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.
All in one controllers makes your DJ life a little less cluttered. But you still need something to put it in when you’re out and about. Flight cases are often overkill, so UDG has come out with the Urbanite range — large bags and sleeves designed to keep your investment just that little bit safer. Mark Settle loads expensive gear into them and potters around the Worxlabs.
The latest range of top end controllers are huge, and moving them from place to place requires something more than just stuffing them into a back pack. So UDG has come out with the Creator 2XL hard case, designed specifically for the Pioneer DDJ-SZ and Numark NS7 range. We stuffed one into the hard case and pottered around the worxlab for a while.
Combine a new product, a group of grown but trade-show tired men, and some beer, and what follows is a unique way of reviewing. Reloop’s new Fader Knobs bring an alternative take on customisation, so we logically did a group test that made a lot of sense at 11.30 in the evening in our hotel rooms.
Are you one of those DJs who has invested a serious amount of cash on DJ gear but still push the sound out through some really old plastic hifi speakers? Do you want to upgrade but don’t know where to start? Then you need to read our immense entry level studio monitors group test.
Controllers, especially smaller ones, don’t always need flight cases to keep them safe. If you’re likely to be carrying your controller at all times, then a lighter and more cost effective soft case could be perfect. Enter the UDG Urbanite medium sleeve — lightweight and ideal for small to medium controllers.
As the worlds of DJing and producing continue to collide, so do the tools that each side of the divide uses. The Riser from Air Music Technology is a plug-in designed to create amazing transitions so that you can sound just like your favourite/most hated DJ with a few simple presets. Ray Gabriel set about writing a news story and ended up with a review. That’s how he rolls.
With iOS being multi-channel audio capable, it’s time for hardware manufacturers to step up and harness the 30 pin and Lightning ports, and to finally bring real stereo outputs for headphones and speakers. Griffin has always been active in the Apple peripheral market, and has made the DJ Connect — a small and eye-catching bus powered audio interface that means saying goodbye to the mono splitter cable.
Allen & Heath knows how to make mixers. Normally associated with being in the booth, they’ve also serviced the entry level market for a long time too. The new xone:23 distills a lot of the established high expertise into a much smaller 2 channel unit. Mark Settle takes a look and establishes that two channels doesn’t always mean scratch mixer.
Arkaei checks out Blend, a new producer collab network – join him and get your VIP access via DJWORX to participate in iZotope’s Break Tweaker contest!