Ableton and Novation have announced the next controller for Ableton Live, the Novation Launchpad. I’m surprised that they are going this fast since it was just a couple of months ago that the AKAI APC 40 controller was released. I can image that people might have bought the AKAI and now are wondering if they wouldn’t have been better off with the Novation Launchpad which seems to be less expensive.
The acapella of the month October goes to Class Action – Weekend. While I was looking up more information about Class Action as band I was surprised how little there is available on the internet. There very small, one time only, success was in the Netherlands and not bigger then an alarm notation on April 23, 1983.
Today I stumbled on a link to a website about DJ Notation. A method that allows DJs to describe the composition of a song to enabled DJs to make better mix transitions.
While new interview videos are released regarding the new next generation Pioneer CDJ the product starts to become a little bit more clear. A nice Photoshop made by elokuuta should give a rough idea of what to expect.
Exterior and Looks
The AKAI APC 40 gave me a nice first impression. It is a little bit bigger then expected, especially when I’m sitting behind it but does look well-ordered. I do wonder if there is a 19 inch rack mount possibility for it, didn’t find one during a quick search. Don’t think much people would be interested in it, but since it can be used for more then just controlling Ableton Live, you might want it to fit into a 19 inch setup.
The housing is from some hard PVC and should survive all the gigs when used normal. In the end it are the faders and encoders that are vulnerable.
A new beta version of Traktor has been released by Native Instruments with the number 1.2.0 R7649. Since I was already working with the first beta version I decided to keep up with the latest one. I didn’t find any major issues in the previous release, however the beta forum from Native Instruments does show a number of topics regarding crashes or incorrect behavior.
Like the rest of the DJ Scene I’m also very curious at what Pioneers next generation DJ Product will look like. The rumors and guesses about how it will look like are enormous. So for now we can just count down and see what is coming…