We have all been in a position where we have a deadline to meet but find ourselves being distracted. In this digital world, the distractions have become even harder to avoid. When you have a remix or a track that has to be finished, you really shouldn’t be reaching for Facebook or Beatport, but lets be honest, it is hard to resist.
Minirigs are hand-built mini portable Bluetooth speakers, made by a bunch of Bristol sound engineers who used to build professional club soundsystems, inspired by the Bristol soundsystem culture. The aim of the Minirigs is to deliver serious portable sound that can power up any room — perfect for those 'all back to mine' sessions. The full set-up consists of two Minirig speakers (connected via Bluetooth) plus one Minirig Subwoofer, and will be as close as you’ll get to a mini portable club soundsystem.
Talking about looking sharp, Pioneer update their flagship DJ headphone with the HDJ-2000 Mk2 model. Building on the already much-loved original headphone, the new version has had a styling revamp as well as a technical overhaul to make these, Pioneer claim, the ‘best ever’.
Novation up the ante with their revamped Launchpad and Launchpad Pro controllers for Ableton Live. One of the first dedicated controllers for Ableton Live now comes with RGB pads and a new industrial design. The new RGB Pads will now match the colour of your clips in your session view on your computer, and the new styling and colour scheme gives the new versions even more of the wow factor.
01. Roland SH-101
“One-stop shop for punchy, sub-heavy bass. This classic monophonic synth packs a great sounding sub-oscillator, which is the perfect starting place for club-ready basslines.”
After a slow drip feed of info about their new project, Native Instruments have announced the labels who are set to release music in their new Stems format. The list covers an impressive range, with a number of heavyweights balanced by some more boutique offerings from the company's homeland.
01. Modular Eurorack
“This is the most recent addition to our studio set-up, and also the centrepiece of our new live sets. It's a fantastic sonic monster but very temperamental, as easy to lose a great sound as it is to find one. We have already spied additional units, and the second rack has already started.”
Audeze are making huge waves in production circles. Their LCD X headphones have been adopted by producers and DJs, and are regularly getting props in studio-related interviews as well as photo shoots.
The secret is well and truly out of the bag and the Audeze name is being spoken about openly in producer communities, however all this hi-end pro studio headphone wizardry comes at a price.
Allen & Heath recently released the Xone:43 mixer, but just to shake things up a little they have now announced its twin brother — the Xone:43C. The C version of the Xone:43 is still a four-channel DJ mixer, however this one has direct plug-and-play integration with Serato DJ. An additional one-off purchase of the Serato DJ Club Kit gives full DVS control, making for a very tasty Serato-certified mixer with the trusty Allen & Heath quality.