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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


PCDJ DEX 2PCDJ DEX 2 is professional DJ Software for MAC and Windows that allows you to seamlessly mix music, music videos and even host karaoke. DEX 2 gives you full control over your media allowing you to do more in the mix than ever before.  Since DEX 2 offers no-latency playback; loops, hot cues, and all playback features are as ultra responsive. Use DEX 2 with a keyboard or mouse, or use one of the 60+ supported DJ controllers for tactile hands-on control.

DEX 2 Features
- Up to 4 DJ decks (two for video and karaoke) with professional grade mixer and playlists
- Two mode skin, complete with Audio and Video Tabs
- Fully manual or automatic mixing (one-click beat-matching)
- Video mixing (including pitch, break, reverse, scratch video)
- Video effects and Video transitions
- Karaoke Singers List. (click for more info)
- Timecode vinyl/CD support
- Robust library with format filters, search as you type, and tag editing
- Change font dynamically (in real-time) in playlist/browser (press on the list to have focus and then press +/-/0 on your keyboard)
- Seamless intelligent looping and beat-skip
- Skin support – change the appearance of DEX 2
- Automatic grid-based BPM detection with batch processing
- Vinyl simulation including scratch, pitch, reverse play, and brake
- Headphone cueing and monitoring
- Support for professional VST effects
- Analog input for microphone (with talk over), turntables, or CD player’s
- Pitch scaling for harmonic/key mixing
- Key stepper – configurable (full/half/quarter steps) with digital readout
- advanced auto-mixing including Mix-In/Mix-Out (Cue In/Out) points
- Perceptual automatic gain (volume control)
- Sample player – load up audio clips and trigger them
- Karaoke CDG (MP3+G Zip and uncompressed) support
- Record your mix to MP3, WAV or AIFF
- Key-Lock (Master Tempo) – Very high quality option available!
- ASIO/CoreAudio low-latency support
- Browsing system with unlimited lists, disk explorer, database, and iTunes library import support
- Load the whole song in RAM for instant access
- Audio-CD support on Win/Mac
- DEX 2 reads mp3, m4a, wav, aiff, ogg, cda, mpeg, avi, mov, flv, mkv, wmv, flac and more! (Non DRM)
- DEX 2 works cross-platform, so your purchase will work equally well on a Windows computer as it will on a MAC!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

You Rock Guitar Gen 2 White

You Rock Guitar Gen 2 White
You Rock GuitarThe You Rock Guitar Gen 2 has been an incredible popular guitar since it can be used for recording, composing or creating tabs via MIDI.  It can also be used stand-alone with its internal sounds.  Now available in White or Black

This YRG marks the next evolution of the ever popular YRG-1000 by Inspired Instruments Inc., also known as YouRock Guitar. It is yet to be beat as the first fast tracking, no latency, affordable digital MIDI guitar on the market. It’s price point is unheard of, its technology is unmatched.

The YRG’s patented fingerboard technology and electronics have revolutionized the way a guitar player, other aspiring musician or DJ can create, record and play music. The YRG connects to a host of mobile devices including the popular iPad to use with GarageBand. It also connects via USB to the MAC and PC. The YRG can be used with most recording and tablature software such as Logic, Reason and Ableton to name a few. Also compatible with Legacy MIDI synthesizer devices via its 5-pin MIDI connector.

This versatile instrument never needs tuning and is backpack friendly. For beginners, or, if you enjoy games like Rocksmith and RockBand, the YRG is a perfect crossover instrument to real guitar playing. Pick yours up today! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Groove Factory 25 Key Controller

Groove Factory 25 Key Controller
Groove Factory 25 Key ControllerWe have a limited quantity of these fantastic 25 key controller keyboards on sale for $79.99. 

The Groove Factory 25 USB Controller Keyboard is not only a great price, but has a feature missing on most keyboards in this price range - a MIDI Out port!  This means you can use external MIDI gear such as the PianoBox II to avoid latency or to play your keyboard without your computer.

- Midi or usb connection
- 1 volume fader, 4 fully assignable knobs, pitch pend, assignable expression roll - 1 sustain pedal input
- 1 midi output

Thursday, April 17, 2014

iO Dock II

iO Dock II
iO Dock IIThe iO Dock is back and more capable than ever. The updated iO Dock II picks up where the original left off by unlocking the power of the iPad to provide professional recording capabilities in a simple-to-use design. Just slide your Lightning or 30-pin iPad into the dock and open your favorite iOS recording app to start creating. 

Its no secret that the iPad's user-friendly design and processing power have been a hit with musicians and producers who use apps to create music. iO Dock II takes this concept a step further by letting you connect your guitar, bass, microphones, keyboards and MIDI gear in one convenient device. And because it works with virtually any Core Audio or Core MIDI app, you will never run out of ways to create with the iO Dock II.

The iO Dock II is so much more than an ergonomic place to put your iPad in the studio. Dual combination inputs (XLR + 1/4-inch) let you record vocals, acoustic instruments, electronic instruments or ensembles with ease. Use dynamic or condenser mics to capture audio via the onboard mic preamps with phantom power.

Integrating the iO Dock II into your live or home studio setup is just as easy, thanks to 5-pin MIDI In/Out jacks and a USB MIDI Out port. The improved high-impedance input gives you a dedicated jack for your guitar/bass that ensures you have a clean, pure signal for tracking or 3rd party FX apps. Dedicated headphone and 1/4-inch outputs let you listen to your tracks on studio monitors or 'phones. The assignable footswitch jack opens up creative possibilities for gigging or virtual instrument performance.

Check out our complete list of tools for making music on your iPad, Tablet or SmartPhone!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kelly's Music NOT affected by the Heatbleed SSL Security Bug

Kelly's Music & Computers does not use OpenSSL and so we have not been affected by the Heartbleed SSL security flaw.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Real Guitar, Real LPC and Real Strat on sale!

Real Guitar 3Real Guitar, Real LPC and Real Strat on sale! 

All three Real Guitar titles from MusicLab are on sale until the end of the month.

If you are serious about creating truly realistic sounding guitar for your songs, but aren't a guitar player, RealGuitar is just what you need. RealGuitar is a sample-based virtual instrument with an innovative approach to guitar sound modeling and guitar part performing on a keyboard.  The original Real Guitar 3, Real Strat 3 and Real LPC 3 are all on sale.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TheGigEasy Mic Stand

TheGigEasy Mic Stand
GigEasy Mic StandDo you already have a GigEasy Mic Stand Mount, (or other mic stand mount), but need a portable stand that adjusts to the perfect height for both standing and sitting?  Check out the new GigEasy Mic Stand!  

The Mic Stand allows height adjustment from 36" to 63": perfect for most applications. This sturdy microphone stand folds down to a handy 32" and includes a standard 5/8-27 female microphone thread and weighs less than 4 lbs. It can be easily transported and stored because instead of using a heavy base, it utilizes a collapsible tripod base for stability.

- Microphone Stand 36" to 63"
- Standard 5/8-27 female mic thread
- Collapsible tripod base
- Dimensions when folded up 32"
- Lightweight 3 lbs 6 oz

Check out our complete list of tools for making music on your iPad, Tablet or SmartPhone!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Free Amplitube 3 or T-TrackS Deluxe when you buy iLoud before April 30

Free Amplitube 3 or T-TrackS Deluxe! Purchase the iLoud between April 3-30th 2014 and receive a download of either Amplitube 3 or T-TrackS Deluxe from IK Multimedia free when you register.

While there are hundreds of portable speakers in the market, none of them were developed with musicians in mind until now. Meet iLoud the first portable speaker for musicians. IK has created a portable speaker that combines superior power with spectacular audio resolution and amazing low end. And with over 16 years of pro-audio engineering expertise plus IK's position as the leading developer of mobile music-creation apps and accessories, they know what they are doing. For the first time, musicians can have a portable speaker that sounds like a studio monitor, and allows them to create high-quality compositions and accurate mixes on the go. So grab your iPhone or iPad and just rip out one brilliant tune after another with iLoud.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SE Electronics Magneto Limited Edition Mic

SE Electronics Magneto Limited Edition Mic
Magneto MicThe sE Magneto Limited Edition is a high specification studio condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern and a unique limited edition finish. Bearing the rich heritage of high quality sE Electronics condenser mics, the Magneto Limited Edition has been created to provide excellent performance and produce outstanding results at its price point.    

The Limited Edition Magneto is ideal for recording vocals and acoustic instruments alike, and with its unique Limited Edition finish, it will hold a unique place in your studio. It includes a swivel clip and thread adapter as standard, with additional accessories available like the sE universal shock mount, pop shields and sE Reflexion Filters.

Specifications of the sE Magneto Limited Edition live up to today's studio demands, with a linear frequency response from 20Hz - 20kHz, a very high max SPL before distortion (140dB Max for 0.5%THD at 1000Hz) and high sensitivity level. The sE Electronics Magneto Limited Edition condenser microphone is a desirable and obvious choice for anyone who wants a unique, high-quality microphone with an entry-level price tag.

If you prefer boring black, check out the "non-limited edition" here!