Scheduled to hit our store early next month (July 2013), we're pleased to announce the new Traktor Kontrol Z1 from Native Instruments. This compact little mixer is extremely versatile. You can either connect it to your computer via USB for a way of getting more hands-on with Traktor Pro 2 software, or you can hook it up to an iPad or iPhone and use it with Traktor DJ on the iOS platform (it even comes with a 30-pin iOS cable for connecting up)!
The Traktor Kontrol Z1 is a portable two-channel mixer controller with a pro-quality built-in soundcard. You can connect your headphones directly to it and even hook up a pair of powered speakers or amp!
It's time for another Musikmesse show in Frankfurt and so far we've already been treated to a host of exciting new releases! We will be constantly updating this article with information on the most exciting news from the show and will include links for you to find out more information on specific products where possible. So, if you want to keep up to date with all the latest Musikmesse 2013 news, this is the place to be!
Apogee have announced that their professional Quartet interface is now compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch! This is fantastic news if you work with recording apps such as GarageBand, although of course the Quartet also works flawlessy with Mac computers, allowing you to pick and choose the device you work with. Plus, you can also claim a FREE Apogee 30-pin cable...
Check out Mackie's latest mini movie to advertise their complete DL/DLM PA system! The zombie apocalypse is here! A DL/DLM PA system is made up of either a DL1608 or DL806 wireless digital mixer with iPad control, a pair of Mackie's compact yet powerful DLM12S subwoofers and a pair of DLM8 or DLM12 active PA speakers. If you're looking for a compact yet super-powerful PA solution then you've come to the right place!
Mackie, who are renowned for their quality speakers and mixers, have come up with an idea that allows you to mix easily and wirelessly away from the stage with an iPad. Introducing the DL1608 digital mixer! Although announced at NAMM 2012, the 2013 industry show has introduced two further products based on this idea in the form on the Behringer (who love to copy ideas from other manufacturers!) iX16 iPad Mixer and the Mackie DL806, which is essentially a smaller 8 channel version of the 1608. You just can't help but notice how iOS devices are becoming more and more popular in serious professional music applications, providing touch-screen functionality as well as a large full-colour display for detailed feedback, which is undeniably more useful than the small LCD screens of the past. Maybe there will come a time when every piece of hardware has a facility to work with a tablet of some description.
We sent Andy, our Sales Director, off to the NAMM 2013 industry show in California, which unveils a host of new and exciting pro-audio products. These are the pictures and nuggets of information that he sent us. Check them out and expect to see many of these products available in store or online soon (many are already available to pre-order). If you have any questions about any of them in the meantime then feel free to give us a call on 01202 597180.
On 22nd January, our sales director, Andy Legg, was invited to a Røde conference in California in preparation for NAMM 2013. Here, Røde announced three brand new microphones: the new VideoMic, the SmartLav and the iXY. We will introduce them all to you in this post so read on! Tip: if recording to an iOS device is your thing then you're probably going to particularly interested in this article!
In our opinion, this is one of the most exciting announcements of NAMM 2013 and amazingly, it's FREE! TC Electronic have announced that they will be releasing TonePrint Editor software for Mac and PC, which will essentially allow you to create your own custom pedal if you own a TC Electronic TonePrint pedal. To understand just how cool this is, we will begin by giving you a quick summary of what TonePrint is.
Numark's compact iOS DJ controller has been updated to a mark 2 version for NAMM 2013. This little controller now features a sleeker, more durable design and is perfect for the less-serious DJ who just wants something to whip out for a bit of fun at parties, etc!
Alesis announce the DM Dock Pro Kit: a professional electronic drum kit, which comes with an Alesis DM Dock module/brain. Simply slide in your iPad (not included), load up the Alesis DM Touch app and gain touch-screen control over all your kits, hits and configurations.