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Qbert’s Breakfast Of Champions

Qbert scratching on digital software? Wait, i think i just saw a pig fly past my window.

It doesn’t really sound like the real deal on vinyl, but not too shabby Native Instruments!

YouTube – Qbert’s Breakfast Of Champions.

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NYT: For Car Cassette Decks, Play Time is Over

I did not even know that there was a possibility to buy a 2010 model car with an option for a tape deck. Nonetheless, this is an interesting article about listening to music in autos today.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=740245

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Going retro, all the way back to the Insustrial Revolution!

If you go by the logic of some people that going old school and spinning vinyl is much hipper and cooler than spinning mp3s, then there’s no fucking way you can beat this cat, with his steam powered record turntable! It sounds like crap, but man is it cool.

Video of it in action:

source from: Asciimation

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Free electronic music download

Beatport is offering a FREE download of 6 techno and house mp3 tracks, off of their current promo release, Focus on France. Even if its not your cup of tea, wouldn’t hurt to download these tracks to add to your music library. You can even preview them if you’d like.

get the tracks here.

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Digital turntablism just keeps getting better

Vinyl purists will not like this, but i think it’s a step forward in using modern technology to manipulate sound in a way that has been done for decades (using vinyl records and samplers to mash up a track).

So here is a demo done by DMC champion DJ Shiftee using Native Instrument’s current line-up of toys that make you think twice about holding on to those crates of vinyl.  All you techno geeks like me, check out the 2nd video of how its exactly setup and done. (drool)

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Beatport’s sale of the decade

Beatport.com is offering a sale of classic electronic goodness for 99 cents per song, starting today until Monday Jan. 25. Don’t miss this, there are literally thousands of tracks to choose from!! All for a dollar!

I briefly described my likes and dislikes of Beatport.com as an online mp3 store here. So go and select any music genre, then hit the “classics” button on the left. Beatport considers anything over a few years old a classic, so that that dancefloor hit from a few summers ago can be yours for only 99c.

Check out a tasting of some of their selected playlists here.

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Plug ‘n Play DJ controller for Itunes!

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Mobile DJing doesn’t get any easier than this. Fork over $249 for the software and controller bundle, install the program and plug in the contoller. Done.

Vestax and algoriddim have partnered to create the spin DJ controller for the djay software app that runs with iTunes.

Other mobile laptop DJ setups require additional hardware (like a multi-channel sound card for headphone cue-ing) and more expensive software and DJ controller hardware. Even though this sounds like a basic setup for novices that don’t need all of the bells and whistles of more high end gear, Vestax has been producing professional DJ gear for over 25 years (some of their mixers are the industry’s finest) and I wouldn’t be surprised if this product receives some high praise once it hits the bedrooms.  Cue it up here.

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Best Buy announces to sell DJ equipment

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Electronics giant Best Buy is partnering with Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics to create DJ equipment areas in all of their retail stores. Consumers will be able to purchase DJ equipment including turntables, mixers and production software. A handful of stores will have a full “Club Beats” area, with music sampling stations and interactive areas to sample products. While up to 300 other stores will have areas with less product selection. Monster Cable is also getting in on the act, offering their DJ related product selection to the mix.

Best Buy is planning to kick off their new “Club Beats” venture, with celebrity appearances, incuding the Godfather himself, Dr.Dre.

Finally, the electronics superstore is jumping onto the band wagon, doing what smaller music stores have been doing for years. Now I don’t have to pay regular price for my DJ equipment at Guitar Center or Sam Ash anymore, I can overpay at Best Buy now….. but then again this apparent attempt by a mainstream retailer at acceptance of the whole DJ-ing craze isn’t such a bad thing after all?

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