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The Psytek Project – The fight to keep the dreams alive!

After the downfall of Megaupload I’ve had to re-upload all of the previously uploaded Master Scratch Tapes that I have Cleaned and Remastered. Plus I have finally finished what was left from the NG83 community. I would like to send a special thanks to all who have contributed to providing the source material for this project especially to Phil Littlechild for keeping it real with the Pie.N.Ears Blog and uploading help etc…

You can now find all of our hard work here at Pie.N.Ears

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MasterScratch- The PsyTek Project *** updates***

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Psy Tek has put alot of hard work into cleaning up the 28 year old MasterScratch tapes from Nottinghams Rock City days. Anyone who has tried to convert old tapes from the 80s or 90s to mp3 knows what quality to expect, with a lot of hard work and effort , its possible to get them sounding as new.
Here are his latest volumes of the cleaned up versions.
Both sides of the tapes are in one zip file.


MasterScratch – The PsyTek Project

PsyTek (John Davies of HOC Sound System and hands on recordings) has used his 10 years of knowledge and studio experience to clean up the Master Scratch tapes. These tapes are over 28 years old and PsyTek makes them sound like you just bought them from HMV as CD’s.
The work gone into these is no different from cleaning up a film to convert it to HD, by stopping every time to hear a hiss or pop, taking out the offending sound Much respek PsyTek, keep up the good work!

Here is where you can download the finished products: The PsyTek Projest


HOC Sound System at Rollerworld, Derby

On Saturday 8th October HOC Sound System and PsyTek will be providing DJ kit for the last Rollerworld Allnighter of 2011.

The Last Derby All Night Skate of 2011
Saturday 8th October 2011 10pm – 6am

Admission £6 Members, £7 Non Members, £8 On the Day. Skate Hire £2, Lockers £1 (Behind Skate Hire)

Calling all you hardcore skaters. This is the final installment of all night skates for 2011. We pride ourselves on providing the best entertainment for mixed skaters alike. Whether its your old skool skating vibes, new skool, or you want to take part in our exclusive contact games or barrel jumping competition, we have it all under one roof for one night and you don’t want to miss this one for love nor money. Resident DJ’s Luke Skywalker and Andy Baines will be rockin rollin you on the 1’s & 2’s till sunrise.


HOC Sound System at NOTTINGHAM ROLLERDISCO @MARCUS GARVEY

HOC Sound System will be at the Nottingham Roller Disco at the Marcus Garvey Ballroom Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2BY United Kingdom on Saturday 17th September.

We will be starting at 4pm and going on til the early hours. Yes there will be a bar. Hire skates will be available.

The Garvey is a legendary Nottingham venue and has a REAL WOOD floor. It has a large floodlit/cameras car park. It is also very easy to get to being just off the main road into Nottingham.

we will be running the following 3 sessions.
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1. in association with Take 1 studios. SKATE 1. family skate session (soft drinks only,food on sale) under 18′ & families entry £3.50 skates£1.00/£1.50

2. SK8SHAKK. Dress up and get down to retro disco,cheese and rollergirl anthems. Dj Chopper ( Trent army, Detonate) spinning the tunes ( full bar) 18+ tickets £8.00 more on the door ( if available )

3 Oldskool allnighter playing all the tunes from back in the day MC on the mic the legendary TommySly Thomas, Luke penning (MK rollers, Derby allnighter) plus DJ IPAD & guests (full bar )18+ tickets £6.00 on the door £12
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If you are travelling up for the event please contact us to get your group discount and guaranteed entry.


HOC Sound System at Headstock 2011

HOC Sound System and DJ PsyTek will be helping to put on Headstock Festival at the Urban Dekay & Desert Storm Dance Tent in Newstead, Nottinghamshire in the UK this coming weekend.

This was part of the BBC’s Village SOS in an attempt to revitalise Newstead Village.

Hope to see you all there.


Vinyl Vs CD’s For DJing

I often get asked this very question as I am now an avid CD DJ. As an ex vinyl DJ of 12 years I can say that vinyl is still relevant as it does have a larger dynamic range in comparison to digital formats like CD and I have many “vinyl only” DJ friends who will fight for the cause and won’t have it any other way. However, the sound engineer in me knows that every time a vinyl is played the recording is damaged so over time you end up with a noisy mess of distortion that once was an amazing tune whether they’re dubplates or standard vinyl. This was one of the many reasons why I changed over to CD DJing and to be honest I’ve never looked back. Now apart from the fact that the recording will always stay the same, and it’s small and convenient, I also get to play live all of the tunes I’ve made to see how people react. Now that in itself is an amazing thing, well at least to me. Plus as a sound engineer I boost the recordings and re-copy them back to CD in my studio with software like the “Waves L2 Ultramaximizer” which makes a huge difference, believe me the tunes sound larger than life when this is done. This process also helps when you’re converting mp3’s to CD audio as mp3’s are a compressed data form of the original and you basically lose a large chuck of the original track to which this process can often disguise.

The Pioneer CDJ-1000 CD DJ Decks that I use are worth mentioning too, they enable you to do so much more than you ever could with vinyl decks. For example you can make it so that you can speed up or slow down a tune like you can with vinyl decks but this time without the change in pitch. Now apart from the obvious advantage of this it also means that the little nudges a DJ will do to keep a track in time are now disguised, you don’t get the sudden change in pitch going up and then suddenly down again, especially when you put the decks into “CDJ mode” not “vinyl mode.” Vinyl mode makes the decks behave like a record deck but you still have the option of turning the “change in pitch” on or off. While CDJ mode makes them behave more like CD decks but when you speed the CD up or slow it down with your hand you can be as rough as you like and the track won’t skip. I often start a track off in vinyl mode (simply because I can’t resist doing the backwards and forwards motion you do with vinyl to get the track to start at the same time as the other track you’re trying to mix into) and then change over to CDJ mode so I can be as rough as I like and just concentrate on getting into the groove! Now I can’t finish off talking about these wonderful decks without saying something about the tempo change range. On Technics 1200 vinyl decks the tempo change range is + or – 8% of the original tempo of the track. While on the CDJ 1000’s the tempo change range has 4 range modes: + or – : 6, 10, 16 and then what Pioneer calls “WIDE” which is basically + or – 100%. This means that you can literally mix any track into any other track you like. This is something I had always dreamed of as a vinyl DJ but never had the chance until I made the change to CD’s.