Native Instruments releases Traktor DJ for iPad

Traktor DJ introduces the heavy-hitting world of Traktor to iOS users with an easy to use mixing application that loads your iTunes library and allows you to quite literally grab the beat using standard iOS hand gestures. It also gives you auto tempo detection and the ability to sync with Traktor Pro 2 allowing you to share BPM counts, cue points, and beat grids.

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ReBirth, legendary Techno Micro Composer, reborn… again, as a dedicated iPad app

Propellerhead Takes Beatmaking out of Bedrooms to the Streets and into Clubs

More tactile than the originals it emulates, and even easier to use, ReBirth has just been released by Propellerhead for the Apple iPad. Propellerhead ReBirth for iPad fuses great sounding music machines with a can’t-miss, hands-on interface for the ideal music creation system ready for the couch, bus, club or Internet post.

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Ministry of Sound adds Soundcraft Si Performer in major audio upgrade

Ministry of Sound closed last month for its annual technical overhaul — with the Harman Professional brands, distributed in the UK and Eire by Sound Technology Ltd, being the main benefactors.

During the three-week shut-down, the world famous club extended its existing BSS network and provided an additional four channels of AKG DMS 700 wireless capability; but the piéce de resistance is found in 103 — the venue’s second dance room — where a new Soundcraft Si Performer digital console now partners the Soundcraft Si2 in the adjacent Box.

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Hands-on with Korg MS-20 Mini

Even as technology rolls forward, sometimes the old is more cherished than the new.
Perhaps this should come as no surprise in music. Musical relationships span many years – the records you love, the hours you spend practicing and producing. And so it is that we’ve heard a common refrain from electronic musicians: with many makers of the 70s and 80s still producing today, why not re-release the classics?
Korg has done just that with the MS-20 mini, in a way many rivals have not. Due soon for $599 in the USA and elsewhere in the world thereafter, it’s also within reach of many – including first-time electronic instrument buyers. Synth lovers have spread that word in recent weeks, and debated its merits. But I’ve had the chance to spend time with an MS-20 mini in person in the exclusive first review of the synthesizer.

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Mad Zach’s Tutorial On Building Soundpacks

If you’re a DJ TechTools newsletter subscriber, then you probably know about Mad Zach’s popular, playable, and fun sound packs for Ableton Live. Ever wondered how to make them yourself? Today we’ve got you covered. Continue reading for a free tutorial video that reveals two basic techniques – along with information about a new one hour video workshop that goes deep into expressive Ableton sound design and advanced controllerist sampling techniques!

Propellerhead Figure Update Adds Audiobus, SoundCloud Sharing

Propellerhead has updated Figure for iOS, adding some frequently requested features, like SoundCloud and AudioBus support.

SoundCloud Sharing – share your Figure tracks with access to Facebook, Twitter and more
Audiobus support: Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps
Background audio (in device Settings)
Sort song list by Name/Date
Bug fixes and performance improvements
The update makes Figure even more of a no-brainer. Figure is $.99 in the App Store…

Productivity Hacks and Time Management Tips For DJs and Producers

Everyone has a unique way of spending their time in the studio. It could be practicing a new technique, tapping out a fresh beat, digging for new music, or reading gear reviews. Most of our time is determined by how we feel at a specific moment. But should you be spending your time mapping effects in a new Ableton template, tweaking a new drum loop, or building a wild effect chain in Traktor? Today’s article by guest contributor Mohamed Kamal offers some solid advice to help DJs and producers make the most of their time.

NAMM 2013: Hands On With Synthesizers From Moog, DSI, and Eowave

NAMM 2013 was relatively lacking in a plethora of new/innovative DJ products compared to previous years – with the big companies like Pioneer, Serato and Native Instruments launching products outside of the tradeshow cycle. We decided to use some of our extra time at NAMM to explore some of the new and old hardware offerings in the production world. Inside, learn what synths Mad Zach found that could be of use for starting your next epic floorfiller…

Starr Labs releases the Clipper fingerboard controller

Long-time MIDI guitar creators Starr Labs have been making amazing tools since 1993, but have only in recent years been starting to get more attention, thanks to artists such as Lou Reed and The Chemical Brothers picking up their instruments and being heavily featuredin Australian DnB band Pendulum’s shows. Their most recent creation, the Clipper, adds flash to functionality with RGB LEDs for all keys on the fingerboard.

Livid Instruments Base revealed

Following up on a recent teaser announcement, the people at Livid Instruments have revealed their newest controller, Base. Housed in an all aluminum enclosure with no moving parts, Base is a sturdy and impressive piece of hardware. It is a USB bus powered and class compliant device that will work with any MIDI compatible software. It features 32 touch-sensitive pads with aftertouch, 9 touch faders, 8 touch-sensitive buttons, and 8 momentary buttons all with their own RGB lights.