Goodbye Serato Scratch Live. Serato DJ With DVS is Here.


Just announced on Sept 4th, the merging of Serato’s DJ softwares has begun – bringing DVS support to Serato DJ with the launch of a new version of the program, 1.5. The announcement comes in tandem with three new pieces of gear: the Rane Sixty-Four mixer, a Pioneer DJM-900 SRT Serato DJ Edition, and the Pioneer DDJ-SP1 controller.

As many industry experts predicted, developing three different programs (Scratch Live, DJ, DJ Intro) would serve only to frustrate and bog down Serato’s development cycle – and that a unification between them would be inevitable. Today we get to see the complete plan:

October 2013: 1.5 Release – Vinyl and CDJ control added to Serato DJ for the new mixers
December 2013: 1.6 Beta – Beta DVS support for Sixty-Eight, Sixty-Two, Sixty-One, SL2, SL3, SL4
February 2014: 1.6 Release – Full DVS support for above mixers + soundcards
Serato is bringing their trademarked NoiseMap DVS technology from Scratch Live into Serato DJ, meaning that you’re not going to need new timecode CDs/vinyl, and that it will continue to be the same reliable engine that DVS users have grown highly accustomed to performing under pressure.

End Of The Line: Of note, the Rane SL1 and Rane 57SL will not be receiving DVS support – apparently the technology in the soundcards in each is too limiting to be supported in Serato DJ.

Watch Serato’s CEO Sam Gribben detail more information about the future of Serato Scratch Live, Serato DJ, and more in the video below:

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Hakkasan Group To Close $40 Million Deal For Light Group In Las Vegas Nightlife Shakeup


When the Hakkasan Group launched its flagship Las Vegas club and restaurant at the MGM Grand in 2013, its executives hinted at something more to come. The company had just opened the doors at a $100 million dollar, 80,000 square-foot facility–the largest of its kind in North America—but CEO Neil Moffitt cautioned that it was just the beginning for the hospitality brand.

Since then, Hakkasan Group has negotiated a series of global partnerships and acquisitions, the largest of which may be a deal for a Las Vegas competitor that would alter the nightlife landscape of Sin City. According to multiple sources, Hakkasan is set to acquire Morgans Hotel Group’s stake in Light Group, the operator of Vegas nightclubs including Light and 1 Oak.

While the final purchase price is unclear, those familiar with the negotiations suggested that the deal could be valued at more than $40 million in cash and debt, with Hakkasan taking control of about 20 restaurants and clubs in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami. Hakkasan would be buying Morgans’ 90% stake in Light Group, which the New York-based hospitality company bought in late 2011 for $46.5 million in cash and debt.

Light Group CEO Andy Masi declined to comment on the deal. Representatives at Hakkasan Group also declined to comment.

Those familiar with the deal said that negotiations between the two companies have gone on for months as Hakkasan continues its aggressive expansion strategy. Earlier this year, the company bought San Diego-based Enlightened Hospitality Group, which operates Southern California fine dining restaurants, and partnered with MGM Resorts MGM -1.75% to build non-gaming hotels in a joint venture known as MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

Multiple sources also confirmed that Hakkasan had made inquiries to buy out nightlife operator Tao Group, whose venues include Vegas’ Marquee Nightclub and New York’s Marquee. Those inquiries were made earlier this year, but never led to substantial negotiations, said those close to the companies.

By purchasing Light Group, Hakkasan will consolidate the crowded nightlife industry and absorb one of the newer venues to open on the Las Vegas strip. Located inside the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay, Light Nightclub opened in May 2013 and was set up to compete with Hakkasan’s behemoth venue, which launched in April of that year.

Since debuting its Vegas venue, Hakkasan Group, whose ownership can be traced back to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has continued to establish itself as a major player in Sin City entertainment. The company will also add to its Vegas portfolio with the opening of the 75,000-square foot Omnia at Caesars Palace in the spring of 2015.

If Hakkasan is able to complete its deal for Light, the hospitality firm may own three of the largest nightclubs by the time of Omnia’s opening next year. It would also presumably take over Light’s smaller properties and restaurants, including Japanese eatery Yellowtail and Bellagio-based club, The Bank. One person close to the negotiations noted that, as part of the deal, Hakkasan would be committing money toward the future improvement of current venues and the development of new properties.

“We had a broad vision to build a super high-end lifestyle company,” Moffitt told FORBES in April. “From an Abu Dhabi standpoint, we’re going exactly where we want to go.”

Posted by Ryan Mac (via Forbes)

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*Record compartment: The JetPack Remix includes uniquely designed slots built into the compartment to specifically carry your vinyl, keep it safe, as well as separate from all your other gear. This feature will eliminate your need for record sleeves
*Portable Battery compartment: Fitted to store a small portable battery, this feature can be your life line when your hand held device is out of battery and you need a change to get you through the rest of the night.
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How Drake Managed to Rule Hip-Hop in 2014 — Without a New Album or Hit Single


The best rapper in 2014 didn’t need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance. Drake’s last LP, Nothing Was the Same, arrived in September 2013, but thanks to a stream of songs surprise-released online, carefully curated remixes, touring and big-time TV spots, there was no question he was hip-hop’s center of gravity this year.

Yes, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic was the top-selling rap LP released in 2014, and Nicki Minaj may outdo her when she unveils The Pinkprint on Dec. 15. But both were criticized by rap fans for blatantly aiming for pop audiences (“Pills N Potions,” anyone?). Drake, on the other hand, batted near 1.000 with a remarkable string of six songs he surprise-released to SoundCloud during the year, accruing 83 million total clicks on the platform. “0 to 100/The Catch-Up,” one of 2014′s most memorable songs, hit No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is nominated for two Grammys — a feat for a track with no real label push behind it.

Drake also has become rap’s hottest co-sign, with his guest spots helping lead nine songs to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2014. His verses on remixes of Tinashe’s “2 On” and his OVO Sound signee I Love Makonnen’s Grammy-nominated “Tuesday” boosted both onto the Hot 100. Drake’s mere quoting of Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” on Instagram led the Detroit MC to a viral hit and Columbia contract. And it’s worth noting that Makonnen, Dej, Young Thug and most other notable 2014 rap rookies were blatantly inspired by Drake’s Auto-Tune melodies and soft, spacey beats.

Meanwhile, according to Billboard Boxscore, Drake was rap’s second-biggest touring star in 2014 (behind only Jay Z) with the Drake vs. Lil Wayne trek and his solo Would You Like a Tour? outing. He also sold out his annual two-day OVO Fest in Toronto, and landed two well-received TV gigs, hosting Saturday Night Live and the ESPYs.

Drake’s next album, Views From the 6, is due in the spring, when he’ll likely have competition from new projects from Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, who were quiet in 2014. But ask West, who admitted that Drake was the hottest rapper out to GQ in July: He and Lamar will be the ones with something to prove, not Drake.

Posted by Ernest Baker (via Billboard)

Hakkasan $500,000 Bottle Service For Calvin Harris NYE


New Year’s Eve events have always been synonymous with opulence. NYE EDM shows in particular often come with egregious price tags, most notably seen last year with Miami superclub LIV’s expensive Tiesto show. To help bring in the new year, mammoth Vegas club Hakkasan unveiled their “Dynastie Package” for their upcoming event with Calvin Harris. Guests who spend $500,000 will receive the following:

• The guest’s name flashing on the main screen during a confetti drop.
• A 30-liter Midas by Armand de Brignac served by a model cocktail waitress.
• An exclusive championship belt.
• A gold disc signed by Calvin Harris.
• Diamond cuff links and a diamond necklace.

Eva Shaw and Burns will open for Harris, and Ruckus will play in the club’s Ling Ling Room. While the bottle service comes with an extraordinary price tag, general admission tickets run $175 for females and $325 for males before fees. With Harris being paid $1 million to perform recently, it should come as no surprise that his NYE event would come with a steep tag. It will be interesting to see how competiting clubs respond in an attempt to one-up the competition with even more egregious services.

The Dynastie Package bottle service is also available on December 30 with Hardwell and January 1 with Tiesto.

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Vestax Has Reportedly Filed for Bankruptcy


Vestax, the Japanese manufacturer of DJ equipment including turntables and digital mixers, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy after more than 37 years. According to Teikoku Databank, a credit research company, Vestax began proceedings in Tokyo District Court on Dec. 5 after falling 90 million yen in debt among sluggish sales.

The company is said to have ceased all business at the end of August. It has not issued an official comment on the move, though several of its websites have been taken offline or left untouched. It was reported in October that the Japanese manufacturer had lost its distributor in the U.S., while a lack of new products at trade shows fueled speculation that it had fallen on hard times.

Founded in 1977 as a maker of electronic guitars, Vestax later shifted its focus to DJ equipment, such as professional turntables, signal processors, drum machines, mixers and MIDI controllers.

The world’s third-largest economy, Japan recently fell into another recession. According to Teikoku there were 671 bankruptcies in the month of November, which was actually an 18 percent decrease year-on-year.

Posted by David Miller (via Billboard)

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