Custom joystick for mixing and track manipulation
Finally I got some time to check out the new stylish music magazine www.365mag.com , which is an ambitious re-incarnation of former dance scene mega site xpander.nl.
Sasha, a respected welsh mega-dj who seems to set himself for a new musical direction, reveals some details about a custom controller he has designed for his upcoming tour. The non-standard joystick, dubbed "Maven" , should allow some nifty tricks for track mixing, loop programming and sample triggering.
Nothing is new about these techniques - they have been used and practised by many dj's over many years - but the Maven will probably present an easier and better way to perform these functions, opening a new horizon for real-time music sequencing.
Obviously there's more in that than just innovative enthusiasm - the dj scene likes to herald the pristine vinyl decks as the ultimate and "true to sound" hardware, never-to-be-replaced. Many a dj just can't imagine any solution that could digitally re-create the "vintage" sound of the acetate vinyl. Still, they will admit that CD players and systems like the Final Scratch do endow them with freedom and versatlity to meddle with complex mixing ideas.
Not being a dj, I'm quite convinced that sooner or later we'll see a quality plug-in that adds to any mp3/wav/other digital format the necessary "warmth" and "roughness" so it can be sounded exactly like a vinyl.
New gadget pieces such as the Maven, represent in my opinion, the decisive need to embrace digital music as the de-facto standard for dj's, and advance to the next level with creative ideas and new forms of experiencing a club mix. There's so much more to develop here, and this is really just the begining.