Design site Yanko Design featured the RSON8 touchscreen DJ controller today.
RSON8 is a design concept, by Vibhas Jain, that uses a large touchscreen as a control surface:
The RSON8 is a touchscreen controller for aspiring DJ’s, talent required, although it does make mixing music a lot easier for noobs. The device has grooves where digital buttons appear allowing one to augment track(s) and levels.
The screen also uses next generation tactile feedback substrates so you can literally feel the sliders.
This is certainly an interesting design and stands out clearly from existing DJ controllers.
“Next generation tactile feedback substrates” aside, though, this looks a lot like a custom iPad, dedicated to DJing. As such, it combines the limitations of the iPad (limited tactile feedback, inability to build ‘motor memory’) with the limitations of existing DJ controllers (expensive, single purpose).
Video animatic for the RSON8 below.
Are music instrument designers getting too attached to the iPad idea?
Give the RSON8 a look and let us know what you think!