New DJ controller for Serato DJ Intro

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division today unveiled a new addition to its “DDJ-S” Serato® based line of controllers, the DDJ-SB, which features similar operability as Pioneer’s extremely popular DDJ-SX and recently announced DDJ-SR. More compact and portable than the other models, the DDJ-SB 2-channel DJ controller is designed for the entry-level DJ who wants the same look and feel as the two upper models but with more basic operability and at a more affordable price.

The DDJ-SB offers a range of advanced functions including the popular Performance Pads and new Filter Fade.

  • Dynamic and Intuitive DJ Play – The DDJ-SB is designed as an all-in-one system utilizing a 2-channel mixer and two decks that each feature a large jog wheel for great control while mixing and scratching. Each jog wheel’s resistance was fine-tuned to provide users with the best “feel” and the shortest latency. Four large rubber “performance pads” are found under each jog wheel to provide HOT CUE, AUTO LOOP, MANUAL LOOP and SAMPLER functions, while a second row of rubberized pads offers the basic DJ functions, Play, Cue, Sync and Shift.
  • New Filter Fade Function – For extremely smooth blending transitions when using the cross-fader, a new “Filter Fade” function can be turned on (via a button in the center of the mixer) even with music that has vastly different styles. The high-pass filter of the left and right decks is linked with the actions of the cross-fader, and the deck’s volume output automatically adjusts while applying the bass filter, resulting in natural sounding mix effects.
  • Professional Design – For a stylish and sophisticated look and feel, the DDJ-SB sports the same premium look as its big brothers, including large aluminum jog plates.
  • Serato DJ Intro Software – The controller is packaged with Serato DJ Intro software to provide basic DJ functionalities. An out-of-the-box experience with the software includes HOT CUE, SAMPLER and other cool effects. For expanded functionalities and effects, the controller can be used with Serato DJ (optional, paid software) offering users the ability to arrange tracks using Slip Mode, access various effect functions available from iZotope®, and record tracks with DJ mixes using the record function.

The DDJ-SB also features USB Power, Built-In Sound Card and Integrated Handles. It will be available in January 2014 with a suggested reatil price of $299.

Pioneer DDJ-SB Product Page

40/40 Bouncers get bounced

Bouncers from Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Atlantic City gets fired after beating the crap out of two men. Couri Glen, former supervisor of security at the club, stated that him and his ‘security team’ approached the two men after complaints of them copping cheap feels. The ‘posse’ tried to escort the two men out, punches were thrown and the men get an old fashioned cell block d ass whooping.

To the ‘gang’…what goes around comes around.

Mr. Magic Rap Attack Vol. 1

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Legendary DJ Mr. Magic has died from a heart attack. Mr. Magic, born John Rivas, was a legendary DJ who debuted in 1979 on a pay-to-play broadcast on WHBI 105.9′s “The Mr. Magic Disco Showcase.”

In 1983, he launched “Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack,” in New York City which featured a DJ Marley Marl and the future Co-Chillin Record label owner Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams.

Mr. Magic was also a co-founder of the legendary Hip-Hop collective The Juice Crew, which featured Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Craig G., Kool G. Rap and Masta Ace.

Rap Attack influenced a countless of number of artists, ranging from rappers like Tupac Shakur, KRS-One, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Eric B. and Rakim, DJ Premier and many others.

“He paved the way for all radio stations that ever did mix shows,” DJ Premier said via his blog. “Also sparked the career of Boogie Down Productions due to the diss he showed when they came to shop their demo to him and was turned away which then sparked “South Bronx” and “The Bridge is Over.”

Mr. Magic was also featured as a DJ on 2002’s Grand Theft Auto’s fictitious radio station Wildstyle Pirate Radio.

Here’s one of Mr. Magic’s debut albums on Profile Records. Mr. Magic Rap Attack Vol. 1. Enjoy

Mr. Magic Rap Attack Vol. 1 – Download

Patrick Swayze 1952-2009

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Actor Patrick Swayze succumbed to his fight with cancer today. Swayze, 57 has had a successful career as an actor and a short stint as a singer. Instead of writing a post focused on his death, we at We Make The Crowd will choose to celebrate his life my listing our favorite Swayze movies.

Dirty Dancing

Ghost

Red Dawn

Road House

The Outsiders

Point Break

Max B Sentenced to 75 Years

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Harlem rapper and Dipset member Max B. was sentended to 75 years in prison for his role in a robberyattempt that led to a double murder in a Fort Lee, NJ hotel in September of 2006.

Max B. and his co-d Kevin Leerdam were convicted on charges of felony murder, kidnapping and armed robbery for planning and robbing Allan Plowden and David Taylor.

The robbery was planned by Max B.’s ex-girlfriend Gina Conway who got a great plea deal and testified against the pair. An 18-year sentence is scheduled to be handed down to Conway while Leerdam received a life sentence plus an additional 35 years.

Kids another example that crime does not pay…all the time.