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.

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.

REVIEW: Cerwin-Vega! XD Speakers

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Cerwin-Vega is a name that most would be happy to have in their lives. They make some very desirable and very large professional audio products for venues and playing out. But they also make some smaller units for home use. Jared Helfer was lucky enough to be sent the entire Cerwin-Vega XD series of speakers to test out.

REVIEW: Reloop Beatmix 4 DJ Controller

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Want four channels but are on a budget? Can the Serato powered Reloop Beatmix 4 deliver without cutting corners? Jared Helfer plays and writes.

REVIEW: NI Traktor Kontrol S4 MK2 DJ Controller

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NI’s Traktor Kontrol S4 gets a MK2 update to include Traktor’s latest goodies, and to work with Traktor DJ. Jared Helfer discusses the differences.

REVIEW: NI Traktor Kontrol S2 MK2 DJ Controller

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NI’s first Traktor Kontrol S2 was a massive success. But the revised Kontrol S2 MK2 is an update rather than game changer. Jared Helfer takes a look.

GROUP TEST: Maschine Mikro vs Arturia SparkLE vs MPC Studio

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DJing isn’t just about mixing beats, but about making them. Jared Helfer gathered the Maschine Mikro, Arturia SparkLE and the MPC Studio for a bash.

REVIEW: Livid Base Grid Controller

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Like the APC40 and Push before it, the Livid Base controller harnesses the power of Ableton Live. Jared presses buttons and writes words.