Wednesday, April 3, 2013

30 minutes with VirtualDJ 7.4 and ContentUnlimited HD Video + Karaoke Streaming _ Windows 8 Support

Atomix seemed to be quite serious when they told me that they would only release VirtualDJ 8 when it was really ready, and not before. So while we continue to wait to see if it lives up to expectations, VirtualDJ 7.4 is here, made Windows 8 friendly, but more importantly getting an immense cloud based library of audio, video and karaoke files called ContentUnlimited.
First the words, which have finally been official released:


Atomix Productions Inc Releases VirtualDJ 7.4

VirtualDJ 7.4 adds new Professional DJ subscriptions options for HD Music Videos and Karaoke. Windows 8 Optimization including new multi touch interface support, and much more.
Atomix Produtions Inc, (http://www.virtualdj.com) announced the release of Virtual DJ 7.4 ©, the latest incarnation of its blockbuster software package for Disc Jockeys. Virtual DJ 7.4 allows DJ’s to professionally mix Audio, Music Videos, Karaoke files, and much, much more. Virtual DJ is currently the 8th most downloaded software application of all software available at CNET’s © Download.com with over 68 Million downloads.
While continuing the non stop development on its next generation VirtualDJ 8, as promised, Atomix Productions has continued to release fresh and exciting improvements to its existing platform. Brand new in version 7.4 is the all new ContentUnlimited. Users now have a choice of unlimited cloud based Audio, Video, and Karaoke content, powered by industry partners Grooveshark, VJ-Pro.com, and MegaHits (formerly ChartBusters), respectively.
“We’re very excited”, said the company’s COO Andrew Van Almen; “For the first time ever, professional DJ’s now have all of the cloud based content they could ever desire, available instantly within the application.”
Version 7.4 also refined the former MusicGroups service into two new features called LiveFeedback and MySets. The LiveFeedback feature is a real time recommendation engine that now makes much more accurate suggestions of what to mix next, based on data from millions of DJ’s around the world. The MySets feature is now a webpage where users can see their set logs, with an option to publish to their profile on virtualdj.com or Facebook.
Version 7.4 is also optimized for the new Windows 8 operating system including Multi Touch Interface Support. New tablets and laptops with touch screen interfaces now give the end user the ability to utilize VirtualDJ in ways not possible before. By offering the unique ability to manipulate various areas on the screen simultaneously with one or two hands. The company has also added direct and enhanced support for various hardware controllers from our partners such as Pioneer Pro DJ, Denon DJ, Hercules, Numark, American Audio, and more.


The content is available for all users in 30 second previews, but subscription plans (which is cleverly marketed on Virtual DJ’s site as “the Netflix of DJs”) for each type of content are available for different prices:
  • Music Plan (Grooveshark) – $9.99 / month; 15,000,000 tracks
  • Karaoke Plan (MegaHits and eventually SunFly) – $19.99 / month; ~20,000 karaoke videos
  • Video Plan (VJPro) – $49.99 / month – currently only available for US DJs due to licensing laws
Virtual DJ 7.4 also adds a fair amount of compatibility for Windows 8, including support for multi-touch computers (read: Microsoft’s Surface), fixed a number of bugs, and has a remake of the MusicGroups service into two software features:
  • LiveFeedback: recommends what tracks to mix in with the current playing track based on what other VDJ users have mixed in
  • MySets: creates a webpage that shows users their set history

New range of ZLX Electro Voice Speakers (review)


The latest range of speakers from Electro Voice is set to arrive at Phase One.

After months of anticipation, the new range of ZLX Electro Voice (EV) speakers is finally about to go on sale at Phase One. Expecting the arrival of the new speakers any day now, the DJ store is raring to go in time for the launch in April.

From the design to the sound quality, the new generation of portable powered speakers from EV are versatile and designed to deliver superior quality across every platform. There will be two models available – a 12 inch and a 15 inch which will be ideal for entertainers to use at the mains or through their monitors. The features and design that complete the ZLX makes it perfect for musicians, DJs and others performers looking for a piece of equipment that will give them extreme control over their sound. Features include a single-knob DSP control with LCD display and application and location presets.

 
  As expected, EV users can look forward to impeccable quality and reliability in within this new range. For those interested in this latest piece of sound equipment, customers can pop down to the Phase One store based in Darlington and test out the EV speakers for themselves.
For customers looking to expand or renew their current collection of DJ equipment but cannot afford to pay for it all up front, Phase One now offers a range of finance deals to help spread the cost of purchasing DJ and disco equipment. There is a minimum spend of £1000 and customers can apply online or in store to receive an instant decision as to whether they are eligible. This will be judged on the applicant’s age and employment stability to ensure they can continue to make regular payments.

Defected presents 'For The Love of House'

Defected presents For The Love Of House Volume 1 is the first of a new series of digital albums from Defected Records focused on classic, genre defining tracks rarely made available for digital consumption.
Working closely with seminal record labels including Trax, Nervous, FFRR, Slip N Slide, Soulfuric, Strictly Rhythm, Classic and Warner as well as digging deep into the vast catalogues under the Defected umbrella, the series will chronicle a genre as well as hopefully educating a new audience on some of the finest examples of house music and the roots of an undying scene once again enjoying heightened popularity.
To begin to understand why house has stood the test of time is, in part, to understand what makes a classic house record. Whether they know it or not, most people’s love of house stems from and is still influenced by the classic house sound, and it is that sounds that this new series aims to celebrate.
Curated by Simon Dunmore, a man that personifies house music, along with A&R man and Classic Music Company founder Luke Solomon, you can expect the series to steer clear of the typical, well-trodden material and instead shine a light on the special records you might have missed along the way. The album will of course include unforgettable and widely recognisable moments including classics previously only available on vinyl but now available as a high quality digital singles.
Volume 1 offsets seminal moments from Joe Smooth, Everything But The Girl, Todd Terry and Mr Fingers with collectors cuts that stayed relatively more underground including ESP ‘It’s You’, Metro Area ‘Pina’ and the raw, original version of ‘The Creeps (You’re Giving Me)’ by Freaks. Bob’s Sinclar’s ‘The Ghetto’ is also in the mix, a staple of true house music dons Sneak and MAW, and the album also pays respect to some of the scenes most enduring artists including MK, Mood II Swing and Kerri Chandler with the brilliant ‘Bar A Thym’.
Defected presents For The Love Of House comprises 30 quality tracks plus two bonus DJ mixes, expertly sourced to either educate or help reminisce on one of the most original musical landscapes in recent history.
Five further volumes are already scheduled for release in 2013, making this the only series worthy of the attention of house lovers old and new.  

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For The Love Of House Volume 1 is out 1st April