New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #221

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Play and Produce event starts November 8th in Ghent, Belgium.

DJ, producer or musician? Or do you wanna become one? Get ready for the 4th edition of Play & Produce, the biennial must attend event for everyone in the electronic music scene, on saturday November 8th in Vooruit Ghent, Belgium.

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Gemini re-introduces the Slate 4 Serato DJ Into controller

Gemini is pleased to announce the completely redesigned Slate 4, Gemini’s first USB DJ controller for Serato DJ Intro.

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M-audio updates the M-track audio interface family

M-Audio today announced the introduction of improved versions of the company’s best-selling M-Track and M-Track Plus audio interface products and an expanded software suite for the M-Track Eight.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #220

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Native Instruments hosts Google's Eric Schmidt for a talk about 'disruptive technology'

As part of his visit to the German capital, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt stopped by the global headquarters of Native Instruments on Monday evening for a special event. In front of an audience of entrepreneurs, students and journalists, Eric Schmidt gave a speech about innovation, market disruption and the future of the Internet.

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Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-in-one DJ system

Native Instruments today officially announced TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 – a new all-in-one DJ controller designed for state-of-the-art TRAKTOR PRO 2 control. Offering DJs an entirely new performance dynamic, TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 is a breakthrough innovation built on the desire to bring the sole focus of digital DJs back towards the crowd and away from the laptop – accomplishing this through new and inspiring technology.

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M-Audio Oxygen Series Keyboard Controllers Now Available

M-Audio, synonymous with innovative keyboard technology, announces the availability of their newly updated MIDI keyboard controller line, Oxygen series. The Oxygen series expand on playability and include a wide array of sounds with two virtual instruments for players, songwriters, and producers.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #219

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Native Instruments introduces CARIBBEAN CURRENT Expansion for MASCHINE

Native Instruments today introduced CARIBBEAN CURRENT – a new MASCHINE Expansion that pairs the sounds and rhythms of traditional Caribbean music with a modern, club-oriented aesthetic. CARIBBEAN CURRENT features all-new patterns, custom MASSIVE presets, a dub siren, and exclusive kits created and inspired by artists in the upcoming NI documentary 'Sabroso! A Road Trip to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast'. CARIBBEAN CURRENT is available now at the NI Online Shop and runs in the MASCHINE 2 software on MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, or MASCHINE MIKRO. A compact version for iMASCHINE is also available via the in-app store.

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Apogee Introduces New Ensemble

Apogee Electronics, industry leader in digital audio recording technology since 1985, is pleased to introduce the all new Ensemble – a 30x34 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for the next generation of home, project and professional Mac-based studios. Blending the best of Apogee’s acclaimed innovations from products like Symphony I/O, Duet, Quartet and JAM with groundbreaking new features and the power of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, Ensemble provides everything you need to record, edit, mix and master professional quality audio on your Mac using Logic Pro, Pro Tools or any Core Audio based DAW.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #218

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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TASCAM has announced the DR-60DmkII DSLR Recoder

Tascam has updated our recorder for use with DSLR video to the DR-60DmkII. The four-channel recorder gets new microphone preamps with up to 64dB of gain for recording quiet voices on set. 

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HOFA-Plugins releases IQ-Limiter

IQ-Limiter is a brickwall limiter which allows to transparently increase loudness using only few controls due to its intelligent algorithms.

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Propellerhead Releases Reason 8

Propellerhead Software today announced that Reason 8 is now available for purchase. This major new version of the award-winning Reason music production software introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined new workflow that sparks your creativity, moves you faster from idea to music and is more fun than ever.

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Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer The worlds first synth can be yours!

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer, build by Mac Kohl around 1905 is considered to be the first electronic synthesizer. And it can be yours! It is on auction at Bonham’s with a guide price of $20.000 – $30.000.

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Pioneer RMX-500 - Gearjunkies review

Effect processors today are part of the standard tools DJs use. Many DJ mixers have them build in and DJ software features effects as well. Overall the available choice is overwhelming. Yet as DJ hardware effect processors Pioneer is the market leader. Build in to the DJM900 and DJM2000, which are also the default standards in most clubs. Also the standalone RMX-1000 effect processor is well known amongst DJs and even producers. So Pioneer came with the RMX-500 its little brother. Because we like the RMX-1000 very much we were keen to check out the RMX-500 and put the results in this review.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #217

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Blue Cat Audio Release New Scripting Plug-In

Blue Cat Audio have released Blue Cat's Plug'n Script, a new scripting plug-in that can be programmed to quickly build custom audio and MIDI effects or virtual instruments, without quitting your favorite Digital Audio Workstation.

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Universal Audio announces new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

Universal Audio is proud to announce the new line of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators, shipping early October.

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iZotope Launches RX 4

iZotope has released the next generation of its industry-standard audio repair toolkit, RX. iZotope's award-winning software transforms flawed audio into pristine, usable material by removing noises, distortions, reverb, and other common audio problems.

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Native Instruments reveals new TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-in-one DJ system

Native Instruments today reveals its new flagship all-in-one DJ controllerTRAKTOR KONTROL S8. Shot on location in Ibiza, a new video features high profile artists offering their first impressions of TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 and serves as an enticing preview of the cutting-edge DJ controller.

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Tracktion 5 software bundles Melodyne

Tracktion Software Corporation has announced the integration of Celemony’s Audio Random Access (ARA) capability and the bundling of the Melodyne Essential Plug-in (a $99 value) for the Tracktion 5 Music Production Software platform. 

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Reloop BeatMix 4 DJ Serato controller- Gearjunkies Review

The new generation of DJs uses controllers, especially the DJs playing at home. They don't buy an expensive CDJ set anymore but start out using a controller and a laptop or tablet. In the stores these controllers are the big sellers. Advantage of this is that there is an abundance of choice. Budget wise, style and possibilities you can make the choices you want. Especially for the people that start out you can start with a modest budget because playing can be an expensive hobby. So the majority of manufacturers will enable this like for example with the Beatmix4 of Reloop with recently a reduced price. Does the Reloop Beatmix4 give value for money or should you save money for something else? Our opinion about this controller with a limited price tag will follow.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #216

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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UDG introduces Urbanite Series

UDG, the luggage brand trusted by DJs around the world to safely transport their equipment, has released a new range, the ‘Urbanite Series’. The entry-level series of sleeves and bags literally stand up against the flimsy beginner controller bags currently available on the market. 

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Roland unveils plug-out replica of the Classic SH-2 Synthesizer

Roland is pleased to announce the SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer, the first complete reproduction of Roland’s classic SH-2 synthesizer from 1979. 

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Line 6 announces the Sonic Port VX Mobile Audio Interface

Line 6 today introduced the new Sonic Port VX mobile audio interface, making it possible for musicians to record anytime, anywhere.

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IK Multimedia announces iKlip Xpand Stand

IK Multimedia announced iKlip Xpand Stand its next generation expandable tabletop riser stand that lets you securely hold any iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, Android device or any other tablet with a screen size between 7" to 12.1".

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Pioneer and KKR Agree to Pioneer DJ Share Purchase

Pioneer Corporation and KKR today announced the signing of a share purchase agreement under which Pioneer's business division that engages in the development, manufacturing and sale of DJ equipment will be spun off into a new company, Pioneer DJ, which will be jointly owned by Pioneer and KKR.

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Algoriddim Releases djay 2.6 with General Electric Collaboration

Today, Algoriddim, release a notable update to the widely acclaimed djay 2 app. In this new version, Algoriddim introduces an all-new collaboration with General Electric (GE) including entirely original mechanical sounds bundled within the app. This feature is one of its kind, marking Algoriddim's first-ever branded sound pack. Additional enhancements include an improved Spotify integration and seamless integration with brand new DJ gear from Pioneer.

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Studer Expands Infinity With New Vista V Digital Console

At IBC 2014, HARMAN's Studer is adding to the immense power of its Vista X digital console with the next step in processing power and intuitive functionality, the Studer Vista V. The new 52-fader Vista V is based on the same Quad Star technology as its predecessor the Vista X, but in a more compact footprint ideal for smaller studios, OB trucks and large live productions.

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NOCS NS900 Headphone - Gearjunkies Review

There are a lot of DJ headphones out there, a new brand from Sweden, NOCS is entering this market as well. Let's testdrive there latesed headphone: the NS-900.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #215

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Novation announce Audiohub 2x4

It can take a lot of gear to produce great tunes. That's why Novation have designed Audiohub 2x4: a combined audio interface and USB hub designed for electronic music production.

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Apogee and Avid Partner to Offer Pro Tools Audio Solutions

Apogee and Avid are pleased to announce two new Avid Artist Suite products for music recording and stereo audio post, Pro Tools | Duet and Pro Tools | Quartet

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IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field

K Multimedia today announced iRig Mic Field, the first pocketable and adjustable stereo digital microphone for audio and video field recording. 

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Sennheiser launches URBANITE headphones

Sennheiser’s new URBANITE headphones are the new sound of urban style, bringing the bass for an intense club experience on the move.

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Pioneer unviels the HDJ-C70 headphones

Pioneer’s range of professional DJ monitoring headphones boasts a new addition with the launch of the on-ear HDJ-C70s.

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Elektron Analog Rytm 8 voice drum computer - Gearjunkies review

In the line of analog products Elektron recently release the Rytm 8 voice drum computer. It not only features analog drum synthesis but also can play samples. In addition you can create patterns and songs including parameter automation.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #214

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Eisenberg Audio Releases VIER Software Synthesizer

Eisenberg Audio, a German audio software developer, has released a new software synthesizer VIER.

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Korg Announces Launch of MiniKP2S

Following in the footsteps of the popular handheld MiniKP2 Kaoss Pad, Korg proudly announces the more powerful MiniKP2S, the successor of the classic Kaoss Pad equipped with even more performance and features.

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Korg Announces the Next Generation of the Electribe Music Production Station

Empowering musicians to compose in a creative and influential way, the new Electribe has evolved to include such features as polyphonic synth playback, sixteen freely-assignable parts, and compatibility with Ableton Live. Featuring sixteen back- lit Trigger pads and an intuitive X/Y Touch pad, the new Electribe is easy enough for a beginner to understand, yet sophisticated enough to satisfy even the most experienced performers.

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Reloop unveils the new NEON controller

The Reloop NEON is a powerful pad controller for Serato DJ that will elevate your performance to a whole new level. Acting as the perfect support hardware for DVS users and controller DJs, the 8 ultra-low-latency and touch-sensitive RGB drum pads with aftertouch are perfect for triggering samples, cues, loops and effects. Coming in as the most extensive Serato SP6 sample controller on the market, the NEON also offers LED feedback for each sample slot – feeding back status and mode information.

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Native Instruments announces KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE

Native Instruments today announced the next generation of their industry-standard production suites. KOMPLETE 10 and KOMPLETE 10 ULTIMATE come with six brand-new instrumentsROUNDS, KONTOUR, POLYPLEX, and the three new sampled pianos that comprise THE DEFINITIVE PIANO COLLECTION. KOMPLETE 10 now includes 39 instruments and effects. 

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Native Instruments announces KOMPLETE KONTROL S- Series keyboards

Native Instruments today announced the KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards. The keyboards represent a hallmark in the history of Native Instruments, providing advanced innovations in hardware/software integration and uniting the KOMPLETE Instrument portfolio under one purpose-built keyboard controller and software interface. KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards are available in a choice of 25, 49 or 61 keys and come equipped with premium Fatar keybeds for a luxurious playing experience. 

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Roland announces SBX-1 Sync Box

Roland is proud to announce the SBX-1 Sync Box, a universal synchronization hub for electronic musical instruments and computers. Equipped with USB-MIDI, standard MIDI, and DIN sync ports, the compact SBX‑1 provides a convenient way for music creators to use modern production tools and legacy analog devices together at one time. Going far beyond simple synchronization, the SBX-1 also provides hands-on control of timing and groove, and includes CV/Gate outputs for triggering old-school instruments such as the SH-101, TB-303, and TR-808.

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Propellerhead Releases Instrument Development Toolkit for Rack Extensions

Propellerhead today announced that the new Instrument Development Toolkit (IDT) for Rack Extensions is now available, making it easy for sample library producers and instrument designers to build and sell Rack Extensions for the award-winning Reason platform. The new toolkit enables developers to create stunning instruments and bring them to market with minimum effort and maximum support.

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Dynaudio Professionals New AIR Control Software

Dynaudio Professional unveils a new AIR Control application for Mac and PC, allowing users to carry out advanced calibration and alignment of their AIR monitoring system. The software provides access to advanced tools and features inside AIR monitors and subwoofers including timing and SPL calibration and parametric EQs for each monitor. Air Control allows users to define and store custom setups and presets with selective parameter locking, and a special measurement mode provides EQ line signal out from selected monitors.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #213

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection where Labor day rebates apply this weekend.

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coming soon to Kickstarter: ultimate realtime sampler for your modular SampleSlicer

Jan Willem from Ginkosynthese got a nice new project around the corner: the Sampleclicer. This ultimate realtime sampler for your modular is not another sampleplayer,  It's a realtime cv controlled sampleslice sequencer. This project is coming soon to Kickstarter.

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Audiorealism ReDominator - Gearjunkies review

Today we are going back into time to the beginning of the 90s. One sound changed a whole part of the dance music scene. It's patch title was: What the F.., for those in the know immediately know what i'm talking about. One of the very first records i heard it's sound on was Mentasm by Joey Beltram. But that one sound got very famous with the release of Human Resource's Dominator. This sound was later dubbed a Hoover since it sounded a little like a vacuumcleaner. This massive sound came from a small synth called the Roland Alpha Juno 2. Audiorealism took on the big task of recreating this old love of many of us into ReDominator.

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Native Instruments teases Komplete hardware

Native Instruments gives us a glimp into the future... Looks like new hardware

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FabFilter releases FabFilter Pro-Q 2 equalizer plug-in

FabFilter is proud to announce availability of FabFilter Pro-Q 2, a major update to the Pro-Q equalizer plug-in. New features — such as Full Screen mode, unique Natural Phase processing, Auto Gain, Spectrum Grab, Gain-Q interaction, and slope support for all filter types — make Pro-Q 2 a cut above its predecessor in every way, while staying true to the original vision of combining high sound quality with unsurpassed interface workflow.

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AIR Music Technology Rolls Out The Riser

AIR Music Technology introduces The Riser, an all­new synthesizer for creating powerful transitions. Created with electronic dance music producers and DJs in mind, The Riser infuses tracks with progression and hype brimming with AIR’s signature sound quality.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #212

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #211

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Focusrite announces the Scarlett Solo

Whatever their budget, everybody should be able to make and record music with exceptional sound quality. That's why Focusrite have created Scarlett Solo: their most affordable Scarlett, yet the best sounding interface in its price range.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #210

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Soulsby Atmegatron monophonic 8-bit digital synthesizer - Gearjunkies review

The Atmegatron is the first product of Paul Soulsby that create a small and relative simple and fairly cheap monophonic digital synthesizer. You either can buy the PCB kit and build yourself or get the fully build synthesizer. The unique thing is that users also can get the Arduino development platform themselves and start altering the firmware

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Propellerhead Unveils Reason 8

Propellerhead Software today announced a major new version of its award-winning Reason music production platform. Reason 8 builds on the legendary music production software by introducing a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that makes it easy to create amazing music, faster than ever.

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Akai announces the AFX and AMX controllers for Serato DJ

Akai announces the AFX and AMX controllers for Serato DJ.  Over a USB connection, AFX and AMX each add extensive hands-on controls to a variety of DJ setups ranging from Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl (DVS), minimalist controllers, HID-capable CD transports, and more.

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Xkey Synthesizer iOS app from CME partner One Red Dog

CME announces the cooperation with One Red Dog, all of Xkey users could enjoy XK-1 synthesizer app for free. The “One Red Dog” is a well known music software company with great talent. Thanks to Xkey user community, all of them showed leading concept of mobile application in social network, and it inspires One Red Dog to launch the first customized Xkey Synthesizer app—the XK-1, this integration will bring perfect experience to the professional in iOS platform.

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Allen & Heath adds ADDS XONE:K1 to DJ range

Allen & Heath has introduced the Xone:K1 to extend the MIDI controller range of its elite Xone DJ line, joining the successful Xone:K2 controller. 

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Native Instruments launches READY.SET.PRO. limited-time TRAKTOR special

Native Instruments today launched READY.SET.PRO. – a limited-time offer on the acclaimed TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 decks and effects controller and TRAKTOR KONTROL Z1 – the compact DJ mixing interface. Until August 31, 2014, a full version of the flagship TRAKTOR PRO 2 software comes free with purchase of either controller.

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Richard Devine Switches to Dangerous DAC & Monitor ST Controller

Richard Devine is renowned as an electronic music composer and producer, as well as sound designer extraordinaire. From his Atlanta, Georgia studio, and his company Devinesound, he specializes in the creation of custom sound, music and audio environments for film, television, video games, audio hardware and software, interactive web-based environments, and more. Devine recently switched out his monitor controller for the Dangerous Music Monitor ST with the integrated Dangerous DAC ST D-to-A converter in his massive electronic music studio. "I realized I needed to get a separate DAC that could accommodate multiple digital sources and at the same time output clean transparent audio with a non-fatiguing sound, I didn't hear any distortion, and could hear so much detail even monitoring at the lowest listening levels," says Devine. 

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new Serato Flip expansion pack

Serato is excited to announce Serato Flip. A new Expansion Pack for Serato DJ that allows you to create custom edits, extend and re-imagine your music.

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KOMA Elektronik introduces Attenuator Cable

After releasing the modular Kabelhänger at Musikmesse earlier this year, Berlin-based instrument manufacturer KOMA Elektronik has now released a new innovative solution for modular synthesists: the Attenuator Cable.

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German DJs and producers PAN-POT about the Future of DJing

Techno duo Pan-Pot join the discussion about THE FUTURE OF DJING and share their thoughts on live remixing:

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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP - Gearjunkies Review

Kush Audio's Clariphonic DSP is a parallel high shelving eq, which in itself it's a quite unique proces. The DSP code behind this plugin is made by Studio Devil. It's an emulation of the hardware Clariphonic made by Kush Audio themselves.

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SPL Phonitor mini Starts Shipping

The newest member in the SPL Phonitor family, the Phonitor mini, is now available in stores. The Phonitor mini features at its core the exact same 120-volt technology as the Phonitor2, the brand's flagship headphones amplifier, which provides for superior technical specifications and a premium-quality sound. At the same time, the unique Phonitor Matrix enables an authentic music reproduction with headphones.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #209

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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G-Sonique PULTRONIC EQ-50M Mid-Range vacuum tube equalizer

After big success of Pultronic EQ-110P, few years later we noticed there is still something missing. While EQ-110P was perfect for adding deep analog bass and treble color to your mixes, we think you still need tool that can add unique vintage color also to your mid-range. And after precious development, new mid-rande Pultronic EQ-50M is here.

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Waves Audio Introduces the Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox

Waves EMP, the electronic music production division of Waves Audio, announces the availability of the Dave Clarke EMP Toolbox plugin collection. Created in collaboration with highly acclaimed DJ/Producer Dave Clarke, this is the third bundle released in Waves’ new EMP product line. 

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Cutting through the mix: Miles Walker and his Red 1 500s

The journey from tape op to mix engineer is a long one, and most successful mix engineers have spent over a decade learning and refining their craft through the transition between recording studio and mixing environment. Miles Walker, who now has his fourth Grammy under his belt, admits that "five years ago, I just wasn't ready for mixing; I hadn't honed my sound enough." 

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WuTang Embraces Online Collaboration on Blend with New Project

Online collaboration is gaining more and more traction in all areas, and most noticeably when it comes to music creation. Many musical styles are built on borrowing and manipulating works by other musicians; Hip Hop, Ambient, EDM, Trance, Rap and many others. Originally, DJs would physically manipulate records to isolate and loop the best breaks for rappers to perform over. Later this evolved into sampling snippets of songs and reworking those elements by adding layers of production on top. Wu Tang Clan is now taking that idea one step further, putting the raw session files of a new song online for anyone to deconstruct and reassemble as they see fit.

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Studio quality recording on the go with the new Rode NT-USB

Australian audio manufacturer RØDE is excited to announce its newest microphone, the NT-USB -- a studio-grade microphone with the convenience of a digital USB interface. The NT-USB is fully compatible with MacOS, Windows and iPad.

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Genelec Now Shipping 1237A and 1238A Monitors

Genelec is now shipping its 1237A and 1238A Three-way Smart Active Monitors.  The 1237A and 1238A are three-way SAM monitors featuring on-board intelligence that allows them to automatically adapt to their environment by tuning the frequency response to compensate for acoustical room influences, as well as achieve perfect alignment of levels and distance compensation at the listening position

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Novation Launchpad on your iPhone

Launchpad App lets you easily make and remix beats and electronic music on your iPad, then record and share your performances online. Now, in the version 1.6 upgrade, you can do it all on your iPhone too.

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Next Audio Labs Rekord Buddy - Gearjunkies review

Two of the larger players in DJ land are Native Instruments and Pioneer. Their DJ software programs Traktor and Rekordbox are widely used by pro’s as well as the amateurs. They have a lot of similar functionalities, although Rekordbox is only used for preparing dj sets and not for playing them. There are a lot of djs (like myself) who use Traktor as well as Rekordbox. For me it is Pioneer CDJ’s on the road and a nice timecode setup at home. Maintaining the same collection within Rekordbox AND Traktor is tedious work, with a lot of duplicate actions and wasting time.The logical question at that moment is: Can’t I just sync those libraries!?

 

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Roland updates AIRA hardware series

Roland is pleased to announce that the entire AIRA family has been updated with exciting and useful new features requested by users from around the globe. 

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Roland releases SH-101 PLUG-OUT for SYSTEM-1

Roland is pleased to announce the worldwide release of the SH-101 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer for the SYSTEM-1. The new software synthesizer is a complete reproduction of the iconic SH-101, right down to the fine details and odd quirks that make it one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time. 

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #208

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Outdoor DJ Table Fono wins prestigious Red Dot Award.

The Dutch company Yalp has won the highly esteemed  Red Dot design award. An expert jury awarded this international award to the exceptional product design of the Fono outdoor DJ Table

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PreSonus Notion 5 Delivers Many New Tools

PreSonus is shipping Notion 5, a major upgrade to its popular notation software. This new version makes it easier than ever to write your ideas quickly and includes a new video window, new effects from PreSonus Studio One, an enhanced chord library, a custom rules editor, and many notation and publishing improvements. Notion is the only notation editor that supports Mac, Windows, and iPad and the only one that can run 64-bit on both Mac and Windows.

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ZAORs MAREA studio furniture for new-gen mixing consoles

studio furniture designer and manufacturer ZAOR is proud to introduce the MAREA media workstation — another addition to its flourishing family of CLASSIC Series media workstations, this time tailored to stylishly and comfortably accommodate a new generation of compact mixing consoles and associated accessories.

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Serious Price Drop for Mackie DL806 Digital Mixer

Mackie's DL Series Digital Live Sound Mixers with iPad Control have gained an amazing reputation in the world of live sound.  Proven at millions of gigs worldwide, DL Series mixers combine the power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease-of-use of an iPad. Now, more people than ever can finally step into the amazing benefits of digital mixing. On July 1, the 8-channel DL806 got a significant price drop (25% less in the U.S. market, check with your local dealer for pricing details) making it the lowest-priced professional digital mixer on the market.

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Fiedler Audio released update for the AD 480 family

Fiedler Audio released update for the AD 480 family of reverbs with free feature testing mode New Version 1.3 of AD 480 Reverb offers new Audiobus support and unique 1 hour free feature testing mode.

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New firmware for Ploytecs MIDI powered, duophonic synthesizer

Ploytec, the german makers of ultra small footprint synthesizers „they say the best things come in small packages“ releases a new firmware for the  for the Ploytec „πλ² Pi L Squared“ synth. The new "PL02.56 firmware", comes with a "Vocal Tract" model filter offering formant sounds and speech. It's a tribute to the General Instruments SP0256-AL2 chip from the early 80s, combined with the ability to play it as an instrument.

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Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP - Gearjunkies review

Kush Audio's Clariphonic DSP is a parallel high shelving eq, which in itself it's a quite unique proces. The DSP code behind this plugin is made by Studio Devil. It's an emulation of the hardware Clariphonic made by Kush Audio themselves. This is how I think about it:

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PreSonus Delivers Complete Mobile Recording Solutions

PreSonus is excited to announce the USB 2.0 bus-powered AudioBox iOne audio interface and AudioBox for Windoes, Mac and iOS.

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New Sounds and Samples on Sample Saturday #207

Below are some of the new releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.

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Dave Smith Debuts DSM01 Curtis Filter Module

Dave Smith Instruments today introduced the DSM01 Curtis Filter module, their first offering for modular synthesizers.

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Steinberg official statement regarding OSX Yosemite

Steinberg today have released an official statement by marketing director Frank Simmerlein addressing an issue when installing Steinberg software on the forthcoming operating system by Apple.

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Novation announces Launch Control XL

Novation release the ultimate mixer and device controller for Ableton Live. Designed to help Ableton users focus more on their music and less on their laptop screens, Novation's new Launch Control XL provides hands-on control over everything in Ableton Live.

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New VST Connect Performer for iPad from Steinberg

Steinberg announced the immediate availability of the VST Connect Performer app for iPad through the App Store. The iPad version of VST Connect Performer offers online remote recording collaboration with producers and musicians in real time.

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Tascam releases three new master clock generators

TASCAM has introduced three master clock generators for studio and broadcast applications. Each of the CG-series clock generators has a high-quality OCXO. 

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Pioneer releases the PLX-1000 high-torque direct drive professional turntable

Pioneer is marking 20 years in the DJ industry with the launch of a modern classic: the PLX-1000 professional turntable

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Numark Unveils NV DJ Controller with color screens

Numark announces NV, an intelligent controller for Serato DJ. Featuring high-resolution color screens that provide extensive visualization of Serato’s flagship DJ platform and advanced interactive controls, NV opens all-new doors for the modern performing artist.

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