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KAM, the DJ tools company who have been innovating DJ kit for over half a century are planning a busy start to the year, and will be showcasing all their latest products at some of the world’s leading professional music industry events.
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The multi-mirror Centre-piece is the latest classic DJ lighting effect to be given the LED treatment by popular DJ lighting equipment manufacturer ACME. Their new CTL-6 uses six separate 3-watt tri-colour LEDs to create a blaze of moving and colour changing beams of light that twist, turn, pan and tilt over a very wide area.
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The full line-up of seminars, workshops, parties and performances for this year’s annual Las Vegas DJ show has now been revealed. If your one of the UK contingent making the trip ‘across the pond’, now’s your chance to find out what’s in store. If you haven’t yet booked, but have always wanted to take a trip to the ‘entertainment capital of the world’, why not book a holiday for next month and combine it with a visit to the DJ show!
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At last Sunday’s bi-monthly show night the South Eastern Discotheque Association (SEDA) proudly revealed it’s brand new corporate identity and website to its members.
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Whether it’s a wash of color to set the right mood, or high-energy chasing lights to pump up the dance floor, the new Mega Bar Pro from American DJ can do the job. An RGB color-mixing DMX-controllable LED bar, this quick-change artist can function as an LED wash one minute, then like magic, transform itself into a color chasing effect, with its individual LEDs moving to the music in exciting patterns, colour flows and chases.
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Europe’s biggest event dedicated to DJs, producers and performers is moving to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for 2009.
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Numark used the recent Winter NAMM trade exhibition in California to launch their latest product – the STEALTH CONTROL – another option for digital DJs who want a familiar ‘hands-on’ DJ interface for their music mixing software.
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At the recent NAMM exhibition in California Native Instruments introduced AUDIO 4 DJ, a performance-optimized USB 2.0 audio interface specifically designed for TRAKTOR and other DJ software. With its versatile feature set, outstanding audio quality, extremely low latency, and its compact and robust aluminium casing, AUDIO 4 DJ is the ideal centerpiece for a digital DJ setup.
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The latest addition to the American Audio range is their Radius 1000, an exciting new CD/MP3 player with MIDI capabilities for controlling professional music playback software. The Radius 1000 is a hands-on device that lets you play digital tracks directly from your computer without using a mouse, just like you would with a professional CD deck, giving you a real hardware feel.
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Adding seductive wisps of fog at just the right moment can create a memorable effect. Enhancing the tricks of a lighting show picking out those smoky swirls will be one thing that an appreciative audience will remember.
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The much anticipated new lighting effect from ACME, Genesis, is now available from DJ retailers throughout the UK. The Genesis is an LED powered, single arm, moving head that uses a single 20w white light LED to produce extremely bright beams of light that are shaped and coloured by internal colour and gobo wheels.
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Guinness World Records has confirmed that DJ Gee Papa (George Papapetrou) did indeed set a new world record for longest club DJ marathon when he played for a staggering 116 hours at Dot Club in Nicosia, Cyprus this summer.
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Following the success of their SDJ1 twin SD card digital music player for DJs, American DJ have recently launched the SDJ2. This new product combines a twin SD card player with a two channel DJ mixer in one compact rack-mount unit.
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The definitive list of the all-time Top 40 dance-floor fillers has been revealed by MCPS-ProDub, just in time for the Christmas party season.
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There are a whole host of cheap and cheerful DMX lighting controllers currently on the market and equally there are plenty of all-singing and all-dancing options that cost more than most mobile rigs put together. It seems that what has been lacking from the market is a mid-range unit that offers more a more powerful control option with a price tag that doesn’t exclude the mobile DJs. iSolution have addressed this gap in the market with the release of their new iL2420 Flag Ship control centre.
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On Monday 10th November DFB Sound & Light Warehouse in Nottingham will be hosting their annual Open Night. Starting at 6pm, the evening will feature product offers and demonstrations from a number of top DJ equipment brands.
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The Jem K1 Hazer is Martin Professional’s new generation, top-of-the-line hazer for high performance applications where a high level of reliability and easy serviceability is required. This is not a product for regular function venues, but it may be of interest to those running large roadshows who regularly perform in big venues.
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Pioneer launched its new flagship HDJ-2000 professional DJ headphones at last month’s BPM DJ exhibition. Designed to enhance Pioneer’s HDJ series, these sleek, top-flight headphones touch down with several new innovations to reach new levels of sound quality, comfort and durability.
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The 12 finalists of this year's series of The X Factor have topped the UK singles chart, knocking judge Cheryl Cole’s band Girls Aloud from the top spot. Their cover of Mariah Carey's 1993 hit, 'Hero', was recorded for Help for Heroes, which provides support for wounded servicemen and women, and the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
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DJ equipment brand Numark has recently launched OMNI CONTROL, a DJ control surface with built-in audio interface and supplied with Native Instruments Traktor LE 3 and MixMeister Fusion Live DJ software programs.
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Offering an intuitive solution to the problem of lugging, unloading and then packing loads of kit, Rhino Products generated a lot of excitement about their versatile 19” rack-mount DJ flight case at the recent BPM event.
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It has recently been announced that their will be no more DJ Show North events following this year’s show, which took place last month at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The event, which ran for four consecutive years, had become a fixture in the diary of many northern DJs and will no-doubt be sadly missed.
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The track-listing for the UK edition of Micheal Jackson’s new album, 'King Of Pop', has been released today. The 17-track ‘hits’ album will make music history as its song selection has been selected entirely by fans of the singer. Record company SonyBMG enlisted the help of the Sun newspaper and GMTV to gather votes from 66,000 fans who submitted their favourite songs for the album. 'Billie Jean' was the most requested track ahead of 'Smooth Criminal' and 'Bad'.
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What do you use to store and carry your treasured lighting gear? Heavy and bulky professional flight-cases? Plastic storage creates? Or perhaps just the tatty remains of the cardboard boxes they came in? Well now there is another option, Arriba Cases, a new range of gear cases that promise to “protect your sound & lighting gear without breaking the bank”.
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Kam have recently announced that they are teaming up with Prefueled at the Beijing Olympics and will be sponsoring a host of after parties with top DJs throughout the games.
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