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Here’s a bit of filthy minimal techno I am digging right now. Maetrik is hot shit and between this and ‘Paradigm House’, you can see why!

BONUS: Also check out Zecapx – Ozer View on Beatport. Dark and banging.

This is a cute little piece of music tech I came across! The Korg Monotron Analogue Ribbon Synthesiser is a monophonic synth with Korg’s famous filter an LFO. The synth is as simple as they can be and you can even run audio through it like a Kaossilator! The touch sensitive ribbon helps make this very lightweight and portable! This thing is only 12 cm wide so will happily fit in your hand.

The best part is that it only costs around £55! A very affordable synth…

Korg Monotron

Korg Monotron: pocket sized synthesis!

Features:

  • Full-fledged, true analog synthesizer: VCO, VCF, LFO
  • Inspiring, easy-to-play ribbon keyboard
  • Intuitive, fun-to-tweak controls
  • Features the same classic analog filter found in the legendary Korg MS-10 & MS-20
  • Filter any external source using the audio input jack
  • LFO can modulate either pitch of filter cutoff
  • LFO Rate knob features cool LED visual indicator.
  • Battery operation and palmtop size equals true portability
  • Internal speaker/headphone jack lets you enjoy the sound anywhere – alone or with friends!

Check out the product page on korg.com

Native Instruments have finally revealed their latest bit of DJ kit which was teased a couple weeks ago. The new package is a combination of MIDI hardware mixer and software, very much in the vein of Serato’s ITCH packages.

Some musings of my own as well as from other respected sites:

  • The system is effectively two MIDI channels and two analogue channels, with the samplers using wet/dry control. This means it is stuck with two virtual decks and two sample banks along with turntables or CD decks.
  • Ean from DJTechTools had a hand in designing the system, meaning controllerism is at the heart of this mixer.
  • The audio interface uses the guts of the Audio 4 DJ, meaning rock solid performance and great sound quality.
  • The hardware use HID for control. This allows for much higher resolution, meaning smoother jog wheels and filters.
  • The software features will eventually feed down into the original Traktor [Scratch] Pro software, giving current owners the chance to use Samplers and some of the new streamlined interface tweaks.
  • This thing is true Plug n Play meaning no messing about with settings. SIMPLES!

There has recently been a slew of new 4-deck controllers from some of the biggest hitters in the industry. Allen & Heath launched the DX/ITCH package at BPM 2009, Denon have just announced the DN-MC6000,  American Audio have the VMS4 and I’m sure there are other just around the corner from the likes of Vestax, Reloop and Numark.

Pricing and availability

The Traktor Kontrol S4 system will be available this winter for a suggested retail price of $999 / 899 EUR or around £750. The case will be available at the same time for $189 / 169 EUR or around £140.

Now check it out in action!

Here are some other blogs covering the system:

Check out this awesome track from LCD Soundsystem I heard on Proton Radio. Epic and bangin’ at the same time!

EDIT: New vid as the last one got removed.

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