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Not much to say about this video apart from how much talent this guy has! Seeing this up on stage rather than some of the lukewarm ‘live sets’ we see these days would be a seminal moment in anyone’s life… Ableton Live, three Launchpads, two APC20s, iPad TouchOSC and a couple of mics.

So, tomorrow’s the big day for UK DJs and hardware manufacturers alike, with everyone descending on Birmingham’s NEC for three whole days.

I’m lucky enough to be part of the digitaldjtips.com team for the weekend and we will be finding out everything and anything about all the shiny new gadgets, and delivering it all right into your eyeballs. We will be filming, snapping, interviewing, stalking… and tweeting. You can follow all the action from @digitaldjtips and @djs_life by searching for the #ddjtbpm hashtag.

You can also meet the team and other digital DJs this Saturday at 13:00 on the Novation stand. We’ll be the ones wearing the t-shirts as below (courtesy of my lovely wife, accidentalvix) and the big smiles.

You can't miss us.

This is a bit late, but check out what my fiancee, accidentalvix, gave me for Valentines Day. A real life stamp of approval, custom made just for the site.

You can find lots of designs and even order your own on folksy.com.

For years, I took the wrong lesson from that Monster Cable experiment and only listened to my music through alligator-clipped coat hangers.

 

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:

This is really nerd heaven for fans of Traktor Pro and/or Techno music. Legend Richie Hawtin playing live. You can see he has a pair of NI’s Kontrol X1s, a lovely Allen & Heath Xone42 mixer and NI Maschine hooked up somewhere.

I saw Hawtin live last week for free in Trafalgar Square (for Canada Day, randomly) and after his 45 minutes, was left wanting more.

EDIT: And here’s another not so good one from Awakenings 2010.

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