It's been a while since we've taken a look at audio-reactive accessories and projects for DJs! For a fun Friday article, we thought it would be interesting to look at a few of the cutting-edge projects that are gaining traction and might bring innovative audio-reactive DJ lighting to the masses. Read on for more:
With controllerism, DJs have adopted a mindset of constantly redesigning their setups to be lighter and more compact. Some DJs can get by on only a USB drive but others prefer the versatility of a controller. Bags and cases can make carrying a larger controller easier, it isn't always the most convenient option. Livid Instruments is aiming to help DJs and producers looking for compact setups with their new Kickstarter for their next innovation, Minim.
There's a brand new company out of the Netherlands aiming to own the market on tiny production tools - something to go hand in hand with other travel friendly production tools like the Teenage Engineering OP-1 or the KMI QuNeo. OWOW (the Omnipresent World Of Wizkids) have crafted five instruments that are headed to Kickstarter starting Monday. We've got an exclusive first look at the gear and an interview with the team, read on.
The Mixfader came out in March as one of the first bluetooth-enabled crossfaders for DJs to use with Edjing DJ app (available on Windows, Android, and iOS). This bluetooth crossfader is the first of its kind to be seen on the market and it is a proponent for bringing mobile DJ apps into the booth. DJiT, the company behind the fader, have announced a Kickstarter that will let interested DJs get behind the project and have a chance to get their very own Mixfader.
Headphones remain the most commonly used, and therefore debated items in a DJ arsenal. Until now however, there has not been much in the way of technical innovation on their performance. A new company called Bragi has created an award winning new concept of wireless bluetooth headphones called "The Dash" that have some very intriguing features for DJ's and performers alike. While the Dash isn't made for DJ's specifically, there are many reasons why a DJ would wish they were.
Australian-based company Machina.Pro has successfully funded a Kickstarter that they promise will modernize record pressing and bring it to the masses. Dubbed the DRC (Desktop Record Cutter), the project has already gone through initial prototyping and is ready for a funding injection to finalize the features and infrastructure to build production units.
Turntablism created a culture and musical movement, however, entrepreneur Jeremy Bell thinks there is more work to be done to perfect turntablism. The ScrubBoard is the first (that we know of!) cassette tape-based controller that is meant to be played in the same way a DJ uses two turntables and a mixer. Keep reading for more about how the ScrubBoard works, what a DJ can expect out of it, and the man behind the project.
For DJs, headphones are near universally-required pieces of gear, no matter what your setup or gear. Everyone has their own loyalties - for instance a lot of the DJTT staff swear by the V-Moda M-100s - but headphones don't always come with a great way to transport them. You might get a basic case or bag to protect them, but not much room for anything else in there. California-based Orbit Concepts has launched a Kickstarter for their own take on a premium headphone carrying case that is designed to protect any set of headphones and carry all types of smaller DJ gear like USB sticks, cables, SD cards, or even your phone.