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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.

You know you want one...
Posted by Gizmo on January 31, 2007

But what is it? Read on to find out...
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FOR SALE: and more
Posted by Gizmo on January 31, 2007
It's not too often that a really good domain name becomes available. I know because I've snapped up enough of them when they've become free. But one (well 3) such domains are up for grabs. Up for grabs are, .org and .info while Lee Jackson, the owner of the sites and all round nice guy will be keeping his blog running. Click the link to make a bid on what is a brilliant DJ domain name. I would myself, but I have way too many domains already.
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Posted by Gizmo on January 31, 2007

From time to time, a product comes along that changes things forever. One such product was the Numark CDX. This was the ultimate in making our new and enormous digital collections sound and feel like real vinyl. So it came as no surprise (well it was actually) when Numark did what all the hip people do and tagged an "i" in front of the name and brought forth a deck that embraces MP3 (and only MP3 mind) even more and allows you to plug almost every USB device known to man into it and play the music contained on it. Perhaps not as ooooh and aaaah as the CDX but the Numark iCDX does quite a lot and does it well.
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NAMM 2007 - Mackie Tracktion 3
Posted by Gizmo on January 30, 2007

OK - big apologies to Mackie for the late posting of this. My mail app has become a tad over-jealous in the spam filtering department and this most clearly doesn't fall into that category. Despite making no announcement about the d.4 and d.2 Pro mixers, Mackie have announced an upgrade to their audio production package Tracktion.
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Ummm... Star Wars technology carts?
Posted by Gizmo on January 22, 2007

As we all know, you can depend on sw_smilie.png to be first with all the hard facts about the DJ scene. So just for a moment, let's drop some pure here-say backed up with nothing more than a few words on a website. I got an email telling me of an amazing product that'll no doubt cure cancer, end famine and eradicate Big Brother from our TV screens for ever. Well... actually it looks like some sort of Star Wars type laser stylus.
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Sk sk sk skreczing...
Posted by Gizmo on January 21, 2007

There's a world of battle wax out there, full of disses to reduce your opponent to a quivering heap of jelly in front of a crowd who are equally ripping the piss out of you as well. But I wonder how that goes down in Polish? Well if you're so inclined, you can find out at the Battle 2007. For those not in the know, is the premium site for turntablism in Poland. Absolutely indecipherable for non Polish readers, but looks hot nonetheless.
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NAMM 2007 - Behringer BCD3000
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2007

You know when I said that I didn't have any more controllers to post... seems that I lied was mistaken. Having just posted Deft's very positive review of the BCD2000, Behringer only go and release an updated version - namely the BCD3000. From the outside, it's seems to be almost the same as it's 2000 sibling but my guess is that there's more to this than meets the eye (which is journo-speak for see if you can tell the difference).
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NAMM 2007 - Vestax VCI-100 Controller
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2007

For a while, there was a feeling in the scene that Vestax had - for want of a better phrase - lost the plot. Bringing out a string of boundary pushing products, Vestax seemed to have been carried away with wacky concepts instead of consolidating on their scene leading decks and mixers. But Vestax are back big time, and showing at NAMM is the VCI-100 digital controller.
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NAMM 2007 - Mixvibes
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2007

I remember the times before vinyl emulation, before MP3 - when vinyl was vinyl and DJs had bad backs and didn't have to worry about laptops. Now we're neck deep in companies rolling out their own take on making digital into analog. One such company is Mixvibes. Having taken the unusual and more flexible approach of making software to run on a variety of soundcards, they've now brought out their own ASIO compliant 4 in/6 out Mac and PC USB soundcard.
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NAMM 2007 - Korg mini-KP
Posted by Gizmo on January 19, 2007

Coming in with possibly the largest DJ product being covered at NAMM with the Zero8, Korg have also released into on what could well be the smallest product as well. Having already provided a few raised heartbeats last year with the KAOSS PAD3, Korg have decided that less is... well less and cut the KAOSS PAD down to size with the mini-KP (lower case mini - geddit?)
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NAMM 2007 - Korg Zero Mixers
Posted by Gizmo on January 19, 2007

Well I didn't see this one coming. Korg are better known for their keyboards, effects units and other more musically orientated instruments. So when I discovered that they'd brought out something with a crossfader, I was surprised to say the least. Out of nowhere has come the Zero range of digital mixers. The Zero8 is rather more like a full on mixing desk and aimed at producers more than your average DJ. But the Zero4 is likely to get most tongues wagging round these parts. The press release is somewhat mixed up between the 4 and 8 so you'll have to pick out the details you need.
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And there endeth the NAMM epic
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007
12 stories in one day - a new record. All super hot info direct from the manufacturers. And now I need to walk away from my laptop and rest. sw_smilie.png deputy Peter is walking around NAMM as you read this getting pictures of everything he can and they be fed back to me in the next day or so.

If they're anyone else who is visiting NAMM and wants to feed back images, video and words, I've set up a special FTP so you can do just that. Drop me a line - gizmo at skratchworx dot com and I'll send you the details.

At least one more story tomorrow plus whatever lands in my inbox.
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NAMM 2007 - Traktor Scratch
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

And here's the second and rather more expected half of the dissolution of the FInal Scratch pact. The NI teaser image posted a week or so ago gave up rather more than a hint at what was to come and the full picture hasn't disappointed. Native Instruments give you Traktor Scratch - a special version of Traktor that powers the new and clear winner in the sexiest soundcard stakes - Audio 8 DJ interface.
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NAMM 2007 - Stanton Final Scratch OPEN
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

So try and get your head around this. At the end of 2006, Stanton and Native Instruments officially ended their Final Scratch based partnership and since then, we've all been wondering exactly what would be the fallout from this split. A short time ago, Stanton issued an enigmatic statement that - despite saying bugger all - caused waves of speculation on the skratchernet. Well Stanton have released not so much a new product, but a new concept that has the potential to cause a massive change in the scene.
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NAMM 2007 - M-Audio Xponent
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

A short time ago, M-Audio teased us mercilessly with an abstract image of candy coloured bright lights and not much else. But not much gets past this old man. After a small amount of head scratching, I surmised "It's a controller for Torq". And surprise surprise... it's a controller for Torq.
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NAMM 2007 - Cortex
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

Cortex appeared on the scene at NAMM last year and captured the hearts of the DJ world. They did what everyone wanted - made DJ gear with USB ports to allow us to use any media we want. This year has seen them release the basic HDC-1000 dual head unit with the HDC-3000 soon to be on dealer shelves. And at PLASA, we got a glimpse of the future in the shape of the awfully named bells and whistles laden HDTT-5000 tabletop unit. Indeed, a final working prototype can be seen on the Cortex stand at NAMM. But what does the future hold? Well as ever, sw_smilie.png gets to bust another world exclusive and gets to show you what's in the Cortex crystal ball...
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NAMM 2007 - Numark D2 Director
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

Along with Cortex (more about them later) and Denon, Numark have seen that the trend is to have your music in the digital form and most likely on an iPod or external drive. From a desktop point of view, Numark's iCDX (review is done - waiting for a technical point to be ironed out) handles this market very well but the mobile and club DJ wants a piece of the action as well. Numark's D2 Director (again - squared) offers everything a pure digital DJ might need. Now there's a race to see who can get to market second as Cortex already have that title.
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NAMM 2007 - Numark MixMeister
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

And finally, not a knob, fader or resistor in sight. Having introduced Cue to the world (I urge you to try the demo), Numark further embrace the needs of the digital DJ but this time entirely in software. I have to admit, I'm a little confused as to what the exact difference is between Fusion and Studio but essentially, they act as a sequencer, allowing construction of mixes either via click and drag or if you so wish by linking to a MIDI controller to give you that more hands on feeling.
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NAMM 2007 - Numark Virtual Vinyl
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

Back in April, Numark planned and succeeded with a takeover of Europe's top music event MusikMesse 2006. They unleashed such a wide range on next level gear that even us hardened DJ hacks were left open mouthed at the sheer volume of next generation products. One such product was Virtual Vinyl. Having taken he established Virtual DJ product, Numark put their mark all over it and made it into Cue - the software blood that pumps through the heart of much of Numark's digital range. Virtual Vinyl is in fact Cue plus the hardware interface and control records.
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NAMM 2007 - Numark Total Control
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

Having established that the digital revolution has the scene in a frenzy right now, you can be sure that Numark have all bases covered. The area of growth that seems to have gathered the most interest in recent times is the MIDI controller, with every Tom, Dick and harry coming out with their own interpretation of how to implement 30 year old technology into the modern DJ scene. Now Numark have got their own product to address this ever growing need - the Total Control USB/MIDI controller.
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NAMM 2007 - Numark VM03 MKII
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

There's no denying that VJing is the next level of DJing. But adding the visual dimension to a DJ's set significantly adds to the mountain of gear needing to be lugged around - not least something to actually monitor the video output. Numark brought out the original VM03 some time ago so now it's time for an update with bigger screens and greater images control.
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NAMM 2007 - Numark DMC2
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007
There are a number of trends emerging in the digital DJ market - vinyl emulation, MIDI controllers, USB connectivity and software interoperability. The Numark DMC2 (that's squared remember) hits the latter and is designed as a companion to Numark's very lovely Cue software but is capable of working with others as well. Essentially, it's almost a pair of iCDXs in a rackmount unit. And yes - the little wheels allegedly do scratch. But no - it's nothing to do with the other DMC.
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NAMM 2007 - Numark DJ-io
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

With USB being the acronym word on every manufacturers lips right now, Numark continue to propel themselves down the digital highway with the DJ-io - a neat and tidy USB output interface for Macs and PCs. Now you can just plug and go... or is it plug and play... wash and go? Oh hell - I'm all confused now...
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NAMM 2007 - A&H Xone:S2
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2007

It wouldn't be right if I didn't mention another A&H release. The new Xone:S2 is what is commonly referred to as a "club mixer" and comes in a "rack-mounted 4U" configuration and can even be configured with "rotary faders". Yes I know the scratchernet is not used to such terms but I'm sure a quick trip to Google or Wikipedia will clarify things for you. Sarcasm aside, this is quite a beast and even has a full curve control for the crossfader. Nice to see that A&H realise that all DJs like to scratch a bit. And no - I don't know if a Pro X Fade can be installed, but knowing Ebsel it's probably a done deal. Most interestingly though is the inclusion of USB, embracing the direction that many DJs want to go towards.
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NAMM 2007 - A&H Xone:2D
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2007

I always love when Allen & Heath come out with something fresh. Why? Because they're English and any manufacturer that comes from the UK and shows the rest of the world how to make DJ gear properly puffs out my chest with a great sense of sadly waning national pride. So having introduced the Xone:3D last year, I wondered what could possibly be next? Well there is the thorny issue of having to offload your existing mixer to make space for a Xone:3D, something A&H have clearly thought about as well. The result is the Xone:2D - essentially the controller part of the Xone:3D, allowing you to put whatever mixer you want between a pair and still having MIDI at your fingertips.
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Technics Discontinued? Yes and no
Posted by Gizmo on January 10, 2007

It's not very often that we have anything to post about Technics but rumours abound about the 1210MK5G being discontinued. So being the dutiful DJ hack that I am, rather than post rumour, I got FACTS. Clarification came from Panasonic UK to squash the rumour that I've both read and received in my inbox. And It's not what you might think.

UPDATE: For those of you using this story as some sort of gospel to refute the current (Nov 29 2009) Technics is dead rumour - this piece was written nearly 3 YEARS AGO. And as it turns out, despite the official word from Panasonic UK, the MK5 is still in plentiful supply, thus casting some doubt on any Technics rumour to be honest. So stop quoting this over and over again.
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NI jump on the teaser train
Posted by Gizmo on January 9, 2007

Time for another teaser. Having broken free from their Stanton contract, Native Instruments have some hot gear coming out at NAMM - the briefest of brief glimpses I have for you here. I should be getting more info later this week but it won't be released before NAMM. So as ever speculate away - let's see what wackiness you guys can come up with.
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REVIEW: Vestax Faderboard
Posted by Gizmo on January 9, 2007

Sometimes, sw_smilie.png is soooo on the ball and ahead of the pack, it's embarrassing. This however is equally embarrassing but for the wrong reasons. I commissioned Ceri Grafu to write a Vestax Faderboard review - which he did - but for a whole load of lame brain excuses jolly good reasons, I never published it. Having spotted a few posts on various forums on the scratchernet recently, I figured it was time to dust off this 2 year old review and give the Faderboard the attention it deserved.
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I gotta get me a posse!
Posted by Gizmo on January 3, 2007

The biggest event in the gear geeks DJ trade's calendar is Winter NAMM. God knows why it's called Winter NAMM as citizens of Anaheim haven't got a clue what Winter really is. The temperature dropping to 75 is classed as a cold spell out there. But it all kicks off in a couple of weeks and sadly, I've decided that there really isn't enough going on to warrant me spending 1500 to get there to give manufacturers a whole heap of free publicity. So I need to recruit basically anyone who is going and has a camera to feed the sw_smilie.png massive with all the hottest info direct from the show. If you're going and want to help out, hit me up at the usual address and we'll work out the details.
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Pretty lights = speculation time
Posted by Gizmo on January 3, 2007

So NAMM is in a few weeks and information slowly seeps from within the assorted PR departments around the world. This is the sum total of what M-Audio will give me before the show starts. Let the speculation begin...
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Time to make someone happy!
Posted by Gizmo on January 1, 2007
So as 2006 draws to an end, so does the Rane Fest competition. The entries have been collated, scrutinised, adjudicated for double entries and randomised. All I need from one person is a number between 1 and 1769. The first number posted in the comments will match an email address in the randomised list. I'll then contact that person and inform them of their frankly enormous New Years pressie. Once they respond, then I'll announce the winner. So I'm waiting...
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