Music software developer Mixed In Key has recently released version 2.0 of their free Satellite Plugins. The plugin pack (made up of Satellite Sessions, Satellite Audio, and Satellite MIDI) allows music producers to collaborate between different digital audio workstations (DAWs) in real time, with one, for example, working in Ableton Live and another using FL Studio.
Producers invite each other to sessions using a code, which then allows them to share and tweak each others’ audio and MIDI tracks without the need to transfer stems or project files.
Satellite Plugins is a free download available through the ADSR website, with the rest of Mixed In Key’s music production plugins on sale until April 7. Watch the Satellite Plugins introductory video above.
To celebrate the release of Serato Studio 1.4, Serato and DJcity have collaborated on a beat making challenge. Aspiring producers have until January 28, 2020 for their chance to win $4000 worth of Pioneer DJ gear, Serato Studio and Serato DJ Suite licences, a one-year DJcity record pool subscription, and a $50 Beatsource gift card.
To enter, applicants must make a one-minute DJ edit using Serato Studio and the acapella provided by DJcity Records, Makasi & Gregoir Cruz‘ “Manos En Mi” featuring Tima Dee. Then, film your creation and share the video to Instagram (tag @seratostudio and use the hashtag #seratostudio in your post).
Click here for more details.
Ozone 9 Elements comes with a selection of mastering presets that allow beatmakers to produce professional-sounding tracks. For a more tailored sound, the plug-in’s “Master Assistant” feature will analyze your track and create a custom preset based on your style.
Watch Serato’s Ozone 9 Elements video below and click here for more info.
DJcity has teamed up with Serato to host a series of Serato Studio workshops called DJs Make Beats. The workshops will teach DJs how to quickly transform their ideas into beats using Serato’s beat making software, Serato Studio.
The workshops will take place in five cities across the West Coast of North America during October. Check out the schedule below. Space is limited; RSVP is required.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fortune Sound Club
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Park on Fremont
Los Angeles (Hollywood)
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Los Angeles (West LA)
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Scratch DJ Academy
Download a free trial of Serato Studio here.
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The Vancouver native rebuilds Live Evil’s remix of Rich The Kid‘s 2014 track “Why You Mad” layer by layer, highlighting the benefits of Serato Studio along the way.
Serato Studio is the company’s first foray into music production. It launched in March and is currently in beta.
Watch above and download Live Evil’s remix on DJcity.
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The behind-the-scenes look took place in a workshop at the 2018 Music Expo in San Francisco. DECAP explained how they made the different elements of the track, using both Ableton and FL Studio.
Watch the video above and download “BRAZIL” here.
In September, U.K. DJ/producer James Hype connected with R&B legend Craig David for a feel-good house single, “No Drama.” The track, which reached No. 8 on DJcity UK’s monthly top 20 chart, has gone on to amass 15 million streams. It has also been named a “Future Dance Anthem” by BBC Radio 1’s MistaJam.
We recently stopped by James’ studio in London to see how he made the track. The Liverpool native explained how the song came together and broke down each layer in Ableton Live. He also discussed his creative process and the role that DJcity has played in his career.
Watch above and download “No Drama” on DJcity.
Hip-hop legend Marley Marl recently down with the Drink Champs show for an extensive conversation.
A key figure in the development of hip-hop, Marley is considered to be the first producer to sample and chop drums. His credits include some of the most iconic tracks from the hip-hop’s golden age, including LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out,” Big Daddy Kane’s “Ain’t No Half Steppin’,” Eric B. & Rakim’s “Eric B. Is President,” Biz Markie’s “Vapors,” and MC Shan’s “The Bridge.”
Most of the interview focused on Marley’s career, but he also spoke about the current state of hip-hop.
On the new generation of hip-hop:
“I look at it is evolution … The people who don’t like what the young kids is doing, you too old. Because when I fell in love with what I was doing, I was about 18 years old, so whoever is 18 years old [is] probably falling in love with what they doing right now and that’s their sh#t.”
On how he started out as an electronic music producer:
“Before I started making hip-hop, I was making electronic music … That’s why I had the edge over everybody, because I was already tech savvy.”
Watch the full convo above.
Grandtheft is one of Canada’s most versatile and influential DJ/producers. From rocking clubs and festivals to performing at DJ battles like the Red Bull Music 3Style, the Mad Decent artist can hold it down anywhere.
As a producer, he’s released some of the biggest club and festival anthems of the past few years, including “Keep It 100” with Keys N Krates, his “Sweet Nothing” remix with Diplo, and “Number One” with Major Lazer. He’s also seen radio success with original singles like “Easy Go” featuring Delaney Jane.
On this episode of A Moment With, Grandtheft discusses how he got into DJing, his creative process for producing, what he wants to convey with his music, plus more.
Serato has launched the Serato Sample Challenge, a beat-making contest in which the winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000. Yes, you read that right.
How to enter:
1. Create a beat using Serato Sample.
2. Make a video that showcases your beat. It must be less than 60 seconds and show Serato Sample in use.
3. Upload your video to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag #seratosamplechallenge and @seratosample. (Make sure your profile is set to public.) Facebook submissions must be posted on Serato Sample’s Facebook page.
Public voting, which takes place up until the deadline, will determine 10 finalists. (Early entry is encouraged in order to accumulate votes.) Judges Kenny Dope, DJ Spinna, and Suzi Analogue will then select the winner from the final 10 based on musicality and originality.
Launched in July, Serato Sample is a plugin that enables producers to find and manipulate samples in tracks using any DAW that supports VST and AU formats, such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, and Logic Pro.
Get more info about the contest and vote for your favorite entries here.
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