Recently I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn’t turn out as I was expecting. Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else.
For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators).
Numark has announced the NS7 II, a dramatically enhanced and updated version of the industry’s most advanced and best-selling motorized DJ controller, NS7.
For more than 20 years, Numark has set the pace in the world of digital DJing, empowering DJs with cutting-edge technology that has continually advanced the art form. In 2007, Numark and Serato® released NS7, a controller that blends different eras of DJing so completely it makes them virtually indistinguishable from each other. Since then, the powerful experience offered by NS7 has defined the top tier of DJ performance, setting the standard by which all other controllers are judged.
Now, with NS7 II, Numark is pushing the modern DJ’s performance capability even further, incorporating iconic technology from Akai Professional, the world leader in music production technology and creator of the legendary MPC. NS7 II’s 16 MPC pads can be instantly assigned to control five dynamic performance features in Serato DJ: Cues, Loop, Roll, Sampler, and Slicer. In addition, each pad features RGB illumination, allowing for a virtually endless amount of color variations assignable via MIDI. Vinyl platter control has never felt more familiar with its high- and low-torque motorized platters with real slip mats and real vinyl sitting on 3,600 ticks of resolution. NS7 II’s four-channel mixer works with or without a computer and includes a full array of external device inputs. Capacitive touch-activated filter, gain, EQ, and effects knobs are other features incorporated from Akai Professional, which turn the knobs themselves into control surfaces. DJs can use them for instant-on parameter control, blending effects, and instant frequency kills. “NS7 II is an interactive playground,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “It’s built to squeeze every ounce of capability out of Serato DJ and push your creative limits. It’s born to perform and to empower DJs with maximum live-performance creative capability.”
NS7 II features
7” motorized turntables with 3600 ticks of resolution.
4-channel mixer and 24-bit audio interface built in.
16 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC pads from Akai Professional.
Capacitive touch-sensitive filter, gain, EQ, and effects knobs.
High- and low-torque turntable settings, 33rpm or 45rpm.
Comprehensive Loop, Sample, Slicer, and Hot Cue controls.
Strip Search™ virtual needle-drop technology.
Curve-adjustable CP-Pro crossfader.
Dedicated iZotope® effects controls.
Rugged all-metal construction.
Integrated laptop stand.
Serato DJ software included.
NS7 II will be unveiled at Booth 6700 at the 2013 NAMM show on January 24th.
Native Instruments has announced the availability of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the world’s first 2+2 channel control mixer.
Z2 is constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum and provides two stand-alone channels with two full Remix channels, a high-quality soundcard, and a host of new features that offer DJs top-of-the line performance coupled with tour-ready reliability. These hardware and software advancements make TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 the first professional club mixer from Native Instruments.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2′s aircraft-grade aluminum chassis forms the foundation of the KONTROL Z2′s state-of-the-art design. Two stand-alone channels are each equipped with premium Innofaders™ and dedicated EQ and filter knobs. The KONTROL Z2′s installation height is optimized for integration into standard club setups for the best possible ergonomics during performance. Club sound systems receive pristine audio thanks to 24-bit Cirrus Logic converters and balanced XLR outputs while a separate booth output and microphone input ensure accurate monitoring inside the DJ booth.
The KONTROL Z2′s 2+2 design unites analog and digital DJing techniques. Rear panel inputs provide connectivity for both turntables and CDJs, offering connectivity for both purely analog as well as timecode-based setups. Multi-colored LED cue point controls placed next to the KONTROL Z2′s intuitive master section and two additional TRAKTOR Remix Deck™ rotary knobs provide side-by-side control of TRAKTOR PRO software and analog sources, and a built-in USB hub allows direct connectivity to controller hardware. With TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, DJs now have access to all aspects of their workflows with one powerful command center.
Purchase of TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 includes download of TRAKTOR PRO 2.6 – the latest version of NI’s flagship DJ software. The KONTROL Z2 integrates perfectly with the new features in the 2.6 update including the new Flux Mode and Macro FX. Flux Mode tracks the time during complicated scratch and effect performances, allowing for creative loop rolls or effects while returning the song accurately to the beat.
The 11 Macro FX – specifically created for TRAKTOR – have been designed according to classic DJ workflows, and condense complex effect performances onto a single control knob on the hardware. Wormhole, Bass-o-Matic, and Zzzurp give DJs new ways to create exciting buildups and breakdowns. Flight Test, LaserSlicer, and Event Horizon offer DJs extra impact for punch-ins, and mixing effects such as Polar Wind, Dark Matter, and Strrretch give DJs more expressive control over track transitions.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 also includes TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs* – rounding out this powerful control mixer with scratch capability. The KONTROL Z2 package is designed to provide options for all popular club workflows, setups, and controller configurations.
5 times DMC World Champion DJ Craze performs an impressive turntablism routine on the TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is now available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop, priced at $899 USD / 799 EUR.
Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2, the world’s first 2+2 control mixer combining the industry’s leading DJ controller design with a high-quality soundcard and a host of new features, all housed inside an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis.
New creative features inside the acclaimed TRAKTOR PRO software expand creative possibilities while premium-quality Innofaders™ assure rock-solid dependability when DJing, making KONTROL Z2 the first professional club mixer from Native Instruments.
The KONTROL Z2′s 2+2 design unites analog and digital DJing techniques.
Two standalone channels provide connectivity for turntables or CDJs while two additional channels offer control over TRAKTOR Remix Decks, cue points and effects. DJs now have access to all aspects of their setups from one intuitive control hub. This combination of hardware and software accommodates a host of workflow preferences from vinyl and CDJ setups to elaborate controller configurations.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 was designed to deliver the reliability and pro sound quality essential for professional club DJing. Its installation height delivers the comfort required during performance while the aircraft-grade construction provides necessary stability when on stage and reliability when on the road. The KONTROL Z2′s 24-bit soundcard and professional XLR outputs deliver high-quality audio to club sound systems while a separate booth output and microphone input allow KONTROL Z2 to integrate into any DJ booth. Advanced HID technology delivers seamless integration with CDJs including enhanced visual and tactile control of key features. A built-in USB hub adds connectivity for additional controllers without having to use the host computer’s USB ports, making it easy to integrate add-on controllers such as KONTROL F1 and X1.
The KONTROL Z2′s spacious layout ensures straightforward access to the high-quality knobs and premium-quality Innofaders™. The two primary channels each feature a dedicated three-band EQ, filter and fader section, while two separate, chunky rotary volume knobs offer control over the TRAKTOR channels. Four additional multi-colored LED buttons for each TRAKTOR channel assigned to control cue points and Remix Decks are placed in their own section on the KONTROL Z2 and an intuitive master section lets DJs comfortably browse files inside TRAKTOR and access advanced controls such as Sync and Quantize.
New Macro FX specifically designed for TRAKTOR combine multiple TRAKTOR effects on a single control on the hardware. Customised to classic DJ workflows such as breakdowns, punch-in or blends, Macro FX condense complex effect performances to a single action increasing the possibilities available to creative DJs. All new Flux Mode tracks the time during complicated scratch and effect performances, allowing for creative loop rolls or effects while returning the song accurately to the beat.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 also includes the latest version of NI’s flagship TRAKTOR SCRATCH PRO 2 software and TRAKTOR SCRATCH timecode vinyl and CDs rounding out this powerful hardware control mixer with software options for all popular club workflows.
Controller guru Ean Golden showcases the new TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2.
TRAKTOR KONTROL Z2 is available to pre-order now for $899 USD / 799 EUR. It will available at retailers worldwide and at the NI Online Shop from November 1, 2012.
Peter Adany has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Helix, an exacting turntable for DJs, producers & record fans, with unprecedented features & graphics.
Helix Beatmix demonstration.
So you are not into DJing, but you still love music? You can enjoy your favorite songs in a more engaging way. It’s like the satisfaction of playing your favorite vinyl LP, but in an advanced way: with an elegant, color-customizable turntable on your iPad, PC or Mac.
Do you play your own instrument? This app lets you easily and precisely adjust the pitch of songs so you can play in tune with your music.
The project is looking to raise $30,000 by Saturday September 15th, 2012.
Numark has announced that its Mixdeck Quad universal, four-channel DJ controller is now shipping.
Based upon the popular Mixdeck controller, the Mixdeck Quad kicks it up a notch by adding support for core MIDI on the iPad, opening the world of apps like Algoriddim’s djay to your DJ rig.
Mixdeck Quad is a four-channel professional DJ controller and player with integrated effects. It offers a uniquely intense DJ experience with the capability to mix virtually any kind of media, including CDs, MP3 CDs, and USB flash drives—each of which have onboard support via slot-loading drives and top-facing ports. Additionally, DJs can mix software on their laptop and iPad at the same time. Mixdeck Quad comes complete with Serato DJ Intro software and is pre-mapped for Traktor Pro 2 and VirtualDJ Pro and offers seamless integration with Algoriddim’s djay app for iPad, winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award (sold separately).
“This is all-in-one mixing at its finest,” said Chris Roman, Numark Product Manager. “With Mixdeck Quad unleashed to DJs everywhere, we can’t wait to see how they’ll make use of its versatility and massive amount of capability—it’s going to be an intense ride.”
Mixdeck Quad also comes with innovative Crossplay technology, which allows DJs to play USB content from either port on either deck. Each of the decks has integrated, beat-synced DSP effects that include chop, echo, filter, flanger, pan, and phaser and is completely adjustable with a dedicated wet-dry fader controlling them all. All the professional inputs and outputs that DJs need are built in, including professional balanced XLR outputs and inputs for external sources such as turntables and CD players. There’s also a direct stereo output from each deck for use with timecode control interfaces like Serato Scratch Live software. BPM analyzation and Tap Tempo are included and DJs can control other MIDI software with no timecode needed using a simple USB connection.
Numark Mixdeck Quad Introduction.
Mixdeck Quad features
Complete system with CD, MP3 and USB decks, four-channel mixer, and computer audio and MIDI interface.
MIDI integration of decks and the mixer for controlling both computer software and iPad apps.
Works seamlessly with Algoriddim’s djay for iPad app, winner of the 2011 Apple Design Award.
DJ parties of all sizes with your compatible iPad, iPod or iPhone.
Serato DJ Intro software included.
Built-in professional USB audio interface with balanced XLR outputs.
Crossplay Technology: mix USB flash drive content from either port on either deck.
Four-channel mixer with EQ/rotary kills, replaceable crossfader, and MIDI control.
Two large, backlit displays for BPM, CD/MP3 text tags, and folder navigation.