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Posted by Gizmo on January 27, 2008 :

EKS Otus Midi controller

You know how I toss around the term nextlevelness and talk of DJ pr0n all the time? Well Finnish company EKS saw the technology and aesthetics lines drawn in the sand by the likes of Numark's NS7 and Stanton's SC system and jumped right over it, laughing and mocking their now old fashioned efforts. Behold the power of EKS's Otus.

Being perhaps the only bit of NAMM news we missed, this cropped up at djtechtools, and after a little more digging, I've got some official words and spangly hi res pics for you. Sorry - the PDF would allow me to copy and paste the text and I really couldn't face typing in a load of copy on a Sunday morning before breakfast:

EKS Otus Midi controller

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CLICK FOR HI RES

So let's take a look at what the Otus has to offer. The first and very obvious thing is the space age styling. Usually such products are associated with Apple fanboys speculating about what crazy ideas are coming out of the Apple lab, but never quite end up looking like the render. But the Otus does - the final product (at this point anyway) looks like the render. Check this movie to see it. I love the idea of such a giant leap into the future and give EKS a massive pat on the back. I'm left wondering what mixer wouldn't look like an antique between a pair of these though. A Numark DXMPro with its black and red stylings would look cool though, or perhaps a Lemur with its touch screen goodness.

The touch controls are an interesting idea and one that people have speculated about for a while. While the entirely digital DJ does all their work on screen, they still wanted a touch feely hands on experience, hence the rise of the physical controller. The Otus aims to give DJs that conventional deck feel but in many ways lacking the physical feel of controls. I wonder how DJs will feel about touch screen DJing? We do like to feel that physical click and know that a button has been pressed. I guess some time spent with the Otus at Messe will give me more insight into how this works and feels.

I do have a full spec sheet for this but being so revolutionary, EKS are still finalising this and will release the details closer to launch, but I'm sure you can glean enough excitement from the text above to see that the EKS Otus is a serious piece of nextlevelness like no other right now. The only info we have on release and price is that they're showing it properly at MusikMesse in March. So don't ask, and it really wouldn't be funny if you did anyway.

Keep watching EKS for more info in the coming months on the Otus.


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26 comments to this story

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On January 27, 2008, Maskrider said this:
It realy looks like something from Roswellamazed.gif

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On January 27, 2008, Akiem said this:
looks pretty cool. too bad it doesnt spin

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On January 27, 2008, dj_spark said this:
A CDJ-like controler... cool !
Too bad it is so "futuristik", I could throw my PDX for something like that if the wheel is good enough.

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On January 27, 2008, Wozza said this:
I got excited about the XP 10 when i looked at it but touching it made me think again. Hopefully EKS have been working on the feeling and this wont feel cheap

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On January 27, 2008, SpAzZ said this:
I think a Vestax PCM-08 Pro (black or white) would look great in between to of them. It can look badass and futuristic visually, but performance and reliability is the key.

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On January 27, 2008, rasteri said this:
The fact that they spent more than half the press release talking about how cool it looks suggests to me that it's going to be shit. But we'll see.

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On January 27, 2008, sch- said this:
Heh, "otus" means creature in english.

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On January 27, 2008, Dizzy said this:
Now I can get a deck that matches my TRON outfit!

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On January 27, 2008, jandoe said this:
even more corny plastic bullshit. 1200 design is timeless in esthetics, durability and usability.

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On January 27, 2008, Gizmo said this:
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"even more corny plastic bullshit. 1200 design is timeless in esthetics, durability and usability."

But times up technology wise. There's a world of DJs not wanting to lug crates of vinyl, and for them, controllers are perfect.

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On January 28, 2008, Magpie0001 said this:
When will we learn? Ever heard of 3D studio max?
Its not even a product, Somebody made a render, thats all. This is probably designed to raise the profile of an unknown company & sell some less amazing products. It would be nice, but the future is not here.

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On January 28, 2008, Weztax said this:
Magpie Magpie Magpie.

Read the full post and you will see that there is video link to the real thing.

Breezers

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On January 28, 2008, jandoe said this:
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"But times up technology wise. There's a world of DJs not wanting to lug crates of vinyl, and for them, controllers are perfect."


Of cause! I don't challenge that but all those upcomming Midi-Wheels don't make a professional impression to me. I want "wheels of steel" with a 12" platter sending out high resolution control information, a precise pitch fader and a start-button in 1200 quality and no gimmicks.
I'm speaking from a turnablism point of view (this is skratchwork huh?!blink1.gif so I'm probably missing the point of MIDJs playing dozens of gigabytes of trendy mashup-mp3s they got from a buddy last week. For this kind of clientel tupperware is enough.
I better stop hatin'blink1.gif:D

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On January 28, 2008, Bopper said this:
I've seen a few prototypes of this from the Finn's for the last 3 years or so. It seems like every time they update it, it gets uglier and more toylike.

I might consider it for my 5yo nephew but this is far from looking professional!

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On January 28, 2008, Gizmo said this:
Bopper - mail me and tell me what's happening with you. I didn't get a clear idea from my guys at NAMM.

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On January 28, 2008, Wozza said this:
EKS have been around for years, they are not new to the scene but where too far ahead at the time with the XP-10 (released the same sort of time as Final Scratch 1 if i remember).
The XP 10 is toy like but was one of the best controllers avalable at the time and their software was ment to be good too so hopefully they will bring this out with it being able to compete wih the big boys

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On January 28, 2008, GodlikebuthumblE said this:
That thing looks ugly as shit. Good controller or not it still will look poncy and pretentious in anyones setup

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On January 28, 2008, Magpie0001 said this:
Weztax Weztax Weztax.

Watch the video & you'll see that its a dummy model, a mock-up, probably a piece of plywood & a sheet of pirspex. The future is still not here.

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On January 29, 2008, Feniks said this:
i snapped a picture of this at NAMM this year.

http://www.djfeniks.com/i/pics/Linking/NAMM2008/newmidi.jpg


the rest of the NAMM pics if you're interested

http://www.scratchlive.net/forum/discussion/?discussion_id=70124#new

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On January 29, 2008, dj_spark said this:
Bopper, I'm with you on this : I can't understand why controllers had to be like toys. weird.gif
But if I want a controller, it's because I want something smaller and lighter... not a midi-1200.

So I guess there is some place between those 2 points (toys & 1200s). 8)

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On January 30, 2008, Feniks said this:
i sat down with one of the reps for a few mins regarding this and basically didn't get any ground-breaking information other than it would be out in April and that there would be several models available with each model taylored around a specific software (ie. serato, torq, traktor, etc...)

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On January 31, 2008, weaksauce said this:
why do these things have to be a spinning wheel? i reckon you could get away with something like a large laptop touchpad to emulate 99% of scratches.

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On March 14, 2008, ooOH Child said this:
I for one am very excited about where midi control has taken Dj'ing. This evolution of spinning opens the doors to a new generation and breathes life into an aging platform. The Otus looks great & I hope its build quality lives up to its aesthetics.

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On July 13, 2008, Zenius said this:
price has been confirmed on one finnish shop :D

http://www.verkkokauppa.com/popups/prodinfo.php?id=1073

Zenius from finland

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On July 13, 2008, Zenius said this:
price has been confirmed on one finnish shop :D

http://www.verkkokauppa.com/popups/prodinfo.php?id=1073

Zenius from finland

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On July 18, 2008, Aaron Liven said this:
I think this thing looks great. I use Traktor and BCD3000 controller now. I would love something with a 7" wheel that would fit right on top of the 1200's (yes it does that).







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