When the bridge was built that enabled DJs to use vinyl records in order to manipulate music on their computers, it was an historic moment in DJ history. But ever since that day, DJs have had to look at their computers in order to see what’s going on with their music.
You see, DJ’ing might be heavily about sound, but there’s a visual portion which can’t be ignored. When DJs spun traditional vinyl records, the shape of the grooves could tell the DJ what was about to happen. When we moved over to digital vinyl systems, we lost the definitions in those grooves, and instead landed on a record that looks the same all the way across. In order to see what was coming up in the track, we had to look at the computer (or CD player) screen.
But what if there was a way to take the UI of the apps that we use and to project that directly onto our mixing surfaces? If these guys have anything to say about it, that’s exactly where the next step of DJing will go:
“It’s a user interface for Serato Scratch Live that is vinyl rotation reactive, as well as sound reactive, and makes it possible to mix using Serato without having to look at your computer screen whatsoever. We have real-time waveforms across our mixers, or our vinyl platters, and we have started to incorporate video effects that are controlled by wii remotes.”
Take all of my money.
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