Traktor 2

Traktor 2 & New Interfaces Announced

The focus of Oh Drat is much more on production than it is DJing, but increasingly there’s a hybridisation of the two ideologies. The term ‘DJing’ is often used, accurately or not, to describe electronic musicians who perform their own music live; more and more production software is reaching out to the design ethic of DJ software with quick, single layered GUIs and performance facilitating workflow.

Traktor Pro 2 takes another step towards ‘DJing’ being a more multi purposed ideal – the addition of sample and loop decks essentially turns Traktor into a live production multi tracker

DJ software is reaching out, too, and the new Traktor Pro 2 takes another step towards ‘DJing’ being a more multi purposed ideal – the addition of sample and loop decks essentially turns Traktor into a live production multi tracker. Being able to save presets for the sample banks, thus allowing drum kits and song elements to be brought from studio to stage, play a drum loop and loop it then save the loop, and so on, as well as tight MIDI sync with software especially including Maschine opens more doors than a naughty child with an advent calendar.

There are, of course, a bunch more updated features in Traktor 2, from colour co-ordinated transients and improved waveform resolution to the addition of extra delay effect types. Oh Drat isn’t as concerned with the ‘pure’ interpretation of DJing, the playing records part – there are lots of sites dedicated to DJing – but the new school, where sets aren’t so much played as performances created, tips things right into my playground…

Not only that, but NI have also announced the Audio 6 and 10, which are essentially steroid enhanced versions of the Audio 4 and 8 with an extra stereo channel each, more phono preamps, better sound quality, lower latency and more useful visual feedback on the units themselves. Of course, that’s the spiel – when I get them in to test I’ll confirm or deny.

For more information on the next generation of Traktor and its interfaces, you can head over to the Native Instruments site now to get salivating for its April release…

Numark V7 and X5

Review: Numark V7 and X5

The following is an excerpt from my full review, which is available at DJ Tech Tools. Head over to read it in its entirety.

The DJ equipment industry has been in a state of change for a while, not least because the traditional paradigm for club DJing has been turned on its head and shaken until it no longer knows which way is up. Digital music and the advent of controllerist techniques have changed what DJs need and expect from equipment – but without, as yet, any standardisation in the market, manufacturers are left to their own devices to experiment.

Digital music and the advent of controllerist techniques have changed what DJs need and expect from equipment

Numark are no strangers to experimentation, and the Itch based NS7 was their first foray into the world of prestige, media-less controllers, holding the hand of the then new to market Itch from Serato. Now we have the V7 and X5, which take some of the key technologies developed for the NS7 and expand them into standalone products. How does the V7 stand up against CD decks and DVS solutions, and where does the X5 fit in the endless pile of two channel mixers?

To read the full review and drool over few pictures, head over to DJ Tech Tools for the whole article.

Scratch Live

New Serato Scratch Live ASIO and CoreAudio support

In case you’re not sure what this means, new (currently beta) drivers for Rane’s SL3 and Sixty-Eight hardware allow them to be used as standard audio interfaces. Since their inception, the hardware that powers Serato Scratch Live has been interfaced with proprietary drivers or (Windows only) ASIO support. Now, though, all that’s changed – providing you’re the proud owner of one of the prestige models in the Scratch Live lineup, the SL3 or Sixty-Eight mixer.

new (currently beta) drivers for Rane’s SL3 and Sixty-Eight hardware allow them to be used as standard audio interfaces.

This is great news for people drawn to the Scratch Live software, but feeling somewhat short changed by the fact that just about all DVS solutions, notably NI’s Audio 4 and 8, can be used as audio interfaces to power their other music software. It’s a shame there’s no word of SL1 core audio support, but this is definitely something to look forward to for the people with the right hardware.
Take a look at this forum post to get hold of the beta drivers, or keep your eye out for the final versions soon. There’s also a 2.2 update for Scratch Live in beta available here, which brings better effects support for TTM57 users, integrates Vestax’s VFX1 effects controller, and a few pages of bug fixes.

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Review: NI Kontrol X1

This is an extract from my full review, published on Skratchworx. Read on and catch the link to the full article at the end of the post.

NI’s increasingly bold steps in the hardware arena all fall on the same principle – that whilst software design frees the product designers’ visions from the restrictions of hardware, tangible control is an important aspect of performance equipment; creating integrated solutions is the future.

The Kontrol X1 is a slab of controls with a specific goal: to make interacting with your favourite DJ software (especially if that software is Traktor Pro) more easy and more fun

The Kontrol X1 is a slab of controls with a specific goal: to make interacting with your favourite DJ software (especially if that software is Traktor Pro) more easy and more fun. I spent some time taking it through its paces to see whether it succeeds.

This is an extract of my full review, published on Skratchworx – click here to go to it, and gaze admiringly at the exclusive photography, from which this post borrows.

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