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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.

TTX Varitorque - proof!
Posted by Gizmo on July 31, 2005
As previously mentioned, Numark have officially announced the variable torque TTX, and today at the DJ North Show in Leeds, we witnessed it first hand.

It's a simple matter or pressing keylock and quartz lock at the same time and then it cycles through the torques. Check this short movie to see it in action.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 49 comments

Table Manners from Noisy Stylus
Posted by Gizmo on July 30, 2005
German DJs and all round nice guys Noisy Stylus have taken a break from winning DMC and ITF team battles and have lovingly crafted a new LP for your discerning ears. Entitled "Table Manners", Tre Styles, Tobeyer, Adlib and Dynamike have put together 14 quality tracks of skratch loveliness.

It's a varied bunch of tracks - some full-on skratch madness along with more melodic chill out style stuff. I'm a bit hard to please these days when it comes to full CD's and often take a lot of listens to get into something but this grabbed me straight away.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 21 comments

Pro X Fade - a first look
Posted by Gizmo on July 30, 2005
A whole year ago, I had my first play with a new prototype crossfader from Eclectic Breaks at PLASA 2004. Now, several prototypes later, the finished Pro X Fade is ready. A few lucky people have one, including myself and Laurent from Spin Science.

Get yourselves over to the special feature, that takes a look at the conception, design and production of the final fader.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 48 comments

DN-S8000 fake - or is it?
Posted by Gizmo on July 27, 2005
We've been here before right? Is this yet another hoax or the real deal? A guy called Dave has posted a link in the CDT story below to an image alleged to be a 3D render of Denon's alleged next super deck. Of course I checked with the good guys at Denon who said it is indeed a fake. But it seems that someone has gone to a lot of trouble to make such a hoax.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 70 comments

CDT-05 - some more pictures
Posted by Gizmo on July 27, 2005
Nothing earth-shatteringly new in these images - I discovered them on the Gemini site and figured I tease you all over again.

Minor changes include a track skip knob (too big IMHO) and the pitch bend buttons have been made more accessible below the pitch fader. The front panel also gets a minor change - the buttons are now recessed.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 18 comments

Numark's TTX update... no really...
Posted by Gizmo on July 23, 2005
I know I know... I must have mentioned this twice before but it looks like Numark were saving the TTX upgrade until Summer NAMM. The new variable torque motor is (according to the press release) available now with a suggested retail of $629.

But did anyone else notice the dropping of the "1"? The release refers to TTX but the image still says TTX1. The Numark website lists the TTX but the old Numark TTX1 site is still fully laden with beautiful oneness.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 22 comments

Numark release iDJ info
Posted by Gizmo on July 22, 2005
First seen as a black prototype and a more fitting Silver/white 3D render at MusikMesse 2005, Numark sparked a frenzy of internet interest (and a shedload of traffic for sw_smilie.png as well). As summer NAMM approaches, Numark have properly announced the iDJ. Quite how the UK DJ magazine of the same name is going to take that I don't know but it sure does look like Numark have firmly looked the future of DJing in the face and made something to put them right at the forefront of the digital revolution.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 73 comments

REVIEW: Alcatech Digiscratch v2
Posted by Gizmo on July 18, 2005
The Alcatech team put on quite a show for us at MusikMesse this year. Their big scary DJ Armin gave us a really good display and managed to call out Stanton and their Final Scratch offering (who were stood right in front of him) at the same time - which was nice. So I feel I had no choice - for fear of being hunted down by Armin - but to get their Digiscratch v2 product reviewed and as soon as possible. So Deft did the honours again and gives us the 411 (is that right?).
CLICK HERE for the full story and 34 comments

REVIEW: Serato Scratch v1.4
Posted by Gizmo on July 18, 2005
Deft has been busy. When I suggested that we get up to speed and do a round up of the various digital offerings available to the discerning skratch DJ, he jumped at the chance. I think he wished he hadn't now as they just keep ending up on his desk at work without an end in sight. First up is the current daddy - Serato Scratch Live - but this one covers the latest v1.4 version.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

The potential lawsuit competition winners
Posted by Gizmo on July 13, 2005
When I asked for entries to this competition to win some post Messe booty, all you had to do was send in a funny caption to the Yoga and Q pic. It seems however that many of you are in need of therapy or at least a hug as 75% of the very small entry was just plain offensive. But there were a handful of standout winners. Well done to winner Dave Murray, and runners -up Tek (yes - twice in a row) and DJ Predakon.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 13 comments

DJBattle TV Episode 3
Posted by Gizmo on July 11, 2005
Although pitching themselves as "the number one source for Swedish turntablists", the guys at DJBattle seem to be making a play for world domination with their continuing DJBattle TV series. This time resident host DJ Garry talks to former DMC champ A-Trak and just for good measure does a little freestyle as well.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 24 comments

DISCUSSION: A call for standards
Posted by Gizmo on July 8, 2005
Something that has long bugged me about DJ gear - other than a slipmat, mixer faceplate or risky fader mods, your ability to customise your gear to suit your tastes simply hasn't really been an option. Flicking through all sorts of leisure magazines e.g. mountain bikes, etc the list of accessories you can buy to improve your setup is staggering. But in the case of DJ gear, a deck is a deck - a mixer is a mixer with little in the way of being able to tweak. Wouldn't it be cool if you could buy each element of your gear to suit your preference?
CLICK HERE for the full story and 33 comments

Thud Cart Update
Posted by Gizmo on July 8, 2005
Information is slowly trickling through about the long awaited Thud Rumble carts from Ortofon. Seems that Vestax will be distributing them in Japan and have released some information (in Japanese JPG so I can't run it through a translator). Hopefully sometime soon we'll receive official info and carts soon enough. Hopefully some nice person who reads Japanese will be able to shed a little more light on the text for us.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 24 comments

Red and Yellow and err... Blue and Green?
Posted by Gizmo on July 7, 2005
Accessories are cool. I only wish we were able to add more to our gear. So I'm rather giddy when I read about Vestax bring out a few new odds and ends to their range.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

REVIEW: Pioneer DJM-707 Mixer
Posted by Gizmo on July 3, 2005
In these cautious times with little in the way of new gear coming out, it gives me a chance to play catch up. Even though the sw_smilie.png review list is more comprehensive than any other, there are still some gaping holes. One such hole is about to be filled in the shape of a Pioneer DJM-707 review.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 55 comments

More MixVibes footage
Posted by Gizmo on July 1, 2005
Sometimes the wheels run slow at sw_smilie.png HQ for all sorts of reasons. In this case it's fitting out a bathroom and a blown up PC. NdB has tried his best to get some more footage up but the Gods seem fit to work against him. So I've stepped in to literally throw up unedited movies of Netik, Skilz, Crazy B and Lil Mike on the MixVibes stand at MusikMesse.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 51 comments

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