Rain Launches New LiveBook A2 Quad-Core Mobile Audio Workstation

Rain Computers has released the follow up to their LiveBook Mobile Audio Workstation line, the LiveBook A2.

The LiveBook A2 (the “A” is for audio, the “2” because it’s the second generation) offers quad-core processing, discrete graphics and the choice of a glossy or matte high resolution 15.6 inch screen. The laptop has been designed ‘to guarantee the performance and stability audio pros and DJs demand during once-in-a-lifetime recording sessions, live shows and other situations where failure is not an option’.

The LiveBook A2 is available with a quad-core processor up to 2.5GHz, the option to add 16 gigabytes of memory, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics processor that can be switched off via a button on LiveBook to save battery power when you’re stuck on an airplane, and a bevy of high speed ports including USB 3.0 and eSATA.

The LiveBook A2 is certified for use with Pro Tools for audio production, Serato for DJs and the Adobe Master Collection.

Pricing starts at US $1599.

Serato ITCH 2.0 First Look

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At Musikmesse 2011, Serato introduced ITCH 2.0, a long-awaited update to their DJ app.

Highlights of Serato ITCH 2.0:

  • P-6 Sample Player to add drops and samples to your performance.
  • Brand new Display Modes with a range of deck layouts.
  • Night and Day color schemes for easy visibility under any conditions.
  • Improved Sync Engine with new visual feedback.
  • Enhanced Album Art browsing for quick identification of your music.
  • “Smart Crates” which auto-fill using keywords from your music library.
  • “Serato Playlists” enabling sharing of your sets online.
  • New File Management options to allow you to easily copy crates and tracks to external drives for your gig

ITCH 2.0 will be released in Quarter 3, 2011. Pricing is TBA.


Ultimate Hyperstation Professional 2 Tier Laptop Stand

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2011 NAMM Show: This video, via PSSL01, takes a look at the Ultimate Hyperstation – a professional 2-tier laptop stand.

Here are the details:

Hyper Station is designed to go wherever your music takes you.

While sturdy enough to safely hold your laptop and other small electronics, it folds up as one piece and fits in a backpack. Hyper Station is constructed from die-cast aluminium, making it sturdy, while surprisingly light. The automotive-grade anodized finish is stunning and scratch resistant. The laptop support arms are angle- and depth adjustable.

You can place your laptop at whatever angle suits your needs and then secure it in place with the telescoping non-marring arm stops.  The second tier is height adjustable and fitted with ports for venting and cables.

It’s expected to be available around Q3 for about $140.

Numark Intros DJ Laptop Stand


Numark introduced its new $59.95 Laptop Stand at NAMM.

Key Features:

  • Solid, easy-to-assemble laptop stand for DJs
  • Secure construction, yet portable, and collapsible with low-weight design
  • Fast to assemble or disassemble
  • Comes with a zippered, protective case for convenience in transport

If you’ve used the Numark Laptop Stand, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!