#Futureofdjing is here — Kontrol S8 in shops now


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Today, the future becomes the present, as Native instruments’ months of media carpet bombing and hashtag owning comes to end, and their worst kept secret becomes a reality. The Traktor Kontrol S8 should now be trickling into shops near you.

COMPETITION: An Android device courtesy of Algoriddim!


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In at this deep end, this old Apple block had to suffer the torment of spending two whole weeks making eight different Android devices dance for Algoriddim’s latest round of videos. But instead of sending them all to Algoriddim, they’ve said that we can give one away. And to win it, all you have to do is tell us why you think your DJ life will be better, and which device it’ll be.

REVIEW: UDG Urbanite Controller Sleeves and FlightBags


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All in one controllers makes your DJ life a little less cluttered. But you still need something to put it in when you’re out and about. Flight cases are often overkill, so UDG has come out with the Urbanite range — large bags and sleeves designed to keep your investment just that little bit safer. Mark Settle loads expensive gear into them and potters around the Worxlabs.

Algoriddim listened — djay 2 for Android is here


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Some may like to think that the Algoriddim people have had their fingers in their ears shouting “lalala I can’t hear you” when reading online comments about the lack of Android version to match the iOS and OS X versions of their djay software. Nothing could be further from the truth, and announced today is what many people wanted — djay 2 for Android.

Hands off Pioneer’s Future DJ concept. Literally.


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Getting hands on DJ gear at a trade show is cool. But Pioneer DJ do not want you to lay your hands on their new gear at all. Their Future DJ concept shown at Ceatec 2014 is a gesture based system for controlling music and effects. Not so much waving your hands in the air… more a little to the left and right but not too far because you’ll overbake the effects.

Ecler Official Statement — it’s not over


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We broke news last week about Ecler’s long rumoured demise via a Spanish business news outlet. But it would appear that declaring bankruptcy is a long way from the end of the road, and we have exclusive word from Ecler explaining the full picture.

Serato DJ 1.7.2 — heaps of beta bug fixing fun


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For the braver among you, Serato public betas allows you to potentially trash your system and in return get an advanced play with their new hotness. Serato DJ 1.7.2 public beta is here and you are cordially invited to break your stuff for the greater good.

You’ve heard the beats, now see the film — it’s 808 the Movie


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“Boom like an 808″ sang Blaque. Bassnectar has an entire track made in its honour. Roland’s iconic TR-808 drum machine has permeated music since its inception. And now there’s a film that pays homage to this amazing box of beats suitably called “808”. Watch the trailer today.

INDUSTRY: Ecler declares bankruptcy


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UPDATE: Word has just reached me from a trusted source that this isn’t the very end of Ecler. We will have exclusive information when it’s available, but clearly there are moves to save the brand from extinction.

The rumour mill has churned ceaselessly in recent times about companies changing hands or going under. But one confirmed casualty is Spanish mixer manufacturer Ecler. After a number of years of dwindling sales, they’ve declared bankruptcy in the Spanish courts. RIP Ecler.

Cats, bags, and DJ gear — the problem of leaks


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While leaks and unconfirmed rumours are exciting for journalists and fun for readers, the business implications for the victims can be quite serious. Long planned marketing campaigns can be blown, and commercial secrets prematurely fall into the hands of competitors, and businesses can be tarnished. In light of the unfortunate S8gate, we take a look at the reasons for secrecy and the consequences of leaks.