Good Reading, in English and German

Today’s picks from the Interweb: if you read German, there’s a great review of M-Audio’s Conectiv and Torq DJ solution. If you don’t, look at the pictures and use your imagination. At the other end of the spectrum, and written in English by an Englishman, Music thing is back after a hiatus with some new finds. At the dawn of computer music, the CSIRAC made some basic tunes. I wouldn’t say it bested Max Mathews in truly producing digital synthesis — Max’s work a few years later was closer to what we’d think of real synthesis — but it’s intriguing …

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NAMM: M-Audio Announces Xponent. DJing Stays Pretty Much the Same.

Wallace is CDM’s resident turntablist, and he’s also immune to blind gear lust. I’m waiting to pass judgment until I get first-hand contact with Xponent, but I’m equally confused from a product perspective. Now, let’s see — we could copy and paste a press release here. Or we could try Wally. I just hope we’re able to figure out what he really thinks. -PK Let me get this straight – an overpriced control surface is what’s gonna change DJing? M-Audio Torq Xponent M-Audio announced their Xponent control surface/USB audio interface today, and this long-time DJ is distinctly underwhelmed. You know, …

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Native Instruments Teases New Traktor Hardware; M-Audio Leaks DJ Controller

Breaking! Native Instruments will be using USB! Got that? Metal DJ hardware goodness also presumably on its way. Music makers think that if they leak some teaser photos of upcoming devices, we’ll write it up. They’re right. Native Instruments has released to CDM a small image of what appears to be an upcoming Traktor hardware device, as posted originally to the NI Traktor Forum. (Well, actually, I’m assuming that it’s part of Traktor: months after Native Instruments announces it’s dumping its long-term relationship with Stanton and Final Scratch, it posts what’s obviously part of a computer audio interface to its …

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