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Native Instruments Launches The Much Anticipated Stems Format With A Range Of Kontrol Offers.

Traktor Stems Kontrol Offer

Native Instruments this week brought their much anticipated “Stems” format to fruition, with a dedicated site launched to support this exciting new format. To help celebrate its launch, prices have been dropped on a number of controllers that are ideal for getting to grips with all the creative possibilities this new track format can offer.

What Is A Stem File?

The Stem file container collection opens up whole new ways as a Dj to play with your music. The Stem file at its most basic has a regular stereo copy of the file encoded into it, which allows for playback in a set just like any other. What makes it special however is that within that file is also encoded 4 “stem tracks” which allow you to disect the mix in various ways when playing with it in your set.

In the studio its normal to process groups of similar sounds in stems to ensure a quicker work flow at the mixdown and mastering phases. It gives a broader scope of control as well as allowing the producer the chance to make the individual tracks to gel together better through added group effects. Normally you would expect to see the drums get a stem mix and then perhaps vocals in another and lead sounds in yet another.

With this new Stems format Native have taken the this well proven production methodology and given the flexibility it offers to the end user, allowing a DJ to create mash ups and mixes in ways previously unimagined.

You want to mix the vocal from track A, with the drums from Track B, Synths from track C and Bass from track D? Now you can!

Who Can Create Stem Files?

Anyone!

The stems format is an open file format and Native Instruments have created free tools to allow anyone to create their own stems mixes without paying licensing fees which can then be distributed via your own service of choice.

Native Instruments Stems creator tool

Allowing a total of 4 stem tracks per mix you can give your listeners the ability to remix and interact with your music in amazing new ways.

For more information on creating your own files and more on the Stems creation tool take a look at Natives own information page.

As A Dj How Can I Get To Grips With Stems?

At launch a whole host of labels have already announced a number of releases in this new format, with the genres involved crossing the length and breadth of the dance music spectrum and many more are surely to follow. A number of digital stores such as Beatport & Juno have also confirmed they are amongst the initial half dozen launch stores involved and this will surely only grow over time.

From the off Native Instruments own Traktor is the first Dj software to support Stems natively, but with the file format being open to use without license and developer tools coming shortly, we should expect to see more update across other Dj software platforms if popularity grows and it becomes and essential feature and up until that point the master stereo file can still of course be played back if you find yourself mixing on a unsupported mixing package in the meantime.

The files themselves are based around the .MP4 container framework and the internal Stem files may be encoded in either AAC 256kbps VBR tracks or Apple Lossless Audio (ALAC). Windows 10 is the first PC based OS to fully support the ALAC format natively, althrough on older editions of windows if your DJ package supports it as Tracktor does or it is possible to install some third party codec packs to handle the format in your regular media player of choice.

Playing With Stems

So the big release on the software front to support all this is Traktor 2.9.0 which brings the support for the format to all the Traktor users who have been awaiting it. The ideal way to play and control Stem tracks will be with the Traktor Kontrol D2, Kontrol S8 or a Kontrol F1 along with Traktor Pro 2. The Kontrol S8 and Kontrol D2 have the added advantage of colored screens so DJs can actually see the individual stem waveforms split across the display.

These controllers along with Traktor 2.9.0 are all plug and play with controls natively mapped to the Stem Decks for you and ready to take full advantage of these new tracks. These devices aren’t the only way to control them as the Stem decks will be fully mappable to any MIDI controller so this could open up whole new ways of using your favorite controller.

If all this prove popular and other software and hardware developers choose to follow with added Stem support in the future on other DJ software platforms, this would make the Stem format a huge win for DJs/producers.

Take Control

For a limited time in celebration of this new advance in Dj’ing, along with Native Instruments we are offering a discount on the ideal controllers to take your performances to the next level. Until the end of September only the price of the Kontrol S8 has been dropped to £699, the Kontrol D2 is down to £279 and the Kontrol F1 is superb £99.

For more info on Stems, check out the offical Native Instruments info pages here.

For all the Native Instruments controllers and software at Scan click here.

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

The Native Instruments Traktor Z1 is the ultimate, stick-it-in-yer-bag portable addon for Traktor users, both on PC and Mac, but also for Traktor DJ on iOS.

Fully compatible with all of the versions of Traktor, this unit is very similar to the Traktor S2 mixer section. Featuring the same faders and knobs as the S2 and S4, this really opens up the use of iOS Traktor App for iMac and iPhone (yes, it is even reported to work with iPhone too!)  “more than a bit of fun messing about” usage.  Not only does it give you a true stereo output and stereo headphone cue for iOS, it’s also an ultra-portable solution to anyone with its partner X1 or F1 controller for PC and Mac.

http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-mixer/traktor-kontrol-z1/

Native Instruments Takes Kontrol Once More With A New Teaser

On the horizon is a new Dj mixer / controller hybrid from Native Instruments under the Kontrol banner. Details at this moment are extremely limited with a only a small teaser video to go off at this time.

Rather than try and break it down and second guess what those guys have up their sleeves are up to we’ll leave you with the video link itself below to decide for yourself.

Traktor Pro 2.5 Released

Traktor Pro 2.5 with Remix Decks Is Released

Hot on the heels of the F1 controller launch, we see Traktor 2.5 being rolled out. The biggest new feature this time round are the remix decks designed to be controlled by the F1 allowing you to load one shots or even complete tracks to manlipulate and work into your sets.

What Native Instruments say:

TRAKTOR PRO 2.5’s groundbreaking new Remix Decks allow for spectacular live remixing and re-arranging of tracks.

Start jamming with the powerful loop suite and included TRAKTOR loop content. Each of the 64 slots can hold a loop or one-shot sample – load sounds from your hard drive or by capturing loops live from your DJ set. Save them as Remix Sets and build up your own loop library – the potential for rocking completely unique live performances is endless.

Beyond that are the normal tweaks under the hood you’d expect from a revision update to improve the overall end user experience, with improvements in both file browser functionality and the BPM grid detection routine it should prove a smoother response for all users.

The good news is that Traktor 2 owners look to be getting  a free upgrade and owners of older versions also qualify for limited time crossgrade options. Consult the chart below for more information.

How To Get Traktor Pro 2.5 Remix

Software you own News Price to
“Go Remix”
Important notes
TRAKTOR PRO 2
(TRAKTOR KONTROL S2,
TRAKTOR KONTROL S4)
Free* If you bought it in 2012,
please see the ‘GRACE
PERIOD’ note below**
TRAKTOR DUO 2 Upgraded to PRO 2! Free* Check NI Service Center
now. Download and install
the latest TRAKTOR
update (2.1.3). Next time
you start TRAKTOR,
TRAKTOR PRO 2 will open
TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 Free*
TRAKTOR SCRATCH DUO 2 Upgraded to
TRAKTOR SCRATCH
PRO 2 software!
Free* Check NI Service Center
now. Download and install
the latest TRAKTOR
update (2.1.3). Next time
you start TRAKTOR,
TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2
software will open
TRAKTOR LE 1
TRAKTOR LE 2
TRAKTOR ME
$89/79 €/¥7800 It’s time to go pro.
Get TRAKTOR PRO 2
at this amazing new price!

DISCLAIMER:
* The free update is available via the NI Service Center.

GRACE PERIOD:
** Please note that if you purchased and activated a full version of TRAKTOR PRO 2 between January 1st and April 2nd, 2012, you’re eligible for a $60 / 50 € e-voucher for the NI Online Shop. You’ll receive your e-voucher in a separate email. This doesn’t apply if the software was bundled with a hardware product.

 For more information see the Native Instruments Traktor 2 homepage.

Native Instruments at Scan.

 

Native Instruments F1 Controller & Traktor 2.5

Native Instruments F1 Controller & Traktor 2.5

So, waaay back at the start of NAMM week, we got the first teaser vid of the new Native Instruments Traktor F1 remix controller, which was tipped to be called the X2.

Well, now it’s offically surfaced its actually the Traktor Kontrol F1, but the feature set seems pretty much as predicted.
The unit will ship along with Traktor 2.5 software, which brings in the “Remix Deck” functionality. The NI CEO introduced the device by saying

“So those of you that like Ableton but actually didn’t feel that it’s quite a DJ product, this is it. We take the whole production clipping aspect right into a DJ application, and these pads light up in just the same color as the cells in the Remix Decks.”

Well, it certainly seems to deliver exactly that, and here’s a Vid of DJ Shiftee putting it though its paces (once the mc shuts up!)

Here’s a hi-res image of the controller

Lets take a look from the top down then…..

First thing to notice is the four filter knobs, i’d presume at this point that they would control the same hi/low pass filter thats found on the S4, though of course with these controllers, you can assign them to any parameter in the software to suit your workflow.

 

Next up are the faders, presumably preset to volume, so perfect for doing some manual fades.

 

 

 

Then we get down to the control buttons, sync will lock all of the samples loaded to the master tempo, and the QUANT(ize) button will make things lock to beat, so they are come in tempo perfect (the same as ableton) and i expect that the dial will also be able to change the quantize resolution to bar, quarter note etc.

Capture and size we still know nothing about,  but you can definatly reverse samples so, thats probably what the reverse button is for.

 

As you can see from the buttons, there is no “trigger everything in a line” button, like you find on the ableton controllers, but with four fingers, you should be able to trigger things quite easily, so i cant see that being any great loss. The stop buttons at the bottom are a nice touch too, so that you can easily stop using the decks and go back to regular dj’ing.

 

 

The Native Instruments Kontrol F1 will be available from at the end of May and will retail at £199, including the Traktor Pro 2.5 Software.

For More Information On the F1 Controller From Native Instruments

The Native Instruments F1 Controller At Scan

Numark @ NAMM with new DJ Kit

Also at NAMM are Numark showing off a number of attention getting items this year.

The Numark 4Trak

 

Numark 4TRAK
Numark 4TRAK

 

Numark 4TRAK Top Down
Numark 4TRAK Top Down

 

Numark 4TRAK Rear Shot
Numark 4TRAK Rear Shot

What They Say:

Four decks of software control, a four-channel mixer and total command over all effects: Meet the Numark 4TRAK, the ultimate controller for TRAKTOR DJ software. 4TRAK lays out a vast assembly of tactile controls in front of you, putting a playground of capability at your fingertips. Mix anything: The Numark 4TRAK’s built-in four-channel mixer allows you to bring turntables, microphones, MP3 players and more into the mix. Tweak everything: High-resolution platters, exclusive Strip Search needle-drop technology and an expansive 12-knob FX KOMMAND CONSOLE give you more precise control over TRAKTOR than ever before.

At the heart of the Numark 4TRAK is a premium-quality fully independent four-channel mixer that can be used with or without a computer, making 4TRAK one of the most versatile TRAKTOR controllers in the world. The Numark 4TRAK has a full range of input and outputs for connecting virtually any device: RCA inputs on each channel and four line-level inputs with two switchable to phono and two switchable to mic. Connect almost any external music source like turntables, CD players and microphones, and mix them in seamlessly with tracks from your software.

What we say:

A new flagship product from Numark and it’s a beast. Clearly designed to sit at the heart of your Dj’in setup this could become the controller for Traktor fans everywhere.

Features:

  • Four decks of software control with included TRAKTOR 2 4TRAK Edition software
  • 12-knob FX KOMMAND CONSOLE for complete control over effects & filters
  • Built-in four-channel DJ mixer that works with or without a computer
  • Four line inputs, two turntable inputs and two microphone inputs
  • Touch-sensitive illuminated platters with 3600 ticks of resolution per rotation
  • Built-in 24-bit audio interface with balanced XLR outputs
  • Solid metal construction
  • Maps seamlessly with TRAKTOR PRO 2 including sample triggers
  • Ultra-precise, low-latency high-speed MIDI
  • Strip Search with illuminated track-position indicator
  • Mouseless library navigation with view options

More info at the 4Trak hompage

The Numark 4Trak At Scan

The iDJ Pro iPad DJ Controller

 

The iPad Pro
The iPad Pro

 

What they Say:

Deck out your iPad for some serious mixing. iDJ Pro from Numark is a professional DJ controller that expands your iPad’s touch interface, seamlessly integrating with Algoriddim’s djay for iPad app to form a completely new DJ experience. iDJ Pro features a sleek, brushed aluminum casing and is equipped with all the professional controls you expect, plus some design features and capabilities that will inspire brand-new surges of creativity.

Combining the industry-leading design of Numark DJ controllers with the power of your iPad and Algoriddim’s djay app, The Numark iDJ Pro puts a 30-pin dock for iPad at the center of its traditional dual-platter setup, giving you access to your iPad’s touchscreen alongside an expanded layout of physical controls: touch-sensitive platters, large die-cast aluminum volume knobs, a dedicated music-library scroll knob, plus hot cues, looping, pitch and effect controls. Once your iPad is docked, a latching door provides total, seamless integration, giving you an intuitive, flexible and powerful DJ system.

What we say:

They are taking what so far has been a consumer level product and attempting to make it pro. It’ll be interesting to see if the feature set of the The Numark iDJ Pro chimes with the pro level performers out there, but it could certainly be another interesting product.

Features:

  • Works seamlessly with algoriddim
  • Complete dual-platter DJ system that seamlessly integrates your iPad
  • Fully incorporates iPad
  • Brushed aluminum casing with lighted controls
  • Capacitive touch-activated platters, plus Hot Cues, Loop & Effects controls
  • Large retro-styled die-cast aluminum volume knobs
  • AirPlay-compatible: send your mix to any AirPlay speakers
  • RCA inputs, 1/4
  • Dedicated music-library scroll knob

More info from the Numark iDJPro homepage


New Traktor Controller – (X2???) mini Ableton-esque

Ok, so NI are still quite tight lipped about this one, but as a hardcore Traktor user, i think i can work out whats going on.

It seems to be a multiple loop trigger control, a bit like a 4 channel version of ableton, that will probably be switchable with the sample decks currently in Traktor Pro 2.

I really like this concept, as you could load them up with stems from a track and remix it on the fly. this is especially good for producer-dj’s who can do live versions of their tracks as part of a dj set.

 

http://www.native-instruments.com/