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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.

New controller? NI say No
Posted by Gizmo on January 31, 2008
Native Instruments no controller

It's no great stretch of the imagination to work out that Native Instruments might possibly at some point have kicked around the idea of a hardware controller for its scene owning Traktor software. But despite what you may have read on other sites, now is not that time.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

ITCHing for VCI-300 news?
Posted by Gizmo on January 30, 2008
Serato ITCH vestax VCI-300

Out of all the digital controller madness that was spewed up at NAMM, Serato's ITCH based alliance with Numark and in particular Vestax garnered the most interest from the technology hungry masses. But detail has been painfully thin on the ground, but being the news hungry reporter that I am, I actually found out just a few more details for myself.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 24 comments

Style, provided you have any in the first place
Posted by Gizmo on January 29, 2008
DJ gear is largely uninspiring to look at. No matter how many Christmas light-esque LEDS manufacturers add to successive releases, they're usually sharp edged and crushingly dull with their not at all interesting Black, Grey or Silver stylings. Some efforts have been made to add different faceplates with fixed designs to CD decks and mixers (ironically Black to replace Silver etc). But now Styleflip offers almost unlimited creative freedom via a pretty spiffy on-screen Flash designer to do all manners of graphic nastiness to your gear. But don't worry - it's not permanent so the Hello Kitty phase you went through needn't be with you forever.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 24 comments

REVIEW: Vestax PMC-06 Pro VCA
Posted by Gizmo on January 28, 2008
Vestax PMC-06 Pro VCA black review

Plugging a narrow gap in the review schedule is the newly painted Vestax PMC-06 Pro VCA. Having been iconic for scratch DJs for years now, Vestax thought it might be a good idea to make it look like the rest of the current range thus endowing it with a coat of paint and some go-faster checkerboard stripes. But it doesn't go any faster or perform any better, but does look like it belongs in the range again.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 21 comments

Did NASA start making DJ gear?
Posted by Gizmo on January 27, 2008
EKS Otus Midi controller

You know how I toss around the term nextlevelness and talk of DJ pr0n all the time? Well Finnish company EKS saw the technology and aesthetics lines drawn in the sand by the likes of Numark's NS7 and Stanton's SC system and jumped right over it, laughing and mocking their now old fashioned efforts. Behold the power of EKS's Otus.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 26 comments

Double-Torq demos
Posted by Gizmo on January 24, 2008


Part 1 - part 2 after the jump...

In the last of the product demos shot by the skratchworx USA street squad, the guys got invited to view the demo of M-Audio's new version of Torq, now at v1.5. And while some of you are bellyaching at the nerve of M-Audio in charging a nominal fee for an upgrade, watch the videos and then see what's on offer is worth the upgrade, because for 50 bucks you get a whole lot of extra functionality.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

The ITCH just got bigger...
Posted by Gizmo on January 23, 2008
Skratchworx youtube links

Not sure how useful this post is considering that the ITCH interface is likely to change in the coming months, but here's a better screenshot of the current ITCH interface. Well... more of a point a camera at a demo TV than a screenshot but you get the idea.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

Now will you take us seriously?
Posted by Gizmo on January 23, 2008
Skratchworx youtube links

I've learned a few lessons in my 42 years on this planet such as If you want something, you have to work hard for it. Another is make sure to pack your bullshit goggles when going to trade shows. But another is that it's OK to pat yourself on the back from time to time - and this is one such time. But it's not just me - it's Peter and Phillip aka skratchworx USA's ground team at NAMM, for the Innofader and ITCH system videos they shot have only gone and hit the number 1 and 2 positions in Youtube's most linked music videos in the UK today. Yes - the top 2 positions. And that's not all - the Stanton SC system video takes 10th place as well - so that's 3 in the top 10.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 10 comments

Small screen, big features - EVO5 demo
Posted by Gizmo on January 23, 2008


Time for one more product demo - this time from Ecler USA's Jon Ghoddoussi who gives us a brief skim over the magic hiding inside the colour screen of the deeply desirable Ecler EVO5.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 4 comments

Stanton's SC System - overview over some guys shoulder
Posted by Gizmo on January 23, 2008


While not being the most in-depth balls out exposé on Stanton's new SC System, Stanton's product specialist B-Side gives us (well when I say us, the skratchworx US guys just filmed somebody else's demo - sorry) a quick overview of what's what.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 4 comments

You can look, but don't touch
Posted by Gizmo on January 23, 2008
Denon DN-S1200 DN-X120 NAMM 2008

A few more snaps, this time from the Denon stand. While they had their flagship doeseverythingwithknobson DN-HS5500 deck, their other new products garnered plenty of attention and greasy nose marks on the glass case they were in. The new DN-S1200 seems to be causing quite a stir on tha intarwebs. Shame nobody could actually play with it.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

Innofader banter from the man himself
Posted by Gizmo on January 22, 2008


Just before NAMM, we gave you the exclusive on Audio Innovate's new non-contact crossfader technology. You all seemed like kids in a sweetshop with your noses pressed against the virtual glass wanting more. We'll here's a little more from the man himself - Elliot Marx, owner of Audio Innovate, extolling the greatness of his new wonder fader.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 28 comments

Sam's just itching to spill the beans
Posted by Gizmo on January 22, 2008


Words, pictures and now a movie. Not a blockbuster but Sam Gribben gives us a little more info about Serato's ITCH and Vestax's ITCH based controller the VCI-300 than we had before. Tension adjusting platters... hmmm yummy.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

NUOs at NAMM
Posted by Gizmo on January 21, 2008
Ecler NUO2.0 NUO3.0 NUO4.0 NAMM 2008

While not being quite as ooooh and aaaah as some of the other offerings at this year's NAMM, Ecler's updated NUO range needs some of your love as well. Getting some much needed updates, the NUOs should hopefully make it's way into your hearts, DJ setups - and who knows, perhaps even skratchworx reviews.


CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

Vestax and their amazing technicolour dream controller
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2008


Henry Ford (the guy who invented the car), when asked about the Model T Ford allegedly said "the public can get it in any color they want as long as its black". And for so much DJ gear this is so true. But Vestax clearly aren't having any of that where their VCI-100 controller is concerned. It was only a matter of time before different colours and different configs for the various MIDI softwares would pop up. Note to Vestax - a black case would also be cool.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

Stanton's SC system - up close
Posted by Gizmo on January 19, 2008


There's nothing quite like real hands on tampering with real gear rather than passing judgement based on a few renders. So take a quick shufty at this handful of snaps of Stanton's new SC System directly from the NAMM show floor. They're not all in focus but you still get the idea.


CLICK HERE for the full story and 27 comments

The Flat Controller
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008
Vestax VCM-600 MIDI ableton controller NAMM 2008

Last up from Vestax is another new MIDI controller. Again, I saw this as a drawing at PLASA but the reality looks a whole lot better. Obviously not aimed right at the DJ fold, hence the lack of jog wheel, this knob and button fest is primarily aimed at Ableton users, although being MIDI means you can plumb all manner of software into it.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

What's all this about then?
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008
Vestax VCI-B1 MIDI controller NAMM 2008

Well actually I do have a little insight into this, having seen not much more than an idea of this unit in Vestax's secret room at PLASA. But it seems that everyone is getting hip to the fact that MIDI is cool and all, but we - the ones having to pay for and use this stuff - want real vinyl feel from our controllers. Hence Stanton, Numark and now Vestax are putting out units that do just that. Enter the Vestax VCI-1B.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

Another show, another VCI
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008
Vestax VCI-300 Serato ITCH controller NAMM 2008

I do my best to keep up with everything that comes out of NAMM but when certain companies don't actually send out official PR, it's a tad hard. So through the grapevine via some bloke down the pub who's cousin's best mate's mum's dentist heard something, news reaches me of a Serato ITCH powered very VCI-100 looking unit called logically the VCI-300.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 11 comments

Hercules Rmx - Is it just me or...
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008
Hercules DJ Console RMX NAMM 2008

Hercules have entered the Pro MIDI controller market with their new Hercules DJ Console Rmx box of MIDI tricks. Normally known for the more budget end of the market, this is aimed firmly at the pro DJ looking to ditch conventional media, white van and coffin cases in favour of a laptop bag instead. Is it just me or does it look like the bastard lovechild of a Mac Pro and a VCI-100?
CLICK HERE for the full story and 54 comments

NS7 - in the flesh
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008
Numark NS7 Serato ITCH NAMM 2008

We've seen the renders - we've seen the shopchops - now see the real thing. A short gallery of Numark's neew Serato ITCH based all in one system. Looks perdy fo shizzle.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 27 comments

Torq is cheap - $50 upgrade actually
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2008
M-Audio Torq v1.5 upgrade NAMM 2008

Coming dangerously close to running out of witty wordplay headlines, M-Audio have announced details on the next major upgrade to their Torq software package. Addressing some of the concerns of users and also coming up with a load of digital goodness all on their own, M-Audio's bargain priced DVS system will be available for a $50 upgrade fee, which I'm sure many of you will be cursing about, but I'll get to that later.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 22 comments

It's back - the NS7 post that is
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Numark Serato ITCH NS7

Having posted and retracted a story and image from these pages, I've now got the full lowdown on just what Numark and Serato have been cooking up while snuggling together in their respective gear labs. Check here for exactly what Serato's new ITCH things is all about for that's what drives Numark's new NS7 system.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 28 comments

Denon dust off diddy duo
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
denon DN-S120 DN-X120

While not being a regular D-Day, the Denon guys have a few new bits and bobs to show at NAMM. Essentially, they've got a serious update to their miniscule CD deck and mixer as well as a simple rack mount mixer and finally a set of cans.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

Live's an ITCH and then you buy
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Serato ITCH software SSL
Serato ITCH software SSL

So it seems that the Numark NS7 story posted earlier wasn't quite factually accurate. Rather than use Serato Scratch Live as the software blood pumping through the hardware veins, there is in fact a new Serato product. Imagine sat brainstorming a name for this product - I think it went like this: "I'll say a word and you say the first word that comes into your head". Indeed people for Serato's new super slimline size zero SSL is called ITCH.
UPDATED: Added spec list.
UPDATED 2: Some comment from Serato
CLICK HERE for the full story and 14 comments

Is that a beat box in your pocket or...
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Akai Pro xr20 beat production center

Many years ago, when I had pretensions of making music, I invested in a 4 track. Quite literally weeks later, I sold it when I realised that while I could knock out a beat (I had a SpecDrum and a Korg KPR-77), layering audio to create actual music was just out of my sphere of skill. But I got me a hankering to knock out some beats again and this new XR20 Beat Production Centre (why wasn't called a BPC?) looks to be right up my street.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 6 comments

MPD32 - knobtastic pad bashing fun
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Akai Pro MPC5000 MPC-5000

As we know, it's all about MIDI control these days and getting to grips with software and this new Akai MPD32 aims to expand on it's MPD16 and 24 heritage to give you even more flexibility - more knobs and faders to assign.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

The Mighty MPC gets even mightier
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Akai Pro MPC5000 MPC-5000

In recent times, Akai have attempted to gain some ground in the lower end of the music production market with the MPC-1000 and baby 500 models. For beat makers on the move (in the back of the stretch Hummer between showbiz party and the studio), these diminutive MPCs have provided beats on the go. But the really serious studio dwelling hardcore MPC heads have craved something new to get their pad thumping hands on, having been stuck with ye olde worlde MPC4000 stylings. Well finally it's here - the MPC5000.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

Pulled - for now
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Seems the picture isn't quite representative of the product. Pulled until updated info arrives. Sorry but there's plenty of other one handed DJ reading material to look at.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 15 comments

MixMeister Mac - no, not that one...
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Numark MIxmeister Studio Fusion Mac PC software

A short time ago, I spent a couple of days with MixMeister for PC. Coming from a traditional and linear mixtape creation approach, I was deeply impressed with how easy it was to easily create a mix in a matter of minutes. But this was on a damned Windows machine, so I politely informed Numark that unless they brought out a version for OS X, I'd cast journalistic integrity to the wind and never ever post anything about Numark again, no matter how life changing it was. Obviously shaken by my threat, they had their code monkeys work 36 hour days to create the Mac version so everyone can now get a taste of MixMeister for themselves.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 6 comments

Deck and dock - iPod vinyl ripping mashup
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Numark TTi vinyl recorder to iPod USB deck turntable

Numark appear to be on a one company mission to own vinyl converting for dummies. Not happy with just addingg a USB port for easy connection to any computer, they've taken it one step further and added an iPod dock right into the deck itself.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 10 comments

iDJ2 - fits in your bag, or in a bloody great big case
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Numark iDJ2 road ready case

The days of turning up with one case and rocking a crowd are here. Numark's all in one crowd rocking digital masterpiece the iDJ2 now has a dedicated case - one that comfortably houses the iDJ2 and also the keyboard on one snug unit.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 1 comments

Pioneer announce MEP-7000 - shops sell out of Kleenex
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Pioneer MEP-7000 SEP-C1

And the Dj pr0n just keeps coming. For those of you who like me have wondered when Pioneer were going to play catchup and get on the digital controller bandwagon, you need wait no more for Pioneer have jumped aboard with knobs on. Seems they've patiently watched the likes of Numark, Denon and Cortex to see what they had to offer and after distilling the user feedback and no doubt pulling the competitive product apart down to component level, today Pioneer bring you the MEP-7000, and Sweet Jesus does it look nice.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

A trio of new NUOs
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Ecler Nuo2.0 Nuo3.0 Nou4.0 NUO NAMM release

With NAMM comes new products, as well as updates. What we have here is an update of one of Ecler's product lines - NUO. Undergoing a slight name change, the NUO2.0, 3.0 and 4.0 are announced today with some needed upgrades as well as some downgrades. But I think there's good reason. Bear with me...

CLICK HERE for the full story and 18 comments

Now you can "Enter The System" if you like
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008
Stanton SC System NAMM 2008

Some time ago, I predicted that the future of DJing was taking the function away from the hardware and making it all software based, with dumb controllers working the software on laptops. It's always seemed wasteful and not really in the consumers' interests to have to splash out on all new decks and mixers when much of the improvement should really just be a software tweak. So bugger me if that's exactly what Stanton have gone and done. Enter the SC System.


CLICK HERE for the full story and 21 comments

A little pre-NAMM taster from Stanton
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2008
Stanton c.324 Slot loading CD deck

While you all patiently wait for the deluge of NAMM hotness to hit your screen, Stanton are slipping out some PR so that it won't be lost in the rest of the Stanton news (trust me, it would be). Stanton have given the C.314 a small reworking and improved a few things that needed work.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 23 comments

The Ultimate DJ Laptop - or not
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2008
macbook air apple laptop

At this year's MacWorld Expo, Real Steve Jobs not only pushed the envelope but opened it at the same and presented the teeniest weeniest full sized laptop known to mankind in the shape of the MacBook Air. Lacking a CD drive and pretty much any other extra usually taken for granted in a laptop, the MacBook Air is the size zero of computer technology. But I wonder if this is the ultimate in DJ laptops or do you guys prefer something a bit meatier?
CLICK HERE for the full story and 18 comments

NAMM - just days away
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2008
skratchworx official NAMM 2008 reporters

Spread across my screen are windows full of genuine nextlevelness i.e. PR from many manufacturers showing me what they're going to be unleashing upon you this year (well hopefully). Some of it is logical updates, some new products but there's also a fair lump of real pants dampening DJ pr0n. No clues from me until I post it all on Thursday morning. Following that though will be the news from the floor, provided by skratchworx USA aka Phillip Le and Peter Mapanao, who will be hassling every manufacturer until they give up the real news on what's happening at NAMM.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

Skratchworx Switchbox draw
Posted by Gizmo on January 14, 2008
skratchworx switchbox magma

In the time honoured tradition, I let you guys pick a number to match a randomised list of email addresses to give me the winner of whatever competition happens to be running - in the case the hand customised Magma Switchbox. So like the picture says, pick me a number between 1 and 203. Just one number - post it up below. Obviously, if you see that someone has posted a number, there's no point posting another - so don't.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 39 comments

Deckadance for Mac - all official like
Posted by Gizmo on January 11, 2008
Deckadance Mac version v1.2 Image-line

The other day, I told you about the new Mac version of Image-Line's Deckadance DVS. This info was kind of sort of gathered from sources but the real PR has arrived. So for the sake of completeness of info, here it is.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 2 comments

World Exclusive - PXF meets Infinium in fader mashup frenzy
Posted by Gizmo on January 11, 2008
skratchworx world exclusive
skratchworx ebsel infinium cliff optifade fader pro x fade cross fader

We love exclusives round here, and what I have to share right here is likely to have some serious DJ technology repercussions in years to come. We're all aware of Ebsel and their Pro X Fade brick shit house cross fader. We're also aware (and I'm one very happy user) of Infinium's faders found in the Mackie d.pro series and Rodec's Scratchbox that use non-contact optical technology. So bringing together these 2 powerhouses of fader technology can only be good for us all right? Yes indeedy - Ebsel and Infinium are holding hands and will be bringing forth joint products.


CLICK HERE for the full story and 18 comments

Stanton want you to "enter the system"... oooerr missus
Posted by Gizmo on January 10, 2008
Stanton SC System

Trade show tease time - Stanton look set to return to the DJ world with a big bloody bang this year with something huge. When I say huge, they've set up a teaser site so I guess they feel it's worthy of some speculation and hype. I have no idea what it is yet, but knowing the techy geek at Stanton, it's likely to be special.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 50 comments

Denon's new toy - watch it scratch
Posted by Gizmo on January 9, 2008
denon DN-HS5500 demo

Denon's new wonder deck the DN-HS5500 edges ever closer to retailers shelves and in the true spirit of hype and tease, Denon have made a short demo movie to show just how dandy the platter is and a few extra features for good measure. Geeks can switch off now as it doesn't show USB at all, just how well the platter performs and sounds.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 16 comments

We're all doing the Deckadance
Posted by Gizmo on January 8, 2008
Imageline Deckdance DVS

Image-Line's hot new DVS Deckadance reaches a milestone with the release of v1.2 - yes, it's now running natively on Mac. So finally, this technologically challenged hack can finally see what all the damned fuss is about. Having got quite a few DVS interfaces and vinyls (not to mention a Zero4 and d.2 Pro) lying around, it'll be interesting to see how it performs as a first Mac release.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

Dre cans for "pop music"
Posted by Gizmo on January 8, 2008
monster beats by Dr Dre headphones cans

If DJs were to buy products just by looks alone then these new headphones from Monster Cable and Dr Dre would probably clean up. But thankfully you guys are a little more discerning that being swayed by a brand name or celeb endorsement right? Oh you're not? Just as long as it has the right label and looks hella cool you're sold? Then these "Beats By Dr Dre" cans are for you.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 10 comments

Pacemaker is out
Posted by Gizmo on January 7, 2008
Pacemaker personal DJ system

With NAMM just around the corner, the press releases will be coming in thick and fast soon, detailing the next NEXT big thing to grace your DJ playpen. But here's some fresh PR for something we broke ages ago, so sorry if it feels like old news but Tonium's Pacemaker is getting closer to release so they've gone and hired themselves a pukka PR agency especially for the event. And if they're nice enough to send me this stuff, it's only polite to post it up.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 10 comments

djdecks - New Year, new version
Posted by Gizmo on January 6, 2008
djdecks update

Only the weak let Christmas stop the march of technology and Adion at www.djdecks.be took the holiday to knock out another release of his djdecks DVS app. But despite the relatively minor version number upgrade, adding 4 deck support isn't to be sniffed at.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 2 comments

MusikMesse - NOT sleeping rough near wifi hotspot
Posted by Gizmo on January 6, 2008


After a little more digging and checking out the train lines, I've managed to find a 4 star gaff just one short train trip away from the main Mess hall. And the rate expedia.com is just too good to keep quiet - well at least now that I have a room with guaranteed wifi access instead of eating into Lil Miss Giz's university fund with the T-Mobile bill.
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Golden Gizmos - sounds like a cereal but not
Posted by Gizmo on January 4, 2008
annual skratchworx awards

When we kick the old year's wrinkly old arse out of the door and gently powder the new year baby's bottom, its customary to take a look at what happened in the last year. But that's a bit clichéd and boring so instead, I've responded to the sackloads of email begging for some skratchworx awards. So here they are - the trophy-free purely for a giggle maybe annual Golden Gizmos.

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I need a new shiny badge
Posted by Gizmo on January 2, 2008


Like anyone else, I do like to get a small but needed pat on the back from time to time and a little recognition for the work that I and the small rabble of skratchworkers do. So seeing as you bunch of freeloading bastards simply drop by to see what free stuff you can blag from me, how about you show the blogging world just how much your very life depends on a daily fix of the worx by nominating my little blog in the 2008 Bloggie Awards.

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