The Ion Audio Scratch 2 Go can’t be real because it’s so stupid.
“Scratch 2 Go is an ultra-portable DJ control surface that turns your iPad into a mobile mixing experience. Just download the free Scratch 2 Go app and start mixing, scratching, and adding effects to your music— Scratch 2 Go works with iTunes, so you can mix the music you already own. Its two turntables, crossfader, and control knobs gently attach to your iPad’s screen via soft suction cups for hours of mixing fun.” – ionaudio.com
I’ve DJed on and off over the years and recently I picked up a Traktor S4. I love the thing. Native Instruments really has the software and hardware working together in a dreamlike manner. With the Sample Decks it’s also very interesting from a producer’s standpoint. What you see above is Vestax’s answer to the S4 the VCI-400. It does much of the same with a few differences. You can easily switch out the faders, the filter knob has a light when it’s on and some other niceties. The S4 is probably still the best choice for most people though. The new VCI will be available early next year.
“At about 2 inches shorter than the s4, the VCI-400 strikes a nice balance of being well spaced but looking reasonably portable. It will fit in more backpacks and conveys a nice solid look that feels at home next to turntables and mixers. Most other plastic controllers do seem a bit out of place in the rugged and utilitarian dj environment.” – djtechtools.com
The Gforce Software impOSCar software synthesizer has been updated to version 2. Some of the new stuff includes a Ring Modulator, New Filter Types with Drive, Chord Memory and more. Far more interesting (to me anyway) is the insane hardware controller for it from Touch Digital Controllers. Just look at that image above! It’s over 1k so you have to ask yourself if you would rather have a real analog synth.
“101 control inputs comprising; 83 knobs, 7 led lit buttons, 2 punch in/out switches and 9 momentary buttons with 9 linked led, midi in/out led, MIDI-in and 128 channel simultaneous USB and MIDI out processor. The 101 panel controls are all voltage controlled components so give the player the highest possible resolution into the digital domain. Beautiful custom made aluminium knobs – old school vibe!” – touchdigitalcontrollers.co.uk
The Synth Project MC-20 is an iPad with the iMS-20 App running built into a custom Korg MS20 controller. This gets me thinking that someone should built and incredible generic iPad synth controller. Something like the Akai SynthStation 49 but you know… more awesome.
“The MC-20 Controller for the iPad has a 3 Octave Full Size Keyboard. So the size of the Case is nearly 1:1 of the original MS-20 Synthesizer. The case has a iPad Slot to let the iPad inside the Case and you don´t need any place beside the case for the iPad The normal parameters are controlled by the USB64 Midi Interface from Doepfer, via Knobs and pots like the real Hardware Synth. To handle the patch cords, i use the iPad. I think, this will be a good way, because the patch sockets of the App and the VST Instrument too, have no Midi CC´s. The Advantage is, that i can use with iPad App, the Sequencer and the Drum Machine of the App too. So i have a little so-called MS-20 Workstation” – synth-project.de
For the most part up until today I really didn’t care too much about making a synced, controlled connection between my iPad and computer. Konkreet Performer has changed that. I’ve always been a fan of having multiple on screen knobs attached to one physical controller. How about all your on screen knobs attached to wild visual touchable animating iPad controls? Please let me know if you have tried this out and what you think of it. The App is available in the iTunes Store now for $25: click here. I’m going to wait until the weekend then it’s on.
“PERFORMER is an OSC music control and performance instrument. It’s a controller that utilises multitouch technology to the full; instead with faders and knobs, an intuitive, remote operation of software instruments on your computer, all made through manipulating an abstract objects on your device! Reconnect to your software instruments, your DAW, your sound. PERFORMER is here to inspire you. In the studio and on the stage!” – For more info: konkreetlabs.com
I’m surprised it took so long for Native Instruments to come up with a full hardware solution for Traktor. I’ve always been intrigued by M-Audio’s Torq and Xponent but I never actually saw anyone using Xponent in an actual nightclub. I think we will be seeing a lot of Kontrol S4s around. The hardcase with laptop stand is a very smart move by NI. I’m always making my own mixes using Traktor maybe this will finally push me to do it in front of people. $999 and $189 for the hardcase. If the hardware is rugged they have a winner.
“Custom-tailored for TRAKTOR, the S4 fuses a premium-quality 4 channel DJ mixer, a built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard, an intuitive controller, and the flagship TRAKTOR PRO S4 software…” – native-instruments.com
Ritchie Hawtin, John Acquaviva and a small group called Liine have created an Ableton specific iPad controller called Griid. It looks interesting. I’m usually sweating and holding a microphone on stage but I am constantly running back behind the laptop to adjust and control things. A small sturdy stand at the very front of the stage with the iPad and Liine or touchAble on could be a solution. Who knows with one of those OtterBox Defender cases maybe I wouldn’t need the stand. I could just carry and leave the iPad various places on stage like I do with my mic sometimes. I’m going to try out Griid this weekend although I’m still a little skeptical. I do think eventually something like this will work but we are not quite there yet. Maybe I’m wrong? Let me know if you tried Griid out.
“Griid is an advanced clip grid interface which allows you to control Ableton Live (running on your desktop or laptop) from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Using specially developed touch objects and simple gestures, Griid is carefully designed with the performance experience in mind. Finely tuned for rapid navigation, you can enjoy the freedom of playing Live sets of any size with ease. Explicit visual feedback means that you have all the information you need, quite literally at your fingertips. Combined with wireless operation, this means you can perform with Ableton Live without ever needing to look at the computer screen.” – http://liine.net/
Great self made controller. Another reminder it’s 2010.
“Hi Oliver, I just thought maybe you would like to post something about my latest creation. It is a self-made MIDI controller based on the ucapps.de hardware platform, extended with goodies such as RGB LEDs.” – Ander
I’ve always wanted a C-Thru Axis keyboard. I think it would definitely spark some creativity. The price has always been the issue. Interestingly you can now get a Harmonic table keyboard for your iPad (or iPhone but that misses the point). It’s called Hex OSC Full and it’s $15.99: click here (iTunes link)
“Hex Series is musical keyboard software for iPhone / iPad / iPod touch, which has substantial 98 keys. The keyboard layout can be changed in order to extend tone range by a single shake while you play in iPhone / iPod touch. Hexagonal keys have certain note relationships like guitar chords. When you know the patterns, you can transpose smoothly. Furthermore, both Hex OSC and Hex OSC Full transmit OSC(Open Sound Control), so you can control software and hardware ,which can deal with OSC. You can also control MIDI software and hardware by converting OSC to MIDI. We provide patch for Max/MSP named “HexOSCtoMIDI” for free.” – sky-light.jp/hex/en/
What musician didn’t want a Jazzmutant Lemur? What musician could actually afford one? Luckily technology marches forward and brings goodness to the masses and the midipad for iPad is a good example. There will be different views to start you off such as studioView, djView, launchView, fxView and keysView. The concept is futuristic fun but will I really want to use it in my studio? I like to move as fast as possible between brain and sound. How about live then? I can manage to use my iPhone while on my elliptical trainer so sweaty fingers won’t be a problem. I do know I’m definitely going to try it out!
“The striking feature of midipad is its ability to directly communicate via network-MIDI-protocol. So there is no need to install any communication-peer-software on the Mac! Simply plug-and-play via Apple Bonjour – wireless. This multitouch-capable midi-controller-application communicates with your Apple Mac your Windows-based PC and even standalone hardware-synths via Wifi.” – midipad.de