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The Twelve Days of New Year’s Eve Events: Skrillex and Diplo at MSG

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Between the constant hustle and bustle, the immaculate skyline, and the never-ending nightlife, there is no doubt that New York City is indeed the greatest city in the world. That being said, it is no coincidence that two of the most exciting electronic acts of 2014, in Skrillex and Diplo, have joined forces to play what is shaping up to be the biggest NYE show on the planet. Did I forget to mention that they will be performing at one of the most legendary venues in Madison Square Garden? Yea, this is definitely going to be one for the ages.

As the powerhouse duo takes over MSG to ring in 2015 alongside the likes of Yellow Claw, A$AP Ferg, and Rudimental, they will not only be celebrating the arrival of the new year, but also celebrating what proved to be a massive past twelve months for the two of ‘em. The two A-list DJs took 2014 for a ride, dropping countless filthy tracks, embarking on massive tours worldwide, and most excitingly, meshing their talents to form JACK Ü.  With a few landmark shows already under their belts at Ultra, HARD Summer, and XS following EDC Vegas, this NYE show has all the makings of a legendary evening, one you will be telling your grandchildren about. Both Skrillex and Diplo will each be performing a solo set, which will be followed by a highly anticipated, face-melting set from JACK Ü. So if you are looking to be part of history this New Year’s Eve, I suggest you run, not walk HERE, to secure your spot at the biggest show of 2014.

If that didn’t convince you to attend the #greatestNYEeverOFallTIMEever, maybe these will:


 

 

Twelve Days of New Year’s Eve Events:

1. SnowGlobe 2014
2. Toronto’s Countdown NYE  
3. Zedd at XS
4. Reaction NYE
5. Insomniac Countdown & White Wonderland
6. Skrillex and Diplo at MSG

 

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Carl Cox officially endorses Native Instruments’ Traktor S8

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Native Instruments is known for being one of the leading innovators in the digital DJing space. Their latest piece of equipment is the Traktor Kontrol S8,  an all-in-one MIDI controller and the evolution to their previous mixing staple, the Traktor S4. We recently reviewed the new unit, finding it to be the perfect solution for artists interested in the future of digital DJing. One of the biggest questions lingering on our minds, however, was which DJs we would see adopting the controller into their setup.

Carl Cox has long been a proponent of Traktor, and now he is the face of Native Instruments’ campaign, “The Future of DJing.” In the short S8 promo video, Cox discusses his philosophy on DJing: “I know I can mix two records together well,” he says. “That’s what I grew up doing. I want to know what I can create outside of that box.”

Carl uses the setup by employing the S8 as a mixing console and hooking up two CDJs to the unit. This gives him his beloved four-deck flexibility while also opening the door for two remix decks, which Cox refers to as his favorite feature of the new controller. In his words, it’s the “best of both worlds,” combining a traditional CDJ format with Native Instruments’ forward thinking technology.

Ultimately, the setup speaks to Cox’s desire to shake complacency: “I still want to be working,” he says. “I still want to be sweating, and riding the groove on the seat of my pants. That’s the thing that makes me who I am. I need to be challenged still.”

It remains to be seen what other DJs will incorporate the Traktor S8 into their setup, but with Carl Cox leading the charge, Native Instruments has found a more than promising flag bearer.

Read our official review of the Traktor Kontrol S8 here.

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Got $900? Then You Too Can Purchase the First Generation Ipod on Ebay!

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When Apple decided to shelve its famous iPod Classic this past year, the technology world was set abuzz in utter annoyance. With the original styled iPod able to hold up to 160gb of music, which is the equivalent to 40,000 songs, Apple lovers were quickly to scoop up the remaining stock in hopes of holding onto a piece of Apple history.

Well with the iPod being sold for a somewhat low price of $250, while it was still in stores, prices have been driving up as of late, and just check eBay for proof. With over 5,000 iPod Classics currently on sale, the average sale price seems to be just around $400 as of late. But the most shocking news out of all of this, is the price tag that one user decided to spend just a few weeks ago on November 29th. eBay seller, theappleipodbay, was able to make a sale for a mere $899.

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By the looks of it, the black friday deals weren’t good enough for whoever bought this item, it must have been the free shipping that made the spend such an absurd sum of money. All we can say is, enjoy that iPod, we hope it was worth it!

Via: Billboard

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Traktor Kontrol S8: Dancing Astronaut Review

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Traktor Kontrol S8: Dancing Astronaut Official Review

Back in 2010, Native Instruments unveiled the Traktor Kontrol S4, a MIDI controller which would go on to become the product of a digital DJing generation. 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. Let’s get some things clear straight away: if you’re only keen on mixing two records together — standard outro to intro — this isn’t the controller for you. If you’re looking to learn how to properly beatmatch, this isn’t the controller for you. If you’re the least bit intrigued by the future of digital DJing, read on.

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Built for the club

The first thing evident about the S8 is the construction of the unit. The controller is larger, heavier, and altogether sturdier than its previous iteration. Whereas the S4 felt a bit plastic at times, the S8 is a durable piece of high-grade equipment. The greater surface area has also yielded a much cleaner layout. Even with a plethora of new functions and control mechanisms intact, every section of the unit retains its own space in an uncluttered fashion.

One of the biggest complaints about the S4 was the lack of XLR output. Thankfully, the S8 has remedied the problem, while also providing ¼ inch booth output. While an obvious option for the bedroom DJ, more than any other Native Instruments controller, the S8 feels built with the club in mind.

3

High Definition Screens

The biggest advantage of the S8, and perhaps its most compelling selling point, is the built-in screens. Simply put, they’re beautiful. Displaying high definition waveforms and wielding an intuitive interface, they’re a revolutionary step forward for Traktor users. I can’t begin to describe how wonderful it feels to focus 95% of one’s attention on the controller rather than the computer. Every session spent with the controller, I discovered a new function of the screens, whether it be the dual deck display, changing the key of a track, or editing beatgrids on the fly. The capabilities are seemingly endless.

Navigating one’s library with the screens is a breeze. The window to view the tracks feels a bit small, but it’s ultimately comparable to your standard CDJ view. My main gripe is the lack of ability to sort the on-screen library by comment, but it seems an easy fix for future updates.

4

Live Remixing Capabilities

Traktor has taken the versatility of their remix decks and implemented them straight into the controller. Whereas before one needed an additional MIDI controller such as the Traktor F1 to control the decks, the functionality is now built directly into the hardware. The S8’s remix deck panel boasts four volume panels, four FX control knobs, and eight performance pads to trigger samples.

As someone who hadn’t experimented with the remix decks prior to the S8, I was skeptical of their function at first. Having now used them extensively, I can safely say they’ve changed my approach to DJing. Having the ability to throw in a clap, a kick, hats, shakers, or a riser on cue brings a whole new level of creativity to the table. With fine control over every single element, transitions, outros, and live edits can be created on the fly

5

No Jogwheels, No Problem

Easily the most controversial element of the S8 is the controller’s lack of jogwheels. It was a bold move by Native Instruments to omit the platters and ultimately a decisive step for their vision of digital DJing. It remains to be seen whether it will serve as a hindrance to the controller’s adoption, but one thing is certain: it’s an easy workaround.

The touchstrips at the bottom of the controller allow for precise track adjustments, while the glowing phase meter will even tell you far off your track is from the master. While jogwheels would obviously be preferred, their absence allows for the inclusion of the built-in screens — a very worthwhile trade off if you’re keen on ditching the Serato face.

6

Powerful performance pads

Performance pads have become standard on MIDI controllers, and the S8’s are some of the best. It isn’t just their responsive feel, but also the functionality that comes built-in by design. You’ve got the option to use the eight pads as either hot cues, loops, or in-depth remix control pads.

Setting and removing hot cues and loops is what’d you expect, but the real fun comes with the freeze function. By initiating the unique mode, the built-in screens zoom in on the current portion of the track and divide it into natural splicing points. From there, one can trigger eight specific instances of the scene, allowing for fine-tuned live editing. There’s nothing quite as fun as narrowing in on a vocal, layering on some reverb and delay, and going to town in freeze mode. Right below the section, you’ll find the handy Flux switch, allowing one to maintain the track’s progress despite any impeding loops or Freeze cues.

7

Enhanced Mixer and Effects Sections

One of the cooler features of the S8 is its ability serve as a standalone mixer. If you’ve got a pair of CDJs or turntables, you can unplug the laptop and use the S8 as a four-channel mixer. The mixing section of the S8 is a step up from the S4. The filters have finally received an on/off switch, and the headphone cue volume and mix knobs have been built into the center console.

Tempo faders have been removed in favor of a master tempo knob. It’s certainly not ideal, but if you’re mixing with SYNC, it doesn’t present a problem. If you prefer to mix without SYNC, or encounter a track in need of a BPM adjustment, it is possible to control an individual track’s BPM by way of the built-in touchscreen.

Lastly, the effects rack is a noticeable improvement from the S4, with larger on/off buttons and the ability to view the effect’s dry/wet on the touchscreen.

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The Bottom Line

The Traktor Kontrol S8 is a significant step forward from its predecessor and an altogether exciting and innovative piece of equipment. The built-in screens are easily its most attractive feature, while the remix decks are phenomenal. The performance pads and freeze mode make great additions, while the improved effects rack, XLR output, and standalone mixing capability feel like long-awaited updates.

The lack of jogwheels and tempo faders are its most obvious faults. The touchstrips and tempo knobs are decent, but nothing can replace the feel of nudging a platter to align a track or adjusting the tempo fader to find the sweet spot. If you’re serious about digital DJing and are mixing with SYNC anyways, these limitations ultimately shouldn’t deter you.

Where the S8 shines is in its ability to change to change the way you DJ. If you’re a laptop-controllerist, mixing with the S8 will feel like liberation. The built-in screens and remix decks offer a whole new creative palette to work with. For minimal genres like house and techno especially, the controller feels especially designed to transcend the standard two-deck format.

The Bottom Line: the Traktor Kontrol S8 is an ideal controller for the digital DJ generation and an attractive solution for artists bored with their traditional format.

Purchase: Native Instruments

Traktor Kontrol S8: Dancing Astronaut Review was posted by Michael Sundius, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.

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Traktor Kontrol S8: Dancing Astronaut Review

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1

Traktor Kontrol S8: Dancing Astronaut Official Review

Back in 2010, Native Instruments unveiled the Traktor Kontrol S4, a MIDI controller which would go on to become the product of a digital DJing generation. 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. Let’s get some things clear straight away: if you’re only keen on mixing two records together — standard outro to intro — this isn’t the controller for you. If you’re looking to learn how to properly beatmatch, this isn’t the controller for you. If you’re the least bit intrigued by the future of digital DJing, read on.

2

Built for the club

The first thing evident about the S8 is the construction of the unit. The controller is larger, heavier, and altogether sturdier than its previous iteration. Whereas the S4 felt a bit plastic at times, the S8 is a durable piece of high-grade equipment. The greater surface area has also yielded a much cleaner layout. Even with a plethora of new functions and control mechanisms intact, every section of the unit retains its own space in an uncluttered fashion.

One of the biggest complaints about the S4 was the lack of XLR output. Thankfully, the S8 has remedied the problem, while also providing ¼ inch booth output. While an obvious option for the bedroom DJ, more than any other Native Instruments controller, the S8 feels built with the club in mind.

3

High Definition Screens

The biggest advantage of the S8, and perhaps its most compelling selling point, is the built-in screens. Simply put, they’re beautiful. Displaying high definition waveforms and wielding an intuitive interface, they’re a revolutionary step forward for Traktor users. I can’t begin to describe how wonderful it feels to focus 95% of one’s attention on the controller rather than the computer. Every session spent with the controller, I discovered a new function of the screens, whether it be the dual deck display, changing the key of a track, or editing beatgrids on the fly. The capabilities are seemingly endless.

Navigating one’s library with the screens is a breeze. The window to view the tracks feels a bit small, but it’s ultimately comparable to your standard CDJ view. My main gripe is the lack of ability to sort the on-screen library by comment, but it seems an easy fix for future updates.

4

Live Remixing Capabilities

Traktor has taken the versatility of their remix decks and implemented them straight into the controller. Whereas before one needed an additional MIDI controller such as the Traktor F1 to control the decks, the functionality is now built directly into the hardware. The S8’s remix deck panel boasts four volume panels, four FX control knobs, and eight performance pads to trigger samples.

As someone who hadn’t experimented with the remix decks prior to the S8, I was skeptical of their function at first. Having now used them extensively, I can safely say they’ve changed my approach to DJing. Having the ability to throw in a clap, a kick, hats, shakers, or a riser on cue brings a whole new level of creativity to the table. With fine control over every single element, transitions, outros, and live edits can be created on the fly

5

No Jogwheels, No Problem

Easily the most controversial element of the S8 is the controller’s lack of jogwheels. It was a bold move by Native Instruments to omit the platters and ultimately a decisive step for their vision of digital DJing. It remains to be seen whether it will serve as a hindrance to the controller’s adoption, but one thing is certain: it’s an easy workaround.

The touchstrips at the bottom of the controller allow for precise track adjustments, while the glowing phase meter will even tell you far off your track is from the master. While jogwheels would obviously be preferred, their absence allows for the inclusion of the built-in screens — a very worthwhile trade off if you’re keen on ditching the Serato face.

6

Powerful performance pads

Performance pads have become standard on MIDI controllers, and the S8’s are some of the best. It isn’t just their responsive feel, but also the functionality that comes built-in by design. You’ve got the option to use the eight pads as either hot cues, loops, or in-depth remix control pads.

Setting and removing hot cues and loops is what’d you expect, but the real fun comes with the freeze function. By initiating the unique mode, the built-in screens zoom in on the current portion of the track and divide it into natural splicing points. From there, one can trigger eight specific instances of the scene, allowing for fine-tuned live editing. There’s nothing quite as fun as narrowing in on a vocal, layering on some reverb and delay, and going to town in freeze mode. Right below the section, you’ll find the handy Flux switch, allowing one to maintain the track’s progress despite any impeding loops or Freeze cues.

7

Enhanced Mixer and Effects Sections

One of the cooler features of the S8 is its ability serve as a standalone mixer. If you’ve got a pair of CDJs or turntables, you can unplug the laptop and use the S8 as a four-channel mixer. The mixing section of the S8 is a step up from the S4. The filters have finally received an on/off switch, and the headphone cue volume and mix knobs have been built into the center console.

Tempo faders have been removed in favor of a master tempo knob. It’s certainly not ideal, but if you’re mixing with SYNC, it doesn’t present a problem. If you prefer to mix without SYNC, or encounter a track in need of a BPM adjustment, it is possible to control an individual track’s BPM by way of the built-in touchscreen.

Lastly, the effects rack is a noticeable improvement from the S4, with larger on/off buttons and the ability to view the effect’s dry/wet on the touchscreen.

8

The Bottom Line

The Traktor Kontrol S8 is a significant step forward from its predecessor and an altogether exciting and innovative piece of equipment. The built-in screens are easily its most attractive feature, while the remix decks are phenomenal. The performance pads and freeze mode make great additions, while the improved effects rack, XLR output, and standalone mixing capability feel like long-awaited updates.

The lack of jogwheels and tempo faders are its most obvious faults. The touchstrips and tempo knobs are decent, but nothing can replace the feel of nudging a platter to align a track or adjusting the tempo fader to find the sweet spot. If you’re serious about digital DJing and are mixing with SYNC anyways, these limitations ultimately shouldn’t deter you.

Where the S8 shines is in its ability to change to change the way you DJ. If you’re a laptop-controllerist, mixing with the S8 will feel like liberation. The built-in screens and remix decks offer a whole new creative palette to work with. For minimal genres like house and techno especially, the controller feels especially designed to transcend the standard two-deck format.

The Bottom Line: the Traktor Kontrol S8 is an ideal controller for the digital DJ generation and an attractive solution for artists bored with their traditional format.

Purchase: Native Instruments

Traktor Kontrol S8: Dancing Astronaut Review was posted by Michael Sundius, and appeared first on Dancing Astronaut.

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Boys Noize hints at more collaborations with Skrillex as Dog Blood

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It wasn’t long before Jack Ü took over the world that another super group was dominating dance music.

Remember Dog Blood? Boys Noize and Skrillex teamed up last year and created a monster with their gritty fusion of snarling acid-house and shredding breaks. The Dog Blood side project rang in 2013 as Alex and Sonny took to the stage together for the first time to unleash their beast, but as quickly as the pair turned dance music upside down, the tag-team collaboration slipped back into the darkness.

Now Boys Noize has taken to Instagram to cryptically hint at the possibility of Dog Blood’s hallowed return. The photo is a chaotic collage that looks like it was cropped right off the Berlin Wall, and could very well be alluding to new Dog Blood material on the way, as it is simply tagged “#db.”

The photo could be nothing more than one half of the team paying homage to the dark duo, but we’d like to think otherwise.

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If you haven’t had enough Dog Blood lately, keep reading here.

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