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TRAKTOR VS SERATO Comparison By DJ Qbert !!!

TRAKTOR VS SERATO DJ QBERT COMPARES

Scratch legend DJ Qbert checks out and compares Traktor Scratch Pro and Serato Scratch Live. Putting the two systems up against each other and analysing their pro’s and cons.

Who willl win, and be crowned champion of the time coded vinyl DJ systems? Check out the video to find out.


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FunkNaughty Digital DJ Workshop At SW4 Weekender 2012

We are pleased to announce that FunkNaughty’s Digital DJ Workshop will be be returning to this years South West Four Weekender festival, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August 2012 – Clapham Common, London, UK.

After last years success at SW4 2011 we have been working behind the scenes with SW4 organisers, Lock N Load events. To bring you an even bigger and better digital dj workshop. Allowing digital dj newbies and pro’s to check out and play with some of the latest dj gadgets and software on the market.

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the floor as we will bring you more info over the coming months.

Lats year was a lot of fun, this year is ramping up to be even better!!

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Kontrol F1 and Traktor 2.5 Announced By Native Instruments

Article courtesy of DJ Tech Tools

Native Instruments had a party last night to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Traktor, and there they unveiled their powerful new version of Traktor as well as the new piece of hardware we’ve been waiting to learn more about, the Traktor Kontrol F1. Read more about NI CEO Daniel Haver’s semi-official announcement last night!

NI CEO Daniel Haver with a Kontrol F1 and new Traktor 2.5

NI CEO Daniel Haver in front of Traktor Pro 2.5, holding a Kontrol F1

Editor’s Note: Looks like the video of the official announcement got taken down from YouTube, but you can get the idea from the screencap above.

We’ll have complete details on both the Kontrol F1 and Traktor 2.5 later this week, but for now we’re excited to see that Traktor is taking things to the next level with Ableton-style clip launching and performance modes that will continue to drive innovation in the DJ software world. In the video that was taken down, Daniel Haver refers to the new Traktor F1 and Traktor 2.5 Remix Decks as a package and feature set that he calls “Ableton-in-a-DJ-way”. Here’s his words from Saturday night:

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.

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Marco Nastic Interview

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We catch up and interview Marko Nastic the head honcho of house and techno labels Recon Warriors and Traffica.

Marko discusses his DJ set up, his essential pieces of studio kit, what to do if you are getting into digital DJing and what to do if you are producing your own tunes plus much more!

What’s does your DJing set up consist of?

My performance components include records, cds , c – loops sampler and delay, boos digital delay dd-7 and Traktor Scratch Pro. Depending on the performance, I do make variations to my set up, including extra fx , like corki, which happens to be one of my favorites. Specially because of the noise it produces and as it is so easy to use.

How has digital technology changed your DJ sets?

The digital technology movement actually totally stopped me from buying records. I used to buy lots of records, experimenting with them a lot. However now because of the move across to digital music I only buy really good old classic records.
When recording my “Music is for a Body and Soul” radio show I don’t use vinyl anymore mainly using cd’s and Traktor.

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Which midi controllers do you use and what do you like about them?

I love the Native Instruments X1 controller, but i also use a Faderfox controller a lot, where i actually have customized my own setup. So it’s now really easy to work with. It’s also a really good size for producer/dj traveling on the go 24/7

Do you have a piece of DJ kit that you can’t live without?

Turntable!

You’ve been producing and releasing tracks quite frequently over the past two years, how would you describe your sound at the moment and where do you see it heading in the future?

I am trying to find myself between techno and house, also in the same time not to be to trendy, trying to avoid fx and noises and to make simple stuff with big beats. I like to use old school beats with analog sounds.

I’ve actually just had two releases in recent weeks.

“Morocco” – Marko Nastic Drumpunch remix on Estrada Records. On this track i collaborated with one (in my eyes) of the new wave of upcoming producers – Igor Krsmanovic. The 2nd release “Meltin Point”. This is ia an original track of mine and is being released by Amazing Records on their 2years Amazing Compilation album.

Can you give any advice to any up and coming producers on how to get their music heard and signed to a successful label like Recon Warriors?

Recon warriors was really successful in the era of tribal techno and in that time it was a bit different to today’s scene because we printed a whole lot of records and we would send those records all over the world to promote the track, the artist and the label.
Now a days in my eyes with the digital music culture and how easy it is to make music, lots of people are setting up labels selling the dream to producers and artists; however aren’t putting any or very little time, work or money promoting the releases properly.
I would suggest in today’s market if you are getting music released on a label don’t just leave the promotion to them, get out and about with the tunes, network with other DJs give them a copy to play out. Put (un-downloadable) snippets of the track on Social media platforms like Souncloud.com and Facebook. Help promote the track yourself. If you do that, other bigger labels will take notice of you.
At present the direction of Recon Warrior and Traffica label, we are open and growth minded to new music but in same time its hard to listen to the multitude of demos we receive on a daily basis. Our main focus now is on our niche crew and network of upcoming and accomplished producers and their referrals of new producers or more or less a friend of ours :)

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What are your key bits of studio kit and what is your most essential piece?

I have become totally digital lately! I have only kept a Fatso compressor. As of late, I was and am still testing lots of Summing mixers and to be honest i still have no clue on which one to make a collective action to buy. I always liked analog eq and distortions and mostly now use software plug-ins like Universal Audio’s UAD, Waves, TC Powercore, SSL, Duende and off course Native Instruments. I am very grateful to Native Instruments, the Serbian branch of the company as they have
been very supportive and a huge part of the Marko Nastic brand. I am very much in gratitude for the partnership in working with them and look to build on this relationship going forward!

When you are in the studio making a new tune what process do you follow?
Usually i start with laying down a beat and than start sampling sounds. Sometimes it can be the other way around. I now use a lot of machines to help me craft the different sounds.


What projects are you currently working on?
At this moment I’ve just finished in Ibiza, Spain and have been developing lots of different beats and ideas. I finished most of my latest projects in late June.
My new forthcoming project “Sake &Vinyl Only” on Traffica will be out, hopefully by the end of the year.

What’s your top tip for anyone getting in to digital DJing?

Craft your music folders slowly and concentrate! If u loose that focus on the style you are after it will end in a big mess like no other. Be very careful with the quantity of tracks and sounds you use in a set, make sure they suit the style you are after. An old habit of mine was that I used to find myself cramming in too many sounds into a mix and that actually resulted in me loosing the feeling that i was looking to create. That is why i like vinyl records so much! :-)

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Who is your favorite DJ at the moment?
Marko Milosavljevic, he is my long time buddy from Serbia. His unbelievable sense of music and ambient good touch especially with vocals. He is top notch! When we play together we just hook up easily and Rock like no other Tag team you can imagine! Also i need to mention Dejan Milicevic who in my eyes has some of the best technical DJing skills on this planet!
At this present moment having just been in Ibiza, I would say Ricardo Villalobos at Amnesia has been the best. Smashing the dance floors, making crowds jump off the balcony! His style is like no other and he is at the forefront in my eyes in moving the crowds when he performs!

Marko Nastic & Dejan Milicevic @ Dance Valley festival in Amsterdam Part 5
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Who are your favorite producers at the moment?

Koze, Den Anderi, Ricardo Villalobos

Do you have a pre DJ gig superstition?

I always, (after years of looking for the best solution) try to find the best way to spend my time creatively while in hotel’s, plane’s etc. I watch a lot of movies to relax and because of being able to take time out I can relax and find my focus and peace. Which helps me to be purpose driven and allows me to create and plan (like no other) a magical presence with the exact right music for the people on the dancefloor.

What do you like and dislike about DJing?

I really dislike it when i can’t provide what actually i do best. Playing at parties that have horrible sound systems, bad mixers etc is terrible. I can get super irritated and pissed when these things are not working as they should be. Note to all promoters, if you want to run a successful party you need to make sure your equipment is in good working order and allows the DJ to perform at the top of their game.

The best moment I love is when i can be at my best to show what i am made of, taking my fans on a musical journey.
I totally love the best tropical gigs. You can’t beat the atmosphere as they are always great fun; Ibiza, Brazil and Columbia. Hint to all!!!! :)

What is your top tip when making a mixset?

My advice would be to really recognize the mood of the dance floor or style you are trying to create for a mix set and then play what u feel feels right at that moment in time!

You can check out Marc Nastic and his music productions at these sites:

http://www.djmarkonastic.com
Beatport

Myspace
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Win A Set At We Love – Space Ibiza 2012

So then, you’re bang in to DJing and think it’s time the world heard your skills, well this could be the opportunity for you.

James Zabiela and Tid:Pro are looking for the next big DJ, who can scratch and bring something extra to the mix.

The competition is run in association with The Warehouse Project, Air Amsterdam and We Love and they’re offering you the chance to win a set at Space in Ibiza for We love in 2012! This is a hugh prize and everyone at FunkNaughty.com wishes you the best of luck.

Click here for further details.


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Pioneer DDJ ERGO V DJ Controller Review

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Whilst at this years BPM Conference we checked out Pioneer’s new DDJ ERGO V controller. A entry level controller aimed at the younger budding DJ.

The DDJ ERGO V has two channels with options to control 4 decks. It’s comes with Virtual DJ Limited Edition, a slimmed down version of Virtual DJ. However the software comes with a few little tweaks so that it compliments the ERGO especially. Using Virtual DJ the system is ready to play straight away, simply load virtual DJ, connect your laptop and start playing. Nice and easy!

The first thing that grabs you when you see the DDJ ERGO V is it’s look. With a crisp shiny white body, black interface, two phat jog wheels and lots of flashing red and blue lights the DDJ-ERGO-V looks like the cool, trendy little brother of Pioneer’s DDJ-S1 and DDJ-T1. We must admit we quite like the look and it definitely has an appeal that draws you to it. With it’s spaced aged rounded sides, you could imagine it in a futuristic Manga movie. Saying that, the minus to this is that is doesn’t look entirely professional. However as this is aimed at younger budding digital DJs this doesn’t really matter at all and to justify matters we’re pretty sure if you are 16 or so and whip this out at a house party you’ll have the ladies falling all over you.

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The DDJ ERGO V boasts plentiful dedicated knobs and buttons for all your favourite functions, with a range of filters, FX, Hot Cues and sample banks with loop sampling functions. Plus the MIDI output makes the DDJ-ERGO compatible with most other DJ software on the market. Pioneer have released a Traktor TSI. file which comes with the system and will allow users to use Traktor if they prefer.

A cool new feature the DDJ ERGO V boats about is it’s ‘Pulse’ control, which adds a visual dimension when performing.

The newly developed Pulse Control uses light to give a visual representation of pitch, beat, effects and which decks are in being used. Built-in LEDs further enhance your mixing experience and add a new angle to the art of DJing.

The features of Pulse Control include:

* Mix Pulse: A blue LED on the jog wheel shows how close the phase of the mix is during a mix. The bigger the difference in pitch, the weaker the light. The closer the match, the more brightly the light shines.
* Beat Pulse: LEDs in the channel faders match the beat of the track in play. Plus the strength of the light reflects output levels, so you always know if a track is still in the mix.
* Launch Pulse: A red light travels from the Load button towards the Jog Wheel to indicate when a track has been loaded.
* FX Pulse: Various light patterns on the Jog Wheel clearly show which FX DJs have applied.

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The controller is designed with two screw feet that can be taken off if preferred, so the controller can lie flat on a surface. If you decide to keep the feet on, the DDJ ERGO V is designed like the DDJ T1 & S1 so you can slide your laptop under neath the controller, allowing you to DJ in tight places.

The controller is fairly light as well so it can be carried around easily enough, although it is fairly big (not as big as some controllers currently on the market) so you may find it difficult fitting it into your rucksack. The controller is made of plastic which we imagine will damaged easily with any knocks or if you drop it on the floor. We don’t recommend doing this!

The DDJ ERGO V Review Verdict

All in all we really liked the DDJ ERGO V. It’s not the cream of the crop, however it is a very cool entry level controller. The controller definitely has the WOW factor with it’s trendy looks, and it comes packed with plenty of features that you would only find on more advanced controllers. Plus it does boast the new ‘Pulse Control’ technology. The only stumbling point is the price, at €499 euros there are other more solid controllers out there in the same price range, which will give the ERGO a run for it’s money.

If you are starting out or looking to upgrade from an older entry level controller (and you have the funds,) then definitely check out the DDJ-ERGO-V. With it being produced by Pioneer you can guarantee the quality of the controller and it’s last-ability. Something that other cheaper alternatives may not have.

Check out the Pioneer DDJ ERGO V official launch video here.

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FunkNaughty @ BPM Conference, Today – Saturday 1st October

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FunkNaughty will be at this year’s BPM Conference in Birmingham.

We’ll be heading up there today, Saturday 1st October. If you are at the conference come and say hello as it would be great to meet you.

You can find us sharing a stand with Danny Rampling who we collaborated with helping to produce his International selling book ‘Everything You Need to Know About DJing and Success’.

BPM is the world’s largest event dedicated to DJing, electronic music production and club culture. It is attended by DJs, producers, performers, promoters, venue owners/managers, equipment retailers/installers, record label representatives, students and many others who simply have an interest in DJing or electronic music.

What to expect at BPM

The leading equipment manufacturers and distributors will present their latest technology for you to look at, but more importantly get your hands on. The BPM exhibition area features everything from DJ mixers to PA systems and lighting effects to production hardware and software. BPM is an opportunity to try out the latest equipment and speak to the people behind it, then if you find what you are looking for – buy it!

The performance and demonstration areas at BPM play host to DJ sets, PAs and live performances, together with product and technique demonstrations throughout the weekend. The event also features a unique programme of educational and inspirational seminars that take place on every day of the event and are available to all visitors at no extra cost. BPM is the place to be inspired to move to the next level.

BPM is also the ideal place to meet and network with other DJs, producers, performers and entertainment industry professionals; share ideas and be inspired to move forward. Plenty of venue owners, promoters and agents also attend the show, which makes it the ideal place to hook up with people who can help you make the next step in your career.

If you are serious about DJing, performing, producing or anything to do with electronic music or club culture, you need to be at BPM!

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Focusrite VRM – Monitoring by Headphones

We’ve all been there, you’ve been working on a banging tune all day, you’re at the mixing stage but it’s getting late, your neighbours are moaning about the noise and your misses is going to bed……..so what do you do?

The long held belief was that you couldn’t mix in headphones as you don’t get the depth and richness of sound.

Well fear not any more, as the clever people at Focusrite have taken their Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM) technology and packaged it in a palm-sized audio interface, for use in your home studio.

Focusrite say that VRM overcomes the major obstacle for mixing with headphones by giving you multiple perspectives on you mix, you simply choose from a list of industry-standard studio monitors and speakers, so late night mixing is now sorted!

Click here for more information on this genius product.


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