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Rekordbox 4.0.6: MIDI Mapping Arrives In Performance Pack

Rekordbox DJ got released late last year with a slew of features – but one of the most requested features for Pioneer DJ was to add mapping support to the software so that any controller could be MIDI mapped. With the Rekordbox 4.0.6 update, MIDI mapping has arrived – read on to learn more.

Rekordbox 4.0.6 What Can You Map?

Rekordbox DJ MIDI Mapping

In the new Rekordbox 4.0.6 version there’s a complete set of MIDI mapping controls for Decks, Pads (cues, loops, slicer), FX, sampler, mixer, browser, and more. For each MIDI control in Rekordbox DJ’s performance mode, you can set:

  • Deck (which deck the control applies to)
  • MIDI IN (the control that Rekordbox is listening for)
  • Type (Button, Rotary, Knob/Slider, Pad)
  • MIDI OUT (particularly useful for sending LED output signals)

Based on our assessment, this puts Pioneer’s Rekordbox MIDI mapping functionality right in the middle between Traktor and Serato – there’s no advanced modifier controls like in Traktor, but there’s way more depth here than Serato DJ or Scratch Live has ever had.

What’s Still Missing?

Pioneer obviously want to keep their own controllers and media players as the primary way that people use this software, so they’ve intentionally left out jogwheel control from this mapping. This might be frustrating – but we can’t fault Pioneer too much as they’re looking to built a complete ecosystem that works best with their own devices.

Other Updates In Rekordbox 4.0.6

In addition to the MIDI mapping, there were a few other things that Pioneer DJ has added to the new version of Rekordbox, mostly to do with the new NXS2 units:

 CDJ-2000NXS2 new features [Export Mode]

  • FLAC/Apple Lossless with a frequency of 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz.
  • WAV/AIFF with a frequency of 88.2 and 96 kHz.
  • 8 HOT CUE buttons: A–H.
  • USB DEVICE SETTINGS new features; Wave Color (BLUE/RGB) and Waveform (Half/Full).
  • Export My Tag/Matching information to USB devices.
  • HOT CUE color change.
  • Export of HOT CUE color information to USB devices.
[Export/Performance Mode]
  • Track filtering new features; KEY, RATING and COLOR.

DJM-900NXS2 new features [Performance Mode] (When using the DJM-900NXS2 as an audio device)

  • Input channels selected on DJM-900NXS2 are displayed on rekordbox dj virtual decks.
  • Quantize BEAT FX of DJM-900NXS2 can be applied to rekordbox dj output audio.
  • rekordbox dj BEAT FX tail can be heard after CH FADER/CROSS FADER is closed/cut on DJM-900NXS2 (POST FADER).

DJs can access the new version of Rekordbox simply by starting up their current version and a new update notification will appear. This update is free as it’s just a minor release.

Want to upload you own MIDI mappings for Rekordbox, or check out what other people design? We’ve added an option to our own for Rekordbox – choose it when uploading a mapping! (note that it won’t show up in the browse screen until someone uploads a first mapping)

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RIAA: Streaming Now Officially Included For Calculation Of Record Sales

riaa music streaming

From vinyl to cassette, and from cd to the paid mp3: the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has always strived to keep up with technology in its documentation of record sales and effective awards considerations based on those sales. Now, in the age of convenience where playing your digitalised library via Apple Music and Spotify has become the norm, the RIAA has decided that streaming is also to be included for the determination of album sales and consequent platinum, gold or silver awards. 

The RIAA released the news after Rihanna’s ANTI album went platinum following its downloadable release.

Pitchfork reports that one single stream does not actually equal one sale. The way the RIAA will calculate it is as follows: 1,500 on-demand audio or video streams will amount to one album sale. (On-demand streaming refers to the ability to choose what song you’re listening to—services like Spotify and Apple Music, not internet radio sites like Pandora). The platform posed the significant question whether one song from an album played 17 times counts as much as one listen to a 17-track album – as this isn’t clarified by the organisation.

Cary Sherman, CEO and chairman of the RIAA, made a statement about the decision to include streaming in the RIAA’s album sales documentation:

“For nearly six decades, whether it’s vinyl, CDs, downloads or now streams, the Gold & Platinum Program has adapted to recognize the benchmarks of success in an evolving music marketplace. We know that music listening—for both for albums and songs—is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications. Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today.”

The post RIAA: Streaming Now Officially Included For Calculation Of Record Sales appeared first on Deep House Amsterdam.

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