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April 18, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 2

There are a few different schools of thought that exist these days in the DJ universe when it comes to using a DJ controller.  I touched on some of these in Part 1 from my own point of view and personal experiences having made the switch just less than 2 years ago.  The debate over the use of a DJ controller versus using either turntables with vinyl, CDJs with CDs, or a DVS has provoked much thought and discussion over the past few years, but continues to gather momentum as controllers evolve and become more prominent among touring professional DJs.

To be fair, the founding father of controllerism, Moldover, is considered to be more of a pure controllerist rather than a DJ.  He created the art form, based on the need to perform and live produce as a musician, going far beyond the expectations of conventional DJing through the …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip
March 22, 2012

Reloop Beatmix Announced

Direct from Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Reloop announced their newest prime time controller, the Beatmix.  This is a hot new 2-channel Virtual DJ controller coming with a version specifically for the Beatmix.  It boasts shiny new, ultra flat, 14cm aluminum jog wheels, designed for deadly scratching and quick browsing of tracks.  The large transport section is clean and minimal and the (3) Hot Cue panel allows triggering and remixing whilst having a double functionality via a shift layer for all control elements.

The effects and looping sections are also grouped very nicely above the large platters making it very easy to loop and tweak with ease with dedicated knobs for loop size, effect parameter, select, and filter.  There are also dedicated buttons in this area for auto loop, FX on, and the super cool Beat Mash.

Beat Mash closely emulates the popular Beatmasher effect in Traktor Pro, allowing you to chop and glitch out …

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Taylor

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January 24, 2012

Alesis Vortex and DM Dock at NAMM 2012

Alesis were on the floor peddling their wares with all the other folks at NAMM. While they didn’t jump in on the spectacle hogging DJ controller bonanza (2012 Namm was all about iPads and DJ Controllers if you haven’t figured that one out yet), they were front and center on the iPad, and are a solid reminder that DJ controllers aren’t the only controllers out there.

The Alesis Vortex Keytar

Alesis Vortex at NAMM 2012 UniqueSquared

While one has to lean on technicalities to call it the “first USB keytar controller,” the Alesis Vortex Keytar certainly has one feature that is new to the device. With their accelerometer control built to wire to any midi controllable parameter, it is to be assumed that the keyboardist who has always wanted to charge other players on the stage while triggering pitch bends with their aggression will finally have their day. While I …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 21, 2012

Akai Max 49 Midi Keyboard Controller – NAMM 2012

It is looking like control voltage/ step sequencing is bound to experience a very healthy rebirth. Boutique synths and desktop analogs have been showing up in the market more in the past few years, but small companies with high costs have made building these systems expensive enough that it hasn’t really become a trend for the penny pinchers. However, with products like the Moog Minitaur and the Arturia MiniBrute appearing on the market, we could be on the precipice of an “analog step sequencing for the masses” kind of an era. Yes, it’s funny to be excited about bringing the old sequencing methods to the future; but even back in their day, these systems were not mass produced at a level to be considered affordable for just anyone. Modular analog CV based sequencing systems are the white whale in a lot of studios. As one of the masses I am …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

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January 3, 2012

Torq Xponent with Traktor Pro 2

This mapping may not work with the latest version of Traktor.

The Torq Xponent was designed specifically for use with Torq DJ software (included) and we had the opportunity to get funky with Torq a few months ago and found it to be very cool and quite intuitive.  The Xponent controller translates the software flawlessly, has massive touch sensitive jog wheels, and a super clean layout with LED backlit, rubberized pads and buttons.  It is a medium sized compared to other controllers, and very lightweight with a durable plastic construction.  It is DC powered, with RCA main and booth outputs, MIDI in/out, with foot switch and expression pedal inputs.  It’s definitely a good looking controller that works well with both Torq and many other DJ software.

With great controllerism comes great responsibility…with your money.  That’s why we put together a blazing hot bundle for those of you who want to …