The Tibo Urban 500 is an all in one controller, sound, and lights in a mobile-pulpit like box. Mark Settle puts his back out moving it around for a review.
At launch, the Pioneer DJ DDJ-SZ wasn’t exactly ready for the market. But after some fixes, Andrew Unsworth lays his hands on one and writes words.
The Akai Pro APC40 is iconic. And now the sequel – the APC40 MKII – is here, and Isotonik’s Darren E Cowley put his Ableton Live knowledge to good work.
NI has lopped the end off of a S8 and called it a Kontrol D2. Jared got a pair and used them with his S8, turntables, and just about anything he could lay his hands on. He wrote many words, and named it a review.
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.
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.
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.
The first wave of NI’s #futureofdjing is upon us in the shape of the Traktor Kontrol S8. It’s quite the beast, so review duties were handed to Jared Helfer, who not only played at home but also out in the wild. Behold 5000 words that you really need to read and heed.
2014 is almost at and end, so we of course look back over the year in which turntables became a thing all over again, companies fed their PR departments on steroids, and some old names fell while others were reborn. Five writers and five different opinions — pull up a chair, grab a brew, and dig into the DJWORX 2014 inquest.