Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Serato Video Software

Serato Video Software

Serato Video, the revolutionary plug-in, which enables DJs to manipulate video playback with Serato DJ software Scratch Live and ITCH, is out now.

Based on the popular Video-SL plug-in, Serato Video now gives ITCH DJs video mixing tools that Serato Scratch Live DJs have enjoyed for years, with the use of supported ITCH controllers. Scratch Live DJs can use the same tools with their choice of turntable or CDJ control.

With a reworked architecture, Serato DJs can experience an even smoother workflow and greater flexibility when using effects and transitions to amplify video mixes, at home, in the club or on-stage.

DJing legend, Fatboy Slim chooses Serato Video and Scratch Live as his preferred tools for mixing music and videos for his stadium performances, saying:

“Over the years the visual element has kind’ve grown and technology’s just allowed us to do more than just standing there playing records. So the big break through for me was when I ditched vinyl and started using Serato. Introducing the video element was a way of making the show bigger.”


•Manipulate video playback with Serato Control Vinyl and CDs or an ITCH Controller.

•Visual effects library of transitions and effects.

•Add your own images and text to your video mix.

•Store effects within each video file for instant recall.

•Choice of configurations for external connections to monitors, screens or projectors.

Scratch Live 2.4.1 and ITCH 2.2 are also out now with support for Serato Video, as well as many performance improvements.

5GB free on your hard drive
OSX 10.6.8 or higher
2GHz Macbook or better

5GB free on your hard drive
Windows 7
2GHz Core Duo or better

Recommended Graphics Cards
Nvidia 8400 or better
ATI 1650 or better

Note: Windows computers using Intel graphics cards
are not currently supported by Serato Video.

Box contents: USB Drive w/ Serato Video program AND music videos!!, Serato tin, stickers, quick start guide

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sony MDR-X10/RED Over the Head Pro DJ Headphones

Sony MDR-X10/RED Over the Head Pro DJ Headphones

Put them on and rediscover your music. Don’t just love your playlist, live it. Let the world know how much your music matters with unique and powerful headphones designed by Sony and Simon Cowell.

Detailed item info
Product Identifiers
Brand Sony
Model MDR-X10/RED
UPC 027242855144

Design Over the Head
Sensitivity 106 dB

Frequency Response 3 Hz - 29 kHz
Impedance 24 ohms
Color Red/Silver
Connectivity Cable
Cable Length 3.9 ft
Driver Unit Size 50 mm

Weight 10.58 oz

Package includes:

- Sony MDR-X10/RED Over the Head Headphones

- Inline remote-and-microphone cord for iPod/iPhone/iPad

- extra connecting cord (w/o mic and remote)

- Carrying case

- small jack audio

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Electrix Tweaker performance USB MIDI Controller For Ableton Live and Traktor software

Electrix Tweaker performance USB MIDI Controller For Ableton Live and Traktor software

Electrix Tweaker Universal MIDI Controller

The Electrix Tweaker is a performance controller for Ableton users, Traktor users, and music producers and performers of all genres. Gathering a wide variety of controls elements in a compact portable design, the control surface includes a 32-button grid, velocity sensitive pads, push encoders with LED rings, in a 2 channel DJ mixer style interface, with super bright multi color LED feedback.

The intuitive, compact layout is well suited for the studio, the stage, and the DJ booth. Use it as your main DJ controller or as an add-on to any setup. Removable legs are included to match traditional DJ gear. With the legs installed, the Tweaker is the same height as DJ turntables and mixers.

The Tweaker is USB Class Compliant in both Mac OS and Windows, and does not require any MIDI drivers for either platform. An additional set MIDI I/O ports are provided to connect other devices.

Although highly customizable, this universal MIDI controller includes a bundle of software and mappings to get you going right away.

Tweaker ships with Traktor LE 2 and includes mappings for Traktor Pro 2, so you can start mixing records in minutes using just a Tweaker and your laptop. Use the velocity pads for expressive effects control, the grid to trigger hot cues and loops, and the multi function encoders for EQing, beatjumping and much more, all with extensive multicolored visual feedback.

Ableton Live
A Remote Script is included to enable Live to natively support the Tweaker. Tweaker has two session views for independent control and navigation of clips and the mixer. The button grid enables launching and stopping clips, and features a session shift button for an additional layer of control. The drum pads are mapped to the drum rack and can be transposed to access up to 64 drum rack pads. The Mixer controls Volume, EQ and Devices, Solo, Arm Recording, Crossfader A/B Assign, and the Crossfader.

Serato Scratch Live
Add Tweaker to your Serato rig for the ultimate control. The navigation section is used to browse the crates and library, load tracks, and create instant doubles. The button grid is used to trigger hot cues and loops. The velocity pads control the SP6 sampler and the encoders control the DJFX unit. The two vertical faders are used as pitch faders for internal mode. Combined with instant doubles, it enables you to mix a set with just one turntable and a Tweaker.

Tweaker Editor
The Tweaker Editor provides a complete interface for modifying the settings and controls of the Tweaker. While the Tweaker provides a lot of capability without ever changing its settings, many users will want to explore its full potential as a controller for various software and hardware platforms. The editor also creates preset files that are stored on your computer, to extend the preset possibilities and share setups with others.


2 Channel DJ mixer style interface
32 Button grid with multicolor LED feedback
8 Backlit velocity sensitive pads with aftertouch
6 Push encoders with LED rings
Intuitive navigation controls with 5-way selector and large push encoder
USB bus powered
MIDI In and Out ports
Removable height extension legs
Plug and play on Mac and PC
Dimensions: 11" x 10.5" x 1.75" (279mm x 267mm x 44.5mm)

In the Box:

Traktor LE 2 DJ Software with overlay
Ableton Live Remote Script with overlay
Traktor Pro and Serato Scratch Live mappings
Tweaker Editor Software
Removable legs
USB cable

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pioneer DDJ-SX Digital PRO DJ CONTROLLER + SERATO DJ [ Coming this November/DECEMBER 2012 ]

Pioneer DDJ-SX Digital PRO DJ CONTROLLER + SERATO DJ [ Coming this November/DECEMBER 2012 ]

Pioneer are an unstoppable new shiny making machine right now. Seems that each month or even week at times brings some new toys that we all covet. And just before The BPM Show, we find ourselves with yet another magical box of tricks to pour over. The Serato DJ press release mentions the Pioneer DDJ-SX, the über controller designed to wrangle all that Serato DJ has to offer, and here it is. And it’s a beast that I want right now.

Make way for the Pioneer DDJ-SX

– the first native controller for today’s other landmark launch: Serato DJ

4th October 2012: Serato users: prepare to be awed as Pioneer launches the DDJ-SX – the world’s first native controller for the brand new Serato DJ professional software, also launched today.

The DDJ-SX has been carefully designed and developed in partnership with Serato to deliver intuitive control of the included software’s exciting features. Dedicated buttons and dials give pro-DJs plug-and-play control of Serato’s four decks, up to eight Hot Cues, six samples, and ten high-quality FX Powered by iZotope.
Pro-DJ performance is even further enhanced with the debut of Performance Pads: sixteen rubber LED pads that add a new dimension to mashing up tracks. DJs can trigger four modes: Hot Cue, Slicer, Roll and Sampler. And the new Velocity Mode lets them control the volume of samples with how hard they hit the pad.
The DDJ-SX takes performance pleasure even further with Dual Deck Control, which allows DJs to perform live edits on two decks simultaneously; so scratching on Deck A can be applied to Deck C at the same time. Slip Mode silently continues playback while DJs perform loops, scratches and reverses without affecting the original track direction. And the new FX Mode enables sound effects to be applied to two decks at once.

The club-standard DDJ -SX has been built to withstand the rigours of the booth; the aluminium jog wheel and top plate are both stylish and durable. And the unit can be used as a four-channel standalone mixer, giving DJs the flexibility of connecting to CDJs or turntables for even more performance options.


1. EXCLUSIVE: native control of the new Serato DJ software
Serato DJ combines the popular features of Serato ITCH and Serato Scratch Live, and adds new features that will be popular with lovers of both. Pioneer worked closely with Serato to combine the features of the software with the operability of the hardware to create true plug-and-play compatibility and intuitive control.

In addition to four-deck control, the DDJ-SX has dedicated controls for new features including:

NEW: FX engine Powered by iZotope

Serato DJ’s FX engine, now powered by popular manufacturer iZotope, features ten high-quality sound effects, including REVERB, ECHO and PING PONG DELAY.

Dual Deck Control for advanced live edits

DJs can push a button to enter Dual Deck mode and apply scratches, recall Hot Cues, perform loops, use the Slicer and Slip Mode – all on two decks at the same time. Trigger a Hot Cue on Deck A and one will also trigger on Deck C.

Plus old favourites such as:

Eight cue points on each deck
Syncable six slot sample bank
Auto Loops, Manual Loops and Loop Roll, for even more loop options
Slicer to chop up tracks and create new arrangements*

2. Enhanced performance features for truly hands-on live performances
The DDJ-SX inherits the familiar layout from Pioneer’s popular controller range, with a few updates to make the DJing experience even more enjoyable. Pro-DJs can use a combination of buttons, dials, faders, jog wheels and Performance Pads to stamp their mark on every set.

NEW! Performance Pads make mashing up tracks even more fun
The DDJ-SX’s large, rubber Performance Pads are assigned to four modes: Hot Cue, Roll, Sample and Slicer. The LED illuminated pads’ Velocity Mode means sample volume is controlled by the pressure applied, giving even more control and really putting the DJ back in the performance.

Slip Mode for precision edits

Inherited from the new club-standard CDJ-2000nexus, Slip Mode silently continues track playback during a loop, reverse or scratch and brings the music back at the right point when the DJ exits the performance.

Improved jog wheel enhances scratching pleasure

The DDJ-SX has the industry’s lowest latency jog wheel that has been fine-tuned to ensure DJs always get the scratch response they expect. Plus the controller borrows the backlit-LED On-Jog Display from the club-standard CDJs, showing the playback status of the current track for even greater scratch and reverse precision.
Sound Colour Filters on every channel

Like the DJM-900nexus professional mixer, the DDJ-SX boasts a Sound Colour Filter for each channel. DJs twist the dial left for Lo Pass Filter and right for Hi Pass Filter, for even more creative sweeps, blends and FX manipulation. This works with the software and external sources, with a hardware filter built-in.

3. Professional build quality and design

The controller has been built with the rigours of professional use in mind. The high-quality faders are robust and durable, while the push-button style knobs were designed with portability in mind. And the aluminium jog wheels and top plate give the DDJ-SX a premium look that will fit right into any booth.

4. Multiple input and output options for every DJ set-up

The DDJ-SX is equipped with a variety of inputs and outputs, for ultimate flexibility. Four inputs allow DJs to connect the controller to DJ players and/or turntables, to use it as a stand-alone mixer. Two master outputs (XLR and RCA) and a booth output enable connections direct to professional PA equipment. And two MIC inputs open up possibilities for MCing and announcements.

5. High audio quality

The controller inherits its high-quality audio circuitry from Pioneer’s pro-DJ equipment. A built-in 24-bit soundcard, low-jitter clock and high-performance DAC ensure a clean, powerful sound with no degradation.

6. Other features

Channel Fader Start: use the channel fader to control Cues
Needle Search: touch strip for intuitive, fast searches
Master level and channel level meters: instantly identify levels on each channel
MIDI Compatible: control any DJ software
Crossfader curve adjust: to suit any type of sound


Software Serato DJ
Input terminals CD x 2 (RCA), combined LINE/PHONO x 2 (RCA)
MIC x 2 (XLR&1/4 inch combined PHONE x 1, 1/4 inch PHONE x 1)
Output terminal MASTER OUT x 2 (RCA x 1, XLR x 1)
BOOTH OUT x 1 (1/4 inch PHONE)
HEADPHONE MONITOR OUT x 2 (front 1/4 inch PHONE, MiniPin)
Other terminals USB B terminal x 1
Frequency range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Total harmonic distortion 0.003% or less
S/N ratio 105 dB (PC)
Supplied AC adapter Power source AC 220-240 V 50/60 Hz, rated output DC5 V
External dimensions 664 mm (W) x 70.4 mm (H) x 357 mm (D)
Weight 5.8 kg
Serato DJ System Requirements
Applicable OS Windows 7
(Windows) 32-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 2GB
64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 4GB
Applicable OS Mac OS X 10.7.4/10.6.8
(Mac) 32-bit: (CPU) 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 1GB
64-bit: (CPU) 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, (Memory) 4GB
Display resolution 1,280 x 720 or higher resolution

Last night, in a state of utter tiredness bordering on hysteria, I thought I wanted the DDJ-SX sooo bad. But I’ve since slept, showered and had a suitable amount of tea to make a better decision. I now KNOW I want the DDJ-SX more than I’ve wanted a controller since the Numark NS7. I have a list of actual needs, which is small and serviced perfectly by any number of controllers out there. But the DDJ-SX seems to have covered every hankering desire I could have wished for in a new lump of digital shiny.

I’m looking over the specs, and Pioneer seem to have thought of everything. All the cool things you find on other controllers like velocity pads, slicer, touch strips, built in mixer etc etc seem to be included. But then they go a few steps further and add slip mode, a CDJ style centre display, dual deck mode and channel fader start. Open question – has anything obvious been missed? Or are there less obvious things that you’d like to see?

Parkinson’s Law

No, not Rik off of Pioneer, but the law that dictates that stuff expands to fill the space available. And there’s no denying that the DDJ is a big controller, crammed to the gills with controls. Beautifully organised of course, but it’s hard to imagine adding anything into this unit, or indeed making it any bigger to accommodate more features.

And this is why Serato DJ allows secondary controller mapping. There’s simply no more room for expansion without turning controllers from portable playthings to draggable mission controls. So should users need more control, they’ll be able to plug in more knobs and buttons to fulfil their complex needs. And this will be the trend for the future too. Now that Serato have wedged the formerly closed door open a little, I’d like to see a new crop of small controllers appearing – ones that service existing needs in different ways, but also offer future expansion.

Ones To Watch

With the Vestax VCI-400 and Reloop Terminal Mix 4 having a large number of controls, perhaps we can expect them to blossom into the controllers that we expected them to be at launch. Obviously at the time, the decision to add a cropped down 2 channel software to controllers capable of so much more made little sense – I hope it does now.

But there’s one company missing in this equation, and that’s Numark. Clearly they’re capable of making ITCH dance, and I have no doubt that the same will be true of Serato DJ. I would keep a keen eye on the next couple of trade shows, as I’m certain they’ve been just as busy as Pioneer.

I’m still pretty solid on my assertion that controller club standards will never happen though. Even with a Pioneer logo on it, this technology is such a fluid concept what you’re reading about today will be seen as old in 2-3 years time, with the masses baying for more and ebaying their old stuff.

Monday, October 1, 2012

KRK ROKIT Powered 10-3 DJ PRODUCER Monitor Speakers

KRK ROKIT Powered 10-3 DJ PRODUCER Monitor Speakers

The Rokit Powered 10-3 monitor is a state-of-the-art three-way design and provides an unsurpassed level of power, performance and accuracy. Most professional and commercial facilities offer clients a broad choice of Studio monitors, from near-to mid, or even main field systems to ensure that their mixing translates well across playback systems. In some studio environments one monitoring system might have to do it all: the ability to generate huge sound pressure levels when the music and clients demand it, yet maintain the clarity and transparency of a professional studio monitor. The Rokit Powered 10-3 delivers the power, accuracy and clarity demanded in these situations.

The Rokit Powered 10-3 is a Mid-field 3-way monitor system enclosed in a compact form factor. This suits commercial facilities in need of compact mid-field solution as well as private, or project studios wanting to step up to a new level of performance and value. The high SPL output allows it to reproduce challenging high dynamic tracks for all genres of music.

With space and placement of Mid-fields virtually always a concern in recording, mobile and broadcast facilities, the Rokit Powered 10-3 offers location flexibility by placing the tweeter and midrange in a unique rotatable housing. Whether they are vertical, placed on their side or wall mounted â the proper orientation of the acoustic axis can be maintained. Cabinet placement allows for a generous one- to four-meters (approximately three to 13-feet) for rated performance.

Rokit monitors have radically curved front surfaces which prevent the problems caused by traditional rectangular speakers. Other products suffer from diffraction as sound waves leaving the edge of the cabinet are reflected back into the listening field causing phase distortion. The Rokit Powered 10-3 enclosure virtually eliminates diffraction and provides a wider, more natural sounding sweet spot.

Take a look at other monitors and you'll find ports on the back of the cabinet. These rear-firing ports cause bass coupling problems with walls and corners, amplifying low frequency information, which will color your mix. The superior design of the Rokit Powered 10-3 features front-firing slotted ports, which are also shaped to reduce port turbulence. This combination ensures clean and accurate bass performance, even at high SPLs, without coupling issues. The careful tweeter design of dome and waveguide geometry coupled to the curved front baffle are optimized for on and off-axis linearity resulting in excellent imaging and a wider sweet spot. The Rokit Powered 10-3 has both Low and High Frequency level controls. This feature provides specific adjustment of both ends of the frequency spectrum output most commonly affected by room acoustics. These controls ensure the most accurate mix for your particular room's acoustics.
Mid-field monitor
True 3-Way Design
Optimal operating distance of 1m - 4m
Axis Control enabled by a rotatable MF/HF Baffle
Curved Baffle virtually eliminates diffraction distortion
Front-firing Port
Tweeter Waveguide
1" Neodymium Soft Dome
Ferro fluid Damping
Rigid Glass Aramid Composite Woofer and Midrange cones
KRK High Efficiency Tri-Amp system
Active three-way crossover systems provide smooth and accurate frequency response
Thermal and Overload / Clip Protection
Volume Control on rear of unit allows a high-resolution gain range from -30 dB to +6 dB
Dedicated balanced XLR, and 1/4" Line inputs and unbalanced RCA inputs