Hardware

Japan’s Stokyo are releasing a portable DJ set (based on Columbia GP3 portables from the 1960s) in the New Year with turntables included – but am I the only one who thinks it looks like a Fisher Price toy?

I know a little about music production. I used to be one. But one thing I never fully understood was the obsession in certain quarters with buying copious amounts of hardware for making said music. It costs a small fortune, takes up loads of space and where are you going…

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We need more chips! The REAL reason that DJs are finding equipment in short supply – and despite what some journalists say, Brexit isn’t why!

You can always trust the dance music press to publish an article which correctly identifies a problem, but then fails to identify where the problem is coming from. This is precisely what happened on Tuesday, when Mixmag's Gemma Ross wrote about how Brexit was to blame for the current shortage…

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Now they’re even trying to make microphone isolators sexy! Kaotica Eyeball is meant to keep your vocal recordings clean – but do they REALLY need to do a Nervous to plug it?

The extent which some people will go to in order to advertise their products never ceases to astonish me. Things have certainly changed since the first advert on British TV back in 1955 - for Gibbs SR toothpaste. But at least you knew what the product was. Which is more…

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They’ve totally lost the plot! Dreadbox’s pathetic response to their claims their Nymphes polysynth “soothes the pain” of abused women away is… it’s only white men whinging about it!

Time for a quick follow-up to a story which I published yesterday morning - ahead of several of the dance music press, including Resident Advisor. As you might have noticed, I wasn't terribly nice about the way the Dreadbox Nymphes was being marketed, saying its claim to soothe the pain…

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Is April Fools Day coming around quicker these days? Dreadbox release Nymphes polysynth on which they say “each time you play a note, imagine that you soothe the pain of abused women away”…

When this arrived in my inbox yesterday, I was surprised - not something which happens frequently when checking my emails. Infact, on reading the email, I strongly suspected it to be some kind of joke. Surely no one would actually be stupid enough to try and dedicate a polysynth to…

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Are they not in a plaice to tell us? Muff Wiggler refuses to say why they changed their name to Mod Wiggler – and people think something fishy is going on

Some curious reporting going on today about this story. The very high minded dance music press either can't be bothered doing the work or think it's somehow beneath them. But I don't! Muff Wiggler (yes, there really is a forum called that) has changed its name to Mod Wiggler. Anyone…

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Aren’t there already millions of sampled clap sounds online? Yet another pointless plugin is released to help producers waste time trying to make that “perfect” clap sound

This is one for those of you who have more money than sense - and let's be honest, there's more of them in dance music than anyone would admit. You can now actually buy a plugin that lets you make your own clap sounds - apparently, using one of the…

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