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Numark Announces New Mixer, the ‘Scratch’

Scratch

Scratch

Numark has announced the “Scratch,” an affordable two-channel mixer designed to work with Serato DJ Pro.

The Scratch features a mini Innofader crossfader, hardware filters, and other pro features like XLR main outs and a dedicated booth output.

The Scratch unlocks the full DVS functionality of Serato DJ Pro. Four performance pads deliver hot cue triggering, loop rolls, and access to the SP8 sampler. A pair of loop encoders can also be used to select and load tracks. Additionally, the Scratch offers instant access to six effects in Serato DJ Pro, trigged by two-way paddle switches.

Although the Scratch was just announced, it is available in stores now, priced at $499.

Check out Numark’s website for more info and watch Mojaxx‘s review below.

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Serato Announces Serato DJ Pro 2.2 Public Beta

After teasing some new features on Instagram last week, Serato has announced the public beta of Serato DJ Pro 2.2. In addition to bug fixes and 64-bit processing in Serato Video, it also contains two long-awaited features: play count and day mode.

Mojaxx takes a first look at the updates on this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks.

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Reloop Announces Its First Portable Turntable, the SPIN

Reloop SPIN

Reloop SPIN

German DJ manufacturer Reloop announced its first portable turntable on Tuesday, the SPIN. It introduces a host of new features for DJs on the move, including Bluetooth, for streaming beats to the device, and smart USB recording, which enables recording of scratches in MP3 format.

The SPIN’s dual-rail 45mm crossfader can be installed on either side of the platter, enabling DJs to choose their preferred layout.

The device is also flexible when it comes to power. It can be used with a regular 5V USB power supply, USB power bank, or batteries.

Other notable features:

– Integrated speaker
– Three selectable speeds (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM)
– Stable tonearm with a transport lock
– Cartridge with tracking features
– Two headphones connections for listening and monitoring
– AUX input to facilitate connection of several turntables (daisy chain)
– Easy battery charging via USB PSU or USB power bank
– Installed start/stop button
– Precise speed adjustment via pitch control with +/-20 %

The SPIN will be available at the end of June at a street price of $249. It will include an exclusive 7-inch scratch record, as well as a free copy of the Beat Junkies’ Super Duper Duck Looper app.

Check out Reloop’s website for more info and watch the video below.

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Traktor DJ 2 First Look and Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 Review

On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx takes a look at two new offerings from Native Instruments.

The Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 updates the controller to make it more beginner-friendly. Also aimed at beginners, the Traktor DJ 2 app now includes the ability to stream music using SoundCloud Go+ among other improvements.

Watch Mo’s first look and review above.

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Denon DJ Announces World’s First Music Streaming Capability in DJ Hardware

Denon DJ

Denon DJ
Source: Denon DJ

Denon DJ has announced that its Prime series hardware will soon be internet-capable and integrated with a variety of music streaming services. That means that, for the first time ever, DJs will be able to stream music directly from DJ hardware without a laptop.

The following streaming platforms will be integrated: SoundCloud Go+, TIDAL, the newly launched Beatport LINK service, as well as Beatport and DJcity’s forthcoming service Beatsource LINK.

Denon DJ’s Creative Director, Paul Dakeyne, said in the press release:

“With both Wi-Fi and physical internet connection now engaged across the Prime Series hardware, plus access to the huge amount of digital music content from the industry’s premier streaming services, DJs no longer need a laptop computer. This changes everything – right here, right now!”

The Beatport LINK integration will also introduce the first-ever service that enables DJs to store tracks directly on DJ hardware and play them offline. Offline storage will be made available as part of two forthcoming plans: Beatport LINK PRO, which will allow DJs to save up to 50 tracks, and Beatport LINK PRO+, which will allow DJs to save up to 100 tracks.

Beatsource is a forthcoming music service from Beatport and DJcity for open-format DJs. It will include an a la carte download service and the Beatsource LINK streaming service, the latter of which will be integrated into Denon DJ’s Prime series hardware.

Denon DJ’s streaming integrations will be rolled out via firmware updates starting in summer.

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First Look: Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-200 Controller

On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx takes a first look at Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-200 controller.

Designed to be beginner-friendly, the DDJ-200 is billed as a “smart DJ controller.” It is a wireless controller which connects to various smartphone DJing apps via Bluetooth. Also, the device works with streaming services such as Beatport LINK, SoundCloud Go+, Spotify, and more.

Watch Mojaxx’s first look above.

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Denon DJ Releases Updates for Prime Series

Prime Series

Prime Series

Denon DJ has released a number of updates for its Prime Series hardware and accompanying Engine Prime music management software.

The version 1.3.1 update unifies the feature set across the SC5000 Prime and SC5000M Prime players, as well as the Prime 4 all-in-one controller.

Highlights include:

– Direct import of rekordbox playlists, hot cues, and memory loops to Engine Prime
– Speed improvements for Serato, iTunes, and Traktor imports
– On-player editing of crates and playlists
– Musical key change and key sync feature
– Increased pitch slider resolution
– Updated StagelinQ support for full integration with SoundSwitch 1.9 for lighting control

Denon also released the version 1.2 firmware for the X1800 Prime mixer. It includes improvements for adjustable brightness and screensaver mode, new microphone utility settings, and tap-tempo flexibility.

The updates are available now from Denon’s download page.

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Beatport Announces Beatport LINK Subscription Service for DJs

Beatport LINK

Beatport LINK
Beatport LINK in Pioneer DJ’s WeDJ app (Source: Beatport)

Beatport has announced a new subscription service for DJs, Beatport LINK. The software makes Beatport’s extensive music catalog available to stream directly into DJ performance software.

Beatport LINK also includes Beatport CLOUD. Beatport CLOUD introduces a suite of features such as full track previews via the company’s proprietary Needle Drop Player, unlimited re-downloads of previously purchased tracks, and the My Library section. Beatport CLOUD is also available as a standalone subscription service.

Beatport LINK’s first performance software integration is with Pioneer DJ’s WeDJ app. Further integrations and partnerships will be rolled out in 2019, including Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox software in fall. An offline performance mode will also be introduced, setting it apart from competitors.

“The launch of Beatport LINK exhibits our commitment to creating the best possible experience for our expanding ecosystem of DJs, and we can think of no better partner than Pioneer DJ for the service’s first software integration. We are particularly excited to introduce the upcoming Offline Performance Mode, which firmly sets Beatport LINK apart from its competitors in the DJ market.”

Beatsource, a joint venture between DJcity and Beatport, will release Beatsource LINK later in 2019 to bring DJ streaming to the open-format community.

Beatport LINK and Beatport CLOUD are available in beta here and here.

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