Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Top of the League. The New Vestax's VCI-300MKII

In 2008, the VCI-300+ITCH was the beginning for Vestax and Serato to create a new DJ console of the next generation.
The goal was clear. To design a light weight and compact digital DJ instrument with the touch of analog control.
Preserving the concept of the VCI-300+ITCH, the VCI-300MKII comes with usability improvements based on feedback from VCI-300 customers.
Vestax has considered every comment that has been received, and have put them all in act. Simply to give DJs what they want.

High Resolution Control
The VCI-300MKII can control more than 90 parameters and functions of the included Serato software with high resolution MIDI signals sent via USB. The pulse resolution of the JOG wheel and pitch control fader is 4 times higher than the VCI-100 and provides precise control of each function. The pitch control fader also shares the same high quality fader parts of the input fader for advanced operability.
Superb Audio Characteristic
The built-in audio interface carries a Audio Codec IC with superb audio characteristic, generated by a delta-sigma modulation 24 bit stereo D/A-A/D converter. Audio connection includes 1 stereo input, 1 MIC input and 2 stereo output (Master L/R, Monitor L/R).
Level Indication
A 12 level LED L/R indicator is set in the center of the top panel to monitor sound levels.
File Control
Audio files in the software library can be easily selected and controlled with the CRATES / FILES / BROWSE key and the cursor switch inherited from the VCM-100.
Emergency Thru Switch
The Emergency Thru Switch located on the rear panel is a countermeasure where you can use the VCI-300MKII with the provided ITCH software or without the computer connected if you simply want to play music from your external CD or MP3 player. The ITCH software reads music from your iTunes library or the Serato library you use for Scratch LIVE, making it the perfect device for recreational or professional DJ's.
Adjustable Jog Wheel Torque
The torque of each JOG wheel can be adjusted to prevent them from moving from low frequency feedback and altering the pitch when using the VCI-300 in such places like clubs.
Fader Curve Control
The fader curve of each fader can be adjusted to the preferred characteristics for long mixes, scratching and any other style.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dave Grohl reunites with Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig for “heavy” Foo Fighters LP

Dave Grohl calling Krist Novoselic (former Nirvana bassist) and Butch Vig (Nirvana's Nevermind producer)... Interesting new Foo Fighters album coming!

In April 1990, blossoming grunge band, Nirvana, traveled to producer Butch Vig’s Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin to begin work on an album that would come to define a generation. This album was, of course, 1991’s multi-platinum selling Nevermind. Now, twenty years later, former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have reunited, along with Vig, for Grohl’s current band, the Foo Fighters, new LP. “This whole project has been really cool,” Grohl said in an interview with BBC. “I haven’t made a record with Butch for 20 years.” Vig will be producing the album, while Novoselic is slated to guest on a track. So far, the Foos have cut seven tracks and are planning to lay down five or six more.

Grohl—who had previously been touring with his supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures—says he has been recording the tracks in his garage (“Totally old school analog”) and that it will be the Foos’ heaviest album yet. “Each song is full on, the whole record is full on,” he said. “In the 14 songs, there’s not one acoustic guitar, there’s not even one in the house.”

If this whole grunge-revival experience sounds like something you’re dying to watch unfold, you’re in luck—Grohl revealed that the band is documenting the entire experience for an upcoming movie to be released in 2011.”Basically, 2011, you’re not gonna be able to get us out of your hair, that’s what we’re planning,” Grohl said. “I’m excited.” We are too. The Foo Fighters also recently announced two UK shows next July with Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Eat World as opening acts.

By Dan Hyman

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Drums to start second album after UK tour dates

Jonathan Pierce says the band has 'no time to relax' as they plan to get going on new record.

The Drums are set to begin work on their second album at the end of their forthcoming UK and Ireland dates.

The band kick off two weeks of dates on November 24, after which they will pause to work on the follow-up to 'The Drums'.

"At the end of this tour, we’re taking a couple of months off," frontman Jonathan Pierce told NME, "but it’s not to relax, it’s to make our next album."
Despite releasing their debut earlier this year, and recently seeing guitarist Adam Kessler quit the group, Pierce is in no mood to hang around.

"This may not last forever – we might have three albums, maybe four. Who knows?" he mused. "We might have a hundred. It’s good to do it all now. I feel like we all share this nervous energy and a fire in our belly."

As they have been busy with live dates all year, The Drums admitted they did not get the chance to write much while touring.

"The road isn’t ideal for us to actually record on because we’re so busy and we don’t want that to affect the songs we’re writing," said Pierce. "We’ve been writing down ideas and we kind of feel like the last two or three months have been one big creative band meeting."

Meanwhile, guitarist Jacob Graham explained that The Drums have handpicked the bands who will be joining them on the forthcoming dates: New Yorkers Violens and Kent-based band Two Wounded Birds, who are signed to Graham’s label, Holiday Records.

"It’ll be a mini-festival curated by The Drums!” declared the guitarist of the bill.
The Drums will play:

London HMV Forum (November 24, 25)
Bristol Anson Rooms (26)
Birmingham HMV Institute (27)
Glasgow O2 ABC (29)
Belfast Mandela Hall (30)
Dublin Academy (December 1)
Northumbria University Stage 2 (3)
Leeds Metropolitan University (4)
Nottingham Rock City (5)
Manchester Academy 2 (6)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

KRK's New Headphone Series - KNS 6400 and KNS 8400

KRK Headphones provide a precise listening experience that takes you from personal studio to commercial studio to on-the-go track evaluations -- and they allow you to accurately enjoy your music with the consistent voicing philosophy and honest reproduction top producers, studio musicians, performers and engineers have come to trust. KRK headphones provide incredibly natural frequency response that gives you a reference standard unaffected by your location. Day or night. Studio or home. Without disturbing others. Without compromising your tracks. Passionate about music and interested in experiencing the artist’s vision as it was intended to be heard? Then experience KRK.


  • Voiced to remain true to the character of KRK’s class leading studio monitors, developed with 25 years of years of experience in studio sound.                
  •  The latest reference quality frequency response for closed-back, circum-aural dynamic headphones. 
  • Newly developed headphone acoustical system bringing a new level of headphone performance for the first time.
  • Utilizing the latest in acoustic memory foam technology ensures class leading performance in both reproduction and isolation.
  • A new standard in headphone comfort, even over extended periods of use, designed to avoid feeling uncomfortable during long sessions. The special foam conforms to the ear to help ensure an improved fit.
  • Exceedingly accurate, natural and wide frequency response.
  • Large dynamic range with extremely consistent low-distortion detail and clarity.
  • Extended low frequency definition, ensures the bass component of your music is accurately reproduced, and is not lost.
  • Transparent reproduction of high-frequencies, resulting in highly accurate imaging.
  • High-efficiency Neodymium 40mm driver.
  • High durability 2.5m single-sided straight cable with oxygen-free copper wires.
  • Adjustable, foldable driver enclosures provide comfort and portability.
  • Replaceable cable, head, and ear cushions to ensure long product life.
  • Soft carrying case embossed with the KRK logo for travelling engineers, or storage when not in use.
  • 1/4" jack plug can be unscrewed to reveal a 1/8” plug for laptops and portable media players.

KNS 8400 Headphones
Headphones for Educated Ears.

Looking for a pair of headphones that are specifically designed to replicate music as it should be heard with the ability to satisfy experienced ears? Get your head around this: KRK has always been focused solely on accurate monitoring. The KNS 8400 -- with their ability to reveal exactly what you have on the tracks is an ideal choice for critical listening. Being able to discern the most subtle differences in pitch, timbre and tone helps you to get it right every mix, every take, every performance. Isolating memory foam in the ear cushions delivers improved low end response and because they gently conform to your unique head shape you’ll be comfortable wearing them all day.

KNS 6400 Headphones
Listen Up. This is How Your Music is Supposed to Sound.

Whether you are listening to some tracks, or tracking your next recording, the KNS6400 gives you the famous KRK sound independent of your monitors. This closed-back around-the-ear design brings you closer to your music, and the highly isolated surround pads give you the freedom to immerse yourself in the sound without having your monitor mix ”escape” into open microphones -- and keeps live instruments out of what you are monitoring. Having “One Voice” that consistently gives you accurate reproduction of your music or mix will help you achieve just what the artist intended -- especially if the artist is you.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

James Hetfield's Signature Series.... And Nothing Else Matters!

  • Set-Neck Construction
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Satin Chrome Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Schaller Straplocks
  • Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: Aged BLKS (Black Satin)

Worths every penny...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beastie Boys to release new album in Spring 2011

Group will release 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2' before 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 1'

Beastie Boys have revealed that they will release a new album in Spring 2011. The group will now release 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2', before 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 1', which was due out in September. 

A statement on the band's official website, reads: "Although we regret to inform you that 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 1' will continue to be delayed indefinitely, 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2' will be released on time as originally planned in spring of 2011."

Hot Sauce Committee Part 1' was originally scheduled to be released last year, but was delayed when Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node. 

Meanwhile, Beastie Boys have been nominated for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Friday, October 15, 2010

In case you where wondering how to make some noise.... Here's how!

Genelec 8020-BP Bi-Amplified Monitor System
Product Description

The small Genelec 8020B has been designed for monitoring in difficult listening environments, particularly those compromised by lack of space. However, size is no handicap to performance as the 8020A two-way active monitoring system incorporates Genelec's acoustic design innovations to minimize all forms of distortion.
The 8020B has a die-cast aluminum Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE™), which features relatively large internal volumes; softly curved edges and outstanding mechanical strength. As a result, the imaging accuracy and low frequency extension with such a compact enclosure are truly astounding.

Product Features

  • Near Field Monitoring
  • Audio Video Post Production
  • Mobile Vans
  • Home Theaters
  • Project / Home Studios
  • Digital Workstations
  • Multimedia Production and Playback