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.

REVIEW: CME Xkey portable MIDI keyboard

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Need an Apple-esque MIDI keyboard for your Apple life? The CME Xkey is the perfect fit. Hatty Settle plays Carpenters Tunes jazz style and writes words.

REVIEW: Livid Base Grid Controller

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Like the APC40 and Push before it, the Livid Base controller harnesses the power of Ableton Live. Jared presses buttons and writes words.

REVIEW: Denon DJ MC6000 MK2 Serato Controller

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It might look like it, but not all 4 channel controllers are created the same. Denon’s MC6000 MK2 gets a Serato facelift, and stands out in the crowd.

REVIEW: Akai Pro MPX8 Sample player

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The Akai Pro MPX8 sample player is sort of a baby MPC that grabs sounds from an SD card. We had a look and wonder where it fits in this age.

My brief play with the Pioneer DDJ-SZ (insert air horn here)

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First seen at NAMM 2014, I ventured off to Pioneer for a play with the DDJ-SZ. And yes, the air horn button is real. I got video.

NAMM 2014: Gemini Slate and Slate 4 Virtual DJ controllers

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Gemini has bucked the NAMM 2014 trend for huge Serato DJ controllers, and instead has announced the Gemini Slate 2 and Slate 4 Virtual DJ controllers.

NAMM 2014 Exclusive: DJ Tech CTRL controller

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The DJ Tech CTRL accessory controller lets you take control of your DJ software without having to constantly play with your laptop.

iPad goes wireless with Hercules DJControlWave

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Hercules has gone entirely with the new DJControlWave controller. Powered by DJuced software and apps, it’ll run on laptops and iPads.

umidi custom controller hits Kickstarter

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The umidi custom controller could be the next big thing in boutique controllerism. And it takes a step closer via a new Kickstarter campaign.