Cassette Store Day is happening this Friday, September 7th. Emerging as a companion to the already ubiquitous Record Store Day, Cassette Store Day revolves around limited runs of cassettes from bands both old and new. Tape labels like Suplex Cassettes, Kissability, and SEXBEAT are pitching in to make this a day to be remembered. Apparently people still have working cassette decks, because the list of releases and stores that will be participating is a lot larger than I would have guessed. You can check out the lists here…
In a huge move, Serato has decided to discontinue their Scratch Live product. Scratch Live is now over 10 years old and will be replaced with the Serato DJ software. With the integration of DVS into the Serato DJ platform, they have created 1 platform that can accommodate all varieties of Serato users. Scratch Live will still have full support until 2015, so users have ample time to make the transition.
The interface is very similar to Scratch Live, so there won’t be much of a learning curve for new adopters. Perhaps one of the biggest improvements is the suite of effects provided by Izotope. Izotope has been making top-quality plugins for quite a few years now, so it’s great to see Serato partner with them.
The upgrade to Serato DJ will be free for current Scratch Live users and hardware support for most of the current mixers and controllers will be rolled put soon. The exception to this is the Rane SL1 and 57SL. Both of these pieces of gear are almost 10 years old and are being phased out by Serato.
Check out the video below for more info.
Novation has just launched 3 new mini controllers to fill the gap of ‘iPad generation’ DJs and producers. The LaunchKey Mini is a smaller version of the existing LaunchKey and integrates seamlessly with the LaunchKey app.
The Launchpad Mini is a scaled-down version of the Launchpad and maintains the full functionality of its big brother. It will have full integration with the Launchpad app as well as new sound packs for the app.
The third piece of gear, which is the only *new* piece, is the Launch Control. This controller contains 16 knobs and an array of 8 buttons to act as a companion for other triggering controllers. I can see this working exceptionally well as a partner for the existing Launchpad, especially for Ableton Live users.
All three controllers will be available in the next few weeks and are expected to retail for around $99 USD.
I know that I posted a Ta-Ku beat the last time I did one of these lists, but I really can’t get enough. Check out his latest creation “We Were In Love”, a pensive yet driving beat that will leave you pondering all of your past loves.
Hailing from the UK and the head of the Lost Codes label, Visionist is an up-and-coming grime producer. He put together this mix for Fact Mag that spans a wide range of bass music. The hour-long mix is mostly instrumental and stays away from the grinding dubstep-esque style of grime that many North Americans may be used to. Instead, it flows from spacey dub to hazy house to washed out (yet still danceable) hip hop. Definitely worth a listen.
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