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Pioneer DJ Announces DDJ-800 Rekordbox Controller

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800
Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 controller (Source: Pioneer DJ)

Pioneer DJ has announced a new controller, the DDJ-800. Designed to be used with the company’s rekordbox DJ software, the DDJ-800 takes cues from the popular DDJ-1000. However, the DDJ-800 is smaller and more affordable.

The device offers two channels, switchable between four virtual decks, with a wide selection of Sound Color and Beat FX.

Its five-inch jog wheels feature full-color screens in the center, providing real-time display of waveforms, BPM, time, and more. They also have tension adjustments, enabling DJs to personalize the resistance.

Several pad modes are found on the DDJ-800, including hot cues, keyboard mode, beat loop and jump, Pad FX, and pitch shift. It’s also the first rekordbox DJ controller to support the software’s new Feedback Reducer feature, which is designed to instantly detect and remove the howling sound of feedback when using the unit’s two microphone inputs.

The DDJ-800 will be available worldwide in mid-April for $899. Get more details here, and stay tuned for Mojaxx’s first look this week.

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Serato Announces ‘Serato Studio’ Production Software

Serato Studio
Serato Studio. (Source: Serato)

UPDATE: Serato has paused its public beta of Serato Studio after receiving an influx of users. Anyone interested in joining can still register to be notified of any future openings.

Serato on Wednesday announced its entry into the music production market with its Serato Studio software.

The application aims to lower the barrier to entry for DJs who are interested in music production. Features include access to the Serato DJ library, waveform displays, cue points, and time-stretching and key detection with Pitch ‘n Time.

Serato Studio works with a range of Serato-enabled hardware such as mixers and controllers, allowing them to function as MIDI controllers.

It is currently available as a limited public beta. Upon its full release, Serato Studio will be available via subscription to allow for regular software updates and additional sample content.

Sign up for the beta here and watch Mojaxx‘s first look below.

Related: First Look: Serato DJ Pro 2.1.1

Native Instruments Announces Details of MASSIVE X

Native Instruments Massive X
MASSIVE X. (Source: Native Instruments)

Native Instruments has revealed the details of MASSIVE X, a long-awaited update to their popular sound design software. It is scheduled for a June release.

MASSIVE X comes with a redesigned user interface, over 100 wavetables, new modulation options, and more. It will be available as a free download for users of Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE 12 software.

Read more about MASSIVE X here.

Related: First Look: Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3.1

Watch Trayze Perform Live Remix With Roland TR-08 and Serato DJ Pro TR-SYNC

Trayze has dropped a live remix of the classic house track “Percolator,” along with a breakdown of his equipment setup. In the routine, he uses Serato DJ Pro’s recently added TR-SYNC feature with a Roland TR-08 drum machine.

After the performance, Trayze shows how he combines the TR-08 with his turntable setup and Serato DJ Pro. Using the TR-SYNC feature, he is able to match the BPM of the track with that of the drum machine.

Formerly known as Cajmere, Green Velvet‘s Chicago house anthem “Percolator” has been a staple for dance music DJs since its release in 1992.

Watch Trayze’s routine above.

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