DJs who fear or start to experience tinnitus clamor for a better monitoring option so they don't have to blast headphones in competition with a massive sound system. Quite often, in-ear monitors are a good solution, helping to block out external sounds, like combination earbud/earplugs. Now, Pioneer is entering the in-ear monitor market, announcing two new models that parallel their DJ headphones line, featuring drivers tuned for DJ monitoring.
This week Korg has launched a new iPad application that wraps 15 unique compact synthesizers and drum machines into a portable DAW. It’s called KORG Gadget – perhaps a shout-out to the wide array of tools that Inspector Gadget had at his disposal anywhere he went. The app looks extremely powerful; each of the synths have […]
At NAMM we got first-person looks at Bitwig Studio’s integration with controllers from Novation, Livid Instruments and Nektar, whose Panorama P1, P4, and P6 models should be deeply entwined with the software from Bitwig’s launch day. At first glance Bitwig’s layout looks extremely similar to Ableton Live, the program Bitwig’s founders worked on before splitting […]
BreakTweaker is an incredible beat-oriented VST instrument designed by DJ/producer/composer BT the breaks the mode of traditional step sequencers. You can stretch each note in the sequence to any length, and then apply MicroEdits to them. Breaktweaker is made up of Three main modules: the Sequencer, the MicroEdit Engine, and the Generator (wavetable synth). Other […]
Electronic Music school Dubspot wanted the perfect controller to put in front of its students — something resembling a console mixer MIDI controller that was simple, straightforward, and easily worked with any DAW and other software. However, they found that what they really wanted was the 15-year-old, long-discontinued Evolution UC-33, and that nothing else like […]
Elektron added to their lineup with a new fully-analog drum computer, the Rytm. We got a chance to take a look at the unit at Elektron’s booth at NAMM 2014 – read on for the specs, and exclusive performance video, and our thoughts. Features: 8 fully analog drum synth voices, each specifically designed to be optimized for […]
Four hard-working DJ TechTools staff members and three volunteer reporters took on the sights, sounds, and smells of NAMM 2014 in the hopes of finding the most interesting and inspiring products of 2014. If you have any use for amazing DJ effects, deluxe DJ controllers, game-changing drum programming software or a next-level DAW, you’ll want to read and watch our findings now.
Five years down the road from the debut of the Xone:22, Allen & Heath has updated its entry-level mixer to the Xone:23, taking into account some of the most requested user modifications for the 2 + 2-channel DJ mixer. While the overall functionality is largely unchanged, the Xone:23 has some major updates to the internal circuitry, aesthetics and layout. We were on the scene at NAMM 2014 for the full rundown and video.