October 8, 2014
The idea of DJs being completely modular in terms of their gear is a hard one to get past. It will be a long time before a club decides not to have a house mixer setup in their club. It will be an even longer time before a club owner lets a DJ plug whatever they want directly into their sound system. If you were to backtrack to only about five years ago, the idea of being completely modular was sort of laughable. Clubs today will still have the 2 turntables sitting up there, yet only half of the DJs who get on actually feel the need to use them.
At tech shows, the majority of what is on those tables will be filled with plastic and LEDs, rather than steel and motors. This is because the modular DJ is finally coming to age. This is where you can literally …
December 10, 2013
A true modular MIDI controller is something that we really haven’t come by yet. Modular, to some companies out there, really means the ability to swap out different controllers with different purposes, without much work in-between. It really doesn’t mean what modular means, which is adding and removing parts from an entire machine. The issues are many fold, and the worst issue has to do with power the devices. They need to either share power or have their own power source – so finding a way to connect both data and power quickly is a big plus.
One such device called the “Palette” seems to take care of both of those problems. Each part of the modular MIDI device is nothing more than a part. It is a fader, a rotary knob, or some sort of button. All of these piece interlock with each other using the four sides of …
September 6, 2013
We frequently hear of companies like Numark, Behringer, and Reloop creating the next big thing in terms of controllers – but whatever happened to the likes of Fader Fox and Akai? These are two big brands that are well known for creating quality (yet expensive) controllers. Why would someone want to go with a cheaper controller rather than buying the best one from the start? The reasons for this begin with the vicious cycle of consumerism. When people are happy with a cheaper MIDI controller, they are less likely to buy an expensive one. Gear companies simply cannot afford to keep creating a product that does not sell; therefore they make less of them. This also keeps the price high and the need for these products low.
This is why Behringer is expected to make a killing off of their modular CMD line of controllers. They are all cheap …