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Monthly Archive

Below is a complete archive of all the news stories we've ever posted, broken down by month. Apologies for any missing pictures - the recent host change has seen a few images go walkabout. As I come across them, I'll find them and reinsert them. But I'm sure you'd rather I worked on the all new site than recover 7 year old images.

NAMM 2006 - Urei
Posted by Gizmo on January 31, 2006
It took me a dogs age to find the Urei booth. Keen to take a look at the new 1601E mixer, I eventually tracked down the Urei people in what wasn't much more than a darkened room. They needn't have been so shy about their gear as they also had a couple of surprises up their sleeves with the 1603 (4 channel) and 1605 (7 channel) club mixers. Can't these people count?
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NAMM 2006 - Gemini
Posted by Gizmo on January 29, 2006
Gemini had a lot to look at. Not only was the CDT-05 working (actually 3 of them) but they also sneakily released a new darker iKey sibling as well as an iPod mixer. And as if that wasn't enough, they also managed to squeeze out a full on 5 channel club mixer as well.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 41 comments

NAMM 2006 - AudioInnovate
Posted by Gizmo on January 28, 2006
New kid on the scratch block Audio Innovate were at NAMM showing off their new knobtastic slightly left field mixer the AEM-100. Coming from a former designer at Numark, the AEM-100 comes complete with a Pro X Fade as standard plus an effects section akin to old school analogue synths. Oh and there's the somewhat controversial fader cuts buttons as well to get your head around...

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NAMM 2006 - Denon
Posted by Gizmo on January 26, 2006
NAMM proved to be a quiet time for Denon with nothing brand new on display, and I believe that this may the way of things for a while. While having a stand full of it's new flagship DN-S3500 CD decks, the only other thing of interest to us was a new faceplate for their DN-X1500 club mixer - this time in silver to match the aforementioned CD deck. But grafted into the mixer was Denon's new Flex Fader.
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The best turntablist trailer ever
Posted by Gizmo on January 25, 2006
While I steadily wade through the NAMM footage (don't worry, there's plenty more to come), here's a little light entertainment.

Tell your friends, family and even complete strangers about the utter greatness that is the Eclectic Breaks Pro X Fade promo reel. No other words are needed. Enjoy.
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NAMM 2006 - Numark
Posted by Gizmo on January 21, 2006
Do you remember when the Numark CDX came out with it's real vinyl platter? Do you also remember thinking "wouldn't it be like way cool and stuff if Numark put a tonearm on there as well"? My guess is that it was always planned to do just that. Now hot on the heels of Gemini's long awaited CDT-05, Numark have announced the X² (squared, not 2 - just so you know). And very nice it is as well.
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NAMM 2006 - Tascam
Posted by Gizmo on January 21, 2006
Much like my surprise when turntablist crew Noisy Stylus brought out luggage, now cool clothing company Mixwell are bringing out a CD deck, albeit with the help of Tascam. The CD-DJ1 is a dinky piece of scratchy goodness when used with the TTM1 but equally well equipped for all sorts of other DJs as well.
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NAMM 2006 Day 1 - in a rush!
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2006
OK - sorry for the delay but I fell asleep with my laptop within 30 minutes of hitting my room last night and didn't wake up for 7 hours. Thankfully I was in bed... with the laptop... just don't ask.

Anyway, I've been fighting with technology since 03.30am LA time this morning and eventually won - kind of. I have to rush to a super important meeting for skratchworx this morning so powered by Apple new iLife '06, I bring you NAMM Day 1. Please bear with the loading times - it's a little slow.

The next installment will be in much more detail I promise! :d:
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REVIEW: Vestax PMC-08 Pro
Posted by Gizmo on January 19, 2006
I have a little story to tell... I know that heads be fiending for the official sw_smilie.png Vestax PMC-08 Pro review yo (sorry LA rubbing off on me already), but someone decided to semi speculatively hack sw_smilie.png and publish the unfinished review elsewhere. Due to my super organised and logical brain, this guy realised that I'd probably use a particular naming convention and was correct. Now however, it's been tidied up a little, it's ready.
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New DJMs from Pioneer
Posted by Gizmo on January 19, 2006
It's NAMM so it's hot new product time. Pioneer have been a little quiet of late so it comes as no surprise that they'd have new blood for us. The DJM-400 looks to be a cool 2 channel plus effects plus looping sampler but the DJM-800 looks to be where most interest will be. But I'm hearing whispers of another product on the stand...
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REVIEW: Technics SL-DZ1200
Posted by Gizmo on January 14, 2006
As regulars to these pages will know, one of the biggest stories that we started off with was the long rumoured and eventually rather sexy digital answer to the legendary 1210 - the Technics SL-DZ100 CD deck. Regulars will also know that actually getting one of these units out of Technics proved to be a fruitless task. Undaunted by the rejection, ProfessorBX managed to lay his hands on one and has written the review so many of you have mailed me for.
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Übercool or the next Billy Bass?
Posted by Gizmo on January 9, 2006
Usually at the CES show in LA, it's a wall to wall drool-worthy ultra cutting edge geek fest in the extreme (that I sooo wish I was at). Like other gadget freaks, I crawl the pages of Engadget and Gizmodo for a fix of the next thumb sized PDA or 6 metre wide LCD TV. But this really is either the coolest thing in the show or quite possibly the most cheese worthy item in the whole wide world. You decide...
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Scratch wax goes digital
Posted by Gizmo on January 6, 2006
Scratch sounds on CD are nothing new. There have been a small handful of releases (Ultimate Scratch CD, Mixxing Link, Soundcraftsman) but while we wait for scratch tool makers to drag themselves into this millennium and smell the digital coffee, I guess we'll have to look elsewhere. And as if by magic, 3 come round the corner all at once in the shape of Sound Material volumes 1-3.
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Can't Stop Won't Stop... reading
Posted by Gizmo on January 4, 2006
Santa was generous to me this year - I asked nicely for Martha Cooper's Hip Hop Files in hardback and got just that. For those of you who don't know, Martha Cooper is a New York photographer who chronicled the birth of Hip Hop in photographs showing how it really was right at the beginning pre-bling. And now my next purchase has just come out - Can't Stop Won't Stop is out in paperback at last. For anyone wanting to get some real Hip Hop history, push yourself away from your screen and grab these 2 books today.
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The WSTC returns
Posted by Gizmo on January 2, 2006

For those of you who've been active on the internet scene for a few years now, you should be aware of the WSTC - the World Series Turntable Championship. Initially run by the Bionic Stylus crew, it's kind of been on then off then on then... well it's back and stronger than ever. Founder DJ Loop has teamed up with Slickbeats and sw_smilie.png to relaunch the WSTC and make it the DMC of the internet.

As is the way of these things, the draw for round one is done and the competition is ready to kick off.
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FX frenzy from Audio Innovate
Posted by Gizmo on January 2, 2006
As we approach a big show, there's always a flurry of activity on sw_smilie.png and the 2006 Winter NAMM is no exception. Fresh out the starting blocks is Audio Innovate's AEM-100 - a Pro X Fade equipped FX heavy mixer.
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A slice of history. Well 12 actually...
Posted by Gizmo on January 2, 2006

Tommy Boy is a name you'll always hear connected with Hip Hop. Indeed it was perhaps THE label synonymous with the very foundations of this scene. After the recent success of "The Roots of Hip Hop" release, they've decided to dig the crates some more and bring out a 12 CD set called "Hip Hop Essentials". Covering the acknowledged golden age of Hip Hop - 1979 to 1991 - Tommy Boy have put together a wide cross section of tracks that rocked the scene over this foundation period of Hip Hop.
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