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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.

You spin me right round baby, right round, like an iPod baby...
Posted by Gizmo on April 30, 2009

Spinning vinyl ipod app from Theodore Watson on Vimeo.

So we've seen the AR scratching post below and marvelled at just how much spare time people seem to have to pull off such crazy pointless yet awesome stuff. This apparently Theodore Watson's response to the AR scratching clip and uses the iPod Touch/iPhone as some sort of proxy deck. Here's hoping the next iPhone has a spindle hole.
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Scratching in 3D space - kinda
Posted by Gizmo on April 30, 2009

AR scratching from vanderlin on Vimeo.

Having emerged from the self imposed hermit like existence to get the NS7 review out, it's time to play catchup. First up is an unusual mashup of motion camera work and augmented reality markers. If you're not down with AR, just check out the plethora of Youtube videos for a better idea. In this case, Todd Vanderlin used an AR marker on the record label and what transpires is a mind melt of label artwork and using the markers to scratch actual audio.
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REVIEW: Numark NS7
Posted by Gizmo on April 29, 2009
Numark NS7 review serato ITCH MIDI controller

Finally, after much prodding, poking, playing, probing, photographing and ummm... philming, the very much anticipated and alarmingly epic Numark NS7 review is ready for human consumption. I'll make no bones about it - I love it with a passion, so much so that I seemed able to gush on at extreme length about it. But it's not just the hardware that puts this on the map, but Serato's groundbreaking ITCH is about to make big noises in the DJ scene too. There must be something in the water in New Zealand.
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Disk Jockeys unite!
Posted by Gizmo on April 22, 2009
national association of DJs 2009 agm

If there was ever a stop press moment on skratchworx then this has to be it. This weekend, the UK's National Association Of Disk Jockeys (yes that's mainly the mobile guys) holds their annual general meeting. There will be... well meetings of course, but some big manufacturers are in attendance too, including Pioneer.
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FINAL: Scratch Live 1.9 - dawn of the new point nine age
Posted by Gizmo on April 21, 2009
Serato Scratch Live SSL v1.9 final released

The last 3 months have been a tad busy for the team at Serato. New versions of SSL and Video-SL being in beta, as well as trying and to a degree failing to keep a lid on the new SL-3 interface. But after a reasonably lengthy gestation period, the landmark next generation of Scratch Live is here. SSL v1.9 bring a very long list of new and improved stuff, just like each successive release, will make you wonder how you ever did without it.
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Ondo - twisty bendy mixy thingy
Posted by Gizmo on April 20, 2009

Do you remember the good old days when a telephone just made phone calls? This now seems to be a secondary consideration, and in preference it's all about the other stuff it can do such as taking photos, videos, satnav and making music. The latter is the primary function of this concept Ondo phone from visionary industrial designers Pilotfish.
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Let's chat...
Posted by Gizmo on April 19, 2009

I'm all too aware that skratchworx is ripe for radical redevelopment, and in the second half of this year, it'll get levelled flat and rebuilt from the ground up. But in my random meanderings about the interwebs, I happened upon Google Friend Connect. It was dead easy to install, and even easier to use. Plus it brings a small element of social interaction outside of the comments. Eyes to the bottom of the right hand column...
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CLOSED: Free Technics... thank Deft
Posted by Gizmo on April 17, 2009

In what is quite a staggering act of generosity, skratchworx OG Deft has felt the need to unburden himself of a pair of ten year old Technics decks. But rather than go through the pain of eBaying them, he'd love for them to go to an not for profit organisation or music charity that could make the best use of them. If you know a group - ideally UK based - that would really benefit from getting these, drop us a line and we'll get right back to you.

UPDATE: Now with added xone:02!

UPDATE 2:CLOSED. No more applications thanks.
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FOR SALE: Star Wars carts
Posted by Gizmo on April 17, 2009
Optical DJ headshell technology

Just over 2 years ago, I got word of a kind of secret optical cart technology, but after that it all went eerily quiet. Well Nik Baumann has continued on his quest to perfect his project but has now become another victim of the crunch. But he hopes all isn't lost, and via the movie on his website, he hopes to attract some industry types into buying his research, prototypes and UK patents.
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UPDATE: MixVibes 7.2.1
Posted by Gizmo on April 15, 2009
mixvibes v7.2.1 update dvs midi DJ software

MixVibes keeps plugging away at the DJ software market, and despite strong competition, it just keeps going. We're now at v7.2.1 which on face value appears to be considerably more worthy than a minor release update. It's been a while since we've had a MixVibes review so the box I have here will be on it's way to one of the new skratchworkers this week.
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UPDATE: djDecks v0.94
Posted by Gizmo on April 15, 2009
djdecks MIDI dj software

Adion has steadily beavered away on his djDecks project for years. And a little while ago, his efforts paid off when PCDJ picked it up and now he sells it as a real bona fide product. These extra funds allow him to work with the big boys and provide support for the mass of controllers out there - and that's what this v0.9.4 release is about.
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Trade shows - endangered species?
Posted by Gizmo on April 9, 2009

While the rest of the music world was descending upon Frankfurt for MusikMesse, Ableton and Native Instruments decided to stay home. Home for them is Berlin - a lot closer than most for Messe, and both had key product launches to show off. So why did they hole up at their relative HQs and not take space on the Messe show floor?
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Allen & Heath: Official Statement about virals
Posted by Gizmo on April 9, 2009

It's fair to say that Allen & Heath's recent Ebsel (makers of the Pro X Fade) produced viral campaign for their revamped PXF rocking Xone 2:02 has got off to a somewhat shaky start, thanks to the premature and unauthorised release of unapproved videos. While the concept of the set of videos is very funny, one particular video mocked a 3rd party fader. This clearly is something that A&H weren't happy with at all and have asked that the following statement be posted.
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Reloop - home win
Posted by Gizmo on April 5, 2009
reloop DJ midi controller midi

Reloop are a proudly German company, thus their presence at MusikMesse has always been large, loud and equally proud. And this year was no exception with a handful of new (well improved mostly) stuff and some DJs to keep their usual noise levels high.
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Live 8 - Live and out
Posted by Gizmo on April 5, 2009
Ableton Live 8 out now

New technologies are inflicting themselves on the DJ scene all the time. MIDI was the last big thing to revolutionise the way DJs play music, and on the back of that, the popularity of Ableton Live has increased exponentially, to the point where DJ manufacturers are all hopping aboard the Live gravy train. But Ableton are keeping them on their toes by finally releasing the latest incarnation - Live 8.
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Numark - NS7 central
Posted by Gizmo on April 5, 2009

Usually, MusikMesse sees the mighty Numark, Akai and Alesis corporate machine pull out the big guns and literally take over the show with a mountain of new stuff. This year however, the biggest gun Numark have - the NS7 - had already been pulled out and was very much the focus of their attention this year, with just a couple of new odds and ends.
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Denon DN-X1700 - I was there... where were you?
Posted by Gizmo on April 4, 2009
denon dn-x1700 mixer musikmesse 2009

Not exactly fresh news here, but Denon did actually manage to show the previously seen DN-X1700 at MusikMesse. Sadly despite loitering around the Denon/A&H stand, I spectacularly failed to grab any time on it, due to it not being there when I was. Shame really as it's the first 4 channel mixer since the Korg Zero4 to grab my attention, and with potential Traktor certification, it looks like it could be a contender for my 4 channel mixer crown.
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Vestax TR-1 - I've seen you before...
Posted by Gizmo on April 4, 2009
vestax TR-1 midi controller

At NAMM, Vestax slipped a new controller into their lineup - the VCM-400. At the time, this appeared to be a 4 deck Traktor Pro based unit, and now that appears to have been cemented with a name change. The VCM-400 is now the TR-1.
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Don't I nano you from somewhere?
Posted by Gizmo on April 4, 2009
icon control i-pad

Sometimes you just stumble upon stuff that takes you by surprise at trade shows, and it's safe to say that these MIDI controllers certainly did. Why? Because they weren't on the Korg stand that's why. I just had to take pictures and find out more.
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OP-1 - Obe Wan? Certainly Star Wars enough...
Posted by Gizmo on April 4, 2009

Just before MusikMesse, Teenage Engineering unleashed their OP-1 MIDI controlling sythesiser FM radio thingy, amid a flurry of OMGs, WTFs and a degree of April Fool based disbelief. Well it is real, and I have pictures and videos to prove it.
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REMOVED: Xone 2:02 viral vids
Posted by Gizmo on April 4, 2009
UPDATE: Videos removed at the request of Allen & Heath.
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In the raw - Otus RAW
Posted by Gizmo on April 3, 2009

Having just wrapped up the soon to be published EKS OTUS review, I was intrigued to see what had happened since last Messe with the less touchy Otus RAW render. Well I was treated to not one, but 2 RAWs - both strictly prototype, cosmetically different, but giving DJs the same 2 level madness but in a more physically tactile way.
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TX45 - live and cutting
Posted by Gizmo on April 3, 2009

Messe saw the first public outing of the all new TX45 fader from Tribologix. World DMC Supremacy champion was on hand to beat the crap out of the strictly prototype model installed in a Vestax PMC-05, and to the best of my knowledge performed flawlessly for the 2 days I was there. But I do have a small confession to make about what I do know about the TX45...
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Sending out a personal message...
Posted by Gizmo on April 3, 2009

There really was no need - absolutely nothing to apologise for at all. But I'm quite overwhelmed and thankful for the thoughtful gift. You obviously remembered my quest to find a boxed UK ready Flashformer. We coo.
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Next - Nextbeat
Posted by Gizmo on April 2, 2009

Just before WMC, graphics giants Wacom made us scratch our heads a little with their Nextbeat DJ console thingy. Firstly, what the hell do Wacom have to do with DJing? And secondly, who do they think they are trying something wildly new? Well that's what the digital age is about - bending the rules a little or just outright breaking them. And that's what Nextbeat is/are all about - originality.
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Fanboys slit wrists as SL-3 is only announcement
Posted by Gizmo on April 2, 2009

The rumour grape vine chinese whisper machine has been twitching about whatever it is that Serato were/were not going to announce at MusikMesse. Word leaked out about an SL-3 interface with a new version of Scratch Live with video and effects and Ableton and... well just about everything you could possibly shoehorn into a rumour to be honest. And it proved to be accurate in some respects, but on the whole was just fanboys getting giddy. The truth is out there, or rather right here in my hotel room.
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SCS.3m - a control free controller
Posted by Gizmo on April 1, 2009
stanton scsystem 3 scs.3m

Well looky here - official info on the previously seen SCS.3m with pretty lights and everything. Seems to have caused quite stir round these parts, but when you see it set up in front on a laptop like that, it really does make perfect sense, even if some of you don't like it.
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