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The Latest Motion Control Technology for DJs

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The motion control of the past in the world of DJing has been mostly limited to handheld controllers with gyroscopes built in –  the likes of Wiimotes, Midi Fighter 3Ds and Numark Orbits. But what happens when the gear dissappears or becomes wearable? Today we take a look at some of the most interesting developments in DJ-applicable motion control devices – read on.

Motion often feels extremely contrived when used to control DJ software – perhaps because it’s associated with the exaggerated waving about that so many DJ megastars do when they’re not actually touching the controls. The issue becomes creating motion-based controls that not only are fun to use, but go beyond the basic gimmick of motion control to become useful, precise, and convenient for a DJ or live performer.

Aftertouch DIY MIDI Glove by Gztomash

You might recognize Gztomash’s name from previous articles on DJ TechTools where he’s crafted up ingenious solutions (like making a sequencer out of Traktor’s Remix Decks) – and earlier this year he decided to craft his own motion-based DJ solution that uses a glove system. The motion control is very similar to Imogene Heap’s gloves and allows for a variety of controls, demonstrated in the video below.

Advantages: Variety of control gestures. Glove makes you look like a cyborg.
Drawbacks: Custom solution means you’ll have to DIY if you want one!

More info on Ghztomash’s blog here

Leap Motion With Traktor + Ableton

We wrote about the Leap Motion device over a year ago when it was still in development, but now the tiny motion sensor device is on the public market for an reasonable price tag, and all over YouTube we’ve started to see the unit in use with a number of different audio applications.

Advantages: Very precise, can detect individual fingers. Already a fairly wide base of users. Cheap!
Drawbacks: Limited to a certain “detection zone” above the device where all motion is sensed relative to.

As usual, in the DJ world, the first thing to apply motion to is always effects and filter control – check out the Leap Motion used in Traktor and Ableton in the videos below:

More info on Leap Motion

Coming Soon: MYO Wearable Gesture Control

This is still upcoming tech – there’s no videos of it in use with digital DJ software, but we’re pretty sure it could be spot on. Using a flexible armband to detect the muscle tension in your arm, MYO promises to be able to interpret a variety of gestures and arm movements with ease, and with a one-size-fits-all band it won’t have the same physical limitations that glove-based controllers might.

Advantages: There’s no “detection zone” like the Leap Motion device has
Drawbacks: Still has to make it to market, uncertain as to comfort over long periods of wear

Learn more about MYO in the below video:

More info on MYO here

Hot Hand USB

We would be remiss in not mentioning the product that Mad Zach showed off in action a few months ago on the DJTT blog, the Source Audio Hot Hand. Probably one of the smallest pieces of wearable motion tech out there, the Hot Hand detects motion along three axises. Here’s Mad Zach rocking it in his own review – including him wearing it on his foot.

Advantages: Wireless + wearable, very easy to set up. 
Drawbacks:
 MIDI mapping all axises rapidly becomes very complicated. Need to attach it to a small body part like fingers or toes.

Read Mad Zach’s review here

Motion in the Ocean?

We’re pretty sure there’s even more exciting motion-based technology on the horizon – but for now it seems unlikely that performers will adopt currently available motion technology until even more simple and reliable solutions come to market that really focus on performers. Would you ever use motion technology in your DJ sets or live productions? Let us know in the comments below.

10 thoughts on “The Latest Motion Control Technology for DJs

  1. ciao a tutti, cercavo una piccola spiegazione sul significato del sonetto 128 di Shakespeare che non riesco bene a capire, e magari anche un piccolo commento.. grazie mille

    metto il testo del sonetto:

    How oft, when thou, my music, music play’st,
    Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
    With thy sweet fingers, when thou gently sway’st
    The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
    Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap
    To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
    Whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest reap,
    At the wood’s boldness by thee blushing stand!
    To be so tickled, they would change their state
    And situation with those dancing chips,
    O’er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
    Making dead wood more blest than living lips.
    Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
    Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.

  2. Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
    Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
    The Earth began to cool,
    The autotrophs began to drool,
    Neanderthals developed tools,
    We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
    Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
    That all started with the big bang!

    “Since the dawn of man” is really not that long,
    As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song.
    A fraction of a second and the elements were made.
    The bipeds stood up straight,
    The dinosaurs all met their fate,
    They tried to leap but they were late
    And they all died (they froze their asses off)
    The oceans and pangea
    See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya
    Set in motion by the same big bang!

    It all started with the big BANG!

    It’s expanding ever outward but one day
    It will cause the stars to go the other way,
    Collapsing ever inward, we won’t be here, it wont be hurt
    Our best and brightest figure that it’ll make an even bigger bang!

    Australopithecus would really have been sick of us
    Debating out while here they’re catching deer (we’re catching viruses)
    Religion or astronomy, Encarta, Deuteronomy
    It all started with the big bang!

    Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology
    It all started with the big bang!
    It all started with the big BANG!

    La vorrei scaricare anche in mp3 mi linkate in qualche sito???

  3. Utilizzo Windows XP e ho necessità di impostare un Parental Control su un account guest o comunque limitato, in modo tale che chi lo utilizzi non navighi su siti da me indicati.
    Ho visto che l’ installazione di Parental Control estende queste limitazioni anche all’account manager. Come impostarlo affinché le limitazioni siano su account limitati?
    Quale eventuale Parental Control free (gratis, cioè!) e che sia possibile proteggere con password affinché non sia disattivabile?

  4. Salve a tutti! Sono intenzionato a comprare un variatore, visto e considerato che quello originale ha 11600 km (è un Sr r del 2008 tutto originale ma con la Giannelli Reverse e rulli da 5g). Dicevo, su Biollamotors c’è il kit speed control polini che comprende variatore, cinghia, rulli e 2 molle di contrasto a €80; e poi c’è il multivar malossi a €62. E’ qui che mi sono posto questa domanda: non conviene prendere il kit della polini, visto che comprende quei pezzi che comprati separatamente per il multivar andrebbe a costare di più?

  5. raga che ne dite di questa periferica di movimento dell ASUS? Dicono che è eccezionale e con una precisione assoluta. Chissa quante app usciranno nel giro di poco. Madonna riconosce i movimenti delle dita al millimetro. Non capisco il motivo per il quale non riconosce tutto il corpo. Cmq è eccezionale. Gia solo con il riconoscimento di mani, dita e braccia vengono fuori infinite cose. E il prezzo? Solo 70 euro. Fantastico.
    no. è solo per pc. ed è straordinaria. Guarda su internet

  6. ciao a tutti, cercavo una piccola spiegazione sul significato del sonetto 128 di Shakespeare che non riesco bene a capire, e magari anche una piccola analisi.. grazie mille

    metto il testo del sonetto:

    How oft, when thou, my music, music play’st,
    Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
    With thy sweet fingers, when thou gently sway’st
    The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
    Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap
    To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
    Whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest reap,
    At the wood’s boldness by thee blushing stand!
    To be so tickled, they would change their state
    And situation with those dancing chips,
    O’er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
    Making dead wood more blest than living lips.
    Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
    Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.

  7. allora io ora dovrei cambiare motore con un trophy, variatore con polini speed control, la frizzione e carburatore 17,5 oppure 19 nn sò (marmitta TT) F12 ad aria

    comunque il variatore originale e lo speed control nn sono uguali?
    cosa cambiano?
    la grandezza se nn sbaglio e come l’originale o no? quantè grande?
    15x… 16x…
    grazzie

  8. Ho tolto ATi catalyst control center e non vedo più i video: dopo un po’ di tempo che gaurado un qualsiasi video (come per esempio youtube) dopo mi appare una finestra con scritto che il driver radeon ha smesso di funzionare, vedo tutto malissimo e mi tocca riavviare il computer. Cosa devo fare per sistemare? E se la soluzione è quella di rinstallare ATI catalyst control center, mi spiegati i passaggi? Grazie mille, ciao ciao.

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