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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.

Freq Factory for sale at last
Posted by Gizmo on September 30, 2005
Remember the Freq Factory? The cute Fisher price like box made it's first appearance some 18 months ago but now - according to their site - it's available to buy. The revised Flash-free site (it was cute but painful to use) now contains audio and movies clips of this little thing in action. But be sure you're sitting down and away from sharp objects or hot drinks when you hear the price... push.gif
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The Pro X Fade hits The Skratchshop
Posted by Gizmo on September 26, 2005
At last it's available. Eclectic Breaks' Pro X Fade crossfader is now available to order in The Skratchshop - the first retailer in the UK if no the world.

You'll have seen the articles on SpinScience, the exclusive first review with this site and the movies of 2Tall, Netik and Tigerstyle scratching up a storm at PLASA. Now you can get your hands on your very own fader.
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REVIEW: MixVibes v6
Posted by Gizmo on September 24, 2005
18 months ago, we first cast our eye over an early version of MixVibes at MusikMesse 2004. It's fair to say that we weren't overly impressed with the product at that time. But how things have changed. Now being distributed in the UK by Vestax and having such scratch Gods as Netik, Troubl and Birdy Nam Nam willing to put their name to it, MixVibes has developed into a fully rounded product. Deft ends his marathon run of reviewing digital scratchy stuff with an indepth look at MixVibes.
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REVIEW: djDecks Beta v0.69
Posted by Gizmo on September 23, 2005
Deft has been a busy fella recently. Having ummmed and ahhh'd over Digiscratch and then drooled over Serato Scratch, he's also managed to find time to play with another digital solution - this time djDecks. Not as well known as the others nor having the flash and glitz of whole stands at the big exhibitions, djDecks looks every part a competitor for the big boys, but with a bargain bin price tag.
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PLASA 2005 - The End
Posted by Gizmo on September 22, 2005
So that was PLASA 2005. Substantially better than 2004's somewhat damp squib of an exhibition (although there was an element of dampness about the run-up to the opening), 2005 most definitely showed a big leap towards the often fought against digital age.

I apologise in advance for the length of the article. I get on a roll sometimes...
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You've won a stream!
Posted by Gizmo on September 22, 2005
Not literally you understand, although a trout stream with exclusive fishing rights would be a cool prize... but I digress. The winners are in for the DMC/Technics World Finals are in. the lucky people are Incise and Chad Rowe. I'm sure DMC will have been in touch by now.

But there is still a chance to see the finals from the comfort of your own home, cave, tent or wherever you actually live at a discounted rate thanks to scene legend Sir Lord Mr Doctor DJ Loop Skywalker.
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PLASA 2005 - Pro X Fade
Posted by Gizmo on September 18, 2005

The Pro X Fade roadshow hits PLASA in fine style. Not only did the Eclectic Breaks stand house some serious DJ talent over the 4 days of PLASA but Selmark in the upper level also had the Pro X Fade on display as well. As did every wall, lamp post and almost every other flat surface in the vicinity of Earls Court. If you had the ready cash, you could have walked away with a Pro X Fade for 80 quid.
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PLASA 2005 - Mackie
Posted by Gizmo on September 17, 2005
First seen by us at MusikMesse and now here at PLASA, Mackie's surprise venture into the skratch scene in the shape of the d2 takes a step nearer release. The last time we posted any info, the Mackie guys were very active on that post and have made some revisions to the design based on all of our comments.
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PLASA 2005 - Rane
Posted by Gizmo on September 16, 2005
Some of you can be forgiven for thinking that there wasn't a Rane stand at PLASA. Had you cast your eyes to the heavens, you would have seen a banner telling you exactly where it was - on the Sennheiser stand - their UK distributors. Nothing new to show except a rotary version of the Empath.
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PLASA 2005 - Infinium
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2005
There's been much talk recently about crossfaders. The Pro X Fade has been getting it's lion's share of our attention and quite rightly so as it's the mutt's nuts. But please spare a thought for other companies out there trying to make a positive change with the most important part of any scratch mixer. I spent a little bit of time with Infinium and they filled me in about their new optical fader that's being used in the forthcoming Rodec Scratchbox and Mackie d2.
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PLASA 2005 - Gemini
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2005
Aside from the Rodec Scratchbox being plonked right in the middle of their stand, Gemini showed their hybrid CDT-05 - plugged in and everything, although not linked to a mixer. Booo. But the recently covered iKey made an appearance and rather nice it is as well.
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PLASA 2005 - Pioneer
Posted by Gizmo on September 14, 2005
it's been a bit quiet on the scratch front in recent times for Pioneer. After dazzling the world with God's own scratch mixer the DJM-909, and the initial price based flop that was the 707, they've plodded on and pretty much own the scratch mixer market thanks to a ridiculous price drop to 300 of your local currency on the 707. They did however show a cool flat panel speaker that was knocking some serious ear bleeding volumes out on the stand.
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PLASA 2005 - Rodec
Posted by Gizmo on September 13, 2005
Is it just me or is the Rodec Scratchbox slipping into the realms of myth? Well we needn't think like that any longer. The Scratchbox finally turned up, turned on and right in the middle of the Gemini stand - not hooked up to a deck but linked to a computer. Ummm...
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PLASA 2005 - Denon
Posted by Gizmo on September 13, 2005
Denon always put on a good show at PLASA - waaaaay better than their European counterparts. I don't know why this is but there's always a good selection of gear to play with on the stand. This year was no exception and of particular interest was the newly released DN-S3500.
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I'm going home, I've done my time...
Posted by Gizmo on September 12, 2005
Day 1, being the public day was expected to be a more sociable event, where you hook up with old friends, hang out and drink beer. Day 2 however was back to business, but somehow I still managed to hang out and drink beer as well. Now I'm sat on the 18.50 out of Kings Cross northbound back home with 9% battery power left on my powerbook and absolutely no energy to write reams of verbiage about all the cool hip stuff I've seen today. Tomorrow I should be back on track to give you a little more info about Vestax, Mackie, Infinium faders, Ecler, Gemini, Rodec, Stanton plus other stuff I'll no doubt remember as I wade through the photos.

But what I do have is some frankly awesome footage (35 minutes worth) of 2Tall, Netik and Tigerstyles giving the Pro X Fade some serious hammer. It was worth 2 days in London with stupid prices just to capture this.
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PLASA 2005 Day 1
Posted by Gizmo on September 12, 2005
After last year's damp squib that was PLASA 2005, I had high hopes for this year and I wasn't disappointed. I think everything we've seen today has been covered at some point in sw_smilie.png but nothing quite beats seeing for real. But I'm pretty wacked so I'm just going to give you a glimpse.

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PLASA Day 1 - the beginning...
Posted by Gizmo on September 11, 2005
I'm sat on a crowed train PLASA bound and figure I'd use this time to give you an insight into what the sw_smilie.png posse are giving up 2 days or our precious personal time to see.
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Introducing... the Numark HDX
Posted by Gizmo on September 10, 2005
So it's the witching hour and it's time for the world exclusive. And I think it's quite a biggie.

In recent times calls have been made for manufacturers to put hard disks inside their CD decks and Numark have been listening. Ladies and gentlemen - I bring you the Numark HDX.
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Building tension...
Posted by Gizmo on September 9, 2005
At midnight tonight GMT, I'll be busting some big news - big enough for me to stay up to bring it to you people.

sw_smilie.png has the world exclusive on this announcement and has been authorised by (fill in your guess here) to break this to the DJ world. Tick tock tick tock...
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Posted by Gizmo on September 9, 2005

I'm sure many of you would sell a family member to be at the DMC Technics World Finals each year but for some it's not really possible. However, this year DMC are making it possible for 2 lucky people to experience the finals via the beauty of the internet. Up for grabs are 2 weekend video streams so you'll be able to be there in spirit, if not not in person.
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REVIEW: Eclectic Breaks Pro X fade
Posted by Gizmo on September 8, 2005
Something like a full year ago - at PLASA 2004 - we first got to play with a prototype fader from Eclectic Breaks. I also spent a great deal of time with the EB head honcho Siya who explained his vision for the fader, EB and the scene in general. Now 12 months later, his vision has become a reality - the Pro X Fade crossfader is ready. I've had one for a little while now and it's time to hear what I think about it.
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Skratchshop is open
Posted by Gizmo on September 7, 2005
Only a week and a half later than I'd planned, is finally open in it's own little way.

So now you get your hands on the new Noisy Stylus LP called "Table Manners" - available in CD and double vinyl.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For the next week or so, I'm only doing UK deliveries until I can sort out postage to Europe and eventually the rest of the world. Thanks you for your patience.
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PLASA Ticket winners...
Posted by Gizmo on September 4, 2005

6 of you lucky people have won free entry tickets into the DJ technology fest that is PLASA. You've been informed and 4 of you have responded. Check your mails people. But for those who missed out, the very nice man at Denon UK has stepped in at the last minute with the offer of 10 tickets.

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