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Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR PRO 3

September 6, 2018, Berlin – Native Instruments today announces a new version of its flagship DJ software, TRAKTOR PRO 3. The announcement sees TRAKTOR build on almost two decades of club heritage to extend the possibilities of DJ performance and provide performers of all genres and abilities with the tools they need to define their own style.

TRAKTOR PRO 3, the full version of which is included with both new hardware releases, is the most stable version of the software yet, and uses the new Elastique 3 time-stretching engine for noticeable audio improvements. The user interface has been redesigned with a sharper and flatter look for better readability in club environments, while the intuitive workflow, to which many performers have become accustomed, remains intact.

Several brand-new features have also been added: TRAKTOR PRO 3 now includes Mixer FX – one-knob effect and filter controls that can be assigned to each channel independently and used for big buildups and transitions. And DJs using an external mixer can now route unprocessed audio directly from TRAKTOR, thanks to a new mode that bypasses the software’s internal mixer. A full feature set will be announced on September 25.


Pricing & availability
Traktor Pro 3 will be available on October 18th 2018, for a price of €/US$ 99.
Owners of a Traktor Pro 2 license can buy an upgrade for €/USD 49.


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Tags: Traktor Pro

Hercules will be at BPM (UK)

Hercules will be at BPM!
From Entry level to more advanced controllers for DJs, as well as Headphones and Monitors.
Come and chat with the Hercules team and try out their range to see what works for you

BPM place: Cranmore Park, Cranmore Ave, Shirley, Solihull B90 4LE




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Hercules STAFF3


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Beatport Acquires DJ Streaming Service Pulselocker

“Beatport’s acquisition of Pulselocker's core technology affirms our dedication to moving our platform into the next generation and servicing the DJ community in new and innovative ways.
Our implementation of Pulselocker’s technology will take some time, but we promise to update you as soon as it’s ready for the the light of day.
If you are a former Pulselocker customer or technology partner: Welcome to the Beatport family!
While we cannot share concrete details on our plans for implementation we are happy to speak with anyone who has any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions.”

Source
https://support.beatport.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002234912

Pulselocker service was supported in Serato DJ software.
It is a good news for DJs as Beatport implementing Pulselocker’s technology may mean
1)      Beatport will offer a service for DJs to play streaming in public,
2)      This service may include a locker = the function to “lock” an audio streaming to play it offline afterwards.

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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Streaming

Tesla x Serato Announcement

Introducing the best sounding car ever.

In a game-changing collaboration, Tesla Motors and Serato have come together to bring you the world's first ever DJ-Drive system. No more cassettes, CDs, aux cords and broken Bluetooth interfaces. Just bangers mixed in the comfort of your car.

The release of the latest Tesla firmware update includes full Serato DJ Pro integration, free for all Tesla vehicles. This integration allows you to DJ literally anywhere you go. Your only restriction is your creativity.

As well as Serato DJ Pro utilising the fully functional Tesla touch-screen, drivers are now able to attach ergonomic Novation-slicers to the steering-wheel to trigger cue points, loops and flip tracks - full control on the go. Use Autopilot or switch to Scratch Live mode to DJ and drive at the same time.

Not stopping there, the engineers at Tesla and Serato have integrated Serato Video into the mix. Video file playback is controlled the same way as audio, so incorporating visual effects and transitions is super simple. Karaoke mode is built in, taking singing in the car to the next level.

You can now look forward to sitting in gridlock and perfectly mixing the latest Ibiza hits. Or cruising in comfort through picturesque landscapes while double dropping the heaviest, face-melting bangers in your arsenal.

Ludacris mode has had some upgrades too. You’ll need to turn it on to hear them...if you dare.

And as you guessed, this is April Fool's day annoucement.

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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Serato

Serato releases Serato DJ Pro & Serato DJ Lite

Serato, the software publisher who developped the DJ software Serato DJ and Serato DJ Intro, has released today

- Serato DJ Pro 2.0, replacing Serato DJ



What's new in Serato DJ Pro?

Practice Mode
Practice Mode allows you to mix two tracks together with no hardware connected - ideal for testing out your blends wherever you are.

64-bit support: Bigger libraries and rock solid reliability
64-bit support now means Serato DJ Pro performs better than ever with virtually no limit on library size.

Performance pad mode / Performance Pad view
Display your cue points in a new but very familiar layout. This makes planning and performing your routines more efficient.

Hi-DPI and scalable layout: Optimised for high resolution screens
Serato DJ Pro has been optimised for high definition Retina, 4K and UHD displays.

Improved help and support
The new help section includes tooltips, shortcut keys and tutorials. You’ll also have the option to contact our support team, and the ability to search our knowledge base in-app.



Serato DJ Lite 1.0, replacing Serato DJ Intro,


What's new in Serato DJ Lite

Practice Mode
Practice Mode allows you to mix two tracks together without DJ hardware plugged in. Great if you don’t have your controller with you and feel like a jam.

Performance pad mode
Display your cue points in a new but very familiar layout. This makes planning and performing your routines more efficient.

Hi-DPI and scalable layout, Optimised for high resolution screens
Serato DJ Lite has been optimised for high definition Retina, 4K and UHD displays.

Improved help and support
The new help section includes tooltips, shortcut keys and tutorials. You’ll also have the option to contact our support team, and the ability to search our knowledge base in-app.

If you have a DJControl Jogvision
- you can use and control Serato DJ Lite on DJControl Jogvision,
- if you have bought an upgrade license for Serato DJ, you can use and control Serato DJ Pro on DJ Control Jogvision.

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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: DJControl Jogvision, Serato

Ableton Live 10 Released Today

Ableton Live 10 is released today.
Ableton Live is a major DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software in Windows and macOS for producers, composers and disc-jockeys.
Hercules P32 DJ can control Ableton Live with the script
Kuala from Remotify.

Here is Ableton Live press release.


Ableton Live 10 is here
Berlin, Germany, February 6th, 2018

Ableton Live 10 is now available at Ableton.com and at local retailers worldwide.

The new Live delivers four bold new devices, workflow refinements and a re-designed sound library. Live 10 also brings new functionality and high-res visualizations to Push. Plus, Max technology is now fully integrated into Live 10 Suite for faster, more stable performance.

Some of the new features in Live 10 include:

New instruments and effects
• Wavetable is Ableton’s latest synth—immediately playable with a vast sonic palette.
• Echo produces delay sounds from classic textures to soundscapes, wailing feedback and experimental atmospheres.
• Drum Buss is a one-stop workstation for drums, capable of adding subtle character or completely bending and breaking drums.
• Pedal brings the character of analog stomp boxes to Live with separate circuit-level models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz guitar pedals.

Workflow improvements
• Capture recalls an idea after it has been played and turns it into a MIDI clip with groove and feel intact.
• Multiple MIDI clip editing allows users to see the content of two or more clips in one detail view.
• Groups within groups allow for greater flexibility when mixing and improves Set organization even with lots of tracks and a detailed arrangement.
• A multitude of refinements including improvements to Arrangement View workflows, Browser Collections, I/O renaming, note chasing, and much more.

New library of sound
• Curated Collections capture the musical threads that tie together evolving styles and scenes
• Four all-new Essential Instruments include synths, and multi-sampled electric keys and drums
• Live 10’s Core Library gets a sonic upgrade with richer, more detailed sounds

Improvements to Push
• A new step sequencing layout allows simultaneous note sequencing and real time playing.
• MIDI note view allows navigation and refinement of the notes in a pattern in context directly on the Push display.
• Richer visualization with more feedback of key Live devices including Wavetable, Echo, EQ Eight and Compressor
• Workflow improvements to layouts, building and extending patterns, track arming and more

Max for Live
• Deeper integration with Live 10 Suite means devices now load faster, use less CPU and feel more like Live’s native devices.
• Sonically upgraded Drum Synths, improved modulation and mapping Devices and more
• Multi-channel audio routing means mixing using multi-channel speaker setups is now possible
• Max for Live devices can send and receive SysEx, allowing deeper access to external gear

Ableton Live 10 is available for purchase now from Ableton.com and at local retailers.
•Download versions of Ableton Live 10 cost
79 EUR / 99 USD / 69 GBP for Live Intro,
349 EUR / 449 USD / 319 GBP for Live Standard and
599 EUR / 749 USD / 539 GBP for Live Suite.
•Boxed versions of Ableton Live 10 cost
99 EUR / 99 USD / 89 GBP for Live Intro,
399 EUR / 499 USD / 359 GBP for Live Standard and
649 EUR / 799 USD / 579 GBP for Live Suite.

About Ableton
Ableton makes products for music makers to create, produce and perform music. These include Live, a software that combines traditional studio technologies with the freedom of working without a timeline; Push, a hardware instrument for handson playing and composing with Live; and Link, a technology that allows multiple devices to play in time together over a wireless connection.
Ableton was founded in 1999 by musicians in need of new creative tools. The first version of Live was released in 2001. The company is led by its founders from its headquarters in Berlin, and has additional offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. About 300 people work at Ableton across the world.

For more information
Twitter: twitter.com/ableton
Facebook: facebook.com/ableton
www.ableton.com
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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: DJ Software, P32 DJ

DJUCED 40 3.6 is now available

Press Release - September 21st 2017 - Hercules releases the latest and greatest version of its DJUCED 40 software, 3.6, including the Qobuz online audio streaming service.

What’s new in DJUCED™ 40° 3.6 ?
Here, in DJUCED labs, we constantly improve, test and play with our software.
We teamed up with severals DJs and with YOU, the community, to improve the audio engine, the scratch feeling and the general latency of the software, especially with controllers.
Better than good, the feeling is great.
The integration of Qobuz adds fun to the experience with over 40 million titles to your connected parties.
We hope you’ll enjoy this 3.6 version as much as we worked on it.


CPU OPTIMISATION – AUDIO ENGINE REWORK
DJUCED 40 3.6 has been rebuilt from the inside.
The 64-bit integration reduces the CPU consumption to avoid audio dropouts and latency.
It works flawlessly, on Mac and PC.

MASTER PC SPEAKERS
Want to use your laptop speakers and your controller preview at the same time ?
It’s just one click in the settings.

INTEGRATION OF QOBUZ AUDIO STREAMING SERVICE
Mix any track from Qobuz catalogue as a normal track.
Search from within DJUCED browser the song you need.
Prepare your playlist with Qobuz App on your smartphone, and find it inside DJUCED browser.
Just magic. (Qobuz service subscription required)

POST-FADER FX
Reverb and Delay effects are no longer cut off when using the volume fader.
Instead, effects are applied after the volume fader: in this way, you can still hear the end of effects when a deck’s volume fader is brought down.
Perfect for improving quick transitions.

SCRATCH ENGINE REWORKED
We know that feeling is important.
This is why we have remade our scratch engine, modelled from famous turntables and controllers, and tested by scratch DJs.
All supported controllers have been re-calibrated.
It changes everything.

MIDI CONTROL FASTER THAN EVER
MIDI communications between DJUCED and the supported controllers is now really fast. (less than 2ms)
Enjoy instant reaction when pushing a button, or instant LED return.




DJUCED 40 3.6 is available on DJUCED website http://www.djuced.com/
More on Qobuz online audio streaming on http://www.qobuz.com
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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: DJ Software, DJUCED

Acapella tracks: where can you find them?

A remix is often the vocal part of a song mixed with the instrumental part of another song, or more than one song.

The 2 major types of vocal tracks are:

  • a cappella [a kkapˈpɛlla] or acapella = a vocal song or section intended to be heard solo (in latin "a capella" means "in the chapel", so it is the song as one could hear in a chapel, with no instrumental backing),
  • isolated vocal track = a vocal track originally not intended to be heard solo. It may be a separate recording of a microphone (or several microphones) in studio/performance or the result of a processing to extract the voice from an audio track merging the voice(s) and musical instruments,

For the sake of clarity, vocal tracks are hereafter called acapellas even when they are isolated vocal tracks.

You can find on Youtube tons of acapellas to learn, train and have fun:
Acapella Collection    
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUzcT3PBywTLIHICDU6JzYw/videos
Acapella on Acapellas
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRYhmFuMBlT1HP-ZHqFSv8w/videos
Acapellas PW    
          https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn8Ce9f_CUfh3EtK09bFL4Q/videos
Backtrack Vocals      
https://www.youtube.com/user/backtrackvocals/videos
BookOfAcapellas       
https://www.youtube.com/user/BookOfAcapellas/videos
Drake Acapella         
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8lJZ54ZAXaXCtgEDe5z_cw/videos
EDM Acapella           
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmtyNyJ7r_p7qfM950b7Wyg/videos
Joh PH
                    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzwJRQXMXkaB9KlqUdFD74Q/videos
MisterRhapsody        
https://www.youtube.com/user/MisteRhapsody/videos
MS Project Sound     
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC83vT9w9gKWQUTDeCNlEjyA/videos
Sk3pticAcapella        
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sk3pticAcapella/videos
The BassQuaker        
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBassquaker/videos

Youtube also provides instrumental tracks, either as karaoke tracks (full instrumental backing) or as back tracks by instruments as follows:

Best Songs backing Tracks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqW3saYRQTO8WzsKacgaJNQ/videos
Daily Backing Tracks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4BLN6mTdoQYEhfuX6g1G5g/videos

Domenic Nardone (Drums)  https://www.youtube.com/user/gallupi1965/videos

Dopez tracks (Guitar)  
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3ldfE0OgtRepd2jyaPOD_g/videos

Fipacz  (Drums)    https://www.youtube.com/user/Fipacz/videos

Guitar Jam Tracks    https://www.youtube.com/user/Ustujanin/videos

Ilpaninomaiale (Guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/ilpaninomaiale/videos

MakerofAllMusic1DS    
https://www.youtube.com/user/MakerOfAllMusic1DS/videos
Marc Tremblay (guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/jawesome01/videos

Mega Backing Tracks    https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaBackingTracks/videos

Mellamoignacio (Guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/mellamoignacio/videos

MrHitcher65           
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrHITCHER65 /videos
Pro Backing Tracks 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmmSZcQeu3FgTrliuLlRdGQ/videos
Ron Gelinas Chillout Lounge  https://www.youtube.com/user/iamRottenRon/videos

Sing2Piano (Piano) https://www.youtube.com/user/Sing2Piano/videos
Tim Sharp (drums)  https://www.youtube.com/user/timar101/videos
TomBailyMusic   
https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarbackingtracks4/videos

Tajulafham94     
https://www.youtube.com/user/tajulafham94/videos

Tutarras (Guitar) https://www.youtube.com/user/Tutarras/videos

Zach Ahmad      
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4T20CW6sUm1AoGD5CluiWg/videos

Once you know how to use acapellas and want to remix in your work, look for acapellas on
specialized websites:
Acapell         http://acapell.net/
Beatport       http://sounds.beatport.com/search?query=acapella
Datpiff         
http://www.datpiff.com/
Free Vocals    https://freevocals.com/search-genres/
King Acapella  http://www.kingacapella.com/
Looperman     https://www.looperman.com/acapellas/genres
Mixter
           http://ccmixter.org/
Voclr.it   
      
https://www.voclr.it/

Here are keywords to seek acapellas on the internet:

  • a cappella
  • a-cappella
  • acapella
  • full acapella
  • isolated vocal
  • isolated vocal track
  • isolated voice
  • isolated voice track
  • mic feed
  • only vocals
  • solo vocal
  • vocal
  • vocal isolated
  • vocals isolated
  • vocal only
  • voice only

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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Technical tips

Serato DJ 1.9.7 Now Available

Serato DJ 1.9.7 has been released for macOS and Windows environment.
It supports DJControl Jogvision.

If you install it and find you do not hear the sampler, make sure the sampler volume is not set to zero in the sampler menu.

More information on Serato DJ 1.9.7 here

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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: Serato, Jogvision

PCDJ Dex 3.8 supports Hercules P32 DJ

PCDJ Dex 3.8, a major update of PCDJ Dex, will include P32 DJ support.
PCDJ 3.8 Release Candidate 2 can be downloaded for Windows and Mac on https://www.pcdj.com/dj-mixing-software-dex-3-8-rc2/.

To control PCDJ Dex 3.8 on P32 DJ, just connect P32 DJ to your computer before running PCDJ Dex 3.8: the software uses instantly the controller and its audio interface instantly. Select the 2-deck skin in PCDJ Dex, and you can use P32 DJ.

P32 DJ mixer controls (browser, equalization, volume, crossfader) & transport buttons (Play, Cue, Sync) control in PCDJ Dex the functions fitting their label. P32 effect knobs and push key control 3 effects per deck, the loop rotary button controls the loop length, and the loop+Shift controls the pitch of the track, the search rotary buttons browse in the track loaded on the deck, and Shift+Search controls the filter.

The pads of P32 DJ control:
- In Hot-Cue mode: 16 hot cue points per track
- In Loop mode: 8 loops length (1/16, 1/8, ¼, ½, 1, 2, 4, 8 beats) per track
- In Sampler mode:    8 samples (same samples on left & right deck)
 
For more information on PCDJ Dex 3.8:    http://www.pcdj.com/dj-and-video-mixing-software-dex-3-8-skins/

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Hercules STAFF3


Tags: P32 DJ, software