Spring time is here and its time to get out and have
some fun. Go hit the club, find a new
outdoor activity or just go for a drive. These tech toys might be involved in any of the above.
In previous Tech Talk columns, Ive featured a few
items great for music production. This
week I wanted to give DJs a little shine.
Numark comes in two flavors, Fusion ($299.95-$399.95) for the party
rockers and Studio ($169.95) for the
mixtape DJ. I was able to get Bostons own 85 Live to try it out,
and they offered some valuable feedback. In terms of ease of use, meeting
expectations and overall rating, they gave it 7 out of 10.
On the up side, 85 Live liked that it could blend track
automatically as well as the interactive demos, which help a lot more than
reading a manual. On the down side, it
doesnt allow you to drag the actual track in the mix window or mix down the
tracks into one mix.
Good or bad, they feel if you can operate a computer,
MixMeister can turn you into a DJ.
Here are just a few of the features now available:
Mac OSX version is universal binary for PowerPC or Intel processorsImproved
time stretching accurately matches beats with fast or slow temposEnhanced
timeline display provides clear division of measuresEffect
automation via MIDI controllers
External hardware can now manipulate effect parametersSupport
for stored EQ settings in transition templates for advanced usersFade
and Cue Next feature fades and pauses your mix then starts at the next track
perfect for voice over announcementsNew
master volume control for preview output headphone and main out can be
Numark demoed the 7.2 version at NAMM in January:
I want to step outside the box for minute. No matter
what business youre in, golf could be a good way to hang with the big boys - not to mention meeting up on the green with the rising number of rappers taking up the game. Sky Caddie may be a good tool for you to stay
on par. Its a GPS based handheld tool
outdoor-readable color display with automatic backlightPatented
battery charging indicatorUser-selectable
to use, one-handed operation
Hustle Simmons gives his thumbs-up for the Sky Caddie!
This weeks last gadget is the iNAVI from Korean-based company Thinkware. This unit puts you in the map with its 3-D
display. If you can get to Korea, take an extra $550 or so to pick one up!
800 x 480 pixel screenIt
uses an 8GB SDHC memory256MB
built in RAMhas
Digital Sound Troy Gayle is the Founder of Gadget-T.com