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Reviewed: Phillips A5 Pro Headphones

With a selection of hipster-happy headphone releases over the last couple of years, Phillips have decided to formally weigh into the DJing game with the Phillips A5 Pro headphones. Like many an EDM DJ, they’re inexplicably massive and Armin Van Buuren backs them.

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Traktor Audio 2

Traktor Audio 2 is the new ultra-portable DJ soundcard from NI, which allows you to use Traktor DJ & Traktor Pro 2 direct from your laptop, IPhone, IPad with a simple connection.

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Izotope BreakTweaker

Continuing on our quest for Tech You Justifiably Should Buy for aspiring bedroom producers, this time we’re looking at Izotope’s Breaktweaker

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Reviewed: Output REV

We’re going to be providing straight up tech reviews in plain English, with products aimed squarely at bedroom producers. To kick things off, we’ve started with Output’s REV.

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Reviewed: Maschine Studio & Maschine 2.0

These days its all to easy to gloss over the surface within the first initial weeks of launch and essentially say the same as every other reviewer, but I don’t really feel this gives products the correct level of coverage they need and deserve and with products like NI’s new Maschine Studio and the accompanying v2.0 software this doesn’t really give you the user a fair impression of the overall product on the whole.

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Reviewed: Maschine Studio & Maschine 2.0

These days its all to easy to gloss over the surface within the first initial weeks of launch and essentially say the same as every other reviewer, but I don’t really feel this gives products the correct level of coverage they need and deserve and with products like NI’s new Maschine Studio and the accompanying v2.0 software this doesn’t really give you the user a fair impression of the overall product on the whole.

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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.

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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.

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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.