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Wheel: A Record Player Without Needle

A record player without needle? It’s 2017 and it seems like even that is possible, as Wheel introduces a minimalistic record player devoid of an external needle arm.

Truth be told, the Wheel player that is being manufactured by Miniot doesn’t look much like a record player at all. Its simplistic approach means that there are no extremities or components beside the base the record sits on.

How does the record play then? Wheel has explained that the vinyl is able to be played thanks to an “invisible” needle that sits below the record, allowing for the vinyl to be exposed with no obstruction. The Wheel can also be hung vertically on a wall as decoration, and can be played while in this position also.

The Wheel will retail for a not-so-modest price of $850 / £806, although those backing the Kickstarter campaign can benefit from a 30% discount. Nearly $160,000 has been pledged thus far, surpassing the original $53,000 goal by leaps and bounds.

 

 

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Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

 

It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.

Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.

Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.

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Introducing KADO: Your Own Personal DJ Assistant

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It can be hard for traveling DJs or even those in a city’s local scene to find time to fit everything they need to get done in one day. We have covered good advice on how to make more time to get into the studio and how to be more productive once in it, but what about the lengthy and arduous task of sorting through countless new releases to discover the music you should be playing in your gigs?

Two former Google and Twitter employees with a penchant for DJing have teamed up with one of electronic music’s most respected experts on DJ technology to create a new application for DJs. Called KADO, the app aims to ease the life of DJs by providing intelligent recommendations of tracks that they might want to play out there.

KADO sifts through information from over 200,000 DJ sets (a number that will keep on growing) to formulate personalized recommendations based on what DJs with similar sounds are playing.

“We want you to spend more time DJing and less time searching,” says KADO co-founder AJ Asver, a DJ who left Google to focus on music technology. “Give KADO a starting track and it will show you highly curated tracks based on what other DJs like to play next.”

As we continue to see the rise of vinyl’s popularity once again, KADO borrows the concept of a personal DJ assistant from the heydays of record store buying. A good record store has clerks who would get to know customer’s taste and have music set aside just for them, able to carefully select gems for that individual DJ. As technology advances, KADO is bringing back that very same spirit in digital form, analyzing your current music library, playing behavior, artist similarity, taste preferences and more, juxtaposing this information with actual DJ sets around the world to create individualized suggestions for you and you only.

How does it work?

1.     DROP a track into the app – KADO will match it against its library of millions of tracks and sets.

2.     DISCOVER what other DJs played after or before your track – analyzing over 200,000 DJ sets and filtering them based on your own tastes.

3.     DIG into results – find tracks or remixes by artists and labels that are being played by other DJs based on your preferences.

4.     ADD tracks to your crate or download them – KADO links you directly to purchase tracks within the app, continually learning from the music you choose to crate

KADO’s founders are fast to point out that the app doesn’t seek to completely replace the track digging process, but to make it slightly easier and less time consuming so that DJs can focus on playing and producing music with the time freed up by the app’s use.

“Our mission is to make the world dance more”, says KADO co-founder Rob McQueen, previously an engineer at Twitter. “We believe KADO will inspire DJs to play because they are getting better quality music from far less prep time.

Ean Golden, KADO’s product designer, saw the need for a proper discovery tool designed by DJs.

“Every day thousands of new tracks are released, and it’s impossible to stay on top of a growing collection without spending countless hours every week,” Golden says. “We solve the problem by suggesting great music other DJs are already playing and then custom tailor those results to fit your music style. It’s everyone’s favorite record store clerk, available 24-7, with the intelligence factor turned up to 11.”

You can sign up for KADO directly on their website.

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Roland Commemorates 909 Day with Release of More Than 30 New Products

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The big day is finally here: 909 Day. And Roland, the company behind the iconic and genre-defying TR-808 and 909 drum machines, is set to commemorate the 33rd Anniversary of the 909 with a ground-breaking and innovative event: a globe-wide initiative lasting a full 24 hours on September 9th (today), and taking place in eight cities with more than 30 new products debuting via live streaming demos and artist performances.

The event is so unique and iconic that Roland has dubbed it a “24-hour music festival,” aiming to redefine the future of its brand by fusing liveliness and diversity.

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Is Apple Going To Block iPhones from Recording Live Concerts?

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Is it ok to spend time at a club, festival or concert with your phone in the air, taking constant pictures and videos of what’s happening on stage or behind the decks? People are divided on the subject, with some thinking that such use of cellphones disrupts the atmosphere (and views) at a show, while others think it’s their prerogative to do what they want for a show they paid money to attend.

But what if that prerogative didn’t exist? That may be the case soon with the latest patent awarded to Apple! The technology would allow Apple to activate specific data transmission protocols in conjunction with partnering venues to ensure that your iPhone camera is blocked from taking pictures and videos when held up to the stage. In order to do this, it will tap into infrared technology to ensure that the camera is not functioning solely when pointed to designated areas.

Although the patent was last re-filed in 2014, it was originally first awarded in 2011 despite no specific plans to introduce the technology into upcoming generations of iPhones.

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According to FACT, the technology could have other uses too. Immediately it becomes obvious that it could be used to prevent the illegal filming of films in movie theaters, as well as photography in sensitive locations.

The technology could also be used for augmented reality purposes. As an example, the phone could be held in front of exhibits at a museum or art galleries, immediately becoming the recipient of applicable information via infrared on the item being featured.

Needless to say, as the patent belongs to Apple, this technology shouldn’t prevent Android users from taking advantage of their smart phone cameras when out at their favorite show.

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Watch Richie Hawtin Debut the Play Differently Mixer on Boiler Room

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Earlier this year Richie Hawtin announced Play Differently, an event concept and mixer curated by Hawtin and his colleagues. Since the initial announcement, Richie Hawtin has teased the community with videos and pictures of the mixer, although they really don’t reveal much. The wait to finally see the Play Differently mixer is over, with an official launch and live stream occurring Tuesday May 3, courtesy of Boiler Room Berlin.

Running from 8:00PM-1:00AM CET, Boiler Room will broadcast sets from Chris Liebing, Dubfire, Ellen Allien, Hito, Fabio Florido, Joseph Capriati, La Fleur, Chambray, Whyt Noyz, and of course, Richie Hawtin.

The stream is now LIVE!

 


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For more information on Play Differently, visit the official website

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Modstep: iPad MIDI Solutions For The Pros

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Many have dismissed the iPad and other tablets as tools for hobbyist producers rather than legitimate components of a professional studio setup. However, the potential of these devices with regards to pro production is beginning to blossom. Thanks to Zerodebug’s Modstep, audio professionals have some amazing capabilities at their fingertips (no pun intended!); the so-called “modulation monster” and fully-fledged MIDI sequencer is a unique beast, well-worth taming for your own creative purposes.

With the ability to function as a central hub for your music-making, Modstep allows you to manipulate MIDI with an unlimited number of tracks.  Utilizing Zerodebug’s Studiomux technology, users can stream both MIDI and Audio to their PC or Mac, or sequence external MIDI devices, Inter-App Audio software, and a built-in synth and sampler. Additionally, up to 128 MIDI CCs can be modulated on each track. Furthermore, the app is backward-compatible with all versions of the iPad, all the way back to the largely antiquated first generation release. Check out the video above to see Modstep in action, and head on over to the Apple App Store to purchase the app for for £14.99/$19.99.

 

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New Headphones Aim To Get You High on Dopamine

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A Florida-based tech company named Nervana has invented headphones that aim to enhance user experience by stimulating the release of dopamine in your brain.

Aimed at making the listener experience a high, the headphones contain a device that delivers a low-power electrical signal that stimulates the Vagus nerve – a nerve that runs from the brainstem to the abdomen and plays a role in the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

Testing the product for Futurism, journalist Amanda Gutter writes, “I felt the electricity go into my arm, and everything was tingling there, but the best moment for me was afterwards when I finished and stood up. I felt like I reached a personal high point. I couldn’t stop smiling or laughing. I was like, ‘Oh wow’. For about 5 minutes, my happiness level was a 10 out of 10. Then it got foggier, but I was still unusually happy for about an hour.”

Rather than unselectively delivering the signal, the headphone’s technology will analyze the music’s distinct audio output before synching up the release of its stimulating signal to the beats.

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Furthermore, according to Nervana the listener will be able to select “ambient mode”, allowing the headphones to sync up with the sounds in the surrounding environment. Theoretically, one could use them at a festival and experience a high directly associated to the music being played live in front of them.

Admittedly, the technology is yet to go through thorough peer-reviewing and there are no published background studies as of yet that back up the claims made by the company behind the product. While it’s unsure if the headphones will deliver as promised, Mic’s Jon Levine reports that the headphones will cost a cool $229 USD and are expected to go on sale next month. If used on the go, they will also require an external power generator to keep them running.

It is recommended that you do not use listen and drive while using the headphones and for at least thirty minutes after.

Head over to Nervana’s YouTube channel to view several video testimonials from users who have tried the headphones themselves.

 

Source: Science Alert

 

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SoundCloud’s Future Bleak After Reporting $44m Losses

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Throughout the last couple of years, SoundCloud has began attempts of monetizing their popular music platform by striking deals with record labels and music groups, including Merlin, a “Global Music Rights Agency” representing over 20,000 independent labels, Warner Music Group, and more recently with giants Universal Music Group.

A recent alarming Music Business Worldwide report, however, has shed light as to SoundCloud’s overheads and how those figures are by far out-shadowing the company’s revenue of recent years. The company’s 2014 financials paint a clear picture: While revenue reached $17.35m, the company’s losses were reported at $44.19m with employee wages increasing 42.5% to 20.3m – an average of $90,785 wage per employee. The report goes on to further specify that “in the three years from 2012-2014, SoundCloud lost almost €75m – but only brought in €37m in income.” Read more

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Watch Zombie Nation Produce “Workhorse” on an Elektron Rytm

ZN1Most of us will remember Kernkraft 400, the big room anthem championed by Zombie Nation. From sports arenas to school dances, the track exploded throughout dance and mainstream culture. But Zombie Nation isn’t a one-hit wonder, with his recent EP on Turbo Recordings proving such.

“Something Else” is a four-track EP loaded with the quintessential sound that Zombie Nation has mastered. Straight up bubbly techno glitch funk madness (that’s a sub-genre right?) Call it what you will, it’s found a perfect home on Turbo Recordings.

You can listen to the previews and purchase the EP here, but the video below is well worth the watch as Zombie Nation shares an inside look at the making of “Workhorse”.  Armed with an Elektron Rytm, Analog Four, and Octatrack, Zombie Nation utilizes the tools to create a blissfully analog heavy track that will be in rotation for years to come.

Connect with Zombie Nation: Official Website / Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud / Beatport