If you have a competitive DJ spirit, battling is where it’s at. But getting to a local DMC or IDA event isn’t always easy. But the internet gives everyone a way to take part. And the Digital Vertigo Scratch Battle 2014 is the perfect way to throw your snap-back hat into the arena and show your stuff to the whole world.
The Beat Junkies crew contains a total powerhouse of globally respected DJ skill. And as dedicated crate diggers, they’ve amassed a serious collection of tunes, as well as creating a huge amount of edits, mixes, and scratch material. And with a relaunched website comes the Beat Junkie record pool where for a subscription fee, you can dig into the growing curated collection.
Sound isn’t just about what you hear but also what you feel. When the bass drops and your guts do the same thing, the vibrational power of music is clear. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could feel the beat when mixing? That’s what feelthebeat aims to do via a wearable bluetooth metronome.
It’s showtime folks — DJ Expo that is. And with the rip-roaring success enjoyed by Numark with their NS7II at last year’s show, it makes perfect sense total their latest and greatest to the same show. The Numark NV will be available for you to maul and paw, but for those who can’t get to see it, there’s a new video showcasing the NV with Serato Flip.
A man with money and an obsession with vinyl is likely to make for a great story. The New York Times details Zero Freitas and his humungous collection.
While there have been many films about Hip Hop, few capture the original essence like Wild Style. It features all four elements of Hip Hop, and in particular gives glimpses of how DJs use to rock crowds when it was just about two turntables, a mixer, and emcees. Kenny Dope gathered together the beats used in the movie and packaged them all up into a 7″ vinyl selection and a book. I want this so bad.
This week has seen some big announcements from the Serato camp. A lot of this is around the new Serato DJ DVS add-on that lets suitable partner controllers run Serato DJ DVS without the need of external interfaces. You just plug in your turntables and media players and you’re off. But we’re still not sure how much of a need there is. Serato will have done their homework, but we’d like you to tell us if the need is real, perceived, or non-existent.
While Denon’s MC6000mk2 might not easily sit alongside flagship units from Numark and Pioneer, it is still a very capable controller. And having snapped up by their unstoppable acquisition juggernaut, inMusic is keen to demonstrate commitment to the Denon brand, and has decided to ship all future MC6000mk2 units with the full Serato DJ package, and as announced previously, it will also be DVS expansion pack ready.
There’s no denying that when Serato DJ came out, and with it the first dedicated controller in the shape of the Pioneer DDJ-SX, the DJ world collectively soiled its pants. There was a huge WOOT wave with subsequent insane sales, but as time passed, it was clear that there were a few things that could have been done better. The DDJ-SX2 is that unit that aims to do things better. Fully enabled for Serato Flip and DVS, with better pads and jogs, this is the DDJ-SX evolved.
In the wake of the shutdown to Technics, it seems that the rest of the market have come out of the shadows and are experiencing a resurgence. But these are different times and there’s a diverse user base with using turntables in different ways. And we’d love for you to tell us how you use them by checking some boxes in polls.