Elsewhere: Korg ZERO8 Mixer Video Review

Adam Dworak aka DJ Destruction writes to let us know he’s finished a video review of the ZERO8: Via the DJ Destruction blog. About halfway through, he gets to some hands-on demos with the internal effects and controllers, which demonstrates some of what makes the ZERO8 unique. Thanks for sharing this one, Adam! Adam’s rig — the mixer, a DJ app (Virtual DJ), and use of the internal mixer and effects — qualify him as what is likely the target audience for the ZERO8. And you can see he’s pretty happy using it in that way. We have heard some …

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Ecler Releases EVO4 DJ MIDI + Mixer Image

There’s been quite some interest — and discussion of the relative merits of high-end mixers — in the boutique DJ mixer Ecler EVO4. It’s a more svelte rendition of the EVO5, and also doubles as a hybrid MIDI control surface. There’s still no word on pricing, but if it comes anywhere close to a US$1000 street, I think it could be serious competition for the cheaper but apparently flakier Korg ZERO range. At least now we know what the thing looks like: I like the design — it’s not hard to imagine digital musicians and laptopists/electronicistas having good fun with …

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MIDI + Mixing: Ecler EVO4 DJ Mixer Specs, EVO5 Update

So, you’ve got a mixer, which is a box covered in faders and knobs that processes audio signal. And you’ve got a MIDI control surface, which is often a box covered in faders and knobs that looks a mixer, but doesn’t process audio signal. Why not combine them into one device? That’s the approach taken by DJ-focused mixer maker Ecler. Their EVO5 (shown at right) does all of this, but at a hefty price premium — about U$1900 street. (That price could be more worth it, however, with updated firmware capabilities — more on that in a moment.) A rumored …

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Messe: Ecler EVO5 Launches with Italian Looks, Password-Guarded Limiter

It’s a 12 x 12 FireWire audio interface. It’s a customizable mixer, with curves, filter styles, and ranges editable via a color LCD screen. It’s a MIDI controller. It’s an Italian sports car, molded by design house Giugiaro Italdesign. And it has password-protected audio output limiting, so those sleazeball DJs don’t blow your club’s speakers. (No, seriously. They need a password to defeat the limiter.) Hell, like you’re going to let anyone but you get their grimy hands on this. We’ve been watching the Ecler hardware, and its needlessly-overblown pre-launch hype. Now we can enjoy the hardware itself. And it …

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The Ecler EVO5 Revealed (Partially): Ferrari of Digital DJ Mixers?

CAUTION: if you are still enjoying the EVO5 countdown, and don’t want to be tainted with any product details until the official announcement at Musikmesse in 15 days, STOP READING NOW! Preliminary specifications for the EVO5 digital mixer obtained by Create Digital Music reveal the folowing: It’s a 5-channel mixer with MIDI and effects. (Ok, you might have guessed that, but anyway…) The EVO5 includes a 12-channel FireWire interface that provides 6 stereo in and 6 stereo out, so you can stream audio to and from Ableton Live, Native Instruments Traktor, and other applications. 4 channels of the EVO5 can …

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Ecler Announces Upcoming Announcement. Meanwhile, Revolutionary DJ Mixer Gets Clock Placeholder.

Chat rooms are a-buzz with talk of a “truly revolutionary” digital DJ mixer from Ecler called the EVO5. In lieu of burdening people with actual product information, however, Ecler is providing a sleek countdown timer. At www.evobyecler.com, visitors can see the countdown—currently about 20 days, 23 hours, and 37 minutes—after which time Musikmesse commences and the revolution will be fully revealed. As the clock ticks down, speculation heats up. From touch screens to VST hosting capabilites to surround sound effects to moving faders to high-definition MIDI control: there seems to be no shortage of guesswork as to what might be …

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Ecler NUO4 DJ Mixer IS Mac-compatible

Good news, Mac fans. The Ecler NUO4 DJ mixer we covered last week in fact has Mac software, according to Ecler. That means you can easily assign the NUO4’s fabulous MIDI-capable knobs to whatever you want. This thing is seriously drool-worthy for Ableton Live and Native Instruments Traktor DJ, among others, so I hope I get to try one out. Windows lovers, check the article for a link to a Windows software download. Macheads, I don’t have a direct link but am assured there is software there. And get ready to witness the second coming of the Eternal Magnetic Crossfader.

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Ecler NUO4 Details: DJ Mixer with MIDI Control

Okay, enough of using wooden blocks for music for a bit: let’s get back to the veritable DJ mixer. The Ecler NUO4 (that’s the letter “O”, 4, not “04”) DJ mixer claims to be the first DJ mixer to add full MIDI control. I’ve heard from the North American distributor for the NU04, Jon Ghoddoussi at Soundwerks, and he’s got some juicy details. Jon writes us: The NUO4 is a standard 4-channel audio mixer. Each channel can operate in the usual PHONO/LINE modes and all channels are fully assignable to the cross-fader. Each channel also offers independant external effects loops, …

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Ecler NUO4 Combines Mixer, MIDI Control

How did I miss this? The new Ecler NUO4 (“nuo” / 4), reported in a skratchworx exclusive (with no information available anywhere else — Ecler’s DJ division included) is a mixer-control surface hybrid. From what I can get from the photos and limited description, the four knobs in the center are MIDI-assignable, with some additional MIDI triggers and an A/B tap button. Not only that, but looking at some of the close-ups it appears all the effects controls and faders can be switched between analog hardware mode and MIDI mode. In other words, this is potentially really revolutionary, a perfect …

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