Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Serato Scratch Live and the evolution of the DJ

What is Scratch Live???

It's a USB audio interface that connects Turntables(even cd turntables) to a computer, and gives DJ's the ability to play Music from thier PC or Mac's MP3 collection. It comes with 12" vinyl records and cds that have control signals that allow the Scratch Live software to track the motion of the vinyl.

It wasn't, by any means, the first attempt to bridge the gab between old school vinyl and digital MP3's. That honor goes to Stanton and it's Final Scratch. However, unlike FS, it actually works and is a legitimate substitute for vinyl. How is that possible? A. very little and practically unnoticable latency, B. Stability. Does that mean that it is crash proof and never prone to potential problems? No, but it works, and I've personally gone through 4-5 hour long sets with out a problem.

What makes it so evolutionary in the world of DJing?

  • Elliminates the neccessity of having to carry around heavy crates full of vinyl records and/or cds - The only thing to carry around is your laptop and the interface.
  • Elliminates the cost of having to purchase media(vinyl or cds) - one can download the tracks that they would want in thier arsenal online. Legally, of course. Which is still cheaper than buying actual media.
  • Gives users the ability to manipulate thier own sounds - For example, one can record thier own voice and scratch to it.
  • Best of all is the software, which is easy to use and has so many features - The many features can be applied to standard DJ'ing with two turntables and a mixer.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Tech News

Promise VTrak J300sWe take a look at a 12 drive SAS chassis from Promise and compare SAS, SATA and SCSI while taking a stroll down memory lane.
Windows Vista Performance GuideIt has been over five years since Microsoft last launched a major new consumer OS. Windows XP has been doing well for a lot of people in the interim, but now Vista is poised to put Microsoft back at the forefront of consumer OS technology. At least, that's the plan, so let's see how it stacks up.
Corsair Dominator PC2-10000: Fastest DDR2Corsair snares bragging rights with a new Dominator memory rated at PC2-10000 (DDR2-1250). Does this new CAS 5 kit push to the top of our memory performance charts?
Intel Demonstrates new 45nm Transistors and Conroe's SuccessorWhat's better than a Conroe? That would be a Penryn. Learn about the transistors that make Penryn so special.
Intel P965: Roundup Recap and AwardsWe review our test results from 12 different yet not so different P965 motherboards and find a few products that stood out from the rest.
CES 2007: Wrap UpIn our final CES 2007 article we take a look at some interesting networking, systems, and cooling products.
Value Cooling: Two Towers for under $30Thermalright and Scythe introduce tower CPU cooling at a bargain price. The Thermalright MST-9775 and Scythe Katana are compared to the best we have tested.
Intel P965: abit AB9 QuadGTOur first impressions of the abit AB9 QuadGT reveal some surprising performance results, new design ideas, and some lingering concerns about abit engineering.
January 2007 Buyer's Guide: Midrange MenagerieThe price of progress is outdated systems. We've got updated recommendations for midrange computers that look to put progress back in its place.
CES 2007 - The Best of CE from the ShowWant to see the runners up for the most interesting Consumer Electronics and Displays from this year's CES? Here's everything that caught our eye after Sony's OLEDs.