Entries by Micah

Decksaver: Ableton Push 2, Novation, And More

By now, we’ve all learned just how important it is for DJs, producers, and artists to protect and maintain their gear. After all, our gear is both our professional and personal livelihood, and hardware maintenance is quintessential for a long-lasting career. Luckily, a number of brands exist solely for the purpose of facilitating said protection; […]

Junction 2: London’s Newest Techno Festival

As it turns out, London will enjoy a brand-new, techno-only festival. The Hydra, Drumcode, and Closer will be providing a stacked lineup for Junction 2, the first festival hosted by London Warehouse Events (LWE), often considered the UK’s finest in underground event promoters. The festival will be held on Saturday, June 4, at a never-before-used, undisclosed […]

Apple: Bye Bye iTunes Radio, Hello Subscriptions

As of this weekend, Apple‘s iTunes Radio, once an entirely free, ad-supported streaming platform, has ceased to exist in its original incarnation. Earlier this month, Apple announced that the channels would be integrated into Apple Music, the company’s subscription-based streaming platform. Sadly, that day has come and gone, and the stations are officially no more. Anyone logging […]

Amazon Prime: A British Invasion

As we plunge deeper into the streaming era of music, the number of choices available has drastically increased, giving listeners the option to utilize services such as Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Google Play, and, Amazon’s Prime Music service. The last of these options, however, was initially restricted to the United States when it launched in June […]

Guitar Center and Employees Enter Labor Dispute

Guitar Center has always been a major player in the pro audio retail game. Many DJ/Producers (like myself) frequent the stores for all of their audio needs, often spending hours trying out gear and chatting with the employees. Understandably, consumers are thinking about the gear they would like to purchase, rather than the inner workings of the […]

NAMM 2016: Top Products To Look Out For

The NAMM show is upon us once again, and we are absolutely thrilled. For those who are unfamiliar, NAMM is the largest music industry trade show, taking place twice a year. Virtually every company in the music industry is there in some capacity, and many companies hold off on all gear announcements for the year until […]

NAMM 2016: Pioneer CDJ-2000NX2 and DJM-900NX2

Just in time for NAMM 2016, Pioneer has taken a giant leap forward with updated versions of its two quintessential pieces of hardware, the CDJ-2000NXS and the DJM-900. The CDJ-2000NXS makes a “giant leap forward,” outdoing its predecessor (CDJ-2000NXS) with an even bigger multicolor touchscreen, featuring a QWERTY keyboard and filterable searches to help find […]

iPhone 7 Will Not Support Your Headphones

In typical fashion, it seems as if Apple is making moves to put the squeeze on its customers, says Forbes. Apparently, the company will be abandoning the standard 3.5mm (1/8″) headphone ports with the upcoming iPhone 7, forcing customers to purchase either dedicated “lightning” plug headphones or bulky adapters to be able to use their […]

The Get Down: Netflix Disco, Hip-Hop Documentary

Given the largely divergent trajectories the two genres have taken, it’s easy to forget just how closely related hip-hop and disco (and house, by extension of disco) are, nothing short of sister genres in the jungle that was The Bronx (NY) in the late seventies. We must keep in mind that hip-hop was not always […]

Return Of The Technics: SL-1200G

The Technics SL-1200 (discontinued) is the undisputed heavyweight turntable champion, cherished and sought after by vinyl DJs of all ages and genres. For the 50th anniversary of Technics, the company (a subsidiary of Panasonic) will be releasing a pair of “Grand Class” models, engineered with the audiophile in mind: the SL-1200G, which features an aluminum […]