The Tech Selection Section # TTSS020

Words by: Lady GGGadget
Posted: 9/1/12 15:39

The Tech Selection Section # TTSS020 by Lady GGGadget Happy New Year, selectors! Yes, 2012 is here. It’s queer. So get used to it! Now some Negative Nancies out there may have been harping on about ‘end times’, but for most of us it’s all about the new beginnings… And, speaking of new beginnings, as music tech heads will know, it’s almost time for the big NAMM show, which kicks off from 19th January over in California.

Consequently, we have all kinds of new goodies for you in this selection, including Moog’s new Minitaur analogue bass synth – which is guaranteed to cause whopping waves in the US of A this month.

We also have Akai’s MPC Renaissance music production controller, Denon DJ’s MC3000 controller, oh and Daito Manabe’s robot arm.

So lots here for you gadget lovers and California dreamers…


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Witness the phatness of Moog’s Minitaur
Calling all low frequency lovers! Coming up this spring is a stunning new analogue hotty from Moog Music. And it’s a beast. So say ‘hello’ to the Minitaur. Weighing in at less than 3lbs, the Minitaur is a small but perfectly formed lightweight synthesiser that’s typically rugged and heavy on BASS.

Inspired by the Taurus range, but without the foot pedals, the Minitaur bass synth features a direct one knob per function layout, the famous Moog Ladder Filter and capabilities for USB, MIDI and analogue CV control. There are two oscillators with Sawtooth and Square wave shapes and two VCAs for VCO control. Plus the price tag makes this beauty totally accessible.

So, if you’re ready to rumble, brace yourself and discover the mighty squelch in the video clip. There’s sure to be a whole lot more noise about the Minitaur during NAMM, so stay tuned to Moog’s site for details.

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Bringing it back to the new skool with Akai’s MPC Renaissance
It’s a new year with new hype for Akai, who are teasing the world with a new pro MPC. Blending older methodologies with new computer powers, the Renaissance is Akai’s new flagship production system, integrating hardware and software capabilities to generate fresh music making opportunities.

On the hardware side, there’s a Vintage Mode to change the character of sonic output, 16 MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls and an LCD. There’s also a selection of MPC controls, two XLR inputs, a four-channel USB 2.0 audio interface and a two-port USB built-in hub, plus more pad banks than previous MPCs. Meanwhile, the Mac and PC compatible software offers 64-track sequencing, a 6GB + sound library, instant mapping, and much more.

If you are heading to NAMM then look out for the Renaissance. If not, find out more in the video from Akai, with more clips and MPC news sure to drop soon.

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No half measures from Denon DJ’s MC3000
The new controller from Denon (its DJ division henceforth known as Denon DJ) is now available in shops and on the intranets, peeps. A bit like a two-channel version of the company’s DN-MC6000, but cheaper and more compact, this affordable all in one is compatible with Traktor Pro 2 and comes boxed with either Virtual DJ LE (for the Americas and Canada) or Traktor 2 LE (for Europe and Asia Pacific).

Due to its ‘2+2’ system, the unit can offer four-deck control. It also works on both Mac and PC platforms, and sports an internal soundcard that’s the same as the 6000 model. And, to keep the retro DJ flavour flowing, there are dual 105mm jog wheels for that hands-on feel. Alongside all the usual DJ functions, like hot cues and effects, there’s even a VJ mode if you want to include visuals in your sets. And, at under 7lbs in weight, it’s rather portable too!

Check out the YouTube video, featuring DJ Cable, for more about what this USB controller can do…

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Daito Manabe’s Robo Arm has a new itch to scratch!  
We’ve talked before about robots taking over the role of the DJ, which may seem like a natural evolution of the auto mix function on some bits of kit. However, after viewing this video, it seems there’s still a long way to go before robots rule the world of DJing. Thus safeguarding the human touch as the prominent force – at least in the near future…

In this clip a robot arm (rather clumsily) scratches up some vinyl, using Ableton Live, thanks to programming by Motoi Ishibashi
 and software programming by Daito Manabe.

Just check out the footage posted by its Japanese creator Daito (grandly dubbed the ‘father of robotic music’ by one commentator) for more details. Indeed, it’s not quite at DMC level, just yet. But if this floats your boat, you can also see Daito, alongside his robot, playing with Ableton Live and NI’s Maschine. Enjoy! 

That’s all for now, my cherubs. Cheerio my sweets. See you soooooon!


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