About Jared Helfer

Jared spends too much time staring at MIDI to have time to cut his hair or shave. He is also a DJ. He currently holds the record as the "Most Fired" at DJWorx, and is willing to challenge anyone to the title. He spends his time DJing in his office and releasing mixes on his website and mixcloud, as well as playing violent video games, reading books, and beginning to get involved in production. He also enjoys tormenting Mark Settle about his age and Britishness.

REVIEW: Reloop Neon Serato Accessory Controller


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Instead of buying a new controller every time Serato decides to add a little extra software magic, the concept of secondary controllers came about. These tame the finer points of new features, and the new Reloop Neon aims to make sense of the expanding pad functions including the new Serato Flip. Jared Helfer does the reviewing honours.

TUTORIAL: Mapping freeze mode in Traktor 2.7 [VIDEO]


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The Remix Decks were the last all-new feature to appear in traktor, but they were locked off from the tampering hands of MIDI mappers everywhere. This time, Freeze mode has migrated from iOS but is fully available for mapping. In this tutorial, Jared Helfer starts with the basics through to the detail of mapping the assorted elements of Freeze Mode to the controller of your choice.

REVIEW: Sennheiser HD8 DJ Headphones


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When you’ve got the most revered DJ headphones in your roster, why on earth would you bring something else out? Well that’s exactly what Sennheiser has done with the HD8 DJ headphones. But they’re not just another HD25 variant and instead go for a different market. Jared Helfer wears, listens, and writes. And fails to break them too.

Truly Modular: Modulares Interface


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The adoption of mobile devices into DJing has been slow but steady, with solutions that exists entirely as apps, or using the iPad laptop style to drive the apps. But the Modulares Interface approach is to fully encase an iPad inside a frame and build your own configurable controllers with modular components. Jared and Dan take a look.

Kontrol S8: A Follow up with Native Instruments


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You asked and we answered. Well Native Instruments answered the handful of Kontrol S8 questions that came up that we couldn’t. You’re welcome.

Traxus Control: The Ultimate Traktor Remote + Interview


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While the DJ industry keeps chucking great lumps of hardware to cater for the needs of software, the iPad continues to offer a highly configurable interface. The Traxus Traktor Remote offers extremely comprehensive control of Traktor’s effects. Jared Helfer takes a look, and catches up with the creators for a chat.

BPM 2014: The Breakdown


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Pretty much everything new DJ gear wise was announced pre-BPM 2014. Just as well really, as there was more interest in the current state of play of the DJ industry. With emerging superpowers running the game, and some notable absentees, thoughts are turning to just what is happening in this rapidly changing industry in which we exist.

Traktor Kontrol S8: What We Know


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Having previously established that the internet doesn’t allow for the stuffing cats back into bags, NI has to do what it can with what is left. So here’s a teaser video for the new Traktor Kontrol S8… to go with the high res images that ended up on Amazon last week. In a bold move, the S8 has no jog wheels and no tactile pitch control. Are we entering a brave new world shaped in NI’s vision?

BPM 2014: The stuff we saw on Day 1


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While just about everything new has been announced just before BPM 2014, there is still a lot that we haven’t seen in the flesh. So we pottered around the show floor, played, took pictures, and wrote a few words to cover the sights of BPM 2014 Day 1.

Komplete 10 – more Komplete than ever


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Native Instruments announce Komplete 10 Komplete 10 and Komplete Ultimate 10, a most epic collection of pretty much everything you could need to make sound of any sort. Ultimate 10 is indeed so vast that it comes on a hard drive all of its own.