Pretty Wifi Lights Sync to Music, DJs, Thanks to Open Source Hardware and Software

Open source for the sake of it is one thing. This is open source hardware and software for the sake of making lighting more awesome. Open source hardware is the basis of a sophisticated, wireless lighting rig. It’s already syncing to music with Pd, and automatic lighting control right from free DJ software may be next. With the effort of the open source music and visual communities, that could be just the beginning. The SaikoLED is a project for wirelessly-controlled color LED lighting, based on several open source (or partially open source) projects. It’s not cheap, as such, though I …

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Turntablism in the Digital Age: DJ Jungleboy with Stanton SCS.3d; Open Scratch Scripting

Want to reignite interest in DJs who actually use their hands and fingers to slice up and juggle sounds? A cavalcade of “laptopists” is the ticket. Suddenly, at least in some corners, people are again interested in turntablism. It’s nice to see how a controller can integrate digital loop and cue points with a setup that still focuses on scratching. And Stanton’s SCS.3d turns out to be scriptable in the open source DJ software Mixxx. As some live PA musicians revert to a “push play” mentality, DJs can keep it interesting.

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Indamixx Laptop is First Pre-Configured Music Netbook, Running Linux, $499

Five hundred bucks. In music tech terms, that usually gets you, what, a single app bundle? Now, it can get you a whole computer, pre-loaded with a bunch of music software. It may not be as powerful as a modern laptop, but it’s also in a cute, smaller form factor you can keep everywhere in case inspiration strikes, or balance on the corner of your Steinway grand. Meet the Indamixx laptop. Whether you want one or not, it’s emblematic of the ongoing commoditization of laptop technology, with ever-cheaper, lower-power brains. Highlights: Brains: 1.6Ghz Intel Atom CPU netbook (looks similar to …

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Elsewhere: Mixxx Open Source DJ Software Review

Chris Everest of Vinyl Project has some first hands-on impressions of Mixx, the open-source DJ software that recently added vinyl control (among other features). So far, he says he’s not sure it’s ready for prime-time: “There are definitely some things I could try to help the situation, but at this point I wasn’t convinced by the overall experience.” Software Review: Mixxx Open Source DJ Software [Vinyl Project] Previously: Mixxx, Open Source DJ Tool, Adds Vinyl Control He does, however, wonder if a controlled operating environment would help. As it happens, I’m testing Mixxx on just such an environment, the custom-Linux …

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