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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.

EVO4 - no pics and just a tad more info
Posted by Gizmo on February 27, 2008
ecler EVO4

Trade shows means tentative emails not giving away much in the way of info until the first day of the show when hacks like me arrive on the stands stealth style and snatch the various reps SAS style and torture them until they fess up the goods. And this is one such email. The new Ecler EVO4 has had a few people gnawing their nails to the knuckle waiting for info, and now we have some. No pictures though. Maybe the previous Shopchop was too close for comfort.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

customslipmats get all DIY
Posted by Gizmo on February 26, 2008
Custom Slipmats butter rugs frosted plates thud rumble

Up until a few days ago, if you wanted customised slipmats i.e. your worst attempt at design committed to a multicoloured nightmare for all to see, it would have to be on thicker felt type mats. But now www.customslipmats.co.uk (formerly thirtythreefortyfive) have teamed up with Thud Rumble to bring you customised Butter Rugs. About bloody time.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 5 comments

REVIEW: Magma Serato Scratch Live Keyboard Cover
Posted by Gizmo on February 23, 2008
Magma KBCover keyboard cover Serato scratch live

My keyboard is getting wrecked. Constant bashing of certain keys has left them worn - it's a casualty of Photoshop I'm afraid. Oh how I wish I'd bought a keyboard cover from KB Covers to keep my curves key in one piece. I soon saw the error of my ways when Magma sent me the Scratch Live edition. It's too late to save my Powerbook keyboard, but it might not be for you.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 11 comments

Beatsource - downloads urban style
Posted by Gizmo on February 21, 2008
Beatport LLC

Downloads - love them or hate them, but they are a powerful force in the distribution of music these days. Everyone knows iTunes plus the growing number of generic downloads sites that broadly cater for the whole music spectrum. But what about DJs who need genre specific choons to fill their digital crates? Well Beatport rules the dance music scene for downloads. But now, for those of us of a more Hip Hop funky soulful urban persuasion, Beatport's brand new baby sibling Beatsource is here. As an opening offer, signing up to Beatsource gets you 10 free tracks - no filler rubbish either. And in a bid to boost revenue to skratchworx, we're now an affiliate for Beatport and Beatsource so signing up gets us a commission as does buying tracks after clicking on the affiliate banners.

UPDATE 4:A big thanks to those who have joined up and also to those who have continued to purchase through the Beatsource Store. $150 and counting...

CLICK HERE for the full story and 18 comments

REVIEW: Numark iDJ2
Posted by Gizmo on February 20, 2008
Numark idj2 review

MIDI controllers are taking over like the Borg in Star Trek. Resistance is futile, but for many they're just not quite right. Like many people, I just don't trust computers enough to play an entire gig without falling on their arse - thus removing the whole crashy computer element is ideal. That's what Numark's iDJ2 is all about - no media and no lappie to fail at just the wrong moment. Sure - you do some prep on your USB devices before hand but then you're set. Throw an iDJ2 in a bag along with your iPod and you can play anywhere. All we need now are some really thin flat speakers and the white van is gone forever. Review ahoy...
CLICK HERE for the full story and 17 comments

Fresh from Vestax - new PR
Posted by Gizmo on February 15, 2008
Vestax VCI-300 Serato ITCH midi controller

So NAMM has been and gone and Vestax continued to wave the "we're back bitches" flag with a handful of high desirable DJ weapons. The VCI-300 in particular garnered much fawning across the net with it's sleek blackness and Serato ITCH software core. But let's not forget the VCM-600, aimed squarely the the knob twiddling Ableton massive. Well Vestax have sent through official info and some hi res that maybe you didn't have before.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 11 comments

EVO4 - but what is it?
Posted by Gizmo on February 13, 2008
Ecler EVO4 Musikmesse

In a case of the stark bleeding obvious, Ecler have kind of sort of teased/announced that the stellar EVO5 will have a small sibling - the EVO4. I'm not dangerously rumour mongering or perpetrating shabby journalism - this new forum is the obvious giveaway backed up with an email to probably every other DJ journo essentially telling us that official news will arrive at the back end of February with a first unveiling at the upcoming MusikMesse in mid-March is a little bit of a green light.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 16 comments

Another day, another controller
Posted by Gizmo on February 8, 2008
Reloop DJ Digital Jockey MIDI controller

Being driven into a coma with endless talk of MIDI controllers? Then look away right now because German manufacturer Reloop have decided that you need not one, but 2 more controllers in your digital life. Having clearly memorised the Vestax guide to MIDI controllerism, Reloop have given you the user a choice of vanilla controller or one with a soundcard built in.

CLICK HERE for the full story and 40 comments

REVIEW: Stanton Carts (yes all of them)
Posted by Gizmo on February 7, 2008
Stanton Carts review 400v3 500v3 520v3 680v3 890v3 Trackmaster Scratch Master Groovemaster

As the digital revolution rampages through our beloved DJ scene like the MRSA bug through UK hospitals, you might think that taking the time to review an entire cartridge product line might be a complete waste of time. On the contrary because vinyl and needles will be with us for a considerable length of time to come. And one company making carts since the dawn of DJ time has been Stanton, who while not being especially active in recent years, have revamped and relaunched their DJ cart range and lobbed them all at Professor BX.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 17 comments

Gemini get into the Groove
Posted by Gizmo on February 3, 2008
Gemini Groove DJ software

Going through some images from NAMM, I came across these couple of images from the GCI stand. I haven't really got too much to tell you about this - even Gemini can't tell me very much right now as this new Groove software is still Alpha and subject to change, but they just felt the need to put it out there for the passing NAMM punters . Despite this, 2 online retailers managed to list it with a price. Let that be a lesson to those of you who assume that because a retailer lists it on their site, it doesn't mean it's available or in some cases even exists.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 17 comments

ITCH Wars - IT'S ON!
Posted by Gizmo on February 1, 2008


Here's an interesting movie from NAMM that I wish my guys had taken. This clip shows Numark's Chris Roman and Serato's Sam Gribben pawing at Numark's NS7 ITCH controller. The biggest revelation for me is that while Vestax's VCI-300 is staying exclusive to Serato's ITCH foundation, The NS7 will work with seemingly any MIDI software.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 22 comments



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