DJs use headphones, but they could use IEMs. So we got a pair of Flare Audio R2Pro IEMs in for a test from a DJ rather than pure listening perspective.
iTunes has a pretty much unused BPM column — unused that is until now. BeatGauge for Mac can scan your library and fill that gap. I tried it. It does it.
While many crave innovation, there is also a need in the market to satisfy. And Reloop’s just announced RMX22i and RMX33i mixer fulfil a core need as well as bringing the odd extra to the table. Mark got them before they were even announced and spent the weekend with them.
There’s something magical about rotary DJ mixers that breeds lustful thoughts, even from those not needing one. I got to spend some time with the Rane MP2015, and after considering a change of identity and eloping with it, I decided instead to write words. Lots of words, and some pictures too.
Soundcloud dominates music hosting, but has run into its fair share of bad press in recent years. But is it still the best platform for your needs? Dan Morse takes a look at some options across a range of uses, and makes some recommendations.
If you’re going to use software, it’s a safe bet that the hardware designed for it is going to be pretty hot. Such is the case with the Ableton Push. DJWORX teamster Darren E Cowley of Isotonik Studios impulse-bought one, but after the shortest play ended up boxing it up and putting it on to of a wardrobe to do house renovations. But having dug it out again, he sees what all the fuss is about. Here is his very detailed review, with a second opinion from Mark Settle.
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.
After years of asking, and an equally lengthy period of Pioneer DJ doing the “lalala-we’re-not-listening” thing, they’ve finally unveiled the rekordbox-centric CD-less XDJ-1000 multi player. Andrew Unsworth returns to the DJWORX fold, dusts off his Pioneer reviewing trousers, and takes the XDJ-1000 for a turn around the reviews room.
As the DJ scene has adopted software and especially the built-in effects, the need for external effects units has decreased. But that hasn’t stopped Pioneer DJ from putting out solid follow-ups to their EFX units. Last week Ray looked at the daunting RMX-1000, and this week it’s the return of the RMX-500, the effects unit for the rest of us. Ray plugs it into a corner of his epic setup and makes noises with it.