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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 14 Apr 2020 8:30 pm
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Rekordbox 6: Ableton Link, sync with Dropbox and Beatport and promos, find lost tracks, more

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 14 Apr 2020 5:03 pm

Pioneer’s Rekordbox continues its play to be the DJ software to beat – and there’s a ton of stuff in the latest release pretty much everyone will want, from cloud and mobile sync all the way up to some powerful live visual features.

There’s a ton of stuff here, whether you’re primarily using Rekordbox as your library management tool before you play with CDJs, or if it’s what you actually play in (or run live visual shows and lights in).

Ableton Link.

Cloud sync. You can sync tracks across devices and apps with Dropbox, and integrate with Beatport Link service, so that you aren’t constantly looking for promos and tracks you’ve bought. That also includes metadata – so –

iOS Mobile Sync. You can edit tracks on the companion iOS app, with your metadata in the cloud – meaning you have a palm-sized way of adding markers and adjusting beat sync. This will be especially great when any of us can leave the house again, but maybe by then we can also wish for an Android app? (And until then, hey, lying in bed going through tracks also has some appeal.)

Integrated promos. Inflyte is already the whiz-bang promo platform to beat – basically, it gives you all you need to send press and DJs your tracks and try to get them to send you useful feedback. (It’s the new place to get “Downloaded for R Hawtin” and later claim that was “supported by.”)

Now those promos show right in Rekordbox, so presumably producers can skip the steps of DJs digging through promo inboxes when they make mixes. I have more to say on this topic soon, but for now it’s an intriguing idea.

Combine that with Beatport Link, and at least in theory, there are more ways to get your music played by DJs, though whether that becomes overwhelming or even useful to the producer is a topic for another time.

Autorelocate Tracks. Don’t know about y’all, but I think I’m more excited by this than anything else here – especially since not all my promos come from Inflyte and not all my music from Beatport.

But all my music is now scattered on my hard drive in novel ways that Rekordbox 5 couldn’t handle.

I bet I’m not alone. At the very least, if this sounds like you, I promise you a comprehensive test of what happens when someone has zero interest in organizing files and zero patience in software’s general ineptitude at, you know, search. Fingers crossed on this one.

Updated UI. Now also has light/dark skin settings to match your OS.

3Band waveform. Humankind still struggles to work out how to provide a useful visualization of sound data. This takes waveforms and breaks them up by high, mid, low. Let’s see if that’s useful.

Filter by Attribute in Collection and playlists – handy.

Plus more visual goodies

Rekordbox doesn’t just want to be the thing you use to load up your USB stick for a CDJ, or even just another DJ app to compete with Serato and TRAKTOR and their ilk.

It also wants to run your show.

Rekordbox 6 has almost as many visual/show control improvements as music and library management additions.

The Lighting panel now has an Ambient mode and DMX Direct Control.

And there’s more:

  • Ability to add video files to audio playlists.
  • Added [All Audio] and [All Videos] in the tree view.
  • Ability to add tracks from streaming services streaming tracks to playlists.
  • Blinking interval when Strobe (Middle) is selected on the Lighting panel.
  • Added copy feature for venues and scenes in Lighting mode.
  • Added Moving Head pan/tilt limit setting and tilt reverse setting in Lighting mode.

There are actually people out there using this stuff. That’s partly for the same reason that the CDJ and DJM are so popular, which is there’s an army of Pioneer sales, support, and venue and artist relations roaming around the world to make it happen.

New pricing

You had to figure this would come at a cost. The big shift is that Rekordbox is moving to subscriptions, like so many products now.

The free version is still free – and you can unlock features with hardware, which I expect for many users will make the most sense. (You’re unlikely to use the advanced features with just a mouse and no controller, that is.)

The bad news is your old licenses don’t apply to the upgrade if you don’t have hardware that unlocks this.

The flipside is, the high-end version – with all the video and DVS – is now a better deal.

Just don’t panic – the Export mode is still in the free version, and you can actually even use performance features on PC/Mac, which means you don’t have to pay just to unlock those features when you’re away from your controller. And that’s handy – sometimes you want to try mixing two tracks together before you export them to USB.

So, free:

  • Export mode
  • Performance features controlled via PC/Mac

Core (6.99EUR-USD a month, discounted from 9.99EUR-USD regular):

  • Adds performance features
  • Adds DVS control

Creative mode ($/€9.99 a month intro, regular price to be 14.99) is where the big stuff is at, and since your hardware only unlocks “core,” you might still wind up having to pay for it:

  • Cloud Library Sync
  • Lyric feature
  • Video feature
  • Sequencer

I am not normally a fan of one player dominating the market, personally, but Rekordbox solves an extraordinary set of use cases in a way its competitors don’t even touch. And hey, the computer DJ experience it offers – which was once pretty deficient – has improved a lot.

When it comes to visual features and performance, Serato remains the functionality rival. So there’s your horse race – especially because Pioneer’s advantage of being the CDJ company is for the moment erased by the fact that there are no festivals or clubs. (Ahem.)

I’ll definitely be trying this out with some mixing soon – and will talk to some of the people working with its advanced video/show features. (They’re still working away, even in the lockdown.) Stay tuned.

Don’t miss their updated macOS info:


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Paris Hilton building her DJ set at home is unintended zeitgeist genius

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 14 Apr 2020 4:20 pm

“It looked so cool on Amazon but now it just looks … so small.” Paris Hilton binges on props for her new DJ set, and it’s hard to look away.

I’ve frankly never understood the hostility toward Paris Hilton, whose DJ career is more the extension of a privileged elite running a brand empire than it is anything particularly to do with “DJ culture” elsewhere. She commands higher fees than many other people in the top tier, but then – she has a multibillion dollar fragrance business. After all that Page Six nonsense years ago in New York, it seems like she’s just morphed into a full-time business mogul. Booking her is more like booking Vidal Sassoon if somehow he was in a transporter accident with Barbie and their patterns got mixed. (Apologies – all metaphors during pandemic lockdown may soon somehow involve Star Trek. Be warned.) And now she does EDM.

But here she is, in her mansion. It’s all the paradoxes of the current situation in one. We’re all in this together – except some of us are worth billions, and face none of the problems that really make this pandemic so dangerous – heck, here’s one DJ who’s even working. We’re projecting joy and happiness, “literally” (imagine Paris’ voice saying literally with a vocal fry) with unicorns and rainbows and balloons. But even Paris is alone.

And for anyone who has trashed Paris Hilton or wondered what her actual life was like, here is some … remarkably realistic footage of her unpacking a bunch of Amazon boxes and forgetting what they even are.

I find myself fascinated by her channel in that – there doesn’t seem to be any layers to what she presents. It’s a knee-high golden plastic ferret statue, pugs in costumes. It’s like Martha Stewart on acid and a sugar high. It’s calibrated but… there doesn’t seem to be anything behind the curtain. It’s over nine minutes of just unpacking Amazon boxes.

I don’t know what Paris’ DJ set will be like. I’m not sure it matters. (She did train with the best – Mike Henderson, aka DJ Endo, gave her intensive lessons and actually speaks highly of her chops.)

Forget the DJ set, though. Maybe the best audiovisual set of 2002 is just looping Paris Hilton unpacking Amazon boxes of flimsy, tiny commodity Shenzen LED and “laser” toys and gnomes and metallic-chrome easter bunny and “what is this?”

Karl Lagerfeld “well, not him, but … an inspiration of him … as a pug … it’s pretty sweet” — on a, what is that, a fire extinguisher? A seltzer maker bottle? One made to look like a fire extinguisher?

To quote Paris Hilton in a (tone-deaf, given the preset moment) quote: I’m literally dying.

This can be the “looped yule log fire” of the pandemic – well, on top of that Apollo 13 dialog. (Combine them for some real art – endless Amazon mysteries and Apollo crisis.)

I can’t even find half of these things on Amazon, and I thought I did Amazon. Maybe Jeff Bezos keeps a special warehouse full of the weirdest stuff just for Paris. I feel like the ghost of Andy Warhol would watch this.

But if you’re wondering why the hell I’m on this tangent, I want to say to the DJ community:

Make something this surreal and accidentally relevant. At least if we have cameras pointed at us.

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7 Films and Documentaries That Bring the Club Scene to Your Screen

Delivered... EB Team | Scene | Tue 14 Apr 2020 12:18 pm

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