• Producers can enter tracks in six genres: hip-hop/trap, reggaeton, mainstage/EDM, house, techno, and drum and bass.
• The grand prize winner will receive a studio setup worth $30,000.
• Five winners from each genre will be considered for a release and promo campaign via these labels: Def Jam, Spinnin’ Records, DJcity Records, Shogun Audio, Rekids, and Nervous Records.
• 30 finalists will receive $2,500 worth of equipment from hardware and software partners such as Akai, Reason Studios, Denon DJ, and more.
Learn more here.
On Tuesday, our friends at Beatsource released the public beta of their new groundbreaking web app, Beatsource DJ. Designed to improve the DJ workflow, the app can be used for music discovery, library management, and auditioning mixes.
Watch Mojaxx provide a walkthrough of the app above.
Launch Beatsource DJ.
Try Beatsource LINK for free.
On Monday, Serato released Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5. Among other updates, both versions added support for Beatsource LINK’s offline mode, a highly anticipated feature that enables DJs to use LINK without an internet connection. Watch above to see DJcityTV’s Mojaxx provide a walkthrough of the feature.
Don’t have Beatsource LINK? Start your free trial.
Streaming is the future of DJing, but DJs need to be able to mix with or without an internet connection. Today, we’re excited to announce that Beatsource LINK’s offline mode, which enables DJs to mix without Wi-Fi, is finally available in Serato DJ. The update, which is integrated with Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5, follows over a month of public beta testing.
Asher “Styles Davis” Finkel, at Beatsource, says:
“We’re super excited to be the first service to bring offline mode for streaming content to Serato DJ. We know that DJs need to build trust with streaming technology, and our offline locker will provide the stability and insurance they need. This is a watershed moment in the way DJs get music.”
Watch a tutorial on how to use the offline mode below:
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Hercules has announced the release of a new limited edition gold version of their popular DJ controller, the DJControl Inpulse 500. The special release is limited to 1000 units, with each unit numbered 1 to 1000. The controller also comes with a Serato DJ Pro license and a carrying case.
Watch Matsu perform on the controller below and purchase the DJControl Inpulse 500 Gold Edition, available for pre-order Sweetwater. The unit is compatible with Beatsource LINK, the premier music streaming service for open-format DJs.
No laptop? No problem. After four months in beta, the Beatsource LINK streaming service for open-format DJs is now available in Denon DJ Engine OS-enabled gear. That includes standalone devices such as the Prime SC6000 player and Prime 4 controller.
Beatsource President, Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong, says:
“This is the future of DJing. Imagine showing up to your gig with just a pair of headphones and your DJ skills, logging into the Denon gear, and your personal playlists and DJ library become instantly available.”
Launched in May, LINK enables DJs to stream tracks from the Beatsource library in their DJ software, along with thousands of playlists. In addition to Engine OS, LINK is also available in Serato DJ Pro and Lite, Pioneer DJ rekordbox, VirtualDJ, Algoriddim djay and djay Pro, Hercules DJUCED, and PCDJ DEX 3.
Related Post: Beatsource LINK’s Offline Mode is Coming to Serato DJ
Earlier today, Serato launched the public beta of Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5. In this episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx takes a first look at the Serato DJ Pro 2.5 beta, which includes support for macOS 11 Big Sur, improved Phase functionality, and an offline locker for Beatsource LINK and Beatport LINK.
Watch Mo’s first look above.
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In October, after months of anticipation, Beatsource integrated the Beatsource LINK music streaming service for open-format DJs with Serato DJ. It was a groundbreaking advancement; however, it was just the beginning of their partnership with Serato.
Today, we’re excited to announce that Beatsource LINK’s offline mode, which enables DJs to mix without an internet connection, is coming to Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5 soon. You’ll be able to mix anywhere with Beatsource LINK.
Can’t wait? You can test Beatsource LINK’s offline mode in the public beta of Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5 here.
Don’t have Beatsource LINK? Try it free.
Related Post: Beatsource Launches First-Ever Licensed DJ Edits
As DJs, we know how important it is to have versions like intro edits and instrumentals in your arsenal. That’s why our friends at Beatsource have teamed up with Create Music Group and EMPIRE to offer exclusive DJ versions of thousands of tracks from their catalog in the Beatsource LINK music streaming service for open-format DJs. The versions include “intro edits,” whereby approximately 15 to 30 seconds of the instrumentals are added to the beginning and end of the track to facilitate easier mixing. Instrumentals and acapellas will also be available.
The collaboration is the first step in Beatsource’s broader initiative to authorize and monetize DJ edits for streaming, which has never been done before in the music industry. The initiative will provide DJs with official DJ versions while introducing new revenue streams and data for artists and labels.
Beatsource’s President, Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong, says:
“While streaming has saved the music industry from over a decade of declining revenues, DJs were left out of this wave of innovation because they were never officially provided with the content they need. … Not only does this collaboration create, for the first time, an authorized and monetized channel to stream DJ edits, but artists will gain unprecedented insight into how DJs are playing their music … We can now track things like how many plays a song is getting in the clubs, who played it, and performed to what size audience. This information was never aggregated until our forward-thinking partners at EMPIRE and Create helped challenge the music supply chain to better serve the most important tastemaker in the industry, the DJ.”
Create Music Group’s EVP of Operations, George Karalexis, comments:
“Alongside the rise of streaming we’ve seen a striking downturn in the tools and resources that music creators and record labels offer to open-format DJs, an extremely important group of tastemakers that can really help to break new artists. In order to re-engage this vital part of the music promotion ecosystem, we’ve opened up our catalog to Beatsource who have tailor-made a huge catalog of custom mixes and edits for their vast network of DJs. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with them as our catalog grows and their network of DJs expands.”
EMPIRE’s Founder and CEO, Ghazi, adds:
“EMPIRE’s focus on innovation through technology has transformed providing independent music to the world … and the support of the DJs as tastemakers and record breakers has been integral to our success. We know these tools are essential to DJs, and this partnership with Beatsource will ensure that our most dedicated supporters have access to the right content to continue making an impact with our artists. Salute the DJ.”
Create Music Group and EMPIRE have mined deep into their catalogs, identifying some of their most popular tracks, and assembled a variety of DJ edits exclusively for Beatsource. Tracks included in the first wave of edits include hits by Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Rich The Kid, Anderson Paak, Tory Lanez, the Insomniac Records catalog, and more.
Beatsource is currently engaged with the major labels to ensure their content is included as licensed DJ edits by April. In the meantime, hits from Create Music Group and EMPIRE are now available exclusively to Beatsource LINK and DJcity subscribers.
Don’t have Beatsource LINK? Try it free.
Today Beatsource announced the launch of VIP Crates, an on-going series of playlists curated by the world’s most influential DJs. Compiled exclusively for Beatsource, the playlists give insight into which tracks grace the sets of top tastemaker DJs worldwide.
To kick off the series, Beatsource has called upon a diverse group of open-format DJs from hot spots like Los Angeles, London, Las Vegas, Miami, and beyond. They include:
- Lil Jon, GRAMMY award-winning multi-platinum artist
- Tay James, Justin Bieber’s tour DJ
- DJ Amen, music director at LA’s REAL 92.3 and DJ for San Francisco 49ers
- ZHU, GRAMMY-nominated artist
- Walshy Fire, member of Major Lazer
- DJ EFN, co-host of Drinks Champs podcast
- Craig David, GRAMMY-nominated multi-platinum artist
- Charlie Sloth, host of Apple Music 1’s Charlie Sloth Rap Show
- Joel Corry, platinum artist
- Nathan Dawe, platinum artist
- James Hype, platinum artist
- DJ Javin, mixer at SiriusXM’s Globalization and Phoenix’s Power 98.3
Beatsource board member, A-Trak, says:
“VIP Crates is a perfect example of Beatsource’s brilliance. DJing is more than just keeping up with the newest releases and knowing the classics. Every DJ has their own personal go-to’s, those tracks that never leave the crates even though they never charted. Weapons, tools. Being able to tap into that with a subscription is huge.”
Kidd Spin, Beatsource’s head of curation, adds:
“DJs are often curious as to what other DJs are playing in their sets. Clubs and live shows are far and few between these days, so there’s virtually no way to know what our favorite DJs are currently into or being influenced by without a direct connection. VIP Crates gives insight into what top tastemaker DJs are feeling right now, and the varying playlists show great diversity – from all genres, eras, and styles.”
Edwin Paredes, Beatsource’s chief content officer, also commented:
“The groundswell of support we’ve received from these enormously successful artists and DJs wanting to be a part of our initial rollout of VIP Crates has been amazing. We’re looking forward to adding more influential tastemakers to the VIP Crates mix in the coming months.”
The playlists are available on the Beatsource LINK music streaming service for open-format DJs.
Browse VIP Crates here.
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