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Traktor DJ 2 First Look and Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3 Review

Traktor DJ 2 and Kontrol S2 MK3

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.

Related Post: First Look: Native Instruments Traktor Pro 3.1

Should You Upgrade Your Gear?

DJ TLM

It’s tempting to get the latest DJ gear as soon as it’s released. But do you really need it, or does the equipment you have still get the job done?

On this episode of DJcityTV’s Share the Knowledge, DJ TLM talks about what to consider when you’re thinking about upgrading your gear.

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First Look: Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-200 Controller

Pioneer DJ DDJ-200

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.

Related: Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 Controller: First Look

Update on Mojaxx’s Switch From Mac to Windows

A few months ago, Mojaxx decided to see if he could switch from a Mac to a Windows laptop for DJing. On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, he checks back in with an update on how the transition went.

Have you switched from Mac to Windows? Share your advice in the comments section below.

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JBL 104 Studio Monitors Reviewed

JBL

Mojaxx reviews JBL’s new compact and affordable 104 studio monitors on this week’s Tips and Tricks.

Related: Review: ADAM Audio T Series Studio Monitors

Enter to Win a Laptop and Trip to Berlin’s Sample Music Festival

Gear Porn

Gear Porn is a new weekly live stream that tackles technical questions related to DJing, VJing, and live performing. It is hosted by Ray a.k.a. Arkaei, a Polish artist who has written articles for DJWORX.

To kick off the live stream, Gear Porn has launched a competition to win a high-performance laptop and a trip to the Sample Music Festival in Berlin.

How to enter the “20 Bars of Awesome” contest:

– Film a video of yourself performing a routine that is 20 bars long (two-bar intro, two-bar outro, and 16 bars in between).

– Use software that runs on a laptop. The winner will have to use the laptop that they win during the second part of the battle, which will take place at the Sample Music Festival between August 16 and 18.

– Send your video to gimme@gear.porn by June 6, 2019.

For more info, watch the video above and review the terms and conditions here.

Follow Gear Porn on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Mojaxx Reviews MasterSounds’ Linear 4V Mixer and FX Unit

Tips and Tricks MasterSounds

On this episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx reviews two pieces of DJ gear from boutique electronics manufacturer MasterSounds.

The Linear 4V is a made-to-order, four-channel mixer with a variety of features. The FX unit is a compact piece that is made to integrate with MasterSounds mixers, but works with a number of other mixers as well.

Watch Mojaxx’s review above.

Related: Raiden RPM-100 Portable Mixer Review

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 Controller: First Look

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800

Following its announcement on Tuesday, Mojaxx has provided a first look at Pioneer DJ’s new DDJ-800 controller. The device, which is designed for rekordbox dj, is a more portable and affordable version of the DDJ-1000.

Related: First Look: Denon DJ’s Prime 4 Standalone DJ System

Raiden RPM-100 Portable Mixer Review

Raiden

Raiden is known for making crossfaders for portable turntables. However, the company has introduced a portable mixer, the RPM-100. Mojaxx takes a look at it on this week’s Tips and Tricks.

Related: DJ Tech’s Handy Kutz Portablism Mixer Reviewed

Serato Announces ‘Serato Studio’ Production Software

Serato Studio

Serato Studio
Serato Studio. (Source: Serato)

Serato has 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

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