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The Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 is a tactile DJ controller that allows DJs to mix tracks directly fr...

The days of a DJ turning up with a bag full of records to play on a pair of turntables are long gone. Today, digital music has largely taken vinyl's place and you don't even need the files on your computer any more. The new Pioneer DDJ-WeGO3 allows DJs to mix tracks directly from Spotify.  Read More

The Openmix mini music mixer

Budding DJs grooving on the move who are looking for a much less bulky crossfader for impromptu portable parties on the patio than the likes of the iRig MIX may soon have their wishes granted. The Openmix is billed as the world's smallest audio mixer, and crams a miniature audio crossfader into a plastic or aluminum case not much bigger than an iPod shuffle. It puts an end to the abrupt stops and starts of fixed, pre-prepared playlists by allowing anyone to smoothly mix tracks from any pair of audio source devices sporting output jacks, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops or MP3 players.  Read More

The Pioneer PLX-1000 professional turntable for DJs who prefer to spin and scratch vinyl

Despite many digital music tools being available these days, there are a good many DJs who would rather break out a pair of old school turntables than use systems like the XDJ-AERO or DDJ-SX. To help satisfy the desire for a gorgeous slab of 12-inch black vinyl, Pioneer has today announced the DJ quality PLX-1000 direct drive analog turntable.  Read More

Tuna Knobs work as an oversized stylus, translating real-life turning movements into in-ap...

With just about every aspect of music production going digital, one budding DJ is looking to march to the beat of his own drum. Samuel Verburg joined forces with Dutch design firm Tweetonig aiming to mix not just perfectly matched beats, but a bit of old with a little bit of new. The result is Tuna Knobs, physical controls that work on any capacitive touchscreen to bring tactile feedback to music making applications.  Read More

The audio package packs neatly into the Amarok's cargo bed

Forget using your pickup truck for hauling tools and supplies; load it up with speakers and DJ equipment instead. That spacious cargo bed "provides sufficient storage space for all the equipment needed for parties." So said Volkswagen's commercial arm when it brought the all-new Amarok Power concept to the W├Ârthersee GTI festival over the weekend.  Read More

Pioneer's DJE-2000 (left) and DJE-1500 (right) inner-ear headphones for DJs

It's not always practical for gigging DJs to wrap a pair of hefty cans around their heads when selecting or preparing tracks on a portable music player, smartphone or tablet, but even high-end earbuds might not cut the mustard when it comes to the specific audio needs of today's digital pancake turner. Pioneer's Professional Sound and Visual Division has developed some enclosed inner-ear headphones specially tuned for mixing and playing on the move.  Read More

Dutch trance music maestro Armin van Buuren who worked with Philips to produce the M1X-DJ ...

Electronics firm Philips has teamed-up with Dutch trance music maestro Armin van Buuren to produce the M1X-DJ Sound System: a combined DJ controller and sound system for iPad.  Read More

The front view of the new Pioneer WeGo2 DJ controller with an iPad

Pioneer, a company that makes all kinds of audio equipment, is bringing a new system to market aimed squarely at budding disc jockeys with iPhones and iPads. The new model, called the DDJ-WeGo2 is actually an updated version of the DDJ-WeGo, and it comes with some pretty slick new features, most important of which is the way it interfaces with iOS devices for quicker access to music and smoother mixing.  Read More

The PDJ portable stand-alone DJ system and music production studio

If that great night on the town turns into an after-hours party at a friend's house and you want to show off your Digital Disc Jockey mettle, the odds of you happening to have a Numark iDJ about your person are pretty remote. You may well have an iPhone packing IK Multimedia's DJ Rig app, but what are the chances you've also remembered to bring an iRig MIX? Korea's JD Sound is busy readying its PDJ portable stand-alone DJ system and music production studio for US release, which puts everything you need to get your groove on into one fairly pocket-friendly unit.  Read More

Numark's Redphone is a professional DJ stick that has one headphone with a 50mm driver mou...

If you've ever seen a professional DJ at work, you've probably seen them holding a pair of headphones to one ear to monitor the audio and cue up tracks. That's part of the reason professional headphones can swivel one cup outward, but it's not the most comfortable way to quickly check on the music. Numark may have a solution to this with the Redphone, a professional DJ stick that has one headphone mounted on a cushioned, ergonomic handle.  Read More

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