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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.

OS Poll - the final score
Posted by Gizmo on January 31, 2009


So let's draw a line under this DJing OS usage thing as the numbers seem to have settled down to the same level for the last month or so. It certainly makes for interesting reading and bears out what I've thought for some time - the OS split in the DJ and music industry doesn't match the accepted norm, despite what some may think.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

Want to know about MASCHINE?
Posted by Gizmo on January 31, 2009
native instruments maschine

I can say with great pride and sincere thanks that the skratchworx USA media team did an amazing job in delivering a serious amount of hot media for your viewing pleasure. But there was one small but significant slip up - the failure to press the record button properly meant Peter was given an amazing demo of NI's Maschine, but sadly you'll never see it. But Peter is popping along to NI's Hollywood office to make amends and film an all new demo - and you can ask the questions.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

Scratching on the S3700
Posted by Gizmo on January 30, 2009


NAMM is over and my taxes are submitted, so it's time to get back to business. Being one of the trusted few, I was lucky enough to lay my hands on the spanking new and equally awesome Denon DN-S3700. And before it goes off to the next guy, I thought I'd knock out a rough scratchy type demo fo yo ass.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 25 comments

When 2 hands just aren't enough
Posted by Gizmo on January 25, 2009
IK multimedia stealth pedal

While the world goes bonkers for tactile MIDI controllers, we're forgetting that while we only have 2 hands, we make little use of our remaining appendages. Foot pedals are nothing new to DJs, but the all new IK Multimedia Stealth Pedal not only gives you a MIDI assignable footswitch, but has a built-in sound card as well.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 14 comments

Ortofon = Ortogone from DMC
Posted by Gizmo on January 23, 2009


As the double whammy of credit crunch and dwindling sales of vinyl and turntables kicks in like a bucket of laxative, Ortofon are having to pull the financial belt a notch tighter and say a teary goodbye to DMC. That's right battlers - you can use your old carts again. Well probably anyway - read the small print.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 29 comments

NAMM 2009 in big pictures
Posted by Gizmo on January 22, 2009


As the NAMM coverage draws to a close (just a couple of stories left), I uploaded the high res images into the skratchworx Flickr account for your viewing pleasure. There are some that didn't really need a news story and others that will get one tomorrow.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 1 comments

Stanton's SC System shipping
Posted by Gizmo on January 22, 2009
Stanton scs.1m scs.1d scs.3d

With a gestation period of around a year for products these days, Stanton would like to announce the timely birth of the SCS.1d and SCS.1m Firewire enabled bouncing baby deck/mixer/controller thingys. NAMM 2009 saw finished versions of last years rather fragile prototypes, and that's rather the point of this post - you can buy them NOW, or at least special order them as the case may be with some retailers.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

Kontrol One, but 2 would be better
Posted by Gizmo on January 21, 2009
DJ Tech Pro Kontrol One MIDI controller

While we're rather dazzled by the new shiny from the big players in the industry, it's often easy to miss what the lesser known companies are pulling out of their hat. DJ Tech and Kontrol DJ seem to have taken the DNA from several key products has been whipped up in the blender, and out the other end has come a basic but very able looking MIDI enabled Kontrol One.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 5 comments

Philly gets Cross, but in a good way
Posted by Gizmo on January 21, 2009


MixVibes have an all new DVS system called Cross (because it's cross platform). Not sure how it fits in with MixVibes DVS, but from the whisperings from the NAMM floor, people are loving Cross big time. And from DJ Philly's video above, it can certainly cut the French mustard.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

Sam shows six slot SSL Sampler
Posted by Gizmo on January 21, 2009


Did you think We'd forgotten about Serato? Hell no. Working their way up to Youtube are 3 demos - Scratch Live v1,9 parts 1 and 2, plus Video-SL too. Big Sam has a lens lodged in his nasal cavity for 20 minutes and talks up the sampler, album art, live feed and history, as well as wowing Peter with the MIDI functions in Video-SL.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 5 comments

The Innofader boldly goes...
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2009


Elliot Marx likes a challenge. Having built himself a fader based on all new technology, and making it fit all the easier mixers, he then set about transplanting his Innofader into 3 notoriously difficult mixers - the Rane 56, Ecler HAK360 and Pioneer DJM800. And this he did, and DJ Philly from the skratchworx USA team gave each one a go and saw that it was good.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 12 comments

Pimp my VCI
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2009
Vestax VCI-300 customised customized

If there's one company who go all out to produce special versions of their products, it's Vestax. Some of their gear is already pretty out there anyway, but they always like to go that one step further. And this VCI-300 is no exception. I know I've thrown the word "pimp" before, but this VCI-300 is very much worth of the "pimp my VCI" headline.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

APC40 - the movie
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2009


When Akai and Ableton decided to get together and do the dirty R&D dance of love, you just knew something good was going to happen. And thus far, the scene has been generally been fawning over the lovechild that is the APC40. We've shown you pictures, and you've lapped up the PR, but now you can watch the NAMM demo. Eric McGregor from Akai is clearly fluent in Abletalk and guides you gently the hand through the buttontastic APC40.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 1 comments

And there's more...
Posted by Gizmo on January 20, 2009


While I'm very happy that you're all coming back here and reading my words and the skratchworx USA team's pictures, there's also a few undocumented bits going on over in the skratchworx Youtube space. I've uploaded a couple of Ruckazoid videos showing off the Controller One, as well as DJ Vajra getting busy with Video-SL.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 2 comments

Button BASCHING with MASCHINE
Posted by Gizmo on January 19, 2009
native instruments maschine audio 4 dj

While last year's name seemed to be all about DJ orientated MIDI controllers, there appears to be more than a hint of more producer based controllers being assimilated by the DJ scene. Button bashing is clearly gaining favour with DJs, so it comes as no surprise that Native Instruments have leapt aboard the next digital gravy train, albeit in the first class carriage. MASCHINE is, as you might expect, a serious lump of goodness.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

A proper NS7 demo with a working camera
Posted by Gizmo on January 19, 2009


This time last year, I was playing an 24 hour game of "hide the news story" as permission was granted, degranted and finally regranted to post the original NS7 and ITCH stories. Hopefully, the next time I post an NS7 story, it'll be to tell you that it's out and on retailers shelves. It's so close you can almost touch it. In the meantime, check out this 7 min demo from Hoska - you know, the guy doing the demos on the Numark site.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 16 comments

MPK25 - your mini midi marvel
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2009
Akai MPK25 midi keyboard controller

It's quite clear that Akai's diminutive baby keyboard - the MPK25 - is never ever going to allow you to play a Beethoven concerto on it. But for the average Joe DJ wanting to squeeze a bit of MIDI into their DJ life, it's your most perfect if stunty little friend.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 6 comments

The Rane 56S in the steely grey flesh
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2009
Rane TTM56S TTM 56S NAMM 2009

With the TTM52 and 54 quietly slipping off the Rane balance sheet into mixer history, the chance came to rationalise their products a little and get some commonality between the 2 remaining TTM mixers. So now the 56 and 57SL share the same chassis, controls and probably a good deal of shared guts as well. I guess I'll find out if they send me one.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 20 comments

APC40 presses your buttons
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2009
akal apc40 ableton controller

Every NAMM show, there are products that just come out of nowhere, grab us by the throat, shake us around and leave saying "what just happened?". One such product is Akai's APC40, designed specifically for the previously mentioned hot potato that is Ableton Live. Akai are clearly going to be keeping component manufacturers' necks above water in these hard times.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

Live 8 announced... but didn't I watch that on TV in 2005?
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2009
Ableton Live 8

You'd think that running a DJ technology website that I'd have a clue about Ableton Live. Well I'm quite ashamed to say that I don't. I've only ever used a demo to check MIDI hardware and don't even have a full copy, or even the vaguest clue on how to use it, let alone have any press contacts. But with Ableton Live being a hot buzzword at NAMM and several manufacturers setting their sights on making button and faderfest controllers, I figure it time to jump headlong into Live Land. So forgive if I don't wax at length about the new V8 of Live, but it's obviously my duty to tell you that it's been announced.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

Vestax VCM-400 - 4 channel MIDI voodoo
Posted by Gizmo on January 18, 2009
Vestax VCM-400 4 channel midi controller

So you've seen the video of the VCM-400 - now take a look at some pictures. It seems to come in 2 colour schemes - Silver and Black and is most definitely aimed at the DJs who need 4 channels. A little while ago I might have said that this was useless without platters, but having watched some DJs make amazing body moving sound with 4 virtual decks, a handful of loops and not a platter in sight, I totally get where Vestax are coming from with this VCM-400.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 17 comments

Pro SMX in the wild
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2009
numark pro smx prosmx scratch mixer

Numark's Pro SMX scratch mixer puzzles me immensely. It's on the stand at NAMM, but is the only product with no associated media. It's as if Numark have this hot scratch mixer and they're really not sure what to do with it. Here's an idea - sell it around the world at a little bit less than the 56, Xone:02 and Ecler HAKs of this world and people will buy it. Now stop messing about and get on with it.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

DDS - D2 in glorious Technicolor
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2009
numark DDS digital media player

T'was just a matter of time before this came out. Having looked at the D2 Director in the past, I figured that the iDJ2 screen would soon become a standard fixture. But the D2v2 is called the DDS and as far as I can see, the colour screen is the only difference.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 5 comments

Primary colours Vestax style
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2009
Vestax NAMM 2009 PMC08pro2 Blue PMC05pro2 Red prototype

Electric blue is nearer the mark, and it's joined by the nonetheless shocking but somehow more palatable Red 05Pro2. Now before you dear readers start getting all huffy like the first time round, these mixers are very much prototypes and designed to get attention. Well Vestax - it most certainly worked in that respect.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 25 comments

Video-SL - now for the poor people too
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009
serato video-sl video mixing

Rane committed a small faux pas by accidentally telling the world about Serato product updates before Serato did. Ooopsies. But now Serato have completed their official release rounds with this one about Video-SL and the wonderful enabling of the SL-1 amongst other things.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 15 comments

MPC-5000 - let's go round again
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009
mpc5000 mpc 5000 os2 upgrade

When Akai finally released the beast that is the MPC-5000, they must have had huge hopes for their new flagship button bashing behemoth. Unfortunately Hip Hop golden boy wonder producer (and hence very influential) Just Blaze decided that the MPC was less than perfect and said so in lengthy detail. Battered and bruised, Akai's R&D labrats got busy and have now come back with a refreshed OS, called OS2.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 3 comments

MPK Nano anyone?
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009
Akai MPK25 MIDI keyboard controller

DJs are faced with a bit of a conundrum - on one hand, gear is getting smaller meaning a more efficient setup. But on the other, technology means that a wider range of gear is being assimilated into the setup. MIDI is obviously becoming the blood running through the veins of the DJs' spread these days, and every kind of device is being crammed into impossibly small spaces. And keyboards are just too damned big right? Well the new Akai MPK25 aims to cram a lot of varied MIDI functionality into a small space.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 4 comments

First Look - Xone:22
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009


And so the news from the floor begins to filter back over pond. Peter Mapanao was on duty for skratchworx and duly collared Allen & Heath's Andy Rigby Jones to give us a demo of the new "my first xone" - the Xone:22.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 10 comments

Another hidden gem uncovered
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009
Denon DN-X1700 4 channel MIDI Matrix mixer

Sometimes in amongst all the info flying around at NAMM time, it's easy to miss important information. Having spent time writing about and taking photographs of the überhot DN-S3700, I realised that I didn't get a manual. But when someone pointed me to an unannounced product hiding in plain view, I just had to post it. After all, if I didn't, someone else would, and it's freely available anyway. Gaze into the crystal ball and see Denon's future - The DN-X1700, the 4 channel MIDI and matrix mixer.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 20 comments

Cross - now with added vinyl
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009
Mixvibes Cross DVS

Many years ago now, I witnessed the birth of a new DVS system at MusikMesse. From that primordial slime, the single cell MixVibes amoeba evolved into a very complex beast - perhaps a little too complex. And it could only live in one environment as well - Windows. But now a new species has been discovered that can live in both worlds, and had evolved into a leaner and fitter species. Its name is Cross.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 18 comments

Dear NAMM media registration people...
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009


No, it's not the latest hot Asian boy band sensation, but is the new and improved skratchworx NAMM floor team. Phillip Le and Peter Mapanao are joined by Elmer Dongon, who between them will be manipulated from across the sea to bring you DJ focussed coverage direct from the floor via the mediums of Youtube and Flickr.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

NI downsize - their sound card that is
Posted by Gizmo on January 16, 2009
audio 4 dj native instruments sound card

NI's Audio 8 DJ is not just a beautiful piece of soundcard technology, but it's also twice as much card as most people need. MIDI controllers tend to be just 2 channels, as do other DVS systems not called Traktor Scratch Pro. So rather than try to sell a lovely but expensive card into a market that doesn't actually need that much card, why not slice it in half, make it the right product for everyone else and price it accordingly. That's Audio 4 DJ that is.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

MASCHINE - button bashing with a big heart
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009
native instruments maschine production MIDI controller MPC

For a long time, music hardware was self contained, with just a tiny LCD window allowing you to gaze into the belly of the beast. But times have changed, and controllers are doing the tactile bit, while the brain runs on your computer. Seeing as most people are essentially surgically welded to their laptops, it makes perfect sense to utilise the power and screen from the laptop to provide workflows that a 3 line window struggles to do, and merge it with a proper focussed production controller. That's exactly what Native Instruments' MASCHINE is.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 5 comments

The VCM-400 - finding middle ground
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009


Again, due to the dramatic failure of the Vestax PR machine to provide anyone with materials pre-NAMM, we news hounds have had to dig deep to find stuff (or look on our forums for links). But I did know about this pre-NAMM so I knew what to look for. And up popped this video, which just like the 08 clip is courtesy of www.soundactive.jp. This clip shows the VCM-400 - a MIDI controller that sits in the middle ground between the VCI-100 and the knob frenzy VCM-600.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 4 comments

The Vestax 08 MK2 - sunglasses mandatory
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009


A little while back, rumours surfaced about the rather nice Vestax 08 meeting an untimely death. Pish and twaddle thought I, and duly fired off a mail towards the inbox of Vestax. "Weeeell... it's getting a facelift" came back the reply. And as this video shows, it's some kind of radical facelift, as in too much plastic surgery facelift. And that wasn't the only surgery either.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 17 comments

Stealth Control - just appeared out of nowhere
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009
Numark Stealth Control  midi controller

As is the way of such things, manufacturers make a controller with a sound card, and soon after comes one without - or vice versa. This is the case with Stealth Control from Numark - essentially it's Omni Control sans sound card and with a fresh paint job.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 3 comments

Something to sit between the Denon 3700s you now sooo badly crave...
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009
denon DN-X1100 4 channel mixer matrix

Having just finished reviewing the Ecler NUO range, I wholly appreciate the simplicity of a good old fashioned straightforward mixer - one free from the current slew of must-have expensive extras. So I'm very happy to see that Denon are still thinking along these line and have brought out the all new DN-X1100. The key feature is matrix inputs - mix and match your channels how you see fit. Me likes.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

Step aside CDJ - the Denon DN-S3700 just entered the building
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009
denon DN-S3700 review digital media player Pioneer CDJ namm 2009

I find myself in a unique situation here - about to post an unfeasibly hot news piece having already spent days playing with and taking pictures of the subject of the aforementioned post. Yet again, this is another NAMM 2009 wtf moment, but in reality was almost a given release - just not right now. So Denon are using NAMM to unleash what this old man now considers to be a quite awesome lump of DJ loveliness. Pray silence for the Denon DN-S3700. Well when I say silence, I mean apart from the noise of jaws dropping of course.

And for the hard of reading, I wrote a first look article - click here.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 39 comments

Akaiton and their controller of many colours
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009
akai APC40 Ableton official controller midi

For some time now, the DJ scene has been all about DVS systems such as Scratch Live, Traktor Pro and MixVibes. But Ableton is becoming an increasingly popular name to see bandied around forums, with people craving that kind of functionality in their DJ sets. But despite Ableton's extensive abilities in the DJ area, there's been a lack of dedicated MIDI controllers. The Vestax VCM-600 appeared at NAMM last year, but now Akai and Ableton have have sexy time in the R&D lab and the offspring is here to see. People - say hello to the bouncing baby Akai APC40.

UPDATE: UK details - £399 and ETA April. But don't hold me to that.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

Scratch Live 1.9 - yes, it does DJ stuff too
Posted by Gizmo on January 15, 2009
serato Scratch Live v1.9 NAMM 2009 video-sl

Having accidentally stumbled upon Rane's sort of trickled out info on the next versions of Scratch Live and Video-SL, the information contained in the PDF was somewhat lacking in detail to say the least. Well it's quite clear that Scratch Live v1.9 is so much more that just making the SL1 mangle video. Hell no. The often mumbled keyword "Sampler" is living large in this update.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

Rane sort of leak SSL v1.9
Posted by Gizmo on January 14, 2009
Rane SSL Scratch Live Serato v1.9 video-sl v1.1

While picking up all the 56S media, I was trawling through the associated PDFs and right there, plain as day for all to see is news of Scratch Live v1.9 and Video-SL v1.1. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, given that I'm still waiting for official Serato PR on whatever they're doing at NAMM. But it seems that with the new versions, the SL1 interface gives you all that video goodness that you think you want, but when you really think about it, probably don't.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

The 56 is dead - long live the 56S
Posted by Gizmo on January 14, 2009
Rane TTM-56s 56s scratch performance turntablist mixer NAMM 2009

In another one of those NAMM 2009 didn't see this coming moments (especially as it was denied that the 56 was on its way out when asked...), Rane have quietly announced that their ultra successful and deeply loved TTM 56 has evolved into something just a bit better. The 56S is much the same but different where it counts, and probably rationalised to share components with the Scratch Live based 57SL.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

Xone:22 - mixing with 2 channels... what kind of crazy talk is that?
Posted by Gizmo on January 13, 2009
Allen Heath xone:22 mixer NAMM 2009

NAMM is proving to be full of surprises (more on that when I can spill the beans), and this new mixer from Allen&Heath certainly falls into the waitbuggermewtf category. The new Xone:22 has come from nowhere and certainly gets you scratching your head. You really need to think about this mixer before making any knee jerk reactions.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 30 comments

The Innofader hits NAMM and even more mixers
Posted by Gizmo on January 12, 2009
Audio Innovate Innofader NAMM 2009

It's NAMM week people so expect a trickle, and then a torrent of info coming your way, ranging from the minor update to the pant wettingly trouser trauma life change variety. Depending on your viewpoint and intimate relationship with your crossfader, this news may slot into the latter category. Audio Innovate will be at NAMM at booth 7304, showing off what was thought to be impossible - replacement faders for the DJM-800 and the Rane 56 and 57.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 23 comments

DJ Angelo's Weapon of Choice
Posted by Gizmo on January 10, 2009


Supporting a solid cause, showcasing some great skills and supporting those who have supported skratchworx - triple whammy. That's what this video from the UK's DJ Angelo is about. He's put it together to support MTV's anti-knife crime campaign. Good work fella!
CLICK HERE for the full story and 15 comments

SSL - bug bustin' with v1.8.3
Posted by Gizmo on January 8, 2009
serato Scratch Live SSL v1.8.3

Time to bust out the SSL counter again. Nothing too exciting to see here, but Serato have broken out a maintenance release for Scratch Live - now at v1.8.3. And while we're here, can we please for the love of God get something straight - Serato is the company, and Scratch Live or SSL is the software. So perleeeese can you all stop saying that you use Serato, because you don't. Clear?
CLICK HERE for the full story and 22 comments

What's in the box NI?
Posted by Gizmo on January 8, 2009
”Native

And thus the pre-NAMM flow of press material begins. Around a week before, it's usually utterly boring unpostable "we'll be at NAMM with our usual exciting array of stuff you've seen before, but they sound so much better this year because we sacked out last copywriter" blurb. But in recent years, teasers have become a tad more popular. And while trying to to give anything away, companies do like to build the tension and let you know that even in tough times, they’ve got some new hotness for you to pour over. Native Instruments is one such company.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 19 comments

Pacemaker V2... or is that V0.5?
Posted by Gizmo on January 8, 2009
tonium pacemaker upgrade v2

When the Pacemaker first hit these pages nearly 2 years ago, it was hard to know what to make of it. The rest of the DJ and wider gadget press (except us despite numerous attempts) got their hands on it and generally liked what they saw. But with something so new and so small, it was hard to please everyone. So having taken a lot of user comment onboard from their Pacemaker community, they've toiled hard to make a new improved version 2.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 3 comments

REVIEW: Ecler NUO3.0 Mixer
Posted by Gizmo on January 7, 2009
Ecler NUO3.0 Review

When companies set out to design a range of mixers, what you get is a 2 channel scratch mixer and a 4 channel club mixer that service the needs of each particular market sector and share just a few features between them. When Ecler approached the idea of the NUOs, they looked at the core features that a range of DJs need and made mixers that in essence are the same, but just 1 channel more than the last. And they also plugged the 3 channel gap as well with this rather marvellous NUO3.0.


CLICK HERE for the full story and 12 comments

2008 - What came and what's coming
Posted by Gizmo on January 5, 2009


2008 has been an eventful year if only for one thing - the dawning realisation that the global credit crunch is very real and just beginning to snap at the heels of manufacturers, dealers and consumers, each of which is feeling the effects in their own way. But before we get immersed in the inevitable doom and gloom, let's see how the year panned out.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 10 comments



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