Lightsounds has been at its iconic 776 Parramatta Rd location for many years but now it’s time to say goodbye. Back in the days when turntables outsold guitars the scratching CD deck wasn’t even invented yet. An intelligent light consisted of an on/off switch and a mirrorball and a laser would set you back thousands of dollars. These days it’s all about digital DJ’ing, sophisticated LED lighting and a laser is now only a couple of hundred bucks. Prior to relocating to new premises up to a million dollars worth of stock has to be liquidated. There is a whole floor of bargains on offer with no reasonable offer refused. And if that isn’t enough the Summer Sale is just about to hit with prices slashed on Pioneer, Native Instruments, Ableton, AKAI, Numark, KRK, Mixvibes, Traktor, Wharfedale Pro, UDG and loads, loads more. Get into Lightsounds, 776 Parramatta Rd., Leichardt for great deals at massive discounts, with on-the-spot finance approval to boot. Or check out lightsounds.com.au for the full list of gear.
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Pioneer’s DDJ-S1 for Serato ITCH gets an upgrade – now with Serato ITCH VERSION 2.0
Pioneer is taking its DDJ-S1 ITCH controller to the next level, upgrading the bundled software to Serato ITCH 2.0. By combining the latest version of Serato ITCH software with Pioneer operability and controllerism, the DDJ-S1 unleashes the potential in every DJ.
The software’s new customisable user interface can be tailored to individual DJ styles, straight from the DDJ-S1 controller, and brings ITCH in line with the look and feel of Scratch Live. The Hot Cue Fader Start function adds a new dimension by allowing DJs to simultaneously use Hot Cues and control the volume through the crossfader. Other features such as a brand new SP 6 sample player and improved library management all add to the heady mix.
Already the perfect mobile DJ set-up, the Pioneer DDJ-S1 features balanced XLR output/input for direct connection to professional PA equipment, and a microphone talk-over function designed with MCing in mind. Its unique laptop integrating design and plug-and-play connection eliminate set-up issues to let DJs get down to business with minimal fuss.
The Pioneer DDJ-S1 controller will be bundled with Serato ITCH 2.0 from October. Existing DDJ-S1 users can download the software update, free of charge today.
Download now at: www.serato.com/itch
Hot Cue Fader Start function for new performance possibilities: The new Hot Cue Fader Start function combines the Fader Start and Hot Cue functions – meaning the Hot Cues and volume can be controlled at the same time from the crossfader. Start playing a track instantly from five random points using the crossfader to expand your performance potential.
Pioneer Pro DJ is a world-wide renowned brand. Ever since CDs surpassed vinyl in the 1990s the brand has been a world leader in CDJ players amongst other DJ equipment.
Apart from being industry leaders, Pioneer sponsors young talent through their Pioneer DJ competitions.
We spoke to Pioneers’ glitzy addition to the team, Monica Cook (aka DJ Playmate), about her career as a Pioneer DJ. She has been a Pioneer DJ since 2009 and is one to watch out for with addictive beats and mixes of dirty, funky and rocking house that will knock your socks off.
How did you come up with your DJ name?
It inspired by a Wheels & Doll Baby shirt I found while rummaging through my wardrobe one day. People remember it; it’s a playful name with a bit of sexiness about it. That’s how I like to portray myself, not just as an artist but my personality as well.
How long have you been a Pioneer DJ for?
I’m into my second year now as an ambassador for the brand.
How did you become a Pioneer DJ?
Initially it was through winning the Pioneer DJ Search Competition in 2009, where as part of the competition winnings I become an Ambassador for twelve months. However after the twelve months ended I was invited to continue as an ambassador on my on merits of success as a DJ.
Was it competitive?
Competitive indeed! It was a tough competition but it was also exhilarating. From what I recall there were over three hundred DJs nationally that entered into the search. The competition is run in two stages: the first was through peer voting to determine the top ten mixes, then the second stage was judged by a number of other respected industry heads including Grant Smilie and Mark James.
What do you have to do as a Pioneer DJ?
The great thing about being a Pioneer DJ is that all you have to do is be your own artistic self, which is different from your average career.
What are your duties as Pioneer DJ?
My main duty is to focus on your passion, which is the music, and inspire others by your drive and talent. My main goal whenever I’m playing a gig is to get people moving and dancing regardless of whether they’re straight or drunk.
What are some of the perks of the job?
The opportunity to use some of the best DJ technology in the world. I see it as an honor and a perk that Pioneer value me as an artist and that I am included as part of the Pioneer Dj family.
What is the first Pioneer product you had to use?
I was fortunate enough to be one of the first in Australia to let loose on the CDJ 2000s when they were released, which was awesome.
Had you been using Pioneer products before becoming a Pioneer DJ? Which?
Most definitely. As a professional DJ you use Pioneer equipment on a regular basis, being that it is the professional standard in clubs and venues. I also have Pioneer gear in my home studio for practice and house jamming purposes.
How long are you planning on staying with Pioneer? Are there other projects coming up for you?
Well my master plan is to stay with Pioneer for a LONG time. I think when that day does come to an end and I depart it will be due to my loss of the passion. So pretty much until my death bed.
Have you been limited in any way by tying yourself to Pioneer products only?
Not at all. Pioneer understand that their technology alone doesn’t make a DJ. As a brand Pioneer creates products that work together with other leading DJ technology to maximise the potential of combining various DJ tools within a performance, so limitations to “Pioneer only” have never been an issue.
Do you enjoy the job?
I LOVE MY JOB!! Music was my sea change from the corporate world of advertising and I tell no lie when I say to follow your dream, because you will never look back or feel like you are working another day in your life.
Do you find the industry male dominated? Does this impact your career as a female DJ?
Regardless of the industry as a female your success at times is judged purely by your looks and sex appeal, which can be frustrating. Although I take pride in my appearance and how I present myself, however this is not the motivation for making music. I just love the effect a great set can have on an audience, music is a powerful tool when combined in the right way and that is my focus for my audience, but like in any career you are not only judged by your skill but also how you present yourself and I take pride in both.
What advice would you give to ‘up and coming’ female DJs?
Make the most of your skill, and work hard to achieve what you love to create. When you pursue your passion, success will follow.
What are your career plans for the near future?
I’m now taking the steps of moving into the production side of music and getting creative in the studio. I’m excited about moving forward into this domain, with the hope and confidence of my audience hearing some rocking tracks from DJ Playmate in 2011.
Interview by Lightsounds.com.au
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Over the past 13 weeks, 26 contestants have been fighting it out to win Australia’s biggest Dj competition… GPO Hotel, Lightsounds, Scene Magazine, SAE, Jagermeister and Vicious Records launched what was undoubtedly be one of the biggest DJ competitions for 2009/2010! Held downstairs in the Seven40 Bar of The GPO Hotel and commenced on Friday November 20, the search was on for a “DJ of Distinction”. Competitors were selected from CD and web based auditions through www.gpohotel.com.au.
The successful applicants competed in 20 minute weekly preliminary rounds, judged on abilities in song selection, mixing, stage presence, and self promotion by a judging panel comprised of the best in Queensland’s local industry with National and International special guest judges. The prizes are certainly something to oggle, guaranteeing the winner a major career boost – not to mention be amongst the lucky first in the country to own a set of Pioneer CDJ2000s for their very own!
Here is what the winner gets if they win the final…
Complete Pioneer DJ Package: 2 x Pioneer CDJ 2000 1 x Pioneer DJM Mixers 1 x Pioneer HDJ 2000 Headphones
An inthemix Queensland local feature article interview with Lady Lex
A set at V Festival 2010 @ the Jagercube
1 copy of Ableton LIVE 8
Scholarship in Electronic Music Production at SAE College
Flights, accommodation and Limo transfers to the Vicious Head office in Melbourne 1/2 a day studio time with the crew from Vicious Records
Promotional/Press shots DJ Logo design by Velvet Spectrum
Guest spot on Nightvision Podcast Guest residency at GPO Hotel, Brisbane Guest residency at Ruby Tramp, Gold Coast
The winner will be judged by 2 very influential people in the australian music scene: Lorne Padman and Ivan Gough:: After the competition…. Ivan and Lorne will be playing a very special set!!! Proudly supported by Pioneer DJ and lightsounds.com.au
Bundle this years hottest dj gear with tickets to the biggest festivals then throw down a $200 factory cash back and you get yourself the craziest deal in town this summer, check it out now
Purchase a Blu Black Future Dex pack between November 1st 2009 and February 20th 2010 and receive a double pass to a selected Future Entertainment event in your city.
The Blu Black Future Dex pack features the DJM-400 mixer, two CDJ-400 CDJ players, a RC2 Pro flight case and HDJ-1000 headphones.
The double pass can be redeemed by sending the redemption form with a copy of your receipt and a cut out of the barcode and serial number (off the Future Dex box) to Pioneer Electronics, PO Box 295, Mordialloc, Victoria 3195. The ticket confirmation will be sent to you within 28 days of receiving your redemption form.
All redemption forms must include a copy of your proof of purchase, serial number and product barcode. Redemption forms must be received by Pioneer no later than last mail March 31st 2010. There is only one redemption per customer and is not transferable for cash or discount. Tickets only available for Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast and Brisbane events. Double pass will be provided to an event that is closest to your address given. Tickets are limited. Claimants cannot opt for a specific event and must accept the tickets as provided by Pioneer.