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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.

REVIEW: algoriddim djay v3.0
Posted by Gizmo on September 29, 2009
algoriddim djay v3 review

Software just keeps coming out at a rate that I find it hard to keep up with. It seems that as soon as I get round to reviewing something, the next version is just about ready for release. Algoriddim's Mac only djay software has now reached a landmark v3 release, and gained some key features. But bugger me if we don't have the fullest and completetest review on the very same day of release.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 10 comments

The mytical Traktor controller spotted?
Posted by Gizmo on September 29, 2009
native instruments traktor controller Ritchie Hawtin

There have been many mumblings in quieter corners of the scene about Native Instruments working on some sort of hardware controller. Indeed, when the DJ journalistic collective was carted off en masse to Berlin, we half expected to be pawing a lump of vorsprung durch technik style controller. But now it seems that NI may well be teasing us with glimpses of the new thingumabob in action. Youtube clip follows.

Update: Street price seems to be confirmed at $200. Thanks to Engadget.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 24 comments

And in the beginning there was... a really big book about Traktor
Posted by Gizmo on September 28, 2009
traktor bible v1.2
I know it's the digital age and you probably do most of your reading online, but nothing beats a good book, especially in a subject that really deserves it. And that's what Rainer G Haselier thought too, who thus set about breaking down the complexities of Native Instruments' Traktor suite into easily digestible chunks. The latest version of the Traktor Bible has been updated to reflect the recent v1.2 release. Note: it doesn't really look like a bible. That's just my usual Photoshop excess.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 6 comments

NS7 + BPM = ?
Posted by Gizmo on September 28, 2009
Numark NS7 BPM show 2009

BPM 2009 is just one week away, and as day follows night, thus info pours in just before the show. This just in… Numark are showing "something for the NS7" at this coming weekend's BPM Show.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 31 comments

TouchDVS 2 - coming soon
Posted by Gizmo on September 24, 2009
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It happens sometimes - as I'm about to go live with a product review, I get told that the next version is due, thus the current review gets shelved while we wait for the aforementioned next generation to appear. One such product is TouchDVS, which got the skratchworx treatment, albeit a little too slowly at my end. In this time, it seems that not only does the next generation crush the concerns that reviewer Jon1st had, but it will allegedly give Scratch Live and Traktor a run for its money. Blimey.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

xone:DX?
Posted by Gizmo on September 20, 2009
allen heath xone:dx

I got a mail a short time ago from Allen & Heath informing me about the usual "we've got this and that on show at BPM", but there was an interesting line added to end - almost as an afterthought: "There will also be an exciting new product unveiled on the first day of the show". Hmmm… so exciting that all it got was a single throwaway line tagged on the end of an email. But then this above tab has appeared on the xone website, but it doesn't seem to lead anywhere right now.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 55 comments

RIP Grand Master Roc Raida
Posted by Gizmo on September 19, 2009
Grandmaster Roc Raida RIP

The DJ world has lost another legend today. Turntablist legend Grand Master Roc Raida has died. You don't need me to tell you who he was or to know how he passed away. All that matters is that the DJ scene has lost a true legend - a leader and inspiration for so many of the names we know today.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 46 comments

The skratchworx stand has left the building
Posted by Gizmo on September 19, 2009


I tried so hard - pooled resources, called in favours and generally blagged like never before, but sadly I've had to pull out of having a stand at the BPM Show, which also means that the battle is off too.
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Pioneer - Darwinian fanboys
Posted by Gizmo on September 19, 2009
pioneer cdj-2000 cdj-900 launch

48 hours after the dawn of the news species, I've had some time to break through the sexy images, Youtube vids and PR ridden with bold claims, to take a cold realistic look at what the new CDJ-2000 and 900 offer - other than being shiny pretty things that empty wallets. And being treated to a presentation at the Ministry of Sound, I'm now a hell of a lot clearer on what Pioneer are trying to achieve with this release. And it's much less about the hardware and a whole lot more about the whole DJ workflow. Look past the actual PR and see the bigger picture - it's a bold move for sure.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 33 comments

New Species has arrived - Pioneer CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900
Posted by Gizmo on September 17, 2009
Pioneer CDJ-2000 CDJ-900 CDJ2000 CDJ900 launch

After a month of teasers, anticipation and finally utter frustration, Pioneer have released details of their new CDJ siblings. The CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 embrace all that is good (and been lacking for all too long) and wrap it all up in a music management package. There's an awful lot to take in so get comfy, push aside sarcasm and take a look at what the new CDs can actually do.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 109 comments

UPDATE: Tonetable v1.1
Posted by Gizmo on September 16, 2009


Is that a Controller One in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me? No - it's the updated Tonetable from Inklen. It's a DVS control signal in your pocket that's been updated to add more tone compatibility, but importantly add a single octave keyboard.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 3 comments

Pioneer - are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? :(
Posted by Gizmo on September 16, 2009
Pioneer CDJ-2000 1000 MK4

This time tomorrow - thankfully - the excruciating wait will be over. Pioneer Europe, UK and/or US will have sent me the press materials for the new CDJ, and we'll no doubt see a selection of affection, skepticism and just outright polar opposite fanboying and haterism. One thing is for sure - Pioneer have a lot riding on this so it had better deliver. Now while I'm not the first to speculate about what it might be like, I'm still going to offer my opinion about what the alleged CDJ-2000 may bring.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 29 comments

PLASA 2009: Denon
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2009
Denon DN-HC1000s serato controller

Occupying a corner of the Allen & Heath stand, Denon put on a small but perfectly formed display of their latest hotness - a pair of DN-S3700s, the all new 4 channel DN-X1700 monster as well as the new DN-HC1000s.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 5 comments

PLASA 2009: Allen & Heath
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2009
allen & heath xone:42

Not much of interest from Allen & Heath this time round. The all new and testosterone fueled "Storm Grey" colour scheme is being rolled out across the entire mixer range. Oh and a classic Jobsian "one more thing…".
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

PLASA 2009: Numark
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2009
ION discover DJ midi controller

The almighty Numakailesision machine thundered into PLASA as large as ever, with a huge variety of gear from the various divisions of the empire. But catching my attention the most was the recently reported ION Discover DJ. Cheap - yes. Plastic - yes. Adorable - hell yes.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 24 comments

PLASA 2009: Kam
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2009
Kam ME-701 MIDI controller

Kam isn't a brand well known outside of the UK, but they do shift a boatload of gear to the beginner and budget end of the market. This year saw a more reserved stand from Kam, featuring just a smattering of their extensive product range. Catching my eye was the ME-701 - a regular MIDI controller that appears to be aimed (if only by the use of the word "jingle" alone) at the mobile market. =
CLICK HERE for the full story and 3 comments

Hello PLASA - bet you didn't expect to see me again...
Posted by Gizmo on September 15, 2009
PLASA 2009 review

Aaaah… the familiar alcohol and vomit ridden stench of a freshly cleaned Sunday morning train. Such is the beginning of my rushed day around the pro sound and light mecca that is PLASA. I deliberately left out DJs as those days are long gone. But somehow, it draws me back, year after year, to be out of pocket and left with a feeling of emptiness. That said, a couple of things popped up that kept me happy.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 2 comments

Dragging myself to PLASA
Posted by Gizmo on September 12, 2009
PLASA 2009 Earl's Court

You know how I've been saying that PLASA is dead to me and that The BPM show is the new king of DJ shows in the UK, and how last year was my last year of going? Well it seems that I can't stay away. Yes - I'm going to PLASA tomorrow, if only to keep ahead of the game and see if anyone is sneaking new stuff in under the radar.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 8 comments

UPDATE: Traktor Pro v1.2
Posted by Gizmo on September 11, 2009
Traktor v1.2.1 update

Native Instruments have had enough of this beta nonsense and have let v1.2 of their Traktor family out into the wild… as v1.2.1. Included are a heap of hot new goodies including new effects, HID support, all new MIDI config and advanced time stretching.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 21 comments

Mix Free - wires are sooo last year
Posted by Gizmo on September 11, 2009
DJ Tech Pro Mix Free wireless controller

Looks like it's wireless week on skratchworx. First the base station/handheld config of nextbeat, and now DJ Tech have come out with Mix Free - a totally wireless controller that works with Deckadance LE out of the box.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

Rodec - now for the rest of US
Posted by Gizmo on September 11, 2009
rodec distrubution USA global Pro Sound russell brown ortofon

Rodec make some incredibly good gear. Indeed, my 2 channel mixer of choice is the Rodec Scratchbox - a veritable powerhouse of industrial chic combined with killer features. But getting Rodec gear to the masses hasn't been easy - especially to the US. So new distributor kid on the block Global Pro Sound has picked up Rodec and will be spreading the goodness to the US peeps. At last.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 5 comments

DISCOVER DJ - Is that a controller in your pocket or...
Posted by Gizmo on September 10, 2009
ion discover dj

Awwww….. how cute is this? It's like the less is more version of nextlevelness. Imagine having the absolute very basics of DJ gear, stripped down even more (like turning pitch into 2 buttons), make it work with the stripped down Mixvibes Cross and you've got ION Audio's DISCOVER DJ. And Hells Teeth do I want to play with one.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 27 comments

REVIEW: Numark MixMeister Control
Posted by Gizmo on September 10, 2009
numark mixmeister Control review

While Numark have more product than you can imagine, aimed fairly and squarely at the DJ scene, they also have their associated MixMeister brand. It's not dead ahead DJing per se, but does offer a lot of creative tools for DJs to create and produce music. Yorick gave their MixMeister Fusion software suite a run out recently, but has now cast his eye over the dedicated hardware controller, amazingly named MixMeister Controller.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 7 comments

nextbeat - live and direct
Posted by Gizmo on September 9, 2009


Almost anything outside of real decks and a mixer is normally met with skepticism, generally labelled as "a toy". I understand why people say this - I really do - but I'm much more open minded and positive about new things (you'd have to be to do this job) until proven wrong. So I'm really pleased that footage of people using the new Wacom nextbeat has turned up on Youtube.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 23 comments

Presenting the InnoTube*
Posted by Gizmo on September 8, 2009
Audio Innovate innofader insulation

While the Audio Innovate Innofader may well be the best fader on the planet, shoehorning a bunch of additional cables and circuit boards into a cramped and extremely live electrical environment isn't the very best idea. And this has caused a problem or 2 here and there, and was noted in our review too. So rather than wrap a roll of insulation tape around said gubbins, AI will now be including an insulation kit in all future orders.

*not really called the InnoTube, but it should be.
CLICK HERE for the full story and 9 comments

UPDATE: MixEmergency v1.3
Posted by Gizmo on September 7, 2009
mixEmergency v1.3 released

New Zealand is fast becoming the home of video DJing software, and Inklen’s MixEmergency jumps a full point with some new features and a handful of bug fixes. And in doing so gains a version counter all of its own.
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