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Old 5th December 2008 , 04:44 PM
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Otus is intended to replace the deck, so x-fader duties remain with your mixer as does the volume - i've not tried it yet but you would probably be able to assign some of the controllers to work these functions if you wish, but that's not the intention. The XP5 has a couple of different .tks files for different applications and this would be possible with Otus.

Otus fits exactly on top of a 1210 deck (look at the cut outs on the feet) and there is a hole on the underside for the spindle of the deck to sit in. you have two seperate analog/digital outs to be fed into your mixer - you'll see in the video's that the centre bottom button determines which deck you're on and changes the back-lighting accordingly.

I don't have a date on the matt units yet so they maybe a while..

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i watched the videos on their site and it stated control with just a lap top oh well will have to see if i can get a demo on one in store
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Otus is intended to replace the deck, so x-fader duties remain with your mixer as does the volume - i've not tried it yet but you would probably be able to assign some of the controllers to work these functions if you wish, but that's not the intention. EDIT
I'll put my cards on the table here, I've never used a crossfader during all of my DJ career! Why..? Well (other than hip hop style cutting and scratching - which aint my bag baby), I've always used a smoother, organic feel when mixing between two tracks and I've found I can only get the amount of control I need by manipulating two single faders rather than one fader that (in whatever applied 'curve') interprets its own mathematical gain reduction and mirrored increase. Horses for courses I know but hey, that's the way I work personally..

So.. The Otus, aside from everything else it can control and is capable of, presents me with the possibility of mixing in a way I haven't done in years, and have missed very much.. Rotary fader mixing. Classic U.S. legacy mixers like Rane...


and Urei models...


....were on hand at places like 'the Box' in the Ministry of Sound ' (due to the high volume of American DJ's visiting), and these had knobs to rotate rather than vertically aligned faders - it may sound weird to some, but it's a beautiful way to mix and feels very elegant.

Without the need for a cross-fader, if the Otus can have channel volume assigned in the above 'rotary' fashion, then it could (partially at least) successfully emulate the true 'disco' mixing methodology of late 70's, early 80's iconic club mixers..

I've just ordered an Otus as, without even seeing one in 'the flesh', have never been so inspired by a piece of DJ technology since Traktor itself was launched!
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Without the need for a cross-fader, if the Otus can have channel volume assigned in the above 'rotary' fashion, then it could (partially at least) successfully emulate the true 'disco' mixing methodology of late 70's, early 80's iconic club mixers..
OMG - I actually used to mix on those kind of things about 20 years ago
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as for the X fader issue, i have only started using a crossfader again on getting my vci-100/nocturn, the main reason i started using channel faders as opposed to the X fader other than better control on graduation of the fade most clubs had battered faders so wanted to get channel fading right, i must admit iv never really tried the dials, they do look sexy mind but not sure if i would adjust well to that
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i see the UREI 1620LE has been discontinued
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Vestax had a nice rotary out about 18 months ago.

I find them too weird to use in a club. I like messing with them, but I'm used to sliders or x-faders. It's just what I've grown up to be comfortable with.

In my setup I still have this bad boy !



Anyhow back on Topic. Steve...can we have one for a prize
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I'll see what I can do in the new year for a prize - the first batch are all sold and I'm trying to hang onto the demo one that I got this morning - it's coming with me to see NI in Berlin today and I may grudgingly send it to some mags for review..

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cant wait to see some of the reviews on this thing
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Coolio. Hope you have fun with it at NI Hq.

Just out of curiosity, have you had many clubs take a look at it for install? I think it'd be a lot more appealing to DJ's and engineers if there was a default/standardised template compiled into traktor for it, or maybe even a gui editor pane to help DJ's less aware with MIDI protocols..
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Have you seen this Ed?
http://eks.fi/index2.php?p=support&o...raktor%20Guide
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Nope, I hadn't seen it. Guess they're already one step ahead of the curve !

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I just talked to EKS - the wheel is working great with Traktor 3 but has a couple of small issues with Traktor Pro so I'm going to sacrifice my one and leave it here for the guys at NI to work on with EKS...

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We feel and appreciate your sacrifice Steve!
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I just talked to EKS - the wheel is working great with Traktor 3 but has a couple of small issues with Traktor Pro so I'm going to sacrifice my one and leave it here for the guys at NI to work on with EKS...

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Steve, did you attend Derby uni?

I vaguely remember once meeting a guy called Steve who was attached to Arbeier & Steinberg. I think you were doing a demo of Melodyne when it was in its baby stages. I'm sure one of my lecturers mentioned that they'd graduated from the course I'm on lol
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Hi Ed - yep - I was at Derby a good few years ago.. and those melodyne demos would have been a few years ago now too. I still speak to the guys up there every so often but I think their facilities have advanced quite a bit from when I was there..

back to the OTUS - EKS thoughtfully sent me another over Christmas and I've been trying it with Traktor Pro - it rocks. There is a small issue with the wheel but you'd only notice if you were trying to 'rewind' the whole track. The effects assignment for one of the effects processors in Traktor is a bit off but other than that it is fantastic.

I have to correct myself on the earlier note about crossfader etc - the unit can be used standalone without a mixer as each channel has a seperate volume knob and the x-fade will be assigned to another knob.

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