There’s a massive sale on a DJKIT.COM, so if you’re looking for some new kit for 2012, then get yourself on to their website now.

DJKIT SALE ENDS MIDNIGHT 1st JANUARY! PHONE 01635 580448 FOR CRAZY PRICES or enter “NEWYEAR” in our discount code box to reveal your discount!

Djkit Sale - Up To 50% OFF

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Focusrite VRM – Monitoring by Headphones

We’ve all been there, you’ve been working on a banging tune all day, you’re at the mixing stage but it’s getting late, your neighbours are moaning about the noise and your misses is going to bed……..so what do you do?

The long held belief was that you couldn’t mix in headphones as you don’t get the depth and richness of sound.

Well fear not any more, as the clever people at Focusrite have taken their Virtual Reference Monitoring (VRM) technology and packaged it in a palm-sized audio interface, for use in your home studio.

Focusrite say that VRM overcomes the major obstacle for mixing with headphones by giving you multiple perspectives on you mix, you simply choose from a list of industry-standard studio monitors and speakers, so late night mixing is now sorted!

Click here for more information on this genius product.

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Native Instruments Launch the Maschine Mikro & iMaschine


Native Instruments have announced the
MASCHINE MIKRO, the little brother of Maschine, the
popular groove production system.

N.I. have combined the full features  of the Maschine with a new slick streamlined controller. Providing users with a pro entry level groove production controller at a reduced price.

MASCHINE MIKRO is a highly portable controller that provides
hands-on control of the central MASCHINE features at two-thirds of the
size and weight of the full-sized hardware, whilst retaining the
distinctive full-sized 4×4 matrix of pressure-sensitive, dynamically
backlit MASCHINE drum pads with their acclaimed response and feel.

MASCHINE MIKRO includes the full-featured MASCHINE software with its
versatile pattern-based live and step sequencing, real-time audio recording, sample editing and advanced

The MIKRO version comes packed with a 6 GB MASCHINE
sound library.

The MASCHINE MIKRO will be available to buy in October, and will set you back
$399 / 349 EUR of your hard earned cash.

And if that wasn’t enough to tantaslise your drum pads, N.I. have announced the release of  iMASCHINE, on the iPhone and iPad. An iOS software that
brings intuitive groove creation whilst you’re on the move.

The software comes with four tracks, audio sampling, high-quality effects and an
arsenal of professional instruments and drum sounds from the regular
MASCHINE library, which you can also ad to.

iMASCHINE is fully intergrated with the Maschine software, so  users can sketch grooves on the go,
and later transfer them into the full MASCHINE software for detailed
editing and arrangement.

You can get your hands on iMaschine from the Apple store this October.

Check out this video of finger drumming phenomenon Jeremy Ellis performing on the
MASCHINE MIKRO. (All we can say is, If you can move your fingers this fast then the ladies must truly love you!)

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NI Maschine: Update Coming Soon

Native Instruments have recently announced an update to the highly useable Maschine.

If you’ve read the FunkNaughty Carl Cox interview, then you’ll know this is his Midi controller of choice and a serious piece of kit.  If you’ve not read it, you’ll need to join FunkNuaghty.com, then you can read the interview here

Version 1.7 will be available as a FREE update on the 1st September and promises even easier integration with the world of KOMPLETE.

According to the Native Instruments website the update will allow browsing and loading of the plug-in presets of all KOMPLETE 8 Instruments and Effects from within the MASCHINE hardware browser – without ever having to touch your mouse or keyboard, this sounds great to us!

To read more about the update, click here.

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Producer Sessions Live and Reason 6!

Interested in music production?  Then get yourself along to the second Producer Sessions event, to be held at SAE in London on 3rd-4th September.

The event sold out last year so make sure you get your tickets now.

The event brings together intimate tutorial sessions from some of the biggest names in music production alongside the chance to get hands-on with the latest hi-tech recording gear within a studio environment.

I can reveal as well that Propellerhead will also be exhibiting at the event with the first UK preview of Reason 6 and Balance!

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If you’re serious about music production, make sure you’re there.

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Video: 9 Video Live AV Mashup Using Ableton Live & Akai APC40.

Ithaca Audio Mash Up

Mash up mayhem! Ithaca Audio take 9 well known dance, TV and movie theme tunes, and create an awesome live audio/video mashup using Ableton and the Akai APC40.

A great video showing exactly what you can do if you put your mind to it.

To create the video Ithaca Audio have used Adobe Premier Elements.

Tracks used:
Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft
John Williams – The Imperial March
Leftfield – Phat Planet
Chemical Brothers – Galvanized
Sugarhill Gang – Apache (Switch Remix – A bit patchy)
Fatboy Slim – Praise You
Doug Wood Band – Drag Racer (BBC Snooker Theme)
Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
The Streets – Push things forward

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Imagine the excitement at FunkNaughty.com when we heard Carl Cox had answered our questions about digital djing and music production.

Not only in our opinion is Carl Cox the best DJ on the planet and a thoroughly nice bloke but also a true inspiration to budding DJ’s and music producers, which is why we’re extending a huge thank you to Carl for being kind enough to answer our questions.

To read the full article you’ll need to be a member of FunkNaughty.com, join here.

The Top Man In Action!

Watch out for our forthcoming interview with Danny Rampling.

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Ableton – Free Bridge Demos

As you’re probably aware Ableton and Serato got in bed last year and came up with the Bridge.

Personally I think the more collaborations between the main hardware/software providers can only be a good thing as the more alternatives on the market, will ultimately appeal to a wider range of people and therefore get more people involved in the whole digital movement.

Ableton and Serato will be  demoing The Bridge in the UK at the end of November and early December.  As advertised on the Ableton website, these free demos will offer an introduction to Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live, as well as an in-depth look at The Bridge.


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