Tascam has introduced the DR-05, a new easy-to-use handheld portable recorder with high-resolution audio quality.
The stereo recorder features a pair of condenser microphones with sensitivity up to 125dB SPL and low noise, designed to capture every detail and dynamic of a performance. The design of the DR-05 is optimized for sound quality, from the dedicated power supply for the codec to bring out the full spec of the A/D and D/A converter to the separate analog & digital circuit boards and low impedance circuit design with noise resistance in its compact case. The DR-05 records to microSD or microSDHC media, recording in MP3 or WAV (BWF) file format at up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution.
The new DR-05‘s great-sounding recordings are easy to operate. The Peak reduction function sets the optimum recording level even in recording to avoid the over level. Quick Menu selects commonly used parameters in playback or record like auto level setting or limiting, while deeper settings are available through a full-featured setup menu. The 1/8” mic/line input can supply power for microphones. A Level Align function prevents uneven volume levels during playback through the 1/8” headphone output or built-in speaker. Variable-Speed Audition – which changes playback speed without affecting pitch – and looping are also available during playback for transcription or learning new music. 17.5 hours of longer battery life at 44.1kHz/16-bit, WAV (BWF) is long enough for any recording situation.
For recording live music, band rehearsals, classes or simply sharing your music with the world, TASCAM’s DR-05 is an unbeatable value.
Numark has announced the NDX800 Controller, a professional software controller with Traktor LE and MP3/CD/USB playback.
NDX800 Controller is a high-performance controller for DJs who blend different kinds of music sources. Whether your music is on your computer, USB flash drives or CD, you can perform with it using NDX800. This digital deck has the feel and layout you’re used to, with a twist of Numark innovation.
NDX800 Controller features
USB-MIDI DJ Controller with CD/MP3/USB player.
Control software and play from CDs, MP3 CDs, or USB flash drives.
Premapped for use with Virtual DJ, Traktor, and compatible with virtually all MIDI compatible DJ software..
Player includes Beat-synced DSP effects with wet-dry fader: chop, echo, filter, flanger, pan, phaser.
Smooth, fast, reliable, slot-loading drive.
Large, seven-inch, touch-sensitive illuminated platter with auto-calibration.
Control MIDI software with no timecode needed via USB.
Adjustable start and stop time for vinyl-like deck performance.
Automatic BPM analyzer and Tap tempo for manual BPM entry.
Adjust pitch ±6, 12, 25, and 100%, in half steps (semitones), or bend with pitch buttons.
Key Lock holds pitch while you independently manipulate its BPM.
Seamless looping, sampling, and easily accessible hot cues.
Keep time moving forward while you cut or reverse the track using Bleep/Reverse.
Single-track, continuous, shuffle, and programmable playback.
Fader Start plays the cued track when you move the crossfader (requires compatible mixer).
Large, backlit display for BPM, CD/MP3 text tags, and folder navigation.
Roland has announce the new VIMA JM-5 Sound Module.
With thousands of high quality sounds, elegant design, and an easy-to-use interface, the JM-5 is the perfect all-in-one solution for full control of musical backgrounds at home or at any entertainment venue.
The JM-5 is a single audio unit dedicated to live vocal performance, and is perfect for karaoke, amateur and professional singers, piano players, and many entertainment venue owners. Equipped with a top-level sound engine, the VIMA JM-5 includes 128-voice polyphony, an SSC Sound Engine with over 1,000 sounds and 57 drum kits.
VIMA JM-5 features
All-in-one playback and performance module.
Over 1,000 tones, 57 drum kits, and 128-voice polyphony.
Plays back SMF, MP3, WAV, MP3+CDG, and VIMA Tunes files from an external USB storage device.
Tempo control, key change, and Melody Mute/Center Cancel functions.
Supports slide shows and lyrics display.
Two vocal mic inputs with onboard Vocal Effects, including Harmony, Roland Space Echo, Ambience and Voice Transformer.
Audio WAV recording to external USB storage device.
Composite Video Out to display lyrics and/or chords of the selected songs as well as digital-photo slide shows.
Electronic music has always had a funny relationship with musicianship. It isn’t playing a traditional instrument; instead, it lies somewhere between instrumentalism and composition, between playing and conducting. Sometimes, that scale is tipped away from virtuosity of any kind.
But lately, I’ve had an increasing number of conversations with people who make the tools with which we make music about what this all means. I’ll be able to share one of those conversations in a bit, but I’m curious to hear what readers think.
Jeff Mills comes to mind. He doesn’t just DJ with three decks, he also uses a TR-909 in his live sets.
Radium Audio Labs is a blog with some interesting sound design articles on things like frozen contact mics, recording guns, coil pickup and printer recordings, and more.
Explorative adventures in sound – Part of Radium Audio, a leading music and sound design company based in London. We work with agencies, cg & animation houses, digital agencies, game developers, brands and manufacturers.
UltraMixer Digital Audio Solutions has released UltraMixer 3, a cross-platform professional digital DJ solution for Windows.
UltraMixer 3 is the third generation of the reliable digital deejaying software which enables you to mix digital music in various formats such as MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, WAV, FLAC or CDs in real time. All you need is a sound card.
The DJ’s turntables are replaced by two digital SoundPlayers, the “vinyls” are available within seconds through the integrated FileArchive. No matter whether you want to use UltraMixer for a professional gig or at a private party or as virtual jukebox in restaurants, hair studios or medical surgeries – it will prove the right choice!
New in UltraMixer 3
[FileArchive] Function to export playlists as CSV file for import and print from Microsoft Excel / Open Office / Apple Numbers.
[FileArchive] Hierarchical table sort according to Artist, Title and Album.
[MIDI] Accessing loops with Hercules DJ Console MK4 und Hercules DJ Control MP3 e2.
[MIDI] Hercules MP3 e2 LED support.
[MIDI] Support of Hercules DJ Console 4-MX.
[Preferences] Option to disable the automatic beatmatching of loops.
[Preferences] Option to enable automatic Beatmatching of Cue Points (only for MIDI controllers).
[Preferences] Support of additional languages.
[Sampler] Drag’n’Drop for Sampler-SlotButtons.
[User Interface] Optimized function to show tracks in Explorer/Finder.
[User Interface] Volumefader in Previewplayer integrated.
[Waveform] Hot Cue position should be visualized in the Waveforms in addition to the saved Cue points.
Added “key slider” and “key slider inverted” to the midi learn commands.
Incremented decks buffer size to 15 minutes.
Deckadance for Windows and Mac is available to purchase in a Club Edition (with full functionality) for $179 USD. Deckadance House Edition (excluding the timecoded vinyl/CDJ transport control functions) is $99 USD. New Image-Line customers buy with 10% discount.