fix these cases: Multi-out plugins, Multiple generators feeding a single Mixer track, each with different latencies and the wet/dry mix knob on FX slots. These should be resolved in coming betas. Automatic PDC now works with Generators. APDC applies to inter-track routing and side-chains. Manual and Auto-PDC can now co-exist. Manual PDC is applied as an offset to Auto PDC. Manual PDC - Negative values - delay the selected track, positive values - delay all other tracks. There's a new audio input delay control on the INPUT menu to fix latency issu

Pioneer releases new DJS-1000

ELEVATE THE STANDARD Add the DJS-1000 to your DJ set-up to intuitively create unique sounds and phrases in advance of your set, or on the fly. Use the DJ-friendly interface to sequence and loop your samples as you wish. With a 7-inch full-color touch screen, 16 multicolored step input keys, multicolored Performance Pads, a host of inputs and outputs, Live Sampling and various other performance features, having the DJS-1000 in the booth will propel your sets to the next level. KEY FEATURES STEP SEQUENCER Easily create a new groove by tapping the 16 large, multicolored step input keys. Thanks to the keys’ changing colours, you can keep an eye on sequence information on each track, at all

Denon SC5000 Players Get Rekordbox Import in 1.0.3 Firmware

The Denon DJ SC5000 media player was one of the most important hardware releases of 2017 because it was a clear challenge to the Pioneer DJ domination of the industry. In our review, we lauded the many obvious-but-unmatched features that the hardware brought to the market. With a new firmware being launched today, the SC5000s will now be able to read rekordbox databases directly. The official press release  for this firmware update contains two items in the change log: Direct import of rekordbox® database — automatically and elegantly converts hot-cues, saved loops and playlists into Engine format, directly within the SC5000 player Adjusted pitch resolution for more accurate BPM setting duri

Serato DJ 1.9.10 Integrates Denon Prime Series; High Sierra Support

A new update (out today) for Serato DJ brings enhanced functionality for owners of the Denon Prime hardware. If you’re rocking the SC5000 media players and X1800 Prime mixer, this is the first digital DJ software to have full compatibility. Keep reading for details on Serato DJ 1.9.10. Serato DJ 1.9.10 This free update for Serato DJ comes right as many are waiting to see if the New Zealand company is about to launch a 2.0 version of their software. But instead of it falling naturally after a 1.9.9 release, Serato has released a minor update. It has three key components: Denon Prime series integration macOS High Sierra support Mixar QUATTRO mixer integration SC5000 + X1800 Prime Integration n

Some Quick & Dirty EQ Tips

The human hearing system notices EQ boosts much more than dips, especially if the region being treated is very narrow (high Q or low bandwidth). A narrow mid range boost, for example, may sound like a wah wah pedal stuck mid-way whereas a cut at the same frequency and of the same width may be almost inaudible. This gives us the first general rule of EQ which is, when you want a sound to stay sounding natural, don’t boost any region of the spectrum more than you have to and keep any parametric boost fairly wide. If you need to add a gloss to the high end, just use a shelving filter set to between 8 and 12kHz and then dial in a little boost. That adds what engineers refer to as ‘air’ without p

What is "Stereo Image"

Panning is a useful tool for creating space in your mix. Utilizing mono signals can help free up stereo space and increase focus on high energy elements. In many scenarios it is recommended to place your kick, bass, snare and vocals in mono. These files may already be in mono but if they're not you can use the gain plugin to sum them from stereo to mono. This helps the fundamental elements of your mix become the focus of your music. This also minimizes changes to these instruments when you hear your mix in mono. You can use reverb and delay to enhance your vocals without affecting your mono signal. An effective way to do this is by employing a process called parallel processing. This is wher

Some Quick & Dirty EQ Tips

SOME QUICK AND DIRTY EQ TIPS The human hearing system notices EQ boosts much more than dips, especially if the region being treated is very narrow (high Q or low bandwidth). A narrow mid range boost, for example, may sound like a wah wah pedal stuck mid-way whereas a cut at the same frequency and of the same width may be almost inaudible. This gives us the first general rule of EQ which is, when you want a sound to stay sounding natural, don’t boost any region of the spectrum more than you have to and keep any parametric boost fairly wide. If you need to add a gloss to the high end, just use a shelving filter set to between 8 and 12kHz and then dial in a little boost. That adds what engineer

Subaholic's - Future Analog

This one is one of Sub's new releases on Canada's Chill & Vibe records. It's been featured quite a few youtube channels and getting a lot of support from the DJs all over the world. Click on the link to listen and share

Subaholic's - Deeper Than Love

Subaholic's released "Deeper Than Love" via one of the big up and coming labels in the states, the "Artist Intelligence Agency" and it's been a huge success. Click on the picture to listen to the track and spread the word around.

Serato DJ 1.9.10 Integrates Denon Prime Series; High Sierra Support

A new update (out today) for Serato DJ brings enhanced functionality for owners of the Denon Prime hardware. If you’re rocking the SC5000 media players and X1800 Prime mixer, this is the first digital DJ software to have full compatibility. Keep reading for details on Serato DJ 1.9.10. Serato DJ 1.9.10 This free update for Serato DJ comes right as many are waiting to see if the New Zealand company is about to launch a 2.0 version of their software. But instead of it falling naturally after a 1.9.9 release, Serato has released a minor update. It has three key components: Denon Prime series integration macOS High Sierra support Mixar QUATTRO mixer integration SC5000 + X1800 Prime Integration n

FL Studio 12.9 BETA 1 Time Signatures

WHAT'S NEW in FL STUDIO 12.9 BETA 1 Automatic PDC - Automatic PDC should now work for all normal use-cases (please report issues). We still need to fix these cases: Multi-out plugins, Multiple generators feeding a single Mixer track, each with different latencies and the wet/dry mix knob on FX slots. These should be resolved in coming betas. Automatic PDC now works with Generators. APDC applies to inter-track routing and side-chains. Manual and Auto-PDC can now co-exist. Manual PDC is applied as an offset to Auto PDC. Manual PDC - Negative values - delay the selected track, positive values - delay all other tracks. There's a new audio input delay control on the INPUT menu to fix latency issu

Denon SC5000 Players Get Rekordbox Import in 1.0.3 Firmware

The Denon DJ SC5000 media player was one of the most important hardware releases of 2017 because it was a clear challenge to the Pioneer DJ domination of the industry. In our review, we lauded the many obvious-but-unmatched features that the hardware brought to the market. With a new firmware being launched today, the SC5000s will now be able to read rekordbox databases directly. The official press release for this firmware update contains two items in the change log: Direct import of rekordbox® database — automatically and elegantly converts hot-cues, saved loops and playlists into Engine format, directly within the SC5000 player Adjusted pitch resolution for more accurate BPM setting duri

Ableton announced "Live 10"

Music producers and performers have waited for a new update to Ableton Live, and today Ableton Live 10 has been officially announced. The new update includes a host of new devices, a serious upgrade on composition, mixing, and browsing workflows, new default sound libraries, Max for Live built-in, and more. On the hardware side, Push is getting an update as well. Software: Ableton Live 10 Release Date: Q1 2018 Price: $99 (Intro) / $449 (Standard) / $749 (Suite) Promotion: Ableton is running an upgrade discount – all Live 9 editions are 20% off, and any new purchase of Live 9 will get a free upgrade to Live 10 when it comes out One of the main focuses of this new update seems to be Ableton wa

What is "Stereo Image"

Stereo Image Panning is a useful tool for creating space in your mix. Utilizing mono signals can help free up stereo space and increase focus on high energy elements. In many scenarios it is recommended to place your kick, bass, snare and vocals in mono. These files may already be in mono but if they're not you can use the gain plugin to sum them from stereo to mono. This helps the fundamental elements of your mix become the focus of your music. This also minimizes changes to these instruments when you hear your mix in mono. You can use reverb and delay to enhance your vocals without affecting your mono signal. An effective way to do this is by employing a process called parallel processing.

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