I’m immediately attracted to things I can’t identify, so here’s one of the less expected bits of hardware from the Frankfurt Musikmesse show’s digital audio 5.1 hall. (That’s the hall’s actual number – surround sound similarity is coincidental.)

Someone at Pioneer worked out how to combine the timer used in chess, the boombox, some DJ effects, and dance battles, and the result is this: the STEELZ AUDIO Type T, evidently new and under glass at Musikmesse in Frankfurt this week.

I think it deserves special mention for its sheer oddness. (And hey, maybe this is a product for someone somewhere!) One of the great things about it: it displays all sorts of little animations.

I would not normally copy and paste, but:

Auto Battle Mode*
STEEZ AUDIO incorporates “Auto Battle Mode” – Pioneer’s unique technology which makes it easy for dancers to battle anytime, anywhere. Simply set match-up (playing) time or music genre, and the mode automatically selects and edits tunes for dance battles. Select “Circle” for multi-dancer match-ups or “Normal” for one-on-one, two-on-two and team dance battles. STEEZ AUDIO covers what a DJ/timekeeper would normally do, and allows you to smoothly switch music for battle by cutting in on and echoing tunes. It even prompts you with your choice of voice or tone call signal, 10 seconds before a change of dancer in a battle is required.

It is nothing if not a clever idea. It also demonstrates you can imagine products that use music technology that aren’t conventional music products. Tempo control from Pioneer’s DJ line, for instance, is intended to aid practice, along with beat detection, skipping and cueing, and automatic mix. Companion software pre-analyzes your files.

This may be the first and last time CDM mentions a car stereo product from anyone, so have at it:

  • markLouis

    Is it possible someday someone will wake up and all this “DJ” and “dance music” garbage will have been just a horrible nightmare?

    • http://profiles.google.com/trebtid Polite Society

       Just take this red pill and I promise everything will be alright in the morning.

  • mh

    Cool invention but it needs to be very affordable since alot of kids who breakdance have no money!

  • http://xfader.com/ Regend

    if it has an audio output and i can load songs into it…it can be an instant looping effects device, hopefully battery operated, and used in conjunction with korg mono synth devices.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Yeah, I may actually have to find out more about it. It also looks like it could double as an alarm clock. 😉

  • http://twitter.com/corporation corporation

    has anyone tried their Mixtrax software that works in conjuction with these products?  http://www.mixtrax-global.com/en/whatismixtrax.html

    • http://twitter.com/corporation corporation

       tried it… didn’t care for it.

  • Martin W

    ‘car stereo product’ ?
    Warning : engaging in automated dance battles whilst driving is illegal in many territories, even if companion software has pre-analyzed your files.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Ha! Yeah, I was referring to strange Pioneer product categorization. 

      It could be a way to keep your passengers entertained and their blood flow circulating on long road trips, though. 😉

  • Brody

    car stereo? looks like a boombox to me

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Check Pioneer’s classification. Has to do with their business structure – obviously not intended for a car. 😉