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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Turntablism Reaches the VJ: Serato’s VIDEO-SL Reviewed on CDMotion

The convergence of visuals and sound on virtual vinyl has been a long time coming, but it’s awaited the perfect tool for controlling both. Serato’s VIDEO-SL promised to be that tool. We’ve gotten the crossfader in the capable hands of dj rndm and Robotkid to find out for Create Digital Motion. Here’s what the results look like, mixing: … and scratching: The review isn’t without the odd caveat: for one, you’ll need to pluck down a couple grand to get the complete setup because the Rane mixer employed is required, though rndm ultimately says that’s worth it for the integration …

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BabyGrandMaster: DJ/VJ Studio Packed into a Piano

Imagine every single piece of gear you have on your wish list. Then imagine a baby grand piano, lacquered in white. Then imagine — you know, for the sake of practicality — you want to use the piano as a projection surface. And sound system. And then imagine you just mash all those ideas into one gear-packed baby grand piano, and you’ve got the beautifully freakish BabyGrandMaster: Baby Grand Master It’s not just a gimmicky DJ piano. It’s a “video instrument”, blending visuals and audio. The last time we saw something somewhat like this was the keyboard with PC Miko, …

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Korg’s New DJ Mixers with FX + KAOSS Pads: Perfect Dead-Simple Live Mixer/FX?

For many living in the age of the computer, a performance mixer has gotten more useful, not less. It’s a no-brainer for DJs mixing records with digital, but it can be useful for other electronic musicians, as well. (For some of the readers of this site, that might mean mixing in hardware synths, multiple laptops, circuit-bent toys, Game Boys, and … well, you tell me.) What’s interesting is that, along with this change, the mixer itself is starting to evolve, integrating audio interfaces, control functionality for use with software, and other features. Gimmicks — or features that transform what a …

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Allen & Heath’s New “Compact” Surface: Controls Mixer, or Nuclear Submarine?

Rather than launch into technical jargon, let me summarize. It’s giant. It has lots of faders and knobs and color screens and such. Not only can you not afford it, you can’t lift it, either. It has an insanely stupid name. But it’s quite beautiful, like a 1979 vision of the future dreamt up by defense contractors.

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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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Want Some Imagery With That Sound? Numark AVM02 DJ-VJ Mixer Reviewed on CDMotion

When purchasing an audio mixer, DJs are quite literally spoilt for choice. Visualists are a little constrained though, with only a handful of companies making a couple of vision mixer models each. This situation is improving rapidly though, with companies such as Vixid getting in on the act with their upcoming VJX16-4, and DJ company Numark with their AVM01 and recently updated AVM02. I purchased an AVM02 when it was released in Feb, and have been testing it out in preparation for 2 months touring Australia with a rock star. While I’m very excited about my AVM02, there seems to …

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Faders as Instrument: Playing the Vestax Faderboard

Imagine a mixer interface applied to a real instrument, and you’ve got the Vestax Faderboard, a “keyboard-like sampling / modular instrument that operates exclusively on faders.” shing02 (Shingo Annen), the designer of the Faderboard, writes in to talk about his creation and let us know videos of this unusual instrument are now available on YouTube. Here’s the first of the series: Vestax Faderboard Demo [YouTube playlist, via shing02] Faderboard Overview [e22.com, shing02’s site] Vestax Faderboard Technical Specs [Vestax Product Page] e22.com shing02 on MySpace Some additional details from Shingo: there are internal sound banks (tones and drums kits) that I …

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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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