Tag: Gear

Pioneer Announces First iPad Effects Unit

Back in 2012, Pioneer released the RMX-1000 DJ Effects unit, which allowed DJs a multitude of effects and sample possibilities for their sets. Becoming an instantly popular piece of hardware, Pioneer has now announced that the RMX-1000 will come to the iPad with a nearly identical look to its non-digital brother. Drawing audio from a users ITunes Library, and compatible with Garageband, as well as a host of iPad synths and drum machines, the RMX-1000 seeks to be more of a tool for production than live performance emulating the hardware to deliver touchscreen control of Scene FX, Isolate FX, X-PAD ... Read more

Pioneer Introduces New Flagship Headphone

Pioneer is set to introduce a brand new headphone to its extensive DJ gear line. The HDJ-700 is supposed to be a real DJ’s headphone, designed with the intention of being functional in a wide range of situations, from club mixing to home listening.  The HDJ-700, which is to be released in October, comes in a “sleek, lightweight aluminium design”. Regarding sound, the new headphone produces a “crisp and clear sound that’s engineered to strongly reproduce low and mid-level frequencies.” Accurate monitoring Optimised for dance music, the HDJ-700 has narrow ear pads and 40 mm driver units with rare earth magnets that provide “a ... Read more

Flattening Warped Records Now Possible For Technics 1200 Owners

It’s a known problem to vinyl collectors across the world, warped records. Those not yet introduced to the phenomenon: a warped record is what happens to delicate vinyl after years of use and abuse and improper storage, making a record crooked rather than flat which renders it virtually impossible to listen to. The problem was already partly solved with the invention of an outer periphery record clamp made for modern turntables. It was not possible though to use it on the world’s most popular turntables, the Technics 1200 series, due to its size. That has now been changed though. After ... Read more

Video: Man Turns Tortilla Into Record

There seems to be an endless stream of imaginative, sometimes ingenious music carrier applications. Just recently we saw this incredible looking record player, a paper midi controller, and a solar-powered speaker neatly built inside a trash bin. We can add a new one to the list, as a man who has probably watched this funny video of a tortilla spinning on a turntable, thought to himself that he could probably do a lot better in turning food into music. So he actually laser-cut a tortilla, the technology that essentially transports musical data on vinyl, and turned it into a working ... Read more

Make Music In Your Browser With Google Chrome Midi

As apps move further and further into the cloud, Google sees it as the next frontier for music production. With the latest Google Chrome update, MIDI support is now offered through the browser.  This update will allow anyone with a MIDI controller, to turn a website into a virtual instrument.  The update allows Google Chrome to scan for a MIDI device connected to a user’s computer and use that information to playback notes on a web-based synth. If you want to try out the feature now, then Web Audio MIDI Synthesizer (loosely based on the Moog Prodigy) is a good place to start. Find ... Read more

Teenage Engineering Makes Portable Production An Inexpensive Reality

Sweden’s Teenage Engineering, the company best known for its popular and versatile OP-1 synthesizer, has recently unveiled a new line of three new synths dubbed Pocket Operator. To the contrary of their popular yet pricey OP-1 ($849), these tiny, easily transportable instruments will only cost 69 Euro, easily making them a production steal. Made in conjunction with cult clothing designer Cheap Monday (who offer an array of customisable accessories for the device) Each of the three Pocket Operator models literally leaves little to the imagination, with components and circuit board exposed. The PO-12 drum machine, PO-14 bass synth, and PO-16 lead-synth all feature ... Read more

Play Vinyl Records Without Touching Them

That vinyl is having a comeback, is no news. More and more people are buying vinyl but don’t want to damage their precious new bought records. There might be an answer to their prayers. The new ELP Laser Turntable plays records without touching them. But there is also a catch. There are many arguments why vinyl sounds better than CD’s When comparing vinyl and digital releases. Digital never sound as good as analogue because nothing is lost when pressing a vinyl record. It sounds as good as the producer or band intended. All of this make the warm, mahogany-rich sound that vinyl is famous for. Besides those technical ... Read more

Rolands Adds AIRA Modular Options With SYSTEM-1m

With roots in the very origins of electronic music, AIRA is a new series of products designed to meet the evolving needs of the contemporary electronic musician. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sounds and modern performance features to a new generation. While computers dominate so many music production activities today, artists still seek inspiration through the sonic character and responsive feel of traditional analog hardware. AIRA products emphasize the spontaneous creativity and hands-on performance inspired by these vintage electronic instruments while integrating neatly into today’s computer-based production environments. At this year’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Roland revealed ... Read more