Introducing The Glow Mat: Light Up Your Car Floor!

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Every once in a while comes a new product that connects a piece of the world of electronic music with everyday life.

Today saw the launch of The Glow Mat on Indiegogo, originally designed to meet the demand for safe and secure lighting for aviators in the cockpit, and now made available for private use in cars. Aiming to replace the standard-issue car floor mats found in every automobile, The Glow Mat gives the interior of your car an entirely updated aesthetic and feel.

The Glow Mat works as easily as you may expect, illuminating the floor of your car when plugged into the cigarette lighter via USB port. The mats are available in 8 different light-up colors, and also become a versatile tool in illuminating otherwise dark parts of your car when driving at night. Made from densely woven poly-blend yarn on the top and water resistant rubber-nibbed back for extra protection, the mats themselves come in black, grey or tan.

The minds behind The Glow Mats are car and plane enthusiasts Tony Pasquini and Dan Lawrence, who came up with the idea in February 2016 following years of experience in aviation, boating and car customization. The goal is to begin production this month and have the first run of Glow Mats shipped by November of this year, with plans to add new designs, color-changing capabilities and more further down the line.

The Glow Mats turn your car into a quasi-personal club, all the while adding that cool factor and safety that comes with a lit up vehicle floor. The mats come in two-seater and four-seater packages, priced as cheap as $49 for early backers.

Back The Glow Mat’s Indiegogo campaign and light up your floor like never before!

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SFX Will No Longer Be Selling Beatport

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Six months ago, SFX Entertainment declared bankruptcy raising a vast cloud of doubt over the future of various companies it had acquired during the EDM boom of 2010-2015.

One of the companies whose future was uncertain was Beatport, the giant electronic music-oriented online store founded in Denver, Colorado. While it was initially reported that the company was going to be put up for auction in May, SFX has now announced that it will no longer be sold.

Beatport will continue to operate as a marketplace after earlier canceling its streaming services. This last change was among several other actions taken by SFX in the last few months that have proven to have dramatically improved the company’s profitability.

Below is the full statement from SFX Entertainment:

“Our renewed focus on the Beatport Store, following our announcement of platform changes in May, 2016, has been well-received and successful. The changes we implemented have laid a strong foundation for Beatport that have dramatically improved its profitability.

“As a result of these improving trends, SFX has determined that retaining ownership of Beatport is in the best interest of the Company and has withdrawn its motion to sell Beatport through the Chapter 11 process. We look forward to emerging from Chapter 11 in the next few months, as strong and vibrant business, positioned to pursue both organic and strategic growth options. The dedicated Beatport management team is committed to continuing to serve our core DJ customer base and enhancing the quality of our customer experience.”

Pioneer DJ Launches the DDJ-RZX All-In-One Audio and Visual Controller

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Pioneer does it again. Think of an all-in-one unit that incorporates features from the CDJ-2000, DJM-900 Nexus, as well as live visuals control via Pioneer’s Rekordbox Video and you have the brand new DDJ-RZX.

The latest addition to the DJ controller world goes leaps and bounds beyond anything the DJ gear fanatics have seen so far. A welcome competitor to the latest releases by Native Instruments, Pioneer’s DDJ-RZX has grouped a long list of features to provide a complete product for artists attempting to do more behind the decks of a controller.

The features of the industry-standard CDJs-2000 are perfectly mimicked via the “media player” section of the controller, coupled with a brightly-lit sample section featuring Beat Sync, quantize and trim. On the mixer side, the console attempts to replicate the set-up of the familiar DJM-900 Nexus, with 4 channels and an FX unit that includes Mic FX, Combo FX, Sampler Repeat and Release FX, as well as the Sound Color FX. Not to be outdone by other top-of-the-line controllers, the DDJ-RZX model includes three 7-in LED screens which highlight the same complete track details as users see on the CDJ-2000NXS, on top of displaying the loops and Hot Cues when in mixer display mode.

And to think that the most revolutionary element of this new hardware hasn’t even been mentioned yet! Included in Pioneer’s latest product is Rekordbox Video, the company’s latest software offering in direct competition with Serato on the visual element of today’s electronic music market. With the DDJ-RZX, a DJ will be able to load images and video files and output them to linked projectors or screens, or to include a USB-connected camera to the set-up for an added live video element to the set. Essentially, the technology allows the artist to fully incorporate live visuals on the fly to their mix, enabling them to modulate the video feel with the deck controls available before him.

Although the DDJ-RZX won’t win every heart, it sure brings a lot more to the table than past controllers on the market, especially in the form of a more complete approach for artists looking to incorporate more to their DJ sets.

For more information on the DDJ-RZX, which is priced at $3000, visit Pioneer’s official DDJ-RZX page.

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Is Apple Going To Block iPhones from Recording Live Concerts?

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Is it ok to spend time at a club, festival or concert with your phone in the air, taking constant pictures and videos of what’s happening on stage or behind the decks? People are divided on the subject, with some thinking that such use of cellphones disrupts the atmosphere (and views) at a show, while others think it’s their prerogative to do what they want for a show they paid money to attend.

But what if that prerogative didn’t exist? That may be the case soon with the latest patent awarded to Apple! The technology would allow Apple to activate specific data transmission protocols in conjunction with partnering venues to ensure that your iPhone camera is blocked from taking pictures and videos when held up to the stage. In order to do this, it will tap into infrared technology to ensure that the camera is not functioning solely when pointed to designated areas.

Although the patent was last re-filed in 2014, it was originally first awarded in 2011 despite no specific plans to introduce the technology into upcoming generations of iPhones.

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According to FACT, the technology could have other uses too. Immediately it becomes obvious that it could be used to prevent the illegal filming of films in movie theaters, as well as photography in sensitive locations.

The technology could also be used for augmented reality purposes. As an example, the phone could be held in front of exhibits at a museum or art galleries, immediately becoming the recipient of applicable information via infrared on the item being featured.

Needless to say, as the patent belongs to Apple, this technology shouldn’t prevent Android users from taking advantage of their smart phone cameras when out at their favorite show.

Twitter Is Investing $70 Million Into SoundCloud

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Although Twitter pulled out of a deal to buy SoundCloud in 2014, it is now reported that the social network giant has invested $70 million into the music streaming platform.

When discussing the investment deal, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated: “Earlier this year we made an investment in SoundCloud through Twitter Ventures to help support some of our efforts with creators. They’ve been great partners of ours over the years and their community-supported approach mirrors ours in many ways.”

This follows Twitter’s announcement that SoundCloud will now appear in and stream via Twitter Moments thanks to a deal struck in April. The move aims to allow curators to build specific playlists for specific tweets.

There is no public information that discusses the $70 million cash infusion at this time, although a statement from a SoundCloud spokesperson reads: “We can confirm that Twitter has made an investment in SoundCloud. Both companies facilitate and inspire contemporary culture to happen in real time while reaching millions of people around the world.

“This investment will enable SoundCloud to remain focused on building value for creators and listeners alike, and to continue the global rollout of many company initiatives such as our recently launched subscription service, SoundCloud Go.”

It is estimated that this funding round values SoundCloud at about $700 million — the same value that investors placed on the company in 2014, when it raised $60 million.

Source: Recode

SFX’s Flavorus Sold to Vivendi for $4 Million

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As we previously reported, SFX has been auctioning off their assets as part of their Chapter 11 Bankruptcy restructuring. Major event companies the likes of React Presents, Made Event, Alda Events and more were owed millions as a result of years’ worth of steady financial decline.

The latest company on SFX’s portfolio to have been sold is Flavorus, the ticketing service that has in the past been used by major festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Movement Electronic Music Festival. On June 2nd and 3rd, Flavorus was auctioned off to Vivendi Ticketing US LLC, a branch of the UK’s Vivendi S.A. for the high-bidding price of $4 million offer – a $13.1 million loss on the price the company was originally acquired for in 2014.

The latest in SFX’s development comes following Beatport’s announcement that it is ending its news and streaming services in order to concentrate on its original intended purpose of serving as a music store for the electronic music community.

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Are Carl Cox & Native Instruments Feeling Your Mix?

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With the 2015 release of Stems, a new audio file format by Native Instruments, the digital DJ game has started to change drastically. To celebrate the first anniversary of this revolutionary new format, Native Instruments will be hosting a special giveaway event – a mix competition, co-hosted by Mixcloud. To enter, you must record a 30-minute mix (using TRAKTOR, of course), upload it to Mixcloud, and add the tag #PLAYSTEMS. Three lucky winners, hand-picked by house and techno legend Carl Cox, will be selected to win – the first, second and third place prizes are: (1) e-voucher worth $2000 toward gear via NI’s online shop,  (2) a TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 DJ system, and (3) a TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ system.

 

Submissions are due by June 12, so make sure to get started quickly. Time to cook up some fire

For more information, please visit Native Instruments: www.native-instruments.com/1-year-of-stems

TRNTBL: The World’s First Wireless Vinyl Record Player Is Here

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The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records and turntables has been translating into the opportunity of advancing and creating new technology to enhance the use of this music medium.

VNYL is the perfect example of a company that has been tapping the booming record market with innovative ideas and products. The first of these was a record subscription service which sees users receive a personalized basket of records every month.

Next up, the company is moving onto hardware, by creating the world’s first wireless vinyl record player. TRNTBL will be able to stream music to speakers using Bluetooth or Airplay technology, on top of offering the streaming of uncompressed audio to Sonos’ entire line of premium audio products. Technology incorporated with TRNTABL will allow it to identify the music playing in real time with a live tune-in feature synched with Spotify.

 

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You can pre-order TRNTBL now for $351 before price increases $420. The wireless record player comes in either cream/gold or black/gold. For more information and to place a pre-order, visit their website directly.

 

Is SoundCloud Making Moves to Delete and Block All Uncleared DJ Mixes?

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Is SoundCloud slowly deleting all uncleared DJ mixes? It appears that may be the case.

According to Digital Music News, SoundCloud has made plans to delete all DJ mixes that haven’t been fully cleared yet, a move that is bound to affect a large portion of the files uploaded to the platform by its 185 million active users.

Users have now begun to notice massive amounts of DJ mixes disappearing from their playlists. Several high-profile users such as Morgan Page and L’Affaire Musicale have already had their entire accounts or uploads deleted, with SoundCloud making it clear that DJ mix or live sets contains popular tracks that belong to another artist will be deleted. If a music file is deleted, the user sees all the statistics racked up through that upload also disappear.

UPDATE: SoundCloud issued a statement today replying and denying that any measures have been taken to delete DJ sets off the platform. The statement reads:

“The story has no truth to it. At SoundCloud, we’re on a mission to create a place where all creativity can live. SoundCloud’s creator community, including DJs, is incredibly important to us.”

 

Source: Pulse

Richie Hawtin Finally Unveils PLAYdifferently’s Model 1 Mixer

Richie Hawtin, his father and Andy Riby-Jones before the unveiling of PLAYdifferently's Model 1. Photo courtesy of Richie Hawtin via Instagram

Richie Hawtin, his father and Andy Riby-Jones before the unveiling of PLAYdifferently’s Model 1. Photo courtesy of Richie Hawtin via Instagram

After years of work and months of promotion and road testing, Richie Hawtin has now fully unveiled the Model 1 mixer of his PLAYdifferently line. Previously, fans and DJ technology buffs had only seen partial pictures of the hardware that didn’t reveal much.

The mixer is now officially launched and available for pre-order on PLAYdifferently’s website for £2500 plus £50 flat rate shipping word wide. Orders will be shipping after June 30th. The official launch event will occur via live stream later today, courtesy of Boiler Room Berlin. Read more