Sunday, December 30, 2012

Featured - The HouseBros - DJsounds Show 2012 1 hour mix + bio



Official HouseBros Facebook Fan Page.

Podcast here :
Turn tables are for our young 12 years old “made in morocco DJs” what the magical rod is for Harry Potter. With only that and their incredible energy they can amaze the crowd and make it dance all night long.

HouseBros!, don’t ever forget this name, because it is the one that you will find in the world wide night life. Housebros are the ones that will brighten your nights with their outstanding music and personality.

Housebros is the current Clubbing phenomena! Those two twelve years old kids, DJ DIDISS and DJ MAXAIR have found their key of success really early in life: a turn table and a DJ Mixer! This is the story of two made in morocco DJs about to conquer the world.

DJ Didiss :

Moulay Driss Alami is born on a sunny morning the 9th of June in 1998 in Casablanca. One can think that he caught the sunlight of that summer day and has kept it with him until today. Indeed, MDA is a very warm, lively and dynamic young little man. He was first very attracted by tennis then he decided to follow his older brother’s hobby: football, wishing that he could someday raise himself to the rank of the most famous football players. Yet, sport didn’t seem to be his vocation. He needed something where feelings can be expressed and exalted. Something that will make him challenge himself more creatively than physically. He needed something that was directly in line with his personality. He needed Music!

Most people like music and its harmony but only a few of them have got a real talent! Since the age of 10, he could feel the music more than ordinary people; he could live the music and even create it. The beginning was modest but the ascension was dazzling! It started with some parties with some friends in Casablanca playing on basic turn tables. Then time after time, he learned all the technical aptitudes that a David Guetta would have. And now you can see him proudly handling a professional material performing in some of Ibiza’s clubs hoping that when he’ll be grown up he could reach the excellence of David Guetta, his idol!

Max’Air :

Maxence Rachou or Max’Air is born the 19th of December 1998 in Paris. Since his childhood, he has always been passionate by various types of music. He decided to create his own House music and bought his first turn tables. Then he started to learn step by step all the secrets of mixing. When he met MDA, the two friends decided to embark in a big adventure and create their team called the HouseBros!

Here is a list of the key moments in Housebros Life!

The beginning of Housebros.

2009 : the two kids met for the first time and talked about their common passion, they decided to create together “ the HouseBros”.

Summer 2010 : The HouseBros performed in numerous Parties in Ibiza, they started enjoying the real public show.

December 2010: Le Rose Bar - Pacha Marrakech experienced one of the most memorable nights that it ever had, for the first time in morocco two 12 years old DJs were performing.

To perfectly cap this exciting year of 2010, the HouseBros performed for the new eve at the SO CLUB Marrakech and overwhelmed the whole SO by good vibes, joy and crazy atmosphere. This is what we call the HOUSEBROS EFFECT!

January 2011: the Housebros held a party at the Bloom in Rabat and carried out an interview on Hitradio

February 2011: the SO Night Club hosted once again the HouseBros who became really familiar to this “place to be” in Marrakech

Avril 2011 the Housebros held a breathtaking party at the Carre Club Casablanca

May 2011: the HouseBros obtained the residency at the SO. From that date, they started playing twice a month at that night club.

June 2011: The Housebros performed at a beach party at the vikky Beach. Somedays later they were solicited by the Bloom to warm up its dancefloor

July 2011: the Housebros obtained the title of « national DJ » they performed for charity in aid of AIDS an entire afternoon with six other national Djs
August 2011 : The HouseBros went back to Ibiza to warm up some very well know nightclubs such as le Cafe Mambo , Savannah and Blue Marlin.

And this time, in order to amazingly cap the 2011 year, the Housebros decided to go on a national tour in Morocco stopping by various NightClubs all over the country such as Tanger 555, Rabat Bloom, Casablanca Carré, Marrakech So etc.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Carl Cox 500th Global Radio Show

Sit tight! We're going to hit you hard with four amazing clips from this year's Amsterdam Dance Event covering everything from Eats Everything, Pioneer's special event at The View, Carl Cox's 500th Radio Show and some quiet words here with Hardwell and Clark Warner from Beatport.

Gavin Kingsley has proudly just celebrated the 500th radio show with Carl Cox, he tells us why Radio is still so important and Clark Warner from Beatport tells us just why ADE is so essential to the industry. Tiesto's golden boy echoes Clark's comments and tells us why he loves ADE.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dan Tait awsome 1 Hour set + bio


Dan Tait has literally spent half his life behind decks - at the age of 28, he has been rocking parties for over fifteen years. During this time his tastes have grown to encompass the many different strands of music that fall under the heading House and the breadth of styles with which he is comfortable is strongly evident in his sets.

Talk to him directly about House music and you will find him as eager to discuss the accessibility of Roger Sanchez and the technical ability of James Zabiela as he is to enthuse about the groovy electronica of Booka Shade.

Five minutes later and he will be talking about his respect for the musicality of Masters at Work and the next thing you know you'll be watching him, at three in the morning, in a grinding London basement, carving up tracks with an EFX 1000 and working underground anthems so hard that they feel like live remixes.

It was this ability to turn a track inside out, using whatever tools were at his finger-tips, that first caught the attention of the Pioneer product development team. Having first seen him in 2002 hammering the effects unit on a Pioneer mixer and using messed up loops on the CDJ-1000 being used to sculpt an epic workout constructed from three copies of the same track, they asked him to join their testing team and contribute advice and criticism on prototype Pioneer products.

This work with Pioneer has now led him to showcasing their innovative new djing DVD player; the DVJ-X1 alongside Sander Kleinenberg and James Zabiela. This player allows Dan to play visuals that he has edited at home from footage that he has shot and animations he has created. These visuals are spliced with tracks that he normally dj’s with. He showcased this unique product at the closing party at Space in Ibiza and the first Global House Music Awards in London and has now taken the show to clubs in Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Eastern Europe and back to Ibiza again.

“……with Pioneer’s effector (the EFX 1000), and a DJM1000 coupled with 2 x DVJ’s I can have some serious fun. Djing becomes more like a live performance with the spectacle of a live show while still maintaining that flowing club sound” But it is not simply technical skills that have marked Dan out as Leeds' favourite after party DJ, (DJ Sneak, Louie Vega and Erick Morillo have all had their Leeds carry-on sessions sound-tracked by the man himself); Dan has played across Ibiza as dj for G-Club (Defected), the first full 90 minute DVJ set at the closing party of Space 2004, the incredible Fort Dance in St Petersburg, WMC In Miami for Beatport alongside playing regularly in America, Russia, China and across Europe.

His dedication to good House music, whatever it's sub-genre, his ability to read a crowd and then tease them into submission, and the pure optimism of his 'let's get this party started' attitude have all been central to the attention and respect he has attracted from the diverse range of clubs, DJs, producers and promoters that he has worked with.

ENJOY  :) 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

You got performance ? check this out CDJ-2000nexus

Pro-DJs are about to get a new lease of life, as Pioneer unveils the CDJ-2000nexus -- the industry's first multiplayer to be compatible with rekordbox™ DJ software on smartphones and tablets.

Inheriting the DNA of the much-loved CDJ-2000, the CDJ-2000nexus has evolved beyond DJs' wildest dreams. DJs can prepare amazing sets and playlists using the included Pioneer rekordbox software or download the new rekordbox app to access the same features on their smartphone or tablet. Music can then be loaded onto the CDJ-2000nexus via USB or, new for the CDJ-2000nexus, Wi-Fi.

CDJ-2000nexus Kissy Sell Out performance


Pioneer New CDJ-2000nexus with Laidback 


DJM 2000 NEXUS *** DJM2000 NXS

Enjoy :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

DJs & Producers | Incredible Documentaries : part 2

In what’s starting to become a reoccurring Friday column here at DJ SCHOOL LEBANON , we’re highlighting seven more fantastic documentaries and videos we’ve found around the web. Each of the included films features producers or DJs in a unique and insightful context – so pop some popcorn and enjoy with these flicks!

Feature Length / Longer: These first few are on the longer side -set aside 15 minutes to an hour for these! 


Armin Van Buuren, who recently retook his crowning first place slot in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll, is one of a handful of international superstar DJs who lead a life that’s almost unfathomable to the rest of us outside of that world. In this feature, we get an even better look into the personality and life of Armin – even if you’re not a trance fan, you’ll find this a good watch.


Resident Advisor put this documentary out last year, but it was just recently featured on a list over on Beatport News, and after watching it we decided we loved how well this documentary covers the scene surrounding the birthplace of techno music, Detroit. Highly recommended.


Last time we did a documentary wrap up, we included a well-known project “Secondhand Sureshots” that had producers go shopping for vinyl in secondhand stores to sample and make new tracks with. This documentary is pretty much the identical concept, only with Japanese producers. It’s super-interesting to watch this project unfold, and the resulting tracks aren’t bad either!
Shorter Documentaries – you should be able to slip these in while your boss isn’t looking:


While Pitchfork tends to focus more on hip-hop, electronica, and indie rock than dance music and DJs, they’ve started making some really great short films that touch on artists of all types. In this episode of their weekly series, they start out interviewing sample jockey Greg Gillis (Girl Talk) and the second half features the legendary Nicolas Jaar interviewing ghetto house pioneer DJ Sluggo about DJing and music. Great stuff.


  Max Vangeli has been a rising star in the dance music scene for the past two years – with major successes touring and producing alongside Steve Angello and AN21. In this short, we get a chance to hear his perspective on being a rising star and earning credibility and respect as both a DJ and producer.


This one’s another quickie from our friends over at Pitchfork (they do some great video work over there!)

DJs & Producers | Incredible Documentaries : part 1

In what’s starting to become a reoccurring Friday column here at DJ SCHOOL LEBANON , we’re highlighting seven more fantastic documentaries and videos we’ve found around the web. Each of the included films features producers or DJs in a unique and insightful context – so pop some popcorn and enjoy with these flicks!

Feature Length / Longer: These first few are on the longer side -set aside 15 minutes to an hour for these! 


This is a very recent documentary taking a macro view of clubbing (from a UK perspective) and exploring how it has become the giant commodity and industry that it is today. Apparently this has made pretty regular rounds on the BBC in the UK, so it might not be anything new to some of you, but we would absolutely be remiss in not putting it on this list! Hosted by actor/DJ Idris Elba, you might have heard of (we hope) some of the DJs who make appearances in this one: David Guetta, Armand van Helden, Pete Tong, and Skream.


Less of a documentary and more of a pure classic clip from DJ history in the making, I was encouraged to seek out this incredible performance after a comment on my article last week on DJ name drops:
“I come from mid 80s House …and it’s funny to me that this article has to explain what was obvious then. I guess the younger generation need coaching. Remember Bad Boy Bill scratching his drops ?” – Luiz Fueggo


Any experienced or aspiring electronic music producer can learn a lot from ambient composer Brian Eno’s incredible ability to craft magnificent musical creations out of pure inspiration. This forty minute documentary offers a chance to relate to this auteur and learn about how he views his creative process – great stuff!


For a Australian TV station to do a documentary on sampling in 1988 is pretty great – but for them to include interviews with Prince Paul, Will and Jazzy Jeff, Tom Petty, Russell Simmons, and more – is incredible. It’s a pretty good primer on how contriversial sampling was at the time, especially for our younger readers! Hard to believe that in most countries around the world, nearly twenty four years later, there are still no sensible laws that encourage and properly accomodate this style of sampling.


 One of the most prominent cultures that expanded around a certain type of music was the Acid House movement in the UK. There are a number of documentaries on Acid House, but this one not only relates the story of the music and the DJs in the UK underground, but also explores the rising club scene in Ibiza and the mind-altering substance (MDMA) that made a large part of the movement possible. Keep an eye out for clips in the Hacienda as well as interviews with household names like Paul Oakenfold. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ean Golden

It’s been a long time coming – our readers have been asking for years for Ean to share what he’s got inside of his DJ bag. Now that the CNTRL tour is in full swing, it was the perfect opportunity to get an on-the-road video with the controllerist legend himself! Check out the complete inside look after the jump.


How I Play | Loco Dice Interview

While on the CNTRL tour, Ean was able to shoot today’s video with German DJ and producer Loco Dice. From onstage at the soundcheck before this Illinois show, Ean chats with Loco about his setup and checks out how he melds live looping and external delays to create incredible builds. Watch the full video inside!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Pioneer’s Rekordbox Preparation Software Review:

What if you could set all your cue points and loops for your DJ music from anywhere, at any time, straight from your iPad or Android phone? Well, you can. That is, if you use Pioneer hardware to DJ. That’s right, Pioneer’s new version of Rekordbox has given its customers a simple, free software for mobile track analysis that Serato and Traktor junkies will be wishing they had. Today we investigate what Rekordbox is all about and how useful the software really is.

Reviewed: Rekordbox 2.0.1, Rekordbox for iOS 1.1.2, Rekordbox for Android 1.1
Price: Free (after submitting email and survey answers)
System Requirements (Recommended):
Mac OS X: 10.5.8, 10.6, 10.7 (10.8 Mountain Lion not officially supported at the time of this publication); 1.6GHz or greater Intel Core Duo; 1GB RAM
PC: Windows 7, Vista, or XP; 2GHz or greater Intel Pentium 4 (or compatible); 1GB RAM
iOS: iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 5.0 or later
Android: Get current info on compatible devices at the Rekordbox FAQ
The Good: Allows convenient, mobile analysis and preparation of tracks, including cue and loop points, for certain advanced Pioneer DJ gear. Accurate processing courtesy of MixVibes technology. iTunes compatibility. Desktop and mobile versions connect wirelessly.
The Bad: Music transfers from computer to mobile devices over Wi-Fi only, not USB. No music transfer from mobile device to computer. Limited Pioneer gear support for wireless music playback from mobile devices.
The Bottom Line: Rekordbox gives Pioneer-using DJs the advantages of computer-based music management and track analysis in a free-to-use software. The addition of iOS and Android versions lets DJs do their track preparation from wherever they like. Its a fairly simple, yet very handy service and succeeds in its execution.


For all of its many important and iconic contributions to DJ technology, Pioneer hasn’t exactly been  the pioneer of computer DJing, mainly instead focusing on building hardware than software. That’s why it’s all the more surprising and pleasing that with the new versions of Rekordbox, Pioneer may have stumbled across the bridge to the future, leaving behind a breadcrumb trail for other DJ companies to follow.
Essentially, Rekordbox is the music management software for a select amount of Pioneer gear: CDJ-2000nexus, CDJ-2000, CDJ-900, CDJ-850, CDJ-350, MEP-4000, DJM-2000, DJM-900nexus, RMX-1000, and XDJ-Aero. Each hardware unit has varying levels of compatibility with the information that Rekordbox can save. The CDJ-2000nexus takes the fullest advantage of all of the Rekordbox features.
Inside Rekordbox, you can store and manage your music collection. The software analyzes and saves the waveform, beat grid, BPM, and key (optional within the Preferences) information of music files, which can then be loaded quickly into a Pioneer DJ player either through a USB device, SD card, wireless LAN, or a Pro DJ Link (wired LAN).
Also crucial to track preparation, you can save cue points, 3 Hot Cues and up to 10 loops per track, all of which you can set in the software using its scrolling waveform playback and real-time quantizing. You can also add artwork, ratings, and other info to tracks, as well as create Playlists and Hot Cue Banks. Rekordbox is compatible with your iTunes collection’s playlists, ratings, etc. and can easily import all of that information.


While you could use Rekordbox only on a mobile device, the heart of the Rekordbox system is meant to be the desktop software. Here you can create a repository of all the music and data for your DJ sets.
Begin by importing your music collection into Rekordbox from iTunes, another location in your computer’s directory, an external drive, etc. From there you can upload music wirelessly to Rekordbox on an iOS or Android device. From there, you can either load the music wirelessly to a compatible Pioneer player (currently only the CDJ-2000nexus and XDJ-Aero can connect to the mobile app) or sync your changes back to the desktop software. You can then load music either to USB storage or an SD card for playback. Another option is to connect a laptop directly to a Pro DJ Link wired LAN. After a DJ performance, the playlist from the DJ player, as well as any changes made to the music files, can be loaded back into Rekordbox.
As a piece of software, Rekordbox isn’t anything revolutionary, but it’s meant to be a time-saving and convenient way to prepare your music for a performance on Pioneer gear. When you first import music into the Collection, Rekordbox analyzes the music and saves analysis files to a folder on your machine. Like any track browser, you can view and sort your collection by 31 categories based on tags and other file information.
The software features playback, cues, hotcues, loop points, and the ability to save everything into memory. With the Playlist tab in the browser, you can create Pioneer-friendly playlists to use in your sets. Click the Collection right arrow to expand the music Collection side-by-side with the Playlists for easy dragging-and-dropping (see screenshot below).

To import iTunes playlists, go to the Bridge tab of the browser, navigate to the iTunes playlist you want, and right-click on it to select Import Playlist. You must import it to your Collection if you want to use it with your Pioneer gear.
When you’re ready to either send music to a mobile device or to a USB drive or SD card to use with Pioneer gear, click the Devices tab in the browser. You’ll see compatible external media that you can drag tracks or playlists to. Anything you save to external media will appear in a Contents folder, which is what compatible Pioneer gear will use. You don’t have to format your external media specifically for Rekordbox/Pioneer, which is nice.
There is also a WiFi/Mobile button to connect to an Android or iOS device. If you have your mobile running the Rekordbox app on the same network as the computer, a message will pop up on the mobile screen asking you to connect.


Keep in mind that the Rekordbox system lets you transfer music from your computer to your smartphone or tablet, but you can’t transfer music from the mobile device to the computer. You can only sync the track settings changes from the mobile to the computer.
Another option is to analyze pre-existing music on the mobile device and then to load that music directly to Pioneer gear over wireless LAN, but that option is currently only available for the XDJ-AERO and CDJ-2000nexus. Android devices can also connect to the CDJ-2000nexus over USB.
I had a USB stick with music stored in a Contents folder from the Rekordbox desktop software. Then I tried to drop some songs into that Contents folder that had been processed in Rekordbox for Android. However, those songs from the Android device would not load into a CDJ-2000, while the music from the laptop would.
With those limitations, it seems to make sense in most cases to have any music you want to use in your computer, transfer it to the mobile device to create settings, and then sync those settings to the computer prior to playback.


Whether on an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, the Rekordbox app looks basically the same. The menu page hooks you up with main options to Import music from the device’s memory, Connect with Rekordbox desktop software, Load music to a networked Pioneer device, or Prepare tracks.
Any music that was transferred from Rekordbox on a computer will already appear in the music menu that comes up when you touch Prepare. From there you can navigate to the song you want to load in the player.
The mobile app player retains most of the important features of the desktop version. You have a two waveform views: a smaller one that shows the whole track and the locations of any saved Hot Cues and loops, and the larger scrolling waveform.
Again, you can set Cue, Hot Cue, and loop points in real time with or without Quantize, or scrub the waveform to the desired spot for setting a point. Rather than 10 selectable loop slots, the mobile Rekordbox lets you save set loops with the Memory button, and then gives you arrow buttons for jumping from one loop to the next.
While the Rekordbox app appears to be designed for the small screens of smartphones — and looks sharp and clear on those screens — it also scales up well to full tablet size.


The first time I tried to load Rekordbox-prepared music into a CDJ-2000 from a USB thumb drive, the Hot Cue and loops were showing up in the hardware’s display, but when I would hit the Hot Cue buttons, my saved Hot Cues were not loading. I found out later that it was because when preparing the music files, I didn’t have “Prepare Hot Cue Auto Load setting for CDJ use” in the desktop Preferences and “Enable Auto Load Hot Cue” in the mobile app Settings — these options are turned off by default.
I’d rather have those options turned on by default – but that’s what I get for breaking my normal habit of reading manuals. Once I reloaded the music to the USB stick with Hot Cue Auto Load turned on, the Hot Cues responded well next time I loaded them into the CDJ-2000.
Loops and other settings and track information also showed up and worked just fine from the CDJ-2000′s USB menu. Really, once you get the music files to the Pioneer gear, the Rekordbox work is over, and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The preparation and pre-analyzing of waveform, BPM, key, etc. save time and can take your mind off those details so you focus on your set.
The Rekordbox files also worked like a charm on the CDJ-900, although with the 900, a lot of the features, such as Hot Cues, aren’t available. You can get an idea of what Rekordbox features will apply to what Pioneer from the online Rekordbox manual.
For example, with the DJM-2000 mixer connected to Rekordbox over a Pro DJ Link, you can monitor Rekordbox music through the DJM-2000 headphones without playing it on a CDJ.


For all of its convenience, Rekordbox deserves some props, but more importantly, it also functions and responds well. Whether using the desktop or mobile version, the BPM and key detection proved to be highly accurate, with some slight variations that seem to be inevitable no matter what software you’re using. The Quantize feature also consistently set cue and loop points on the nearest beat grid division, as advertised.
For the most part, the touch response of Rekordbox in its iOS and Android versions was also accurate enough to drop cue and loop points in real time with the Quantize turned on. Waveform scrubbing worked really well, too, making it easy to set points with the playback paused.
Basically, everything that Rekordbox IS is good. And its bottom-line coolest feature, which lets DJs analyze and prepare their tracks from mobile devices, is the one that Native Instruments, Serato, and others should go after recreating for their users as soon as they can.
However, it’s what Rekordbox is not that could still use some work in the future. Even recognizing its cool apps, for the most part, Rekordbox is not truly a “post-PC” system. The dream of a traveling DJ carrying only some gadgets and USB drives and then showing up to the club booth to rock the CDJ-2000s still isn’t quite fulfilled here. To have that, the mobile versions of Rekordbox would need greater compatibility with Pioneer gear, both wirelessly and over USB.
At the very least, it would be great if tracks prepared in Rekordbox on Android could be saved to SD card or USB drive and then played directly on Pioneer hardware. Unlike iOS, Android is an open system whose devices usually have SD card and/or USB drive compatibility.
Regardless of all that, Rekordbox is a no-brainer for DJs using compatible Pioneer hardware. It’s convenient, easy to operate and free of charge (you do have to answer some survey questions and provide your email to Pioneer). Pioneer is building an intriguing system with room to grow, and it seems that the company intends to keep building on it. Here’s to blazing new trails. -Markkus Rovito

Ableton Live 9 Features Revealed

While we first saw hints of Live 9′s new update over the weekend, Ableton has finally dropped the goods with the full announcement and feature list in the new version. From automation curves, a new Drums/Melody-to-MIDI feature, to a brand new browser and collection of  devices and instrument racks – the new Live 9 looks like it will be a heavy hitter for existing users and new users alike. Read on for the full details and official Ableton videos!


In Ableton 9, two much-requested automation features are finally here, as outlined in the above video (props to Ableton on making short, crisp videos covering all of their new features!). First, the ability to record automation into clips in real time – allowing you to tweak your controller’s knobs and record that automation for continued playback. This will be awesome for live looping and performance- and is something that a lot of producers have loved about the Korg KP3 Kaoss Pads for a few years now.
The second upgrade is the ability to draw in curves in the automation for a clip. This might seem basic – but not having to use stepped or linear automation anymore will absolutely be a major improvement for many.


The Live browser has always been a bit of a pain – but in Live 9, the entire browsing interface has had serious attention given to it, making it way easier to find what you’re looking for. Aside from it using a more sensible two columned layout, with the left hand one divided into “Browse” (separated out categories of Sounds, Drums, Effects, Instruments, etc) and “Places” (traditional library view of packs, user content, etc). They’ve also made a cleaner search that indexes all of your content, allowing you to start typing and for the search to be updated in real time – again, this is simple but will save users a lot of time overall.


As revealed this past weekend in the initial leaked video, Ableton Live 9 will include a brand new compressor, the Glue Compressor, that was created in collaboration with Cytomic. The Glue rocks a simple interface but promises to deliver great results. Ableton’s other studio effects haven’t been ignored in the update either. EQ Eight is sporting a breakout display, an Audition mode for soloing frequencies, an analog-style adaptive Q option, and improved filters. The classic Compressor and Gate effects also have new displays to help visualize the effects and how the controls are changing what’s going on.


Ever heard the story of how Michael Jackson wrote songs? Apparently, he was known to sing melodies, breakdowns, and other elements of his songs into a tape recorder, and then get his production team to help him turn his ideas into actual instrumentation. Live 9 is rocking a new feature which won’t turn you into Michael Jackson, but it  does seem to be able to take recordings you’ve made of yourself singing, beatboxing, or rocking out on an instrument and turn it into MIDI clips that correspond.
While we’re not sure exactly how well it works in reality, the feature is sure to be a great way to get ideas out of your head and into the software just that much faster  - or simply allow you to use an instrument that you’re comfortable with to sketch out new ideas. We’re especially excited that with the new Drums-to-MIDI feature, we’ll finally be able to put our sweet beatboxing skills to use for something other than annoying other passengers around us on the train.


There have been a number of tweaks to make clip editing way more streamlined in the new Live 9 update – here’s the top features and tweaks related to editing, straight from Ableton themselves:
Transform MIDI notes: New controls in the MIDI editor let you quickly invert, reverse, transpose and speed up or slow down selected MIDI notes with a single click.
Move notes on and off the grid: Beats are easier to see when editing, and editing grids are now “sticky,” allowing notes to be freely moved and resized while still snapping when close to grid lines.
Stretch MIDI notes: MIDI Note Stretch markers let you speed up, slow down – or even reverse – selected MIDI notes.
Warp clip automation: Audio clip automation is warped alongside the audio itself. Envelopes in MIDI clips can be stretched using MIDI stretch markers.
Edit automation more easily: Add or remove breakpoints with a single click. Hover the mouse near envelope segments to select and drag them without using a modifier.
Add curves to automation: Hold a modifier while dragging to create and edit curves in automation envelopes.


As with past releases of Live, Ableton is splitting up the software into three distinct levels of offerings – Intro, Standard, and Suite. Each tier includes progressively more features and instruments than the last, and they’re available as the same prices as Ableton 8 – €79 for Intro, €349 for Standard, and €599 for the Suite. That being said, Ableton has discounted the current versions of Ableton 8 by 25%  - and is including a free upgrade to Live 9 on both the Standard and Suite editions.
The Live 9 Suite edition will include over 3000 sounds in included packs – Instrument Racks and sounds – that makes for a good jumping-off point for new projects. It also includes Max For Live, which itself now includes 24 new powerful devices. Check out a full comparison of the three editions of Live 9.
Beta testing is set to begin shortly – but users can expect the full release of Live 9 in the first quarter of 2013. The new software will also be fully integrated with Ableton’s new controller, Push, also announced today. Read more about Push here!


Monday, September 24, 2012

DJ Bassline & Line6 StageSource Smart Speakers

LINE6 has introduced a new powered speaker lineup for mobile DJ's and performers called the StageSource Smart Speakers. This new speaker lineup includes the L3t loudspeaker, the L3m monitor, and the L3s subwoofer. All of them have 1200-watts or more of internally tri-amped speaker system with a dual-braced tour-grade plywood enclosure combine to deliver astounding power and reliability. These speakers aren't cheap but their performance is starting to make people take notice. DJ Bassline decided to take the plunge and lets us know of his experience in the press release below. Check out the link below for more information on this new setup. Each piece will run you over $1000 so be prepared to open those wallets if you want quality!

Find out more information about StageSource loudspeakers at
StageSource Smart Speakers the Perfect Foundation for DJ Bassline
DJ BasslineAnthony Heath, a.k.a. DJ Bassline, is a club and mobile DJ in Bozeman, MT.  Performing every week at a variety of gigs including downtown clubs, weddings, parties and dances, DJ Bassline has recently upgraded his PA to a 5,400-watt StageSource™ system including a pair of StageSource L3t loudspeakers and a pair of StageSource L3s subwoofers. “I used to bring passive speakers and subs to my gigs, which meant loads of wires, amps and a long setup,” explains DJ Bassline. “After reading the info, watching YouTube reviews and looking at the forums, I decided to purchase the Line 6 system. It was the best decision I could have made!”
Sound quality, versatility and ease of setup are DJ Bassline’s most important priorities.
“The audio is top notch!” he says. “The mids and highs are very crisp, while the lows, especially with the Extended Bass and Ultra Bass Smart Speaker modes on the L3s subwoofer, give that whole-body thump that club-goers crave.”
A powerful 1,400-watt, three-way, tri-amped system, StageSource L3t integrates DSP-driven Smart Speaker modes, a full-featured digital mixer and L6 LINK™ digital networking. The L3s subwoofer is a 12” bi-amped, 1,200-watt system that also features Smart Speaker modes and is designed to work seamlessly with the L3t via intelligent L6 LINK digital networking.
With the wide variety of performances that DJ Bassline plays at each night, “one of best parts about these speakers is the built-in mixer,” he explains. “Some people prefer live guitar for their wedding ceremonies, and with the built-in mixer, the guitarist can just plug his guitar into my setup without any hassle.”
Getting in and out fast is important for DJ Bassline, and also for his clients. He relates, “L6 LINK is incredible because it makes setup easy and it automatically self-configures the whole system, crossovers and everything! And, the carry handles are great because sometimes I can’t just park right on top of the venue.”
DJ Bassline has found that StageSource is great for his performances and also a solid investment for his business. “Needless to say, with the wide range of uses, from wedding music and live instruments, to progressive house and EDM, I will be using this setup for many years to come.”
For more information about DJ Bassline:
Find out more information about StageSource loudspeakers at

Mackie DLM Series Powered Speakers

Mackie has been around for ages, but most of us know them for their huge Studio Grade Mixers that production teams all over the world use for projects of all types. For some time now, Mackie has also been producing speaker lineups with mixed reviews. The new Mackie DLM series speakers hopes to set a new standard with loads of power and great sound in a compact and lightweight contained unit.
The Mackie DLM series comes in three different flavors (DLM8, DLM12, & DLM12S) but all of them have an internal 2000watt amplifier and a digital mixer and LED screen that lets you adjust lots of parameters on the fly. These speakers look very compact and perfect for Mobile DJ use, but I'll have to reserve final judgement until I actually use them or hear them in the right environment.

No pricing or details on release have been announced, but I'd say we see them just in time for XMAS... Will these be on your lists?

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Pioneer's CDJ-2000 Nexus Is Here: What Does It Mean for DJs?

New CD player aims to replace laptops in the DJ booth
Not too long ago, DJs routinely busted their backs schlepping heavy crates of vinyl from gig to gig. As vinyl has declined in popularity, the job has gotten a lot easier on the vertebrae, but the array of options available to DJs is enough to make anyone's head hurt: There are pro-quality CD players, or CDJs; "scratch" control systems like Serato and Traktor, which allow DJs to manipulate music on their computer using traditional turntables or CDJs; and a growing field of hardware controllers, software applications, and all-in-one solutions.

Pioneer has made clear its intentions to corner that crowded market with high-end CDJ models that replicate key features of laptop-enabled systems: GUIs that display track waveforms, the ability to browse by folder, and, crucially, USB ports that allow DJs to carry all their music on a single hard drive (or, if they've got shallow crates, a USB stick). This week, Pioneer upped the ante with the announcement of the CDJ-2000 Nexus, the latest edition of its top-of-the-line CD player.
The most headline-grabbing news is that the CDJ-2000 Nexus is the first CD player that allows DJs to access music on smartphones or tablets using Wi-Fi or USB connections. In other words, in addition to reading CDs, CD-Rs, DVDs, USB sticks, SD cards, and portable hard drives, the CDJ-2000 Nexus can now cue up music directly from an iPhone—whether the DJ's, his or her friend's, or even an audience member's. (A boon for wedding parties, perhaps, but a bane for any DJ loath to take requests from the crowd.)
More importantly, the CDJ-2000 Nexus continues to take on functionality that was once possible only with laptops. Using Pioneer's Rekordbox music-management software, DJs can tag their audio, set loop points, and create playlists, much as they might prepare their sets in Serato or Traktor Scratch. (A Rekordbox iOS app also allows DJs to prep sets offline and transfer the data later.) An automatic beat sync feature allows DJs to synchronize up to four units — anathema to traditionalists, perhaps, but a key selling point for a new generation of DJs that never learned to beatmatch manually. Pioneer's Traffic Light feature even takes on the task of software applications like Mixed in Key, facilitating harmonic mixing by highlighting tracks in complementary key signatures. And an enlarged (6.1 inch), full-color LCD display offers the kind of GUI previously available only with laptops, including browsable playlists, cover art, and scalable waveform renderings along with loop points, downbeat markers, and detailed pitch and tempo data.
Last week, Create Digital Music's Peter Kern reported on new integration between Native Instruments' Traktor system and Pioneer hardware, calling it "part of a larger trend: it's computer functionality, away from the computer." The arrival of the Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus pushes that trend even further along, and, if it becomes standard-issue in nightclubs, it could be a very good thing. As someone who has often had to plug in my Traktor system while another DJ was finishing his set on Serato, fumbling through a tangle of cables while his final track neared its end, I've often wished for a more streamlined solution — one that would allow DJs to simply show up with their music and play, like they did in the good ol' days of vinyl. (And yes, I also still play records, so save your snark.) The Nexus, if adopted as the new standard, could help take laptops and external hardware out of the equation and return the DJ booth to a simple, plug-in-and-play proposition. For seasoned resident DJs, there's only one caveat: prepare to be faced with aspiring selectors storming the booth, iPhones in hand, ready to throw down.
Check out a series of promotional videos featuring Laidback Luke, Kissy Sellout, and Eats Everything for a demonstration of some of the Nexus' beat-synched bells and whistles.

Industry first*1 DJ play using music stored inside smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi*2/USB connection

Music stored inside Wi-Fi/USB-connected iPhone/iPod touch/iPad devices can be transmitted to the “CDJ-2000nexus” using the iOS version of “rekordbox™” (available on the App Store free of charge) for DJ play. The touch panel displays of iPads, etc. can be used for intuitive music selection with controls that users will already be familiar with. In addition, the enclosed Mac version of “rekordbox™” can be used to send music to the “CDJ-2000nexus” from inside a Wi-Fi-connected Mac. Also, when connecting via USB, the device can be charged during DJ play. Android OS devices can send music via Wi-Fi/USB connections using the Android version of “rekordbox™” (available on the Google Play free of charge), and music can also be transmitted from Windows PCs via Wi-Fi connections using the enclosed Windows version of “rekordbox™”.
browser panel Industry first DJ play using music stored inside  smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi/USB connection
*Please visit the support website for information regarding PRO DJ LINK connections with other systems and configuration methods.

Includes “rekordbox™” music management software for advance preparation of music to be used in DJ play

Music files can be analyzed with “rekordbox™” installed on a computer, music can be managed (settings, create/edit, save logs) in the optimum way for DJ play, and the music to be used can be prepared in advance. The “CDJ-2000nexus” features new music file analysis functions such as “WAVE ZOOM (waveform expansion)” and “KEY” as well as new “ACTIVE LOOP” and “HOT CUE AUTO LOAD” settings.
By using an iPhone with the rekordbox™ for (iOS) installed, the iPhone can be used for preparation and management of music used in DJ play through features such as playlist creation, cue/loop point settings, beat location settings, waveform analysis, and so on. Also, by wirelessly transmitting to an iPhone music that has been managed with the “rekordbox™”*4 for Mac, preparations can be made while on the move or at one’s destination, and music information configured on iPhone can be wirelessly transmitted*3 to computers.
rekordbox™ Browser panel

“PRO DJ LINK” function expands scale of DJ performances

By connecting multiple players (up to 4 units) with LAN cables, various new functions have been added to expand the scale of DJ performances alongside the existing content-sharing functions.
“PRO DJ LINK” function expands scale of DJ performances

Full-color LCD display for quick song selection and instant understanding of musical progress

The “CDJ-2000nexus” adopts a large 6.1-inch full-color LCD to clearly display information that is required when performing DJ play. Music artwork and large quantities of music information are displayed in lists, and the intended music can be found easily and intuitively. In addition to the existing “WAVE” display that provides a visual understanding of all music, “WAVE ZOOM” makes it possible to instantly grasp the preceding music development by displaying waveforms that can be expanded/minimized to five different levels color-coded according to bandwidth.
Full-color LCD display for quick song selection and instant understanding of musical progress

“SLIP” and “QUANTIZE”*5 functions for reliable performance without changing progress of original music


The “SLIP MODE” function keeps music moving in the background during LOOP/REVERSE/SCRATCH/ HOT CUE/PAUSE. This makes it possible to produce bold musical arrangements without changing the progress of the original music even after these functions have been used.
EX. When using the Slip function during a loop


The “CDJ-2000nexus” is loaded with a QUANTIZE function that automatically and accurately quantizes when using LOOP/REVERSE/HOT CUE, even if the dynamic of the beat has gone out of sync. This enables reliable performance without breaking the rhythm of music during playback.

My Settings function for immediate access to personal preferences

The function settings of this device can be saved to USB storage devices, SD memory cards, smartphones and tablets, and can be applied to this device as necessary. In addition, “CDJ-2000nexus” settings can be made on “rekordbox™” and sent directly to this device, which means that you can instantly switch to your own settings when prepared in advance when alternating DJs.

New algorithm enables master tempo to deliver sound quality more faithful to original tone

A new algorithm has been adopted to deliver sound quality that is more faithful to the original tone, even when there are drastic shifts in tempo during playback of wide-ranging music. This enables high-quality mix playback even when there is a big difference in track tempo.

High sound quality design for faithful reproduction of original tone and clear/powerful club sound

While inheriting the audio circuit from the “CDJ-2000”, this new device delivers a powerful sound that is stable even in high-volume environments such as DJ booths by means of improved anti-shock properties and reduced contact resistance through the adoption of a type of AC inlet that has a large power cable contact area. A clear and powerful sound that is faithful to the original has also been realized by reducing jitter to 1/4 through the high-precision engineered clock of a high-performance D/A converter produced by Wolfson Microelectronics, adoption of a high sound quality operational amplifier, and digital noise reduction of power sources.

Support for various media and formats

A wide range of media and formats are supported to suit various styles of DJ play. As well as smartphones/tablets, music files can also be played from USB storage devices such as flash memory and hard disks, SD memory cards, audio CDs and DVDs. MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF file formats are supported.
Support for various media and formats

Other functions

  • ● DJ software MIDI/HID control
  • ● “ACTIVE LOOP” automatically starts loops when playback begins from a specified point
  • ● “LOAD PREVIOUS TRACK” returns to music that has already been loaded
  • ● “RATING ON-THE-GO” enables tracks to be rated during play

Notification for CDJ-2000/CDJ-900 owners

To coincide with the launch of the “CDJ-2000nexus”, Pioneer will commence a “CDJ-2000/CDJ-900” firmware update from end of October. This update will make it possible to avoid certain feature restrictions when connecting the “CDJ-2000nexus” and “CDJ-2000/CDJ-900” via LAN.
Scheduled download start date: End of October, 2012
Download site:
Version information: Ver. 4.20
Update content: Eliminates feature restrictions when connecting CDJ-2000nexus and CDJ-2000/CDJ-900 via LAN


  • rekordbox
  • FAQ
  • Manuals


  • ■ Playable media:iPhone/iPad/iPod touch,Android phone/Android Tablet, etc.,USB storage devices (flash memory/HDD, etc.), SD memory cards, computers (Mac/Windows PC), Audio CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW/R-DL
  • ■ Playable files:MP3、AAC、WAV、AIFF
     (iOS version of "rekordbox™" enable to playback only MP3 and AAC)
  • ■ USB storage support file systems:FAT, FAT32, HFS+
  • ■ Frequency response:4Hz~20kHz
  • ■ S/N ratio:115dB or more
  • ■ Total harmonic distortion:0.0018% or less
  • ■ USB ports:USB A port ×1, USB B port ×1
  • ■ Audio output ports:AUDIO OUT(RCA)×1、DIGITAL OUT(COAXIAL)×1
  • ■ Other ports:LAN(100Base-TX)×1, CONTROL(φ3.5 mm mini plug)×1
  • ■ Audio output voltage:2.0Vrms
  • ■ Power use:AC100-240V(50 Hz/60 Hz)
  • ■ Electricity consumption:37W
  • ■ Max. external dimensions:320mm(W)×405.7mm(D)×106.4mm(H)
  • ■ Weight:4.7 kg

Included “rekordbox™” music management software

  • ■ Supported OS:
     Mac OS®X 10.7, 10.6 or 10.5.8
     Windows®7 Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate
     Windows Vista® Home Basic / Home Premium / Ultimate / Business (SP2 and above)
     Windows® XP Home Edition / Professional (SP3 and above)
     (*Windows® XP Professional x64 edition is not supported)
  • ■ Playable files:
  1. *1: In methods of sending music from smartphones/tablets via a Wi-Fi/USB connection (as of September 6th 2012) 
  2. *2: Commercially available wireless LAN router separately required for Wi-Fi connection.
  3. *3: Wireless LAN network environment required
  4. *4: Supported in “rekordbox™” version 1.6.0 and above.
  5. *5: Works with music that has been analyzed by “rekordbox™”.
  1. ・iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes, Mac and Mac OS are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
  2. ・Android and YouTube are registered trademarks of Google Inc.
  3. ・rekordbox™ is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.
  4. ・Other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
  5. ・Other product, technology and company names, etc. mentioned herein are the trade names or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Native Instruments Teases New Standalone Traktor Mixer

This morning the Native Instruments Traktor team released a teaser video of a new standalone mixer unit that appears to be a firm foray into professional DJ territory. The unit appears to be completely standalone mixer solution for both turntablists and controllerists who need a Traktor-certified mixer to put at the center of all of their gear. Read on to watch the video and see the full inferred feature list from video analysis!

This morning the Native Instruments Traktor team released a teaser video of a new standalone mixer unit that appears to be a firm foray into professional DJ territory. The unit appears to be completely standalone mixer solution for both turntablists and controllerists who need a Traktor-certified mixer to put at the center of all of their gear. Read on to watch the video and see the full inferred feature list from video analysis!


Obviously NI is intent on keeping most of the specifics around the unit still hidden, but just from this teaser there’s a number of things we can tell right away:
  • The Name: If you pause the video and take a good hard squint at the name, we’re pretty sure it reads Kontrol Z2 – this would make sense with Traktor’s naming traditions.
  • S4-style Mixing: There are five knobs above each channel – clearly seems to be gain, EQ, and a larger filter knob at the bottom.
  • Complete Loop + FX Control: It’s looking like the mixer will be easily capable of doing most of the grunt work in both the loop and FX departments for all decks – less like the S4/S2 in layout (horizontal) and more similar to vertical controls like the Pioneer T1 or many of the Rane mixers.
  • New Traktor Effects: some awesome new effects seem to be coming alongside this mixer’s announcement – in the video you can see both a “Laser Slice” and well as a “Bass-o-matic” being controlled with the mixer’s onboard controls
  • Integrated Soundcard: You can see “Master Out” along with some blurry additional outputs – most likely XLR out for masters, again with the seeming intent of putting this unit on the same level with similar Rane and Pioneer offerings
  • Potentially Scratch Certified: Traktor Scratch makes a heavy appearance throughout the video, with a turntable on the left side of the mixer and a CDJ on the right. As to if the audio I/O on the rear of the unit will have built-in Scratch Certified inputs is yet to be seen, but we’re hoping and guessing that this is the case.
  • Two Channels, But Four Decks of Control?: While the mixer is clearly set up for just controlling two channels at once on the main mixing section, NI seems to be including features that will make it easy to be controlling all four decks – like the buttons above the cue-point controls pictured on the right. We’re hoping the entire workflow allows very intuitive control of all four decks.
Obviously price hasn’t yet been announced on this unit – with an integrated soundcard and complete control over Traktor, we’re guessing that this will run in the $800 – $1200 range – based on the feature set, what would you pay for it?
One other interesting note – looks like there’s a complete Traktor software update coming as well – take a look at the below screenshot of “Flux Mode” active on one of the decks (screenshot by our forum mod Photojojo).
Overall, it’s great to see this unit finally make it to market – even immediately after the launch of the Kontrol S4 nearly two years ago there was a high demand for a jogwheel-free version of that unit, and it’s looking like this is it! There’s plenty more to be freeze-framed and enhanced over the next few hours – so get to it and let us know in the comments!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pioneer’s New DDJ-ERGO-K For Traktor

Pioneer DJ Division has made a new announcement this morning in the form of a Brand new iteration of their latest DJ controller called the Pioneer DDJ-ERGO-K "Limited" Edition. This new version of the popular DDJ-ERGO now sports a new black-on-black color scheme and comes bundled with a version of Traktor 2 LE instead of the original Virtual DJ LE based model. The DDJ-ERGO-K is still basically the same controller but now sports a new refined look and a new software choice to boot. Since the DDJ-ERGO-V and the new DDJ-ERGO-K are basically the same controllers, I'm on the fence as to whether or not I'll give it another review. In the meantime, you can check out our original HD-Video review found here, which should give you a very good idea as to whether or not this new release will have you jumping for joy.
I think it's a good move by Pioneer. I like the all-black styling cues of the newer DDJ-ERGO-K as opposed to the white outline on the original model and the inclusion of Traktor LE right in the box is sure to entice a few who may have been on the fence before. There's rumors going around that there will be a free Traktor 2 upgrade included, but I haven't seen anything official just yet. As always, I'm sure you will be able to go and download Serto DJ Intro for free on this unit too if the user wants, so it's also got some versatility as well. Check out the video below while we search for pricing and an official press release!

Pioneer DJ will be offering its affordable DDJ-ERGO DJ controller in a new premium black version to provide consumers with another cosmetic option.  Along with the color transformation, the play/cue button was changed to a chrome finish, the jog platter to black, the four jog dial lights converted from blue to white for a more dazzling appearance, and now includes Native Instrument’s TRAKTOR® LE 2 DJ software.  Dubbed the DDJ-ERGO LIMITED, the premium black version will be available starting in September with a suggested retail price of $599. 

Pioneer DDJ-ERGO LIMITED Controller includes:
• Pulse Control – Integrated Pulse Control provides users with visual prompts.
o Mix Pulse – As the pitch of songs begin to match, the intensity of white LED lights of the jog wheel increases. In conjunction with the music, the pulsing of lights enhances beat matching skills. 
o Beat Pulse – The embedded LEDs in the channel faders illuminate along with the beat of the current song playing. The illumination intensifies and weakens based on the output sound level.
o Launch Pulse – Triggers a red light to illuminate on the jog wheel to signify a press of the track load button.
o FX Pulse – The lights on the jog wheel identify which FX is applied.
• DJ Software – Includes Native Instrument’s TRAKTOR LE 2 DJ software.  When used with TRAKTOR PRO 2 (upgrade fees apply), the controller can also operate as a 4-deck controller and sampler.  In addition, the unit supports Serato’s “Serato® DJ Intro” software (downloadable at no charge from

• Laptop Dock Design – The DDJ-ERGO LIMITED is designed to accommodate the placement of a laptop computer below the unit to save room and bring the laptop screen closer to the user.  The controller also features removable legs, enabling it be used in angled or horizontal flat positions.
• USB Power – Utilizes the host computer’s USB port for power, eliminating the need for an external power supply.
• High Quality Audio – Employs the same audio technology used in Pioneer’s professional DJ mixers for clear, powerful audio output.
• Other features
o Employs a P-LOCK Fader Cap locking mechanism to prevent the channel fader knobs and crossfader knob from slipping.
o Built-in audio interface for high quality sound input and output.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pioneer Announces XDJ-AERO DJ Controller

Fresh off the heels of yesterday's new announcement made by Pioneer DJ Division regarding the release of the new DDJ-ERGO-K (Limited Edition); Pioneer has kicked it up another notch by announcing the new Pioneer XDJ-AERO Wireless Digital DJ Controller which can playback and DJ music from any Wi-Fi device such as smartphones, iPads, laptops, or any other device that is capable of using Pioneer's music managing software Rekordbox. The XDJ-AERO can also function as a standalone mixer, as a HID controller for Virtual DJ, and as a MIDI controller for Traktor or Serato. Check out the introductory video below and I'll add a quick breakdown of the main points below...
The Pioneer XDJ-AERO is the first DJ controller that can actually stream music directly from almost any smart device including iPads, iPods, any smartphone, any laptop, and any desktop that can run a version of Pioneer's Rekordbox Music management system. The XDJ-AERO can connect with up to four devices simultaneously for ultimate control of playback options. The DJ can switch between these Streaming connections over to the actual USB connection at the push of a button. There are also two RCA inputs on the back that can accept either LINE level inputs for CDJ's or PHONO level inputs for vinyl decks. The XDJ-AERO looks and feels a lot like the other DDJ Pioneer controllers out there, but there is a bit more metal to the construction this time around and there are more options and features here than on any other DJ controller they currently create. The XDJ-AERO also boasts an excellent 24-bit High-Resolution soundcard The XDJ-AERO will be available sometime later this month, but we'll have a first-look at these next week when we go to the Atlantic City DJ Expo! Stay tuned, because I'm sure I'll get one of the Pioneer Dudes to give us a very in-depth walkthrough in anticipation of my Real review video which should grace our pages shortly!

So Pioneer checks almost every single box for DJ's with this new TRULY VERSTATILE device... The XDJ-AERO works as a stand-alone Mixer, HID for VDJ, MIDI for Serato and Traktor, can Stream music over any WiFi device, and can playback music on a USB flash drive or hard drive. The only thing missing is the playback of CD's, but in 2012 I doubt many will miss it... Kudo's to Pioneer for doing something brand new and Fresh! Now all we have to do is see if the market agrees! At about $1099 retail suggested price, anything's possible...
Pioneer presents ­the XDJ-AERO, the first-ever wireless all-in-one DJ system, and the first native player for rekordbox™ music management software
31st July 2012: Pioneer has broken the mould yet again with the XDJ-AERO, the industry’s first[1] Wi-Fi enabled all-in-one DJ system and native rekordbox™ player.
The groundbreaking DJ system is set to change the way DJs play by liberating them from endless cables and connections. In an industry first, the XDJ-AERO allows DJs to load music wirelessly from smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs, instantly taking the hassle out of set up. A multipurpose unit, the XDJ-AERO also works with Pioneer’s new mobile application, functions as a standalone mixer and can be used as a MIDI and HID controller.
The XDJ-AERO creates its own private Wi-Fi network, allowing DJs to connect to up to four wireless devices at once. The audience can even get involved by sending tracks from their own smartphones or tablets to the XDJ-AERO for a more interactive experience.
And, as the first native player for Pioneer’s rekordbox music management software, the XDJ-AERO puts all of the software’s features and functions right at DJs’ fingertips. rekordbox allows DJs to create and edit playlists on the fly; view beat grids; analyse BPM; and load wave forms during their sets.
Compatible with Pioneer’s new mobile application[3] for smartphones and tablets, the XDJ-AERO makes DJing truly mobile. DJs can use the mobile application to manage their music on the road and then wirelessly load their tracks and playlists to the XDJ-AERO.
DJs can switch between the XDJ-AERO’s mobile and USB inputs at the touch of a button. And the DJ system boasts all of their favourite features, including sample banks, Sound Colour Filters and rekordbox quantized beat sync.

The XDJ-AERO also functions as a 24-bit audio interface, MIDI controller for Traktor and HID controller for Virtual DJ software. And it can be used as a stand-alone mixer when connected to CDJs and turntables.
A premium piece of kit both inside and out, the XDJ-AERO has the look and feel of a pro-DJ product with its classic black finish and sleek aluminium faceplate. And, at just 45 mm thick, the portable, lightweight XDJ-AERO is the world’s thinnest combined player and mixer.
The XDJ-AERO: the world’s first wireless all-in-one DJ player, mixer and MIDI controller.
The XDJ-AERO will be available from August 2012 at an SRP of 869 GBP/999 EUR, including VAT.

Key features of the XDJ-AERO
  1.    INDUSTRY FIRST: Wirelessly connect up to four devices
By creating an ad hoc network, the XDJ-AERO can sync with up to four Wi-Fi enabled devices at once, without the need for any extra equipment. For the first time, DJs can use smartphones, tablets and computers to wirelessly load rekordbox music to their decks.
DJs can use the XDJ-AERO to control wireless devices remotely so they can browse tracks and load them directly to their decks even if the device is not in their hands.
And the new mobile application allows DJs to use their smartphones and tablets as remote controls for the XDJ-AERO. With USB source selected, DJs can browse music and load tracks on the XDJ-AERO using the devices’ bigger, touch-sensitive screens.
The audience can send music from their wireless devices to the XDJ-AERO, though tracks will not load until the DJ accepts them. If a device goes out of range while a track is being played an emergency loop is created so there is no break in the music. And if a call is made on a smartphone mid-track, the music will continue to play as long as the device supports multitasking.
Plus, by switching the XDJ-AERO’s music source from wireless to USB, DJs can play tracks on both decks from a single rekordbox-ready storage device.
  2.    Includes all the popular features from Pioneer’s pro-range
The XDJ-AERO brings together all of the most exciting features from Pioneer’s most popular multi-format players and mixers, including:
  Beat effects[4]: the XDJ-AERO boasts the most user-friendly and popular effects from Pioneer’s DJM range – Trans, Flanger, Roll and Echo.
  Post-fader: the effects are applied to the sound after the fader, allowing the sound to fade out naturally rather than stopping suddenly when the DJ cuts the source audio with the faders.
  Sound color effects: borrowed from the DJM series, the Sound Color Filters add high- and low-pass filters to the beat effects for even more creativity
  Sample banks: pre-loaded with four samples.
  Auto Loop: tracks can be automatically looped at specified positions.
  Quantize: DJs will never miss a beat again as the quantize function automatically synchronises the beat of rekordbox-ready tracks and effects.
  3.    Automatic features that make perfect mixes a breeze
  Beat Sync[5]: automatically syncs all tracks to the beat to the master deck using rekordbox beat grid information.
  Auto Mix: automatically mixes each track within a playlist if DJs need to step away from the deck during long sets.
  4.    Performance features and sample playback
  INDUSTRY FIRST Jog Drum: a more DJ-friendly way of engaging samples. DJs simply load a sample onto the deck and press Jog Drum; they can then trigger and scratch the samples by drumming directly on the jog wheel for more control and creativity.
  Sample Launch: with four samples pre-loaded onto each deck, DJs simply push Sample Launch once to perform with the currently engaged sample. By holding down Sample Launch, they can select another sample to perform with. Samples can also be launched using the XDJ-AERO’s effects, loops and pitch controls.
  5.    One-touch recording of popular mixes
Inherited from Pioneer’s DJM-350 mixer, the XDJ-AERO allows DJs to record their creations directly to USB as uncompressed CD-quality WAV files.
  6.    MIDI and HID control for ultimate flexibility
The XDJ-AERO can be used as a MIDI controller for Traktor and HID controller for Virtual DJ software.
  7.    Connect external hardware to use as a stand-alone mixer
For maximum flexibility, the unified player and mixer unit also has inputs to connect external hardware, such as CDJs or turntables, so DJs can use it as an independent mixer.
  8.    Premium design and build looks the part every time
With its classic black finish, sleek aluminium faceplate, blue LED lights and Pioneer’s industry-standard interface, the XDJ-AERO looks professional in any venue.
  9.    High-end components for superb sound in any environment
The XDJ-AERO’s audio circuits are the same as those used in Pioneer’s pro-DJ equipment to guarantee pristine sound reproduction. And full digital processing has been used to minimise distortion and noise from A/D-D/A conversion.
  10.  Other features
  Onboard 44.1kHz/24bit high resolution soundcard
  Independent three-band equalizer
  Dual headphone output ­–minijack for inner-ear headphones and standard jack for full-size headphones
  Four-colour LCD displaying 18 languages
  Mic input and balanced TRS output
Main specifications – XDJ AERO
Playable media Smartphones, tablets, USB storage devices (Flash memory/HDD, etc.), computers (Mac/Windows PC)
Playable file formats USB connection:MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF up to 24 Bit/44.1kHzWi-Fi connection:MP3, AAC
USB storage formats supported FAT, FAT32, HFS+ (read-only, when journaling)
Recording file WAV, 16bit/44.1kHz
Number of channels 2
Wireless communications format IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)
Sampling rate 44.1 kHz
A/D, D/A converter 24 bit
Frequency response 20 Hz~20 kHz
S/N ratio 105 dB or above
Total harmonic distortion Max. 0.003 %
Head room 19dB
USB ports A port x1, B port x1
Inputs Phono/Line ×2(RCA)Mic ×1(1/4-inch phone)
Outputs Master out ×2 (1/4-inch phone ×1, RCA×1)Headphone monitor out ×2 (front 1/4-inch phone, minipin)
Enclosed AC adapter Power: AC100 V(50 Hz/60 Hz) Rated output: DC12 V
Maximumexternaldimensions(W×H×D) 623 ×289.5 ×65 mm
Unit mass 3.7 kg
rekordbox™ music management software (included):
Supported OS Mac OS®X (10.5.8 or above)Windows®7 Home Premium/Professional/UltimateWindows Vista® Home Basic/Home Premium/ Ultimate/Business (SP2 or above)Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional (from SP3)(Windows® XP Professional x64 edition is not supported)
Playable file formats MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF