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aurora – Open Source DJ Mixer\MIDI Controller – Demo w/ Ableton Live [Video]

aurora is a usb powered multichannel mixer in a typical dj form factor.  the device features two linear channel faders, a single a/b crossfader and eight backlit buttons.  24 backlit knobs allow you to control effects.  aurora, unlike most midi controllers, enhances performances with controllable ambient lighting.   aurora easily integrates with your favorite midi compatible software.

aurora is an open source project.  On their website is everything you need to make one for yourself.  the intent of publishing the files is to generate interest in the community, not to make you rich.  They are interested in seeing how you use aurora, feel free to post any mods in their forum.

matt aldrich designed the electronics for aurora.  fed up with existing midi controllers, he convinced maro and mike this was a good idea. matt is a ra in the responsive environments group at mit’s media lab. the kerning on the logo is so strict.

Video Song Credits:
Gabriel & Dresden – Tracking Treasure Down
Volta – Robot Needs Oil (Olivier Giacomotto Mix)
Cass & Slide – Lost Life

The Traktor Kontrol S4 in Action

The Traktor Kontrol S4 is retardedly cool. Not only is it perfect for parties with friends and messing around but think about what you could do with this thing if you started recording your own samples! You should really watch this video and see how easy it is to do some sick ass audio mixing live with this one interface..and it looks madd fun! Personally, I’m waiting until my local Guitar Center has a show model for me to play with before I think about getting one. For $1,000 bucks, it has potential to be a great investment.

Traktor Pro S4:

Awesome Traktor Kontrol S4 Review

JazzMutant’s Mu – Ableton Live multi-touch controller for the Lemur

It’s really amazing what Mu enables artists to do from the Lemur device. Speaking of the Lemur..it is itself an incredibly cool tool, with other software available for it now too. With a price tag of  just over $2,000 including shipping, it’s definitely an investment, but with that kind of versatility, it might even be worth more..


Mu was created out of a desire to build the ultimate controller for Ableton Live. Max/MSP, with it’s integrated OSC support has long been been a perfect partner to JazzMutant’s groundbreaking Lemur controller. The arrival of Max for Live meant that access to the inner workings of Ableton Live was finally available to the Lemur via our old friend. Mu refers not only to a dynamic control template for the Lemur but also to the Max for Live plugin by the same name which we’ve programmed so you don’t have to.

With our entirely plug and play system you can finally touch Ableton Live and simply focus on the music. Of course, we haven’t forgotten about the JazzMutant programming enthusiasts and the open architecture of Mu will provide a wonderful starting point for your own Max for Live experimentations and performance systems.

Very Cool Interview with professional DJ and Lemur user Gui Boratto:

Why did you choose to use it above other products on the market?

JazzMutant’s Lemur is a very unique piece. You can design your own faders, buttons, knobs…plus, you can control many devices at the same time. I don’t see any other machine that can match this.


Faderfox 4midiloop: 4 Deck Traktor Controller

Let’s face it: a lot of people ignore the four-deck features of Traktor. But for those who exploit that power, and who are willing to invest in a high-end, boutique design, here’s the controller for you.

Faderfox has long been respected for making boutique-quality MIDI controllers for DJing and Ableton Live performance. The previous Faderfox line, though, was restricted to compact devices focused on one task.

Now, enter a small-batch controller for simultaneous four-deck DJ control, specifically in Native Instruments’ Traktor Pro. While NI’s own Traktor Kontrol S4 has a “4″ in it, it doesn’t actually allow the simultaneous use of four decks without switching, preferring instead to reserve that space for jog wheels.

Full Article and Specs Here


Novation Dicer – Awesome DJ Controller – Demo Vid

Damn I want one.

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Electribe EMX + Kaoss Pad 2 – Demo

I could probably spend a whole afternoon messing around on those things..