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Review & Video: Reloop RMX-90 DVS Club Mixer

Last updated 10 August, 2017 The LowdownThe Reloop RMX-90 DVS is a four-channel Serato DJ and Serato DVS-compatible mixer. It offers the closest “one-box solution” for new Serato users yet to come to market, and is a solid choice despite some cosmetic shortcomings.First ImpressionsThe RMX-90 DVS comes with master and booth outputs, phono and line inputs, as well as a USB jack and a three-port USB hub for connecting media players and...

Tablets for Music Mixers on a Budget

By J. D. BIERSDORFERQ. I have a desktop computer, but I would like a low-cost tablet around $100 or so just to tweak my beats when I’m at work or on the go, and to use it for ideas that I come up with from random thoughts. Which low-cost tablet would you recommend?A. The Wirecutter, a product recommendation site owned by The New York Times, has tested a variety of Android tablets and found the Amazon Fire HD 8 to be the best model for the budget-minded, priced at $80 for a tablet with 16...

Grandmaster Flash Calls Out Kool Herc’s DJ Skills In A Push For Peace (Video)

One week ago today, Hip-Hop celebrated its 44th birthday. That day is associated with an August 11 Bronx, New York party where DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) prolonged the dance section of a record by using two turntables with copies of the same disc. For the event, an incredible Google doodle was created that honored the culture’s music history. Lasting 48 hours, the feature included two turntables, a mixer, and a crate of records using some of the very break-beats played at the onset of...

Go Down the Rabbit Hole: 10 Vintage Newspaper & Magazine Ads

I love a good print ad. Maybe it's my magazine background shining through, but it's difficult for me to see the interplay of typeface and imagery on paper as anything but artful, even though I know I'm being marketed to. Sorry if that makes me complicit, Marshall McLuhan! But I prefer to think of myself as just a geek for fonts, puns, pictures and products, especially when they're clever. And while advertising has definitely gotten slicker over the years—and clearly colonized other...