April 21, 2014
There is one good aspect about digital and electronic musical instruments that are hard to compare against other acoustic instruments. That happens to be the idea of cost and price range. Take something like an automobile for example – it has a purpose. No matter how expensive or inconvenient the car actually is, it is expected to get you from point A to point B. Aside from that, you can do it in style or you can barely get by, the choice is up to you. Electronic instruments of the day do not have a purpose in mind like you think. You cannot buy gear and expect it to mix music for you.
Most of the MIDI controllers are laid out with a purpose in mind, but few actually use the same MIDI controller the same way. In fact, there are instruments out there that have no real intended purpose …
October 14, 2013
There are different stages that a piece of gear goes through before it actually becomes a boxed product that can sell in stores. The idea comes first, but not without much objection to it. When a company who already makes gear, decides to make something new – they have to consider what kind of profit it will make. If they are wrong, they give the company a reputation for creating duds. Another type of development process happens when a lone creator takes a hacked up idea and mass produces it. These homegrown plans are some of the most creative ideas we have ever seen, but getting it to the masses is the harder problem.
There is just no way that a one man show can compete with a company that employs hundreds or thousands of people. They will never be able to beat their prices on a similar gadget, and …
October 4, 2013
The Behringer CMD DV-1 is a modular MIDI controller designed to be used with digital vinyl systems (DVS). There are controls to select between 1 of 4 decks with the A-D buttons, making it easy to load tracks and switch between control of each deck. There are controls for looping, FX control, hot cue assignment, and deck focus among others. DVS DJs will find this to be a nice low profile and low cost solution for extended control over software functions that may not be available on a CDJ or turntable.
As with all the Behringer CMD modular controllers, every function on the CMD DV-1 is MIDI mappable meaning you can assign any of your software’s functions to whatever physical control you desire. While the CMD DV-1 ships with Image-Line’s Deckadance DJ software, the DV-1 and all the other CMD controllers can be mapped with the software of your choice. …
September 24, 2013
The Behringer modular MIDI controller in the CMD line that can be described as an Ableton Live workhorse has got to be the CMD LC-1. Before the CMD LC-1 there were only a couple of controllers that could integrate this well with Ableton’s session view for launching clips. These included controllers like the Akai APC 40 and we are beginning to see more Ableton integrated controllers such as the proprietary controller Ableton Push. Now with the Behringer CMD LC-1, there is an affordable, modular solution for performers to control their Ableton Live sets.
Andrew Luck does a great job of going over the way Ableton integrates with the CMD LC-1 in the video above, but it’s worth mentioning some of the construction features of the CMD LC-1 for those looking to grab one.
The overall construction of the CMD LC-1, as well as the other modular MIDI controllers in the …
September 19, 2013
We’ve been covering the Behringer CMD line of modular MIDI controllers for some time now. Mostly we have shown how they integrate with the included Deckadance 2 DJ software, but the beauty of these controllers is that they can be mapped to nearly every performance software on the market. One of the more popular performance softwares of the last few years has been Ableton Live. Ableton allows for tight organization and control of clips within it’s session view, which has powerful applications on a stage in a performance capacity. We asked Behringer product specialist Andrew Luck to walk us through how the CMD controllers can work and integrate with Ableton Live.
For this video, Andrew focuses specifically on the Behringer CMD DC-1. The DC-1 has an endless rotary encoder and 8 backlit buttons at the top for navigating your clips in the session view. Below that are 8 endless …