In late April of this year, we took a look at a DIY project that brought a built-in DVS system to a Technics SL-1200 turntable. Now there's a brand new update that brings a display module with built-in waveform and browsing views. Has this become the ultimate Technics mod?
One of the best things about having outboard gear in a studio is being able to step away from the computer and focus more on your ears, and the moment. It just so happens that the hardware often sounds great as well. That's why so much analog, standalone gear keeps hitting the market. The Arturia DrumBrute is a new drum machine that packs a punch at a budget-friendly $449. Keep reading to watch Mad Zach take it through the paces in this hands-on first look.
What if you didn't have to plug your laptop into your DJ setup - but still could be able to access all of your tracks and use control vinyl? PiDeck, a new project from 64 Studio, combines a Raspberry Pi microcomputer with xwax open source DJ software. The result is a lightweight, laptop-free DJing solution that you can quickly put a USB key into and start mixing. Read on for videos and an overview.
There’s another standalone DJ setup coming today at NAMM, a new launch from Gemini DJ, the SDJ-2000. This is a four channel all-in-one controller/mixer, with a 7-inch screen above the mixer section for loading and playing tracks. It looks pretty similar to the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX and the just-announced Denon SCX-8000; keep reading for more details.
We saw a few leaked photos floating our forums last week, but Denon DJ has made the full announcement this morning: they're unveiling the new MXC8000 DJ controller this week at NAMM 2016. Think of this controller as a cross between the Numark NV controller and the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX system - it can run in standalone mode with an onboard Denon DJ Engine workflow, or as a highly integrated Serato DJ controller - or both. Keep reading for the specs and details so far.
Ever since Pioneer properly got into the controller game back in 2011 with the DDJ-S1/T1, DJs around the world have been waiting for the company to bring the standalone experience of two CDJs and a mixer to the controller world. After a first pass with the XDJ-R1, Pioneer's new XDJ-RX appears to be a true merger of CDJ and controller experiences.
This morning the Native Instruments Traktor team released a teaser video of a new standalone mixer unit that appears to be a firm foray into professional DJ territory. The unit appears to be completely standalone mixer solution for both turntablists and controllerists who need a Traktor-certified mixer to put at the center of all of their gear. […]
With advanced effects getting more and more important for DJs to have in their arsenal, Sugarbytes’ Turnado thinks it has the answer by putting eight knobs of sound mauling and an omnipotent fader at your fingertips. Let’s see just how much mangling they can take.