Monday, March 26, 2012

Allen & Heath Xone K2 : lots of buttons and faders and pots!

Some more details about the upcoming controller from Allen and Heath!

This seems to be perfect with the upcoming Traktor 2.5 remix (Remix Decks) - they do share a strange resemblance dont they? who copied who?

One difference - The Xone K2 has a built in soundcard, one stereo out (thru RCA) and one 1/8 inch jack for headphones, yes that means you can assign one of the outputs as a headphone monitor and the other for you master out! Oh and another bonus - two Xone K2's can be linked together via ethernet - so us macbook pro users wont have to worry about wasting two USB slots!

And... the Xone K2 comes with its own hard case while the Traktor F1 has it sold separately- but at the same time the Traktor F1 comes with a full version of Traktor!!!

Tough choice isnt it??

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Traktor F1 & Traktor 2.5 Update Details!

The details are here!

The New REMIX Deck Launcher!
The Kontrol F1 Explained!!

Traktor 2.5 is a free update and will even come for FREE with the Ni Kontrol F1!!!

Wow I guess many people will have extra copies of Traktor Pro 2 - they are really trying to dominate the DJ Software market - agressive move from Native Instruments!

For details on the ALL NEW Kontrol F1 Click HERE , and for the massive new update click HERE for details!

You can also check out the ENGADGET hands-on review HERE :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Your Music In The Clouds! SoundCloud VS MixCloud - Which one? Or Both?

Back in the days I used to upload my mixtapes and production on my own website / server, that was the only option back then (other than CD and tapes that is!), but now there are many really good and cheap (or even free) hosting sites that not only let people stream your content instantly - it also has a good presentation (cover arts etc) - both which are good to start building your online presence

Plus, my old hosting site (netfirms) are a bunch of tools and scumbags that always want more money while providing less and less service - NETFIRMS SUCK! DO NOT USE THEM! (sorry just had to say that... haha) so it is time for me to adapt to 2012 and move my significant mixtape collection into the "CLOUD"

I recently signed up with the two leading services of such - Soundcloud and Mixcloud
(Oh by the way THIS is my Soundcloud and THIS is my Mixcloud if you wanna check it out~)

Soundcloud seems to have bigger number of users / activities which makes it seem like the way to go, however the FREE service only gives you  2 hours of space - enough for probably two 60 minute mixtapes, or one 60 minute mixtapes and a bunch of your own production (which a lot of people are doing at the moment)

I have purchased the Soundcloud premium for the Extra storage / Extra Features, but sometimes I wonder if the other FREE alternative - MIXCLOUD - is just as capable of hosting mixes?

Mixcloud is a FREE service that allows you to host ONLY mixtapes, that has 8 tracks or more, yes no single tracks or short 10 min mixtapes here! (Unless you cram 8 tracks in 10 minutes which is probably doable these days easily). This makes mixcloud the perfect hosting place for your old mixtapes and the place where you can store all your personal mixtapes from the olde days to be listened by the new generation (which is what Im doing now) and also as a personal archive

Mixcloud does not look as good as Soundcloud though, and has less features (and less population) - Soundcloud is still the best platform for launching your sound (both mixtapes and production) if you can afford the premium accounts - the free account is far too limited for such uses so if you want to use Soundcloud you might want to check out their Premium services, while Mixcloud is totally free so it doesnt hurt to have one anyway!

One thing to note is that Mixcloud does not have (well not officially) a download option - which means people would have to stream your stuff over the internet (with questionably quality reduction as always - its being streamed!)

Soundcloud also has a funny way of downsizing your songs, I posted some production to Soundcloud and I swear that I can hear artifacts that were never there before - hmmm I suppose its the quality reduction In act?

Just My 2 Cents :)

THIS is my Soundcloud and THIS is my Mixcloud if you wanna check it out~)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cubase 6.5 is out... But $50 Euros to upgrade from Cubase 6???

I got an email from Steinberg today informing me about the Release of Cubase 6.5

Well since I own Cubase 6, At first I was "Oh SHIEEETTT! Downloading now!!" and then I saw the small print saying $50 Euros to upgrade?

Im still investigating the features and benefits of 6.5 before deciding whether to upgrade or not, but here are some videos to see what's new...