Tech Reviews

The Silent Assassins: Apple Logic Pro X

They certainly kept that quiet. Finally Apple release the long awaited update to there flagship DAW Logic Pro series. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the new features.NEW LOOKOn first look the GUI leans more towards its scaled down slightly less educated cousin Garageband, which is a little unnerving for the seasoned user. On further inspection though this does appear to make navigation and plug in performance far more intuitive, which I have felt was always a little compromised in earlier versions compared to other DAWs aimed at this demographic.

Reviewed: Gemini G4V DJ Controller

Gemini have been a little quiet of late and it appears there has been a good reason for that as they unveil their latest DJ device the G4V DJ. Due to ship in September the impressive piece of kit looks to be an all in one DJ and sample trigger solution. Alongside the standard faders, effects rotaries, EQ controls and pair of jog platters they have integrated two banks of eight multi-functional pads to be mapped to hot cues or more excitingly sample triggering. This opens up DJs to some Jeremy Ellis type beat trickery without having to drag a bulky midi controller around.

Reviewed: ESI UDJ6

At not much bigger than a packet of swan vestas the UDJ6 has an impressive armory of features. Boasting six analog outputs capable of 24-bit 96 khz digital to analog conversion. Designed for use as a translator between your analog mixer and software it has no inputs and is bus powered so plug and play is fool proof.On the front are 4 RCA outs for separating decks A and B into two stereo channels to connect to your mixer, something that the similarly sized and priced NI audio 2 DJ lacked. And on the back is a ¼ “ jack for headphone monitoring and a usb output to connect to your laptop.The only thing missing that could become a bit frustrating considering portability is the lack of physical volume control for which a midi controller would have to be mapped in order to utilize the control mix and cue volumes.Verdict – If you have a midi controller with no soundcard and need something small sturdy and portable that will split your channels to separate outputs then the UDJ6 at £89 rrp is a great option.

King Korg: The Jack of All

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Korg lately, with a seemingly overwhelming amount of too good to be true products soon to be hitting the shelves and with price tags to match I have to say I am gladly one of those riding their wave. The anticipation builds for the release of the MS-20 mini and three bundles of joy going under the name of Volca, meanwhile out of nowhere lands the hefty King Korg. Labeled as a live Synthesizer its fair to say that this latest edition comes across as a Jack of all, a swiss army knife of keyboards if you will, but what is it master of?Unboxing the synth, the hardware appears very straightforward, a 61 note semi weighted keyboard , midi in and out with an uncomplicated interface that most novices with a basic knowledge of synthesis would not feel uncomfortable with.

Tougher Than Charles Bronson!

If like me you like your hardware hardwearing then the Z2 may be the mixer for you. Bringing us there first laptop DJ-tailored mixer Native Instruments keep it simple.

Pioneer XDJ-AERO DJ System

The ground-breaking XDJ-AERO DJ system sets out to change the way DJs play doing away with all those endless cables and connections. The unit allows DJs to load music from up to four devices wirelessly from smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs, removing the hassle of annoying set ups and accidental lead pulling. The audience can even get involved by sending tracks from their own smartphones or tablets, weather that’s a good thing or not is down to you but could certainly make for some interesting sets.

The Best Things Come In Small Packages

Big is not always beautiful, big feet do not always mean big shoes and big hands definitely don’t mean a need for a big midi controller keyboard.Over at Korg things seem to be getting smaller and smaller and the Microkey 25 is certainly no exception. With the MicroKorg synths, the miniKP effects units and nano series of controllers korg certainly have the worlds biggest range of small controllers.

Tested: Ministry of Sound MOS600

The Ministry of Sound MOS600 headphones have a great number of plus points & only a couple of minor negatives. The major plus is quality of sound; the quality and the depth of sound on these cans are great and you can tell Ministry of Sound have crafted them with the DJ in mind!