Spotify is launching a new feature that lets artists stream ticketed concerts straight into the Swedish giants’ platform. Fans can buy tickets for the concerts – currently priced at £15 per show – and pick a time to watch the show back. As it stands the shows are not truly live and are just pre-recorded concerts playing back through the app. However, they can only be watched once at a time chosen by the viewer based on four time zones, through the web browser.
iZotope and Native Instruments recently announced a merger under a new umbrella company and to celebrate they’re offering you the chance to download two of their plugins for free. NI are offering up Hybrid Keys, a Kontakt instrument full of keyboards, synths, pads, mallets and more. It also features a flexible GUI that can morph between sample layers creating unique synth tones.
Apple Music has added lossless mode to its streaming catalogue at no extra cost. The music streaming platform is also adding support for Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos, a kind of 3D sound that was introduced in AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. Not all music will work with Spatial Audio at first, with Apple name-checking the likes of Arianna Grande, The Weeknd and J Balvin supporting the feature from the off. We reported on the new feature rumours earlier today.
Apple has made the bold statement “music is about the change forever” in a new teaser first uncovered by MacRumours.com. The cryptic message is displayed alongside a video of a spinning Apple Music logo, implying the new update will be centred around Apple’s Spatial Audio feature found in their AirPod Pros and AirPod Max headphones.
AKAI has announced a new version of their classic range – MPC One Retro. With the same functionality as the One announced last year the Retro features the same colour stylings and logo from the iconic MPC60 sampler, designed by Roger Linn. The cream case and red logo give it a retro feel while the multi-touch screen, controls and functionality on the MPC One remain.
Numark has announced two new Party Mix controllers, both featuring RGB lighting that syncs to the music. The Party Mix Live also features built-in speakers so you can quickly get the party started without a full speaker setup. More traditional features include touch-sensitive jog wheels, filter knobs per channel, transport and pitch control, two-band EQ per deck, performance pads for samples, effects, cue points and looping.
Algoriddim’s hugely popular DJ app djay AI has a major new update for iPhone and iPad. Its Automix AI has been rebuilt from the ground up, with “fully automated” DJ sets, powered by AI and Algoriddim’s own Neural Mix feature, that separates stems of mastered stereo tracks. It allows for fluid transitions, based on more than just key and tempo, but more complex and subtle mixing techniques.
NI has added Beatport LINK and Beatsource LINK streaming functionality to Traktor Pro 3. LINK, which lets users stream Beatport’s entire catalogue into DJ software using an internet connection, was already available in rekordbox dj, VirtualDJ, Serato, Denon DJ hardware and more. You can build your playlists inside Beatport’s store and they’ll be available inside Traktor Pro. You can also access curated playlists from the Beatport team and from artists they’ve worked with to curate track selections.