Category Archives: technology

DJ Shiftee Pushing The Limits Of The Z2 and Maschine

Here’s a video of DJ Shiftee showing us what you can do with Native Instruments’ Kontrol Z2 and Maschine when paired together.  One word: Ugh!

More info:

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/dj/traktor-kontrol-z2/

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/products/producer/maschine/

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Hey Traktor Kontrol Z2

NI_TRAKTOR_KONTROL_Z2_Perspective(image taken from djworx.com)

So this past fall, Native Instruments comes out with their very own controller/mixer called the Kontrol Z2.  I didn’t know what to think, but there were a few reviews and a video from DJ Craze that showed what this mixer could do (video below).

But I “still” wasn’t sold on whether is was worth checking out or not.  So I saw this video from Ean Golden to see what this mixer could do (video below):

As you can see from Ean Golden’s video, this mixer has a simplistic integrated set up for your Traktor Scratch software (if you are a part of the Traktor Scratch family) and it is affordable.  It sort of removes the clutter of having an X1 and Kontrol F1 right off to the side of your turntables.  So this product looks like it’s worth checking out to me.

If you need any more info on this product, check out the following links below:

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/dj/traktor-kontrol-z2/

http://www.djtechtools.com/tag/traktor-kontrol-z2/

http://djworx.com/review-native-instruments-traktor-kontrol-z2/

http://www.mixmag.net/tech/tech-features/traktor-z2-two-step

 

D-Styles on Serato

This past spring and summer, Serato and Rane worked together to bring the DJ community the SixtyOne andSixtyTwo mixer(s).  And with the World Famous Beat Junkies representing their products, D-Styles did a little showcase video for them on youtube.

Rane Sixty-One

Check out this video of current DMC World DJ Champion DJ Vajra getting down on the new Rane Sixty-One mixer.  Check out Rane’s website for the Sixty-Two as well.

Check out and support the following websites as well:

http://www.rane.com/index.html

http://djvajra.com/

DMC 2011 West Coast & USA Team DJ Battles

(image taken from wanttickets.com)

If you live in the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out  the 2011 DMC West Coast & USA Team DJ Battles.  This is the first time Serato – as well as Traktor Scratch Pro – will be allowed in a DMC DJ Battle.  Hosted by promoters from Original Glaze LA, here’s more info taken from their website:

SHOWCASES BY: 
DJ REVOLUTION (Wake Up Show)
Http://www.Thecutonline.com/

DJ ETRONIK (2010 USA DMC CHAMPION)

LIVE PERFORMANCE : SOUL ELEVATION (DJ Icy Ice, ToQuon)

*****PRESALE TICKETS HERE ******
Http://Wantickets.com/WestCoastDMC

JUDGES:
DJ Revolution (Wake Up Show)
DJ ICY ICE (World Famous Beat Junkies)
DJ P-Trix (IF2, US DMC Champion)
DJ Nando (Top Rawmen)
DJ Kuttin Kandi (5th Platoon)
DJ Kidragon (Top Rawmen)
::::::::::::::::: ABSOLUTELY NO FILMING:::::::::::::::::

OFFICIAL DMC AFTERPARTY

w/ Judges, Performers and Special Guests to follow the battle.

Rhythm Lounge 
245 Pine Avenue (upstairs)
Long Beach, CA 90802

Promoter: Original Glaze LA   |   Email: OriginalGlazeLA@gmail.com
www.OriginalGlazeLA.com
www.FaceBook.com/OldSkoolRon

Host: ToQuon Da MC (Soul Elevation, OG Glaze)

Along with:
RED ALERT RADIO
www.RedAlertRadio.com

Out Da House Productions
www.facebook.com/carlos.d.cerda
www.facebook.com/outdahouseprod1

DP SOUND / BRIDGES CREW

ORIGINAL GLAZE LA FAMILY:
ToQuon Da MC (Soul Elevation, OG Glaze)
DJ Phers1 (DP Sounds / Bridges Crew)
DJ Nando (Top Rawmen, Nandobeats.com)
DJ P-Trix (IF2, OG Glaze)
DJ DyN@m!x (IF2, OG Glaze)
DJ Daine (Red Alert Radio, OG Glaze)
DJ Ralph M (FunkDoobiest)
DJ Abel (Circle Kingz)

4 more info on 2011 DMC DJ Battle + DMC USA Team Competition (LONG BEACH): Contact Promoter at OriginalGlazeLA@gmail.com

ONE 2UNE ENTERTAINMENT | ORIGINAL GLAZE LA

Http://www.Myspace.com/LAoldSkool
Http://www.Myspace.com/OriginalGlazeLA
Http://www.OriginalGlazeLA.com/
Http://www.Facebook.com/OldSkoolRon
Http://www.Twitter.com/LAoldSkool
Http://www.Twitter.com/OgGlazeLA

For the classic showcase style DMC battle (which now allows Serato) DJs should have a 2 min. elimination set + a 6 min. finals set prepared.

Teams should have no more than 4 members – must prepare a 6 minute team set.

For updates on the DMC USA Battles please visit
http://www.dmcdjchamps.com/news.asp?country=20 for updates

For rules (as they are updated) please visit http://dmcdjchamps.com/rules.asp

**********************************************************
The 2011 DMC DC Champ will win a choice of either SL 4 for Serato Scratch Live or TTM 56s Mixer!!!

http://rane.com/
http://serato.com/scratchlive

New Epic Mickey Trailer

Here’s the first 5 minutes of Disney’s Epic MIckey for the Nintendo Wii.  From the looks of it, it looks pretty sick.  Release date should be around the holiday seasons.  You can check on the link below for some more info.

http://disney.go.com/disneyinteractivestudios/product.html?platform=wii&game=disneyepicmickey

Quickswitch – Work In Progress MIDI Controller

Was checking out skratchworx.com and saw this video for a new MIDI Controller called the Quickswitch.  This is an added on device to your current turntable set up so consumers can avoid buying those Vestax Controller One turntables that cost a grip of money.  And if you do have a Controller One turntable, Quickswitch has an add-on for your turntable to access samples, effects and what not next to your mixer (peep the video).  It kinda reminds me of Native Instruments Kontrol X1 controller for the Controller One turntable.  Anyways, I wanna see where this is gonna go.  Check out Quickswitch’s website about their current project.

http://blog.quickswitches.com/

http://www.skratchworx.com/news3/comments.php?id=1494

http://www.djdeals.com/vestaxCONTROLLERONE.htm (info on Controller One)