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Pioneer Introduces Kuvo: Real-Time Set Publishing Software

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Despite the introduction of a brand new DJ controller, Pioneer is selling its DJ audio business off to KKR. This doesn’t mean they’re entirely out of the game yet though. Pioneer has revealed Kuvo, an app/software combo designed to publish real-time set lists from anywhere in the world. By linking a hardware box to the Internet and CDJs, meta-data about the set is sent to the Kuvo cloud. The app then streams what tracks the DJ is mixing, song by song, as well as listing which DJs are playing where. It includes an interactive map to show users which clubs are nearby. From the stream, each song is available for purchase via iTunes or Juno. Forget Shazam. Kuvo essentially does all the work for you.

The project has been endorsed by DJs and producers including Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler. Kuvo is expected to boost awareness for new talent and independent labels while connecting fans more directly with their favorite artists. The software is certainly an interesting innovation, bringing more accountability to how a set is executed. For more information on Kuvo take a look at the launch video below.

Source: Mixmag

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Watch Diplo and Skrillex Completely Obliterate a Texas House Party

Watch Diplo and Skrillex Completely Obliterate a Texas House Party

Close your eyes. Now take a minute to imagine what it would be like to have Diplo and Skrillex at YOUR house spinning YOUR house party. Now open your eyes; that would be awesome right? Believe or not, one lucky crew in Austin, Texas had the aforementioned privilege of hosting both members of JACK U at their house party, following Skrillex’s performance at the Austin City Limits festival. The duo stepped into the house and proceeded to bring the structure crumbling down with a wide range of tracks from Kanye West remixes to JACK U originals. Sonny took to Twitter shortly after to evaluate the damages:  

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NI’s Traktor Kontrol S8 has an official release date and price

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When Native Instruments released the Traktor Kontrol S4, it was a game-changer for the digital DJing world. It proved to be the perfect all-in-one controller for bedroom DJs and mobile professionals alike thanks to its compact setup and feature-rich design. Now, Native Instruments is looking to inspire the next great wave of change with the Traktor Kontrol S8.

Unlike its predecessor, the Kontrol S8 is a less of an intermediary between the old school-new school DJ dialectic and more of a full-on espousal of the digital DJing world. With that said, it’s also an attempt to shift the focus from the Laptop and onto the controller itself.

From the previews and images thus far, the controller has received a bit of a mixed response. There are countless digital DJs who have embraced the vision of the controller, yet their enthusiasm is matched by the skepticism of DJs from the turntable and CDJ world have scoffed at the controllers’ lack of jog wheels and tempo faders. Finally, you have a large demographic left in the middle, puzzled by its design but curious as to its potential.

With Native Instruments’ latest video, we get a bit more sense of what the all-in-one controller is capable of, and from the looks of it, there’s quite a lot to be excited about.

The Traktor Kontrol S8 will be available October 30th for the price of $1,199. Pre-order it here.

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Splice releases project file for Henry Fong & J-Trick’s ‘Scream;’ Musical Freedom weighs in

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As technology continues to shape the landscape of music production, Splice has offered the latest breakthrough in the creative process. The cloud-based music collaboration platform has teamed up with Henry Fong and J-Trick to open-source their Ableton Live project file for “Scream,” their recent chart-topping collaboration on Musical Freedom. This isn’t the first time Splice has done this, but it is the first time they’ve opened up a project file from a Beatport top 10 track.

It’s pretty insane how thoroughly you can analyze the track upon opening the project file. For instance, you can see everything from where Fong and J-Trick have placed their EQ notches on their kick drums, to their effects chains, to how they’ve layered their lead synths. Such an arrangement lends itself to a lot of potential scrutiny, yet Fong seems unfazed, confident in their approach: “Neither of us are technically crazy production engineers, so we just kind of did what sounded good in the track. It’s more about getting the right groove and melodies in this one, rather than complex sound design.”

In the past, artists have traditionally given out the stems for open remixes, but providing the full project file is kind of like the evolution of that: “Feel free to remix it, make a mashup,” Fong says, “steal the kick, look at the master chain, show your grandma how I compress, whatever!”

To further understand the implications of open-sourcing a project file, I spoke to Andrew Goldstone, General Manager of Musical Freedom. Goldstone is in charge of overseeing releases on Tiësto’s world-famous imprint, so as you can imagine, he’s quite well-versed in the marketing department.

I asked Goldstone what he believes the value is in giving away the project file on a platform like Splice: “It’s a tool for learning… the more people can understand how great songs are made, my hope is that it lifts people’s skill up.”

Goldstone touched on a larger phenomenon with aspiring producers. For the most part, people are sending in demos that sound exactly the same: “Satellite tracks are not the way forward. The more individual and unique your tracks are, the more likely they are to get attention. It’s about learning production essentials and taking those and developing a unique sound that lets you stand apart. No one needs the tenth copy of Martin Garrix.”

By partnering with Splice, Goldstone believes that they can help change this culture of imitation: “Right now there are so many songs out there that sound alike. Part of that is a function of people not having great production skills. Splice provides new producers and established producers a new way of doing things.”

Part of the value of Splice is that it elucidates the mystery surrounding these heavily touted professional tracks: “For producers to be able to ask those kind of questions to guys who have records signed, who are out producing records for big labels… to have the ability to have questions like that answered… it’s kind of unprecedented.”

This open-source approach thus has the ability to change the way producers study their craft by offering a collaborative platform between new and established artists. At the end of our interview, Goldstone reiterated his support: “I think this is the way forward… it’s being done by guys who are established. Who have a track record of success. It will hopefully elevate the level of production across the aboard.”

Splice will be holding a live stream Q&A with Henry Fong and J-Trick on Tuesday, 10/14, at 2pm PST to answer all production questions about their track “Scream.” Fong will also be doing a step-by-step walkthrough of the Ableton Live Session.

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10 DJs Who Are Killing The Instagram Game

10 Hilarious DJs Who Are Killing The Instagram Game
Happy Birthday, Instagram! Yes, the photo-sharing app that many of you check first thing in the morning turned 4 years old today. Although its popularity skyrocketed after Facebook acquired it for roughly 1 billion dollars in 2012, the initial launch of the social-netowrking service was on October 6th, 2010.  Now, Instagram has amassed over 200 million users who are posting roughly 60 million photos each day. To celebrate, EDMTunes has compiled a list of accounts that you need to follow if you’re looking for a good laugh every time you scroll down your feed. With social media being such an essential part of artists’ careers, Instagram has provided a way for them to visually connect with thousands of their fans with the click of a button. As easy as it may be to upload a simple post, these 10 DJs have taken the art to the next level and we’re about to show you why.


Diplo
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Posts: 2,868
Followers: 799,705
Why You Should Follow: If the countless throwback Thursday photoshops and half-naked girls don’t do it for you, the dude also posts some adorable pictures of/with his son. No wonder he’s racked up more followers than anyone on this list.

 

The Chainsmokers (thechainsmokers)

Posts: 1,302  Followers: 81,561 Why You Should Follow: The guys post tons of cute animal pictures, 15-second videos that will have you laughing out loud and have a solid bromance that will make you and your best bud jealous. Oh, and did we forget to mention they have a thing for selfies?   DJ Snake (djsnakeparis)

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Posts: 483
Followers: 85,182
Why You Should Follow: It’s always exciting to see which famous friend Snake will be hanging out with next (especially ‘Carl Cox‘ and ‘deadmau5′), but the biggest reason you should follow him: you have the chance to be the first person in the world to see him crack a smile.

 

GTA (wearegta)

Posts: 770
Followers: 23,203
Why You Should Follow: Just like their productions and DJ sets, followers of GTA’s Instagram account will never know what to expect next. Whether it’s cats, dancing children or whatever you would call this, they’ll always keep you guessing.

 

Flosstradamus (flosstradamus) 

Posts: 1,378 Followers: 165,486 Why You Should Follow: There is no denying Josh and Curt’s strong bond with their fans and a big part of that is because of their active Instagram presence. For some hilariously relatable pictures, the HDYGRL of the week and a whole lot of warning signs, this is the account for you.   Kill The Noise (killthenoise)

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Posts: 703
Followers: 63,032
Why You Should Follow: If this picture describing his relationship with Feed Me doesn’t do it for you, nothing will. Also, now that the ‘Majestic As Fak’ tour with Milo & Otis and Botnek is underway, you can expect to see tons of behind the scenes videos like this.

 

Zedd (zedd)

Posts: 397 Followers: 728,398 Why You Should Follow: Unlike many of the other artists on this list, Zedd did not make the cut because of the funny pictures he reposts. Basically, whether he is chilling with Martin Garrix, throwing down a wild set or just taking a drink, the dude finds a way to make some of the funniest faces you will ever see.   Adventure Club (adventureclub)

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Posts: 434 Followers: 79,115 Why You Should Follow: To sum it up, they will provide you with all the hysterical pictures you need to impress your friends with. Whether it is this modified album cover, Amazon book suggestion or festival outfit, the Canadian duo has you covered.   LOUDPVCK (loudpvck)

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Posts: 515
Followers: 22,256
Why You Should Follow: Instagram transformation pictures can be pretty annoying, but the guys in LOUDPVCK have proven that they can use one of the lamest trends to get a laugh out of us with this first and second photo. Also, for all you stoners out there, these are some guys you can relate to.

 

Dillon Francis (dillonfrancis)

Posts: 1,732
Followers: 392,374
Why You Should Follow: Last, but certainly not least, we have Dillon Francis aka DJ Hanzel aka Klaud aka Treva aka Greg aka Rave Dad. If you follow him, not only will you get to know his multiple personalities, but you will also be able to get some pro Tinder tips from the man himself.
Did we forget anyone? Tell us which DJ has the funniest Instagram below.

 

Disclaimer: All post and follower numbers are accurate as of the night of October 4th and are subject to change.

Photo Credit: Rukes

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Watch This: 4DSound will change the way we listen to music

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A Dutch opera composer is changing the way we listen to music.

Paul Oomen is a scholar of classical music and disciple of Nikola Tesla. He’s also the inventor of 4DSound, an immersive listening environment that reimagines the way music is experienced. With 16 columns of omnidirectional speakers, each with three speakers apiece, and nine subwoofers under the floor, 4DSound allows for 57 separate channels of audio. Sounds can be specifically mapped to occupy certain spaces, allowing for low content to rumble underground while mid and high sounds circle about the environment or rain from overhead.

A few months back, Hamburg artist Stimming tried his hand at performing on the system and the results were quite breathtaking. Ableton Live’s latest video chronicles the performance as well as the vision behind the 4DSound setup.

[H/T EDM.com]

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