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  • NOVATION LAUNCHPAD WINTER PROMOTION

    Posted on November 19, 2010 by Joe Stachowiak

    Following the launch of their Winter campaign last Monday, Novation are now pleased to announce their new Novation Launchpad Winter promotion, which is set to run from now until 12th January 2011!


    The popular Novation Launchpad controller, which is built with Ableton in mind, will retail for £129 at Absolute Music during this promotion period, offering a saving of £20.

    In conjunction with both the Ableton software Winter Deal, and the Novation Launchpad Winter Promotion, you can now put a package together with Ableton Live 8 and a Launchpad for as little as £349.98, a saving of over £70 compared to buying at the original retail prices!
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    This post was posted in DJ Gear, Offers, Product News and was tagged with ableton

  • GADGET SHOW GADGETS: BREAK THE MUSIC MAKING MOULD!

    Posted on November 9, 2010 by Joe Stachowiak

    Is anyone else getting bored with the same old sounds cropping up in numerous songs all over the country? To me it seems that the current trend for the vast majority of aspiring music producers is to play it safe; attach themselves to a specific genre of music, and attempt to copy the sound and the structure of what already exists. They will judge the completion of a track upon whether it sounds like what already exists, and whether they can envisage it ‘fitting in’ within their chosen scene. They will let their personal artistic judgement be clouded by what they see as the ‘norm’, and go along with the crowd in an attempt to gather an easy following. Their equipment of choice will be decided by what they see their musical idols using, and they will strive to achieve those exact same sounds!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, DJ Gear, Drums, Keyboards & Synths, Live Sound and Light, Recording

  • TRAKTOR KONTROL S4

    Posted on November 9, 2010 by Joe Stachowiak

    There has been a storm of excitement stirring up the digital DJ world of late, with news of the highly anticipated Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ controller on the horizon. And now I am pleased to announce that it is finally here, and available today! So grab yourself a slice of the DJing future! It’s time to unleash the beast…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, DJ Gear, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with digital dj, hardware, review, software

  • NOVATION DICER REVIEW

    Posted on November 2, 2010 by Joe Stachowiak

    Having been fascinated by the art of DJing since the age of 15, and been working the club circuit on the South Coast for the past 5 years, my allegiance has purely been to the gods of vinyl. But with the plummeting prices of the Traktor software series, and the release of the nifty looking Novation Dicers, is this the time to reconsider my options? It was time to investigate!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, DJ Gear, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with digital dj, review

  • TRAKTOR SOFTWARE PRICE SLASH!

    Posted on October 27, 2010 by Joe Stachowiak


    Calling all budding digital DJ’s, this is the moment you have been waiting for…

    With the release of the exciting new Traktor Kontrol S4 on the horizon, from the 25th October, the rest of the Traktor family (Traktor Scratch Pro, Traktor Scratch Duo, Traktor Pro and Traktor Duo) are set for a massive price slash to see us out of 2010! Now that sounds like the perfect Christmas present from Native Instruments…
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  • NATIVE INSTRUMENTS MASCHINE 1.5 REVIEW

    Posted on October 4, 2010 by Absolute Music

    Me again - this time with a review we wrote for our in-store brochure on the cool new update of Maschine.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, DJ Gear, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with maschine, Native Instruments, review

  • Novation Launchpad - Amber edition

    Posted on August 25, 2010 by Absolute Music

    There is an absolutely amazing deal to be had from Novation with their Launchpad.

    For only £99 you can secure yourself one - saving you £50 off the list price.

    Whats the catch? Here's the info from Novation themselves:

    A small number of Novation's Launchpads are available to buy at a discounted price, as they have slightly different LEDs. This results in tiny divergences in colour from other production Launchpads (the amber can seem very slightly more 'yellow' or 'orange').
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  • KORG KAOSS PAD KP3 REVIEW

    Posted on July 12, 2010 by Absolute Music

    This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music

    Korg describe the Kaoss Pad KP3 as " More than a processor, the KP3 is a complete instrument allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves". It has the X-Y touch pad to control multi -effect parameters in real time and it has been around since October 2006 and is still being widely used by musicians, producers and DJ's. It is Korg's third version of it's Kaoss Pad and I wonder as this is nearly four years old now, will there ever be a KP4? The KP3 was upgraded to Version 2 on 9th July 2009. This Kaoss Pad is not just a great hands-on effects module it is also quite a remarkable Midi controller.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, DJ Gear, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with effects, Korg, review, tony long

  • KORG KAOSSILATOR REVIEW

    Posted on July 6, 2010 by Absolute Music

    This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music

    Korg Kaossilator - Review by Tony Long

    When I receive a new product, the first thing I like to do is play with it without reading the manual. This is partly because I cannot wait but more importantly I want to test how use-friendly the item is. I am pleased to say that the Kaossilator was ready to go the minute I put in the four batteries and plugged in my favourite headphones. You switch her on and start to run your fingers across her touch-sensitive surface or tap away rhythmically and an assortment of cutting - edge sounds phases, flanges or auto-pans across your disbelieving ears. Why do you disbelieve? Well for a start its coming from something that is only approximately 5 x 4 inches in size.

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