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Spinning just became pushing and pulling
Spinning just became pushing and pulling
Posted by Gizmo on May 25, 2008 :

touch screen DJing

Around 2 years ago - I had a DVS inspired brainwave. Instead of circular control surfaces, I thought about a treadmill style controller that worked in a simple space saving linear motion. I proposed this idea in the secret braniacs area of the skratchlounge, where it wasn't exactly greeted as the greatest invention since Technics. But Scott Hobbs has clearly been thinking along the same lines, and welding the current hotness that is touch surfaces with this linear waveform controlling idea, he's come up with Attigo - Minority Report for DJs.

I could act all superior and explain what's going on but it's easier for you to wade Scott's immensely detailed project notes over at his site. Don't worry - you won't be tested on it.

We've kicked around the idea of touchscreen DJing for some time now, but big ups to Scott for actually doing it. The idea is simple, but is backed up with a heap of under the hood and behind the scenes jiggerypokery to actually make it work. It's important to remember that this is very much a proof of concept, and neither a definitive end product nor a showcase of the DJ's skills. I'd like to see more controls, as well as a some sort of ID3 tag display and artwork too.

I wonder if Pioneer and Jazz Mutant - being the leaders of the new touchy feely school - are currently incredibly pissed off that some guy at a university in Scotland has beat them to the punch and make the first real touch decks.

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12 comments to this story

On May 26, 2008, vietnow said this:
"I wonder if Pioneer and Jazz Mutant - being the leaders of the new touchy feely school - are currently incredibly pissed off that some guy at a university in Scotland has beat them to the punch and make the first real touch decks."

i imagine that they would be. i'm still not convinced about touchscreen technology -- maybe its just me, i sorta like my turntables. that said, the touch screen do look cooler than my plain old black decks.

On May 26, 2008, Buttafingaz said this:
Ahh, that's dope! I would actually prefer the horizontal waveforms. I guess you can turn the device so you can scratch left & right vice up & down. That screen is going to have alot of fingerprints lol.... sw_smilie.png

On May 26, 2008, trik said this:
I wonder if this could be done with an iPhone/Touch as the screen.

On May 26, 2008, Geranamo said this:
Its bound to become the new piece of dj gear. Ill give it a couple of years before we actually start to see these things for sale. Thats crazy stuff right there.

On May 26, 2008, aRKei said this:
Looks interesting. I'd never change my turntables against such a device. To me such thing can never be achieved, maybee in a compromised form, but not like the original (manipulation of audio signals). But as a addition it could be very usefull.

On May 26, 2008, tikka said this:
I had to google for it because the scotthobbs website is down for me, i found this video of it in action:

On May 27, 2008, mohan said this:
i feel like all these gadgets that "simplify" the art of djing detracts from just that. it is empowering people who like making playlists, to become "djs" without any training of skill or care for the art itself.

i thought direct drive turntables was a HUGE step forward. what ever happened to vinyl digging, carrying crates, getting a feel for the plastic....

On May 27, 2008, jonas said this:
here's a video of the working version:

On May 27, 2008, DJ Pulse said this:
Someone can probably point out the actual product / manufacturer website... I was at the Mobile Beat show in Las Vegas this year and a company was showing off almost this very thing. They were using 3 touchscreens, one for each "deck" and one for a mixer. I don't recall to what capacity they operated (single or multi-touch, scratching or not, etc) but the fact remains that someone has already brought virtual decks via touchscreen to the market.

On May 28, 2008, beuis said this:
hats off to Scott Hobbs he bothered to learn Opcode Max and MSP (~groove) and then build and design a new innovative product that looks and works well.

Shame he lives in the UK and the Department of Trade and Industry and the UK gov do nothing to fund getting new products to manufacture. Read James Dyson book he is suing the DTI.

This product will now be copied as it is un-patentable. I doubt if Scott will see a penny.

If you are from the UK ideas are only for the rich!!

On June 13, 2008, IPSO said this:
Wack and fake.sick.gif One more nail in the coffin of this artform as "turntablism" degenerates into "controllerism" (whatever the hell that is). Technology is cool and all - I'm not a luddite but the whole ESSENCE of what this is is very close to dying thanks to this crap. "Controllerism"?! Come on - that's just wack and lazy and fake. Just my OPINION.

On June 19, 2008, rhythm selector j said this:
how are u gonna see the screen in day light! yeah no one thought about that.

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