Abelton 9: The Reviews

As mentioned a couple of months ago, Ableton have released version 9 of their incredibly impressive software, after a 4 year wait since their last update.

To find out if all the bug fixes have been addressed and the overall impression of the latest releas, check out a selection of quality reviews below.

Review 1 here

Review 2 here

Review 3 here

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New Jim Pavloff Video: The Making of “The Prodigy – Voodoo People” in Ableton

Last month we brought you the excellent Jim Pavloff’s Ableton version of the Prodigy’s Smack my Bitch Up, well following on from that,  we have another of Jim’s video’s, this time Voodoo People by the Prodigy.

Again, Jim gets behind the beats and rifts of the track and takes you to the original samples and shows you how they were manipulated to become Voodoo People.  Truly genuis and insipirsing stuff, check out the video below and also pay a visit to Jim’s website at

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Ableton release version 9!

As you may already know, Ableton are due to release version 9 of their highly successful DAW, in 2013 but did you know you can currently buy version 8 with a 25% discount and get a free upgrade to version 9 when it’s released. Sounds like a good deal to me!

The upgrade is all about enhancement rather than a radical overhaul and this comes in terms of being able to record automation in to session clips, tweaked studio effects and the new glue compressor, sound improvement and Max for Live is included, rather than being an add-on. All in all, a pretty impressive list of enhancements.
To find out more, click here.

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A Big Thanks! – FunkNaughty DJ Workshop at SW4 2012

FunkNaughty Digital DJ Workshop - Kontrol F1 Demo

A big thank you to everyone that came along to our DJ workshop at this years SW4 festival and made it a weekend to remember.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, we thought the atmosphere in the tent across the the whole of the weekend was amazing. Here are some pictures to remember the weekend by, and you can check out more of the photos on our Facebook page….

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There will also be a full video of the weekends activities coming shortly…. so watch this space.

FunkNaughty Digital DJ Workshop - Owen Kontrol F1 Demo

We would like to say a very BIG and special thank you to Owen. Who joined us from Native Instruments for the weekend. Owen wowed the crowd with his F1 Kontrol demos and his inspirational scratching skills.

FunkNaughty Digital DJ Workshop - Kontrol F1 Demo

We’ll be heading back to SW4 next year for more DJ tuition, the latest equipment demos and plenty of good music. So do get in contact should you have any comments or requests for next year’s event. We do take on board all of your comments, as we’re always looking at ways to make things better and more fun for you.

FunkNaughty Digital DJ Workshop - S4 demoWe spoke to many people over the weekend about digital DJing. If you have any questions on digital DJing, including the likes of how to get started to buying which equipment, don’t hesitate to ask us, we’re always here to help.

Email all question sand comments to or post in the comments section below.

Keep an eye out for our new Digital DJ video tutorial series which will be coming soon.  Along with our new iphone app and remember to ‘Like’ our Facebook page, we’ll be posting some new mixes up there for you shortly.

Right that’s your lot for now, keep it Funky and we’ll catch you soon.

FN team :)

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Traktor Pro Updated to Intergrate with Pioneer CDJs and Mixers

Traktor Intergration with Pioneer CDJ

There’s great news for club DJs who want to use Traktor Pro. Traktor announced yesterday, it’s latest update of the Traktor Pro software will now fully integrate with Pioneer’s CDJ series (2000/900/400) and the DJM-900 Nexus Mixer, thanks to advanced HID (Human Interface Devices) support.

Setting up Traktor in a club was never particularly easy. It was always time consuming and difficult trying to set everything up in the dark (wires going everywhere and separate soundcards being needed). The new update gets rid of all these issues. With one wire (and an action which will take about 30 seconds) you can now connect your laptop to the CDJs or DJM-900 mixer and be up and mixing in no time at all.

You can also use the Pioneer CDJ 2000′s visual interface to access tracks, cue points, loops and more in Traktor, with all relevant information on the CDJ’s display – from track artwork to detailed waveform displays.

This integration gives CDJ users access to features such as Traktor’s Remix Decks, sync, superior cueing and looping, intuitive browsing and world class effects. Traktor will memorise your settings, so every DJ booth becomes your DJ booth, no matter what equipment is installed.

We really like this update at FunkNaughty and we imagine this is going to appeal to a lot of CDJ users out there who may not be using using Traktor due to all of the issues with setting it up in the club.

This update works for both platforms of Traktor – timecoded or not.

Check out the video and watch Felix Da Housecat putting the update through it’s paces.

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FunkNaughty DJ Workshop at South West Four Festival 2012


This coming weekend sees FunkNaughty run their DJ workshop for the second year running at this years South West Four Festival.

After last year’s success South West Four have invited the FunNaughty team back to Clapham Common to host their DJ workshops, spreading the word on DJing and digital DJ technology.

FunkNaughty are joined by demo specialists from Native Instruments, who’ll be on hand to show you how to use the latest Traktor equipment and software.

We’ll have some of the latest DJ gear on show from the likes of Native Instruments, Vestax and Ableton so be sure to drop by, check it out, and have a spin on the decks!

As well as providing DJ advice to would be DJs we have a load of merchandise and gear to hand out.

So don’t miss out, drop by and say hello.

Check out last year’s video: Point Blank giving Ableton Live and Novation Launchpad demos @ SW4 Festival from Point Blank on Vimeo.


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SW4 & the FUNKNAUGHTY DJ Workshop

Summer is here again and for Londoners the August bank holiday means one thing………SW4!

Last year FunkNaughty had the pleasure of hosting our own How To DJ tent, where we gave everyone the opportunity to work the decks like their favourite DJ’s, doing the business on Clapham Common.

SW4 have kindly invited us back to host our DJ workshop again and this year we’re going to make it bigger and better than ever.

We have plenty of surprises in store, so make sure you check us out and put your mixing skills to the test on the latest digital hardware & software.

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Vestax VCI-400

So it’s finally arrived, the Vestax VCI-400 is here!

According to the Vestax website “The VCI-400 is the hardware solution for DJs who have been seeking an instrument that perfectly adapts to their style of performance”.

FunkNaughty will be posting a review of this eagerly anticipated controller in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, you can get some more information about the VCI 400 by clicking on the link below.

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