December 12, 2013
The term “barebones” has a meaning that carries across almost all hobbies and tools. When you buy a barebones computers, it means that you are basically buying the skeleton of a computer and you will be providing the rest of what is needed to make it work. You might have to buy your own video card or hard drive, but you are at least setup with the processor and the motherboard. In music there are also barebone kits that are available. A DJ might wind up with a mixer included with his CDJ, or even a packaged version of Serato to run things on.
The barebones idea has been taken to the extreme in the field of MIDI controllers – except this is sort of the reverse idea that most of us think about. Imagine being able to buy a MIDI controller that has its internals and circuit board, except …
February 3, 2013
The iPad is still not without its limitations as a DJ controller, but it’s the app developers who really make the hardware shine. We tend to forget that the iPad was built as a platform for others to build upon, rather than an all-in one device where everything is already included in the purchase. When you think back to the first Apple computers that were built, they faced a similar controversy. Some simply saw them as a supped up typewriter, but once people realized that they could be programmed to perform tasks, it opened the world of computing to a different level. This is what the iPad is going through right now; the first stages of real development.
Before the iPad was taken seriously as a device for DJs and producers, there was the Lemur. The Lemur was, what the iPad is today – a touch screen device that could …