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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.

Posted by Gizmo on September 26, 2008

The DMC finals start tonight. 2 days and nights of world class turntablism get under way at the indig02 arena in the currently depressed docklands area of Landan village. Please be careful making your way through the streets to the event - take time to look up and avoid the suicidal city traders currently losing their and your shirts in the name of making what money is left in the world. Don't fret - just get thee to docklands and shout for your countrymen. Knowing London, that means the UK will probably be in the minority then.

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Don't cha wish your setup was hot like this?
Posted by Gizmo on September 23, 2008

As I travel around forums, there's almost always a "Show your setup" thread, detailing the OCD stylings or borderline public health offence level rigs that exist in people's cellars and bedrooms. But surely Paul Oakenfold's little setup is the DJ equivalent of top trumps, essentially pwning just about everyone else everywhere.

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DaScratch... touch it - control it - ignore the name
Posted by Gizmo on September 20, 2008
stanton SCSystem SCS.3d

So the worst kept secret in recent DJ history is out. The full details of the teased and allegedly accidentally leaked Stanton "DaScratch" (sooo known as the SCS.3d from now on) are finally available for you to pour over and understand. Putting the somewhat questionable name to one side, the SCS.3d puts a fresh touchy feely spin on conventional MIDI controllers and via the archaic but still popular protocol of MIDI lets you take control of your software of choice.
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Nice up your wrist Flud style
Posted by Gizmo on September 17, 2008
Flud Watches DJ watch

Christmas is much closer than you think. Trust me - before you know it, you'll be scratching your head to try and think of something to give that favourite DJ in your life. Sure, you could grab them some vinyl or slipmats, but no doubt you'd pick the wrong ones. But the choice for DJ watches is somewhat limited - until Flud watches came along. Check out these bad boys.
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And djdecks makes 3... well 0.9 but you know what I mean
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2008
djdecks v0.90

They say that all good things come in threes, so rounding off the DJ software updates, djdecks gets updated to milestone release rather than the lesser point releases. This is more about making thing better than fixing problems.
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Yep you guessed it - a Traktor update as well
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2008
Native Instruments Traktor dj studio Scratch 3.4.1 1.3.1

I need to get me some sort of software release counter graphic, because you can be damned sure that the planets align and make companies get updates out all at the same time. As sure as night follow day, you can almost guarantee that if SSL gets updated, then out comes a Traktor upgrade as well. Or vice versa. This time, Traktor and its DVS sibling Scratch gets an oh so minor upgrade, just fixing a enough bugs that can be counted on one hand.

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182 - SSL, not Blink that is
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2008
Serato Scratch Live ssl v1.8.2

Serato's Scratch Live gets another final release under its belt in the shape of v1.8.2. Classed as a maintenance update, it finally embraces the world of 64 bit Vista as well as adding support for the Pioneer CDJ-400.
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Ean Golden on the wheels of... errr... rubber?
Posted by Gizmo on September 12, 2008

Ean Golden from djtechtools is a man with an unnatural love, nay obsession with the Vestax VCI-100. This has seen him win much favour with Vestax, to the point where they even made him an outrageously sexy special edition VCI for him to peddle through his site, but not before he'd done a mod of nextlevelness on his own VCI - arcade buttons. Awesome. But now he's applied his skills and hands-on user experience to try and make the VCI-100 even better and has come up with JogGrips, which are essentially nobbly rubber disks that are stickier than my pants at NAMM.
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WORLD EXCLUSIVE - Stanton's MIDI Controller
Posted by Gizmo on September 12, 2008

I've always steered clear of DVS systems - partly because my computer is an antique, partly because I don't trust computers to stay stable for more than a minute (yes, even Macs) and also because I can't abide the whole interaction with the computer rather than with my DJ gear. I know this makes me appear as some of luddite, but that's the way it is. But something has come along that seemingly scrubs one of the above caveats from the list. Stantonís new controller in currently in beta, but looking like an answer to my quest.

UPDATE: Fresh video added!
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So about THAT faceplate...
Posted by Gizmo on September 9, 2008
Allen Heath xone 02 faceplate

As suspected, that helza funky dope faceplate on the reborn A&H xone:02 didn't exactly meet with the approval of the scratchernet. Both here and on, the general opinion was that they should stop, right now, walk away from the faceplate and leave it the hell alone. So seeing as I was at PLASA, and so were A&H, I figured that just in case they missed it, I'd share the feelings of the world with them. This I did and back came some insight into the decision.
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NS7 - I played, I filmed, I need a new camera
Posted by Gizmo on September 8, 2008

So... the NS7 has been uncaged, and this DJ hack spent a fair amount of time on it at PLASA 2008 yesterday. I pressed lots of buttons, scratched lots of noises and walked away very impressed. I was subsequently less impressed with my video camera though. It's been a tad iffy since Christmas, and while a gentle smack to the side of it usually kicks it into action, it generally operates at around 50% functionality, and there's no guaranteeing what will or won't work properly. Sadly the sound was very VERY bad on this clip so apologies up front for that. But read on for my thoughts.

UPDATED: Added another Youtube vid.

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More NS7 tomorrow but...
Posted by Gizmo on September 7, 2008
Numark NS7

The big day has come - when the Numark NS7 was coaxed from behind it's glass force field and allowed itself to be petted by the great unwashed. Yes people, not 1, but 2 NS7s were at PLASA, one of which was fully functioning and quite happy to have me abuse it on and off for a full hour. And I got video of me attempting to cut on it as well, but that won't be up until tomorrow, as will the rest of this NS7 story. There's only so much I can do from train. But read on for a new feature of the NS7...
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OMNI CONTROL - beating up on lesser controllers
Posted by Gizmo on September 7, 2008
Numark Omni Control

As expected, PLASA was a barren wasteland in the new gear department. But as dependable as always, Numark pulled a small but heavy MIDI controlling rabbit out of the hat in the shape of OMNI CONTROL - that's all caps to denote its dominance over it's weaker and pathetic sibling Total Control, which is all plastic and puny in comparison. OMNI CONTROL would clearly take Total Control in a fight.
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Ghost Train to PLASA
Posted by Gizmo on September 7, 2008

Something like 85% of the readership will have no idea of the weather in the UK right now. It's been bad enough for me to watch the rail news and up to yesterday afternoon, it was touch and go as to whether I would make it to PLASA. Well as you can see from above, it's a tad quiet on this late booked train but I'm on my way to see the meagre collection of nextlevelness at Earls Court. I'm aware of at least one thing you not seen before and look forward to having a dabble and reporting back later - hopefully via free wifi just like the one that this message is coming to you from now.
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skratchworx is 5 years old!
Posted by Gizmo on September 5, 2008

So it's a biggie. Yes indeedy peeps - your humble purveyor of nextlevelness has reached the grand old age of 5 years old! And just take a look at the cake above - how awesome is that! Sadly it's just some image I found on Google rather than being in front of me and ready to stuff into my face. So feel free to send us some birthday messages, and a little something else to help build the future skratchworx as well.
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DMC - no streams - no chat room - no point
Posted by Gizmo on September 5, 2008

The DMC world finals are happening in just a couple of weeks, and for those of us who can't make it to the finals, live streaming from the event has been a total godsend. Sadly however, it's not happening this year.
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xone:02 with PXF - no really...
Posted by Gizmo on September 3, 2008
Allen heath xone:02 xone 02 pro x fade pxf

Some news stories keep coming around and around, and this is a perennial showtime favourite. Having first seen this some 18 months ago at Messe 2007 and then at PLASA 2007, and then one more time at Messe 2008, it seems that Allen & Heath are finally actually releasing the Pro X Fade endowed xone:02, completely with funky fresh faceplate. And when I say releasing, it's available right away apparently, although I've not tracked it down on any dealer sites yet.
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Video for SSL - but not from Serato
Posted by Gizmo on September 3, 2008
MixEmergency video Serato Scratch Live SSL Mac

Nations have indigenous cottage industries - France makes great wine, Greece makes wonderful Olive Oil - and New Zealand apparently makes video software. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Serato HQ is Inklen, who have unleashed a whole new Mac based video mixing solution called MixEmergency. Leaning heavily on using MIDI controllers, it also rather cheekily uses Scratch Live as an external controller too.
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PLASA - apparently not quite dead to me just yet
Posted by Gizmo on September 2, 2008
Plasa 2008

While it seems bleeding obvious to almost everyone concerned that PLASA isn't the place to be seen in the DJ trade anymore, the few that actually do have some stuff to show off, or generally feel like giving the dead horse one last flogging, have requested the presence of skratchworx at the wake. So I'm finding every which way possible to make the outrageously expensive English rail tickets just that little bit cheaper. All I can say is that it had better be worth my while. And if you think I'm talking about you, then I probably am.
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