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Touchscreen Turntable

Final Product // ATTIGO TT from Scott Hobbs on Vimeo.
Are the turntable’s days numbered. Scott Hobbes new prototype touch screen turntable may point to a more rectangular future. Still tablists should have no more fear than a violinist worrying a piano player will replace her. There’s lots of ways to make music, and the concept of a rectangular touch screen presents a new paradigm on sound and its design. With potential to rise above the common plethora of audio tools – more essential than say maracas and chaos pads – it’s worth looking out for it at future NAMMs and Muteks

Mixer Specs

Mixer Tech Specs a dj the mixer is a fundamental part of the instrument, and all djs are proud of their mixer and at the same time always covet another.
Curve control and input reverse switch on all faders
-1 segment 3 colour level meters that display CH1&2 or mix with cue fader pre fade monitoring
– Transform Switches which can be rotated to work up/down or left/ right
– High powered headphone output with level and mute switch.
– 4 RCA inputs (2 line and 2 phono switchable to line) with gain control on each input- Balanced XLR outputs with multi-point VCA master control, linkout and session in
– 2 Mic channels with XLR inputs, 3 bans eq with HPF and gain controls on each
– FX loop channels with solent FET switching and seperate TRS inputs and outputs.
– PSU High performance internal switched-mode power supply. Universal mains input voltage

Numark Pro SM3
Three channel scratch mixer with ultra loose optical fader boasts a whack of flashing LED lights and hamster switch on all faders.
– InfinityTM true optical crossfader with assign, slope & "hamster" control
-3-band rotary with -40dB EQ KILLS
– Process insert loops, gain, panning & 8 Position rotating input toggles
-"Hamster switch", PFL meters, and input fader with 3 position slope adjust
– Long-life ALPsTM replaceable input faders
– 3 Phono, 6 line, 1 mic :d and zone outputs

Pioneer DMJ 909
The creators of cdj 1000s hit the mixer frontier with a touch-sensitive screen for effects and curve control. It’s also equippedwith digital ins and outs.
* 2 Channel
* 4 Line Inputs
* 2 Turntable Inputs
* 2 Switchable Phono/ Line Inputs
* 2 Fader Start Inputs
* 3 Band EQ per channel
(-26dB to +6dB)
* EQ On/Off switch
* 1 Mic Input (Neutric/ 1/4" combo)
* 2 Band Mic EQ
* Touch Sensitive Screen for Effects and Fader Curve< * Effect Lock/On/Off Switches
* Foot switch Connection
for Effects
* Transform switches
* Reverse switches
* Non-Contact Crossfader
* Adjustable Channel Fader curve
* Independently Adjustable Cross Fader Curve
* Adjustable Cross Fader Lag
* Adjustable Cross
Fader Tension
* BPM Tap Buttons
* Headphone Monitor auditioning
* Session inputs/output
with level control
* Reinforced headphone jacks
* Stereo Send/Return
* RCA & XLR Outputs
* General Power requirements: AC 120V, 60 Hz
* Power consumption: 31W
* Weight: 6.5kg/14lbs 5oz.
* Dimensions: 9-7/8"(W)x
* Audio Section Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz (CD)
* Signal-to-noise ratio:
93 dB or more
* Distortion Ratio:
0.02% or less.

Stanton SA5 Seems like a lower end A&H copy, though nonetheless has a lot offer at a far friendlier price tag. Little brother SA3covers battle mixer
basics at an even lower cost.
* 2 channel scratch mixer
* Custom Penny and Giles faders and crossfader with curve adjustment
* OSII optical phono/line switches with LOCK feature
* 3 position cue select switch Pre CF / Post CF Cue / Master
* 3-band EQ with complete kills
* Program Reverse
* 2 headphone outputs (1/4" and 1/8" mini jack) w/headphone
mute switch
* Master output attenuation control
* PGM input attenuation control
* Unique front panel design prevents dj from accidentally damaging the
headphone jack and mixer during battle
* TRS balanced master outputs
* Ultra Quiet: Dynamic Range greater than 110dB, noise floor less than
92 dBV (line)
* No Bleed: Channel fader and Crossfader Kill better than 95 dB
* Line to phono and phono to line crosstalk better than 90 d
* Low Distortion: less than 0.015%@1kHz

Rane TTM54
Steep price, slick look and solid name make Rane.
* A precision Active Crossfader with continuously adjustable Contour and
‘Hamster’ reversal controls, provides the lowest feed-through, low noise,
and responsive control.
* Front panel ‘Hamster’ reversal and switchable Contour controls
* Accelerated-Slope, band-split 24 dB per octave tone controls provide
more than 40 dB of Bass and Treble cut won’t affect the vocal midrange.
* A proprietary, assignable Effects Loop allows a stereo effect to be inserted
in Pre-Fader Program 1, Pre-Fader Program 2, or Master at the press of
a switch.
* Independent 18 dB per octave high pass Rumble filters for each phono input.
* Lexan face plate

The godfather of battle mixers, with its rugged design and Qbert on its promotions team, is hard to beat in popularity.

* 3 band slide fader EQ for each channel (-24, +6dB)
* Hamster Switch
* Curve adjustment for crossfader and each channel fader
* Session mix input for team mixing (daisy-chain)
* Slide fader for channel balance (left/right)
* Master output can be listened to on Headphones/>
* Mic input with 2 band EQ (+/- 12db)
* Inputs: 2 phone, 2 line, 2 mic, 2 output
* Dimensions: 10.25"w x 14.5"h x 3.14"d

Dj Andabeat says, "The Future is fader. Faders on all the eqs allows for one handed equinq. A clean crossfader area is accompanied by smooth light action and clear sound.

Dj Tim Wisdom says SM3’s appeal is the optical fader, split cue for mixing in headphones and led lights to indicate levels for each channel as well as master.

Dj Riddim Fernadez says, " Rane mixers are solid. No worries about anything not working anytime. The build quality is top notch and the eq’s on them are so plush. The setup is very straight forward (ttm56) and the effects setup/send is well laid out and easy to use – and is separate for both channels. What really makes this mixer the best are the faders – both the channel and crossfader are magnetic and will last pretty much as long as I do.