I once won some tickets to an event from a radio station and when I went to to pick them up the number of knobs and buttons in the studio was impressive. I could never be a DJ, I have a tendency to push buttons to figure out what they do rather than read instructions. Pioneer has a new pro DJ controller it is unveiling today for those that know what all the buttons and knobs are for called the DJM-2000.
The digital juggernaut continues its mindless destruction of analog classics, with the latest brand to throw in the towel being venerable club favorite Technics. Manufacturing parent Panasonic has apparently issued a statement blaming "low sales globally in analogue turntables" for the demise of the Technics 1200 and 1210 decks, which it will cease producing in February 2010.
One thing that I haven’t really been interested in since I spent a week being grounded for trying to scratch with my dad's Thriller album was being a DJ. If you are the DJ sort looking to take your game to the next level, Pioneer has unveiled a pair of new digital turn tables.
The "sensation" of Pro DJ'ing is surely staying up to 4am, packed into a mixing booth before a sea of heaving, ketamine-fuelled bodies swinging their arms rapturously, while your ear-drums are slowly pounded out of existence by far more bass than is medically advisable. Unfortunately, Hercules seem to have decided that their version of that sensation is actually all about tweaking your MP3s into digital mixes, and with that in mind they've launched their latest DJ control surface, the MP3e2.
Tonium are planning to release the third-generation version of their Pacemaker Pocket DJ PMP in early 2010. The news was confirmed by Tonium’s co-founder and creative director Martin Renck, and while he refused to be drawn on specific details for the upcoming device, he did reveal that the company are considering motion-sensing controls for inclusion at some point in the future.
I wish I was a DJ. Or at least, I wish I was talented enough to use the Tonium Pacemaker Pocket DJ effectively. I play drums but I can't mix beats, so I had to call in reinforcements. My good friend DJ T.A.I. offered to help out with taking a look at the Pacemaker, and he was able to throw together a short demo for us in the very short amount of time he had the device.
I'll admit, I had no idea what I was getting into when I opened up the Pacemaker. The functionality and the features of the device are astounding. The Pacemaker Pocket DJ system is a 60 GB portable turntable and mixer that allows you to store your music, beats, and mixes on the internal storage, and spin your music on the go. The Pacemaker features the ability to play two tracks side by side, allowing fading and mixing between the two tracks. Cross fading and mixing is an easy task since you can select any two tracks on the device and have one playing while the other is cued up. Whatever track is active will play through the speakers, while you can have the preview of the cued track playing through the headphones.