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PRIME 4 Track Preview, Trigger Loops and More

PRIME 4 Track Preview - The ability to preview a track directly from the library is now available for all Engine OS devices including the PRIME 4. DJs can tap the album artwork from the tracklist to quickly preview without having to load the track first. Additionally, users can tap across the track title to ‘needle-drop’ audition different sections of the song. This is an immense time saver when browsing for the next song, especially in the most critical moments of the mix.

In addition to this, we've added the ability to re-trigger loops, streamlined the navigation, improved the layout and, added BPM and key information to Soundcloud playlists.

posted by David Miller

Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years

Beloved enigmatic French EDM duo Daft Punk call it a day in a new eight-minute video entitled "Epilogue."

The surprise clip -- featuring excerpts from their 2006 movie Electroma -- dropped Monday morning (Feb. 22) and it opens with a long shot of the pair in custom Daft Punk racing suits and their iconic robot helmets as Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter slowly walk through a windy desert scape.

As Homem-Christo strides with purpose in the video, Bangalter hangs back and eventually stops, with the distance between them growing. After a final look backwards to his partner, Homem-Christo returns and looks Bangalter in the helmeted face as he strips off his black jacket and turns around to reveal a control panel in his back.

The video ends with the image of one silver and one gold hand making the shape of a triangle over the years 1993-2021 as a setting sun blazes to the strains of their song "Touch" from what would be their final album, 2013's Random Access Memories. Though they released only four full-length studio albums -- 1997 debut Homework, 2001's Discovery and 2005's Human After All -- the pair were hugely influential dance music superstars whose vibrant, uplifting music belied their cold, robot exteriors.

posted by David Miller (via billboard)

Diplo & Sonny Fodera - Turn Back Time (Official Music Video)

Back in November of 2020, Diplo partnered with Sonny Fodera for their unforgettable debut collaboration, “Turn Back Time.” Now, three months after its release, the tune is back in the spotlight, thanks to the release of its accompanying visual.

The “Turn Back Time” music video tells the story of an office employee who can’t seem to escape a mysterious woman. The confusion reaches its peak as the protagonist opens a door to a meeting room, only to find each chair in the room occupied by identical copies of the woman. Sharp camera work and engaging environments make it impossible to tear your eyes away from the visual accompaniment. As for how it concludes? You’ll just have to find out yourself.

posted by David Miller

Showtime's ‘The Show’ documenting The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Performance

Super Bowl LV has concluded, but talk of The Weeknd‘s Pepsi Halftime Show performance has not. The artist impressed fans with a next level performance that came together thanks to an uncompromising attention to detail and a vision for how the production could transform the storytelling aspect of the storied performance slot. In order to give fans a look into what it takes to make a performance like this come together, Showtime will air a 90-minute feature documentary later this year documenting the artist and the months of preparation the spectacle took to come together.

Titled The Show, Deadline reports that Pepsi’s in-house content studio and Boardwalk Pictures are the driving forces behind the project. Nadia Hallgren, who is behind Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary Becoming, is set to direct the documentary. The Show will look into the months of work that went into the performance focusing in on first-time Halftime Show executive producer Jesse Collins, second-time executive producers Roc Nation and more. Showtime will highlight how the team came together “to pull off one of the biggest musical productions during one of the most challenging, unprecedented times,” the network said in its announcement.

posted by David Miller

Ableton Live 11: What’s New - Release Date, February 23, 2021

Live 11 introduces comping, MPE support, and new devices built for experimentation. It also lets you do more on stage with live tempo following and Rack improvements, add the unexpected with chance tools, explore sound in new ways with a new range of Packs and much, much more.

posted by David Miller

Megan Thee Stallion - Southside Forever Freestyle

Megan Thee Stallion celebrated her birthday on Monday (Feb. 15) with fresh bars and salty takes on the new song "Southside Forever Freestyle." The three-minute burner built on a track from LilJuMadeDaBeat and Juicy J opens with Meg posting a warning to anyone out there who still thinks they want to take her on.

"Please, b--tch, do not try to cap on me/ Like I ain’t the hottest out naturally/ I go anywhere in my T-shirt and chain, ho, killin’ s--t casually/ Like I ain’t the hardest in Houston/ Like b--ches ain’t hangin’ to use me/ Like n--gas ain’t beggin’ to do me/ rom ballers to rappers, they b--ches included, huh," she raps over the menacing, slow-rolling beat. In the video Meg keeps her style simple, opting for a backwards ball cap, black and red bikini top and jeans while rocking a spare set that includes a DJ setup and some basic stage lights.

posted by David Miller (via billboard)

New York Will Safely Re-Open Large Venues February 23

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will allow large venues to reopen from February 23 at reduced capacity with safety measures in place.

A testing pilot with the football team Buffalo Bills last month, which allowed 6,700 fans into 70,000 seater stadium, was declared an “unparalleled success” by Cuomo. Attendees were required to produce a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before kickoff and were allowed to sit in spaced out groups of two and four, with contract tracing afterwards.

Governor Cuomo said: "The success of this, and similar events in approved venues over the coming weeks will help inform the re-opening process for smaller venues in the future.”

He added that testing is the most important cog in the move towards safe reopening of venues, saying: "I can go see the president of the United States, take a test and if I pass the test, walk into the Oval Office. Why? If you're negative, you're negative. Testing is the key."

posted by David Miller (via mixmag)

Megan Thee Stallion - Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby) [Official Video]

Megan Thee Stallion has released a video for her Good News track “Cry Baby,” featuring DaBaby. Directed by Colin Tilley, the very silly visual pays homage to the Toy Story films, particularly the Al’s Toy Barn toy store scenes from Toy Story 2.

The clip starts off with the toy store clerk, played by Instagram comedian BlameItOnKway, play-acting an argument between two Barbie dolls before closing up shop. With the store empty, all of the toys — played by Megan, DaBaby, and dozens and dozens of dancers — come to life. Megan rocks a number of toy-inspired looks, including a yellow racetrack jumpsuit, a pink Barbie doll bikini with blue flowers, and a floral hula girl outfit.

posted by David Miller

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Neural Mix Pro

Neural Mix™ Pro - the AI-powered music player & editor for producers, DJs, and musicians. You can create beat-precise loops, change tempo, and transpose the key of a song, all while removing vocals, percussive, or harmonic parts in real-time. The advanced offline export allows you to extract acappellas and instrumentals of any song in pristine sound quality for use in your favorite DJ or music production software.

posted by David Miller

Z-Trip DJM-S11 Performance

Here’s Z-Trip with a fresh performance on the DJM-S11 battle mixer. Watch as he uses new features such as Fader Pitch and Smooth Echo to create unique effects on the fly.

posted by David Miller

The Flaming Lips Concert Where The Audience Were In 'Space Bubbles'.

The Flaming Lips played a show at Criterion in Oklahoma City, where 100 inflatable balls - or 'space bubbles' - housed the people in attendance in order to achieve social distancing. Up to three people could fit in a bubble, while each band member performed in their own on stage. At one point, frontman Wayne Coyne ran over a bunch of bubbles to perform in the middle of the crowd.

Each bubble had their own speaker, a water bottle, a battery-powered fan, a towel and a sign to let staff know when they needed to go toilet. Staff then collected them and escorted them to the loo.

It's not a first for Coyne. He usually gets in a bubble himself when concerts are happening normally. That was the inspiration for the gigs, which took place on January 22 and 23. They were originally due to take place in December but a spike in COVID-19 cases meant they were postponed.

posted by David Miller

Framing Britney Spears: Preview | FX

Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life.

posted by David Miller

Pioneer DJ Official Introduction: DJM-S7

URNTABLI7M: Meet the DJM-S7, the scratch-style 2-channel performance DJ mixer
Perform with precision and express your individuality

This new 2-channel battle mixer gives you the freedom to customize your setup and bring your own unique style to every performance. The unit enables free use of Serato DJ Pro and it’s a Hardware Unlock device for rekordbox, so you can use performance features in either application.

Open-format DJs, who chop and change between musical styles, need the tools to rapidly and fluidly transition between tracks. And in the hyper-competitive world of battling, DJs are always looking for equipment that can help them perform more creatively and capture the attention of the audience. The DJM-S7 is designed to make it all possible.

If you’ve played on the DJM-S11 before, you’ll feel at home using the clean layout of the DJM-S7. The large Load button and 16 Performance Pads (8 per deck) make it easy to select tracks and trigger samples and features during energetic sets. All 22 Beat FX from the DJM-S11 are included and the effect levers offer an animated way to engage them as well as software effects. Pad modes are independent so, for example, you can trigger Hot Cues on channel 1 and use Roll on channel 2 at the same time. And with the Magvel Fader Pro, you can enjoy slick-feeling and stable crossfader performance.

posted by David Miller

RANE ONE Unboxing | First look with Serato

From the Serato Studio's in East London, Blakey takes you through the latest from RANE, the RANE ONE. This portable and powerful controller is packed with features and equipped with extensive connectivity that provides a true turntable experience in a controller. Take a closer look.

posted by David Miller

Gwen Stefani: Let Me Reintroduce Myself

Gwen Stefani performed her new single, "Let Me Reintroduce Myself" on The Tonight Show on Tuesday night (Jan. 5) and told host Jimmy Fallon the story of her "pretty magical" October engagement to longtime love Blake Shelton. "Wasn't expecting it at the moment that it happened, at all," she said of her shock after beginning to suspect that the country singer might never put a ring on it.

posted by David Miller

The Weeknd - Save Your Tears (Official Music Video)

The Weeknd is gearing up for a big 2021, following an impressive 2020 that saw him release the strong After Hours album that racked up multiple awards and spawned several jarring music videos.

Those videos have gotten progressively darker and his new clip for “Save Your Tears” definitely continues that trend. In his previous video for “Too Late,” Abel Tesfaye’s decapitated head was used as a plaything by two sisters before ultimately being reattached. Videos for “In Your Eyes” and “Snowchild” were equally as menacing.

posted by David Miller

Dr Dre in ICU After Suffering Brain Aneurysm

Dr. Dre is in the ICU at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a brain aneurysm, TMZ is reporting. The rapper and record producer, 55, apparently had the aneurysm on Monday (Jan. 4) and was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

Tests are being performed to uncover the source of the bleed. According to TMZ, Dr. Dre is stable and lucid.

Peers and fans have taken to social media to support Dr. Dre, including Ice Cube, who wrote “send your love and prayers to the homie Dr. Dre” on Twitter.

In a statement posted on Instagram on Tuesday night, Dre thanked fans for their support and thanked the hospital staff at Cedars-Sinai.

“Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!”

posted by David Miller (via Spin)

Algoriddim Adds Gesture Control To Djay Pro

Algoriddim has been big on innovation this year; having already added a Neural Mix feature to its djay app - which enables you to break elements of a track apart in realtime - it’s now introduced gesture control, enabling hands-free, ‘air DJing’ on a supported iPad.

This means that you can do a variety of things without using the touchscreen: set up loops, apply filters and effects or transition from one song to the next, for example. Hand gestures are intelligently detected in three-dimensional space and mapped in real-time, and we’re assured that the system is responsive and accurate.

posted by David Miller

Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 l Official Trailer

Discover the Official Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 Trailer and dive into the brand-new digital venue NAOZ. Prepare for a magical celebration at the end of the year with more than 25 of the planet’s best artists on 4 mesmerizing digital stages.

posted by David Miller

Sample Scratch Tutorials – DDJ-FLX6

Sample Scratch: Get creative with your favorite sounds
Sample Scratch is a brand-new pad mode in rekordbox which enables you to choose sounds you’ve assigned to the sampler and load them onto the decks. So, when you want to create a live remix of a track or simply add some texture to the music, you can scratch with your favorite sounds. If you’re using Serato DJ Pro, you can use Scratch Bank to trigger samples by hitting the Performance Pads.

posted by David Miller