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.

Native Instruments Stems: Some Clarification


Native Instruments Traktor stems clarification

Native Instruments Stems announcement left a few questions unanswered. So of course, we ask those questions of NI, and got back some clarification for you.

REVIEW: Gemini Slate 4 Serato DJ Intro Controller


Gemini Slate 4 serato controller review (15)

Seems that Serato is inviting more companies to eat at their table, and Gemini has been invited to bring their own particular cost effective brand into the fold. The Slate 4 controller is a fully featured offering coming with Serato DJ Intro, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fully featured. Jared takes one for an extended spin, and writes a stable amount of opinion.

NAMM 2015: Pioneer XDJ-RX and headphones


Pioneer XDJ-RX HDJ-2000MK2 HRM-7 NAMM 2015 (15)

The pre-NAMM buzz was all around Pioneer’s all-in-one rekordbox focussed XDJ-RX controller. Jared and Ray had a play and looked headphone through glass.

NAMM 2015: IK iRig UA Android audio interface and more


IK Multimedia iRig UA Mic Field NAMM 2015 (2)

Jared stopped by the IK Multimedia stand at NAMM 2015 to see the iRig UA, an Android audio interface, and iRig MIC Field, an iOS field mic.

REVIEW: Traktor Kontrol S8 Controller


Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 controller review (31)

The first wave of NI’s #futureofdjing is upon us in the shape of the Traktor Kontrol S8. It’s quite the beast, so review duties were handed to Jared Helfer, who not only played at home but also out in the wild. Behold 5000 words that you really need to read and heed.

REVIEW: Reloop Neon Serato Accessory Controller


Reloop neon serato DJ controller

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]


traktor midi mapping freeze mode

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


Sennheiser HD8 DJ Headphones review (14)

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


Modulares Interface iPad (2)

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


NI Kontrol S8

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.