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Traktor Kontrol F1 & Traktor Pro 2.5

When Native Instruments introduced the Kontrol S4 it came packaged with a special edition of Traktor Pro specifically designed for use with the controller. The key new features evolved around the ‘Sample Decks’ and the ability to record short samples on the fly. This first version, whilst totally usable, was also a little limiting in …Read More »

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Mixvibes U-Mix Control Pro

Mixvibes is a French technology company which built its name on their Digital Vinyl System software (MixVibes DVS) in 2003, a Timecode format and of course their Mixvibes DJ software. Recently though, they have moved into the hardware market too, hence the Mixvibes U-Mix Control Pro DJ controller on review here. Notably this also includes …Read More »

AKAI MPK49 Performance Controller

AKAI MPK49 Performance Controller

  “As someone who normally uses a shorter keyboard in the studio it felt luxurious to play on this 49 key model.” Anatomy of the AKAI MPK49 Performance Controller Straight out the box I liked this big and weighty controller keyboard. It is USB bus powered so the lights came on and it was working with Ableton …Read More »

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Numark N4

  “…the N4 is the typical middle child; it may struggle to differentiate itself from its bigger brother or smaller sister!” Anatomy of the Numark N4 Numark seem to release a new controller very often and currently their website boasts no less than 16 variants on this theme. Clearly they intend covering every possible type imaginable! The N4 fits …Read More »

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Gemini SR Range of Studio Monitors

Red hot and ready to rock What Is The Gemini SR Range? By now a lot of people out there should be familiar with the Gemini brand, and I’m sure at one point most, if not all of us, have owned or played on one of their mixers. The old trusty 626 springs to mind, …Read More »

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Samson Auro D412 Active 12” Speaker

What Is The Samson Auro D412 Active 12” Speaker ? The Samson Auro D412 is a 2-way active loudspeaker with about 250W of programmable power, peaking at around the 400W mark through a bi-amplified system. The speaker is optically limited to ensure that they are not going to be overdriven and there is a multi-band processor …Read More »

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Eowave Domino Analog Synthesizer

Anatomy of the Eowave Domino Analog Synthesizer For anybody who has had the pleasure of playing with some classic 1970’s or 80’s analogue synthesizers, you will know the feeling of how much fun a synth can be to play with. All those knobs. So responsive to tweaking. And yet on the verge of all getting totally …Read More »

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Pioneer DDJ Ergo Review

What Is It? The DDJ-ERGO is Pioneer’s latest foray into DJ controllers and it’s a bold move from one of the leaders in DJ equipment and a smart one at that, as it’s a move away from the strategy of high performance, premium price tag pieces of kit only. After checking out stacks of footage …Read More »

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Gemini CDJ-700

Gemini DJ have been around the block and then some. Back in the 90’s their ubiquitous 626 mixer was the go-to piece of gear for anybody looking to get into DJing and now, some 15 years later (give or take) their brand new CDJ-700 has similar merits; solid performance, great feature set and a damn …Read More »

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sE Munro Egg 150 Monitoring System

The Munro Eggs are, well, egg shaped, their most striking feature but how do they sound? When it comes to studio monitors, the last name that is likely to pop into your head would be British/Chinese Microphone Company, sE Electronics. Despite this, they are a company that over the last few years has built a …Read More »