BPM 2014 Videos — how did we do?

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We threw ourselves in the deep at BPM 2014, and decided to film three days of demos in the very controlled environment of the Product Demo Stage. We think we did a pretty good job for our first attempt at such a thing, and bodes well for our imminent ventures in video. But we want to know what you think of how we did, and indeed what you’d like us to do video-wise.

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.

VIDEO: Arkaei on the Numark NV

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Having a few spare hours to kill, we did what any self-respecting DJ would do – bust out the video camera and record a Numark NV demo. And eat cookies.

IDENTIFIED AT LAST — that Wild Style mixer

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It’s been a long hunt over many years, employing deep Google trawling and forensic Photoshop techniques. But finally, thanks to the Numark Facebook page and a response from a single DJ with a photo, the mixer used in the final scenes of classic Hip Hop movie Wild Style has been identified at last.

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

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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?

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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.