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Reviews/Articles
re·view,re·viewed, re·view·ing, re·views, 1.To look over, study, or examine again. 2. To consider retrospectively; look back on. 3. To examine with an eye to criticism or correction: reviewed the research findings. 3. To write or give a critical report on. 4. To subject to a formal inspection.


In-House And Submitted
All reviews are viewable by members in the private forum only. The primary focus of all reviews are specifically related to Computer DJing, software, hardware, audio, management, trends and more. We believe in a methodical, educational and hands-on approach to product testing keeping in mind the point of view of the average computer DJ.

We do not accept reviews from
press releases, and we will not publish on this site reviews that are simple product lists. A combination of skilled computer Disc Jockeys, the CPS bench test Technical Director, and experienced industry contributing writers will allow us to produce factual, non-advertisment-based product reviews in-house; however, we will accept outside reviews as long as they are written within our guidelines. We strive for fairness, balance, accuracy, and consistency in all presented reviews, and especially our CPS product-based reviews.

Regardless of whether the vendor is large or small, new, old, sponsoring advertiser or not, we use the same standard to measure the value of a product to our community. Mentioning that you are an advertiser/sponsor in no way will influence our coverage or expedite our review consideration. If you have a new product that requires an NDA, please contact our office.


Submitting Your Review:

Why submit a review? While we don't pay for the content you send us, there are many different benefits in contributing tips, reviews, and articles for the CPSDJ/CPSME certification web site. Some of them include: free publicity for your company, organization, consulting service, training service, product, web site, newsletter, book, etc; to gain experience as a writer; to establish publishing credits, which is very important if you want to begin writing industry magazine articles or books, and you don't have any writing credits to include on your resume.

The most important reward is in receiving re-certification credits for sharing your knowledge with others. We all learn and incorporate unique skills and talent using a wide range of mixing tools in our career that others don't know, and many of us like to share this knowledge. If you contribute one or more review, besides giving you re-certification credits, we will give you your own author's web page where you can include any information you want about yourself, including your resume if you like, or even your own banner ad to promote almost whatever you would like. This is also an ideal opportunity to showcase your knowledge and be considered as a paid speaker or presenter during the annual Computer DJ Summit.

What Types Of Reviews Are We Considering? In general, we will consider reviews of new technology, gear and accessories, and reviews on how to get the most out of creative technique in Computer DJing.

Educational Review Guidelines: Your submitted review ideally should include the following:
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> Be between 1,000 and 2,500 words.
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Show our members how to do something useful, or how to do something better, or how to be more productive or creative.
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Be tutorial and how-to in nature.
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Provide practical, real-world information.
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Include lots of practical advice based on your own real-life experiences.
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Explain the "why" along with the "how-to" (very important).
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Include appropriate digital photos (JPG)
---> Must include an educational "SIDE BAR". (Sample Review)
---> Must include a strength/weakness "TACTICAL REPORT". (Sample Review)

Gear Review Guidelines: If you are considering writing a gear review, keep in mind that we only want to publish positive reviews, not negative reviews, on world class Computer DJing products. This means if you personally dislike a product, then don't submit a review for that item. Only send reviews for products that you actually use, and feel are world-class and assist in giving you and others a creative edge. In addition:
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Reviews should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words.
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Reviews should include the full name of the gear or product, manufacturer, developer (if applicable), retail price; and if a gear review, information on how to purchase it, such as a web site URL or distribution center.
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The review should specify for whom the product is recommended (the target audience - Mobile DJ, Club DJ, producer, etc.).
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The review should outline the product's key features.
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Don't submit a review if you have any direct or in-direct financial interest with the company that is making or selling the product.
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Include appropriate digital photos (JPG)
---> The review must include an educational "SIDE BAR".(See Sample Review)
---> The review must include a strength/weakness "TACTICAL REPORT".(Sample Review) This point is very important. If the gear is not perfect, which they never are, you should include some less-than-perfect aspects of the gear, as long as the gear is worthy overall.

Target Our Audience, which includes: Professional DJs, amateur DJs, full-time DJs, part-time DJs, Mobile DJs, Club DJs, hobbyists, producers, and overall Disc Jockey enthusiasts, combined with a solid mix of industry representatives associated with services and products used by Computer DJs.

How Do We Determine Which Reviews And Articles We Will Show?
When you submit an article or review, we evaluate it using these guidelines:
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Reviews should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words.
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Should include the full name of the gear or product, manufacturer, developer (if applicable), retail price; and if a gear review, information on how to purchase it, such as a web site URL, distribution center.
---> Does it fit within our stated writer's guidelines?
---> How original is the idea?
---> How does the submission compare to other submissions that others have currently submitted?
---> Do we have similar articles or reviews already on our web site?
---> Reviews should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words.

Please log into the forums area of this web site to make sure that we have not already covered the topic recently before sending us your review or article. If we decide that we like the review or article you have submitted, we will contact you, letting you know when the article will be published on our web site

If we decide not to publish your review or article, don't be discouraged, as you may still receive re-certification
credits if qualified. We encourage you to send as many reviews or articles as you like.

What Rights To Your Submissions Do We Want? When you send us an tip, review, or article, we want your permission to publish it on our web site only. We will not publish it elsewhere, and if you should ever want us to remove your tip, review, or article after it has been published, we will do so.

When Will You Publish Articles or Reviews That Have Been Printed Elsewhere? Our focus is to publish original content. If you had an article published or printed elsewhere and wish to add it to our site, you must be the original author and be certain that doing so will not violate that publisher's regulations.

How Do I Physically Submit My Review of Article? We request that you submit the tip, review, or article using the Microsoft Word (97, 2000, 2003, XP) format. If this is not possible, then we can accept articles in ASCII text format. When submitting your tips, reviews, or articles, please follow these suggested guidelines. If you don't follow them exactly, no big deal, but it sure will save us a lot of time if you do. At the top of the tip or article, include your full name, mailing address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address. Style should be Normal. Font should be Times New Roman. Font size should be 11 point. Standard margins. Single space. Left justified. Separate each paragraph with a single carriage return. Do not indent paragraphs. Separate code listings with a single carriage return before and after the code listing. List titles and headings one space above the appropriate paragraph. We encourage you to use lots of subheadings. If you have bulleted points or numbered steps, then by all means use bullets and numbering. Do not bold, italicize, or add any special formatting to your text. Do not add page numbers or footers or headers to each page. Save the article or review in Word format, not text, HTML, or any other format. But if you don't have Word, then we will accept articles in ASCII text format.

Photos should be submitted at a resolution of 300x300 or higher in JPG or flattened .psd format. Please don't embed the photos in Word documents. Please include (as part of your article, at the bottom of the document) a short biography of about 25-100 words. We will include this with the article. If you like, include your e-mail address, company name, or web site with the bio. Submit via e-mail or on CD-ROM via snail-mail located in the contact us area.


How Does the Editorial Process Work? Once you have submitted us a tip, review, or article, we go through an editorial review process, checking the content for accuracy and performing copyediting. This process can take from 1 to 3 weeks, and if our team discovers errors or issues, we will contact you with corrections or suggested research material.

Once the editorial process is complete, we will schedule your tip, review, or article for insertion on our web site and possibly into our FAQ database.


Sample Review Below:
May 01, 2000
Tampa Bay, Florida - USA
Digital 1200SL MP3 Player Designed By Jorgen Hedberg -->
VIEW HERE


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The Official CPS Industry Survey
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2008 Computer DJing Industry Survey
The purpose of the survey is to collect product-anonymous information about computer DJs, which we will aggregate and publicly share with the hardware manufacturing and software development community community. The survey features multi questions, and upon completion you will be entered in a drawing to win some great prizes and software. All responses will remain completely anonymous and no personal information will be shared, harvested or sold. The more completed surveys we get, the better our data will be, meaning our findings will be of greater interest to the hardware manufacturing and software development community. Be sure to take the survey! All of your information will remain anonymous, and once we receive enough responses, we'll announce when we'll publish the data. Click here to take survey.

Educational Review Material
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DJ Summit Review DVDs
Did you miss last years Computer DJ Summit? After two years of coveing many 101 topics, future Summits will now focus on advanced learning. If you missed the wealth of information shared during the Summit you will find several review DVDs now available in the official CPS Store. These DVDs will catch you up for future events. DVDs ar available in two disc sets and mega sets. Click here for details.

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CPS Certification Gives an Edge
In a white paper titled Certification: Networking With the Best, George R. Conrade, wrote, "Certification is an excellent way to gain a competitive edge and give proof of your abilities, knowledge, and level of skill. To be certified in any profession, whether it's as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or as a CPS Certified Disc Jockey (CPSDJ), means you have joined a network of individuals who meet consistent, knowledge-based standards of ability, position, experience-even ethics. When you pursue certification, you're testing yourself against these standards of proficiency." Click here for details.

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2008 Computer DJ/VJ/KJ Summit
Special announcement... The 2008 DJ Summit will be hosted where it all began Atlanta, Georgia. This years event will be groundbreaking for the novice and experienced Disc Jockey. Anyone “already” or “planning” to mix mp3s or other music file format with hardware, software or combination of both. Block your schedule and don't forget to attend the Monday evening " Weddings Ground-0" seminar to discover the plans for the 2009 Summit.

NOTICE: The 2008 Summit is being held in a High-Tech room where you can plug-into the live experience. This is a full extended day of seminars. Sundays Atlanta-Ground-0 Experience is a day of networking and touring landmark locations of the city.


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