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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.

Musikmesse 2010: Mixvibes VFX demo
Posted by Gizmo on March 31, 2010


While Mixvibes didn't have an actual stand at Musikmesse this year (the prices were truly astronomical), they did have a suite in a nearby hotel. And this is where I finally got to see their video rocking VFX package in action - and highly impressed I was as well.
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Musikmesse 2010: DJ Eskei83 on Video-SL
Posted by Gizmo on March 31, 2010


Video-SL always seems to be an underplayed card to me. I know there's some really cool stuff being done but it just doesn't get the coverage it deserves (Woody Madera post coming). So it was really good to see DJ Eskei83 using the Rane Sixty Eight with Video-SL on 3 decks - all 18 minutes of it.
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UPDATE: Traktor Pro v1.2.5
Posted by Gizmo on March 31, 2010
traktor pro v1.2.5 cdj-2000 cdj-900 hid

Just last week, Pioneer brought out the DJM-2000, and with it dragged the laptop back into the booth. So now the new species of CDJs are quite happy to play nice with rekordbox created USB devices as well as talking directly to your laptop of choice. But there is a third way, and one that will welcome DVS users into the Pioneer dominate booth too - HID. And the DJ software that owns all others - Traktor - is now all HID'd up and also playing nice with the CDJs too. Say hello to v1.2.5 of Traktor.
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Rodec's Patch Live - product with a punchine
Posted by Gizmo on March 30, 2010


There's a hot topic doing the rounds of manufacturers right now and that's how to swap from one digital DJ to another without awkward silences between sets. Last week we saw the Allen & Heath Patchbay make an appearance. This week, Rodec bring out their own solution to this thorny issue - the hilarious yet aptly named Patch Live… geddit?

UPDATE: Added some pictures.
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Musikmesse 2010: Pioneer CDJ-350 and DJM-350 demo
Posted by Gizmo on March 30, 2010


After the nervous breakdown suffered by the perhaps too new Pioneer CDJ-350 and DJM-350 on the the first day of Musikmesse 2010, the text came in on Thursday - "we have 350 up and running". So off we trotted AV'd to the hilt only to discover the same people looking stressed hunched over the same units. Thankfully everything was working as described and we managed to shoot a full demo courtesy of Martin Dockree from Pioneer UK.
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Musikmesse 2010: Rane Sixty Eight performances
Posted by Gizmo on March 30, 2010
Rane Sixty Eight DJ Big Wiz jeff milligan scratch live SSL musikmesse 2010

Star of the show at NAMM was the Scratch Live v2 loving Rane Sixty Eight mixer. And while I didn't get a chance to give it my fullest attention (I'd have been drawn in for hours), we did manage to get a handful of performances from Jeff Milligan and DJ Big Wiz. 3 videos follow...
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Musikmesse 2010: Numark X5 and V7 demo
Posted by Gizmo on March 30, 2010


One of the key Numark releases at Musikmesse was the X5 mixer. While the X7 drags itself from the R&D dungeon into the realms of production reality, the X5 makes the perfect mixer for those not wanting 4 channels but do want scratch performance from a cosmetically akin family member. DJs Chainsaw and another DJ were on hand to demo the hardware partnership.
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Serato's shiny stuff
Posted by Gizmo on March 29, 2010
Serato SSL Badge 7 vinyl

Serato is such an important company and brand in the scene, that anything tagged remotely "limited edition" causes a global drain on the internet as record shops are hammered hard with pre-orders. The Serato Pressings range has seen eBay prices spiral with some stupid money changing hands. But some of it just isn't available to the general public. And I was blessed enough to get some of this booty for my efforts with skratchworx.

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Musikmesse 2010: Albino OTUS
Posted by Gizmo on March 29, 2010


In yet another of my fly-by visits between meetings (a detailed whinge about that another time), I spied something I hadn't seen before. Being accustomed to the darkside of OTUS controllers, this rare Albino version made an appearance at Musikmesse, alongside the still to released RAW version too.
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Musikmesse 2010: Denon DN-X1600
Posted by Gizmo on March 29, 2010


With an all too alarming regularity, Denon seem to be releasing a never ending stream of 4 channel mixers with a decidedly high end feel. NAMM was no exemption with the DN-X1600 poking it's nose out of the R&D lab. But it was only at Musikmesse that anyone from the team got to capture the glory of it. DJ Pegasus grabbed a heap of pictures and a very short video too.
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Musikmesse 2010: Pioneer DJM-2000
Posted by Gizmo on March 28, 2010


My 3 day trip to Messe was disorganised chaos from beginning to end. Having tried and failed to record a CDJ/DJM-350 demo on day 1, we returned the next day and successfully grabbed a 3 camera demo of the 350s. But as we planned how to get the spangly DJM-2000 demo in all its touch screeny DJ link rocking glory, everyone buggered off to the plane - leaving us all camera'd up and nowhere to film. But I did grab a small handful of pics, and the promise of a personal demo in the skratchlab.
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Musikmesse 2010: ICON i.DJ Controller
Posted by Gizmo on March 28, 2010


Last year (I think), I spied units that appeared to "pay homage to" Korg's Nano series. Well ICON are back with a seriously extended range of stuff for DJs, including an all new set of mini MIDI controllers that are considerably more original that last years efforts. And they're making sooo Mac Mini inspired interfaces too.
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Musikmesse 2010: Reloop Contour
Posted by Gizmo on March 26, 2010


In today's programme, I'll be showing you how to make a MIDI Controller. Firstly you'll need a very generous helping of Allen & Heath, a sprinkling of X1 and a smidgeon of Kontrol One. Put it all in a big melting pot, allow to slowly bake in the R&D over for a few months and all being well, you'll have the Reloop Contour.
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Musikmesse 2010: Numark X5
Posted by Gizmo on March 25, 2010
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Seems that a piece of nextlevelness managed to slip through the cracks as I prepped for Musikmesse. I did receive a staggeringly huge image of said nextlevelness which I think I blame for my iPhone data usage pushing me into the red big time (don't switch data roaming on outside of your own country kiddies). But I digress. We've seen Numark's scrummy looking X7 mixer at NAMM. It still has the force field around it at Messe too, but it appears that there's a smaller version that's nearer to release. The perfectly formed X5 is the mixer to sits betwixt a pair of V7s.
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Musikmesse 2010: The Pioneer 350 family - well almost
Posted by Gizmo on March 25, 2010


Trade shows are always a calculated risk at times. You have a large audience of actual real people who can touch your latest shiny toys, as well as a global audience of interweb punters gagging for anything to satisfy their gear geek needs. So the temptation is often stronger than maybe it should be for manufacturers to ship the prototypes to the trade shows. What I'm trying to say is that we tried to film a Pioneer CDJ-350 and DJM-350 demo, but failed.
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Musikmesse 2010: the fabled black 05
Posted by Gizmo on March 25, 2010


Taking prime corner position on Vestax's far flung stand was the Vestax PMC-05ProIV. "Yeah whatever Giz.. big deal - we've seen that like a bazillion times already" I hear you cry - but this time it's different. The pictures you thought you'd never see are finally here. Behold the monochromatically beautiful black 05. In this case, less is absolutely and most definitely more.
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Musikmesse 2010: djay remote
Posted by Gizmo on March 23, 2010


I'm still unsure (yes even now) about the ability of the iPhone to totally replace the DJ experience in your hand. But some apps have crept out that go some way towards at least helping. And this particular app - djay remote - doesn't aim to do the grunt, but does in fact take over the controls of djay on your Mac. And for the record, the promo video above was made by me - it's my first promo shoot and I'm really proud of it.
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Musikmesse 2010: Pioneer CDJ-350 and DJM-350
Posted by Gizmo on March 23, 2010
pioner cdj350 cdj-350 DJM350 DJM-350 musikmesse 2010

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The run up to this year's Musikmesse has been quieter than normal, making me think that I'm spending a shedload of cash and walking around aimlessly more then ever. But Pioneer unveiled the delightfully nextlevelness laden DJM-2000 last week. But the grapevine round these parts twitched with rumours of something else - that Pioneer carefully tried to hide the scent of from me with a smokescreen of spurious PR. But I knew… and this morning the truth is unveiled - say hello to the CDJ-350 and DJM-350. Messe just looked a lot more interesting.
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Musikmesse 2010: Allen & Heath Xone:PB
Posted by Gizmo on March 18, 2010
allen heath xone:pb patch bay patchbay musikmesse 2010
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The digital age has revolutionised DJing and brought with it a wealth of massive benefits than most would never want to be without. But it doesn't make everything better, and one such area that it positively hurts is the DJ changeover. The cable switchover dance of death makes turns a once smooth move of a crossfader into a nightmarish birds nest of RCA patching. There have been products to make this easier (the Magma Switchbox and NI's multicore cables), but Allen & Heath have their own ideas about this - enter the Xone:PB.
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UPDATE: New Pioneer CDJ firmware and rekordbox
Posted by Gizmo on March 18, 2010
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Seems to be Pioneer week on skratchworx. Not only do we publish a CDJ-900 review, announce the übercool DJM-2000 and spread the word about the impending freedom bestowed upon rekordbox, it seems that the CDJs and rekordbox get a bug busting and feature adding update too.
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UNBOXED: Numark V7
Posted by Gizmo on March 15, 2010


For those of you who follow me on Twitter (add me for daily waffling and questions of great DJ importance), you'll have seen me actually moan about the ruthless efficiency of Numark for daring to send me a pair of the highly desirable V7s. It's just that I hadn't expected them to wing their way across the Atlantic quite so quickly. But they are indeed here, and as is customary I've unpeeled one from the safety of its cardboard armour and revealed the shiny naughty bits inside.
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What's in the box? Rekordbox!
Posted by Gizmo on March 15, 2010
Pioneer mixvibes rekordbox free may 2010

When Pioneer's new species of CDJ pull itself from the primordial ooze, it brought with it rekordbox - MixVibes' music library management software, that hinted at a standard way for all DJs to manage their collections. But at first Pioneer were all "It's ours and you can't have it" and made you fork out for a new CDJ, just to get your hands on this tiny bit of software. But now, Pioneer have seen sense and are giving it away to the DJ world as of 17th May 2010.
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xone:DX - the dirty tease...
Posted by Gizmo on March 11, 2010


In a technology led scene, it's just way too soon have established traditions. But one thing is becoming almost expected these days - and that's the ritual of gear pr0n unboxing. And being the distinctly lucky bastard that I am, Allen & Heath have despatched their newest xone incarnation - the hugely desirable DX in all its 4 channel effects laden ITCH rocking glory.
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REVIEW: Pioneer CDJ-900 Media Player
Posted by Gizmo on March 10, 2010


As witnessed today, Pioneer's reinvention of the DJ scene continues with a totally unexpected DJM-2000 mixer. But to make it complete, it needs some company - and the CDJ-900 is the ideal bread for this Pro DJ Link sandwich. I'm sure you all remember my first look piece in 2009 that skimmed the surface of the 2000 and 900 units, but self-certified fanboy Andrew Unsworth took off his rose coloured spectacles and put his CDJ experience to good use and wrote the first of the new CDJ reviews.
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Technically the missing link - Pioneer's DJM-2000
Posted by Gizmo on March 10, 2010
Pioneer DJM-2000 mixer

As I coincidentally put together the official CDJ-900 review, news hits the twitterwaves of the next generation of Pioneer's mixer arsenal - the DJM-2000. As ever, it's an impressive beast, but until Pioner UK and/or Europe answer their emails, I won't be posting too much detail. But you can read the translated Pioneer Japan pages here and here.

UPDATE: Now with added video.
UPDATE 2: US press release added.
UPDATE 3: UK/European press release added.
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REVIEW: Akai APC40 Ableton Live Controller
Posted by Gizmo on March 9, 2010


Button bashin' and clip launchin' is the new DJin' - or at least if you follow these pages that's the way it seems. To some, it's all rather alien and not what DJing is about, but for others its the next logical creative progression. So when Akai got cosy with Ableton and came up with the everso Live friendly APC40, the aforementioned DJs rejoiced as they now had something that could integrate into their existing setups. Andrew Unsworth applied his Live experience to the APC40 and transcribed his findings.
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Nextlevelness is real!
Posted by Gizmo on March 5, 2010
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Being the erudite and loquacious Englishman that I am, I find myself prone to bouts of verbal gymnastics - often taking you dear reader on a voyage around the more interesting parts of my mother tongue, as well as bending and positively smashing the accepted rules of grammar to smithereens. But one such voyage gave birth to a recurring meme across my many scribblings in these pages, and that particular offspring is "nextlevelness". And after a period of daily whois haunting, I have made www.nextlevelness.com my very own. But now I have it, what in God's name should I do with it?
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