Jean-Michel Jarre – Alone Together in Virtual Reality Concert

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djay Pro adds real-time AI separation on Apple’s Bionic chip – and producers will want it too

AI was going to take the fun out of DJing – selecting and mixing for you. But the reason you’ll use it could be to make music more fluid. Algoriddim’s latest is a showpiece of Apple’s custom silicon – and a possible secret weapon for the rest of us.

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Hercules introduces DJControl Inpulse 500 DJ controller, availble to preorder

Hercules DJControl Inpulse 500 feat

Hercules has announced the launch of a new high-performance DJ controller that helps skilled young DJs move from the bedroom to the barroom or livestream. The new DJControl Inpulse 500 performance-focused controller is built from the ground up to help DJs feel confident as they share their mix with an audience for the first time. […]

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Engine DJ drops substantial Engine PRIME software update packed with new features and BPM detection improvement

Engine PRIME 1.5

Engine DJ has announced the availability of Engine PRIME v1.5, marking the desktop software’s largest feature release to date. This update greatly simplifies the process of transferring music to media devices with an all-new Sync Manager. The update also introduces a significantly improved BPM detection algorithm, track preview, batch editing for track metadata, local collection […]

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Get $200 USD off on Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S3

NI Traktor Kontrol S3

Native Instruments has announced a sale on the Traktor Kontrol S3 4-channel DJ controller, offering a 200 USD/EUR discount for a limited time. Layer tracks. Go back-to-back. Hook up a mic and an MC. Keep a wildcard up your sleeve and drop it when the dancefloor needs it: TRAKTOR KONTROL S3 has everything you need […]

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Numark introduces new Mixtrack FX DJ controllers

Numark MixtrackFX

Numark has introduced two new DJ controllers, the 4-deck Mixtrack Platinum FX and the 2-deck Mixtrack Pro FX. These controllers establish new benchmarks at this DJ controller price point for delivering a full roster of features, great sound, ease of use and remarkable value for DJs just getting started, as well as established DJs looking […]

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Learn to DJ for free with Serato Play

Serato Play   Learn to DJ for free

Serato has announced that its Serato Play DJ software is available for free during the month of May. You can get started right away with Serato Play, even if you’re not sure how. Serato has tutorials to help you navigate any questions, plus TIDAL and Soundcloud streaming integration into the software to get you started […]

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Detroit Dance Music Pioneer Mike Huckaby Has Died At 54

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Mixcloud Debuts Live Music Streaming Platform

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Rekordbox 6: Ableton Link, sync with Dropbox and Beatport and promos, find lost tracks, more

Pioneer’s Rekordbox continues its play to be the DJ software to beat – and there’s a ton of stuff in the latest release pretty much everyone will want, from cloud and mobile sync all the way up to some powerful live visual features.

There’s a ton of stuff here, whether you’re primarily using Rekordbox as your library management tool before you play with CDJs, or if it’s what you actually play in (or run live visual shows and lights in).

Ableton Link.

Cloud sync. You can sync tracks across devices and apps with Dropbox, and integrate with Beatport Link service, so that you aren’t constantly looking for promos and tracks you’ve bought. That also includes metadata – so –

iOS Mobile Sync. You can edit tracks on the companion iOS app, with your metadata in the cloud – meaning you have a palm-sized way of adding markers and adjusting beat sync. This will be especially great when any of us can leave the house again, but maybe by then we can also wish for an Android app? (And until then, hey, lying in bed going through tracks also has some appeal.)

Integrated promos. Inflyte is already the whiz-bang promo platform to beat – basically, it gives you all you need to send press and DJs your tracks and try to get them to send you useful feedback. (It’s the new place to get “Downloaded for R Hawtin” and later claim that was “supported by.”)

Now those promos show right in Rekordbox, so presumably producers can skip the steps of DJs digging through promo inboxes when they make mixes. I have more to say on this topic soon, but for now it’s an intriguing idea.

Combine that with Beatport Link, and at least in theory, there are more ways to get your music played by DJs, though whether that becomes overwhelming or even useful to the producer is a topic for another time.

Autorelocate Tracks. Don’t know about y’all, but I think I’m more excited by this than anything else here – especially since not all my promos come from Inflyte and not all my music from Beatport.

But all my music is now scattered on my hard drive in novel ways that Rekordbox 5 couldn’t handle.

I bet I’m not alone. At the very least, if this sounds like you, I promise you a comprehensive test of what happens when someone has zero interest in organizing files and zero patience in software’s general ineptitude at, you know, search. Fingers crossed on this one.

Updated UI. Now also has light/dark skin settings to match your OS.

3Band waveform. Humankind still struggles to work out how to provide a useful visualization of sound data. This takes waveforms and breaks them up by high, mid, low. Let’s see if that’s useful.

Filter by Attribute in Collection and playlists – handy.

Plus more visual goodies

Rekordbox doesn’t just want to be the thing you use to load up your USB stick for a CDJ, or even just another DJ app to compete with Serato and TRAKTOR and their ilk.

It also wants to run your show.

Rekordbox 6 has almost as many visual/show control improvements as music and library management additions.

The Lighting panel now has an Ambient mode and DMX Direct Control.

And there’s more:

  • Ability to add video files to audio playlists.
  • Added [All Audio] and [All Videos] in the tree view.
  • Ability to add tracks from streaming services streaming tracks to playlists.
  • Blinking interval when Strobe (Middle) is selected on the Lighting panel.
  • Added copy feature for venues and scenes in Lighting mode.
  • Added Moving Head pan/tilt limit setting and tilt reverse setting in Lighting mode.

There are actually people out there using this stuff. That’s partly for the same reason that the CDJ and DJM are so popular, which is there’s an army of Pioneer sales, support, and venue and artist relations roaming around the world to make it happen.

New pricing

You had to figure this would come at a cost. The big shift is that Rekordbox is moving to subscriptions, like so many products now.

The free version is still free – and you can unlock features with hardware, which I expect for many users will make the most sense. (You’re unlikely to use the advanced features with just a mouse and no controller, that is.)

The bad news is your old licenses don’t apply to the upgrade if you don’t have hardware that unlocks this.

The flipside is, the high-end version – with all the video and DVS – is now a better deal.

Just don’t panic – the Export mode is still in the free version, and you can actually even use performance features on PC/Mac, which means you don’t have to pay just to unlock those features when you’re away from your controller. And that’s handy – sometimes you want to try mixing two tracks together before you export them to USB.

So, free:

  • Export mode
  • Performance features controlled via PC/Mac

Core (6.99EUR-USD a month, discounted from 9.99EUR-USD regular):

  • Adds performance features
  • Adds DVS control

Creative mode ($/€9.99 a month intro, regular price to be 14.99) is where the big stuff is at, and since your hardware only unlocks “core,” you might still wind up having to pay for it:

  • Cloud Library Sync
  • Lyric feature
  • Video feature
  • Sequencer
  • RMX EFFECTS

I am not normally a fan of one player dominating the market, personally, but Rekordbox solves an extraordinary set of use cases in a way its competitors don’t even touch. And hey, the computer DJ experience it offers – which was once pretty deficient – has improved a lot.

When it comes to visual features and performance, Serato remains the functionality rival. So there’s your horse race – especially because Pioneer’s advantage of being the CDJ company is for the moment erased by the fact that there are no festivals or clubs. (Ahem.)

I’ll definitely be trying this out with some mixing soon – and will talk to some of the people working with its advanced video/show features. (They’re still working away, even in the lockdown.) Stay tuned.

Don’t miss their updated macOS info:

https://rekordbox.com/en/2020/04/important-notice-for-mac-users/

Download and more info:

https://rekordbox.com

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