Pete Tong: Apple's Gone Wrong?

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2006, 09:18
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Pete TongThe phenomenal British DJ swears by Macs and believes iPods have changed the planet. But as Apple conquers the music world, Tong worries the company may be going all Microsoft on us.

Wired News: What about the iPod, music and Apple?
Tong: I’ve always been a Mac user, but as Apple grows more powerful I get the sense that there’s a little bit of Microsoft in there. The way it’s so controlled from the center. It’s phenomenal what it has achieved. Success in digital music gives Apple the chance to control things again, but will it keep that friendly image?

Read the Wired News interview by Jonny Evans.

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Review: Numark PT-01 Portable Turntable

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 11:09
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Numark PT-01 on playaAs a DJ there’s one gig that I always wanted to spin – Burning Man. The problem is that I’m not real eager to drag my Technics SL-1210M5G turntables (which weigh 26 pounds each) to the hot and dusty Nevada dessert. I found the perfect solution in Numark’s PT-01 portable turntables.
The Numark PT-01 is a US$99 portable battery operated turntable that is perfect for those traveling gigs when you can’t or don’t want to bring your big and heavy DJ rig. They’re also perfect for light use, resurrecting your dusty vinyl collection and for kids. The best part is that the PT-01 packs up into a tiny footprint when you attach the included lid and fits in a standard record bag or crates. Read more…

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How-To DJ: All That Scratchin' is Making me Itch

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Date: Monday, August 8th, 2005, 00:35
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DJ Shortee Spinning at PlayboyIf you’re interested in learning how to be a DJ check out DJ Shortee‘s How-To DJ Instructional DVD series. The two instructional DVDs (DJ 101 and DJ 202) cost US$28 each and will have you spinnin’ like a pro in no time.
Your host is DJ Shortee, a turntablist of 10 years, Playboy’s official tour DJ and the only female DJ featured in Doug Pray’s acclaimed movie Scratch. Shortee’s also in the upcoming hip-hop DJ movie “Mistress X,” so she’s got cred, ok?

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Numark iDJ Dueling iPod Mixer

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2005, 22:24
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Numark iDJ Dueling iPod MixerThe guys over at Engadget have the goods on Numark’s “iDJ” dueling iPod mixer, due to be announced tomorrow as part of their summer 2005 product lineup. They first broke news of it back in April and CreateDigitalMusic.com’s Peter Kirn posted an analysis of the prototype and a great piece called What Could You Do With Numark’s iPod Mixer? Your editor has been dreaming about it ever since.
Engadget describes it as a “two-channel mixer that accepts all iPod models with bottom connectors and breaks out their controls into its dedicated interface. Both channels sport a 3-band EQ and gain control, and the unit?s got dedicated mic and phono/line inputs for bringing in additional signals.” It’s even rumored to include a USB connection “to converse with your portable rig as a music-loading base.” Well, I hope that it turns out to include Firewire.
According to Engadget’s original article in April “Numark aims to put out a consumer model… in the $250-350 range, to be followed with a pro DJ version with pitch control and other goodies required by the pro mobile DJ.”
If true, the pitch control model would be a fully viable mobile DJ rig and mark the first time (that I know of, anyway) that hardware has been able to change the pitch of songs on an iPod. I wonder how they’re going to do it? They’ll probably cache a certain amount of music then pitch control from there…
Muy Interesante!

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Computer-Integrated DJ Mixer: Windows-Only Software?

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2005, 12:16
Category: DJ

First, the good news: the new Ecler NUO4 has been launched, and it’s got some hot features, including completely-assignable controls so you can easily integrate computers running software like Traktor DJ or Ableton Live. See specs and details at create digital music. Assign a crossfader or knob, for instance, and you have instant software control; you can even label your assignments with included magnets. The mixer interfaces with your computer via either MIDI or USB cables.
Now, the bad news: Ecler made the customization software Windows-only. You should still be able to use the mixer without the software, but with so many DJs are Mac based, from amateurs to world-touring pros, you have to wonder what Ecler was thinking. I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything.

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Analysis: Prototype Numark iPod DJ Mixer

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2005, 09:53
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Via Engadget, some details have leaked out about a prototype Numark DJ mixer that can mix two iPods. I know what you’re thinking: Wow, what a scoop! Where are the lawyers? Is it a fake?
In fact, in a gesture of spectacularly poor industrial secrecy, it seems Numark showed off an early prototype at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt. (see the discussion at scratchworx that was the source of the ‘rumor’) Later in the show, head honchos asked that visitors not take photos, but not earlier in the show; hence we have a couple of images from German hip hop site WebBeatz.
So, what’s the mixer itself? It’s not clear: it’s an early prototype. In one of the photos of the actual prototype, the iPods aren’t even plugged in. Conceptually, though, the idea is interesting, and aside from allowing basic DJ mixing and crossfading, a buffer could grab audio from the audio for brief scratching. Apparently pitch control is possible, too, though limited, and it’s not clear how they might fix iPod cueing; in other words, all the normal limitations of the iPod for DJing apply. Don’t expect this to ship any time soon.
In the meantime, people continue partying with their iPods, special mixer or no — more Playlist parties in London and Philly are slated for this month.

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REVIEW: Pioneer DVJ-X1: Spins Music and Movies

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 07:25
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Pioneer DVJ-X1 at WMC 2005While we’re looking at cool interfaces and video hardware this week, we can’t miss Pioneer‘s DVJ-X1 digital video turntable. The DVJ-X1 has been out for about a year, but in case you missed it, this amazing virtual turntable spins high-quality video and audio simultaneously. DJ Eldorado got his hands on it at the Winter Music Conference — and watched the pros show it off. Click read more for the whole story. -PK

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Today we're cross-posting some content

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2005, 11:47
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WMC: Angles Appear at UMFToday we’re cross-posting some content from our good friend Peter Kirn’s CreateDigitalMusic.com.
Miami — Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is the all-day outdoor festival that acts as the official closing ceremonies to Winter Music Conference (WMC) here. The event took place the the Bayfront Park & Amphitheater in downtown Miami and featured over 100 artists, including: Timo Maas, BT, Josh Wink, Junkie XL, Armin Van Buuren, Rabbit in the Moon, The Crystal Method, Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and Moby. Read More…

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WMC: Moby Q&A Session at the Wyndham 'Hotel'

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2005, 11:28
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WMC: Exclusive session with MobyToday we’re cross-posting some content from our good friend Peter Kirn’s CreateDigitalMusic.com.
In support of his new CD, “Hotel”, Moby gave an exclusive Q and A session for Winter Music Conference attendees. From his new album and musical tour, to his appearance on NBC’s The Apprentice, Moby has been all over the place and in the musical limelight. Read More…

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WMC: Remix Hotel Rocks the Eden Roc

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2005, 11:55
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WMC: Remix HotelToday we’re cross-posting some content from our good friend Peter Kirn’s CreateDigitalMusic.com.
Miami — The Remix Hotel event here this week during Winter Music Conference provides “hands-on access to the technology and equipment used to create today’s electronic and urban music via artist presentations and demonstrations, workshops, clinics and discussion.”
Held at the Eden Roc Hotel in South beach and sponsored by Apple and Guitar Center the event featured a ton of Mac hardware and software on display (Garage Band, Logic, G5s and those sweet 30-inch Apple Studio displays). What really impressed me was the vendor area on the lower level that featured several rooms of equipment from the likes of Mackie, Alesis, M-Audio, Ableton, Pioneer, Rane and Stanton. Your fearless sunburnt editor fell in love with the new Mackie Firewire mixer although I’m still partial to my Rane TTM56 and its patented magnetic fader. Off to the Ultra Music Festival and Carry On… More on those soon!
Ed: Watch for a full image gallery later this evening. It’ll cheer me up here on a dreary day in New York! -PK

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