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Djay – MultiTouch magic for digital DJs…

There’s professional DJ’s who now turn up to play their sets with a few slabs of vinyl, but who really carry the tracks they plan to use on their laptops, or even iPods (using a Numark iDJ2) now Mac using DJ’s have a multi-touch treat with the introduction of Algoriddim’s djay 2.2 software.

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Virtual Deck – is this app essential for iDJs?

This could be so useful for digital DJs – software that lets you carry (and play) your own selected song samples using an iPhone or an iPod touch – samples you can then feed into your main rig when DJing a session.

This interesting software was made available through the App Store today, and it’s called (appropriately enough) Virtual Deck.

We’ll let the developers explain what it does:

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Ableton, Serato promise new era for digital DJs

Two key names in the digital music making sector, Serato and Ableton, this afternoon announced a new creative partnership.

The two are at the forefront of music technology for DJ’s, remixers and music producers, and will in future work together in partnership to “pave the way for the future of digital DJ-ing,” they said.

Serato’s Scratch Live excels in vinyl emulation, music library control and lightning quick hands-on scratching, Ableton Live provides the tools for production, on-the-fly remixing and beat creation.

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Apple developing DJ app for iPhone?

An Apple patent describes manipulation of objects on a touch screen. It includes numerous user interface applications, detailed with accompanying diagrams.

The DJ specific stuff is this: Like a pair of physical turntables, stylus 844 and stylus 855 can be graphical icon indications of a playback queue, the position of which can be varied by touching the queue on a touch sensitive display screen and dragging the icon to the desired position on the graphical record.

Fact or fiction? Published last month the patent is available in its entirety here.
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Skint Records goes digital for DJ promo

Skint Records has reached a deal with FATdrop in order to provide promotional records to DJs digitally.
One of the biggest names in UK dance music, Skint Records is home of Fatboy Slim, Midfield General and X-Press 2. Skint will be using FATdrop’s digital promo service to send pre-release music to DJs, broadcasters and reviewers, replacing CD or vinyl mail outs.
“It will take us a couple of minutes to send out a digital promo, compared to a good few hours to mail several hundred CDs,” explains Andy Mckirdy, Skint Records. “It’s going to save us a huge amount of time.”
Using the FATdrop service, Skint will be able to easily create, manage, send and monitor promotions all in one place; slashing promo production costs, mail out costs and time spent chasing contacts.
The service also makes it easier to gather and evaluate reactions to new releases. labels and promoters can see how many people have received and downloaded a promo, how many clicks each promo has had, and the feedback it’s received.
Mckirdy explains: “We’ve been getting feedback from across the board that DJs and reviewers prefer digital; for DJs it means they get a track instantly wherever they are in the world, and for reviewers, it’s one less CD to rip.”
“FATdrop is over the moon to be working with industry legends, Skint Records,” said Chris Gorsuch, director and co-founder, FATdrop. “They helped put Brighton on the map for dance music, and we look up to them as an innovative local label with a worldwide presence.”
The first promo Skint will send out through FATdrop will be Detboi’s debut single for Skint ‘Jump Up Jump Down’.