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Request for an "S1 expansion deck"

Discussion in 'Feature Suggestions' started by KLH, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. djtorchmusic

    djtorchmusic Forum Member

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    What's wrong with the EKS Otus?
     
  2. Notanon

    Notanon NI Product Owner

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    Nothing, just would prefer something that can take what is displayed in the deck loaded and show it on the screen on a player instead of having to look at the monitor constantly as is currently the case with Traktor. For example, I have ongoing issues with my neck due to whiplash resulting from a car crash a few years back, so the less I need to turn my neck during a DJ set, the better for me and the odds increase that I can do a longer set than would be possible otherwise.

    Personally, I think NI are quite capable of creating something like a S1, given they can pretty much take one of the screens from the Maschine Studio, put it into one part of an S2 or S4 at the top as an extension, and use that with a new version of Traktor Scratch Pro to enable this possibility. Bit easier to remain engaged with an audience without needing to turn your neck to check things when a glance at a screen on the deck is less noticeable as well. If anything, the laptop should be used as least as possible. As I've mentioned before, I rarely if ever use CDs when DJing and mostly use my USB thumb drives when I'm not using Traktor (often when DJing with friends who don't use it), so if NI can deliver something that suits the above, I'd sell at least one of my decks tomorrow to replace it with a S1. Hell, even a X1 with a screen and possibly a thumb drive slot would suit me as well, but I can't quite see that happening for a while with the recent release of the Mk2.

    Actually, they could even just build a small screen module using one of the Maschine Studio screens that can click onto the back of a X1, F1 and even a Z1 (depending on the positioning of the usb port on each controller, could be a universal accessory instead of specialised screens for each controller) and use that to enable the display option more seamlessly. Couldn't be that hard, surely. Maybe even call it a D1 if they like. Could even make a similar module for the S2 and S4, i.e. the D2 and even a D4, depending on how the rears of both are configured compared to each other, or even for a Z2 for managing the Macro FX options from the mixer itself as well as track browsing. At the end of the day, I do not want to be relying on the laptop throughout a set if I can manage everything via the controllers and with accompanying displays for each controller.
     
  3. djtorchmusic

    djtorchmusic Forum Member

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    I know what you mean. That's one of the major reasons I bought some CDJ 2K decks. I believe most controller companies have it in their minds that most controller DJs prefer looking at their computer monitors, which most of them are.
     
  4. holtron

    holtron New Member

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    Wish one of these were available now! Would definitely solve a lot of the mobility issues I grapple with when it comes to having scratch control on the go.
     
  5. Notanon

    Notanon NI Product Owner

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    Yeah, that's the unfortunate thing. I dare say NI, Serato et al have become a little bit complacent in this department, to be quite blunt, and they've had quite a few years now to make a move towards something like this. OLED technology has come along far enough that the power consumption shouldn't be too much of an issue for a reasonable cost to enable running both it and the controller off the one USB connection from a powered hub or laptop. Worst case, maybe require a power adaptor for use if the current draw will be too much from the USB port or mandate the requiring of USB3.0 as it can supply up to 900mA versus USB2.0's 500mA limit, which should be plenty of headroom for both the screen and the controller and is starting to become more of a standard for newer laptops on the market now.

    Edit: @djtorchmusic
     
  6. frankle

    frankle NI Product Owner

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    NI should probably look at this because I have a feeling that there's going to be something in this segment coming out later in the year from another manufacturer ;)
     
  7. Whazzaa

    Whazzaa New Member

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    I want one! But, it should get rid of the effect controls. If you use it with a S4 it doesn't need more effects. For the rest Notanons design is awesome