Music And Gadgets

Monday, 29 March 2010

Just Bubbling April 10 (Easter Mix)

Just Bubbling April 10

1) Usher ft Will.I.Am - OMG
2) Toni Braxton - Make My Heart
3) Madonna Ft Justin Timberlake - Across The Sky
4) Jazmine Sullivan - Jumpoff Remix
5) Rihanna Ft Reef The Lost Cause - Hard (Benja Styles Remix)
6) Mary J Blige - I Am (Marley Marl Remix)
7) T-Pain and Lil Wayne - Waist Of A Wasp
8) Neyo - Take It To The Floor
9) Trey Songz - The Machine
10) Ryan Leslie - Tonight
11)Maxwell - Bad Habits Remix
12)Usher Ft Jadakiss - Daddys Home (DJ Ted Smooth Remix)
13)Chris Brown FT Ludacris - How Low Remix
14)Keri Hilson - She Aint Me
15) Omarion - Speedin
16)Jaheim - II Pink Lines
17) Erykah Badu - Window Seat

Get it here

Monday, 15 March 2010

Virtual DJ Pro 6.0.7 Released

I wrote an article waxing lyrical about Future Decks and how virtual DJ was a bit expensive to upgrade. Well after playing with version 6.0.6 for a day I had to upgrade to the pro version. The video mixing alone is worth the plunge for me. Also the extra skins and net search (streams video or mp3 tracks like spotify if you dont have the track with you) If you dj on a netbook some dj software dont cater for smaller screens. Virtual Dj is brilliant for my Asus EEE 904 hd  and even copes when i dont use my usb soundcard. For me i got by on what i had with the LE version but pro is much better. scratching is not amazing. But its on par with future decks and also i noticed that when you hold down cue button on my hercules controller i can press play and let go of the cue button and the track will continue to play (just like cd decks)

At some point i'll write about video mixing but i've posted enough videos for you to make a judgement. The new version was released last week

This is what I got for my money :)

  • Twin independent zero-latency players with:
    • Standard controls (play, pause, stop, cue)
    • Volume control
    • Pitch control (from -34 to +34%)
    • 3 band equalizers with Kill + gain

  • One-click beat matching and synchronisation (new FAME algorithm)

  • BeatLock engine: your songs will always stay in time, and you can work your mixes incredibly faster than any other DJ could

  • Automatic beat-matched crossfading

  • On-the-fly automatic BPM calculation

  • Automatic pitch matching

  • Automatic level matching

  • Automatic beat matching

  • Dynamic beat visualizer for easy drag'n'drop beat-matching

  • Real scratch simulation

  • Virtual scratch: Scratch your mp3 with your bare hand

  • Automatic beat-aware LOOP function

  • Synchronised sampler with 12 instant slots

  • Master Tempo pitch algorithm

  • Automatic first beat and last beat detection

  • Automatic 4/4 phase detection

  • OSC network synchronisation

  • Infinite number of beatlocked desks (local multi-instance or network)

  • Infinite number of cue points saved per songs

  • Beat-aware effect plugins (included: beatgrid, flippin, vocal remover, filter, flanger, backspin, brake, etc...)

  • VST effects compatibility

  • Video mix with TV output (mix songs and/or video clips !)

  • Full karaoke support

  • Proprietary of FreeFrame video effects

  • Inifite number of video effect simultaneously

  • DJ-adapted video transition plugins

  • Song database engine with easy-to-use search feature

  • CoverFlow or text-only song browsing

  • Compatible with iTunes playlists

  • ID3 compatibility

  • Automatic filter folders

  • Automatic Hot-Swap of external harddrives

  • Ready-to-burn file recording to burn your own mixed CDs

  • Broadcast on the Internet

  • CD to MP3 encoder

  • Optional 3D sound card, 2 sound cards or Y-splitter for real-time monitoring or external mixtable use

  • ASIO soundcard compatibility

  • Fully customisable (skin engine and shortcut macro enngine)

  • External MIDI keyboard compatibility for shortcuts

  • Compatibility with most external controllers (DMC2, DAC3, iCDX, TotalControl, BCD2000, DJConsole, etc...)

  • Optional automatic mixing: Virtual DJ recognizes the style of the music (techno, hip hop, lounge) and adapt its mix in consequence

  • Here it is in action

    You can also try it out here

    and buy here

    All in all i can say there are quite a few dj software available...some free some you have to pay for. Deckadance used to be my fav but im leaning to Virtual DJ as it ticks all the boxes apart from timecode vinyl (Torq is best for me as i have Maudio connectiv). But its down to personal choice in the end. I'll write a bit about the other software I have as and when I have the chance. But if you have Tracktor or Serrato let me know what you think of it.

    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    More Video Mixes

    As usual I've been busy making some remixes for you all. Im gonna have to stop recording videos for a few days or else i wont have time to make any mixtapes for you all lol

    Timberland Feat. Justin Timberlake - Carry Out Remix

    Rihanna Feat. Young Jeezy - Hard Remix

    Monday, 8 March 2010

    A New Neo-Soul Mix series.....VIBES

    Been wanting to do a Neo-Soul/Hip Hop-Soul Mix series for Months.  Hope you like it.

    1) LL Cool J Feat Terri Walker - Paradise (James Yarde Remix)
    2) Jon B - Patience
    3) Mary J Blige - Didnt Mean
    4) L Marie - Do Your Thing
    5) Steve Spacek -Dollar
    6) Amp Fiddler - I Beleive In You (MadLib Remix)
    7) Christina Aguilera FT Termanology - Back In The Day
    8) Mos Def - Brown Sugar
    9) Joe - Just Relax
    10) Common Ft Erykah Badu - In The Light
    11) Brand New Heavies FT Q-Tip - Sumtimes (Ummah Remix)
    12) Eric Benet - Spiritual Thing
    13) J Dilla Ft Dwele - Think Twice
    14) Kelis Ft Raphael Saadiq - Glow
    15) Shola Ama - A Love Affair
    16) Amel Larrieux - Get Up
    17) Denise Williams - Free
    18) Devina - So Good

    Renoise - 2.5 now out

    My Fav Beat making program has gone Gold!!!

    Which means its out of Beta Testing. Here is what  the Renoise team had to say...

    Renoise 2.5
    In case you missed it the first time around, new features in 2.5 include:
    • Pattern Matrix: A birds eye view and editor of the song
    • Cross Track Routing for “Meta Devices” and new devices like the “Signal Follower”, which allows you to sidechain other tracks parameters
    • Plugin Grabber: Render Plugin Instruments to Renoise Instruments, Samples
    • Vastly Improved MIDI Mapping
    • A Bunch of New Internal Effects
    • And much more...
    A detailed description of what's new can be found on the Renoise 2.5 launch page.
    We've also rewritten the user manual from scratch and published new video tutorial specifically geared towards using Renoise 2.5.
    We'd like to thank the Renoise users for all their help durring the beta phase. It's you that makes Renoise the world class audio application and community that we are today.
    Registered users can download their personal copies from the backstage. New users can download and try out the demo.
    Oh, and one more thing. Let's celebrate!