Saturday, May 31, 2008

Video of the Week - Touchscreen Turntables in Action

Final Technology // User Testing from Scott Hobbs on Vimeo.

You may recall that I hailed video mixing the next frontier of turntablism, but what I neglected to take into account was the possibility that the turntable itself might be in store for its own redefinition. As this video shows, soon turntables won't even have to spin anymore. Instead, they could be manipulated with touchscreen interfaces and software, thus creating an entirely different way to interface with your music collection.

The prototype shown in this video is called ATTIGO TT and it works by allowing the DJ to use a touch interface to manipulate graphical waveforms in exactly the same way they would with vinyl records or CDs. As the demo shows, this ability to see a song or sample in a visual waveform affords the DJ unprecedented control over how they can manipulate sounds. It also seems to be much easier than scratching records, which requires more of a trained ear then a trained eye.

Truthfully, I have no idea how I feel about this. As a novice DJ myself, I get excited about the possibility of being able to spin and scratch music like a pro, but I can also see how this takes much of the skill out of being a good DJ. Plain and simple, blending and scratching with wax is much harder than this, and it takes a certain degree of talent to do it right. Though, I guess if Serato Scratch hasn't killed the vinyl DJ (in fact, many of the legends have incorporated it into their repertoires), then touchscreen turntables might not either. What do you guys think?

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