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Rekordbox DJ? Pioneer Is Getting Into DJ Software

In January at NAMM, Pioneer reps hinted at a huge announcement for the company later this year – and it looks like we might be there. Pioneer has just released a brand new teaser video that seems to indicate a new DJ software from the company based off of their Rekordbox platform. Watch the teaser and check out what we see so far in the software.

Rekordbox DJ Software

For the beginning of the video, it looks like we’re just looking at elements of good old Rekordbox, Pioneer’s track preparation and organization software. But things take a bit of a turn a few seconds in – when we see a proper track deck that looks straight out of Traktor or Serato – except the layout of controls is organized just like the bottom of a DDJ-SX2 or XDJ-RX:

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Then a few seconds later, a shot of an FX rack – with a uniquely Pioneer effect (Spiral) making it’s first appearance in software form:

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Followed up by an array of sample players:

Rekordbox Sample Decks

Rekordbox Sample Decks

Here’s what we know so about this Rekordbox DJ software so far – very little.

  • It doesn’t look like a rebranding of Traktor or Serato
  • It’s full of Pioneer-style control labels (Spiral, Slip, Master Tempo)
  • It has two types of FX: FX and CFX (which could be Crossfader FX? A throwback to older Pioneer gear that actually had FX triggered on the crossfader?)
  • Likely four decks – look closely at the FX assignment on the far left of the FX1 box.

We’ve reached out to Pioneer and they’ve let us know that we’ll be getting more details very soon – but nothing concrete yet.

See anything we haven’t so far? Let us know in the comments!  

 

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Andhim’s Pleinvrees Heroes Stage Video Announcement #002

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That German duo andhim have a somewhat unconventional way of themselves to the outside world is no secret. Just check out the interview they did with us some time ago, or the familiar, slightly homoerotic video of them sharing a tub.

To introduce their Superfriends stage at Pleinvrees Heroes Festival on September 5, the joyful twosome have come up with a new series of short videos, in proper andhim fashion of course. Check out their second video below.

http://www.deephouseamsterdam.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Pleinvrees.mp4

Worakls (live) | Marek Hemmann (live) | Guy Gerber | Andhim | Oliver Koletzki & Niko Schwind (live) | Joris Delacroix | Alle Farben | Monkey Safari | Oliver Schories (live) | N’to (live) | Marcus Worgull | Konstantin Sibold b2b Tsepo | Gardens Of God |  Illesnoise | Nora En Pure | Daniel Bortz | Dekmantel Soundsystem & more

5 September | Pleinvrees Heroes | Tickets | Sportpark Riekerhaven

The post Andhim’s Pleinvrees Heroes Stage Video Announcement #002 appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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Inside hands-on live technique with Blush Response, KOMA, Elektron

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The sound world of Joey Blush (aka Blush Response) is far reaching, entering dark clouds of murky industrial, EBM, and techno, all with relentless forward-pushing grooves. But as we talk to him about how he connects his gear, we’re really looking at how he connects his thoughts.

At its best, whatever we’re doing with gear ought to be about our minds. It’s not just connecting a patch cord. It’s connecting an idea from one place to another – re-wiring neurons.

Synth legend Morton Subotnick spoke this week about that process, as he recalled first creating complex metric structures simply by patching together loops on hardware modular sequencers (there, via the Buchla). As rhythmic structures emerged, he blew his own brain open – and the landmark record Silver Apples on the Moon was born. And I thought of this:

“You’re sequencing the sequence!”

I heard a smiling Wouter Jaspers of KOMA Elektronik repeat that phrase like a Zen koan. His sequencer isn’t intended to be simple. It’s even called Komplex.

The Komplex sequencer has reached the final prototype stage, with a release in coming weeks. KOMA Elektronik visited Joey Blush in the studio to play with the Komplex and a host of modules.

And what’s significant about this is that it is a return to some of what Morton was talking about back in the 60s. This isn’t about something abstract; it’s getting hands-on, gestural control over sounds, so that there’s a direct line from your instinct to making some change in the sound by moving your body.

Literally, how is Joey making the connection? He sends over his signal flow to CDM, in terms of what you see in the KOMA video:

The oscillator is an Intellijel Shapeshifter
into a WMD synchrodyne
into a KOMA SVF-201
A Manhattan Analog VCA on the end
being modulated by MATHS. [uh, the module, though everything I do is modulated by maths!]
Everything is sequenced by the Komplex sequencer
Drums are the [Roland AIRA] TR8 through the [KOMA] FT201

Now, that was a short demo. For a proper live set, let’s have a watch and listen through the blueish smoke of a live set at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London, from 25 May.

Here’s the breakdown for that:

two voices being sequenced by electron octatrack – mutable yarns as midi converter, elektron analog rytm doing drums. All tweaks are done by hand here. I have the OT loaded with sequences I’ve made, more than I need for an entire set, so that I can call up different ones at will and create new ‘tracks’ by tweaking the patch parameters and coming across new things. What you are seeing is sort of a live patching experiment. I know where things have to go but how I get there is different every time.

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I also had an interesting conversation with Joey about how he works with the Elektron Octatrack and Analog Rytm drum machines. He’s actually integrating them with the modulars, using them to make things morph even more. And no Eurorack snobbery here – using drum machines like the AIRA or, here, the Elektron, means he always has convenient access to sounds:

I use the octatrack as my main sequencer for the eurorack live and in the studio.

I can sequence CC changes using the midi to cv converter (currently a Vermona QMI) so I can have these evolving sequences that sound like cut up parts you would have done in a computer.

The RYTM handles all percussion duties for obvious reasons – it’s monstrous and it’s a bit easier to carry than a bigger eurorack case.

I really love Joey’s sonic imagination. It’s heavy, it’s industrial, but isn’t just arbitrarily bleak – there’s heart and, somehow, warmth in it. Take this track:

Or a full live set:

This album is well worth a listen:

The Drift by Blush Response

And now, the 12″ Future Tyrants is up on Bandcamp:

FUTURE TYRANTS by BLUSH RESPONSE

https://blushresponse.bandcamp.com/album/future-tyrants

Thanks to Joey for the juicy details.

Check the official site:
http://www.wearereplicants.com/

All photos courtesy the artist.

The post Inside hands-on live technique with Blush Response, KOMA, Elektron appeared first on Create Digital Music.

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Ticket Giveaway!!! Prototype015: Culprit w/ Howling, Ame ‘Live’, Droog & Plastic Love

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The next installment of Culprit @ Prototype series is a special night of Live electronic music – and a real labor or love. We have a pleasure of presenting two incredible Live projects from the creative mind of Frank Wiedemann: Âme and Howling.

Frank is best known as one half (along with Kristian Beyer) of the now-legendary Âme project. Together with Dixon, Âme are the founders and the main driving force behind the Innervisions label, whose brand of sophisticated and emotionally engaging house music has been sweeping everything in its path for the last decade.

As producers, Âme are responsible for some of the most memorable songs and remixes in the modern dance music cannon: the classic deep house of “Mifune,” epic electronic sweep of “Rej,” driving energy of “Where We At” (with Dixon & Henrik Schwarz), the emotional charge of “Howling.”

It was “Howling” that eventually spawned the exciting band project of the same name, that combined Frank Wiedemann’s production with Ry X’s stunning vocals. The collaboration yielded 3 more anthemic singles and, now, a full length LP “Sacred Ground.” With a full-time percussionist on board, vocals and guitar work by Ry, live sequencing and synth work by Frank – Howling is a proper electronic band embarking on its first world-wide tour and we are proud to present its only West Coast date.

Bookending the live portion of the night are openers Plastic Love and closers Droog.

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Defected presents House Masters Masters At Work Volume Two

Following 2014’s critically acclaimed anthology, Defected presents House Masters Masters At Work Volume Two is a second landmark collection of 40 original tracks and remixes from the ...

The post Defected presents House Masters Masters At Work Volume Two appeared first on Knights Of The Turntable.

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deadmau5 wants EDM DJS to actually play, produces Tumblr poetry in the process

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deadmau5 has a message for DJs: don’t just DJ.

here is what i dont get [Tumblr]

And we couldn’t agree more. For once, bless the mouse – and, give the man some credit, he has a sense of humor and self-deprecation. (That’s his image above, not ours.)

At the same time, Joel Zimmerman’s message has come a long way. Just back in 2012, he cynically suggested everyone on the scene was just “pushing play” and asked everyone to quit pretending already – fair, perhaps, but not entirely optimistic. And I gave him a hard time for it, because I though it was unfair to the people who were assembling live performances (deadmau5 walked back some of his original article and gave some credit to all y’all controllerists out there):
Deadmau5, Honest About His Own Press-Play Sets, Misses Out On “Scene”

Now, though, he’s saying something different: quit just playing CDs and actually jam live. Play a keyboard. Hook up some MIDI or OSC control. Do something. And sure enough, his own bio rejects the notion of CDs and emphasizes playing his own tracks (live PA style) and on-the-fly cutting and editing (though I’d have to research more what he’s actually doing).

It’s clearly a message the top of the EDM circuit needs to hear, and one the CDM readership would almost certainly endorse. I’d agree with every single word, except I do feel obligated to say I feel strongly that there’s a role for good mixing and selection, for DJs. And even if deadmau5 doesn’t want to be called a DJ, other people may be fine with it. On the other hand, people booked around a hit “banger” aren’t likely to surprise anyone with their subtle track selection, too much faking keyboard lines to the audience is obnoxious, and I frankly what deadmau5 is describing, absolutely, I agree – it’s horrific.

I agree – you and all your friends, probably, agree – so much so that under normal circumstances bringing all this would be boring. Except that this being deadmau5, eloquent troll for all electronic music everywhere on the Internet, it takes another turn. Okay, not only did deadmau5 run to the defense of the poor horses subjected to David Guetta’s nightmare-dystopian Pascha opening, but now this. (Yes, horses, the four-legged kind, though “objectification of women” or “Native American racism” could easily have been topics – that was a three-for-one Ibiza fail there.)

Here’s what I want: I want a t-shirt for each one of these phrases:

you show up to X shitfest, and play a CD.

STOP.

I AM CONFUSED.

Word.

are you or are you not a guy who can use a comupter to make music?

CDM has a new logo and redesign launching before summer is out. Now I have the phrase that will go on the back.

Alternatively, these:

WATCH MY HAND. IT GOES DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT”

youre beyond a CD player.

And the best:

So you cant pllay a keyboard? COOL! ME NEITHER! MIDI bro.

OSC is the latest fuckin craze.

get your script on bitch.

Printed.

Framed.

throw down some smpte on another track to sync some tailored visuals too…

I swear I’m going to get motion back up, too.

Actually, as I’m playing this weekend, I’ve composed my own little poem, in the style of deadmau5. People ask me about my own story, so here it is.

I’m setting an egg timer and briefly pretending I don’t know how to type in the hopes that it will come out like a deadmau5 Tumblr rant.

so, im actually like this composer whatever in new york but i turn into this cdm blogger man.

and im making music im like fuckin aroung with abledong live and that whatever looping stretching thing with all the grain settings long aso i can play a modern dance performance in brooklyn that winds up going for like an hour and i want it to be all ambient.

im making waves. i rinse it. i shave it. shave it all off.

and then im suddenly in berlin and making techno because i went to barghain a few 2 many times and now i dont know i might just dj this weekend just in case people get borded of me lining up claps on my korg volca meeblip rig because you know i listen to some tracks some time and likke to dance san dso they sometimse want me to play the whole damn thing

i show up to club x, i show up to club y, i show up to club xy i really need a booking manager

i never pirated nothing its all nfr nfr nfr

so i get the d2 the native instruments thing maybe i play with stems that’s the new shit like four tracks of whatever so im doing something creative but thats not ready yet i dont no if native instruments is reading this far but yeah im down for some stems

i totally forgot what this was supposed to be about im stopping now.

now everyone in canada knows mu name

i am totally a guy who can use a comupter to make music because create digtial fockin music yo craz cats.

i cant believe i sat through a whole film yestrday that told me computers are shit computers totally arent shit did you hear from deamdouse people areplaying like cds for 200k something? dollars? whoa. i should get into edm. then i could afford a modular i dream of wires right now i can kind of mainly only afford those nfrs and my meeblp which im obligated to tell you is available now from dotcom.

i can totally play a keyboard which is good because if i couldn’t im not sure how id’ fix it with MIDI or osc or the 80s bro.

DANKE SHÖN DIR!

Okay.

That almost sort of worked. Not really.

I really do hope someone in EDM starts playing synth lines over top of their set or adds fireworks and singing ladies behind them or whatever the point of this rant actually was. Sounds good. I … probably won’t get to see it, assuming I do stay away from Electric Daisy Carnival.

But I think deadmau5 didn’t mean the whole IDM scene in general.

The post deadmau5 wants EDM DJS to actually play, produces Tumblr poetry in the process appeared first on Create Digital Music.

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