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Ableton Live 10 Announced

Ableton Live 10

Ableton Live 10
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Ableton has announced Live 10, the next version of its popular music production and performance software. A significant release, Live 10 introduces four new devices, workflow improvements, a redesigned sound library, and more.

The new devices are Wavetable, Echo, Drum Buss, and Pedal. Wavetable, Ableton’s new synth, is derived from analog synths and other instruments and sounds. It has the potential to compete with popular wavetable synths like Serum and Massive. Echo brings together the sound of classic analog and digital hardware delays in a single device, Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for drums, and Pedal brings the sound of analog stomp boxes.

Live 10 offers a variety of workflow improvements for every stage of the creative process. They include an updated interface, a feature called Capture, which helps producers turn spontaneous ideas into music, the ability to edit multiple MIDI clips, and more.

The software also comes with a redesigned and reorganized sound library that includes new collections of packs.

Live 10 will be available in early 2018. In the meantime, Ableton is running a discount offer now until the release in which all Live 9 editions are 20% off. The purchase of any Live 9 edition automatically entitles customers to a free upgrade to its corresponding Live 10 edition upon release.

Learn more about Live 10 on Ableton’s website and watch the introduction video below.

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UK DJ/Producer DEAN-E-G Breaks Down His Remix of Yungen’s ‘Bestie’


Rising DJ/producer DEAN-E-G has broken down his remix of Yungen and Yxng Bane‘s dancehall and R&B-influenced single, “Bestie.” The original track was one of DJcity UK’s most downloaded songs of June.

A native of London, DEAN currently serves as an exclusive remix contributor to DJcity. His tracks, which are of the house variety, have been supported by some of the UK’s top radio stations, including BBC Radio 1, KISS FM, and Capital XTRA. DEAN burst onto the scene in 2015 when he won DJcity’s remix contest for D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha.”

“Bestie” peaked at No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Yungen and Yxng Bane’s highest-charting song. The track was certified silver in September.

Watch DEAN’s video above and download his remix exclusively on DJcity.

Related: Watch the Producer of D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty’s ‘Broccoli’ Explain How He Made the Track

Watch Mura Masa Make a Track by Sampling Random Records

Mura Masa

Mass Appeal is back with a new episode of Rhythm Roulette, this time featuring British DJ/producer Mura Masa. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three records, which are randomly selected while blindfolded.

Born on an island named Guernsey, Mura Masa is best known for his A$AP Rocky-assisted single, “Love$ick.” The breakout track appeared on his self-titled debut album, which was released in July. It also featured the singles “1 Night” featuring Charli XCX and “All Around The World” featuring Desiigner.

Mura Masa picks up his vinyl at Good Records in New York City. The 21-year-old then lays down a beat using samples from William Basinski’s 2017 ambient album A Shadow in Time and The Road’s 1971 rock album Cognition.

Watch Rhythm Roulette above.

Related: Watch Mr. Carmack Make a Track by Sampling Random Records

Finalists for Avicii ‘Without You’ Remix Contest



DJcity has picked the 10 finalists for the official AviciiWithout Youremix contest.

We received entries from all around the world and of a wide variety of styles. It took a long time to listen to them, but we made sure to hear each one. Now that we’ve selected the finalists, it’s up to Avicii to pick the winner.

The winner, which will be announced on Sept. 20, will receive $5,000 and have his or her remix released on Geffen Records.

Check out the finalists below (in alphabetical order).

Arc North, Sweden

Mark Pride, Croatia


Melo.Kids, Poland

Notre Dame, France

Redax, Germany

Rozen, Brazil

Tokima Tokio, Japan

Tony & Voxon, Latvia and United Arab Emirates

Vinil, Sweden

Related: Watch This Drummer’s Entry Video for Avicii’s ‘Without You’ Remix Contest

Watch Mr. Carmack Make a Track by Sampling Random Records

Mr. Carmack

Mass Appeal has featured DJ/producer Mr. Carmack in their latest episode of Rhythm Roulette. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three randomly selected vinyl records.

The San Francisco native first heads to Good Records in New York City before hitting the studio alongside rapper Adam Vida. He then delivers two groovy glitch-style beats, only using sounds from the records he picks out. Impressively, one of the samples he chops up is the call of an elephant trumpeting.

Carmack is a member of the production cliques Team Supreme and Soulection. He’s best known for his unique trap-infused sounds, which includes releases on the Mad Decent label. The influential producer has worked with Pharrell, Diplo, Kehlani, and Promnite.

Watch Rhythm Roulette above.

Related: Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff Make a Track by Sampling Random Records

DJcity and Geffen Records Launch Remix Contest for Avicii’s ‘Without You’



DJcity has teamed up with Geffen Records on a remix contest for Avicii‘s new single “Without You” featuring Sandro Cavazza. The infectious progressive house track recently debuted at No. 18 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

Geffen Records was founded in 1980 by industry heavyweight David Geffen. Earlier this year, Universal Music Group relaunched the label with a roster that includes Avicii, DJ Snake, Lil Jon, AlunaGeorge, and Gryffin.

The winning submission will be released by Geffen Records as an official remix. The winner will also receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be featured on DJcity’s blog and social media.

Get more info and enter the contest here.

Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff Make a Track by Sampling Random Records

DJ Jazzy Jeff

After nearly 100 episodes of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal has finally featured DJ Jazzy Jeff. The series is an interesting concept: it challenges producers to select three records while blindfolded and make a beat by sampling them.

Filmed in his Delaware estate during his annual Playlist Retreat, the video shows Jeff picking out the records from the back of a van, and getting busy in the studio using Serato’s new plugin, Sample.

His final track includes an Al Johnson and Jean Carne sample, which was used on Will Smith’s 1997 single, “Just Cruisin’.” It also contains scratching and vocals from Philadelphia rapper, Dayne Jordan.

Watch Rhythm Roulette above.

Related: An Inside Look at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Playlist Retreat’

Finalists for Regi ‘Where Did You Go (Summer Love)’ Remix Contest



The finalists for DJcity’s Regi “Where Did You Go (Summer Love)” remix contest have been selected! Congrats to the following producers on advancing to the final round:

Nico Nobels & Venemy
Safety First!

Also, thanks to everyone who entered. We received many remixes from around the world during the three-week contest and listened to each one.

The winner will be featured by CNR Records (Mostiko/Smash The House) as an official remix and will receive a KRK RP6 RoKit G3 Bundle.

Regi is currently reviewing the final remixes and DJcity will announce the winner on Friday, August 11. In the meantime, listen to each submission below.

Download the original version of “Where Did You Go (Summer Love)” on DJcity.

Related: Finalists for D.R.A.M. ‘Cha Cha’ Remix Contest

Watch P-Lo Race Against the Clock to Make a Beat


HBK Gang producer and rapper P-Lo has been featured on FACT TV’s Against the Clock series.

The show challenges producers to make a track from scratch in under 10 minutes while being filmed in real time. Previous guests include Southside and Flux Pavilion.

Filmed at Los Angeles’ APG Studios, P-Lo delivered a Bay Area-style beat just as time ran out.

P-Lo has worked extensively with fellow HBK artists Kehlani, Sage the Gemini, and IamSu. In May, he released his debut album, More Than Anything, which features tracks with other Bay Area acts like E-40 and G-Eazy.

Watch P-Lo on Against The Clock above.

Related: Watch P-Lo Make a Beat by Sampling Random Records

DJ Dahi Uses Serato Sample in New Rhythm Roulette Episode

DJ Dahi

Mass Appeal has brought back acclaimed hip-hop producer DJ Dahi for a special, new episode of Rhythm Roulette. The series challenges producers to make a beat by sampling three random records, chosen from a record store while blindfolded.

Dahi, whose credits include Drake‘s “Worst Behavior,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Money Trees,” and Big Sean‘s “I Don’t F#ck With You,” produced a track using Serato’s new plugin, Sample. The software 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.

In this episode, instead of going to a record store, Dahi went to New York City and dug through cardboard boxes in the back of a van owned by vinyl collector, Gene Brown.

Watch the video above.

Related: Watch P-Lo Make a Beat by Sampling Random Records