spinning round and round since 1998

After hearing it in Dominik Eulberg’s 60 minute Boiler Room set a few weeks ago, I fell in love with this track. Every time I play or hear it, I still get GERSBERMS. You can’t just listen to this once.

Check out Dominik’s ace set below. Here’s the tracklist:

  1. 01min – Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt – Passed
  2. 05min – Lee Van Dowski & Quenum – The Joint Echo
  3. 08min – Gabriel Ananda – Rims And Prophet
  4. 11min – Isolee – Allowance
  5. 16min – Bonobo – Cirrus
  6. 21min – Patrice Baumel – The Woods
  7. 24min – Avus – Staring Into One Eye (Wesley Matsell Remix)
  8. 28min – Anthony Rother – 1-2-3-4
  9. 34min – Dyno – 8 Out 8 (Margot Remix)
  10. 38min – DJ Koze – Marilyn Whirlwind
  11. 43min – Max Cooper – Walls
  12. 47min – Rone – Parade (Dominik Eulberg Remix)
  13. 55min – Forever Sound – Glowworm

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:

Native Instruments just announced on various social channels a new video with Dubfire demonstrating some new software/hardware.

Upcoming new Traktor system roadtested by Dubfire in this video:

EDIT: Skratchworx has a fair write up about the hardware.

To quote:

  • Large form factor like the Torq Xponent and Amercian Audio VMS4
  • 4 channels
  • 4 hot cues
  • Transport controls below the jogs
  • Sample player – looks like 4 slots per deck (or maybe 2 decks plus 2 sample banks?) with play, volume and maybe F for filter (should silence the haters at last)
  • 4″ Jogwheel with a big ass Traktor logoSome sort of status bar showing different lights – on air, samples, deck a/c and deck b/d indicators, keylock and master
  • Loop controls to crunch or expand the loop with what looks like an numerical readout
  • Built in track navigation and loading
  • Big filter on each channel
  • Lots of lights for ease of use in the dark
  • I can’t make out effects controls, but seeing as this controller largely mimics the interface of Traktor, I expect these controls are across the top

Firewire4-pin

A wise DJ that worked in a PA equipment store once told me “look after your cables and they’ll look after you” and showed me how to wind them up based on their natural coil. He’s out of business now (not that wise, I guess!) but the lesson stuck with me ever since. It’s true that cables are the oft forgotten component in your setup and they can save you if you take care of them.

That’s why I never understood why anyone would think the 4-pin Firewire port was ever a good idea. It’s far too easy to knock out and usually requires an adapter. I’ve never trusted the connector and always strapped it down with electrical tape if I was DJing with my laptop.

So, as Yoda might say:

“Look after your cables, you will.”

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