Posts Tagged DJ Gear

iMaschine is out now for Apple products

Makes me wish i owned an iPhone or iPad!

Check it out!

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/imaschine/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=iMASCHINE+In-Store+EN&utm_source=newsletter

 

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$1600 Pioneer mixer for Traktor

Pioneer builds some quality gear, but yikes, this is just a standalone mixer.

Full review here:
http://www.djtechtools.com/2011/07/13/pioneer-djm-t1-traktor-certified-mixer-reviewed/

 

and video preview from Pioneer

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Qbert’s Breakfast Of Champions

Qbert scratching on digital software? Wait, i think i just saw a pig fly past my window.

It doesn’t really sound like the real deal on vinyl, but not too shabby Native Instruments!

YouTube – Qbert’s Breakfast Of Champions.

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Going retro, all the way back to the Insustrial Revolution!

If you go by the logic of some people that going old school and spinning vinyl is much hipper and cooler than spinning mp3s, then there’s no fucking way you can beat this cat, with his steam powered record turntable! It sounds like crap, but man is it cool.

Video of it in action:

source from: Asciimation

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YouTube – Tim Exile and Native Instruments present “The Mouth”

i think this is how all of today’s top 40 music is made.  regardless, i might wanna get my hands on this, so i can quit my day job and join the corporate record label slave trade.

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Digital turntablism just keeps getting better

Vinyl purists will not like this, but i think it’s a step forward in using modern technology to manipulate sound in a way that has been done for decades (using vinyl records and samplers to mash up a track).

So here is a demo done by DMC champion DJ Shiftee using Native Instrument’s current line-up of toys that make you think twice about holding on to those crates of vinyl.  All you techno geeks like me, check out the 2nd video of how its exactly setup and done. (drool)

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Got DAW?

DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation, and can refer to any piece of hardware or PC software that allows you to produce, edit and playback music.

DAWs tend to have multiple hardware or audio inputs and several audio outputs for sound reproduction and/or monitoring. They keep getting smaller and more technologically advanced, making them less than those huge studio mixing boards and more like those old school “groove boxes”.

Like the Akai MPC5000, a$3000 synthesizer, effects processor,  drum machine, multi-track recorder, sequencer and sampler – a complete sound studio 18″ wide by 16″ deep.

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Or the 6×7 inch Korg D4 – a 4-track recorder, effects processor, song editor, and instrument tuner. A recording studio the size of a stack of greeting cards.

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Plug ‘n Play DJ controller for Itunes!

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Mobile DJing doesn’t get any easier than this. Fork over $249 for the software and controller bundle, install the program and plug in the contoller. Done.

Vestax and algoriddim have partnered to create the spin DJ controller for the djay software app that runs with iTunes.

Other mobile laptop DJ setups require additional hardware (like a multi-channel sound card for headphone cue-ing) and more expensive software and DJ controller hardware. Even though this sounds like a basic setup for novices that don’t need all of the bells and whistles of more high end gear, Vestax has been producing professional DJ gear for over 25 years (some of their mixers are the industry’s finest) and I wouldn’t be surprised if this product receives some high praise once it hits the bedrooms.  Cue it up here.

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JBL MSC1 calibrates your home studio speaker setup

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The JBL MSC1 is a room speaker monitoring system with RMC – Room Monitoring Correction, designed to optimize the output of your monitoring setup and eliminate the imperfections and distortions of your mixing room environment.  Digital music production requires a very precise monitoring environment, and this device helps achieve that. However if your Dell desktop speakers are all you need to produce and remix, this device isnt for you. More info here.

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Best Buy announces to sell DJ equipment

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Electronics giant Best Buy is partnering with Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics to create DJ equipment areas in all of their retail stores. Consumers will be able to purchase DJ equipment including turntables, mixers and production software. A handful of stores will have a full “Club Beats” area, with music sampling stations and interactive areas to sample products. While up to 300 other stores will have areas with less product selection. Monster Cable is also getting in on the act, offering their DJ related product selection to the mix.

Best Buy is planning to kick off their new “Club Beats” venture, with celebrity appearances, incuding the Godfather himself, Dr.Dre.

Finally, the electronics superstore is jumping onto the band wagon, doing what smaller music stores have been doing for years. Now I don’t have to pay regular price for my DJ equipment at Guitar Center or Sam Ash anymore, I can overpay at Best Buy now….. but then again this apparent attempt by a mainstream retailer at acceptance of the whole DJ-ing craze isn’t such a bad thing after all?

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