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MOTU rolls out a firmware update featuring their new Touch Console Application.

MOTU this week pushed out a new firmware for a number of their network attached models. This new update takes their Pro Audio Control web application that you regularly use for routing your interface and they’ve crammed in a few new features and more importantly, they’ve redesigned it to allow you to run it off any touch-enabled device on your network.

This feature has cropped up previously on the recently released 8PRE-es where it came pre-installed. Now, however, this new firmware release opens it up even further allowing owners of the 1248, 16A, 8M, 112D, 828es, UltraLite-mk4, UltraLite AVB, Monitor-8 and Stage-B16 to all get involved.

Whether in the studio, or out on stage full control is now in your hand and users can launch the Pro Audio Control web app on their tablet or smartphone (iOS or Android) in order to gain easy access the Touch Console, giving the user an intuitive control over the DSP-driven 48-channel mixer in their MOTU interface, with twelve buses and effects including 4-band parametric EQ, dynamics processing, classic reverb and a model of the vintage LA-2A leveling amplifier.

It’s a free download, and for existing qualifying owners, you should get a new firmware update notification next time you log into the control application. 

For more details check out the following videos from MOTU.

All MOTU products @ Scan.

Akai Launches MIDImix DAW Controller

Akai MIDImix

Cheap, cheerful and potentially very handy, its a combination we all love and the Akai MIDImix controller threatens to do all that when it ships in a few months and could find itself appearing in a lot of setups.

Its an 8 channel mixer, 3 mapable knobs per channel and 2 buttons per channel with default 1 – 1 mapping to Ableton live out of the box.

That’s pretty much it. Simple, portable and a problem solver, all for around £60 when it launches, which is a price point we’re sure will help it find a home in many a studio and artists kit bags on the road.

Akai MIDImix Homepage

Akai Hardware @ Scan

 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1

The Native Instruments Traktor Z1 is the ultimate, stick-it-in-yer-bag portable addon for Traktor users, both on PC and Mac, but also for Traktor DJ on iOS.

Fully compatible with all of the versions of Traktor, this unit is very similar to the Traktor S2 mixer section. Featuring the same faders and knobs as the S2 and S4, this really opens up the use of iOS Traktor App for iMac and iPhone (yes, it is even reported to work with iPhone too!)  “more than a bit of fun messing about” usage.  Not only does it give you a true stereo output and stereo headphone cue for iOS, it’s also an ultra-portable solution to anyone with its partner X1 or F1 controller for PC and Mac.

http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/dj-mixer/traktor-kontrol-z1/

Pioneer Announce New Serato Controller – The DDJ-SX

Pioneer have today alongside the Serato Dj announcement this morning their new Searto controller the Pioneer DDJ-SX and without spliting hairs…. it looks an absolute beast!

The offical line from Pioneer is as follows:

The DDJ SX is the exclusive controller for the new Serato DJ software, also announced today. This really is the ultimate controller featuring stand alone 4 channel mixer, metal jogwheels and casing, hardware colour effects, sample/effects launch pads, 4 deck control, exclusive dual deck control amongst many other creative features.

Further infomation can be found on the Serato site where offically the Pioneer DDJ-SX appears to be the launch controller of choice for the new Serato DJ software lin and should be the first controller to ship with the new software client.

Key Features Of the Pioneer DDJ-SX

Tight integration with Serato DJ

Developed specifically for Serato DJ, the DDJ-SX controls are tightly integrated with the software features giving you the best hands on control over your performance.

Performance Pad Section

8 velocity sensitive, Performance Pads to control Cue Points, Loop Rolls, Slicer and the SP-6.

Velocity Mode

You can enter Velocity Mode to trigger the SP-6 Sample Player slots. The harder or softer you hit the performance pads, the louder or quieter the samples sound.

Dual Deck Mode

Developed specifically for the DDJ-SX, this allows you to link two software deck layers and manipulate them as one. Go crazy and layer sounds!Large, Touch Sensitive Platters

Trustworthy Pioneer touch sensitive platters with platter illumination and a jog wheel display allow for the tightest control of the virtual decks in Serato DJ.

4-Channel Standalone Hardware Mixer

Connect your CDJs or Turntables and have the best of both worlds.

Slip Mode

Keep everything in time and in the groove. Turn on this mode and trigger cue points, loops or scratch. Once you are done, the track will go back to the position it would have been had you done nothing.

Hardware FX Controls

Dedicated hardware controls for the brand new FX Powered by iZotope in Serato DJ.

Slicer

Chop sections of your tracks up and re-arrange on the fly. The Slicer cuts a section of your track into 8 pieces, which can be triggered creatively with the 8 performance pads.

Dedicated HP/LP Channel Filters

A dedicated High Pass / Low Pass filter per channel gives you more control to create smooth blends and interesting sounds.

Channel Fader Start

Start playback of your tracks by opening the channel fader.

Pioneer DDJ-SX wide shot

Pioneer DDJ SX front

The Pioneer DD-SX launches later this month and should land at around £809 when it does.

 Pioneer DJ Products @ Scan

Native Instruments Takes Kontrol Once More With A New Teaser

On the horizon is a new Dj mixer / controller hybrid from Native Instruments under the Kontrol banner. Details at this moment are extremely limited with a only a small teaser video to go off at this time.

Rather than try and break it down and second guess what those guys have up their sleeves are up to we’ll leave you with the video link itself below to decide for yourself.

Pioneer XDJ Aero – Hands on Demo Video inc. Rekordbox Mobile App

The Pioneer XDJ Aero is an excellent new Wireless DJ controller and this week we’ve had a visit from thier chief demonstrator Rob Anderson, who took us through the many features including the use of the Rekordbox APP for Android and Apple smartphones and Tablets, as well as Windows PC’s and Mac.

We were extremely impressed by the build quality and slick operation of the Pioneer XDJ Aero, although it does “stream” from wireless authorised devices running the Rekordbox app, it has a 10 minute buffer, as well intelligently automatically using the bpm (set in rekordbox) to put the track into a 4 bar loop, if the worst happens, if your mobile device runs out of battery  and it does run out of tunes!

The build quality of this device was fantastic, with a welcome return to the solid metal cue and start buttons that CDJ users will be used to, as well as solid metal, touch sensitive platters.

The mixer is switchable between standalone and wireless mode and is exactly what you would expect from pioneer’s top level of equipment, solid, smooth and built for the heaviest level of fader abuse that you could possibly manually throw at it! One really nice feature was the lockable fader caps, to stop the frequent “flying fader” effect, where after some energetic movements, the caps shoot halfway across the dancefloor, leaving only little metal stumps for the next DJ.

The idea behind the Rekordbox app is that you can sort out and beatgrid, cue and edit information for your tunes on the go.

I found this a MAAASIVE plus point, as there’s many times whilst stuck on many forms of transport, that i really wished that i could sort my tunes out quickly, this does not only do that, but also allows you to stream directly to the unit to mix the tracks.

I can see the Pioneer XDJ Aero as the perfect home practice tool for people who use CDJ-2000’s in clubs, and currently move thier library about on USB pendrive. This controller definatly sits alone with a unique way of working that will be incredibly attractive to users who embrace modern technology and methodology.

Pioneer Dj Gear @ Scan

 

Pioneer Offer Cashback on the Ergo and S-DJ05

More summer offers as Pioneer extend their £80 cashback offer to cover the Ergo digital Dj controller and their S-DJ05 speaker range.

Pioneer ErgoPioneer Ergo

Pioneers Ergo Dj controller offers pro level features at prices that will appeal to every pocket. This feature packed two channel Serato controller is now even better value with the £80 cash back offer.

 

Pioneer Ergo @ Scan

 

 

 

Pioneer S-DJ05Pioneer S-Dj 05

A perfect match for the Ergo these active speakers with 5″ driver, offer 300w a pair of full rich sound. They also have a handy desktop volume control to keep the sound right at your finger tips.

 

Pioneer S-DJ05 @ Scan

 

Both of these items have the £80 cashback offer running for the month of July only. Please see the special Pioneer offer page for more info on how to claim.

Alesis IO Mix – iPad Mixer

The Alesis IO Mix mixer for iPad is one of the first Musikmesse unveilings of 2012.

What they say…

 

Now, for the first time ever, you can mix and record up to four channels of audio into your iPad.

The Alesis iO Mix is the first device that turns your iPad into a powerful portable studio, allowing you to record multiple mics or instruments directly into GarageBand or any other compatible Core Audio app.

With the Alesis iO Dock, Alesis was the first to make your iPad studio-compatible. Now with the Alesis iO Mix, your iPad becomes your studio. All the connections you need are onboard, including four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels and balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs. The Alesis iO Mix also has a video output, making it perfect for everything from presentations and corporate meetings to home entertainment and live performance visuals.

ROOM FOR FOUR
With the Alesis iO Mix’s four-channel capability you finally have everything you need for mixing and recording on your iPad, all in one device. There’s no more clunky dongle connections or USB cables needed. Your iPad is seamlessly integrated into a compact mixing console that will be immediately familiar and easy to use. When you close Alesis iO Mix’s hinged door, your iPad is completely enclosed and secure — you’ll hardly be able to tell that they’re separate devices.

CONNECT & CREATE
The Alesis iO Mix allows you to connect virtually any piece of recording gear to your iPad: microphones, instruments, speakers, headphones and more. Four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels are exactly where you need them on the rear of the unit. Each has trim, channel gain, pan, and low & high EQ controls located right in front of you. Push-button High Pass Filters are also available on each channel to eliminate low-frequency interference in live mixing and recording situations.

STUDIO TO GO
With its compact design, iO Mix is the perfect portable studio. Bring it to your band’s practice space, coffeehouse gig or weekend recording session. Switchable 48V phantom power allows you to use studio condenser microphones and iO Mix’s guitar-direct switch makes guitar recording easy. You don’t even need an amp! Simply connect your guitar or bass, flip the switch and use your iPad to add effects like reverb and delay. Balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs and 1/4″ headphone output are also onboard along with a switchable limiter for clip-free recordings.

WIRELESS WHENEVER
The Alesis iO Mix is Core Audio-compliant, allowing you to use it with virtually any app in the App Store. Plus, your iPad’s WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and 3G connectivity, allow you to tailor your sound at a moment’s notice or playback audio through compatible wireless speakers. Download new effects or filters to deal with unexpected live sound needs, or download songs, videos or entirely new applications to keep your audience entertained during a gig or the band’s creative energy flowing during a recording session.

VIDEO VERSATILITY
Along with its four-channel mixing and recording capability, the Alesis iO Mix’ s ability to playback video makes it ideal for applications that were previously impossible. You can use the Alesis iO Mix to not only mix and record, but also playback live performance visuals behind the band. The Alesis iO Mix is also great for corporate presentations and business meetings, allowing up to four speakers to be mic’d and have video playing back simultaneously. With the optional Alesis Module Mount, you can attach the Alesis iO Mix to a nearby mic stand and have easy access to instantly adjust any mixing, recording or video-playback parameter.

Turn your iPad into a portable mixer and flexible recording studio, with the iO Mix, only from Alesis.

 

  • The world’s first mixer/multi-channel interface for iPad
  • Mix and record up to four channels, or a stereo mix into your iPad
  • Works with mics, instruments, speakers, headphones, video monitors and projectors
  • Four combo XLR-1/4″ input channels, each with trim, channel gain, pan, and low & high EQ
  • Switchable 48V phantom power for use with studio condenser microphones
  • Guitar-direct (DI) switch for guitar recording without an amp
  • Balanced, stereo 1/4″ outputs and 1/4″ headphone output with separate volume controls
  • Direct Monitor switch for latency-free input monitoring while recording
  • Switchable limiter for clip-free recordings
  • Hinged door completely encloses and secures your iPad
  • Core Audio-compliant: works with virtually any app in the App Store
  • Video output for connection to TVs and projectors: perfect for presentations, meetings and VJs
  • Mountable to a mic stand using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately)
  • Complete routing and signal-management controls
  • Power supply also charges your iPad

 

What we say…..

 

Whilst claims like “The Alesis iO Mix is the first device that turns your iPad into a powerful portable studio” are not exactly true (Mackie DL1608 comes to mind), the Alesis offering will almost certainly come in well under the mackie pricepoint and value for money is a phrase always associated with Alesis, although i’m not exactly sure that i would prefer this solution to using a RME UCX and some multichannel audio software if recording. The slight downside is that it lacks the wireless possibility of the mackie, which really was one of the best audio uses for the ipad that i’ve seen.  We hope to get our hands on the Alesis io Mix at Musikmesse in Frankfurt this week and report back with some in-depth analysis.