• Sony S-Air Play, XROSS FADE: One's a multi-room speaker system, the other's for DJs

    You’re looking at the Sony S-Air Play, one of those multi-room audio systems used by the filthy rich such as John McCain and Peter Ha. It’s got all the normal things you’d expect from such a device, including iPod/iPhone connector, built-in radio, etc. That it’s wireless, meaning that you can link a bunch of these together all over the house and have them play the… Read More

  • Recent patent shows possible Apple virtual DJ interface

    An Apple patent that was filed about a month ago , and only now unearthed, reveals the company’s intention to create a virtual DJ interface for the Mac (and possibly the iPhone and rumored MacBook touch ). Now, just because there’s a patent for this doesn’t mean we’ll all be playing around with iDJ any time soon. Apple patents things all the time that never get made. Read More

  • Video: Proof of concept Traktor interface

    So this guy, djmocap, has created a new interface for the Traktor DJ application. The video is only a proof of concept, so don’t expect how-to directions for a little while. The song totally reminds me of Ridge Racer 4. You know, that last good Ridge Racer, for the original PlayStation. Read More

  • Pretend you're a DJ on your iPhone 3G with MixMeister Scratch app

    Make way for the best iPhone app of them all, MixMeister Scratch. Free, too. OK, so that’s a bit much, but it’s still pretty neat. All you do is load the app onto your iPhone or iPod Touch, and then start a-scratching using the touchscreen. Lots of sound effects to entertain and/or annoy your pals, to be sure. Yes, that’s all it does, but I’d rather be seen pretending… Read More

  • Aspiring DJ? How about a $24K reference turntable to get you started?

    “The best gets better!” “A triumph!” “Who shot JR?” All ways of introducing the Acutus Reference, a $24,000 turntable that’s more for Paul van Dyk than your little two-bit basement operation. And for $24K, “your records have never sounded this good before.” I should hope so! Oh, and “you might not make it to work the next… Read More

  • Protein[DS]: Now your DS is sorta like a turntable! Crazy!

    Another touchscreen DJ thing to point out, this time for the Nintendo DS. It’s called Protein[DS] and will apparently be released for your homebrew pleasure in a couple days. I think it’s more for kicks than a Godskitchen residency. One can dream, though, I suppose. Read More

  • ATTIGO TT: The touchscreen turntable that needs to be released ASAP

    Final Product // ATTIGO TT from Scott Hobbs on Vimeo. This, the ATTIGO TT, is one of the best things I’ve ever seen, and I really mean that. Most of the time, meh. But this! It’s a touchscreen turntable created by one Scott Hobbs, a student at Dundee University. About the size of a regular turntable, this one is more Surface than Technics. The video says all that needs to be said. Read More

  • Gilded Age: Montegiro's Lusso 'luxurious' turntable

    Believe it or not, that’s a turntable up there. Designed by German outfit Montegiro, Lusso, as it’s known, is marketed more like a European sports car than a pice of DJ equipment. “Luxury is…. having time for the essential things of life.” “Luxury is… to allow oneself extravagances.” “Luxury is… to expect just more.” And… Read More

  • Concept CD/MP3 DJ kit seems far from wikka-wikka-whack

    This concept device from Continuum is a dual MP3/CD player with tactile turntables and a full complement of DJ tweaks. While it’s not — and will probably never be — available, it’s a cool marriage of the mechanical and the electronic in a package about as big as your old boombox. However, if you’re looking for something that exists and is available now I just… Read More

  • A democratic solution to the neverending party DJ problem

    Some CS guys at my alma mater, UCLA, have come up with a technological solution to a longstanding social problem: what to play at a party? Their program collects popular tracks from wi-fi-enabled players at the party like the Zune or Touch, or other laptops, and makes it into a playlist. If people leave and their signal is no longer detected, their tracks can be taken off the list. It can also… Read More

  • Video: Turntable controller for Guitar Hero

    This Guitar Hero turntable controller, designed by this guy, evokes memories of Konami’s beatmania, the original music game series. As the above video shows, it works just like a proper GH controller, complete with whammy bar and all the buttons you need to complete face shredders on expert mode. While I haven’t been bitten by the GH bug—I tried to play The Strokes’… Read More

  • CES 2008: Pacemaker portable DJ system: Pretend you're Victor Calderone

    [photopress:pacemakerrrr.jpg,full,center] Product Name: Pacemaker
    Description: A pocket-sized DJ system
    Price: 520 Euros, or $763 (right now—I’m sure that’ll change by the time it comes out)
    In-store date: February 2008
    Site: Pacemaker [Tonium]
    Why it’s cool: Really? Why is it cool? It’s a complete DJ system in your pocket, for starters. It’s also a DAP… Read More

  • Denon's HDD-based turntable looks impressive, spins

    If you’re the kind of DJ who likes to dual-wield iPods or keep your vinyl on your MacBook, maybe you should take a look at this thing. It’s got a huge amount of features, ports for USB stuff, and space for you to put your own 2.5″ drive in. It has to be PATA, formatted for FAT32, but whatever. Judging from the sheer number of buttons, dials, and toggles on the top of the… Read More

  • Numark Finalizes Release Date For iDJ2

    Plagued by delays, it finally seems Numark’s latest iPod DJ mixer, the iDJ2, is set to be released. Come September, you’ll be able to plunk down a whopping $600 on an iPod mixer that’s supposed to revolutionize DJing. the iDJ2 features dual iPod docks, scratch pads, pitch control, beat-matching, key-lock, and the ability to play two songs from the same iPod at once, which… Read More

  • M-Audio's Torq Xponent: The Complete Computer-Based DJ System

    Vince and I love everything Torq-releated because we’re budding DJs. The latest Torq DJ system, the Xponenet from M-Audio, looks pretty amazing just based on the number of buttons and dials it has. Its price—$750—does preclude me from partaking, however. Like its smaller X Session Pro cousin, the Xponent is a computer-based DJ system that uses some pretty impressive software… Read More

  • M-Audio Torq Mixlab Revisited

    You may recall awhile back I reviewed M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab setup for DJs. I love it and think it’s great software, but I only spent so much initial time using it then took a break. This past week, I’ve been playing with it for hours on end and have started to really get mixing well down again. To showcase how well Torq Mixlab works, I’ve made a decent 45-minute… Read More

  • Pacemaker Pocket DJ Better Be Real 'Cause I Needs to Mix

    Dear Space Jesus, please tell us this Pacemaker pocket DJ is real. Who could resist a 120GB hard drive and the ability to mix and crossfade all the ATB and AVB you can stomach? (For Vince and I that’s quite a bit. In fact, we’ll be raving to ATB next week. Come join us.) Battery life is only so-so, though, lasting only five hours while mixing, barely enough to put together an… Read More

  • Stanton's T.90 USB High-Torque Turntable

    The new T.90 USB High-Torque Turntable from Stanton certainly isn’t the first we’ve seen for converting your vinyl to digital files on your computer through USB, but it is definitely better equipped to handle the demands of a pro or hobbyist DJ than most. The T.90, aside from its namesake high-torque direct-drive motor, features a built-in “Key Lock” for adjusting… Read More

  • Stanton UBERSTAND For Laptop-based DJs

    Normally, I’d dismiss an stand like this as utter crap. However, after reviewing and spending time with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab, I realize that there is a market for this stand and it’s probably very useful. The Uberstand was created as a portable response to the ongoing problem of DJ setups not having room for a laptop. The UBERSTAND also folds up and fits in a 12-inch bag so… Read More

  • M-Audio Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System Review

    The whole package DJing has most certainly evolved over the years. From the infamous Technics 1200s to Numark’s iPod DJ system, the technique of holding the attention of a dance floor required precise musical knowledge, expert mixing skills, and a sixth-sense of beatmatching. After spending just a few days with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System, I’m officially… Read More