Jay Smith’s Every 90 Minutes ALS fundraiser

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ALS is an acronym on everyone’s lips right now, none more so than Livid founder Jay Smith. Having been diagnosed with the disease, he’s set up a fundraiser, so that instead of wasting water, you can donate real cash to help fund research into this terrible condition.

Pioneer PLX-1000 in action with The Scratch Perverts

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What happens when supreme turntablist talent is thrown at a stack of Pioneer DJ technology? This session for the DJ Sounds Radio Show is what. See Tony Vegas and and Prime Cuts aka The Scratch Perverts take a journey through old school hip hop and more on CDJs and the new PLX-1000 turntables.

Traktor DJ 1.5 – SuperSlicer and beyond

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Native Instruments has released Traktor DJ 1.5. It’s not a big upgrade to the core software, but via the new in-app purchase model, you can now buy cool new features, the first of which is SuperSlicer. Imagine a slice broken into three layers, and being able to apply an effect to each. That’s SuperSlicer.

MixEmergency 2.7 adds sample player and Hap video

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People have enough trouble mixing audio together. So I marvel at those who do video, and do it well. And Inklen’s MixEmergency 2.7 brings a very DJ-like eight slot sample player with full mapping ability. So now you can trigger all those one shots on those lovely controller pads.

Technics brand to return? No mention of 1200s

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When Panasonic essentially killed off the most iconic DJ brand and product when they pulled the plug on the Technics 1200, the world wept, especially at a time when vinyl seemed to be on the up again. And while other turntables have become available, for a good number of people, only Technics will do. And breaking news out of Japan may indicate that the Technics brand (not necessarily the 1200) could be coming back.

Sunday Session: Teeko in the SF Boiler Room

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The Boiler Room Sessions are a very cool way to get up close and personal in the DJ booth from the comfort of your own home. Some legendary DJs have graced the assorted Boiler Rooms around the world, and this one from DJ Teeko is a cool showcase of technology and skills.

The Digital Vertigo Scratch Battle 2014

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If you have a competitive DJ spirit, battling is where it’s at. But getting to a local DMC or IDA event isn’t always easy. But the internet gives everyone a way to take part. And the Digital Vertigo Scratch Battle 2014 is the perfect way to throw your snap-back hat into the arena and show your stuff to the whole world.

DJs — do you even want a jog wheel anymore?

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Records needed a record player with a platter to be used by DJs. But as digital media and more sophisticated technology has taken hold, the need for a real estate hungry jog wheel has diminished. Dan Morse asks if the jog wheel is even relevant in the digital age.

Digging the Beat Junkies Record Pool crates

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The Beat Junkies crew contains a total powerhouse of globally respected DJ skill. And as dedicated crate diggers, they’ve amassed a serious collection of tunes, as well as creating a huge amount of edits, mixes, and scratch material. And with a relaunched website comes the Beat Junkie record pool where for a subscription fee, you can dig into the growing curated collection.

Moretrax and Huurd.it — music discovery for DJs

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Back in the day, when weekly music releases counted in the tens rather than hundreds, finding killer tracks was much easier. But the digital age has enabled everyone to make music, and this they do more than ever. So it’s very cool to have music discovery services like Moretrax and huurd.it to help you find and filter the stuff you really want. Dan Morse has a look at both.