22 posts tagged Beats
Maschine MKII, the next generation of its hardware/software beatmaking workstation.
Here’s what’s new with Maschine MKII:
Each one of the 16 touch-pads can be assigned a different color to easily separate and identify sounds, patterns, groups, and scenes.
With the new Maschine, you can timestretch and pitch shift your samples directly from the hardware, eliminating the need to jump back and forth from host systems.
The Maschine MKII controller now has a master push encoder with grid, and 47 all-click-buttons that help to speed up the workflow.
The Maschine MKII’s high contrast displays have a higher viewing angle that will help keep things visible, even with some difficult live performance placements.
The new Maschine also allows for Host Transport Control, meaning that the hardware’s transport controls can be used to control the host DAW when the unit is being used as a VST, Audio Unit or RTAS plug-in.
There are also some new effects such as Transient Master, Tape and Tube Saturators; and
A full version of the Massive synthesizer is included.
Now This Is a BOOMBOX, the Philips FWP3200D
While there are plenty of iPhone and iPod speaker docks on the market, you’d be hard-pressed to find one which screams “PARTY” as loud as the Philips FWP3200D does. Indeed, we’re not quite sure what inspired Philips to put out such an over the top product, but whether the office water fountain was spiked or an intern was let loose in the design department, somebody over there is clearly in the mood for a good time, and who are we to argue?
The FWP3200D contains everything one needs to get a soiree off to a good start, with an integrated lighting system throwing out various colors from flashing speaking rings in time to the beat. As standard, Philips rates the system as outputting 300 W RMS, though an additional FWP1000 speaker with accompanying integrated lighting system can be added to offer a further 240 W for £199 (roughly US $309).
The FWP3200D supports two devices at once and various iPhone and iPod models can be used. Whichever Apple devices you choose, they’ll be parked on a rotatable dock which is located where the turntable would usually be on a classic vinyl DJ setup, allowing the audience to spin the device around and pick tunes too.
As far as actual DJ’ing goes, the FWP3200D is unlikely to inspire anyone to throw away their analog Technics decks, but it does still sport some rudimentary tools, such as dual microphone sockets and that all-important crossfade for switching between the two input sources. Support for the popular djay iOS app is also baked-in.
Aside from support for Apple’s iPhone and iPod, the FWP32000D can be connected to other sound sources via a 3.5 mm line-in and DJ’s can also access music which resides on USB sticks. There’s an FM radio for good measure, while an LED display provides visual feedback and Philips includes a remote with the unit too.
At present, Philips seems to only be offering the FWP3200D for purchase in the U.K., at a price of £299.99 ($470). The promo video below shows off the party-starting skills of the FWP3200D in full.
MPCDJ by Numark/AKAI
“Produce on the fly” this is a prototype shown at NAMM, no release date set, check out some more info here.
Ferrari Beats Dre….
‘Ferrari’, a collaborative line between the italian automotive brand and logic3 audio producers, brings the iconic look and recognizable style of ferrari to the world of audio gear.
Features include thin film acoustic technology’ (‘TFAT’), machine crafted metal arms, active noise cancellation. While the docks include Airplay wireless, bluetooth and an apple dock.
Kaossilator 2 & Mini Kaoss Pad 2
Korg unleashes the Mini Kaoss Pad 2!
Ready for the stage, the studio, or the DJ scene, the self-contained Mini Kaoss Pad 2 offers dazzling performance effects and onboard MP3 playback!
- Control effects in real time using the intuitive touchpad interface
- MP3 player with microSD card slot for data storage/exchange;
- Perform on the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 without needing any other equipment!
- 100 effect programs, ideal for DJ mixes or sound design
- 3 Program Memories provide instant recall of favorite effects
- Powerful Looper, Vinyl Break, and Ducking Comp effects borrowed from the Kaoss Pad Quad
- Internal mic plus external audio inputs
- Support for pitch change and cue point settings allows serious DJ play.
- Record your performances and save then to using the microSD card slot
- 6 preset audio demo loops
Korg’s Kaoss Pad Series products have become the must-have effect units on in every musician’s rig – especially on the DJ scene. In addition to inheriting powerful effect programs from the Kaoss Pad KP3 and the Kaoss Pad Quad, the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 provides an MP3 player with adjustable pitch, making it ideal for creating DJ-Style performances. Use it as a DJ playback device, or use it to process the entire output of your DJ rig with Korg’s famous KAOSS effects. Instrumentalists, guitarists, sound designers and even just music fans will enjoy using the Mini Kaoss Pad 2. Offering a built-in mic, onboard speaker, and convenient battery power, the Mini KAOSS Pad 2 is completely self-contained and ready wherever you go!