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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.

Tutoritool from Pedestrian
Posted by Gizmo on February 27, 2005

As we stand in front of our expensive decks and mixer with our many years of hard earned skills, busting 7 click reverse double summersault with a pike ultra flares, please spare a thought for Billy Noskills. The good people at Pedestrian clearly do and have come up with a new tool for newbie scratchers - called The Tutoritool. Click the banner for more info.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 78 comments

DISCUSSION: Your first setup
Posted by Gizmo on February 23, 2005
Continuing our series of thoughtful intelligent discussion points (next week Technics vs Vestax - not), Weaksauce has suggested we touch on the subject of our first setups. We all had to start somewhere and It'll make for interesting reading to find out where us oldies and the newbies have entered the scratching arena.

So did you start on a GLi mixer with OG 1200's or was your gear a little less substantial? Indeed, do you feel it's necessary to have the newest and most expensive gear on the planet earth to start your turntablist adventures or would a set of belt drives do to get you going?
CLICK HERE for the full story and 117 comments

New Nuos from Ecler
Posted by Gizmo on February 22, 2005
After the success of their 4 channel wonder mixer the NUO5 (see Deft's review here), Ecler have clearly decided it's time for a mixer range revamp. It's fair to say that their SMAC range hasn't set the scratch world on fire so it comes as little surprise to hear that they're scrapped them and going with the NUO moniker on 3 new NUO mixers - the Nuo2, 3 and 4.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 52 comments

A Cautionary Tale for download DJ's
Posted by Gizmo on February 17, 2005
Want a scary bedtime story? Check this news out and then go wipe your hard disk clean before it's too late....

ROME (Reuters):"An Italian DJ has been fined a record 1.4 million ($1.8 million) for using thousands of pirate music files in a nightclub near Rome, police said on Wednesday.

Police in the town of Rieti, near Rome, said they raided a popular nightclub earlier this week as part of a crackdown on piracy and seized 500 illegally copied music videos and more than 2,000 MP3 music files."
CLICK HERE for the full story and 125 comments

DJ Gutter - the man, the mat
Posted by Gizmo on February 13, 2005
After a short break from the scene, purveyor of the fine slipmats that are SewerSlimes - DJ Gutter is back - and bringing his SewerSlimes back with him.

Check DJ Gutter's site for more info and the man and his mats. Join his forum and chat to the man directly.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 33 comments

Pioneer 707 - official statement
Posted by Gizmo on February 13, 2005
In a bid to try and clear up some of the confusion surrounding the future of Pioneer's very lovely DJM-707 mixer, Pioneer Europe have asked me to post an official statement:

"The DJM-707 will remain an important part of the Pioneer mixer range Europe for the forseeable future. However we cannot quote a recommended retail price as legislation in certain European countries, most notably the UK, prevents us from doing so. Anyone wishing to obtain a price should contact their preferred Pioneer Pro SV dealer."

Hope that clarifies the situation on this side of the pond at least!
CLICK HERE for the full story and 83 comments

DISCUSSION: The future of Turntables
Posted by Gizmo on February 9, 2005
In what will hopefully become a weekly discussion event, I've decided to turn my attention to turntables.

The turntable has been with us as DJ's since... well forever. The ubiquitous Technics 1200 series has been and continues to be the deck of choice for any aspiring scratch DJ. But time and technology marches on - and there's nothing we can do to stop it. And that march is in the direction of digital technology.

So my question is this - should manufacturers stop pouring cash into analog decks (seeing as they seem to have reached a development plateau) and start investing serious time and money into making the perfect digital scratch deck we all want. And if they did - would you buy one? And what standard features would you expect to see on it? Do you see hybrids as the way forward? Or do you feel there's still life in analog decks? Can manufcaturers come up with new twists for vinyl junkies?
CLICK HERE for the full story and 165 comments

CD skills from DJ Skilz
Posted by Gizmo on February 6, 2005
Once again, American Audio were lucky enough to have DJ Skilz, showing off their single CD deck, the CDI 500. As ever, Skilz puts in a dope performance - especially good when you see the size of the platter he has to play with. This could make a few people change their minds about the viability of CD decks for scratching.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 59 comments

Thud Rumble Viper Room Footage
Posted by Gizmo on February 6, 2005
As a nice treat for ProfessorBX while doing his thing at NAMM, he was lucky enough to be invited along to the Thud Rumble party, held at the famous Viper Rooms in LA. I don't think he was quite expecting to be witness to some of the finest displays of raw scratching know to man. Imagine QBert, Flare, A-Trak and Disk cutting over fast electro... my idea of heaven.
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The Adventures of a skratchworx picture disk
Posted by Gizmo on February 4, 2005
Winter NAMM is now over - a dim and distant memory as we look forward to the next onslaught of new gear at the next massive trade show. We've seen the hot news break and posted the pictures as we got them - now it's time for the holiday pictures.

Our good friends at Custom Records very kindly offered to make some custom pictures disks for the show. What follows is the adventures of ProfessorBX's personal vinyl, shamelessly inflicting itself on manufacturers and scratch celebs.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 47 comments

DISCUSSION: Really basic mixers
Posted by Gizmo on February 2, 2005
While you all wait for more NAMM movies, pictures and news, I've decided to start an occasional series of discussions - codenamed "Decks and the City". This one is about the validity of very simple mixers such as the pictured Stanton SK5. Allow me to explain...
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