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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.

Get an S4 - get your scratch on
Posted by Gizmo on June 30, 2011

Regular readers will be all too familiar with my love for Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock's Lynn Collins based "It Takes Two". For me, it an all time classic and so suited to be messed up on turntables. Probably the finest example of this was done by DJ Dummy, who lends his skills to another of NI's "look - turntablists can use controllers OK?" videos, this time being used to promote a very generous offer for new Kontrol S4 purchasers. If you're in the market for an S4 in July, you can get the Scratch Upgrade kit for free.
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So about that controller battle...
Posted by Gizmo on June 30, 2011

Controllerism - what is it? Probably not what you thought it was as the videos from the West Coast Controller Battle will show. The full thing is up online courtesy of LoveTechSH, and watching it has left me more focussed as to exactly what controllerism really is, and to a great extent, that would be less like DJing that we might think.
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Archive - fixed. Now go dig...
Posted by Gizmo on June 25, 2011

Some Saturday morning housekeeping. While digging into the archives, I noticed that the links to the posts weren't working. They do now. Go have a look at how things have advanced over the last 8 years.
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Twitching for release dates? We got 'em
Posted by Gizmo on June 25, 2011
Novation Twitch ITCH Serato release date

Novation's continuing foray into the world of DJ controllers was announced at Musikmesse 2011, leaving the world gagging for more info. Sadly little has been forthcoming since then about when exactly you'll be able to lay your sweaty gear lusting hands on one. Well I have something a little firmer for you to get your... oh wait - this is going all wrong. Let's just say that I have dates and prices for you and leave it at that.
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The Monolith Cometh
Posted by Gizmo on June 24, 2011
valeway monolith v2 DAW workstation

A short time ago, Andrew Unsworth took it upon himself to get intimate with Valeways's OOVJ laptop in a hardshell DJ solution. He very much liked what he found, and his words seem to have reverberated with Valeway themselves. Taking in much of what Andrew had to say about the OOVJ, they've now got another beast of a computer for him to chew over. It's called Monolith V2 (after a comment in the review) and is everything that name suggests - a monster tower aimed at running Windows based DAWs as fast as Physics allows.
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UPDATE: MixEmergency v1.7
Posted by Gizmo on June 23, 2011

Video is still finding its feet in the club scene, and thus the industry. To me, I'm still a little unsure about trying to force DJ techniques onto a medium ill-suited to them. And it's fair to say that while the audio software market for DJs is vibrant and evolving, the video segment has remained pretty static. Undaunted, and indeed spearheading the charge for video into the mindset of DJs is Inklen, with their MixEmergency software. V1.7 is here and has incorporated a key feature - Syphon support. Yeah, I had to look it up too, but it's quite a step forward for the software.

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Another day, another iPad Traktor controller. Say hello to TrakProDJ
Posted by Gizmo on June 23, 2011
trakprodj v1.1

Amongst other things, the iPad makes an ideal control surface for all sorts of things. But in the absence of anything official from Native Instruments, app makers are happy to fill the gap with their very own offerings. A couple of weeks ago, I showed you LiveRemote from iximix, and it seems that they also have a Traktor taming app called TrakProDJ too. Having reached v1.1, it now provides an excellent touch screen interface for Traktor. But should it do more?
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Reloop ad - Next Level mind buggery
Posted by Gizmo on June 22, 2011

I would say that my Youtube subscriptions are on the whole quite dull. But something pretty bloody weird presented itself a few days ago - a thing so odd that it's like Reloop hired David Lynch to make the strangest promo known to the DJ world. It's either the stuff of nightmares or utter brilliance. Either way, it's nothing like the usual glossy videos that corporate machines routinely chuck out.
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Controller Battle? Watch out DMC
Posted by Gizmo on June 21, 2011

Oh how times have changed. A few years ago, battling was all about turntablists going head to head on ye olde fashioned analogue gear, and any mention of digital was strictly taboo. But now it seems that controllerists want a slice of the beef too, and to this end, inventor of controllerism and the term controllerist Moldover, has gathered together a lot of sponsors to put on one such event. The West Coast Championship Controller Battle happens this Saturday (yeah I know - short notice) at Public Works in San Francisco.
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Fruity Loops on the go - FL Studio Mobile
Posted by Gizmo on June 21, 2011
fl studio mobile ipad ipad

Fruity Loops has been around for as long as I can remember - so long in fact that there's a 63 page list of updates on the site. And from those early roots back in 1997, a Mac version seems to have eluded release to the masses. But now it seems that a version will be hitting Apple hardware in the form of the iOS ready FL Studio Mobile for iPad and iPhone.
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Not just any DJ cable - this is THE DJ Cable
Posted by Gizmo on June 20, 2011
algoriddim griffin dj cable djay
The thorny issue of audio output always comes up when talking about iPad DJing. Apple are still a little behind the curve, or perhaps being deliberately restrictive when it comes to giving users the options they need to really integrate the ubiquitous tablet into professional setups. But it must be done somehow, and algoriddim came up with a clever split audio mode for their djay for iPad/iPod Touch. The problem has been that cables have been a bit thin on the ground to make this work. But now algoriddim have knocked boots with Griffin to make the DJ Cable - a rugged splitter cable that makes djay that little bit easier to use.
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Wireless DJ - touch MIDI mapping
Posted by Gizmo on June 20, 2011
wireless dj MIDI ipad app

Wrangling stuff wirelessly with an iPad seems to be all the rage these days. Seems that I can't go a week without some new doohickey claiming to tame your favourite MIDI app from the comfort of your iPad. The reality is that they all do much the same thing - give you a graphic touch control surface instead of using your keyboard. And this is very true of the new Wireless DJ app from Evgen Bodunov. This particular app doesn't DJ as such, but instead allows you to map basic controls to your iPad via wireless MIDI.
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xone:DB4 - really good faders and buttons honest!
Posted by Gizmo on June 18, 2011

You'll recall Andrew Unsworth's xone:DB4 review this week. Hell it may have taken you this long to get to the end of it. But being the fair minded hacks that we are, we gave Allen & Heath a chance to fact check the review before publishing. Being supremely proud of the ├╝bermixer, they were concerned with Andrew's opinion on the quality of the channel faders and buttons. So presented for you here, and added into the review is their response, that will hopefully balance out any doubts you have have had after reading the review.
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Cloud DJing - a step closer with iWebDJ
Posted by Gizmo on June 18, 2011
iwebdj interactive mp3 flash player

You don't need me to tell you that the DJ scene is changing out of all recognition. First CD, then DVS software - indeed the final indignation is turntables being unceremoniously turfed out in favour of controllers. And now Apple's iCloud is being touted as some sort new tech on the block for DJs. But the best fun I've had in a long time is with iWebDJ - a technology that allows you to mix tunes interactively or automatically entirely online.
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REVIEW Allen & Heath xone:DB4 Mixer
Posted by Gizmo on June 15, 2011
allen heath xone db4 4 channel mixer

Allen & Heath make great mixers. Nay, they make stunning, class leading, industry defining mixers, and have done so dancing to the beat of their own drum. That drum however has looked a little retro in recent years, with the digital age creeping up and leaving the xones trading on past reputation, while everyone else has snuck past them with their own technology embracing MIDI laden 4 channel club mixers. But then came the xone:DB4 - a club mixer that not only builds upon the solid heritage of xones past, but grabs all that is good in the digital age to makes a 4 channel effects and filter heavy monster worthy of its "Dogs Bollocks" PR. Andrew Unsworth got to play, write and fall in love.
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Kutski's take on the Amen Break
Posted by Gizmo on June 9, 2011
winstons amen break bbc radio 1 kutski documentary

There are just a handful of common threads that bind the numerous genres and sub-genres of dance music all together in a coherent mass of arse shaking and floor stomping. It matters not if you're spinning vinyl to underground Hip Hop heads, or performing next level controllerism on an iPad - drop the Amen Break at the right time, and all hell breaks loose on the floor. Such is the greatness of the classic 6 seconds of the Winstons "Amen Brother" track that entire genres of music have been based on it. So BBC Radio 1's Kutski dug deeper and made an hour long radio documentary into the Amen phenomenon and finds himself questioning the morality of borrowing samples.

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Taming Ableton Live via iOS - iximix's LiveRemote
Posted by Gizmo on June 8, 2011
iximix liveremote ipad iphone ableton live controller

While shoehorning the whole DJ experience into an iOS device seems to be the sole interest for many developers, associated technologies like Ableton Live are getting some love as well. Fresh to the App Store is LiveRemote from iximix, which gives you some serious control of Ableton live in your iPad and iPhone.
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REVIEW: Numark NS6 Controller
Posted by Gizmo on June 6, 2011
numark NS6 review serato ITCH 4 channel midi controller

Numark haven't got where they are without knowing a bit about marketing. Knowing that they were beaten soundly to be first past the 4 channel controller post, they knew that had to keep the attention of potential buyers for such a Numark device, this teased their future shiny, showed off a strictly prototype device at NAMM, and subsequently counted down towards the release. But now the NS6 is out in the wild and available to the masses, and of course I got to play with one and write the usual skratchworx epic standard of words and shoot the standard glossy set of pictures.
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REVIEW: Avid Torq 2.0 DJ Software
Posted by Gizmo on June 2, 2011
avid torq 2.0 DVS MIDI software review

The DVS race is often perceived as a 2 horse affair. And to a degree this is true, but while Traktor and Scratch Live jockey for pole position, there are a number of other horses in this race, and it's here where a lot of good things are happening. Take Torq - v1 appeared, came up on the outside but ultimately stumbled at the last fence, leaving it limping along somewhere at the back of the field. But now Torq 2.0 (the .0 is important apparently) is here, with a massive dose of steroids and ready to take on the front runners again. Guest reviewer Johnny Dirtbag decided to send in some race commentary and gives you the odds on Torq 2.0 placing in the DVS race.
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