Posts Tagged ‘ Serato ’

Jayceeoh, From The Studio To The Stage.


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LA-based party rocker, turntable guru and a Serato DJ, Jayceeoh is a man who does not stop. Following international acclaim for his “Super 7″ mixtape series, Jayceeoh, born Jacob Osher, became the official tour DJ for the likes of DJ Sammy Adams and Wiz Khalifa, and to date has worked alongside Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, Redman and Talib Kweli to name a few.

When he’s not playing at premier club venues around North America and Europe you’ll find Osher in the studio. Along with a steady stream of bass-heavy remixes, Osher has produced original tracks with DJ Scene, Steve1Der and Caked Up. At present, production is number one for Osher, having figured out his way around a turntable long ago (he’s a two-time national DMC finalist and was crowned M.I.C Turntablist of the Year two years running).

Steve Aoki vs. Serato.


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In the midst of his Neon Future tour in December last year at Our:House Festival, we caught up with EDM kingpin and long-time Serato user Steve Aoki for a chat in Auckland Harbour.  In this exclusive interview, he talks frankly about the Aoki-hater bandwagon, his futurist leanings, and why you’ll never see him hunched over a laptop at an Aoki performance.  Say what you will about Steve Aoki, there’s a reason fans flock to his shows by the millions every year. Renowned for his cake-hurling, crowd-rafting antics, the EDM sovereign takes his showmanship to celestial proportions – but his spectacle is by no means ‘it’.

Aoki, who grew up in Newport Beach, California, was in recording studios at 16, and by 19 had founded the now-eminent Dim Mak Records from his college dorm room. Fast-forward 20 years and Aoki is now Grammy-nominated and one of the most successful DJ‑Producers worldwide. Dim Mak, meanwhile, has launched some of indie and electronica’s most exciting careers of the 2000s, from MSTRKRFT, Klaxons and Bloc Party, to Battles and The Kills.  Averaging 250 – 300 shows a year, Aoki is dedication personified. Last year he dropped his second full-length album, Neon Future I and continues to delight EDM fans this year performing it live around the world.

When you’re performing 300 times a year, having a solid tech team is paramount and in this instance, it’s just one guy. Meet the man behind the spectacle and Aoki’s tour manager, Dillon Anderson. In the lead up to Aoki’s performance at Our:House Festival, Dillon talks shop about Aoki’s setup and why Serato Video is crucial to his performance, while Aoki reminds us why “he makes the crowd go f***ing crazy”.

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Serato Icon: DJ Premier.


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DJ Premier is the latest Serato Icon. A true cornerstone of hip-hop and a key figure in the development of the culture. An era-defining DJ and producer, his signature style was a blueprint for the underground and influenced a generation. Probably most well known as one half of Gang Starr, there’s a large chunk of an entire genre that he’s directly responsible for. He’s a legend for die-hard hip-hop fiends but also a household name.

Serato Icon Artist Series – Just Blaze.


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The latest addition to the Serato Icon Artist Series is Just Blaze. Just Blaze is an artist who evolves. He has seamlessly blended his career as one of Hip Hop’s most influential producers with his ongoing career as a DJ, which in 2014, is stronger than ever. His ability to adapt and his hunger to experience and take advantage of what’s new, have kept Just Blaze at the cutting edge of music.

Numark NS7 II Serato DJ Controller


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From the NAMM 2013 Press Preview day, here’s a world first talk-through of the new Numark NS7 II. With four motorised deck control, capacitive knobs, full four channel mixer, touchstrips, performance pads, this is the most fully featured Numark controller yet.

Pioneer Israel Presents Dj BrainDeaD – DDJ-SX


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Dj BrainDeaD & Pioneer Israel in a special collaboration, demonstrating the new Pioneer DDJ-SX Controller. Industry’s first 4-channel performance DJ controller/mixer for Serato DJ software. Performance DJ controller with pro-level build quality, oversize jog wheels featuring CDJ-type on jog display. There is also a 8 soft-touch rubber controller/trigger pads per deck for loop/sample. It also includes Serato DJ software featuring 4 decks, dual deck control, slip mode, sync-able sampler and high-quality FX.  And can be used as a stand-alone 4-channel mixer to connect CDJs and/or turntables.

Mix Master Mike: A Serato Icon.


Just incase you may not be up on DJ culture, and who’s who in our world… (or your a DJ who just lives under a f*ckin rock), Mix Master Mike is, and has always been one of the best in the game.  Mix Master Mike is an American turntablist and contributing member of the Beastie Boys.

Mike is undoubtedly one of the greatest DJs of all time, but also one of the most talented turntablists of this era. A beat conductor who plays the turntable, a DJ to inspire and challenge the best of the best.  It’s no surprise he became a Serato Icon.

Scratch That Itch Competiton.


I love DJ competitions, especially if the prizes are dope.  Unfortunately for me, I’m technically ineligible to enter Serato’s newest gig.  But if your a DJ, and you own an Allen & Heath Xone:DX controller for Serato ITCH, have at it.  If you want to get your hands on some seriously cool accessories to super size your studio then polish up your routine and enter our Xone:DX video competition.  All you need to do is show us your skills by filming a short DJ routine using Serato ITCH with the Xone:DX. There’s a massive prize pack up for grabs featuring:

  • Two premium QSC K10 Active Loudspeakers.
  • An Audio Technica ATM 410 microphone, the perfect match for your Xone:DX.
  • A copy of top harmonic mixing software Mixed In Key.
  • Allen & Heath headphones XD-40 to complete your Xone:DX listening experience.
  • A Gold Edition Signature Series Crane laptop stand with a gold subtray & gold knob and lever set.
  • A stylish Mono 365 DJ Pack, the perfect size to take your Xone:DX and laptop on the road.
  • A Decksaver Xone:DX Dust Cover to protect your precious controller.

Film your routine, upload it on Youtube or Vimeo and post a link on the Serato H.Q Facebook page (or tag us from your page). The video should be no longer than 5 minutes and must be performed with the Xone:DX and Serato ITCH.  The competition closes on 22nd of April 2011, and the winner will be notified via Facebook by 6th of May 2011.  Good luck to all the DJ’s who enter.

Scratch And Itch.


I know without a shadow of a doubt that anyone who doesn’t work in my industry may be a bit confused, so let me explain… Serato Scratch is the industry standard for DJ’s.   Essentially it gives you the freedom to take your entire digital music collection on the road, and it equips you with advanced features that add extra creativity to your DJing.   Here are some Scratch Live highlights from NAMM Show 2011 in Anaheim, California featuring performances from Blakey, Forty One, and Gaslamp Killer.

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Now that you know what Scratch IS, the real exciting some stuff comes in the form of the SL4.  The Rane SL 4 for Serato Scratch Live is described by the website as  “The ultimate high-end solution for professional DJs.  The SL 4 is the first standalone DJ interface to offer two USB ports, superior sound with 96kHz sample rate and 24-bit digital audio processing and galvanic isolation to eliminate computer noise and interference.  Teamed with low latency ASIO and Core Audio drivers, the SL 4 can also be used as a high-grade studio production tool.”  Its essentially the iPhone of DJ gear. Feature and performance enhancements include:

  • Inputs for four turntables or CD decks switchable in any combination.
  • Two high-speed USB 2.0 ports for seamless DJ changeover and back-to-back performance.
  • Aux Input for session recording or LiveFeed.
  • Aux Output assignable to the SP-6 Sample Player and The Bridge.
  • 48 kHz and 96 kHz sample rate switch on the SL 4 rear.
  • 10-in 10-out USB sound card with any software supporting ASIO or Core Audio.
  • Built in galvanic isolation for the purest audio signal.
  • Four software-switchable analog Thru connections for regular vinyl or CD.
  • Bus power from either USB port or the included external power supply.

 

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As for Itch… It’s essentially Scratch, without having to use turntables.  Not necessarily my steeze, but still fully capable of producing some great music when the right person is behind it.  Check some footage from the 2011 NAMM show below.

68 Flavors of Funk.


Rane and Serato welcome the Rane SIXTY-EIGHT, the ultimate club mixer. Two computers, two USB ports, up to four decks and a range of effects.

The 86 is the first Scratch Live compatible DJ mixer that allows two computers to be connected simultaneously.

Using two USB ports, the new Rane SIXTY-EIGHT mixer lets two DJs play Scratch Live at the same time, allowing for seamless handover from one DJ to another. You can also control up to four decks with a single laptop.

The Rane

Armed with studio-grade phono preamps, USB and S/PDIF inputs, the SIXTY-EIGHT can allow a blend of analog and digital audio sources like never before. The Rane SIXTY-EIGHT features easy to use internal digital effects, and direct control of over 30 Scratch Live library, cue and loop functions.

Features:

  • Two independent USB 2.0 high speed ports, each supporting twenty two, 32-bit floating point audio channels at 48kHz.
  • Support for the connection of two computers simultaneously.
  • Direct control of over 30 Scratch Live Library, Cue and Loop functions.
  • Support for 2, 3 or 4 Virtual Decks in Scratch Live.
  • Flexible USB recording options.
  • 3-band, full cut EQ
  • New High-pass / Low pass Filter
  • Unique FlexFX bus with 6 internal effects plus USB and analog insert support for computer-based effects.

Input Channels

  • Four stereo Phono/CD inputs of Line / Phono or S/PDIF.
  • Four stereo Auxiliary inputs.
  • Four stereo USB playback options.
  • Two independent microphone inputs – one with phantom power and one with line-level input