Tech Talk: The Future of DJing? Knight Rider GPS! Listen with iDiamonds

I was trying to think of a theme for this week, but instead I found a variety of hot

stuff…a little for work, a little for play and a little something extra.

This weekend (June 20-22) NAMM is holding their summer show in Nashville, TN. NAMM is an international association made up of retailers and manufacturers of musical instruments,

gadgets and toys from 85 countries.


course, is in the building!


you music industry cats will be happy to know Numark is announcing a few new DJ toys; a new line of mixers and the

DDS80, their “future proof” cd player. The mixers come in

three flavors, the C-series of rack-mount club mixers, the M-series of tabletop

DJ mixers, and the X-series which are 100% digital tabletop DJ mixers.


DDS80 has inputs and supports nearly all existing media. It’s guaranteed to

have the party rockin’ for years to come

DDS80 features:

CD player

with integrated hard driveLarge

backlit, full-color displayKey lock

for maintaining key (pitch) while shifting tempoSeamless

looping, pitch control, and scratching capability via jog wheelsText

search, letter-pick scrolling, and on-board playlist creationThree USB

ports for connecting iPods, thumb drives, and hard drivesEnables

music to be played from two devices simultaneously, including two songs

from the same iPodUsers can

scratch with MP3, WAV, and AAC (unprotected) filesPitch

control from -100% ... +25%Beatkeeper™

technology for seamless integration of samples and loops with tap overrideSearches

via two large jog wheels and uses skip peak searching in profilesTwo

front-panel USB ports for easy expansion and connection5RU

total, or 3RU + 2RU, fits standard 19-inch equipment racks


no pricing available yet for the mixers or CD player, but both will be at

retailers in the third quarter of ’08. Here's a demo on the DDS80:


those of you who grew up in the ‘80s, Mio

hopes you were fans of a lil black car named KITT. They’re releasing a Knight Rider branded GPS

unit ($299) that looks and sounds like your favorite TV car. It even greets you

with a, “Hello Michael, where do you want to go today?"


finally, if you love stylin’ while listening to your music and got a few bucks

to burn (6,400 of them), check out the iDiamonds from designer Thomas

Heyerdahl. They’re made of white gold

and encrusted with 204 diamonds


next time, keep stylin’!Troy Gayle is the Founder of