Native Instruments Intros Traktor Kontrol S5 4-Channel Stems-Ready DJ System


Native Instruments has introduced Traktor Kontrol S5 – a new 4-channel DJ system.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

With a compact size and solid construction, TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 puts familiar hardware control, fluid touch-and-see workflow, and Stems* compatibility into a modern DJ experience.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 builds on hardware design made popular by the revered TRAKTOR KONTROL S4, with innovative modern technology in a portable format made to feel instantly familiar in the hands of any DJ.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 will be available online and at retailers worldwide on October 1, 2015.

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Numark Intros TT250USB USB DJ Turntable

Numark-TT250USB-dj-turntableNumark has introduced the TT250USB DJ turntable – a professional direct-drive turntable designed for heavy-duty DJ and music playback duties.

According to Numark, the TT250USB’s quartz-controlled motor delivers virtually perfect speed accuracy when playing back records, and its high-torque motor and heavy cast-aluminum platter provide the ideal amount of resistance and feel for scratching effects.

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Marshall Intros London Android Smartphone For Audio


Marshall today introduced the London – an Android smartphone, designed with audio in mind.

Marshall London audio features include:

  • dual headphone jacks, which can be used for queuing with DJ software;
  • dual microphones, for recording in stereo;
  • dual speakers, which Marshall says make the London ‘the loudest mobile phone on earth; and
  • several music apps.

While the Marshall London boasts unique audio features and a premium phone price (about US $600), the phone’s other specifications have been described as ‘pretty low end’.

As for audio latency, which has been the primary show-stopper for Android music software, Marshall says that the London’s Android Lollipop OS provides ‘low latency audio input ensures that music and communication applications provide an amazing realtime experience.”

Since they only mention audio input, it’s unclear yet whether the London will offer the audio performance required for interactive music apps, where low-latency audio input, low-latency audio output, fast audio processing and low-latency touchscreen control are all required.

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