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The Technics 1200 Turntable Returns

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: CES, CES 2016, Music, Videos,

Technics 1200g

If you talk to DJs both old and new about the Technics 1200 turntable, you'll quickly realize just how legendary the deck truly was. Last year, Panasonic revived the Technics brand, and customers the world over had one question: "Where's the 1200?" Passionate fans even went to far as to sign petitions to let Panasonic know that they wanted to see the iconic record player make a triumphant return. At CES 2016, they got their wish, as the Technics SL-1200G and SL-1200GAE were announced, and they've been improved over all of the previous models.

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Bleeding Edge TV 485: JAKKS EZ Pro DJ

Have you always wanted to be a DJ, but didn't have the skills? JAKKS Pacific introduces the EZ Pro DJ, a $50 accessory that works with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that allows you to mix beats while sounding like a pro. You get the two turntables and fader in a unit that connects to your device over USB. It can pull in tracks from your iOS device, letting you manipulate them to your hearts content, even automatically matching up the beat of both songs. There's also an optional microphone accessory that lets you bring your voice into the mix, and a headphone jack so you can sport the right cans to complete the look.

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Turntable.fm is the hottest music service that you aren’t using

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Music,

Turntable.fm

Turntable.fm is climbing the charts. According to a story from Betabeat, the Facebook phenom has hit 140,000 active users after just one month. Not a bad showing for a semi-closed beta with a spotty security record.

The popular service effectively combines (free) music-streaming, chat rooms, and voting, all through a Facebook portal. It's similar to Web apps such as Pandora. Turntable.fm allows you to discover new music and create your own custom playlists, only that playlist isn't just for you—you'll share it with other Facebook users in real time.

Add to the exchange a note of gameplay. After you create your DJ avatar, you can create your own room or enter someone else's (if you get overwhelmed there's a randomizer) and interact with other avatars through a chat feature. Each room supports up to five DJs. Take a seat on the stage to share your playlist, created from your own uploads or from the Turntable.fm library.

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Monster Beats Pro by Dr. Dre review

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The Beats Pro by Dr. Dre. at $399.95 (direct) is a serious pair of headphones designed for the modern DJ. The ear cups flip backwards to free one ear, the cable is detachable, and jacks on both ear cups act not only as inputs, but as outputs to send audio to a friend's headphones. The Beats Pro sounds excellent—there's plenty of bass, but the high frequencies are accurately reproduced, as well. The potential deal breaker for standard users and DJs alike: they're heavy and not comfortable when worn for long periods.

Design
Weighing in at nearly a pound (15.2 ounces), the Beats Pro comes in black or white models that each feature healthy doses of brushed metal on the ear cups and headband. The lowercase Beats logo is emblazoned in red on each ear, and the interior of the headband and ear cups is a cushioned black material. There's a 3.5mm jack at the bottom of each ear cup—it doubles as both an input (from your sound source) or an output to send audio to another pair of headphones. The connection for other headphones, however, is loose and could easily detach if you move around (this is because the jacks both have a twist-to-secure feature that only seems to work with the included cable). The cable itself is the signature Beats red, thick, and coiled at the bottom. Not only is a ¼-inch adapter included, but it comes fastened to the coil so you never have to go looking for it; just snap it on to the 3.5mm tip whenever you need it. Also included with the headphones: a protective pouch and a cleaning cloth with "advanced Aegis Microbe Shield technology" so microbes will never come between you and your music.

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Before They Were Stars: Paul Rudd’s Bat Mitzvah Gig

This has been quite the day for priceless video gems.

In addition to the bank commercial Tina Fey made back in 1995, this clip featuring a different actor has been making its way across the Internet.

In the early ‘90s, years before he was winning Alicia Silverstone over in Clueless, was entertaining people as a party DJ. The clip above was shot at a Bat Mitzvah he was hired for in 1992. You can read Gabrielle Birkner’s recollection of that day after the jump.

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Read More | The Jewish Daily Forward via New York Post


Unboxing Live 053: DJ Hero Renegade edition

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Video Games, Videocasts,

In this episode we open up the DJ Hero Renegade edition set. DJ Hero is the new turntable-based rhythm game featuring hip-hop, electronic, and rock music, and the Renegade Edition has a bunch of premium touches, and is also available just for a limited time. We show it all in this edition of Unboxing Live.

By the way, if you like music and haven’t played DJ Hero, you owe it to yourself to check it out. In our opinion, this is better than any Guitar Hero or Rock Band game that has come before it, in the way that you interact with the music, and the totally unique pairings that they throw at you. We are definitely DJ Hero believers! You can pick up DJ Hero on Amazon.

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Preview DJ AM’s Documentary Series


“I promise you, there is hope.”

In Gone Too Far, a documentary series premiering next week, speaks those words to a struggling addict. The eight-part program, which had been in limbo since the deejay’s Aug. 28th death, was recently given the go-ahead after approval from DJ AM’s loved ones.

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Read More | MTV News

DJ Mouse MP3 mixer makes you the life of the party

Posted by Mark Rollins Categories: Music, Peripherals, Software,

DJ Mouse

Clearly, there is a whole world of DJing that I am really not down with.  Fortunately, my geek self is in love with this little DJ Mouse, guaranteed to turn me into DJ TechBlogger, yo! 

With a jog wheel and scratch knob (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg,) you’ll easily have crowds pumping. This is a full MP3 mixing software kit, and it’s compatible with Windows and OS X. You get the DJ Mouse, scratch mat, and software, all for $79.

Read More | DJ-Tech

Pocket-sized Audio 2 DJ

Audio 2 DJ

I had no idea that there was a market for audio interfaces for DJs, but there is a whole world of DJing that I am completely oblivious to. 

Native Instruments has come out with the Audio 2 DJ, a pocket-sized audio interface for DJs that “boasts the ultra-loud, professional sound quality needed to rock the world’s biggest clubs”.  It should be available in September for a price of about $119. 

Can’t wait?  Watch the YouTube video of this guy free-running to get into the groove.

Read More | Native Instruments via CNET


Tonium Pacemaker V2 DJ System

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Music, Portable Audio / Video,

Pacemaker V2Tonium has released an updated version of their Pacemaker. The V2 DJ System, at a size of 164 × 69.6 × 22.8mm and weight of 200g, has 60GB of built-in memory and supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV and SND files. The device has a new interface that makes blending tracks and crossfading simpler, and you can save your work for later upload. A display tells you when are out of sync with the beat, although if that happens often, it may be time to find another line of work/hobby. The Pacemaker V2 comes with desktop editor software and is available for $499.99.

 

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