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ADJ has added two new products to its ever-expanding range, offering mobile DJs a duo of lighting solutions suited to their portable needs. The Dotz Par and the Dotz TPar System both use COB LED technology to allow bright washes and smooth colour mixing while remaining compact and portable.
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Version 3.0 of Pioneer DJ's popular rekordbox software incorporates a number of new features, including My Tag and in-software mixing, to offer DJs more accessibility and easier music management.
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The legendary singer Bobby Womack passed away last Friday (27th of June). His health had suffered in recent years, having been treated for colon cancer, and in 2013 he told fans that he had "signs of Alzheimer’s". In spite of this, he had reportedly been working with Snoop Dogg and Stevie Wonder recently on new material.
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Today (1st of July 2014) LiteConsole Ltd has been launched as a global joint venture between Litestructures and Gear4DJs. This important step forward for the LiteConsole brand will create a solid sales platform for the product range throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
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The latest instalment of Mastermix’s monthly release packed with new and forthcoming pop, indie, urban, dance and rock music was released today (26th of June). Pro Disc 169 features 21 tracks from artists as diverse as 5 Second Of Summer and Eminem.
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The BBC has unveiled an ambitious new music strategy which will include an annual award ceremony alongside new programming and digital services. Billed as the BBC’s biggest musical event after Glastonbury, The BBC Music Awards will unite BBC One, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 with a live show presented by Chris Evans and Ferne Cotton.
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The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been announced and included are a few music industry notables. Three-time Ivor Novello winner Bill Martin has been awarded an MBE. Most recognised for penning the hit ‘Congratulations’ (1968), sung by Cliff Richard, Martin also co-wrote the European Song contest winner ‘Puppet on a String’ performed by Sandie Shaw in 1967 and the England World Cup Squad’s ‘Back Home’ (1970). All three tracks were created as part of Martin’s fruitful song-writing partnership with Phil Coulter.
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Prolight Concepts has announced the arrival of a brand new Overhead Kit for its extremely popular Equinox DJ Booth. Featuring four clamps, the upright poles simply attach onto the rear uprights of the booth, creating a useful addition to the already elegant system. The new kit features a heavy duty lighting bar with nine lower and nine upper fixing points, which means that mobile DJs can create quite an impressive light show without the need for any other stands.
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Exciting news from the hit making duo Erasure, their new album - The Violet Flame - will be launched with a customised PledgeMusic pre-order and direct to fan exclusive campaign. The release date is set for the 22nd of September in the UK through the group’s label Mute. To entice fans, the duo will be offering advanced listening sessions for the new album at Mute HQ in London.
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DJ equipment retailer and regular Pro Mobile advertiser, DJkit, is running an exclusive Points for Goals promotion throughout the World Cup tournament – which starts today – offering customers the chance to cash in on goals. Customers who spend over £199 online have the chance to earn additional loyalty points every time England or Brazil scores – so even those mobile DJs out there who can’t stand football have something to cheer about!
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With the middle of the year fast approaching, the team at Mastermix have released the first Volume of their Grandmaster 2014 compilation. The double CD features two non-stop mixes of the biggest pop, dance and urban hits of the year so far. A whopping 55 tracks are featured from the likes of Mr Probz, Avicii, Clean Bandit, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Calvin Harris & Martin Garrix.
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Kam has announced the release of three new professional colour lasers, furthering its current range of successful multi-effect units. The company’s three new offerings comprise two 3D effect lasers and one professional colour animation laser – the latter of which, the Energy SD1, has been designed by Kam specifically with DJs mind.
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Whether you love or loathe them, when it comes to producing World Cup songs we’re about as useless as we are at scoring penalties. The past has yield a few gems, but for every ‘World in Motion’ (New Order’s classic) or ‘Three Lions’ (Baddiel and Skinner’s rousing but humorously pessimistic Euro 1996 anthem, re-released for the 98 World Cup) we have, amongst countless other fails, Ant & Dec’s ridiculous ‘We’re on the Ball’.
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ADJ has recently announced a new update for its popular myDMX 2.0 DMX control software which includes four new features. myDMX 2.0 is an industry leading, affordable solution for Lighting Designers and DJs to control small to mid-size lighting set-ups. The new features are Multi-Beam Programming, Multi Pan & Tilt Programming, New MIDI & Easy Remote Shortcut Keys and Display Undefined Presets.
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Stevie Wonder has made a slightly controversial decision this week, by giving the BBC permission to use one of his tracks over the opening sequence for all of the corporation’s football coverage of this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Rio.
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The latest instalment in the innovative DJ Beats series from Mastermix is out now. DJ Beats Volume 19 features fifteen tracks from artists as diverse as Frankie Knuckles and One Direction – all are the familiar radio edit, but with added 8-bar intro and outro beats to aid with smooth transitions during a DJ set.
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Laserworld has developed a new product line, the Diode Series, to fill the gap between its entry-level and more professional laser light systems. The very compact units, built using Sealed Housing Technology, are equipped with a diode-only solution, which means great beam specifications and smooth colour fading behaviour.
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Nile Rogers, the man behind iconic 70s band Chic, plans on living up to the legendary outfit’s disco heritage by incorporating a giant, world record-breaking mirror ball into their headline set at this year’s Bestival event.
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Yesterday, tickets for the BPM DJ show went on general sale – with an increased VIP allocation, a new Enhanced Experience option, and £40 of free digital downloads giving mobile DJs and music enthusiasts across the UK and abroad an incentive to attend.
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Eric Lund, who has racked up no less than 31 years with the Pro Audio brand, Peavey, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of May. Lund, who started with Peavey Electronic Limited in the early 80s (when it was based in East Sussex) has been instrumental in the company’s growth from being the UK arm of the Peavey Corporation to one now distributing to the entire EMEA region.
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June’s release of the biggest hits and new tracks in remixed form is available now. Packed with 14 commercial dance releases and dance remixes of pop hits, Pro Dance 77 features tracks from Rita Ora, Lady Gaga, One Direction and Sub Focus to name just a few.
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Algoriddim has announced a major update to its ‘djay 2’ software for iPhone and iPad with Spotify Premium-subscribed users now being able to mix millions of tracks using their Apple device or their professional DJ hardware, thanks to the huge catalogue of stream-able music and the newfound integration between the two products.
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Adding to its Jelly Series, ADJ has released its new take on the classic mirror ball; the transparent, slow-rotating Jelly Globe. The futuristic-looking globe is equipped with modern technology and features a two-in-one effect, offering mobile DJs a simple but effective lighting solution.
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The 59th annual Ivor Novello Awards were presented on Thursday (22nd May) during a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. The converted Songwriter of the Year gong was presented to Tom Odell, while Nile Rodgers, Christine McVie and Jeff Beck were all honoured with special awards.
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Neo-Neon is one of the largest traditional and LED decorative lighting manufacturers in the world. The company was founded in 1978 and over the years has built up a vast amount of industry experience. The Neo-Neon European Headquarters, based in Milton Keynes, is currently looking to further expand its very experienced UK Sales Team.
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