Today I stumbled on a link to a website about DJ Notation. A method that allows DJs to describe the composition of a song to enabled DJs to make better mix transitions.
While new interview videos are released regarding the new next generation Pioneer CDJ the product starts to become a little bit more clear. A nice Photoshop made by elokuuta should give a rough idea of what to expect.
Exterior and Looks
The AKAI APC 40 gave me a nice first impression. It is a little bit bigger then expected, especially when I’m sitting behind it but does look well-ordered. I do wonder if there is a 19 inch rack mount possibility for it, didn’t find one during a quick search. Don’t think much people would be interested in it, but since it can be used for more then just controlling Ableton Live, you might want it to fit into a 19 inch setup.
The housing is from some hard PVC and should survive all the gigs when used normal. In the end it are the faders and encoders that are vulnerable.
A new beta version of Traktor has been released by Native Instruments with the number 1.2.0 R7649. Since I was already working with the first beta version I decided to keep up with the latest one. I didn’t find any major issues in the previous release, however the beta forum from Native Instruments does show a number of topics regarding crashes or incorrect behavior.
Like the rest of the DJ Scene I’m also very curious at what Pioneers next generation DJ Product will look like. The rumors and guesses about how it will look like are enormous. So for now we can just count down and see what is coming…
A few weeks ago Native Instruments started with a public test of Traktor 1.2 beta in all Pro/Duo Scratch/Non-Scratch versions. Since I was looking forward to the new “Elastique Pro” timestretching algorithm that would be in the next version I also joined the beta. And so far so good, the beta seems to be stable and have some nice improvements. I’ve focused my testing on the new Key Lock algorithm.