On December 15, 2011, in Featured, by MCDave@SoundKontrols




On December 4, 2011, in DJ Portfolios, Featured, SoundKontrols, by MCDave@SoundKontrols


Dileepa Aponsu was born in Sri Lanka, Colombo, on October 20th 1986. He had an interest in music since the age of fourteen. When he was sixteen he decided to dedicate more time to it and began DJing . He then moved on to become a resident DJ at several clubs in Sri Lanka. known as Dilee D, is a House, Tech House, Progressive House, Funky, Disco, Deep,Minimal and Techno, DJ and producer of electronic dance music. Although he has used many aliases in the past, he is best known for his work as DJ Dilee D. On his latest productions, and is now known simply as “Dilee D”.

If you think is a new Sri Lankan producer on the rise, think again. Over the last decade, Dilee D has been at the top of his game as a DJ and producer , but despite enjoying a global reputation as one of the most evergreen performers in his field, times have never been quite as good as they are right now. Born in Sri Lanka Dilee D spent much of his youth and early adult life within the country. This exposure to different cultures gave Dilee D a broader outlook. This open minded outlook comes through loud and clear in the music he makes and plays. While his roots lie in House, Dilee D has never been a purist favouring instead to flavour the tough, rhythmical music he loves with heavy doses of funk or intersperse the raw energy of his sets with inspired moments of pure euphoria.

He’s a rare dance music artist that combines 4 years of studio experience (Dilee D started producing electronic music at the tender age of 17) with a strong background in classical training. He’s also an exceptional player of many instruments The result of this talent is an extensive remixography jammed with dancefloor bombs covering big room House, Tech House, Progressive House, Funky, Disco, Deep,Minimal and Techno. Just a handful of his compatriots that have been loving, playing and pushing Dilee D’s releases over the past decade.

As impressive as Dilee D’s achievements in the studio is his live shows. Much like his early start in the studio, Dilee D was well ahead of the curve in his choice of performance mode. He’s live performances need to be seen to be believed. Playing live on, his shows are a 2 hour plus epic journey through melodic House, Tech and Progressive. Luckily, given Dilee D’ current music mission, it won’t be too long before you experience the journey with him.

He has been a well know name among our clubbers. Over 5 years of experience in top ranked clubs (Clancy’s Irish Club as Resident DJ – Club Shine Colombo as Resident DJ – Club Mirrors Colombo as Resident DJ – Club D’s Colombo as Resident DJ.). In the short history of Sri Lanka’s electronic dance music scene, Dilee D has made a name for himself as one of the most influential and respected DJ’s in the country.

With massive crossover support for his music from DJ’s across the House , Tech and Progressive spectrum the future looks very certain for Dilee D. Proof if it was needed that it is possible to reinvent your sound and maintain a position at the very top within the electronic music. Nominated and ranked in Cloudy House charts #1 04th March 2011 for “Rony Seikaly & Dj Sava feat. Raluka – Love You (Dj Dilee D Bootleg)” And also he was voted the most wanted Colombo TOP Dj’s chart 2010.

The world has known Dilee D as one of Sri Lankan’s most successful musician and as one of the ultimate superstars of electronic music. As an artist, DJ and producer, 2011 has already been a shining and noteworthy year for Dilee D. He has surpassed various milestones over the course of his career, He has remixed the likes Dilee D numerous accomplishments and accolades for his talents. His sensational DJ sets attract expansive crowds on every continent. Not only does he fill the world’s best known venues. Away from the world of music, Dilee D’s extracurricular exploits are without comparison. Recntly Dilee D is truly an exceptional figure.

Still, as longtime fans already know. He has never been one to rest on his laurels. Dilee D DJ/producer, who has just toured with the Experience show, has played to hundreds of fans within the Country and has been busier than ever strengthening the link between his own musical production and DJ shows.

It’s this humility and desire to interact with his fans which has helped propel Dilee D as one of the most sought after DJs in music. A far cry from the usual arrogant spinner that preaches to his crowd from on high, he has enacted a number of projects designed to get his fans as close to the man himself as possible. The DJ began “Dilee D’s Countdown,”SoundCloud monthly mixtape show that sees Dilee D highlighting his favorite new tracks by artists both known and unsigned. Keeping in line with his desire for full interaction with his audience, fans can vote on their favorite tracks each month, which determines Dilee D’s Soundcloud.

He is one of a very select group of musicians in the genre to have succeeded in creating timeless music. Without doubt he belongs to the elite of the Country’s electronic community. One only needs to look at his releases and chart history to realise this not to mention the fact that his DJ sets are in such great demand among the clubs and fans alike. He has kept both feet firmly on the ground and has never lost sight of his fans being the prime focus of his attention. As one of the most in popular Dj and producer. His mission is to share the love and connection Dance music in world.

While the producer is best known for his House classics, he has also been known to push boundaries creatively and has always been keen to switch up his musical style when the mood hits him. But there are still future classics to be made and people in the world over to be entertained. And with a master who has already proven himself time and again running the show, the legend’s career is just starting.

The word ‘accomplished’ springs to mind. Now it’s up to us to sit back and enjoy the pleasure of watching as his attitude towards music matures and develops… who knows what’s yet to come from DJ Dilee D.


DJ 201 – Groove & Music Production

On September 30, 2011, in DJ 201 – Groove & Music Production, Featured, by MCDave@SoundKontrols



This course uses the next generation groove production studio machine which gives students the opportunity for beat creation and arrangement. Students utilize an advanced software sequencer and sampler which seamlessly integrate via a MIDI controller. It brings together flexible step sequencing and real time poly phonic recording in a forward thinking pattern based arrangement concept that makes easier for students to jam out ideas and turn them into a full blown songs in a way that is efficient, effortless and fun.


Course Outline
Prerequisites:  DJ 101 &  DJ 102
Equipment Requirements: NONE (all equipments are provided)
Course duration:8 classes ( 120 minutes – twice a week)


Skills Covered


  • Sound Editing
  • Parameter automation
  • Sample mapping
  •  VST integration
  •  MIDI Mapping
  • Effects &  Beat Slicing
  • Real Time audio recording
  • Remix Production

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Rane Serato SL2

On September 11, 2011, in Featured, SL2, by MCDave@SoundKontrols



Rane Serato Scratch Live SL2 Digital Vinyl System

The Rane SL series of interfaces with Serato Scratch Live set the standard for vinyl emulation. The SL 2 advances the technology found in the original SL 1 with these improvements:

CD / Phono input switch on the SL 2 box.
Superior sounding 24-bit converters.
Hotter 3 Vrms input and output.
44.1 or 48 kHz sample rate selected in software.
ASIO / Core Audio drivers for 3rd-party support.
Smaller and more compact die-cast design.

The Rane SL 2 gives you the freedom to take your entire digital music collection on the road with advanced features that add extra creativity to your DJing. This intuitive system replicates the traditional DJing experience for “real feel” usability. Low latency means the response time from touching the decks to hearing an audio signal is extremely fast. Serato engineers developed system level audio drivers that allow accurate and reliable operation at faster speeds than any other similar package.

The Rane SL 2 USB interface connects one or two standard vinyl or CD turntables to your computer using a single USB cable and audio connections to line inputs on your DJ mixer.
The Rane SL 2 is only sold as part of a complete package. The display box includes:
1 SL 2 Interface
1 Serato Scratch Live Software Install Disc.
1 USB Cable
4 Stereo RCA Cables
2 Control CDs
2 Control Vinyl Records
4 Rubber Feet for the SL 2
1 Quick Start Guide
1 Operators Manual
1 Warranty Card


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Rane Serato SL4

On September 11, 2011, in Featured, SL4, by MCDave@SoundKontrols


Rane Serato Scratch Live SL4 Digital Vinyl System


The SL 4 connects four vinyl turntables or CD players to your computer and the mixer of your choice. Using special control vinyl, CDs or MIDI controllers, you can scratch and mix files from your Mac or Windows computer’s CD or hard drive. This intuitive system replicates the traditional DJing experience for “real feel” usability. With unparalleled performance, stability and audio quality, you’ll know why thousands of DJs worldwide choose Rane with Serato Scratch Live.

The SL 4 is the first standalone DJ interface with two USB ports for seamless DJ changeover and back-to-back performances. Superior sound is delivered with high quality 96 kHz, 24-bit audio. Built-in galvanic isolation between USB and audio, with turn on/off muting, ensures that only the purest interference-free audio signal is heard. Low-latency ASIO and Core Audio drivers allow you to use the SL 4 as a studio production tool with multiple third-party software applications. The SL 4 is masterfully crafted by Rane for the discerning DJ.

In The Box
The Rane SL 4 is only sold as part of a complete package. The display box includes:

1 SL 4 Interface
1 Soft Carry Case
1 Serato Scratch Live Software Install Disc.
1 External Power Supply with Country Adaptors.
2 USB Cables
6 Stereo RCA Cables
4 Control CDs
4 Control Vinyl Records
4 Rubber Feet for the SL 4
1 Quick Start Guide
1 Operators Manual
1 Warranty Card
System Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: These are the minimum requirements to run Scratch Live with the SL 4. For best performance and for use in professional situations we recommend you buy a higher spec computer. We also recommend Intel processors.

* Available USB 2.0 port.
* Hard disk space for music.
* 1024 x 768 screen resolution or higher.
* 5400RPM Hard Drive. 7200RPM recommended for high resolution audio playback.


* 2GHz Intel Core Duo.
* 2GB RAM.
* OSX 10.5.8 or higher.


* 2.2GHz Intel Core Duo.
* 2GB RAM.
* Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or
* Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or
* Windows 7. We recommend Windows 7 over Vista.

*If you have a large library, you will benefit from having more RAM.

Note 1: If you are using Scratch Live’s more system intensive features such as DJ-FX or multiple virtual decks and are having issues, you may need a higher spec computer for best results, or make sure you have optimized your system: Windows 7 and Vista / Mac OS X.

Note 2: If you are planning on using HID devices on Mac OSX 10.5 (Leopard), then you must use OSX version 10.5.6 or up. HID devices include Rane mixers such as the Rane Sixty-Eight or TTM 57SL and some 3rd party controllers such as the Pioneer CDJ-400, CDJ-900, or CDJ-2000 CD players.

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Maschine Mikro

On September 6, 2011, in Maschine Mikro, by MCDave@SoundKontrols


MASCHINE MIKRO is the perfect entry into the world of MASCHINE, giving you tactile, hands-on control for beat production, sampling and performance. This latest addition to the family has the same powerful software and 6 GB+ sample library as its big brother, as well as the same responsive pads on a more compact and portable controller. MASCHINE MIKRO makes a perfect addition for any production setup – get hands-on with your rhythms and grooves both in the studio and on the stage.


MASCHINE MIKRO is a professional music production tool, combining the flexibility of software with the immediacy of hardware. Create rhythms, bass lines, chords and melodies, and build tracks on-the-fly with the intuitive, clip-based sequencer. MASCHINE MIKRO also gives you a high-performance sampler, professional effects and full support for VST® and Audio Units™ plug-ins. What’s more, you can also run MASCHINE MIKRO as a plug-in in your DAW.



More than 6 GB of production-ready samples, patterns, and effects for all styles, with drums and basses plus dynamic synth and instrument sounds – many created by renowned artists and producers – and a range of dynamic studio-quality effects are included. Select sounds using MASCHINE MIKRO’s super-simple browser and start playing immediately.



MASCHINE MIKRO gives you direct access to your favorite Native Instruments or 3rd party VST or Audio Units plug-ins, to further expand your instrument and effect arsenal.


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1. What is the difference between SoundKontrols DJ Academy in comparison to other Academy?

The biggest difference would be  our comprehensive course syllabus which other academies  does not have detailed syllabus unlike us.  Secondly, we cover theory, practical and on the job training for all our students. In addition, our certified instructors dedicate 100% of their time with the students to ensure we maximize their time. We also provide course notes, books, DVDs and other reading materials to prepare them for multiple choice exam before they are awarded the certificate of completion. 


2. What kind of equipents do you use?

All students get trained with Turntables first. Students are not allowed to use CDJ until they have perfected the art of beat matching and BAR mixing with Turntables.


3. Does your syllabus cover Digital Vinyl System (DVS) such as Serato or Traktor?

Yes, our syllabus covers Traktor & Serato from day one the students enroll. Students use DVS to learn the basic beat matching while simultaneously covering every aspect of DVS. This makes learning interesting and the students cover the technology aspect as well. For more information about our course syllabus visit http://soundkontrols.com/v1/archives/category/dj-academy


4. How long does it take to master art of mixing?

We guarantee all our students to be able to master the art of mixing within 8 weeks. If within 8 weeks the students are not able to master the art of mixing, than we refund 100% of the course fees. We take pride in producing quality DJs to the industry and not just a DJ.


5. What genres does the Academy cover?

Students cover all genres as this is essential requirement to be a DJ. All our graduates are able to mix any genres (70s, 80s, 90s, current  Top 40, House, Techno, Trance) and any BPM(75 BPM to 135 BPM). We want our graduates to be VERSATILE.


6. What DJ equipments do you provide the students with?

SoundKontrols DJ Academy Student Workstation (Hardware & Software)


Fujitsu 2.33 GHz  Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2GB RAM

Asus 2.4GHz Intel Core i3 @ 4GB RAM



Gemini TT04 Turntables ( 2units)

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 Turntables ( 2units)

Ortofon Concorde PRO S ( 2units)

Ortofon Concorde Serato S-120 ( 2units)



Ecler NUO 2.0 ( 2units)

Pioneer DJM- 900 Nexus


CD Players

Pioneer CDJ-2000 ( 2 units)

Pioneer CDJ-400 (2 units)


Digital Vinyl Systems

Native Instruments Traktor Scratch PRO2

Native Instruments Traktor Scratch DUO2

Native Instruments Traktor Audio 10 DJ

Native Instruments Traktor Audio 6 DJ

Rane Serato Scratch LIVE

Rane Serato SL3


MIDI Controllers

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1

Native Instruments Maschine

Novation Impulse 25



Audio-Technica SJ-3 DJ Headphones ( 2units)

JBL EON210P Monitor Speakers

M Audio BX5A Deluxe Reference Monitors


Production Software

Ableton Live Suite

Acid PRO



7. Does the Academy give the students to experience real live DJing in clubs?

Yes, all our students are given an opportunity to create a playlist and spin at local clubs along side with top DJs. These give the students’confidence of spinning  outside of  the studio. DJ 103 Live Mixing course syllabus was specifically tailored for students to spin in different clubs for 4 consecutive weeks.


8. Does the Academy teach students how to speak on the mic?

Students are taught on how to speak on the mic which is part of the course syllabus (DJ 102 Advanced Mixing). In order for students to graduate, it is compulsory that they pass the vocal exam which includes the art of  using microphone.


9. Are given the opportunity to record our own mix tape?

Yes, without recording a mix tape,  students will not be able to graduate. It is compulsory for students to create a minimum of 3 mix tapes before they are awarded with the certificate of achievement.


10. What are other benefits do we get of being a student with SoundKontrols DJ Academy?

All graduates are automatically enrolled into SoundKontrols DJ Academy Alumni where they stand a chance to learn more from other graduates and instructors. They also expand their network with other renowned DJs as well as getting the latest technology update from the Academy itself.


11. Do you have any age limit for students at the Academy?

No, we don’t have any age limit. Our youngest student was only 8 years old and oldest student was 50 years old.  Both students graduated from the Academy. As long as the students have a burning desire and passion for music, we will transform them to become a “GOOD” DJ.


12. What other aspects of DJing do you teach at the Academy?

We teach more than just art of mixing. At our Academy we teach students how to become a PRO DJ. To become a PRO DJ, our students will be taught how to market themselves, DJ Profile, DJ grooming, Mobile, DJ Contract and website which is essential.


13. How qualified are your instructors at the Academy?

We have a total of 60 years of industry experience combined from our 4 instructors. Each of our instructors is master on their own field. In addition, we have Certified Traktor and Serato instructors who teach according to the specific Digital Vinyl System syllabus.

14.  What kind of exams to you give to the students at the Academy?

Our multiple choice exam covers theory which is normally derived from course notes and books. The exam ensures the students fully understand the theory of DJing and not just practical. In addition, we also have vocal exam which covers the on how to present information as a DJ over the microphone.

15. How do we get in touch with SoundKontrols DJ Academy?

You can contact us via email at djacademy@soundkontrols.com . Alternatively you can reach us at +6016 216 9474 or +603 795 68672 for a free tour of our state of the art studio and preview of our academy syllabus.




Kontrol S2

On August 26, 2011, in Featured, Kontrol S2, by MCDave@SoundKontrols

Native Instruments brings you TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 – the two deck, all-in-one DJ controller system built to professional standards throughout, and the perfect introduction to the world of TRAKTOR.


TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the most professional 2-deck controller on the market. With pro credentials throughout, the 2.1 design couples the most essential items for any DJ — 2 decks and a mixer — with controls for multi-effect units and a third channel for samples. Set it up in an instant and dive right into the mix.

Rugged and highly portable, TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the only controller of its size to come with the full version of TRAKTOR PRO 2 included – the same software that pro DJs of all genres use. With TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside, the S2 is tuned for maximum intuitiveness and creativity – resulting in an intensely fluid and fun mixing experience.


The included TRAKTOR PRO 2 is the culmination of 10 years of experience as the industry-leading DJ software platform. Its ease-of-use and astounding creative arsenal are built on the concept of TRAKTOR 2 Technology Inside.

TruWave colored waveforms let you see track positions easily, and identify high-energy sections or breakdowns ahead of time – so you can plan the perfect moment to drop your next track. And with the advanced sync engine, your beat-matching will be locked down every time.


This compact and portable unit was built by the same team and with the same components that brought you the TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 – the wildly-popular market-leader that revolutionized the all-in-one DJ system. Robust knobs and backlit buttons let you know what’s going on at all times. Two high-quality, pressure-sensitive jog wheels deliver total track control and easy pitch bending and tempo nudging.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S2 is the ideal hardware for new DJs who want to access the same great features used by the pros in an easily accessible and focused format.


There’s no steep learning curve with the S2 – the perfect integration between hardware and software means everything is ready to go, so you can focus on selecting the hottest tracks from your hard drive or iTunes® library. Get deep into the powerful looping features, and use the four dedicated ‘hot-cue’ buttons to effortlessly remix and re-edit tunes on the fly – all perfectly in time.

The Samples knob lets you mix the eight Sample Deck slots into your mix – either record loops from the playing track or use any of the included sound content. Two flexible FX units give you access to 30 pro effects that automatically sync to tempo, so you can easily stamp your own style on the mix. Welcome to the future of DJing.


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Pioneer CDJ-350 and DJM-350 White Package

The CDJ-350 will allow users to create DJ performances with various digital music files, including MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF files that are stored on different forms of media, including USB mass storage device class products and CD-R/RW discs. The media player also includes Pioneer’s proprietary music management software, rekordbox™, which analyzes and categorizes music by genre, making it possible to easily manage music files on a computer for quick song selection when played back on compatible Pioneer players. Connecting a USB storage device loaded with playlists created with the software allows users to choose songs by various criteria such as genre, album name, artist name, etc. for stress-free DJ performances. Music sessions can also be saved to a USB storage device and then saved in rekordbox as an original playlist.

Additional Player Highlights:

  • BEAT Display Function – Visually illustrates the beat position of a song and the playback point providing easier hand-eye coordination when performing scratches and loops.
  • Auto Beat Loop Function – With one press of a button on the player, the user can create various loop performances, including: Beat Loop- Matches the beat and repeats a 4-beat loop, Loop Divide – While playing a loop, plays the loop at a different rhythm, Hot Loop – While playing a loop, returns to the start of the loop and plays it
  • Auto BPM Lock – Users can set a Master Beat Per Minute (BPM) of the current song playing that can be synchronized with a touch of a button. The feature enables beginners to easily match the tempos of songs by simply adjusting the speed to the Master BPM on each player.
  • Create Playlist Function – While a song is playing, users can immediately add it to a new playlist with a touch of a button for future playback of favorite songs.
  • DJ Software Compatible – The CDJ-350-W is MIDI-compatible with other DJ software allowing it to be used as an audio interface.

Other features include:

  • Vibration resistant by utilizing Shock-Proof Memory and Floating Architecture.
  • Four level tempo settings for maximum variation range of a song’s tempo (±6%, ±10%, ±16% and WIDE).
  • Resume function enables users to remove a disc and resume playback at the same spot when the disc is reloaded.
  • Environment-friendly auto standby feature automatically detects operation status and signal input and puts the device in standby mode when the player is not engaged for set periods of time. Users can set the time value or can defeat the feature altogether.

Blend It with the DJM-350-W Mixer

The DJM-350-W mixer inherits similar functions and operability of the popular Pioneer DJM series of mixers often experienced in the club scene. With its new pearl white makeover, the built-in level meter’s red, white and blue LEDs create a stunning appearance. The mixer is equipped with four sound effects including the newly added Noise and Short Echo, as well as an isolated 3-band equalizer—all of which allow the DJ to make one-of-a-kind mixes. The Type A USB port on the front top panel allow users to record their DJ mixes onto a USB storage device, review their mix and take it with them to listen to on other devices.

Additional Mixer Highlights:

  • Four Types of Effects– Two effects, Noise and Short Echo, were added to the popular Filter and Jet effects enabling users to further enhance remixing capabilities: Noise – Creates a wind-like effect by changing the cut-off frequency (audible spectrum) of the filter, Short Echo – Applies a reverberated sound to the music with a turn of the knob, Filter – Greatly alters the tonal quality of the music by removing audio from the high or low frequency bands, Jet – Applies a jet plane taking off or landing sound effect to the music,
  • Digital Conversion – Analog signals are converted into digital form via a high-performance CPU for higher fidelity sound. In addition, analog and digital circuits are isolated to minimize induced noise.

Other features include:

  • P-LOCK Fader Cap keeps the fader knob (caps) from slipping off, especially during intense DJ sessions.
  • MIC/AUX input terminals for connecting portable audio players and/or microphones.
  • A connected Pioneer CDJ player can triggered to fader, start or play functions via a link to the fader control.
  • Peak level meters indicate the input levels of each channel.
  • Crossfader Curve Adjustment function makes it possible to have three crossover curve patterns.

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Skratchy Seal + Traktor Scratch Time Coded Vinyl (Limited Edition)

SKRATCHY SEAL has finally gone digital!!! This is a LIMITED EDITION collaboration with Traktor Scratch and Skratchy Seal to bring you the best of worlds. The first of it’s kind for Traktor users, Traktor Scratch’s timecode vinyl and timecode CDs contains the industry leading audio signal constructed from two sinus waves with a frequency of 2 KHz. Skratchy Seal side features all your favorite skipless scratch samples when you need to scratch the actual vinyl. It also comes packaged with 1 LIMITED EDITION Traktor Butter Rug for some intense scratching.


Side A of the Control Vinyl consists of the following three zones, each with different playback functions:

1. LEAD-IN ZONE – The first few millimeters of the record

Dropping the needle into the lead Lead-In Zone of the record will skip to the beginning of the track. Use this to skip back to the beginning of a track when playing in the Relative Control Reading Mode.

2. PLAYBACK ZONE – Main Body of the record

This zone is divided into 10 tracks on side A and is used for regular playback. The divisions are visual markers of time, which do not affect the continuous playback of the loaded track.

3. SCROLL ZONE – Last two tracks of the record

Dropping the needle in the Scroll Zone allows you to scroll up and down through your playlist by manually spinning the record forward or backward. To play the selected track simply place the needle back into the Playback Zone.

Side B of the Vinyl Record consists of SCRATCH SAMPLES and ONE MINUTE of TRAKTOR TIMECODE at the end (Playback Zone only).

This is the perfect DJ record for scratching and mixing in today’s digital world.

Again, this is the first and only Traktor Pressing ever available.

Grab ‘em while they’re still on stock cuz when they’re gone, THEY ARE GONE!


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