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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.

The coolest thing you'll see this year
Posted by Gizmo on June 27, 2008

Manufacturers around the world are pumping squillions into R&D labs trying to make the perfect MIDI controller. I'm sure there are shelves full of almost but not quite platters of all shapes and sizes littering the vaults of the big boys and many a frustrated Product Manager still searching for the perfect platter for their next generation of bandwagon hopping product. So imagine my glee when some guy in the UK armed with an open source project, a cardboard box and some gaffer tape serves the manufacturers their arses on a MIDI platter. All hail Rasteri - king of the controllers.
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Something for next weekend sir?
Posted by Gizmo on June 21, 2008

Being immersed in Hip Hop for 25 years, I'm an avid supporter of people doing their bit to keep the actual culture alive. One such company is Punch Records in Birmingham, UK. Having already organised DJs For Life and B-Boys For Life, it's now the turn of the third element of Hip Hop - MCing - to get the Punch treatment. Next weekend sees the MCs For Life event take place in Birmingham on Saturday 28th June, and the day after it's up the M6 for a second event in Manchester.
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Faderonline - the new scratch retail emporium
Posted by Gizmo on June 21, 2008
faderonline scratch vinyl breaks japanese dj gear

Long time visitors may remember my dalliance with the retail scene via T’was good while it lasted but the financial return on my time just wasn’t high enough, and frankly Gizmo doesn’t do paperwork. So the cockles of my heart were warmed when I saw a new venture pop up, servicing the same sector but from the US. Faderonline aims to service scratch DJs on a global level with the goodies they crave.

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Posted by Gizmo on June 20, 2008
Numark Pro SMX PROSMX Pro X Fade

When Numark go on the release offensive, they don't mess around and tend to save up a shedload of new product and spew it forth into your lap and consciousness at show time. Summer NAMM has seen the mighty Numakailesision corp announce a heap of new (well repainted and renamed) mixers out, but this new Numark PRO SMX has some new bells and whistles - including a Pro X Fade as standard. Love the feet too.
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REVIEW: Korg Zero8
Posted by Gizmo on June 20, 2008
Korg zero8 firewire mixer with effects review

When faced with the daunting prospect of a product that is clearly part DJ mixer and part production desk, it's hard to know where to start. Such was my feeling when I agreed to take on the Zero8. Sadly (honest), Korg managed to mix up our delivery addresses and Deft ended up with the behemoth that is the knobfest Zero8.
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REVIEW: Korg KM-202 and KM-402
Posted by Gizmo on June 20, 2008
Korg KM-202 KM-402 KM202 KM402 mixer with effects review

While I'm doing my best to streamline the sw_smilie.png operation from barely hanging together ramshackle mess into slick world leading website, sometimes things just don't fall together as well as they should. This has definitely been the case with Korg coverage. I'm putting that right today and releasing the remaining long awaited reviews. First up is my KM-202 and 402 review. Yes grammar nazis - that's singular.
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HDMIX - remixed
Posted by Gizmo on June 19, 2008
Numark HDMIX Summer NAMM

Remember the Numark ownership of MusikMesse back in 2006, where they introduced an unholy amount of nextlevelness, leaving everyone else to scurry away and nurse their manufacturer wounds? Well one product that was there but not seem again was the HDMIX, an all in one workstation with a built-in hard disk. Well having disappeared back into the R&D lab, it's back and looking a lot like a remixed iDJ2.
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NS7 - new pic, new trim but no news
Posted by Gizmo on June 18, 2008
Numark NS7

Yes yes I know you're all craving for even the merest tiny snippets of insignificant info on Numark's NS7, like price and delivery date, but little is being given away from Numark HQ. But this new image has appeared, and while looking hawt, it now sports a bright shiny edging. And it seems to plug into the Ethernet port as well. Not really though - artistic licence I think.
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The Numark Dust Cover - oh Dear Lord why?
Posted by Gizmo on June 18, 2008
Numark Dust Cover

Words fail me, but not Numark apparently.
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iDEC - dock in a rack
Posted by Gizmo on June 18, 2008
iDEC rack mount dock ipod

Numark's love of iPods is well documented. It seems like every new release has some sort of iPoddy integration somewhere and/or be fitted into a rack somehow. So it comes as no surprise to see Numark bring out something that does away with the quaint but girlie standard iPod dock and gives you a man sized industrial mega dock. I don't know why they didn't just call it iRack... oh wait...
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Summer NAMM Mixer mountain from Numark
Posted by Gizmo on June 17, 2008
Numark Summer NAMM S Series C Series X Series Mixers

Having seen most of Numark's product line evolve decidedly down the digital route, I've often wondered just what was happening with their mixer range. Well I, and you for that matter need wonder no more for Summer NAMM sees no less than 13 (yes that's THIRTEEN) mixers being announced at the same time. All shapes and sizes will be available, but we don't know when or for how much. Yet.
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Korg gets small ya'll - nano style
Posted by Gizmo on June 16, 2008
Korg nanoSeries nanoKEY nanoKontrol nanoPAD USB MIDI controller

When Korg do DJ gear, it ranges from the diddy and wee (KAOSS stuff) to ridiculously over the top slices of nextlevelness (Zeros). Sussing that if you make something small, cheap and importantly good, the retailers will stock and the punters will lap it up, especially if it’s in line with all that is hot in the market. So it comes as no real surprise to see the new and somewhat Applishly named nanoSeries of USB controllers.
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Never lose your Xone – now with glow in the dark
Posted by Gizmo on June 10, 2008
allen & heath xone:4d midi controller

We showed you the new Xone:4D a little while ago but had no more than a dodgy near spy shot and scant information. Now however, Allen & Heath have extracted their digits and got official info out to the world, just in time for the London International Music Show. You'll note the new not at all Pioneer like darkside paint job, but its only when you get it into a club with UV light that it really comes alive. Thankfully the Xone:4D is a whole lot more than a shameless pimping of the Xone:3D.
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One mill-ION turntables
Posted by Gizmo on June 4, 2008
ion-audio ship 1,000,000 one millionth usb turntable

While it's more than apparent that vinyl and turntables are slipping off to the retirement home (apparently decks sales are just 10% of their 2003 figure), Numark subsidiary ion-audio seems able to shift mind bogglingly large volumes of their USB decks. They seem quite chuffed to tell us that they've just shifted their ONE MILLIONTH USB equipped decks.

While I should be disheartened that ion-audio are helping kill off vinyl with every deck sold, I also have to take my hat off to them for capitalising on the demise. I can't help but smirk to myself at the irony of a company managing to sell turntables to people who actually seem to want to be rid of turntables completely. Selling turntables in the face of its own demise is pretty bloody good marketing really. Still, it means more vinyl on eBay for the rest of us I guess.

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23 mixers and counting - enough now Gemini
Posted by Gizmo on June 4, 2008
Gemini PS Series mixers PS-626efx PS-828x

Continuing with the out of season release schedule, Gemini have got a couple more mixers in their PS range for you to check out. The 626EFX, aside from an extra EF, shoehorns some effects into the existing 626 model, whereas the 828x is an all new 4 channel affair. Isn't it time to rationalise the range a little now?
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Posted by Gizmo on June 2, 2008

Imagine a ship without a rudder... a car without a steering wheel... now imagine Woody's mixer without a crossfader cap... and now imagine that he's off to Chile in just a few days for some serious gig action with Spain's hottest Rap star. Indeed, he may as well cut off his arm without a fader cap for his Rane 57SL. So while I've given him UK contacts to try and get a fader knob to his gaff stat, I'm trying to hedge his bets a little and see if any of you guys to hook him up in his hour of need. So if any of you - ideally in the UK - can supply our beloved Woody with a fader cap like right now, mail the man himself - - and he'll come and play at your weddings, christenings, bah-mitzvahs and/or proms for the rest of his life*.

*possibly not true at all.
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