technical stuff

Do they want to be on the wrong side of history? The dance music press are slagging off the Metaverse – but it’s going to be part of the future, whether they like it or not…

Last week, this blog ran an article about Pioneer getting into the remote DJing game - where people can collaborate with each other on a DJ set and never actually meet. I mentioned it was likely we would see more of this from the Metaverse and that DJs needed to…

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Are they both REALLY on the same side here? Pioneer showcases virtual reality DJing on their Instagram page – and it’s just as boring as watching real life DJs doing their thing…

Last Saturday, I posted a little article all about the Metaverse. It's something most people don't really understand yet, and I include myself in those ranks. Truth be told, I suspect the true capabilities of the Metaverse aren't even known to us yet - be it the good ones and…

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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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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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Digital drum kits are two a penny these days with new and old available freely online – but back in 2000, a surprising name in telecoms was offering its own drum machine…

The software vs hardware debate has raged for years in dance music, and will probably go on forever. For every person who swears that the only way to make music is to get a Roland Juno-106, a couple of other synths and a Roland TR-909 drum machine, you’ll have another…

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