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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.

DJ Gear - skills NOT included
Posted by Gizmo on April 26, 2007


Like many people, I spend waaaay too much time on forums, reading and offering advice like the helpful and wise old DJ sage that I am. But I think I've read enough posts giving bad advice to people coming up in the DJ game. So it's time to set the record straight, with an often seen demo to illustrate the point perfectly.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 75 comments

It's official - M-Audio ARE all Torq
Posted by Gizmo on April 24, 2007


M-Audio's dinky little X-Session Pro MIDI controller is a diminutive and welcome addition to the every growing MIDI controller ranks and works with any software that supports MIDI learn. But M-Audio would rather you used their software than line the pockets of their competitors. So as of now, X-Session Pro comes with Torq LE - the lesser featured but nonetheless capable version of Torq. So now Conectiv, X-Session Pro and the soon to be released Xponent are indeed all Torq.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 23 comments

Watch and Win with Stanton and Diesel
Posted by Gizmo on April 23, 2007


I thought this was another DJ battle at first but it's Stanton and Diesel being benevolent and giving you a chance to win a full DJ setup and a load of Diesel gear. Seems like all you have to do is turn up at one of the venues below, watch the guest DJs playing and win.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

Pimp my Piano (or Pioneer - you decide)
Posted by Gizmo on April 23, 2007


Part of the benefit of the digital age is the compactness of the solutions. No more lugging heavy decks and especially useful is the lack of overstuffed record bags that get stolen by DJ baggage handlers misplaced between gigs. So Baby Grand Master decided it would be a really cool idea to shoehorn a boat load of huge gear into what is perhaps the most expensive road case on the planet. But why?
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

DJ Happee - "The Renaissance"
Posted by Gizmo on April 22, 2007


You might think that running a site such as sw_smilie.png immediately lands me neck deep in all manner of audio freebies from around the skratchworld. Well it doesn't but when they do arrive, I give them the attention they deserve. One such audio goodie is DJ Happee's "The Renaissance".
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

Promats Pro Battle
Posted by Gizmo on April 22, 2007


For many aspiring turntablists, battles are the best way to test their skills and nerve. And despite many saying the battle scene is dead, they're alive and scratching in Europe. This time it's the turn of Promats - purveyors of the latest hot slipmat on the market - to host one such battle in Austria. Monday 30th April sees Unkut and ND keep the crowds happy while local talent tries to diss, clown and generally mock their opponents (and friends) to win the title.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

One last thing...
Posted by Gizmo on April 19, 2007


In amongst endless meetings, picture snapping, missed flights and breaking sw_smilie.png, Stanton news slipped my mind. So I'm making amends now - sorry Stanton peeps. So to business - USB is everyone's favourite acronym right now (other than MIDI of course) and grafting a USB port into.... well anything guarantees epic press coverage. And the latest hot USB thing is to add a port to a turntable, turning a regular deck into an instant wax archiver via the joys of digital audio. So Stanton have taken their T.80, swapped the arm to a more audio friendly S-arm and bring you the T.90.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 27 comments

REVIEW: Akai MPC-500
Posted by Gizmo on April 19, 2007

The MPC reigns supreme in the empire of the beatmakers. No self-respecting producer would be seen without at least one MPC in their studio. But now, those same people - and you too - can be seen out in the street with your own pocket sized beat maker. So now, alongside the idiots with cheap earphones blaring out crap you don't like on the bus or tube, you'll also be treated to a similar cacophony from budding Dres and Premiers all over the world. I'm surprised that there isn't a hook on it to hang it from a gold rope around your neck.

Akai sent an MPC-500 to Deft, who now thinks he's a producer, wears lots of gold and has a greatest beats CD coming out soon - but still managed to find the time to write some words about his MPC experience.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 25 comments

Leaner - meaner - better
Posted by Gizmo on April 18, 2007


After a few days of one step forward and 2 steps back (essentially me pressing the wrong button), the latest version of sw_smilie.png is alive. It's streamlined and offers a little more than it did before. There's more to come but the rest of the changes will trickle through in the coming weeks...
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A new lick of paint
Posted by Gizmo on April 16, 2007
skratchworx is undergoing a facelift, so things won't be as they should be for a little while. But when it's finished, it'll look a lot better. It's the news and comments that are feeling the bulk of the work right now. One big change is comment verification via Captcha. Now you'll have to enter a code to confirm your comment. This is vital as some of the more popular news stories i.e. those linked to all over the net, attract some really annoying and frankly vile spam. It's a small price to pay.

Anyway - sorry for the glitches in performance. Please bear with me.... wacko.gif
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VCI 4 UK OK!
Posted by Gizmo on April 11, 2007


We've teased it, previewed it and generally rubbed your nose in possibly the coolest MIDI controller out there - and now you can buy it. That is, if you live in the UK anyway.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 47 comments

Switchin' for a scratch
Posted by Gizmo on April 9, 2007


Sometimes, the easiest and simplest ideas are overlooked in the pursuit of next level gadgetry. It's all well and good being able to scratch, mix, sample and generally pull digital rabbits out of your DJ hat with the plethora of laptop based solutions, but what about when you turn up at a gig and need to switch your setup with the current DJ? Hmmm.... dead space between DJs while you rewire - not good for keeping the hot and sweaty crowd bopping and jiving or whatever you kidz do these dayz. Magma's Switchbox is such a simple idea but so needed.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 29 comments

REVIEW: Vestax QFO LE
Posted by Gizmo on April 8, 2007


Review catchup time. After delving into the inner thoughts of DJ Qbert, Vestax made his mad scientist idea into a real product - the one man band turntable QFO. But for many, this was a tad too wallet breaking so the powers that be took a long hard look at the daddy model and shaving some bells and whistles off, the QFO LE was born. Pedestrian's Markski is the proud owner of such a deck and scribbled down his thoughts about his purchase. He did this some 8 months ago so instead of gorging myself on chocolate as one should do at Easter, I decided to pull my finger out and make up the review. Sorry for the delay Mark!
CLICK HERE for the full story and 22 comments

Could the be any cooler?
Posted by Gizmo on April 6, 2007


It's fair to say that all the good stuff that you guys are interested in at the shows tends to be on the larger stands. The big boys can afford the prime real estate and their gear gets the bulk of the attention. But taking a little time to mooch around the edges of the show often yields gold and the Mawzer DIY MIDI controller is one such find.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 14 comments

Before and After
Posted by Gizmo on April 6, 2007


Having witnessed the greatness of the soon to be released Mackie d.4 (now with the Pro tag) at PLASA, the gathered sw_smilie.png team commented on the fader area being cramped. Indeed Idlemind managed to sustain a non-life threatening cut to his finger on one of the encroaching knobs but being a nice guy, decided not to sue Mackie into bankruptcy. But like the advice we gave Mackie about the d.2 before it, the d.4 has undergone a small but important change, making the d.4 Pro better and less likely to leave you permanently crippled. The power of the e-press strikes again. Oh and I have pictures, info and prices for the d.2 Pro and d.4 Pro as well, for those who have been waiting and waiting and waiting...
CLICK HERE for the full story and 44 comments

Korg Zeros ain't zeros
Posted by Gizmo on April 4, 2007


Korg aren't exactly known for their DJ products. Granted - the KAOSS pads have found favour amongst DJs, but they're not full on DJ fodder. So when they come out with a series of DJ mixers, you'd be forgiven for not necessarily sitting up and taking notice. But then you see them, it's incredibly hard... well let's leave it at that. The Korg Zero series were first seen at NAMM and heralded as an orgasm inducing product and quite rightly so . But that's not enough for Korg - hell no. They had to go and make mixers with KAOSS pads built in, with the 2 and 4 channel KM202 and KM402 respectively.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 46 comments

What's wrong with this picture?
Posted by Gizmo on April 3, 2007


Absolutely nothing. Everything is right with it. See - Numark have finally rolled out Cue and Virtual Vinyl for Mac. I have the full version and so far it feels just like the PC version, except obviously way better and of course much cooler.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 32 comments

Behringer's teaser unveiled
Posted by Gizmo on April 2, 2007


Behringer teased you all with a very fuzzy glimpse of what was to come from them at MusikMesse. Only a few of you were near the mark and coming from the German giants is the DDM-4000 - a 4 channel (yes another one) digital mixer with more than the usual amount of features.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 53 comments

Dem xones dem xones dem fly xones
Posted by Gizmo on April 2, 2007


Allen and Heath's xone:02 has to be the most slept on scratch mixer in existence. It's only now, several years after it's introduction that heads are discovering the greatness of said mixer for themselves, perhaps due in some part to my somewhat glowing review. Capitalising on this, A and H are relaunching it, complete with the wonderful Pro X Fade AS STANDARD and also offering a custom faceplate service to boot.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 11 comments

STOP STEALING OUR STUFF!
Posted by Gizmo on April 2, 2007


It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I do tend to agree with that. But when we're talking outright material theft, I draw the line. This mild mannered reporter is seriously pissed off with finding uncredited sw_smilie.png material all over the internet and printed publications. mad.gif
CLICK HERE for the full story and 34 comments

RIP PDX2000 - Hello PMC-580 PRO
Posted by Gizmo on April 2, 2007


Now the red mist of my missed flight has cleared, it's time to bring some more Messe information. Having already shown you the next generation of Vestax gear, I just wanted to clarify the future of the PDX range and show you some images of yet another product showing that Vestax are back on track.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 29 comments



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