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After Vinyl: Staying in control

can-vinyl-last-foreverI love vinyl as much as the next old school audiophile. But at times temperatures in South East Asia soar in to the 40′s and humidity is in the 90′s. It’s clear that records were not built for this type of environment. Trust me, warping is confirmation. Records should be stored in a dust free, low humidity setting with a temperature between 16 and 21 degrees Celsius. Anyhow, there are no record shops selling 12″ vinyl in Phnom Penh and flying to Tokyo every month for a shopping spree is tempting but out of the question. It’s not easy to expand an existing collection.

Carry less, do more

I don’t intend to lug 40 Kgs of hardware and vinyl around to play a set. You can call me lazy, but the standard tools of my craft are packed away. Final Scratch, Tracktor and Mixxx are all fantastic inventions. But ditching just my record bag still leaves me with 20 Kgs of Technics plus the mixer to lug around. Even though it looks like vinyl is going to out last MP3s. Luckily for the mobile DJ, software and hardware developers have come up with new ranges of innovative gadgets to make our life easier. You can replace your record bag, turntables and mixer with just one box. No, it’s not an iPod.

USB DJ controllers

Similar to purchasing any new gadget this is going to take endless hours of research. Will it interact with my DAW? Does it need proprietory software? Does it have a motorized controller? Is it powered by USB? The list is potentially endless. There are 50+ offerings of DJ controllers from Reloop, Vestax, Numark, Novation, Stanton, Akai etc…and prices range from $99 to $1000+. This is going to be fun.

Research is king

It’s worth doing your research. For instance, the Vestax VCI300 does not run on AMD CPU powered computers. I’ve seen controllers without a cross fader (I’m certain the design engineers have a valid reason for this). Some hardware will only operate with 1 particular DAW, others will only run on Windows. It also depends on your DJ’ing style. There are specific controllers aimed at the turntablist or straight up house or techno DJ. These factors will whittle your list down rapidly. However, it’s most likely your will still end up with a hand full of equally dazzling gadgets battling it out for your number one spot.

It’s looking like it will take me another few weeks of research to find a solution that suits me. The biggest challenge will be finding a store that sells it in Cambodia. Wish me luck.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 8th June 2010 1 Comment

Goodbye darkness my old friend

flac-logoExcellent news from the friendly folk at Juno. They are phasing out MP3 downloads. Horray!

As from today Juno have stopped accepting label uploads and deliveries in MP3 and will only accept lossless WAV, FLAC or AIFF.
We will continue to sell your releases in MP3, WAV and FLAC formats, but will only accept content deliveries in lossless formats (not MP3)

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality.

Invisible Agent has always supplied free downloads in the OGG format along side MP3. Ogg Vorbis is an open method of encoding, compressing, and streaming digital audio. Ogg compares favorably to MP3.
All our other releases have always been available for purchase in the WAV, FLAC or AIFF format on a multitude of online shops. Just click on our banner on :)

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Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 2nd June 2010 1 Comment

Beem on the squeeze

beem in the studioElectronic music producer & recording artist Fredrik Mjelle A.K.A ‘Beem‘ has released his 3rd album, a 9 tracker entitled ‘Peel’.

Beem is a co-founder of Skweee, a musical style with origins in Nordic countries Sweden and Finland. So what’s the deal with Skweee? Some say it’s a Nordic take on minimal techno, 8-bit hip-hop/dubstep hybrid or r&b made by the electronica crowd. Whatever you want to call it, this album is a happy-go-lucky journey, full of funk, layered with rich chords and jammed with retro-synth hooks. Apparently Beem has turned down offers from multiple record labels and released his album for free.

Early Skweee releases were exclusively put out on 7″ vinyl, major players in the Skweee arena are labels such as Flogsta Danshall and its producer-founder Pavan, the Finnish record label Harmönia and Norwegian dødpop to name just a few. Get your fill of Skweee, Wonky, Aquacrunk, you know it’s good for you.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 1st June 2010 1 Comment

Back to the future

MC TunesIn 1990 I saw MC Tunes vs. 808 State performing ‘tunes splits the atom’ on ‘Top Of The Pops’. Within a few weeks I’d saved enough money to purchase the MC Tunes album entitled ‘The North At Its Heights’. Twenty years later my cassette tapes remain un-digitized. Transferring all that wow and flutter isn’t very appealing, not to mention the time it would take me to record, edit and tag. So I headed over to Emusic and to my delight I was able to download the album within a few clicks.  Next thing I knew I was downloading old favorites such as Double Trouble & the Rebel MC, Stereo MCs and Tyree Cooper….. I’m loving every minute of them, and no sign of an ‘auto-reverse’ button anywhere! Glad to see Nicky Lockett is still keepin’ it real.

Write a comment and let me know of any old diddies you’ve rediscovered.

Invisible AgentAdded by: Invisible Agent | 30th May 2010 Leave a comment!

  • Digital Download Stores

    • Amazon website
    • Bandcamp website
    • Dance Music Hub website
    • DJ Tunes website
    • Emusic website
    • flyfi website
    • Groove Mobile website
    • Groupie Tunes website
    • imeem website
    • isound website
    • iTunes website
    • Juno Download website
    • LaLa website
    • Last FM website
    • LimeWire website
    • LiveWire Mobile website
    • mBop website
    • Mix and Burn website
    • MTraks website
    • MTV3 website
    • Napster website
    • Navio website
    • PureTracks website
    • Rhapsody website
    • ShockHound website
    • TrackItDown website
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