DJs – is it time to ditch Soundcloud?

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Given Soundcloud’s recent bad press regarding takedowns, announcing the introduction of ads couldn’t have come at a worse time. So has Soundcloud jumped the shark? Or after chucking a minor hissy fit, will you just carry on using it anyway?

Zero Freitas is going to need a lot of Expedits

Zero Freitas vinyl collector obsession

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.

POLL: Controllers and DVS — real or perceived need?

Serato DJ DVS controllers

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.

POLLS: Getting to know you and your turntable habits

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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.

FRIDAY FUN: DJ stuff as CIA tech ops gear on the telly

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As DJ and production gear gets increasingly high tech, thus its suitability to be used by props departments increases. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has done it, and now US spy thriller Covert Affairs sees Auggie Anderson (a blind character) replace computer screens with a wide range of DJ and production gear. Seems legit.

FRIDAY GIVEAWAY: Griffin DJ Connect x 3

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In the digital age, DJs have an increasing need for audio interfaces. This has never been truer since iPads and iPhones emerged as a real player in the DJ scene. But they really need a good interface to make them more useful. So having reviewed it, we’ve got 3 x Griffin DJ Connect audio interfaces to give away.

OPEN FLOOR: What is the #FutureOfDJing?

Native Instruments UK #futureofdjing

A brief excursion to London for a visit to Native Instruments UK new offices (lots of windows, wood and bare brick – lovely) gave me a insight into their roadmap, and their new #futureofdjing hashtag was a key part of the presentations. But this is just NI’s vision, and they are not the only player of the DJ game. So what do you think is the #futureofdjing? The floor is yours. Unleash opinions.

VIDEO: Mini Innofader inside a Pioneer DJM-T1

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Pioneer mixers are ubiquitous, and as such are an ideal bed fellow for the Audio Innovate mini Innofader. The relationship hasn’t always worked out well, and has seen AI come up with all manner of hacks and fixes. So we approached their DJM-T1 mixer with some trepidation, but with AI’s help, we got them working nicely together. And we made a video to show it in action.

POLL: Future turntables – basic or with bells on?

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Turntables are back, but do they do what you want? Do you want the basics or do you want every bell and whistles in the world? Tell us.

Something for the weekend: DJ Woody is identical to none

DJ woody scratch looper

You can never have enough DJ Woody. So get a load of this new video from the man himself showcasing his skills over the North West Community scratch looper.