IK Multimedia's Stealth Plug and SoundTech's LightSnake square off in a Sound Card In A Cable battle royale. But are either of these products real contenders?
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A wave of fearless piano manufacturers are defying tradition with new designs that tear down past convictions and point the industry decisively into the future...
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Mocean Worker's fifth album Cinco De Mawo!, the follow up to 2005's Enter The Mowo!, his best selling to date, showcase's his
ability to bridge the old and the new to create the perfect soundtrack to your pool party. Embracing his jazz and funk influences, Mocean Worker has composed
a complete album with undeniable hooks. Although, this effort will invoke comparisons to Moby, there is a depth to the work that is both refreshing and provocative.
Buy it now!
When Tribalism 2.0 from the Made Records imprint hit our stereo system we were excited to see how Marcelo Castelli's disc one would flow. However,
we underestimated DJ Hardware who delivered a stellar mix on disc two that took the vibe to the top story and didn't let up. Both DJs provide provocative tribal beats
with enough cerebral production to keep your head in the game while your body does anything but sit on the bench. Kudos to Made who finally deliver a worthwhile release for
the drum-deprived tribe. Buy It Now!
Bonus: Here's a full track preview of Danny Woo's Remix of Ralph Rosario's Brinca 2007.
../ Music Trends: The New Shape Of Sound
Picture a piano in your mind. What do you see? A long, black Steinway Concert Grand usually comes to mind, or maybe an upright, but in a
few years your perception may change if some of the new-school piano manufacturers have their way... >>> FULL STORY
../ Dance Download Alliance Announced To Fight Beatport
Group Claims Beatport's Exclusivity Agreement Is The Target — But Could It Be Survival?
Seven UK dance music download stores have joined together to create the Dance Download Alliance (DDA).
The seven members, 3Beat Digital, Audiojelly, DJdownload, Juno Download, TrackitDown, Trax2Burn and Xpressbeats,
have joined together to counteract a proposal offered to dance labels and distributors by Beatport who offers an
exclusivity arrangement, as an option, on all new releases from labels if they chose to participate... >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: Head2Head LightSnake VS. Stealth Plug
IK Multimedia's Stealth Plug and SoundTech's LightSnake square off in a Sound Card In A Cable battle royale... >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: Native Instruments FM8
Devotees of the of the incredibly popular Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, which single-handedly kicked analog synthesis to the
curb in the early '80s, rejoiced when Native Instruments released their original FM synthesis emulator, the FM7. Now
Native is back with FM8, the second incarnation of this unique DX7 emulator, and once again fans have something to
cheer about... >>> FULL STORY
../ Music Trends: Hip-Hop Is Dead
Rap Industry Takes A Hard Look At Itself After 21% Sales Decline
After 30 years of growing popularity, Rap music has finally hit its tipping point. Though music sales are down overall, Rap sales have
declined 21 percent from 2005 to 2006, and for the first time in 12 years, no Hip-Hop album was among the top 10 sellers of the year.
Many have forecasted the death of Hip-Hop over the years, but it appears that the umpteenth drug-dealing anthem, chest-pounding boast,
gun-play recount or soft-core, booty-bouncing music video, has, finally, gotten stale... >>> FULL STORY
../ The 2007 MusikMesse Gear Report
Everything You Need to Know In One Place
MusikMesse, held in Frankfurt, Germany, showcased a ton of new Production and DJ gear that will influence the market in
the coming year. Here's a rundown of what you need to know... >>> FULL STORY
../ The Stanton Management Shuffle
Time Will Tell If Stanton's Internal Promotions Pay Off
Stanton recently sent off a press release proclaiming several new appointments and promotions from within the company. The release
follows the recent announcement that Timothy Dorwart was promoted from Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales to CEO after
the sudden departure of Dave Froker, who left the concern for another company.
To apparently solidify his core base, Dorwart then promoted his in-house supporters to new positions and most likely salary increases.
But the question remains if this massive sweep of management changes and promotions across the company will address the serious problems
that Stanton faces in the future >>> FULL STORY
../ Music Trends: MySpace Popularity Doesn't Sell Music
MySpace vixen, Tila Tequila, has failed to turn her immense popularity into sales for her much ballyhooed, but mediocre MySpace
promoted single, "I Love U." Tequila hoped to leverage her 1.7 million MySpace friends into substantial iTunes profits, but
preliminary reports indicate lackluster numbers. >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: Apple iPod Shuffle 2.0
UPDATED: This Review Was Updated on March 7, 2007
The second incarnation of the Apple iPod Shuffle hit our offices several days before the national rollout and caused quite a sensation. The all
aluminum chassis, with a built-in clip, looked beautiful and was quite the music fashion statement when each of us sported the digital player
during our individual TestDrives... >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: Slappa CD Cases
You'd think in today's world finding a quality CD case that can stand up to the rigors of the road for a working DJ wouldn't be
an impossible task. Unfortunately, that's not the case. If you explore the market, you'll find many mediocre offerings that are
extremely overpriced. Several of our readers, feeling the pain, wrote to us asking if we run across a quality container in any of
our adventures. A quick poll of the office came to the same conclusion, none of us owned a CD case that we thought was the perfect
balance of quality and value. Thus, we went on a mission to find the best possible CD case for the money, and then share our
findings with you, our esteemed readers... >>> FULL STORY
../ Music Trends: DanceRecords.com Online Store
What makes a good online music store? Is it flashy graphics with lots of dazzling animation? Is it customer service where the emphasis is
actually on the customer? Is it the ability to find what you're looking for quickly and efficiently? For this month's MusicTrends, we are
going to explore DanceRecords.com. >>> FULL STORY
When Audio-Technica, the esteemed Japanese manufacturer of microphones and headphones, decided to enter the professional DJ
headphone market several months ago, our expectations were quite high. Audio-Technica has developed a number of outstanding
transducer products over the years and we were hoping their new ATH-PRO700 headphones would live up to their reputation.
Many of us expected Audio-Technica to decimate the DJ headphone playing field, and in one product introduction, own the
high-end DJ market with their new PRO700's. Sadly, Audio-Technica decided to imitate, and not innovate... >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: IK Multimedia CSR
IK Multimedia, a concern who has made a concerted effort to offer a wider breath of products as of late, has released their own dedicated
reverb plug-in, which has been modeled on the classic units of yore. >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: iSoundCap iPod Hat
Here at Futuremusic, we're big fans of iPod hats. After getting our meaty paws on the first generation iPod Shuffle, we couldn't help but
notice that a dedicated iPod Hat would be the ultimate accessory for anyone leading an active lifestyle. A couple of snowboarders on staff
here actually designed their own Shuffle hats and took to the slopes, but when the weather warmed up, they're iPod baseball hat designs
were not nearly as inspired. Enter iSoundCap. >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: Ecler Nuo4 MIDI DJ Mixer
The Ecler Nuo4 MIDI DJ Mixer offers a tremendous value to the modern DJ who wants a mixer that bridges the gap between the analog and
digital worlds for only $749... >>> FULL STORY
../ Apple iPhone In Early 2007?
Apple iPhone speculation is heating up with the Commercial Times of China reporting that Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co
will soon begin production on an iPod phone. The newspaper cited industry sources who confirmed that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co
Ltd has secured contracts from Apple Computer for 12 million mobile handsets that also function as music players... >>> FULL STORY
../ MusicTrends: Mobile Music Sales
According to a report published by 3, the UK mobile media company, if mobile sales continue to grow at the same pace they could rival, and eventually overtake, computer-based downloads in just five years. >>> FULL STORY
../ MusicTrends: DJ MIDI Controllers
The DJ MIDI controller market has been simmering for the last couple of years with several boutique manufacturers stealing
the majority of the business, and the buzz. However, two small events in the last week have raised the eyebrows of several
industry watchers who feel this segment will come to a boil by early January... >>> FULL STORY
../ TestDrive: Sony PCM-D1 Portable Recorder
When Sony first showcased the PCM-D1 at the AES trade show, I got a severe case of technolust. The sexy, beautifully designed, unit was a
true digital recorder with built-in mics, a titanium case, and no internal moving parts, save for the tasty analog level meters. As I wiped
the drool from my bottom lip, I couldn't help but think that this was the first Sony product in years that I wanted no matter what the cost.
Unfortunately, after using the unit, I think I'll save the $2000 dollars it costs for owning one. >>> FULL STORY