Virtual DJ 8 users can nows spin with their own custom lights shows thanks to a new SoundSwitch update.
SoundSwitch, the software / hardware solution that syncs DMX lighting with DJ software, just received a huge update that grants it compatibility with Virtual DJ 8. Now at version 1.5, it lets Virtual DJ 8 users create their own custom lighting effects when running the SoundSwitch app in tandem with Virtual DJ 8 and using light fixtures connected to the SoundSwitch hardware box.
Previously, SoundSwitch only worked with Serato DJ. Adding Virtual DJ 8 to its compatibility list will open up the product to even more users, particularly mobile and professional DJs who are one of the fiercest Virtual DJ supporters. Coincidentally, it’s these mobile / pro jocks who stand to benefit the most from the customised light show promise of SoundSwitch. We can’t wait to try it – watch out for our review of SoundSwitch soon.
• SoundSwitch 1.5 is now available. Check the SoundSwitch site for more details.
Serato just announced an update to Serato DJ that includes macOS High Sierra compatibility and support for the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime, X1800 Prime, and Mixars Quattro mixer.
Serato just announced an update to its Serato DJ software. Now at version 1.9.10, it adds compatibility with macOS High Sierra, the latest operating system for Mac users. It also brings Official Serato Accessory support for the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime media player, along with Serato DJ and Serato DVS compatibility with the Denon DJ X1800 Prime mixer. Support for the Mixars Quattro mixer is also included in the update.
This comes hot on the heels of Denon DJ announcing a firmware update that allows the SC5000 Prime to read USB drives with music prepared via Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox software. And of course this is great news for Serato DJ users who have been holding off on updating their Macs – as always, make sure that both your DJ software and DJ hardware are compatible before doing the update.
• Serato DJ 1.9.10 is now available. Check the Serato DJ site for more details.
Static City are giving away 3x Numark DJ2Go2 Serato Controllers – it will be a prize draw to all our paid members! We will be making the draw on 27th Nov, and anyone on that day that has a subscription running with us will be automatically entered!
Phonon have announced a new 02 Stick headphone, a single earpiece attached to a foam stick. ‘Lollipop’ style DJ headphones have gone out of fashion in recent decades but they were once the regular choice for DJs like Larry Levan and David Morales.
The technology behind the SMBs has made it into the 02 Stick, so it’s fair to assume they’re going to sound pretty good
It works by summing the stereo cue signal into mono, always keeping one ear on the club rather than focussing too much on the next track. Japanese compny Phonon are already well established with their SMB-02 headphones being a favourite of the likes of Dixon, despite their hi-fi sound.
The technology behind the SMBs has made it into the 02 Stick, so it’s fair to assume they’re going to sound pretty good. If a lollipop headphone isn’t for you, Pioneer DJ’s new redesigned HDJ range is a good shout. For more studio-centric jobs, you can’t go wrong with Sennheiser’s recently updated HD-660 S. The 02 Stick is available now priced at $289.
Novation have announced an online version of the Launchpad called Launchpad Arcade. Running on your desktop or mobile, the player allows you to remix on the fly and even supports the original Novation hardware.
Running in Google Chrome, users can control the sequencer with their QWERTY keyboard as clips are launched in time for on the fly remixing and re-arranging.
The online version features only one pack of sounds but there’s more available on the dedicated iOS app. Novation focus on the combination of hardware and software has become more prevalent in recent months with a new video showing how to make a whole track using only their Circuit drum machine and the release of their new flagship synth Peak.
This speaker from Japanese company Cotodama will automatically display the lyrics of any song playing through it on its transparent body. Hand-built in Tokyo at a rate of only 15 a month, this ultra-stylise speaker also ‘listens’ to the mood of the music and adapts the fonts, shapes, rate of lyrics and more to match.
A SPEAKER THAT SHOWS LYRICS? POSSIBLY OUR BEST EVER POST!!!
It’s all made possible by Cotodama’s partnership with PetitLyrics, Japan’s largest lyric database company with over 2 million tracks stored. Watch how it works in the video below.
All this fancy tech is going to cost you though – currently retailing at £4,320, it’s not exactly suitable for drunken karaoke sessions. Other remarkable speakers include Master & Dynamic’s new MA770s and for something more affordable, Apple’s upcoming HomePod.
The new Numark DJ2GO2 compact and portable Serato DJ Controller is a two channel USB controller that comes bundled with Serato DJ Intro and has a built in soundcard for headphone and audio output to speakers. It also possesses four performance pads for Hotcues, loops, and samples. The Numark DJ2GO2 only costs $80 and is the smallest DJ controller for Serato DJ, making it perfect for small gatherings, track preparation, and “mix-testing” tracks together while on the go. Check out our full video review and review summary below to see if the DJ2GO2 will work in your DJ setup.