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DJ Product Reviews

Hands On: Gruv Gear Club Bag, Sliiv, and Bento Boxes

We all take gear on the go. Whether you're simply carrying your laptop around, putting together a mobile studio, taking gear to a gig, jam, or session, or traveling around the world, you want your gear to arrive... Read more »

Hands On: The KOMPLETE World of Native Instruments

Imagine how tough it is for the developers at a Native Instruments. You’ve got this package called "KOMPLETE," that comes loaded with basically everything you can think of, including software instruments, sound... Read more »

Hands On Review: Reason 8 Arrives!

Reason 8 is here and it rocks! The software was officially released today, and I've already downloaded my copy and started putting it through its paces. With this release, Propellerhead has drawn the focus in tight... Read more »

Hands-on Review: Yamaha MG06X and MG16XU Mixers

The MG06X — A Great Sounding Compact Mixer If you do solo gigs then you know what a hassle it can be to have to lug a bunch of gear around. You don't need enough gear for a whole band, you just need a few... Read more »

Hands-On Review: Blue Mo-Fi

Blue is well known for crafting excellent microphones that each carry their own cool twist; they look unique, they sound unique, and they're must-haves for any mic locker. So it's no surprise that when Blue... Read more »

Pioneer DJ CDJ-350 Review

This Pioneer piece is no toy. The CDJ-350 has a nice weight and overall great feeling, with a solid build. The Jog wheel is a pleasure to use, and the tempo slider works well! The CDJ-350 excels in multi format... Read more »

Ableton Live 8.2 Suite Review

When I first started using live, I thought of it as primarily as a DJ/loop-based performance instrument and not as a studio production tool. As I delved into it though I soon learned it was that and a whole lot... Read more »

Hands On Review: Native Instruments Maschine

There’s a reason that groove boxes such as the MPC and the SP1200 remain in high demand. They’re the perfect tools for putting together a beat or even constructing an entire song. But wouldn’t it be cool if you... Read more »

Roland SP-404SX Review

I decided to take my first trip into the world of sampling with the Roland SP-404SX Linear Wave Sampler. Though I am sometimes considered as "rhythmically challenged," I was very excited to try out this new piece of... Read more »

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW MKII Review

I recently got to use the Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW mkII. When I first took it out of the box, I was struck by the classic design. Sleek and durable construction that no doubt looks good onstage or in any... Read more »

Elektron Monomachine SFX60 MKII Review

When I first took the Monomachine out of the box, I was happy to discover a solid brushed aluminum casing which is sure to make it a roadworthy addition to any rig. The idea of programming synth sounds on a... Read more »

M-Audio Torq Xponent Review

When I first sat down with the Xponent, I was stunned at how well the layout mimics the 1s and 2s of a 2-channel mixer and two vinyl decks. Everything you would typically find on a vinyl DJ setup is set out in a... Read more »

Korg Electribe-SX Review

Combining real-time pattern writing, sampling, and effects, the Korg ESX1 will find its place nicely in any DJ's club or studio rig. This unit was designed to be hands on and easy to manipulate. The ESX1 is equipped... Read more »

Moog Little Phatty Stage II Review

After years of hearing Moog synths played in live bands and recordings, I was excited to get my hands on this Little Phatty II. As I took the synth out of the packing box I was struck by how sturdy it felt. It... Read more »

Korg KAOSSILATOR Review

Korg has fulfilled an untouched niche with the Kaossilator. There are a lot of funny-looking little boxes on the market that perform all sorts of weird little tricks, but none are as fun as the Kaossilator. From... Read more »

Korg ZERO8 Review

The ZERO8 has looked intriguing, to say the least, since it was announced last year. It seemed, with good reason, to be the be-all-end-all electronic musician's mixer. Only recently did I get the chance to really... Read more »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

What is it that makes the Electribe-MX super-cool? Two words: Instant Gratification. You don't have to read the manual to be up and running immediately with this. Plug it in, turn it on, and instantly you have... Read more »

Korg KP3 Review

Being somewhat new to the DJ world, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Korg KAOSS Pad (KP3) was to learn to use. Within minutes of taking it out of the box, I had my iPod plugged in to it, and was... Read more »

Numark CD MIX-2 Review

The Numark CD MIX-2 is a handy piece of gear. When I took it out of the box, I was surprised at how light it was. Setup was crazy simple, too. All I had to do was plug in the power adapter that it came with and plug... Read more »

Korg KP3 Review

The Korg KAOSS Pad v3 (KP3) is the most unique multi-effects processor on the market today. Korg has created a whole new way to approach live effects processing with the KAOSS Pad series, and their third version is... Read more »

Numark AXIS 9 Review

The Numark Axis 9 is a great piece of gear. It took hardly any time to find my way through the effects and begin remixing my tunes. The first thing that I noticed about the Axis 9 is that it's extremely portable... Read more »

Rane TTM 57SL Review

The Rane TTM 57SL is a must have for any DJ/turntablist that is serious about what they do. I had a chance to get this piece of gear setup in my DJ rig, and I had a great experience with it. It was very simple to... Read more »

Roland MC-808 Review

Being a guy who prefers computer sequencing and sampling I was a little apprehensive to try a pattern-based groove-box. But after a few minutes of playing with the Roland MC-808 I must say that not only was I... Read more »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

The EMX-1 is a new drum machine/synthesizer workstation combo from the folks at Korg. It places a great sequencer, five mono synths, three effects, and a full-on drum machine all in a small intuitive box. First and... Read more »