Because of the recent popularity and rapid growth of the DJ industry we are going to be expanding the way we let our customers know about current news and information , this is the reason we have enlisted the help of pro dj and music industry veteran Guido Osorio. “Guido’s Corner” will be a current events blog highlighting any and all industry events and product news.
Hello Everyone! My name Is Guido Osorio I am part of the production team better known as Razor N’ Guido I have been a DJ for over 27 years and have been remixing , producing and engineering for 20 of those years. I am honored to work with I DJ NOW to help bring you current news, information and knowledge about all the new products and information that are constantly changing in this industry. I know it can get confusing so I hope to help simplify and break down all the news and product info that changes everyday in a way that will help all our customers make better choices in in their future purchases.
I also will be welcoming emails with questions as well as suggestions as to how we can make this blog and the whole I DJ NOW experience better.
Here’s what I am currently excited about:
PIONEER DDJ S1
Fresh on the heels of the release of the Pioneer DDJ T1 Traktor controller we now have the Pioneer DDJ S1 Serrato ITCH controller, in my opinion Pioneer has once again hit it right on the mark with these controllers, bringing all the versatility of their flagship players bundled with the quality of their pro mixers into one compact and highly portable package.
Both controllers come bundled with either Traktor pro DJ software and or Serato’s ITCH software, which is technically a stripped down version its Serato Scratch cousin except it does not handle video.
Full “plug and play” compatibility with every feature of the bundled software mapped out on the controller, also the design of the controllers allow you to slip your laptop under the front of the unit essentially docking it covering the computers keyboard allowing the screen to still be visible and closer to the user, all the function of the hidden keyboard are available on the controller including deck load and alphabetical word and title search.
Both units are also high quality soundboards with balanced XLR outputs and three MIC inputs with separate eq and talkover buttons. There two headphone outputs one in back and one in front, a full featured integrated 2 channel mixer not unlike the Pioneer DJM-400.
The two deck controller sections are almost exactly like Pioneer CDJ-400 bringing the classic pioneer feel and response to both controllers which is especially important for those who are making the transition from CD to MP3/Media, all multiple effect parameters are accessible from the front panel as well as multiple hot starts for each deck, both units have needle drop technology giving you the freedom to start from any point in a particular song just by pressing the touch ribbon located above either one of the control wheels.
All these features at an affordable price are sure to make these controllers one of the most popular additions to the controller market since its inception, look out for more info from me in future blogs when I get a chance to test drive these controllers in real world applications.
Not being a “light guy” myself I tend to have a lot of respect for all the “light guys” out there for without them us dj’s would just be some idiots playing music in dark rooms (not that there’s anything wrong with that) LOL so when a light comes along that truly simplifies the event lighting process I immediately take notice.
Enter the Chauvet “Circus” this is one of the coolest singular lights I have seen in a very long time compact and relatively light (10 pounds). Circus astonishingly has no moving parts! It uses a combination 320 LED’s (80 red, 80 green, 80 blue, 40 white, 40 amber) projected out of an array of 5 pods (64 LED’s per pod) with a total coverage area of 55° to create the illusion of movement! The effect is unreal and useable in almost any type of lighting condition. Circus is fully User-configurable but also has built in automated programs via master/slave DMX. Honestly all you really need to do is put it in “Sound Activated mode” and it will go through its built in preset modes automatically (Sorry Light Guy).
For larger installations up to 12 Circus lights can be power linked allowing for less wires needed for each individual light.
Circus is going to be a hit get yours now before they all sell out!
Check out this and many other cool products on our website I DJ NOW.
That’s it for me, I hope that you enjoyed my corner and expect you to come and check out what’s new on the regular also please write in with questions and comments, talk to you soon!