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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

 

DJ News

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.

 

Gear

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.

 

 

Free Download

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.

 

 

Best Mix

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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Music News
Apple is launching their new iTunes Radio service and it looks to be quite good. While there has almost always been a radio service of sorts through the iTunes desktop app, this new version will integrate with all your Apple devices. It will react intelligently to you your current listening habits in iTunes and you can also customize it to suit your personal preferences. For all of you that actually use Siri, iTunes Radio will be fully integrated so that you can talk to your radio.

In recent months we have seen iTunes begin to offer exclusive full album streams before the album is released (Daft Punk, Avenged Sevenfold, etc.). This feature will undoubtedly be used more and more as iTunes Radio takes off. They are also hinting at some iTunes Radio exclusive tracks from major artists.

It appears that the service is free to use, but will include audio and video ads from major companies. However, if you are a subscriber to iTunes Match (their subscription cloud storage), iTunes Radio will be ad-free.

On the surface this seems to be a no-brainer for Apple. They can drive sales of downloads, receive ad revenue, and also subscriptions to their cloud service all through a system that all i-product owners are essentially already using. However, right now iTunes Radio is only available in the USA.
The real question is whether this will put a dent in other radio/streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify…

You Can read more about iTune Radio here

DJ News
Pulselocker is a new streaming/storage/retail service designed specifically for DJs. Think of Spotify mixed with Beatport. A monthly subscription gets you access to their catalogue of over 4 million DJ-centric tracks. There is a tiered pricing model where the more you pay, the larger your ‘locker’ is. This ‘locker’ is a DRM protected folder on your hard drive that can contain 25-1000 songs for online or offline use in DJ software such as Serato and Traktor (with more programs to come). Once a track in your locker has become stale, just swap it out for a new track (like an old-school record bag). This way, you don’t have to purchase an entirely new set of tracks every month, you simply put new ones in your locker. You also will have the options to buy the tracks outright through iTunes and Beatport. The audio quality of ‘locker’ tracks is currently set at 320kbps, but WAVs and AIFFs will soon be available.

Check out their website

New Gear
Pioneer has been a household name in the DJ world for quite some time with both its industry-standard CDJs and a range of mixers. They are now looking at tackling another part of the DJ market; reference monitors. They have designed a new monitor dubbed the “S-DJ X” available in 5, 6, and 8-inch woofer sizes to appease the masses. They come with a host of built-in features such as an auto on/off, built-in equalization, and a wide ‘3D’ sweet spot designed with the DJ and producer specifically in mind. The S-DJ X will be available in September and will come in both black and white.

Top Mix
Montreal’s Tommy Kruise brings the first mix from the Dime MTL crew. Hazed out hip hop for late night roll sessions en route to the club.

Top Download
I seriously can’t get enough of Ta-Ku. This guy is like Australia’s J Dilla. The amount of quality beats he puts out is almost inhuman and we thank him for it. Listen and download his latest work on Drake’s “Over”.

 

 

 

 

 

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