NAMM Preview: Reloop Terminal Mix, EKS Lab, KS-1974 Exclusive Video
Winter NAMM 2012 is just around the corner, and with just over a week to go before the doors open and reveal all types of new DJ gear, we’re already getting sneak peaks at awesome new products that will be revealed for the first time at the show. New information on products have hit the wire from Reloop and EKS, as well as a brand new exclusive video of Smithson Martin’s KS 1974. Get hyped for NAMM with us after the jump!
Reloop Terminal Mix 4
Reloop was the winner of one of our coveted NAMMie awards last year with the Reloop Jockey 3, and now they’re posed to take on the S4 with a new 4-channel all in one controller, the Reloop Terminal Mix 4. The Terminal Mix 4 comes with a Reloop custom edition of Virtual DJ and aside from the expected transport and effects controls, it boasts a “Cut & Slice” mode that allows on-the-fly creation of loops and rolls from live sample slices.
You’ll also be happy to hear the the Terminal Mix 4 has a built-in sound card with inputs (from the picture, it looks like all four channels can be switched to “thru” mode, indicating that it acts as a standalone mixer) and outputs, including balanced out connections.
We’ve also gotten word of a new touchscreen device coming out of EKS, the company behind the unique Otus controller that we discovered at NAMM way back in 2008. The device is called the EKS Lab, and is branded as a all-in-one “DJ media player and software controller”. We don’t have any photos or video to share on this one yet, but the clip from the press release below details what we can expect from this unique piece of kit. We’re most excited that it will be powered by The One, the modular DJ software that we first heard about last September.
The EKS Lab is a new all-in-one touchscreen DJ media player and software controller. Mix and DJ from your digital media library located on a USB stick, external hard drive, smartphone, or online via the provided Ethernet connection. A 4” color touchscreen provides intuitive access to the built-in software’s functionality. The Lab is built form the highest quality components including Wolfson™ audio converters and is powered by the new The One software and will include several on-board mapping presets for other popular DJ software.
Smithson Martin Kontrol Surface 1974 Exclusive New Video
Emulator, the touchscreen interface for DJ softwares, is making a move towards tabletop use with its new hardware, the Smithson Martin KS-1974 that is going into production this year with the first units starting to ship in February. We’ve scored an exclusive video of the device, and while it doesn’t reveal a lot technically, it’s cool to see the KS-1974 being used in a club environment. Check it out below.
DJTT at NAMM
We figured this post would be a good time to squash some rumors that we’ve heard flying around the forums and Twitter-sphere: Yes, DJ TechTools will be at NAMM. Our editorial staff will be bringing you the latest and greatest news from the showroom floor starting next Wednesday, as well as up-close looks at the coolest things we find at the show, and a second year of us awarding of our much-coveted NAMMies.
We’re also going to be announcing the release of a new product that we’ve been super hard at work in here in the DJTT Labs. Keep your eyes and ears on the blog to learn more as we prepare to introduce the world of DJing to a new dimension.
Heard any awesome NAMM rumors that you want us to check out? Shoot Dan an email – dan at djtechtools dot com.