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Gear: Denon DN-MC6000 Mixer and MIDI Controller

The march of the digital DJ solutions continues. Denon's DN MC-6000 (MSRP: $949) goes for the all-in-one approach, built for the club with its steel chassis and rackmountability. It's designed to work with Traktor and Virtual DJ, and while it's not as tightly integrated with either software as NI's S4 is with Traktor, it's a somewhat more versatile unit. The mixer can take external sources (up to four, line/phono) and mix them without a computer connected. Read more » 

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  • 04/14/2011

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  • 04/11/2011

Gear: iZotope Stutter Edit Editing Software

For those who enjoy chopping, slicing, and generally mangling their beats to no end, Stutter Edit (MSRP: $249) may just be the new Cuisinart. Perhaps most importantly, it provides hands-on control: While software like Ableton's Beat Repeat, Audio Damage's Replicant, and SmartElectronix's free Livecut plug-in (among others) all allow for various forms of stuttery sonic chaos, Stutter Edit is built to actually be played by the user. Read more » 

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  • 04/07/2011

Gear: Arturia Spark Beat Production Center

Priced to compete with Native Instrument's Maschine, the Arturia Spark (MSRP: $599) is also a hybrid software/hardware package designed particularly with beat production in mind. In the sound department, Arturia partners its considerable synthesis muscles with third parties like Sonic Reality and Uberschall to compile an impressive synthesized and sample-based instrument library. All told, Spark features no less than 480 instruments and 30 acoustic and electronic kits. Read more » 

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  • 04/01/2011

Gear: Akai Synthstation49 iPad Audio Controller

While the iPad has many of us daydreaming about the possibilities that a multi-touch, WiFi-enabled tablet presents for music production and performance, we've yet to see much that gets us drooling. The Synthstation49 (MSRP: $199) isn't quite the revolution we're imagining, but it's still a nice little tool that does its part to bridge the gap between iPad fantasy and reality. The MPC pads and transport buttons are as expected, and the angle-adjustable iPad dock is cool. Read more » 

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  • 03/25/2011

Gear: Pioneer HDJ-500 Headphones

Pioneer has a rich history in the professional DJ equipment market, of which "budget" or "entry-level" have rarely been terms associated with its products, but with a constantly growing population of mixmasters, Pioneer has produced these headphones to be affordable for the beginners with the reputation for quality that is associated with its higher-end lines. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Gear: M-Audio Axiom 49 MIDI Controller

The latest iteration of M-Audio's mid-range Axiom 49 (MSRP: $439) features the decidedly high-end feature that is semi-weighted keys. Eight rubberized trigger pads (think M-Audio's own Trigger Finger) provide an alternative input mechanism, as do the nine mixer-style faders and eight rotary knobs dotting the device. The company's homespun DirectLink mode, which is built to automagically work with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live, and Reason, includes transport, mixer, track pan, and virtual instrument parameters. Read more » 

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  • 02/25/2011

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