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MixVibes has released Cross DJ for Android, an app they call the ‘first pro DJ app’ for the platform. Features: Mix in Sync Accurate BPM detection, right down to the last decimal. Sync button: one-press, and the 2 tracks never go out of phase. Manual pitch & pitch bend. Beat-grid editing, to sync your old […]
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Bartosz Kowalski and Joseph Chehade have launched a Kickstarter project for umidi, the world’s first custom DJ controller. umidi is a custom DJ controller you design. Using our design interface, you can choose up to 36 components on a 6×6 grid including knobs, faders, encoders, jog wheels, and aluminium push buttons. You can choose the […]
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DJs, laptop musicians, and VJs may never agree on what layout is optimal for controlling their apps. With UMIDI, they might not have to.
The Kickstarter-funded project has an ambitious goal: building whatever control you want, to order. Use a graphical Web interface to select a layout, and the producer will custom-machine a case out of aluminum, etching it with your own design, and adding the controls you want. The resulting hardware is USB class-compliant and works with any software, they say, and weighs under 3 pounds in a reasonably small form factor and less than an inch thickness.
For now, controls include knobs, endless encoders, faders, and an especially nice-looking aluminum push-button trigger. There’s also a textured-aluminum jog wheel for cueing and the like. Most intriguingly, though, if they reach their “stretch” funding goal, they say they’ll add drum pads. You then choose from these controls to add up to 36 on the 6×6 grid.
Custom lighting shines through cuts in the faceplate, Tron-style. With 288 LEDs, you can create both effects and visual feedback.
The project’s visual appearance and approach seem more than a little inspired by DJ Tech Tools, down to the sleek IKEA furniture in the background of their promo shots with controllers and records tastefully propped against the shelves. And, in turn, they use DJTT’s soft-touch caps. But with build-to-order availability of any layout, they could give DJTT a run for their money.
Speaking of money, yes, this will cost you. Even the early-bird rate is roughly US$850 or 600€. But that’s a fraction of what a one-off custom controller would normally cost, it includes what appears to be some high-end components, and it ships worldwide.
Shipping estimates run early spring.
Check out the Kickstarter:
umidi – The world’s first custom DJ controller
I think putting “the world’s first” in front of anything is probably guaranteed to make it instantly false, but they do have something novel here.
The project is the work of Australians Bartosz Kowalski and Joseph Chehade.
And you can check out the Web-based creation interface:
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Audio Artery have launched One DJ, a customizable all-in-one solution for DJ-ing, and creating mixes and mashups, with a “revolutionary” Timeline Edit Mode. One DJ also features a fully customizable user interface with smart audio routing. Customizable Timeline Edit. Developers … Continue reading
It seems everyone is thinking in LEGO these days. There’s littleBits, which snaps together analog components with magnetic connections. There’s Patchblocks, which connects digital modules you can then re-program onscreen.
And now, there’s Palette, a set of controller blocks that snap together and connect via USB. It gives you knobs, sliders, and X/Y controls for manipulating any software – from music to apps.
The crowd-funded project looks smart in both hardware and software design. And software easily extends what it can do – whether you’re playing a DJ set in Traktor or editing graphics in Photoshop. (Smart segues between those roles in the promo videos.)
Oh, and yes – it also does pulsing RGB LED disco effects, for added visual feedback.
It also represents a new approach to the development process itself. Crowd-funding is big, yes. But “incubators” are next – an attempt to not only immerse projects in necessary capital, but in a broad range of experience. (Here in Berlin, a new incubator is showing results tomorrow, in fact.) And for Palette, that meant spending weeks in Shenzhen, China, bringing the product designers closer to the people who design and make the components – those knobs and faders and USB connections on which the product relies. It’s part of the HAXLR8R incubator, which features the likes of Atari’s (and Chuck E. Cheese’s) Nolan Bushnell and our friend Mitch Atlman (Mitch was also one of the inaugural CDM Handmade Music/Musicmakers participants back in New York).
It’s startups with hard, real results, not just apps or websites.
And that’s doubly relevant here, because Ed Sharma of Palette tells us he doesn’t just want your enthusiasm or money – he wants your input and collaboration. “We are just engineers,” Ed tells CDM, “and the input of you and your readers readers can help shape this technology.”
So, what do you get?
Snap-together modules. A button, a knob, a slider, a joystick, and a jog wheel are all early possibilities. Interestingly, each module is just one input each – so one module gives you one slider; there’s not a four-slider set.
Premade software functions: “no coding or tinkering required.”
How it works: The creators describe it thusly:
Palette is designed with easy of use in mind. Each kit comes with it’s own Power Module. You can create your own Palette, just:
Connect the Power Module to a USB port
The Power Module is detected by our Palette Desktop App
Connect as many modules as you’d like to create your own unique interface
The desktop app detects these modules on the fly, as you add and rearrange them.
Use the app to individually map modules to software functions, or use presets to map them all at once
That’s it! Now you have a professional tool that you designed, that looks good enough to sit on your desk.
The Palette Desktop App does all the hard work. A photographer can create a personalized controller for Adobe Lightroom where a button can control brush tool, a dial can control brightness, and a slider can control zoom. The physical interface provides tactility, which allows for comfort and precision for long work sessions without the need to take your eyes off your work.
And it’s worth saying, while the paradigm connects closely with music, that same tactile control could be relevant to other users. They show off gaming and other apps, too. (I like the grandmother-friendly Skype controller!)
This is “controllerism” as championed by musicians, now being made available to everyone else, too.
Proposed ship date: June 2014.
The Kickstarter project, based in San Francisco and Waterloo, Canada, launches today. From $89 Canadian, you can get a starter kit with four modules; fancier versions scale up from there.
They’re asking for feedback, so – while I always hesitate to say this – don’t be shy.
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