Ultimate Ears Reference In-Ear Monitors [REVIEW]

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If you’ve attended any concerts (or seen any concert videos) in the past 10 or 15 years, you’ve no doubt noticed that stage performers almost universally sport discrete in-ear listening devices that, under normal circumstances, one might confuse for an old-fashioned hearing aid. ...

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Galaxy Any Spot Traveler TV 8 – Portable PA System [REVIEW]

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“So excited to work with you, Mr. DJ, and thanks for agreeing to not only deliver entertainment for our event, but provide sound for our ceremony, which is being held in a field overlooking a mountain, on a hill beside a bay. And, oh by the way, there is no power out there and it... Read More

Analog Mono-Synth: Novation Bass Station 2 [REVIEW]

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Novation’s original Bass Station was available as a 2-octave keyboard and also a simple 1U module. Released in 1993, it was an inexpensive mono synth used on many records, even getting a mention in lyrics by the Rza. The small-format analog synth is in style again and Novation has brought back ...

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Pioneer DDJ-SB Controller: Your New Best Friend? [REVIEW]

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One of the first reviews I wrote for DJ Times was about the first-ever Serato Itch all-in-one controllers. The unit was simple in nature, reliable, and heavy as hell. Well, fast-forward five-plus years and the DJ controller world is hotter than ever. Almost nobody carries records any more, and ...

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Arturia V Collection 3.0: Analog Rig ‘In the Box’ [REVIEW]

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Since 1999, Grenoble, France-based manufacturer Arturia has been carving out a special niche for itself in the studio market by creating software emulations of vintage analog synths. Indeed, I’ve always enjoyed using Arturia’s meticulously created virtual versions of classic keyboards in my ...

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Allen & Heath Xone:23 Mixer [REVIEW]

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The last time I reviewed an Allen & Heath product for these pages (back in 2010), the company was owned by D&M Holdings (now D+M Group), owner of brands like Denon and Marantz. This past summer, however, the company was sold to a U.K.-based private equity firm, returning the Cornwall, ...

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Native Instruments Adds Mixcloud Integration with Traktor DJ 1.4 Update

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Native Instruments is further streamlining portable DJing with the new 1.4 update for its Traktor DJ iPhone/iPad app.  The most notable addition is in-app Mixcloud integration, allowing users to share their sets directly to their Mixcloud profile without the need to manually export and upload ...

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25th Anniv. Moment: Native Instruments Massive – Sept, 2007 [Breakthrough Product]

Originally published: January 2007 Native Instruments takes a giant step forward with their creation of Massive—a soft synth that’s packed with features and possibilities, yet is still easy to program. Powerful wavetable oscillators, a variety of filters, multiple routing possibilities and ...

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Mixed in Key Flow: DJ Software for Radio & Podcasts [REVIEW]

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It should go without saying that the growing interest in EDM over the past few years has spawned an expanding interest in DJing and the culture that goes along with it. Today, we have DJs of all experience levels and varying aspirations—from global stars to bedroom wannabes and everywhere in ...

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Audio Artery’s One DJ: New Mixing Software [REVIEW]

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It should go without saying that the growing interest in EDM over the past few years has spawned an expanding interest in DJing and the culture that goes along with it. Today, we have DJs of all experience levels and varying aspirations—from global stars to bedroom wannabes and everywhere in ...

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Mackie’s MRmk3 Series Studio Monitors [REVIEW]

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Perhaps more than any other single investment you’ll make in a home studio, monitors are the most important. No matter the quality of the rest of your studio components, inferior monitors will render everything else moot, skewing your perception of what it is you’re actually doing in your mix. ...

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25th Anniv. Moment – iZotope Stutter Edit [Breakthrough Product]

Originally published: July 2011 Boston-based company iZotope has a solid reputation for making versatile and powerful plug-ins that won’t break the bank. DJ-artist/sound designer Brian Transeau (aka BT) has long been known for creating innovative electronic music, while staying at the ...

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DSI Prophet 12: New Landmark Synth [REVIEW]

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Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing many Dave Smith Instruments products, including the company’s renowned synthesizers and its Tempest drum machine that Smith helped his fellow pioneer, Roger Linn, create. The heralded Prophet name has a new flagship, the Prophet 12. Gone ...

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DJ Control AIR+: Hercules’ Latest Affordable Controller

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One of the first reviews I recall writing for these pages was about a DJ controller from Hercules, the market-facing brand for France’s Guillemot, and the company has been cranking out a varied and expanding line of such controllers ever since. In 2012, I reviewed Hercules’ DJ Control AIR, an ...

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iZotope’s RX3 Advanced: Real-Time Audio Repair

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Audio repair has been around for years, and I remember seeing the old Cedar hardware de-clicker and de-noiser boxes in action years ago. These boxes represented the crème de la crème in real-time audio repair, and I was impressed with how easily they removed unwanted artifacts from a recording. ...

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