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Traktor DJ reveals 1.5 update, introduces Superslicer mode

By Beatport News Editors
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Ready to slice and dice your beats? Native Instruments has got you covered with the unveiling of a new software update to its iOS-only Traktor DJ app, version 1.5. The most notable new feature is the exciting SuperSlicer mode that combines a variety of effects into one. Loop stutter FX, turntablism FX, and pitch FX are all in there for you to plug and play with. Catch SuperSlicer in action in the short video now.

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Ikonika shares five essential studio tools

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Hyperdub recording artist Ikonika (born Sara Abdel-Hamid) certainly knows her way around a studio. As proof, the London-based producer is set to release a new seven-tracker next week entitled Position that hits the club vibes hard. In a new production-focused piece, electronic tastemaker site XLR8R tours the dubstep producer’s home set-up to get her top five essential studio tools including an Allen & Heath Xone 92, an Emagic Unitor 8, a PSP MixSaturator VST, and more.

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Get more done with these five productivity-boosting apps

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Ready to up your digital DJ game? Take heart. In its latest tech round-up, San Francisco-based community site DJ Tech Tools presents five software solutions that will enhance creativity and productivity in the studio, at home, and out in the clubs. Note-taking app Evernote, Mac-only Audio Units (AU) coordinator Auganizer, and artist profiling and analytics platform ToneDen are just three of the productivity-boosting products covered in this handy article.

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Pioneer unveils the new DDJ-SX2

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Leading hardware manufacturer Pioneer has just revealed full details about the impending fall release of the new DDJ-SX2 featuring integration with the newly announced Serato Flip feature. This enhancement gives Serato users expanded control over their hot cues and loops. As an updated version of the DDJ-SX DJ controller, the four-channel DDJ-SX2 builds on the successes of its forerunner while adding Serato DJ DVS upgrade-ready capabilities and offers improved jog wheel latency as well as performance pads with multi-colored cue point LEDs and on-jog digital cue point markers.

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Drum & bass duo Technimatic tour their home studio

By Sean Lewis
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In celebration of their debut LP Desire Paths, the dastardly drum & bass duo of Technimatic have hit us with something amazing. We’ve gotten a chance to speak with Peter Rogers of the Technicolour half of Technimatic (minus collaborator Andy Powell aka Komatic) and asked him to share with us some of the things that are key components to their workflow. What we got back was a rare inside peek at the workspace and the tools that it took to compile what some outlets are calling “Album of the Year.” We fully agree with that assessment and were honored with the opportunity to show you a bit of their “tools of the trade.” Catch what he had to say now.

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Pioneer unveils the redesigned rekordbox 3.0

By Beatport News Editors
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Pioneer has revealed the latest version of its popular rekordbox set-prep software. Incorporating five years of feedback from DJs, rekordbox 3.0 offers a new interface and has been rebuilt from the floor up to make it even easier to manage and edit playlists, search for and select the best tracks to mix, and sync track information across multiple devices and software.

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DJ Tech Tools round up budget mixers under $300

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In the market for a new budget DJ mixer? DJ Tech Tools delivers with a recent round-up of the economical best-of-the-best for under $300 including leading hardware manufacturers like Pioneer, Allen & Heath, DJ-Tech, and Behringer. Investigate the good, the bad, and the bottom-line on each of the four mixer selections here and catch the two-part, in-depth video review now.

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Roland reveals first PLUG-OUT software synth for AIRA

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Roland has unveiled the first software synth made specifically for its AIRA line of production hardware. When the full details of AIRA were revealed back in February, the SYSTEM-1 keyboard was described as a “plug-out” synthesizer; though it could make sounds on its own (using Roland’s new Analog Circuit Behavior modeling technology to approximate the sound of the company’s vintage System 100, 100M and 700 synths), software expansions were promised that would integrate with the SYSTEM-1.

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Korg unveils Nintendo synth pack DSN-12

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This September, Korg will release the DSN-12, a new software synth combining 12 mono-synths, effects modules, a 64-step sequencer, and a 3D oscilloscope to their latest collaboration with Detune. The synth is built for the Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system. But like Korg’s previous mobile releases — their iMS-20 synth for iPad, for example—the DSN-12 is more than a video game. It’s built from 12 individual mono-synths based on Korg’s MS-10. You can add up to three effects to each of them—with modules ranging from delay and flanger to compression—and sequence them individually. Then, you can combine them into larger patterns and up to 99 “scenes.” You can also visualize your synthesized sounds using a handy 3D oscillator.

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