Novation re-hash their launchpad midi controller (... adds 'mini' to its moniker)

January 11, 2014
words & image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak



The launchpad mini is essentially a more refined re-hash of the launchpad by novation. Although they've made it more compact and named it the 'mini' version, its in no way un-usably fiddly to use or handle, its still fully usable in a competent professional manner. In fact despite the downsize in dimensions the design language used has been totally revamped to throw minimalist clean lines at your eyeballs to feast on. More over there isn't anything lacking in terms of control capabilities and features from the original. Although the construction is all plastic it feels extremely sturdy overall and has a nice weighted feel to it, which at the same time isn't too heavy. Altogether pretty easy to just sling in a ruck-sack and just go. 



The dimensions aren't the only thing that have seen a downsize, the RRP for this thing also significantly undercuts the original launchpad as it weighs in a just over half the price of the original.

They've also designed it so that it can be used with an iPad too, you read that correctly, yep its been said that this re-hash of it was partly intended to appeal to the iPad generation also. 

As with the original, the launchpad mini also has full native functionality with Ableton live without the need for additional system device drivers.  However novation do supply additional OEM device drivers and control software for free so that you can access some of the more advance features of the controller when using it with other software DAW besides Ableton. They've only just recently unified the drivers and repackaged the control software to coincide with the release of this series of controllers which you can now get for free, previously it was the case that there was a free version and an advance version which you could get at a premium.

Be warned though, if you're a windows user and you're not really a fan of using net framework on your laptop DAW, (ie. people like myself who always deactivate the 3.5 built in windows net framework component and try to avoid installing the 4.5 version), the novation software and drivers needed use the full LED toggle status indicator features with other software DAW besides Ableton does in fact require net framework to operate. 

The only reason why I generally personally try to avoid using net framework is that I've had more undesirably anomalous things happen on my laptop DAW in the past whilst it was installed. There's also the fact that my machine generally runs noticeably quicker without it installed. 



At current I'm sticking to using the launchpad controller with Ableton, although using it with other DAW like Reason would certainly help to simplify things significantly to say the very least. I might have to install net-framework on my DAW after all despite my stubborn reluctance and suspicions of it. You can get a very decent price on it at 79GBP with free delivery over at Juno records. Otherwise click this to get to the official site.


 

Echo Indigo DJx xpresscard audio card

January 10, 2014
words & image source/photographer : Eksovichea Tito Hak



- 33/41/48/88/96Khz audio sample rates

- 4 stereo (otherwise 8 mono) ASIO channels



- Don't buy this if you need or want to record or monitor audio from an external source. It has no physical audio inputs. (Look for the Echo indigo IOx xpresscard audio card instead) 


- Buy this if you intend to DJ or produce using midi or audio files from your laptop via your chosen DAW.

- Buy this if you want a tidy and compact solution that provides vastly b...

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Canon adds the 70D with new 20.2MP sensor and faster video focusing to their mid range pro/enthusiast line up

July 5, 2013


As far as D-SLR camera's are concerned there isn't really anything much bigger than the announcement that the likes of Canon will be updating their core mid range of pro and enthusiast D-SLR camera's by slights with the addition of a new 70D. Although initial news landed on my computer about 3 days ago there wasn't much that I thought about it at the time other than the 7D will probably drop in price, although let it be noted that various folk reckon that it wasn't intended as a replacement f...

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quick hands on review of the Pacemaker DJ app for blackberry playbook

June 1, 2013


Having used the original Pacemaker device and loved it whilst also being a seasoned user of vinyl turntables, I had quite high expectation of the Pacemaker app for the Playbook. It wasn't quite what I expected, but generally I reckon its still worth investigating if you do have a playbook since there's a free preview version of the app if you don't quite fancy shelling out 7.50GBP for the full thing. [quick hands on review of the Pacemaker app on the Playbook here]

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Canon 60D with 17-85mm EF-S USM lens ...quick hands on (. . . crisp 'n' sharp pictures as expected)

May 7, 2013


So I managed to get a quick 2 days hands on time with the canon 60D, what do I reckon? Well my wording doesn't fully do it justice as regards to the extent and depth of its shooting features, but overall if you're in the market for one it was all good. As always it might be wise to scope out the offerings from the likes of Nikon too before dropping a hefty wedge of this type of snapper gear and glass. I'm guessing that for most, when you do finally get this level of image quality or beyond yo...
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Connect your iPad to a Pioneer USB controller with this WeCai cable... . . . allows for independent stereo main room out/post mix and pre-mix monitoring audio signals

April 18, 2013

 
I passed over it a couple of weeks ago, but the introduction of a single cable seems a bit more revolutionary then it did at the time. The idea of connecting a fully featured two deck metaphor controller to an iPad could definitely see a future where DJ's will only need to turn up with a tablet with their choons on it. But for all those who currently have an iPad, its pretty much the case that just cable this recently released by Pioneer (for the general public to now optionally own) will al...
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.Blackberry OS 10 upgrade coming to Playbook this year... . . . official Skype app also arriving soon for Blackberry OS 10 on the Blackberry Z10 with video support.

April 13, 2013

 
I was doing some research into the viability of owning a pre-Blackberry OS 10 device for ongoing device support into the future (as in before the Z10 was released). As it turns out, current Blackberry 6 and 7 devices will not being seeing any form of update to Blackberry 10 OS. However, even with the release of new Blackberry 10 OS devices (i.e. the Z10) the general crackberry consensus seems to be that Blackberry 7 will continue to be supported by Blackberry for quite some time yet to come....

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The new tiny canon Rebel SL1 officially hits the European website under its none US EOS 100D name... also rocks a touch- screen

March 27, 2013

 
 It looks like the compact canon Rebel SL1 with full D-SLR capability has actually made it to the official European Canon website in its none US naming convention form. The significantly more compact size of their fully featured EOS 100D D-SLR might be just the thing to stop many of their once hardcore loyal customer base moving over to Sony NEX mirror-less camera's which Sony are making a killing on for their extremely convenient form factor and now proven image quality production.

I remembe...

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Canon shrink their camera's even more for their upcoming next gen T5i and Rebel SL1 refresh...

March 23, 2013

 
I used to think that in an alternate universe  where I had the money to upgrade my camera and wanted to stay with a compact interchangeable form factor instead of going full power picture box D-SLR mad with a Canon 5D mark3 or Sony Alpha 99 SLT that I'd move to the NEX-6 or 7. That was until canon announced their next gen D-SLR T5i and Rebel SL1. They've basically shrunk the upcoming D-SLR releases despite still accommodating full canon D-SLR lenses. The initial outlined pricing structure wh...

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Archos gamepad available to buy now rocking Android 4.1

March 23, 2013

 
What do you know, the Archos Gamepad didn't turn into vaporware after all and its available to buy right now state side for $179 running some version of GTA in the picture above. The RRP Seems a little more pricey than first expected but it'll run you far less then other Android 4.1 based tablets of its type. 



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What do I reckon of the latest Dell XPS machines?

March 11, 2013

 
From a design standpoint there wasn't really much to get the pulse racing as far as Dell machines were concerned despite some of their more visually pleasing efforts in recent years, and generally in not being in the market to buy a new machine there wasn't much that made it stand out from the million on one other companies selling iCore speced machines. At least not in the way one particular company has in managing to keep people interested in what they do from a design perspective regardle...
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Purely for the sake of putting something up with slick premium minimalist design if nothing else

February 28, 2013

 
I've had a browser tab open on the Chromebook pixel for days in not being quite sure what to say about it whist seeing other various bits on it from other sites. The extreme eyeball catching hardware design had me outright hooked but I couldn't quite figure out what I'd personally do with something that was exclusively locked down for running chrome OS at the price it was expected to be sold at even if I could afford it.


 
But maybe that was part of the problem with Google having already set t...

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Blackberry Z-10 gets Pacemaker app

February 26, 2013
 

 
I was more than intrigued by Blackberry's Z10 whilst all the pre-release hype was circulating on the net. So much so that I even went to the extent of sniffing out many a "Mr blurry shaky hand cam" pictures of it. It was the lure of blackberry OS 10 that seemed most inviting based on where the Playbook had taken things. When the Z-10 was released I still generally remained reserved on blog wordage despite still keeping a watchful eye on the turn of opinion that would be praising it one day ...
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Steam still in post new years sale mode

February 5, 2013

 
It totally slipped my mind that steam might actually have a sale on too, mainly due to the fact that they generally have a lot of decent offers happening on rotation all year round regardless. But the annual new year discount rush is still happening over at their place too.   
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EA Origin go bananas & sell everything for under £5 till February 28th

January 24, 2013


That's right the yearly Origin sale begins, every big title you can think of for under a fiver (£4.99 to be exact) till February 28th 2013. So you've got just over a month. Click this to browse the entire catalog now.
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