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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.

Beats by Bjango - old and new collide in your hand
Posted by Gizmo on May 29, 2009
bjango beats dj app iPhone iPod touch

Due to Apple's closed approach to music use on the iPhone, real DJ mixing apps are still someway off. It seems that anything encroaching on iTunes capabilities is deemed as evil and threatening to the Apple mothership, when actually people would still buy iPhones anyway. Still, Beats by Bjango is a really useful tool, that for me harks back to my early DJ days of manual BPMing of tracks and writing it down on paper, as well as a few other tricks up its sleeve too. Do iPhone apps have sleeves?
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RELEASED: MixEmergency v1.2
Posted by Gizmo on May 28, 2009
mixemergency inklen video serato

While DJs and video technology are still circling each other and slowly forming an uneasy alliance, Inklen continue to develop their MixEmergency video mixing package and have now pushed it up to v1.2. And it's still able to use Scratch Live as an external controller too.
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REVIEW: Deckadance v1.5
Posted by Gizmo on May 28, 2009
Image Line Deckdance review

The DVS scene is somewhat dominated by the big 2 of Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch Pro, in that order and by some margin. On reflection, this is probably because of the all in one nature of the product. So for now, it seems that the 3rd place position is being jockeyed for by a handful of potential packages such as Torq and MixVibes. But Deckdance is very much up and coming and should most definitely be taken seriously by every player and potential buyer. Skratchworx OG Professor BX has been playing with Deckadance for an eternity, right up to the brand spanking new v1.5 under the skratchworx microscope and is suitably impressed.
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xone 2:02 vids - the sequel
Posted by Gizmo on May 21, 2009

AAfter the recent ruckus caused by the first rushes of the new A&H xone 2:02 virals, the dust has settled and the final versions are ready for DJ consumption. The theme is still the same, but the intent of one of them has been... can we say somewhat muted.

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Xones corrupted by the dark side
Posted by Gizmo on May 21, 2009
xone new paint job

While the rest of the DJ scene has stuck with the normal dark aesthetic, Allen & Heath's somewhat distinctly industrial looking Xone mixer range image has been very much of an acquired taste, more resembling a science lab than a DJ booth. But the charcoal paintbrush has been wielded big time to drag the Xone range kicking and screaming over to the dark side.
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Bye Bye Skratchmobile
Posted by Gizmo on May 21, 2009

When I had a real job where I actually had to go to a place of work, it generally meant leaving the house and having to drive to the aforementioned hellhole of tedium and politics, thus necessitating a car. But now my trip to the office is down 2 flights of stairs, the need for a car is almost nil. So in a radical carbon footprint and general bill reducing move, I said a fond farewell to my little black roller skate. What... you though I rolled with the big dogs?
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RELEASED: Deckadance v1.5
Posted by Gizmo on May 20, 2009
Image line deckadance v1.5

You may recall from the recent Traktor Scratch Pro review, that I've identified a phenomenon that I'll refer to as "review rot". This is where a review is completed but sat on because the next all singing and dancing bug busting version is coming out - allegedly. By the time it comes out, a significant rewrite is needed and a massive delay has you guys all antsy and shouting at us for the bloody review already. Well the news that Deckadance v1.5 has been announced is a cause for the review not appearing. This will soon be fixed.
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The Pacemaker has landed. Bout bloody time.
Posted by Gizmo on May 20, 2009
Tonium Pacemaker

It's been some time since Tonium shamelessly used skratchworx to tease the original Pacemaker, and then cast us aside like an unwelcome relative at Christmas. But after some badgering with "you're too scared to send it to us" type emails, that has all changed, and the all spangly Pacemaker 60Gb has made its way to the skratchlab, and will subsequently be on its way around a few reviewers for a flash mob equivalent of a review.
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REVIEW: Ortofon Omega cart
Posted by Gizmo on May 19, 2009
ortofon omega cart review

While you all unload your wallets to get the higher end of the range, Ortofon have made a cart for the rest of us in the shape of the Omega. And bringing the epic Ortofest to a close, Yorick cast his highly critical eye over the runt of the litter more affordable end of the Ortofon range.
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REVIEW: Ortofon MF6 and MF7 Carts
Posted by Gizmo on May 18, 2009
Ortofon MF6 F7 review

Yorick's ongoing series of Ortofon reviews continues with a look at some that you may not have even seen before - the MF6 and MF7s. Indeed, they don't even appear on the official Ortofon website (which actually needs an update whoever is reading this). But they do apparently stand up incredibly well to the established Shure standards in the scene. Has Yorick gone off his rocker? Is this heresy?
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Posted by Gizmo on May 18, 2009
win Flud Watches

Yeah - I know what time it is. And so can you courtesy of our friends at Flud Watches. Starting this month and continuing for the next 6, I'll be giving away one like clockwork... hahahaha... look it's Monday OK? Witty repartee take a few days to get going.

UPDATE: The big red closed letters across the main image just that. No more entries thanks.
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Korg and NI sitting in a tree...
Posted by Gizmo on May 14, 2009

My love of the Korg Zero4 is well documented and is largely based upon the creative possibilities and flexibility offered when used in its Traktor Scratch certified mode, and only having a Firewire cable instead of a birds nest or RCAs attached to a magic sound box of tricks. Well Korg and NI would love for you to indulge in the love parade and have got a special offer for potential Zero mixer owners.
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REVIEW: Ortofon SH-4 Headshells
Posted by Gizmo on May 14, 2009
ortofon SH-4 headshell

Yorick's marathon Ortofest continues with another review - this time the rather more orthodox SH-4 headshell. No fancy art nouveau stylings here, but just plain and simple aluminium stamping, but in a variety of colours to suit your aesthetic needs.
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REVIEW: Ortofon Evolution Headshell
Posted by Gizmo on May 14, 2009
ortofon Evolution headshell review

It's fair to say that while most people care passionately about which carts they use, they will almost certainly just use the stock headshells that come with their decks of choice. But you do have choice, and Ortofon recently brought some style to the usually utilitarian industrial design with the Evolution headshell. Worthy investment or snake oil pandering to image led DJs? Yorick finds out.
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REVIEW: Traktor Scratch Pro
Posted by Gizmo on May 13, 2009
traktor scratch pro review v1.1.2

There's something I've discovered about reviewing in the digital age. Back in the good old days before software and firmware updates, a product did exactly what it said on the tin. It was sent, played with and reviewed - end of story. Now however, v1.0 rapidly becomes v1.1, which becomes v1.2 etc etc. Such was the way with the skratchworx Traktor review. The skratchworx review of v3.4 was written way back in August, which then became Traktor Scratch Pro, so Deft held off and wrote that review instead. But wait... v1.0 is becoming v1.1 with cool new stuff so just wait a little while. We did, but we're waiting no more.
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RELEASED: Serato Video-SL v1.1
Posted by Gizmo on May 12, 2009

Back in January, Serato announced an all new version 1.1 of their video mangling Video-SL package. The key feature was being able to use the SL-1 interface rather than only being available to Rane TTM-57SL users. Strictly beta up until today and now you can download the full version and use it for 30 days for free.
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VFX-1 - Real? Yeah but no but...
Posted by Gizmo on May 12, 2009
Vestax VFX-1 ITCH effects controller Serato

Not wishing to appear last out of the box on this thing, but I pride myself on giving you the official info, rather than heresay and rumours. So when the alleged new Serato ITCH based effects unit for the Vestax VCI-300 hit tha netz, I decided to neither confirm nor deny the existence of said unit. But Serato have broken the silence at last and posted an official semi-confirmation/denial on their own forum. And it seems that Vestax have backed it up with a comment on Ean Golden's djtechtools as well.
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The 4 R's - Reason, Recycle, ReFill and now Record
Posted by Gizmo on May 11, 2009

Having teased the world with the omgwoot trailer, Propellerhead Software have released Record - an all new self contained solution, that allows music makers to dispense with recording engineers and do the whole recording process from the comfort of their own laptop, or digital audio workstation as it were. Looks like Propellerheads have approached the recording angle from the musicians end rather than that of the engineer. Still looks incredibly complex to me, but hopefully once I've worked my way through the beta, I'll have a clue about how to use it.
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Here's Johnny!
Posted by Gizmo on May 10, 2009
DMC 2009 manchester johnny 1 move

While I didn't win the 110m lottery rollover on Friday night (I did get 30.80 though), it seems that we did have a win in the skratchworx family, namely our very own reviewer Johnny 1 Move. Up against some stiff competition (including former UK champion Asian Hawk), J1M romped home to take the DMC UK northern heat for a clear win on home turf.
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Propellerheads geektease us mercilessly
Posted by Gizmo on May 8, 2009

Propellerheads are up to something. No word as to what it is other than speculation that Reason may or may not be getting audio recording. Either way, Propellerheads have a series of Producers Conferences (I guess the clue is in the name) all kicking off tomorrow where it's expected that all will be revealed. But judging from the reactions in the video, we're all going to want... whatever it is.
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REVIEW: Ortofon Arkiv Concorde cart
Posted by Gizmo on May 8, 2009
ortofon Arkiv concorde review

Time to break some fresh ground - both manufacturer and reviewer. Ortofon sent me a box of stuff to take a look at, and after being bugged for something to do, I asked new blood Yorick if he was capable of reviewing carts. Back came a list of gear including gauges, thus the box was extradited to Australia for further examination. The first product up for dissection is the Ortofon Arkiv.
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Everybody wants to be a DJ... Hero
Posted by Gizmo on May 8, 2009
activision DJ Hero game
While some of you seem content to label real DJ gear with the toy tag, the next wave of console gaming really can be described as toy DJing, with 3 button controllers being flavour of the day for Activision's upcoming "DJ Hero" game. The PR casually throws around the usual big words, but unless there's 2 platters and a mixer, this old man won't be going near a 3 button box and calling it DJing.
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N2IT sues the DJ scene, and will probably win
Posted by Gizmo on May 8, 2009
N2it vs M-audio lawsuit

A name not especially well known in today's DJ scene is N2IT. Headed up by legendary Techno DJ John Acquaviva, N2IT were instrumental in bringing modern DVS systems to the market - something that we should be very thankful for, and equally something that N2IT feel they should be paid for. Not because we should be showing gratitude of course, but because they hold trump cards - patents. A short time ago, Native Instruments reached an agreement, but now N2IT have unleashed the legal dogs upon M-Audio and their Torq software.
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I was on the telly!
Posted by Gizmo on May 5, 2009
gadget show skratchworx

You'll recall a few weeks ago that I put out a request for as many of you as possible to get yourselves to Somerset House for a Gadget Show feature experiment about social networking, in this case the effectiveness of Twitter vs Facebook. Well I did what I could and last night's show had Twitter trouncing Facebook. I doubt that it was anything to do with me, but for an oh so brief moment, skratchworx appeared on TV. Here begins global media domination.
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COMPETITION: Launch the NS7 in style
Posted by Gizmo on May 4, 2009

Fancy hobnobbing with some of the higher echelons of the UK DJ trade? Want to lay your hands on the NS7 in a trendy London night club? Well Numark have very kindly passed on 4 x VIP tickets for the UK launch party of the aforementioned and somewhat wonderful NS7. So if you're happy to make it to 24London (round the back of Hamleys) on 18th May for a bit of a bash, read on...

UPDATE: Seems that trainers are now acceptable.
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OMG - air scratching is real?
Posted by Gizmo on May 1, 2009

3D Computer Interface from Free Flow on Vimeo.

Sometimes, in a quiet moment I close the blinds, pop on my favourite hardcore scratch tracks and partake in a short frenzy of air scratching. It's like private dancing for turntablists in the comfort and security of their own homes. But some smart arse just couldn't let it lie and had to go and take it a step too far. Welcome to the nextlevelness user interface world of Free Flow, where touch is a dirty word and X and Y just aren't enough. They gotta have Z as well.
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